NFC North Notes: Lions, Peterson, Vikings

Former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, Adrian Peterson‘s teammate for six seasons, has questioned whether the star running back has shown appropriate remorse for his incident last year, Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press writes. “Obviously, AP can still play, but I think he needs to show that he understands he did something wrong and that he wants to work to change that, which I don’t know that he’s really shown yet,” Kluwe said. Peterson is now eligible to return, but there’s no guarantee that it’ll be in a Vikings uniform. Here’s more out of the NFC North..

  • Lions GM Martin Mayhew has great ability to find talent on the defensive line, whether it is through the draft or in free agency, Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press writes. Just don’t ask him what his secret is. “I really can’t answer that,” he said. “That will be for you guys to speculate on. As a defensive back, though, I can tell you I certainly appreciated having the defensive linemen in front of me when I played. So, I’m always on the hunt for those guys. It makes everybody’s job easier when your defensive front is rolling and playing well.”
  • The Vikings are holding out for an epic haul for Adrian Peterson and that’s largely because they believe that they can win in 2015, Ian Rapoport of tweets. One also has to imagine that Minnesota likes the idea of having a reliable veteran running back to go with rising sophomore Teddy Bridgewater.
  • As long as the Lions don’t draft a guard they expect to play immediately, Mike Rothstein of can see a return to Detroit for Rob Sims.
  • In today’s mailbag, Ben Goessling of writes that the Vikings will probably retain punt returner Marcus Sherels even if they draft a cornerback at No. 11 as many expect them to do.
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