Extra Points: Vikings, Pats, Manziel

It seems that anyone can be an NFL running back these days, writes Dave Skretta of The Associated Press. For example, the Vikings have gotten by with a combo of Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon with Adrian Peterson out of action. “Every team is different. And some of the guys you’re talking about are No. 1 guys who’ve played or they’re pretty darn talented guys,” Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner said. “That’s what we’re hoping, that we come out of this over the next period and say, ‘Hey, these backs are really good and they really contribute and are doing a good job.’ We need to find that out.” More from around the NFL..

  • The Patriots‘ decision to cut ties with Kenbrell Tompkins is another signal that the revolving door at wide receiver will keep spinning in New England, writes Christopher Price of WEEI.com. Tom Brady heaped praise upon him and coach Bill Belichick termed him as a “hard worker,” but for one reason or another, things didn’t work out for Tompkins in New England. As we heard earlier tonight, however, he could be back before long on the Pats’ taxi squad.
  • From the outside, it looks like rookie Johnny Manziel could be a huge locker room distraction in Cleveland. However, Browns veteran wide receiver Nate Burleson tells SiriusXM NFL Radio (on Twitter) that it was never a circus from the player’s point of view.
  • The outside world isn’t super supportive of commissioner Roger Goodell, but Jets owner Woody Johnson is fairly confident that his fellow owners support him, writes Kristian Dyer of Yahoo Sports. “I haven’t talked to the league owners recently, we have a meeting next week so I’ll get to see them all,” Johnson said. “I think the general opinion is that Roger has over the last 15 (years) that I’ve known Roger and as commissioner for the last number of years – is that he’s an honest person, trying to do a good job. Normally very good judgment. I think the owners are going to be supportive.
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