30 April 2009
Boy this did not take very long whatsoever. Brett Favre is 10 weeks ahead of schedule from last season. Being only 45 minutes north of Green Bay, I am getting use to all the Favre hu-ra. I do not think it would be the offseason if there was no Favre entertainment.
At the request of Brett Favre, the Jets release him making him able to sign with whomever he pleases. Favre’s statement on Tuesday said in part: “Nothing has changed. At this time, I am retired and have no intention of returning to football.” If that does not leave the door open, i am not sure what would. I can see him in the Beloved Purple this season. Considering that only glaring hole is at the QB position, other than that the Vikes have an explosive team up and down the depth chart.
Consider that Favre were to become a Viking, I do not think team would take him lightly. So it would free up Peterson in the backfield and he will be running for daylight. Having a legitimate(someone who has experience in leading a team) quarterback for the Vikes this season would not be the worse thing in the world i guess.
Who knows what summer will be bring us Viking fans?
29 April 2009
Derrick Roberson - 27
Asher Allen - 30
Karl Paymah - 31
Roderick Rogers - 31 (Interesting with the same number, but it is not even training camp yet.)
Jamarca Sanford - 33
Kenny Onatolu - 44
Jasper Brinkley - 54
Phil Loadholt - 71
Chris Clark - 75
Glenn Holt - 16
Jimmy Kennedy - 73
Otis Grigsby - 99
Roderick Rogers - 85
The lists goes on:
It also looks like Sage Rosenfels could not complete any type of negotations with Sidney Rice for number 18 from Rice. So Sage will be hailing the number 2 this is season for the Vikes.
27 April 2009
With teams not able to sign the unlucky player that did not get that phone call this weekend. The Vikes release the list of the player that they will be bring to tryout in camp.
- S Colt Anderson - Montana
- RB Kahlil Bell - UCLA
- C Jon Cooper - Oklahoma
- LB Robert Francois - Boston College
- QB Sean Glennon - Virginia Tech
- S Devon Hall - Utah State
- DT Antoine Holmes - North Carolina State
- RB Ian Johnson - Boise State
- DT Tremaine Johnson - LSU
- G Andy Kemp - Wisconsin
- T Bobby Lepori - Fresno State
- WR Nick Moore - Toledo
- WR Vinny Perretta - Boise State
- TE Nick Walker - Alabama
In the 1st round:
I was hoping for the Vikes do go with the receiver route and they did. They selected Percy Harvin.
The Vikes did ignore some of his character-issues in Harvin as well as his durability. He played very well on the field I think with Percy on the one side of the field, Berrian on the other and All-Pro running back AD. This is going make the defenses facing the Vikes to be a little more honest than putting 9 men in the box. Harvin is not your typical receiver, he is compared to Eric Metcalf, now that is going back.He will be used wherever the Vikes think he will be the most effective at that situation.
Here is a scouts' analysis on Harvin:
- Positives: Shorter than scouts would like, but has a strong, compact build. Rare straight-line speed. Rare elusiveness. Can make defenders miss in tight quarters. Good vision when running in space. Sets up his blocks well and can cut back against the grain. Good agility as a route-runner. Strong, secure hands for the reception. Courageous going over the middle. Gathers in the pass and quickly moves upfield to maximize production. Can extend outside of his frame to make the spectacular reception. Versatile athlete who can contribute as a receiver, running back and shows great potential as a returner, although he never attempted a kick or punt return at Florida. Has struggled with durability, but is considered a physically tough player.
- Negatives: Looks shorter on film than his listed 5-11. Many of his plays in this offense were slip screens designed to get him the ball quickly and in space. Could struggle acclimating to a more pro-style offense. Lack of success at the NFL level from former receivers from Meyer's offense is troubling. Has struggled with durability. Missed practice time in 2008 with ankle, hip pointer and tendonitis in his knee and heel.
In the 2nd round:
In the second round the Vikings go after a offensive linemen in the first day. The Vikes select Phil Loadholt. I really like this pick for the Vikes. I can see him starting on the right side of the line when the season comes around. He is a beast at 332 pounds.
Here is a scouts' analysis on Loadholt:
- Positives: Potentially dominant drive blocker. Massive man who can engulf his opponent, turn him away from the ballcarrier and pancake him to the ground. Looks to intimidate. Only adequate initial quickness off the snap, but has a deep kick-slide and the long arms to keep the pass rusher at bay. Natural knee bender who plays with impressive leverage and balance for a man of his size. Better lateral quickness than initial.
- Negatives: Bit of a "tweener." Too often beaten off the snap by ends to remain at left tackle and might even have to be moved inside -- where his height would be a liability. Marginal lateral quickness to recover when beaten initially. Too often relies on his size, failing to sustain blocks as effectively as he should.
In the Vikes first pick of the second day of the draft, they go on the defensive all day. The Vikes draft Allen Asher. He reminds me a bit like Antonio Winfield. He is undersized and not afriad of getting his nose dirty while tackling ball carriers.
Here is a scouts' analysis on Allen:
- Positives: Shorter than scouts would prefer, but has a good build. Good straight-line speed. Legitimate cover skills. Loose hips to turn and run with receivers. Accelerates smoothly. Cuts smoothly and generates burst to close quickly out of his cuts. Should be able to handle the nickel role early due to his agility. Secure open-field tackler who flashes some pop, considering his size. Natural kickoff returner. Sees the field well and can accelerate through the pack. Mentally tough. Responded to the challenge of playing on an island as a sophomore in the SEC and looked like he belonged immediately. Isn't a finished product
- Negatives: Lacks prototype height to play on the outside. Aggressive and will bite on the double-move. Lacks the elite recovery speed if beaten initially. Responds to the challenge of bigger receivers, but loses out too often on jump-balls. Has obvious athletic ability, but hasn't yet "arrived." Allows too many passes into his chest and will drop easy interceptions. Broken hand requires a Combine check.
In the 5th round:
In the 5th round, the Vikes select Jasper Brinkley.The Vikings add a hard hitter to their lineup with the selection of Brinkley. He punishes ball carriers and will add a bit of toughness to the Vikings defense. He also fills a need for Minnesota at linebacker.
Here is a scouts' analysis on Brinkley:
- Positives: Prototype size and strength for the inside linebacker position. ... Immediate impact defender for South Carolina after transferring from Georgia Military College, and improved gradually. ... Shows some burst as pass rusher on the blitz. ... Good short-area quickness to elude blockers. ... Reliable open-field tackler and can be a punisher inside. ... Intimidating presence whose size and power project nicely as a 3-4 inside linebacker.
- Negatives: Relies on his physical attributes and is still developing his instincts and technique. ... Too often looks to slip blocks instead of using his size advantage. ... Struggles with his hand placement and is slow to disengage. ... Can be fooled by misdirection and lacks the explosiveness to recover. ... Lacks the instincts and foot speed to be a factor in coverage. ... Missed all but four games of the 2007 season after tearing his ACL. ... Underwent surgery September 2007 and wasn't the same player in 2008, when his athleticism was nowhere close to what it was pre-injury.
In the 7th round:
the VIkes select Jamarca Sanford. Sanford has shortcomings in speed and size, but with teams carrying so many defensive backs nowadays, Sanford has a chance to find a spot on the Vikings' depth chart as a safety.
Here is a scouts' analysis on Sanford:
- Positives: Tough. ... Signed with Ole Miss as a linebacker and started four games at this position -- at 200 pounds -- as a sophomore. ... Reliable open-field tackler. ... Lacks the bulk scouts prefer at strong safety, but is a physical hitter that wraps up cleanly. ... Isn't afraid to take on blockers and can disengage to make the tackle near the line of scrimmage. ... High-effort player who doesn't give up on the play. ... Good upside as a special teams defender due to his toughness and reliable open-field tackling.
- Negatives: Lacks size teams prefer at safety and the size to transition back to linebacker. ... Marginal speed for coverage. ... Lacks the change-of-direction agility to stick with receivers in man coverage and too often appears satisfied with making the tackle after the reception is made. ... A steady collegiate defender, but rarely made the flashy play
23 April 2009
I like the electricity that he brings to the field, when he gets his hands on the ball. It would be nice to see him as a Viking. The problems with him are:
But there also are plenty of questions surrounding his character and his injury history. The latest red flag about Harvin’s off-the-field behavior came when it was reported he tested positive for marijuana at the NFL Scouting Combine in February.
The real question is: Is Percy worthy of being the Vikings 1st round pick.
17 April 2009
I was yesterday, that John Madden has stepped down as NFL broadcaster. After 30 years, 16 Emmy Awards and stops at CBS, Fox, ABC and NBC, Madden surprised many by calling it quits. Cris Collinsworth, will be moving from the studio to announce in Maddens' place with Al Davis on Sunday night Football.
It is going to weird not see him in the announcing booth with the years to come. Good things must come to an end. Madden ended his career by announcing the Super Bowl in February. Like in coaching(103-32-7 record before retiring after the 1978 season. His Raiders beat the Vikings in Super Bowl XI.), Madden hung it up while he was on top, once again.
14 April 2009
Sept 20 @ Detroit - 12:00
Sept 27 vs. SF - 12:00
Oct 5 vs. Green Bay - MNF 7:20
Oct 11 @ St. Louis - 12:00
Oct 18 vs. Baltimore -12:00
Oct 25 @ Pittsburgh - 12:00
Nov 1 @ Green Bay - 12:00
Nov 15 vs. Detroit - 12:00
Nov 22 vs. Seattle - 12:00
Nov 29 vs. Chicago - 12:00
Dec 6 @ Arizona - 3:15
Dec 13 vs. Cincinnati - 12:00
Dec 20 @ Carolina - 7:20
Dec 28 @ Chicago MNF 7:20
Jan 3 vs. New York Giants - 12:00
According to NFL.com the Vikes have the third easiest schedule this season. I tend to agree with this statement. Not to jinx anything for the regular season, but I can see the Vikes having 10-11 wins this season.
09 April 2009
Sage does not think it is a good number for a WR. It may be sooner that everyone thinks that Rice or Sage will be known for a different number.
to be continued.....
06 April 2009
The Vikings signed restricted free agent backup Defensive Tackle Fred Evans today. He signed a 1 year deal worth roughly $1.5 million. He will be an asset with the possible Williams Wall suspension decision coming up this coming summer.
The former Texas State player was drafted by the Dolphins in the 7th round of the 2006 draft and was active for just one game his rookie year. He got into legal problems, but the Vikes took a gamble with him. He is a good backup in both DT positions.
03 April 2009
With the Broncos trying to unload of disgruntled Pro Bowl QB Jay Cutler. Cutler and new head coach Josh McDaniels got off to a rocky start.
On the opening weekend to free agency, Cutlers' name was in mix of being traded to Miami in a three-team tradefor the Broncos to acquire Matt Cassell from the Pats, McDaniel's former team.
After that Culter want out of Denver.
Early in the week, Broncos owner wanted to unload of Cutler to the highest bidder.
Yesterday, Culter and fifth round pick were sent to da Bears for a 2009 and 2010 first round picks, a third round of 2009 and Kyle Orton, who are now the property of the Broncos.
Personally, I think the Broncos did get the better deal at the end.
With Culter going to the Bears, now there is a problem their is not a legit receiver in the whole bunch for him to pass to. I just do not think he is going to be their Savior.
It will be interesting to see how this year plays out with Culter and all the pressure that he will have to live up to, being the first solid QB since the 1985 Bears.
Now Orton does have the weapons in Denver and it will be fun to see how he will lead him new team if he wins the QB job.
01 April 2009
With the draft approaching quickly at the end of the month. Then thr NFL will get back into the swing of things.Below is the round by round players that the Vikes should be looking at.
Round 2: D.J. Moore, CB, Vanderbilt
Round 3: Antoine Caldwell, C, Alabama
Round 4:Traded to Houston for Sage Rosenfels
Round 5: Jerraud Powers, CB, Auburn
Round 6: Trade to the Eagles
Round 7: Derek Walker, DE, Illinois
In the first round, if OT Andre Smith is still available the Vikes should take a serious look at him. He has proven a durable linemen not missing a game is 3 season at the Crimson Tide. He is a quick and explosive, something that the Vikes needs as a running team.
If Smith is gone at 22, Percy Harvin WR from Florida has been a fan favorite. He is more just a BIG play type of a guy. He has good field vision and c make defenders miss in tight quarters. Good vision when running in space. Sets up his blocks well and can cut back against the grain.In the first round, if the Vikes can get either one of these players they would be a great asset and contribute immediately for the team.