Tag:Greg Camarillo
Posted on: October 28, 2011 10:01 am
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Lack of effort was Berrian's undoing

BerrianPosted by Josh Katzowitz

When Leslie Frazier met with former Vikings receiver Bernard Berrian earlier this week, before the team ultimately released him, Berrian tried to convince his coach that he wanted to help the team win. But as 1500 ESPN reports, Frazier simply wasn’t willing to believe him.

Though Berrian made some memorable gaffes this year (engaging in a Twitter war with a Minnesota state legislator who is a veteran without legs; missing meetings to get himself deactivated), that ultimately wasn’t what led to his dismissal from Minnesota.

Instead, Berrian wasn’t trying to help the team or make himself better, and he wasn’t even giving the effort to pretend like he was. That’s ultimately why the team rid itself of him.

"The thing you have to be concerned about is, if he's a starter, how is he producing? And then, what's the attitude?" Frazier told reporters Thursday. "If he's not producing, but he's practicing hard, playing hard, doing everything you ask -- you've just got to find ways to try to help that guy be a productive player for you. But if the production isn't there, the attitude isn't right, then you've got to say, 'OK, is he giving us anything in the locker room?'"

Berrian's Attitude
The Vikings determined Berrian was not. Especially since, as Pelissero writes, the aloof Berrian might have been more concerned with fashion than football. As one teammate said, it was unclear whether Berrian knew some of his fellow Vikings’ names.

"He stands by his word," receiver Greg Camarillo said, referring to Frazier. "He's always said we're going to have not necessarily the 53 most talented football players, but we're going to have the best 53 people for this team. And he stood by that. If you're not a team-oriented guy, you won't be here."

And now, Berrian is not.

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Posted on: November 19, 2010 4:22 pm
Edited on: November 19, 2010 4:29 pm
 

Sidney Rice decides to play

Posted by Andy BenoitS. Rice (US Presswire)

Vikings head coach Brad Childress gave wide receiver Sidney Rice an ultimatum: either play this week or be shut down for the remainder of the season. The fourth-year wideout has decided to play.

Just prior to the season, Rice presumably irked the Vikings by undergoing hip surgery after deciding that he could not fight through the nagging injury. He was placed on PUP and has not been of service to the team all season.

Some have speculated that Rice’s surgery was a negotiating ploy (he’s looking for a new contract). That is illogical, though, as teams generally aren’t encouraged to pay big money to players who prove they can’t consistently take the field. Where the contract situation may have come into play was in Rice’s decision to suit up in 2010 (again, it’s hard to ask for a new contract when you’re not playing). If anything, Rice needs to play in order to shed his reputation for being lazy and content. (This isn't to say he IS lazy and content -- more than a few critics, including Cris Carter, have suggested this, though.)

Rice’s absence doomed the Viking offense from Day One (though a shoddy front line maybe would have ultimately doomed it anyway). The trade for Greg Camarillo has not filled the void at receiver. And, you may have heard, the trade for Randy Moss was not very successful.

So now Brett Favre has his favorite downfield target back. But after being on the shelf for some three months, will that downfield target be viable? And, with the Vikings now 3-6, does it even matter?

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Posted on: September 23, 2010 10:48 pm
 

Favre knows this: Vikings offense is struggling

B. Favre said today he'd be lying if he knew exactly what was going on with Minnesota's offense (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Brett Favre has pretty good self-awareness. At least as it relates to today’s weekly news conference with the Twin Cities media.

Entirely appropriate for the starting quarterback of a heavily-hyped squad that so far hasn’t won a game and has led an offense that’s been crappy thus far, Favre said the Vikings offense wasn’t exactly clicking on the field. In fact, he painted a pretty bad picture.

"If I sat here and told you that I knew exactly what we're doing right now I'd be lying," Favre said in remarks transcribed by the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "A lot of work is left and it will be an ongoing process until we have our unit how we want to go about things and we’re not there yet.”

That first statement has got to be brutal if you’re a Minnesota fan, and there are a couple of reasons it appears Favre doesn’t seem to know what’s going on.

No. 1, this is what happens sometimes when you miss large portions of training camp. He’s gotten away with it in years past, because he’s such a good freakin’ quarterback. But he’s 40 years old now, and maybe he’s lost a little bit of that magic.

No. 2, the fact Sidney Rice, his favorite target last year, isn’t around is killing him. Plus, Percy Harvin hasn’t been healthy, and Bernard Berrian has been a ghost. For some reason, Greg Camarillo isn’t seeing passes thrown his way, and the only receiver Favre seems to trust at this point is TE Visanthe Shiancoe.
 
So, does Favre have any words that will soothe the wounds of the Vikings supporters? Can he be optimistic, throw a little of that Favre gumption out there to make everybody feel a little better?

Um, not really.

"It’s hard to be patient and try to get this puzzle pieced together, because we’re doing it as we play," said Favre, who was limited in practice today. "Next week, it could be different. The following week, it could be different. Who knows?"

See, Vikings fans, everything is going to be OK. Or not. Who knows, indeed.

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Posted on: September 20, 2010 12:13 am
 

Vincent Jackson, Vikings still in rumor mill

B. Favre clearly misses the contributions of S. Rice, who's out for at least half the year after hip surgery (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Without Sidney Rice, the Vikings WR corps is worse than I could have imagined. Percy Harvin is playing with a hip injury and has had minimal impact the first two games of the season. Bernard Berrian has been invisible. Greg Camarillo has two catches in two games.

In fact, the only receiver QB Brett Favre seems to trust is TE Visanthe Shiancoe.

Which is why the Vincent-Jackson-to-the-Vikings rumors live on.

As Will pointed out Saturday , San Diego trading Jackson to Minnesota would make sense, even if San Diego doesn’t really want to trade him (I guess, then, it wouldn’t make that much sense for everybody).

But with another mediocre performance by the Vikings receivers during the team’s 14-10 loss to Miami that dropped them to 0-2 on the season, the possibility of acquiring Jackson is looking like a pretty good idea. Especially since Jackson’s six-game suspension would be cut to four games if he’s traded by 3 p.m. Wednesday.

"It's not for me to decide," Favre told the media after the game, including the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. "I've heard the talk just like everyone else. I'll tell you the same thing I tell everyone else: you know as much as I know. All I know is we got to get better with the guys we have in the room. I can't speak for other guys that are not here."

But playing without the 6-4 Rice, that makes life a little more difficult for Minnesota.

"We're running basically the same plays," Harvin said. "It's just sometimes when you have a 6-5 receiver you can just throw it up to him – whether he's covered or not – and he can make a play. From that standpoint, we won't be able to fix that or find another receiver to replace him. We just have to come up with different schemes to try and get people open."

Funny, 6-5 is exactly how tall Jackson is. Hmm.

Expect a decision from the Vikings front office to be made in the next few days. It’ll depend on money concerns and on character, and it’ll depend if team management thinks it can wait for Rice to return at mid-season before the offense (maybe) kicks into gear.

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Posted on: September 10, 2010 12:17 pm
Edited on: September 10, 2010 12:28 pm
 

Three thoughts about NO-MIN

B. Favre and the Minnesota passing offense had a rough game (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

My take on Thursday’s Saints 14-9 win against the Vikings.

1. I loved the “We are one” salute at the beginning of the game, signifying the players’ solidarity with each other as they enter the final season of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement. Some people didn’t like it – they thought it was too showy or too much of a flick-our-noses-at-the-owners kind of moment (and I’ve seen a joke or two on Twitter about how the owners should show solidarity by turning off the lights for a minute)  – but I thought the move was pretty damn cool.

"Even though five minutes from then we were going to go out and bash each others' heads in," QB Drew Brees told reporters after the game, "we're all one voice."

2. Jeez, how much did the Vikings miss WR Sidney Rice last night? More importantly, how much will they miss him until he can return from hip surgery? Percy Harvin was mostly invisible (one catch, 12 yards), and Bernard Berrian was, somehow, worse (one catch, three yards), and aside from TE Visanthe Shiancoe, Minnesota’s passing game was terribly unimpressive. Greg Camarillo made a nice catch, and even Greg Lewis recorded a reception. But originally, I thought Harvin and Berrian would be OK until Rice returned. I might have been totally wrong. And if Shiancoe is the only receiving threat – he was Thursday, at least – and the Saints figured out a way to shut him down in the second half, it’s not far-fetched to think other teams will do the same.
P. Thomas had a big second half for New Orleans (AP).
You also have to wonder about Brett Favre. Not just that he might be too old (finally), but that his decision to miss most of training camp cost his team dearly. As Camarillo said after the game, the offense had no chemistry. A couple extra weeks of practicing together might have helped solve that.

3. The Saints ran the ball just three times in the first half, but the coaching staff switched gears in the second half and made a point of giving the ball to Pierre Thomas. He rushed 19 times for 71 yards, and he helped New Orleans eat up huge chunks of time in the fourth quarter to keep the Vikings at bay. The big run came with 1:59 to go when, on a second and six, Thomas broke a Ben Leber tackle (which would have stopped him behind the first-down marker) and made the first down to seal Minnesota’s fate.

Of course, much of the credit must go to New Orleans interior linemen. Guards Jahri Evans and Carl Nicks were outstanding against one of the best defensive lines in the NFL.

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Posted on: August 25, 2010 5:16 pm
Edited on: August 25, 2010 5:20 pm
 

Sidney Rice: New MRI showed 'significant changes'

Posted by Will Brinson

Much ado has been made about Sidney Rice's hip injury: it will sideline him for half the season , it caused the Vikings to trade for Greg Camarillo, and it has generated plenty of speculation -- from media members and head coach Brad Childress -- as to whether or not Rice could have had surgery sooner in order to be ready for 2010.

Two particularly damning theories are that a) no one wanted Brett Favre to hear about the severity of the hip problem and b) Rice didn't want to return until he got more money from the Vikings. On Wednesday, Rice opened up the proverbial horse's mouth and got his blog on .

"Like a week and a half ago I went back to see the doctor for another MRI and he said it showed significant changes," Rice wrote on SidneyRice.18.com "It was something he thought would be a serious problem if I didn’t get it taken care of right then, a problem that could shorten my career."

Rice adds that he "talked to a couple of my teammates ... and our trainers" and everyone was on board that it was better for Rice to be able to finish the season healthy, as opposed to risk further injury. It's fairly safe to say that he also spoke with his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, about risking his career without a new contract.

Interestingly, Rice also addressed the contract situation, writing that "People are going to say what they want to say about my contract or whatever, I'm not really worried about that at this point. My main focus is getting back on the field" and playing like he did last year.

Look, the timing of Rice's surgery, regardless of what he writes on his website, is awkward. It's nightmarish for the team, a disaster for Brad Childress and while relatively amusing, probably pretty frustrating for Brett Favre.

But if in fact Rice's timeline is correct/accurate/etc, and if in fact he learned last week that playing this year, sans surgery, could result in potentially career-ending injury, there's zero question that his decision to undergo surgery this week was the right one.

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Posted on: August 25, 2010 3:21 pm
 

Breaking down Camarillo for Sapp

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The reasons Minnesota traded for Miami WR Greg Camarillo are pretty evident. As we’ve talked about the past few days, Sidney Rice is most likely going to be out for the first half of the year – there’s even some talk about placing him on the Injured Reserve list, meaning he wouldn’t play at all – and the Vikings needed another WR to complement Percy Harvin and Bernard Berrian.

That, of course, assumes Harvin and his migraine headaches will be OK to play.

Now with Camarillo, the Vikings have a possession receiver who should beat out Greg Lewis for the starting job. Camarillo is a good blocker who rarely drops a pass (Football Outsiders says he didn’t drop a pass in 73 attempts last season), and two seasons ago, he led Miami in receptions.

Though he’s been termed a South Florida hero – he caught a game-winning 64-yard TD pass in 2008 that gave Miami its only victory of the season – depth isn’t a problem in the Dolphins receiving room. Without Camarillo, Brian Hartline will take over his WR duties, and Patrick Turner will have a better shot at making the team.

Meanwhile, the Dolphins need help with the depth in their secondary. As Rapid Reporter Chris Perkins points out, the Dolphins were beat for big plays in their first two preseason games, and coach Tony Sparano said that aspect of their game needed to improve.

Plus, three of the four starting defensive backs (CBs Vontae Davis, Sean Smith and FS Chris Clemons) are second-year players, so the fact Sapp has playoff experience and can provide some veteran leadership is a big positive. Sapp, though nothing better than a nickel CB, will provide some of that. Plus, the fact Will Allen isn’t back yet also is a reason for Miami’s coaching staff to worry.

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Posted on: August 25, 2010 1:02 pm
Edited on: August 25, 2010 2:00 pm
 

Vikings send Sapp to Miami for Camarillo

G. Camarillo was traded from Miami to Minnesota today (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Looks like the Vikings weren’t tempted to stand pat after losing WR Sidney Rice for at least half the season to hip surgery. Instead, they’ve made a bold move today.

According to Jeff Darlington of the Miami Herald, the Dolphins have traded WR Greg Camarillo to Minnesota.

In the past two years, the possession receiver has started all 27 games he’s played and he’s combined for 105 catches and two touchdowns. Without Rice and potentially Percy Harvin (migraines) around for the time being, Camarillo instantly becomes the second best receiver on the team, behind Bernard Berrian.

"Mixed emotions,” Camarillo texted to Darlington. “Great opportunity, but this is home. These teammates are my brothers."

Check back here for details as they become available.

UPDATE (1:15 p.m.): Benny Sapp's agent, Andy Simms, confirms on his Twitter page that Sapp is the one who will be sent to Miami in exchange for Camarillo.

UPDATE (1:54 p.m.): According to Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Harvin returned to practice today for the first time since collapsing and spending the night in the hospital.

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