Tag:Visanthe Shiancoe
Posted on: February 25, 2012 2:51 pm
 

2012 NFL Free Agency: Tight End Rankings

Shiancoe leads what is a fairly unimpressive group of free agent tight ends. (US Presswire)
By Josh Katzowitz

Leading up to the start of free agency on March 13, we're compiling the best 2012 NFL free agents by position. These are the tight ends.

Originally for this post, I listed Jermichael Finley for the No. 1 spot on this list. Obviously, he was an easy call, because he was so obviously the best tight end on the market. Now, though, he’s a signed a two-year deal with the Packers worth about $7.5 million per season, and therefore, the free agent tight end class of 2012 suddenly has grown awfully weak (let’s face it, it wasn’t all that great with Finley on top either).

The best tight ends in the game -- guys like New England’s Rob Gronkowski, New Orleans’ Jimmy Graham, San Francisco’s Vernon Davis and Finley -- are safely secure with their respective teams, and those teams who actually are looking for tight ends will have to draw on a list with very few, if any, top-line playmakers. Considering Gronkowski and Graham are helping to redefine the position, that’s not great news. Nevertheless, here we go.

1. Visanthe Shiancoe

Breakdown: Since catching 56 passes for 566 yards and 11 touchdowns when Brett Favre was throwing to him, Shiancoe’s production has decreased the past two seasons, especially in 2011 when he caught 36 passes for 409 yards and three touchdowns. Since he made $4.5 million last season, it doesn’t seem likely the Vikings will re-sign him. Especially since the Vikings seem high on Kyle Rudolph. But unless Favre is planning to return for another season (and let’s face it, we can never rule out this option), the value of Shiancoe isn’t as high as it once was.

Potential Landing Spots: Giants, Browns

2. Martellus Bennett


Breakdown: Though Bennett doesn’t have impressive receiving numbers, that’s not what he’s called upon to do. Instead, he’ll be one of the more valuable tight ends in free agency because he’s top-notch run blocker. Bennett oftentimes is overshadowed by his teammate Jason Witten, but his worth to the Cowboys is evident every time Bennett steps on the field (it also seems evident, though, that Bennett’s time in Dallas is finished). But in order to get paid tons of money, he needs to show he can catch the ball, and that’s something missing from his arsenal at this point.

Potential Landing Spots: Bears, Broncos, Jets, Bengals

3. Joel Dreessen


Breakdown: Dreessen is a solid tight end, and he’s been an important cog for the Texans as quarterback Matt Schaub, receiver Andre Johnson and running back Arian Foster have turned Houston into a consistent top-10 offense in the past three years. He’s not a big-time pass catcher, but he’s a solid run-blocker (as Foster, Ben Tate and Derrick Ward likely would attest). The Texans would like to keep their two tight end set, but assuming Owen Daniels can stay healthy, Dreessen becomes a little more expendable in Houston.
Fred Davis
Potential Landing Spots: Chiefs, Jets, Giants, Texans, Redskins

4. Fred Davis

Breakdown: He’s actually a pretty good candidate to be franchise-tagged by the Redskins (safety LaRon Landry (and his muscles!) is another candidate), and considering he caught 59 passes for 796 yards in 12 games last year in the best season of his career, Davis is a potential emerging star. Unfortunately for Davis, he was suspended for the final four games of the season for a failed drug test, and if he happens to fail another one, he’d be suspended for a year. So, there’s a little bit of a gray cloud following him around, and teams that need a tight end might shy away from a potential off-the-field problem like that.

Potential Landing Spots: Redskins

5. Jeremy Shockey


Breakdown: It was only four years ago when Shockey was considered an elite tight end, good for about 60 catches, 600 yards and six touchdowns per season from 2004-07. He’s been hurt (literally) by injuries, and after the Saints released him in 2010, he was solid enough  last season in Charlotte (though the team did like the toughness he brought to the squad). Shockey has talked about wanting to play in Miami -- he’s also talked apparently about retiring, though it seems like everybody is denying it at that point -- but with Anthony Fasano already entrenched as the Dolphins tight end, Shockey probably would have to be content to play as the No. 2 tight end. He made $4 million last season, and in order to return to the Panthers to play with tight end Greg Olsen, he’d probably have to take a paycut.

Potential Landing Spots: Dolphins, Giants, Panthers
Shockey

6. John Carlson


Breakdown: Carlson missed the entire season with a torn labrum in his shoulder, so there will be plenty of caution surrounding him, even though he’s caught at least 50 passes in two of his first three seasons in the league. Making matters worse, Carlson said in January that he’s not completely healed, estimating that he was only at 90 percent. “Obviously missing the season is not ideal,” he told the Tacoma News Tribune. “But that was the situation I was in. I feel really good. I didn’t beat my body up over the course of the season and my shoulder is repaired.” Carlson is also a solid run-blocker, and he seems like one of those guys who could move into the top-10 of tight ends around the league.

Potential Landing Spots:Seahawks, Rams

7. Jacob Tamme


Breakdown: Like most everybody inside the Indianapolis franchise, Tamme suffered without Peyton Manning around. Playing in place of the injured Dallas Clark, Tamme caught 67 passes for 631 yards and four touchdowns in 2010. Last year, those numbers dropped to 19 for 177 and one. Which obviously is not the kind of season you want to have in a contract year, but it reflects Tamme’s position on the team and, probably, in the league. He’s a solid backup, the No. 2 tight end in a two-tight end set. He has talent, but it’s unclear how much of that was reflected off Manning. He could be a low-risk, somewhat-high reward guy for the right team.

Potential Landing Spots: Colts, Dolphins, Broncos, Bengals

8. Honorable Mention


Unrestricted free agents: Scott Chandler, Reggie Kelly, Daniel Fells
Restricted free agents: None

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Posted on: May 3, 2011 7:37 pm
Edited on: May 3, 2011 7:38 pm
 

NFC North draft truths revealed

Posted by Andy Benoit

One of the best things about the draft is that from it we can find out what teams really think about their current players. Excluding examples of teams filling obvious needs, here are some of the more revealing draft picks from 2011, with a quick blurb of what the team was really saying by making this pick.

Chicago Bears

1st round, Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin
Come on, it’s obvious: our offensive tackles stink and former first-round pick Chris Williams will be at guard for the long haul.
 
3rd round, Chris Conte, FS, California
What can we say? For some reason we’ve never totally trusted Danieal Manning.
 
5th round, Nathan Enderle, QB, Idaho
Decent play off the bench in the NFC Championship isn’t enough to completely sell us on Caleb Hanie. We at least want some options at backup quarterback for now.
 C. Ponder (US Presswire)
Detroit Lions

2nd round, Mikel Leshoure, RB, Illinois
If he pans out, Jahvid Best will become like Jamaal Charles, not Chris Johnson. (i.e. he needs someone to share the load.)
 
Green Bay Packers

2nd Round, Randall Cobb, WR, Kentucky
We want to sign RFA James Jones long-term but have a feeling he’ll ask for too much money. And even if we can sign Jones, Donald Driver is closer to the end than you think.

Minnesota Vikings

1st round, Christian Ponder, QB, Florida State
We like this quarterback (and no team picking in the twenties would trade with us).
 
2nd round, Kyle Rudolph, TE, Notre Dame
Visanthe Shiancoe is a nice player, but ultimately we consider him part of the “Favre era”.

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Posted on: April 25, 2011 2:20 pm
 

Shiancoe selling McNabb on Vikes over drinks?

Posted by Will Brinson

In case you hadn't heard, there are a lot of teams with a need for a quarterback in the NFL. One of those teams is the Minnesota Vikings who, for various reasons, have been tied extensively to Donovan McNabb, should he become a free agent.

Well, as it turns out, at least one Vikings is working on selling McNabb on the idea of coming to the Twin Cities -- Visanthe Shiancoe, Minnesota's tight end, says he's been having a little "alcohol talk" with McNabb about the possibility.

"You know what, as a matter of fact, I seen him out the other day, and we had a little alcohol talk, should I say, a little alcohol talk," Shiancoe said on "Washington Post Live," per Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post. "And I told him, 'Hey, look, you know, Minnesota might be a good fit for you.' I think that he would probably agree on that. Who knows if he wants to stay here anymore, right, being in those circumstances? I don't know if he wants to or not, but I wouldn't want to stay here. Speaking for myself, I wouldn't want to stay in this predicament right here."

So, um, needless to say, the Redskins probably won't be pursuing Shiancoe's services any time soon, huh?

And there's no telling how they'll react to his comments, but the guess here is that they'll probably find some way to be upset. That's just kind of how the 'Skins roll.

There's also no guarantee that the Vikings end up landing McNabb, even if -- which is not that big an if -- he becomes a free agent. But it's pretty obvious that they're at least going to have a little bit of an advantage in pursuing the former Pro Bowler if the Redskins release him.

Unless Shiancoe's skills of persuasion just totally disappear when he gets near a bar.

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Posted on: December 14, 2010 1:34 pm
 

Losing doesn't sit well with Shiancoe

Posted by Andy Benoit

After losing 21-3 to the Giants Monday night, it was a contest in the Vikings locker room to see who could express the greatest amount of frustration. Visanthe Shiancoe won.

Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune notes that the tight end welled up as he rhapsodized:

"That's embarrassing. We had a lot of energy coming into this game. People were energized. I can't put my finger on nothing for why this turned out this way. Our offense has to put up more points than three points. You've got to put up more than three points on the Giants. They're going to score. You've got to score too."

"This is the second time this year: The Packers [loss] and this," he added. "Something is going on. Something has to be fixed man. This is atrocious. This is embarrassing. We look like the Bad News Bears out there. That's some embarrassing stuff to put on film in front of the whole damn nation. That's embarrassing. I can't put my finger on nothing. I don't understand it.

"We've got too much talent on this team. Too much talent on this team, especially on this offense to put up more than three points ... I don't know man. I'm very disgusted. A lot of things. I just can't speak on them."


Shiancoe was asked if the tears were from anger or disappointment.

"That's a combination of everything. Combination of everything. I'm very disappointed. I didn't expect the season to end like that. But it did. But you've got to keep on trucking. This is all about what's in here now [pounding his heart]. What's all about in your chest man. We'll see who lays down."

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Posted on: November 7, 2010 7:18 pm
Edited on: November 7, 2010 10:15 pm
 

Childress' seat becomes a little cooler (maybe)

Brad Childress perhaps won himself a reprieve today (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Did the Vikings somehow save Brad Childress’ job today? Probably not. Even if Minnesota would have fallen to Arizona – and make no mistake, they SHOULD have lost that game – owner Zygi Wilf probably wouldn’t have terminated Childress until after the season.

Or maybe not.

But make no mistake: the come-from-behind victory, thanks to RB Adrian Peterson, QB Brett Favre and TE Visanthe Shiancoe, makes life easier for the Vikings – at least for this week.

"A win will calm things,” Favre told reporters.

Last week couldn’t have gone much worse for the Vikings and Childress. He went above his boss’ head and released Randy Moss. He and WR Percy Harvin (eight catches, 120 yards) reportedly had to be separated in a verbal confrontation Friday (Childress said after the game it was due to his desire for Harvin to get an MRI, which he did Saturday). Everybody seems to have crapped on Childress – his personality, his coaching style, the essence of his soul. And it sounds like it’s been deservedly so.

When the Vikings fell behind the Cardinals 24-10 late in the fourth quarter, chants of “Fire Brad Childress” could be heard around the dome. But Favre, who went 36 for 47 for a career-high 446 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions, and Peterson (144 total yards and two scores) led the Vikings to a pair of touchdowns in the final 4 minutes of the game.

In overtime, Minnesota’s defense – surprisingly led by DE Jared Allen, who’s been so irrelevant this year but had a tremendous 5-minute stretch near the end of regulation and in overtime – stopped Arizona. That led to a 35-yard field goal from Ryan Longwell that sealed the win.

And, for now, might make Childress – who said the crowd at the Metrodome attended the game today to see an execution – feel better. Not that, ahem, he needs it.

"I'm not going be here and be like Favre and tell you that I need a hug,” Childress said. “I'll be all right.”

(Childress, I think, was not trying to be an ass with that comment. I think he was actually referring to what Favre said earlier in the week when he was asked whether Childress is a compassionate coach: Said Favre: "Is he compassionate as in give us a hug or something? Boy, I sure could use one. But he hasn't given me one.")

UPDATE (10:12 p.m.):
Favre had an interesting comment when he was asked if he felt like he was playing for Childress' job today.

"I felt like I was playing for mine," Favre said. "I am just being honest. I have played for 20 years. I have always wanted to be the best. I had to ask myself, 'Are you willing to do what it takes?'

“Do I always get along with my head coach, quarterbacks coach, offensive coordinator? No. Do I always agree with the plays that were called? No. Why should that factor in to me wanting to be the best player I can be?"

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Posted on: November 4, 2010 10:29 pm
 

Playmakers finding tough time getting on field

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

A couple of injury updates for players who mean a great deal to their respective teams.

1) It’s looking less and less likely that Vikings WR Percy Harvin’s ankle will allow him to play this weekend.

Harvin According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Harvin isn’t making much progress in the rehab process, and he’s missed the past two days of practice.

Harvin is the team's leading receiver with 31 catches for 393 yards, and if he’s out, Minnesota is left with TE Visanthe Shiancoe, RB Adrian Peterson out of the backfield and a host of receivers who haven’t yet hit double-digits in receptions this year.

But it’s not a big deal, because the team still has a really good down-field threat in Randy Mo … oh, never mind.

2) Cardinals RB Beanie Wells’ knee is acting up, because of a bad reaction to a medicine that provides lubrication to joints (um, OK. Let’s try that again. The medicine is supposed to make his knee feel better). Instead, the medication has made his knee swell.

He hasn’t fully participated in practice the past few days, but Wells says the knee is feeling better. He’s hopeful about practicing Friday.

Wells "Very, very seldom do you have a reaction like he did," coach Ken Whisenhunt said in quotes captured by the Arizona Republic. "So there is really nothing wrong with his knee. It's just about getting the swelling out."

Perhaps there’s a good medicine they can inject directly into his knee and that will help ge … oh, never mind.

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Posted on: October 25, 2010 4:52 pm
Edited on: October 25, 2010 6:58 pm
 

Childress informed Shiancoe should have scored

Posted by Will Brinson

On Sunday night, a curious decision to overturn Visanthe Shiancoe's 17-yard touchdown from Brett Favre midway through the second half, following a Mike McCarthy challenge, cost the Vikings four points and theoretically the game.

The NFL admitted on Monday that overturning the touchdown call was the incorrect move.

Brad Childress, who called the game the "worst officiated" he's "seen in a while" afterwards, told reporters that the NFL informed him the replay call was incorrect and that Carl Johnson, the head of officiating, was "disappointed" that the replay decision was made.

It was pretty clearly a catch, too -- though the ball did make contact with the ground as Shiancoe dove into the end zone, he had possession throughout the entirety of the catch. Unfortunately, the NFL can't retroactively give the Vikings an additional four points, so they remain stuck at 2-5 with a superstar quarterback limping around in an ankle brace as they get ready for a trip to New England.

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Posted on: October 19, 2010 11:56 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:59 am
 

Favre meeting with NFL today over Sterger issue

Posted by Will Brinson

Brett Favre, even though it's the Vikings day off, is in the team's headquarters, preparing to meet with NFL's VP of security Milt Ahlerich on Tuesday, relating to the Jenn Sterger matter, where Favre allegedly sent her racy pictures while they were both employed (at least to a degree) by the New York Jets.

According to the Minnesota Star-Tribune, Brad Childress said the Vikings will not 'play a role' in the meeting, but Favre's teammates are being supportive.

"For me personally, that's something I'm not worrying about too much, something I can't control," tight end Visanthe Shiancoe said. "All I can do is show him my support and be there for him just like a true teammate, a true friend should be. This is a tight-knit family here pretty much. We've got each other's backs."

Reportedly, Sterger has yet to cooperate with the NFL's investigation, an issue that could impede the league successfully finding information worthy of a Personal Conduct Policy violation.

There's also been discussion as to whether or not the NFL should contact A.J. Daulerio, the editor of Deadspin.com, who initially published the alleged pictures and voicemails.

Daulerio told CBSSports.com that he would "cooperate up to a certain point" and while he wouldn't reveal his source, he would "answer general questions." Daulerio also said that he had not yet been contacted by the NFL.

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