Tag:Minnesota Vikings
Posted on: September 1, 2010 5:27 pm
Edited on: September 1, 2010 5:27 pm

Webb should be in Vikings design

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Brett Favre’s return to the Vikings sealed the fate of one of Minnesota’s backup quarterbacks. Somebody has to go.

Coach Brad Childress has said Tarvaris Jackson will be the No. 2 quarterback , meaning Sage Rosenfels and Joe Webb will battle for the final job.

Minnesota had planned to insert Webb – a college quarterback at UAB who was drafted in the sixth round – into the receiving corps, but he surprised the coaching staff with his abilities at QB. And why not? After all, he’s the only player in NCAA history to pass for 2,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons.

He’s been pretty good in the preseason as well, completing 12 of 21 passes for 91 yards, two TDs and zero INTs while rushing for 78 yards.

Plus, you know, Webb can jump really high (see video below). Which is pretty cool.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press writes Webb is pretty confident he has a future with the club, but he also realizes the team’s preseason game against the Broncos on Thursday is kind of a big deal.

"You can't get comfortable," Webb told the paper. "You have to continue to play your best game."

Rosenfels actually has looked very impressive this preseason, going 30 of 47 for 392 yards, four touchdowns, zero interceptions and a monster 118.4 QB rating. But let’s face it, he’s an eight-year veteran with only 32 games played and with only 12 games started, and he’s nothing more than a below-average starting quarterback. 

I expect the Vikings to release Rosenfels (or try to trade him, I suppose), but they could keep Rosenfels and try to slip Webb onto the practice squad. I wouldn’t expect him to pass through waivers, though, and then, he’d be lost to Minnesota.

And honestly, who would you rather have? Rosenfels or a guy who can jump over seven bags?

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Posted on: August 29, 2010 8:48 pm

Harvin might have found a solution

P. Harvin might have found the solution to his migraine headache problems (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

I’ve been asked over and over again about Minnesota WR Percy Harvin and about what can be done about his migraines. My standard answer: I don’t know. I’m not sure anything can be done.

Well, apparently, Harvin doesn’t share my point of view.

He told 1500ESPN.com after the Vikings preseason game Saturday that doctors might have found the cause of his headache problems.

"They found some things that we think is the main cause of it,” he said. “We're all feeling really confident. I know we said that a couple times, but I think this time we found what the main cause was. I'm not saying I won't ever get a headache again, but hopefully, we can slow it down a little bit."

That’s great news for Harvin and the Vikings. It’s been a rough month for Harvin, whose grandmother died, then suffered from those migraines and then collapsed while watching practice Aug. 19 and had to be rushed to the hospital.

Harvin didn’t expand on what the actual diagnosis is – though it’s thought a bad reaction to some medicine could be the culprit – but he said it wasn’t life-threatening.

“It's something that we need to work on, and we will,” he said.

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Posted on: August 28, 2010 11:11 pm

Favre not as bad as boxscore might suggest

Posted by Andy Benoit

Brett Favre turned the ball over three times in his 2010 home debut – and all three were of especially poor form. Favre failed to protect the ball on a sack-fumble on the opening drive. B. Favre

His first interception was returned 91 yards for a touchdown by Earl Thomas (Thomas had a fantastic all-around game, by the way; his hitting was terrific).

Favre’s second pick – which landed in the arms of Marcus Trufant – was the result of a deep ball being overthrown by 10 yards.

Of course, the standard line applies here: IT’S JUST THE PRESEASON. But more reassuring to Viking fans than that is the fact that Favre looked sharp when he wasn’t turning the ball over. He was 16/26 passing for 187 yards, showing great velocity and accuracy on timing-based throws.

Favre’s performance seemed especially impressive once Tarvaris Jackson took the field. On Jackson’s first series, we got to see what happens when a semi-erratic passer with just so-so pocket awareness gets flustered.

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Posted on: August 28, 2010 8:20 pm

Harvin playing, making impact

Posted by Andy Benoit

The Minnesota Vikings are making their home debut tonight against the Seattle Seahawks. Not only is Brett Favre on the field (looks like he’s still coming back this season after all), but so is wide receiver Percy Harvin.

The second-year sensation has barely practiced the past several weeks, thanks to the death of his grandmother in July and severe migraines. Unofficially, Harvin made it through only two practices during Vikings training camp.

Harvin had a 34-yard catch-and-run on Minnesota’s opening drive. It led to no points, however, as, just a few plays later, Favre fumbled while being sacked by Seahawks defensive tackle Colin Cole.

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Posted on: August 25, 2010 9:17 pm

Agent questions Bolts intentions to deal V-Jax

Posted by Will Brinson

We recently threw out the possibility of the Minnesota Vikings pursuing Vincent Jackson in a trade, following Sidney Rice's surgery on his hip. One of the problems, though, was that Jackson's contract demands were probably going to be too high. In fact, that ended up being the chief deterrent to Minnesota chasing him in a deal with San Diego.

Well, maybe.

Turns out, according to Jackson's agent Neil Schwartz, as related to Jason LaCanfora of NFL.com , the Vikings couldn't even get in the door when it came time to talk trade. Apparently, the only team the Chargers decided to let talk with Schwartz were the Seahawks.

"After the initial story came out, I got calls from four or five other teams asking about Vincent," Schwartz said, "but I told them I didn't have permission to talk to them about that player and they had to call San Diego."

According to LaCanfora, Schwartz, following the Vikes' decision to ink Javon Walker, went to the Chargers VP Ed McGuire and asked for

"I asked for that list of teams, but he wouldn't tell me," Schwartz said. "So I asked him, 'What are you guys asking for a trade?' And he said, 'I'm not telling you.'

"At that point, I said, 'Ed. It doesn't sound like you guys want to trade Vincent.'"

And that's where we stand now -- except things could get hairier if the Chargers don't find a new home for Jackson by September 4, because at that point he'd be subject to the roster exempt list (along with Marcus McNeil), in which case he'd miss the first six games of the season; three for his suspension and three for the roster-exempt status.

So sayeth the NFL -- the NFLPA on the other hand, according to LaCanfora and Schwartz, don't agree. Which means we could see some sort of arbitration coming, not to mention a larger void in an already fractured relationship.

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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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