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Analyzing Position Battles – Wide Receiver

Posted by Mike Wobschall on July 27, 2009 – 1:53 pm

If you look back to when Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress first took over the team, and then you look at Childress’ current Vikings roster, the one position that has seen arguably the most improvement is WR.

In 2006 the Vikings WRs included players such as Bethel Johnson, Billy McMullen, Marcus Robinson, Travis Taylor and Troy Williamson. Now, players such as Bernard Berrian, Percy Harvin, Sidney Rice and Bobby Wade comprise the WR corps.

None of those players are necessarily knocking on the front door of the Hall of Fame in Canton, but the improvement from 2006 to now is quite notable. And the process of continually improving in this position will continue during training camp.

With the 4 above-mentioned players, 7 other players will be running routes on the practice fields of Minnesota State University, Mankato for the next 2 weeks. Returning from last year are Aundrae Allison, Darius Reynaud and Jaymar Johnson. Newcomers include Glenn Holt, Nick Moore, Vinny Perretta and Bobby Williams.

As NFL.com’s Pat Kirwan points out, the WR position battle will center around Wade, who will be pushed for snaps by Harvin and Rice. Wade is a quality player – the kind of player who not only always knows his assignment, but also knows the assignments of other players. He’s also sure-handed and knows how to get open and stay open.

Rice is coming off a season that was hampered by injury and Harvin comes in with 1st round credentials and a highlight reel longer than a Tiger Woods tee shot. Add in guys such as Allison, Johnson and Reynaud, who possess shiftiness and an ability to perform on special teams, and you can see why the WR position battle is a full one.

Bobby Williams was a late addition during the OTA season, but he showed great hands when he was on the field. Moore and Perretta are both hard workers who will need to battle their way into the rotation.


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Vikings Waive CB Charles Gordon

Posted by Mike Wobschall on July 27, 2009 – 11:17 am

The Vikings moved on Monday to waive CB Charles Gordon because of a failed physical. The move leaves the Vikings with 81 players on the roster and 15 total DBs.

Gordon originally joined the Vikings as an undrafted rookie in 2006, where he initially was on practice squad but eventually moved up to the active roster and was 1 of just 4 rookies and the lone undrafted rookie to start a game during the season. In 2007 he grabbed his 1st career INT against the Chargers and had a career best 7 tackles against the 49ers.

Aside from contributing to the Vikings defense as a nickel back, Gordon was also a standout special teams player for the Puprle. He was a shifty kick returner, which added value to his role with the team. But it was on a special teams play that an ankle injury eventually ended his season in 2008. Gordon suffered the injury while returning a punt against the Packers in Week 10 of last season and was later placed on injured reserve.


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