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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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7 Responses to “Analyzing Position Battles – Wide Receiver”

  1. By Fuzzy Intaglio on Jul 27, 2009 | Reply

    I absolutely agree with everything said. I think Wade is a very underrated WR, he may not be Fitz or Moss but he’s got sure hands and he knows where to be. As for Harvin, I can’t wait to see him on the field this year IF WE EVER DECIDE TO SIGN HIM. Rice is a great WR and his size has made him valuable in the end zone for us. His injurys have been a little persistent which is a bit of a red flag but I know for a fact he’s a hard worker.

  2. By PurplePeopleEater on Jul 27, 2009 | Reply

    I agree with you Fuzz. Don’t worry about signing Harvin, it will happen. Just going to take a little longer. The Rule of thumb is to sign in order of last round to first round. We’ve got contracts up to the third rounder, and I’m sure Loadholt has a pen in hand. It’s extremely rare that either of the top 2 draft choices don’t sign with the team that called their name.

  3. By vikingsfan1955 on Jul 28, 2009 | Reply

    I love the recievers we have now and from what I have heard this williams has been making moss like catches and we need a sure hand guy.Rice showed he was healing and looking pretty good at the end of the yr and berrian will now after last yr get respect and spread the field.Now with harvin we have a nother deep threat and open field threat that will open the box for ao andf taylor.Wade will be ther because he know the system and how to get open.Now that favre has decided I still think t-jack can run the offense he did very well after he got back in last yr and will be better this yr.He has had his problems but I believe in him and I willlet all the nay sayers know when he does that they have to look deep at how he did when u got back in.We will be fine without favre.

  4. By Charles on Jul 28, 2009 | Reply

    Frustrating that Childress has allowed this whole QB situation (not just the Favre issue but the QB situation in general) to spiral out of control. Its like having a finely tuned Porsche and handing the keys over to a teenager to drive it.

  5. By vikingsfan1955 on Jul 28, 2009 | Reply

    I’m not a great fan of chilly but I don’t see where he mishandled the favre situation.I for once feel he wanted to give the team the best chance to win andI see now that favre has more substance than ppl think.We were all sure he would sign and now we see it wasn’t his ego.Now chilly went to get a qb to compete with jackson so we are still fine.We would have been better with favre and we will still be good without him.chillys job is on the line and favre was his best option to have the best chance to win and keep his job.Now we will see if the qb he put his trust in can save him and I say YES.Open up the play book chilly and go get vick that will scare defenses to death to have to see him,ap,berrian,and harvin on the field together.

  6. By CA Norwegian on Jul 28, 2009 | Reply

    The QB situation on this team is good, because so much of the salary goes elsewhere. If T-jack has time to make reads, learns to look off, and misses the guys in the other jerseys, He or any backup will be a completely different QB this year with our receivers. I think we will have a good start and this team will make a fair QB look good this season. Are you people driving foreign cars up there near Detriot? Was the Redneck right when he said, “Buy Ameriican?” Give the coach a longer chance- he may not be a brilliant economist, but it wasn’t the redneck who got the US here.

  7. By produits publicitaires on Sep 24, 2009 | Reply

    It’s a good article, thanks

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