Even the most confident and highly-skilled QBs need a safety net from time to time. Facing 3rd and 5 backed down in your own territory? Scrambling from the pocket to avoid the rush and looking for an open man? In the red zone and in need of a big, physical target to squeeze the ball into? The QB tends to look for one guy in those situations – the TE.
Peyton Manning has Dallas Clark. Philip Rivers has Antonio Gates. Joe Montana had Dwight Clark. And Vikings QB Brett Favre has also relied on his TE over the years, whether it be Mark Chmura or Bubba Franks or even Dustin Keller last year with the Jets.
As he’s transitioned to Minnesota over the past few weeks, Favre says he’s been impressed so far with the Vikings safety net – TE Visanthe Shiancoe.
“By far, physically speaking, he’s as good a tight end as I’ve ever played with, and I’ve played with some good ones that date back to Chewy (Chmura) and the combination we had with Chewy and Keith Jackson,” Favre told reporters on Wednesday.
Favre acknowledged that Shiancoe still has a ways to go to matchup with a player such as Chmura in terms of career production. But the QB also said that, given time, there is “no doubt” Shiancoe can become that kind of player for the Vikings and put up great numbers.
Aside from being impressed with Shiancoe from a physical standpoint, Favre also said Shiancoe is the type of personality that winning locker rooms need.
“To me he is a great personality,” Favre explained. “(He’s) outgoing (and) funny (and) goofy at times. I speak from experience, but I think that’s the type of guys, aside from talent, that make up good teams.
“I think he has all of the tools and I am excited to work with him.”
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