Vikings WR Bernard Berrian’s status all week leading into Sunday’s season opener was in doubt as he continued to recover from a hamstring injury that was suffered during the team’s 1st preseason game in Indianapolis. Berrian was able to play against the Browns but he wasn’t able to haul in any catches and was only thrown to twice.
But Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress said on Monday that he expects Berrian’s productivity will increase as he works his way back into the fold and develops some synergy with QB Brett Favre.
“He played fifty or fifty-five plays,” Childress said. “He played very well in our run game. He just didn’t have that many opportunities around the ball. I would think that would increase as he spends more time and [develops] a little more stamina…Brett learning him a little better. I didn’t see any ill-effects in terms of the hamstring at all.”
The Vikings head coach also cited Cleveland’s scheme as a reason Berrian, and the rest of the Vikings WRs, weren’t able to fill up the box score.
“He (Favre) had those couple shots…he had the one up to Percy and I think he had one up to Berrian,” Childress recalled. “But there was a lot of soft shell stuff. A lot of fire zone stuff where they kind of had an umbrella-type of coverage with the safeties hanging around. It was going to be hard to throw it past them. So we took what was there and took the shots when we had some bump and run looks that we were able to utilize. It’s kind of how they played their coverage. (Browns Head Coach) Eric’s (Mangini) a back end guy, so everything that they do is mindful of the back end to the front end.”
Another reason to expect Berrian’s opportunities in the passing game to increase is because of Adrian Peterson’s 180-yard, 3-TD output on Sunday against Cleveland. You can be sure the Detroit Lions, the Vikings opponents next week, are studying film from the Vikings-Browns game to try and find a way to slow down the Vikings explosive running game.
Something tells me the Lions won’t be using much umbrella coverage next Sunday.
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