Although it might not have been in the “receptions” and “receiving yards” columns, Vikings WRs helped fill up the box score on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. The WR group combined for just 5 catches and 53 receiving yards, but Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress showered the group with praise for their blocking efforts in the run game.
“All of our wide receivers, when you break runs that long, you see people pressed up,” Childress said. “Percy had guys knocked on the ground. Not coming across the field and knocking somebody down, I’m talking about stalk blocking somebody and putting them on their back. Sidney Rice was involved in the run game. Bernard Berrian was exceptional out there with the ball coming around the edge.”
The blocking efforts by WRs aided RB Adrian Peterson in his 25-carry, 180-yard effort. In fact, Peterson’s longest run of the day, a 64-yarder in the 4th quarter, was sprung not only because of Peterson’s blend of speed and strength, but also because of 2 key blocks from Rice along the sideline on Browns CB Brandon McDonald.
Typically we expect WRs to make a difference in the game by hauling in acrobatic catches and getting into the open field. But it’s pleasing to see the Vikings receiver group giving just as much effort in blocking downfield as they give to catching the ball downfield.
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