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Key Dates In NFL Offseason Calendar

Posted by Mike Wobschall on February 16, 2010 – 2:34 pm

The period between the Super Bowl and the commencement of NFL training camps in late July is commonly referred to as the offseason. But anyone who follows the NFL closely realizes that there is no offseason, not with events such as the NFL Scouting Combine, the NFL Draft, NFL Owners’ Meetings and minicamps on the calendar.

So to help you keep up with everything, vikings.com has developed a “Key Dates” page that will list important deadlines and events that will transpire between now and training camp.

We’ll add to this page when appropriate so be sure to check it out from time-to-time to ensure you don’t miss anything.


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Gopher Stand-Out Likely A Mid-Round Pick

Posted by cjsiewert on February 16, 2010 – 1:16 pm

Minnesota Golden Gophers WR Eric Decker has had many “good” problems to deal with during his collegiate career.  Perhaps the most significant problem he has faced is whether or not to play Major League Baseball.  Decker has been a stand-out WR for the Gophers throughout his 4 seasons on the team but he has also been selected in the MLB Draft the past 2 seasons – by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2008 (round 39) and the Minnesota Twins in 2009 (round 27).

Decker’s athletic performance was highly-noted while attending Rocori High School in Cold Spring, Minn. where he succeeded on both the field and in the classroom.  During his high school football career, Decker compiled 2,156 receiving yards and 28 TDs while earning All-State, All-Conference, All-Area, and All-Section performer his junior and senior year.  He was also a member of the National Honor Society and the All-State academic team.

After graduating in 2005, Decker enrolled at the University of Minnesota where he joined the football team.  He was redshirted his 1st year but played in all 13 games in 2006, catching 26 passes for 378 yards and 3 TDs.  Decker recorded a break-through season during his sophomore campaign, compiling a team record 67 receptions with 909 yards and 9 TDs.

In 2008, Decker decided to join renowned coach John Anderson’s baseball team where he batted .329 with 47 runs and 28 RBIs in 161 at-bats while leading his team in walks.  His performance garnered enough attention that the Brewers decided to draft him in the 39th round of the 2008 MLB Draft, but Decker’s focus was solely on football.  Decker continued to put up great numbers for the Gopher football team the remainder of his collegiate career, tallying 227 receptions for 3,119 yards and 24 TDs.

Heading into the 2010 NFL Draft, there is one factor that might affect Decker’s draft value – the injury he sustained in a game at Ohio State this past season.  While running an out-route, Decker tried to plant quickly and suffered what is known as a Lisfranc sprain (tear of ligament that holds first 2 toes in place).  The injury sidelined Decker for the remainder of the season and usually requires an 8-month period of rehab.

With the injury occurring in late October, that 8-month rehab period brings us right up to the beginning of training camp.  Setting the injury aside, Decker is considered one of the top-10 receivers entering this year’s draft and is praised for his size, work ethic and route-running abilities.  Look for Decker to be a late 2nd or early 3rd round pick.


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Stars Out Of The Spotlight Series Continues

Posted by Ryan Cardinal on February 16, 2010 – 11:25 am

Our 5-part series recognizing 5 Vikings players who had excellent seasons but remained mostly out of the spotlight continues today.

On Monday the series introduced LB Chad Greenway as a star out of the spotlight, highlighting the fact that Greenway led the team in tackles this season and also led all NFL LBs in takeaways with 6.

To read about today’s star out of the spotlight and how he significantly impacted the Vikings 2009 season, click here


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Around The NFC North: Detroit Lions

Posted by Mike Wobschall on February 16, 2010 – 8:05 am

Our look around the NFC North this week continues this morning with a glance at the Detroit Lions…

Celebrating a Hall of Famer

When current football fans hear the name “Dick LeBeau” they likely think of the well-respected Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator. But when Detroit Lions fans hear his name, they think of a former Lions CB who tallied 62 career INTs from 1959 to 1972.

Lions fans heard LeBeau’s named quite a bit on the Saturday before the Super Bowl because he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2010 along with 6 others, including Vikings DT John Randle.

ESPN.com’s NFC North blogger (and former Star Tribune Vikings beat writer) Kevin Seifert had an interesting piece on his blog regarding LeBeau and his election into the Pro Football HOF. Check it out by clicking on this link. By the way, I’m on record as saying he’s a Hall of Famer.

Roster Maintenance
We noted on Monday that much of the change over in the Bears organization was coming on the coaching staff. The same cannot be said of the Lions, whose coaching staff will enter its 2nd year together.

But there are some additions being made and rumors of possible additions that could be made. For starters, the Lions have signed former Cincinnati Bengals RB DeDe Dorsey, according to the Detroit Free Press. Also, this report mentions that the Lions might be interested in WR Donte Stallworth, who was immediately released after being re-instated from a 1-year NFL suspension.


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