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Fan Poll: Who Will Lead Vikings In Receptions For 2010?

Posted by Mike Wobschall on May 12, 2010 – 11:26 am

The current fan poll on the home page of vikings.com asks “Who is most likely to lead the Vikings in catches in 2010?” As you’ve surely noticed, it’s been a very slow news week for the Vikings…so let’s examine the poll question.

Last year, Rice led the team in receptions with 83, while Harvin was 2nd with 60. Both of those players are among the 5 choices in the poll, as are Bernard Berrian, Adrian Peterson and Visanthe Shiancoe. All 5 options are legitimate choices, even Peterson when you consider A) he had a career-high 43 last year and B) he has a chance to haul in more receptions in 2010 because of Chester Taylor’s defection to the Chicago Bears. Also, consider that Peterson had just 1 fewer reception than Taylor in 2009.

Here’s a brief look at each of the 5 candidates:

Berrian – Although he played in all 16 games last year, I would suggest that Berrian was bothered periodically by nagging injuries. If you remember, he injured his leg in the preseason against Indianapolis and I’m not quite sure he completely recovered and I’m also wondering if the practice time he missed because of that injury affected his ability to develop chemistry with QB Brett Favre. If we assume Berrian makes it through training camp and the preseason injury free, perhaps Berrian will regain his 2008 form, when he led the Vikings in receiving yards, led the NFL in yards per reception and had four 100-yard receiving games.

Harvin – The 2009 AP Offensive Rookie of the Year should be considered one of the favorites to lead the team in receptions in 2010. He had 60 catches last year as a rookie and with another year under his belt you’d think his comfort in the offensive system will only grow. Also, the Vikings coaching staff now has a better idea of his skill set and how it translates to this offense, so they’ll be even better at putting him in positions to succeed. Harvin showed great hands and of course great explosion last year, but one aspect of his game that caught me by surprise was his toughness. He made catches across the middle and played with pain; those are attributes that will yield lots of production in the years ahead.

Peterson – You might be quick to dismiss Peterson’s chances of leading the team in receptions, but remember that he had only 1 fewer reception that Taylor last year and he also had a career-high 43 catches. I expect he’ll play more on 3rd downs in 2010, which means he could have more opportunities for receptions. While I’m not predicting Peterson will actually lead the team in receptions, I do think his inclusion in the poll is worthy.

Rice – Because of his catch radius and knack for making big plays, Rice quickly became a favorite target of Favre’s in 2009. Operating under the assumption that Favre returns, we must also assume Rice will remain a favorite target until opposing teams take him away. And taking Rice away is something that’s much easier said than done. Rice is my choice in this poll.

Shiancoe – If Favre returns and if opposing teams are successful at neutralizing Rice, I think Shiancoe is the next best bet to lead the Vikings in receptions. Favre loves throwing to TEs and Shiancoe has developed into a reliable and productive target in the passing game. He’s become especially lethal in the red zone, which is where he caught 80% of his receptions and 100% of his receiving TDs (11).

So what do you think – who is most likely to lead the Vikings in receptions in 2010? Go to the vikings.com home page and cast your vote.


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26 Responses to “Fan Poll: Who Will Lead Vikings In Receptions For 2010?”

  1. By MGR4FUN on May 12, 2010 | Reply

    i think #18 is just gettin started showin us what he is capable of (#1) … however i look for all five guys to hav more than 50 catches … and i will not be surprised if #28 & #32 both hav 1000 yd rushin seasons and throw in 3 or 4 huindred from #12 on the ground as well

  2. By MGR4FUN on May 12, 2010 | Reply

    OBTW that will be with or without #4 … and … with the exact same o-line as was there last season just with one more years experience together … does anyone really think #4 wants to miss out on the fun of leadin this incredibly tallented team for another shot at “the whole enchilada”

  3. By Bigfan1 on May 12, 2010 | Reply

    I think Sidney Rice will be the man followed by all the rest including I think Toby Gearhart.

  4. By Pat the Viking on May 12, 2010 | Reply

    All 5 of these guys are GREAT weapons. I bet you there are QBs on other teams wishing that they had these guys to throw to.

    I can see all these guys having over 80 catches each and Rice with 1 more than the rest. I’ll like to see all these guys with SB rings on their finger.

    There’s no reason why the vikings offense couldn’t put up more than 50 points per games against any team in the league.

  5. By CA Norwegian on May 12, 2010 | Reply

    Pat, I think there is a reason they cannot when count the refs. Imagine a cut block called as tripping took points off the board and ended their undefeated streak against the Steelers, and that phantom interference call changed the outcome in the NFC championship game, or even the non-call when Favre got hit high/low. Sure you could point out other what ifs changing the outcome of these games, but the refs will still be there.

  6. By Fontana Al on May 12, 2010 | Reply

    I love the Vikings and their core of receivers.I hope they get it done this year 41 years of nervousness and heartbreak is more then any fan should have to endure.No team has more disappointments then my Vikings from Joe Capp to Brett Farve, will somebody please get this right for once.

  7. By Vikes98 on May 12, 2010 | Reply

    I think #18 will lead #12 and #87 by 2 catches, and lead #81 by 10 catches. I believe #28 will lead the team in catches. It’s a bold prediction, but I think it’s true.

  8. By rovibe on May 12, 2010 | Reply

    In order: Rice, Harvin, Berrian, Peterson, Shiancoe, Gerhart

  9. By Derek on May 12, 2010 | Reply

    In order: Harvin, Rice, Peterson, Berrian, Shiancoe!

  10. By matt on May 12, 2010 | Reply

    if favre comes back rice will lead. If t joke is qb, peterson will be leading in receptions

  11. By radzinwisconsin on May 12, 2010 | Reply

    I agree CA Norweigan!!!

  12. By vikings012 on May 12, 2010 | Reply

    the vikings do have great weapons remember not too long ago like 3-4 years back we had no play makers at the receiver position its was travis taylor, troy williamson, billy mcmullen, and marcus robinson we had no one now we have an elliot group in rice, harvin, berrian, and shaincoe all great players i love these guys

  13. By Pat the Viking on May 13, 2010 | Reply

    Are there Refs in the NFL, who are trying to throw or fix the outcome of games ?

    Or, is it just bad calls by the Refs ?

    CA Norwegian, radzinwisconsin what do you really think is happening ?

  14. By Skol_Vikings on May 13, 2010 | Reply

    don’t forget the sneak attack… Jeff Dougan.

  15. By Vikings R Amazing omg on May 13, 2010 | Reply

    The fact is favre is going to return and its going to be rice,harvin, berrian, peterson, shiancoe, gerhart, dugan, kleinsasser. And if we get lucky favre’s ball will get deflected into his own hand again and he will get a 4 yard run.SKOL Vikes this is our year.Long time fan from Oklahoma. (Sorry for the misspelled words.)

  16. By Seth on May 13, 2010 | Reply

    There’s no way that the refs are that blind. They’ve gotta be rigging the games. I would love to see some kind of investigation into this. We know it happened in the NBA recently, who’s to say that it’s not going on in the NFL too? Refs are human too, and that means that they’ve got human flaws. Wouldn’t surprise me one bit if three or four officials out there have large outstanding gambling debts they need to work off. As the enforcers of the rules, they’re in the perfect position to alter the outcome of the game. The NFL is NOT immune from corruption.

  17. By MGR4FUN on May 14, 2010 | Reply

    just wanna throw another receiver out for the list … the rookie webb looks like the real deal … some say he could rival the likes of randy moss in time … if that is true is another really good reason for #4s return … he is like a kid in a candy store when it comes to talented wideouts … and if #4 chooses to sit this one out i am one of the true t-jack fans … i believe in the young mans talent and i know he can get the job done

  18. By Pat the Viking on May 14, 2010 | Reply

    With all the talented WRs, TEs & RBs, If Favre came back this year – he will have a BETTER year than he did last year and he will also get a SB ring and could also be the SB MVP.

    If Favre doesn’t return he will miss the chance to make history.

  19. By Carl on May 14, 2010 | Reply

    Whether Favre comes back this year or not, I believe the top receivers will be: Rice, Harvin, Shiancoe, Berrian, Peterson, Gerhart.

    Here are the top receivers from the last 3 years: 2009 – QB’s Favre/Jackson – Rice, Harvin, Shiancoe, Berrian, Taylor, Peterson; 2008 – QB’s Frerotte/Jackson – Wade, Berrian, Taylor, Shiancoe, Peterson,Tahi, Rice; 2007 – QB’s Jackson/Holcombe/Bollinger – Wade, Ferguson, Rice, Taylor, Shiancoe, Peterson. It seems when Jackson has significant playing time (2007-08) the WR’s have the most catches. He likes to throw the ball down the field and has the arm. Now that he has the weapons and the confidence from watching Favre in action, I would say the Viking offense is very good hands. What NFL QB would not want the weapons the Vikings have in house now.

  20. By scat on May 14, 2010 | Reply

    just look at the guys on that list.if any other team in the league constructed this same poll,their options would not even be close to the skill sets in our high profile players.we are looking good.

  21. By Alan on May 15, 2010 | Reply

    I agree the call in OT of the NFC Championship was real bad, however we should have won in regulation if not for a legitimate 12 men in the huddle penalty, and a Interception as well as several turnovers. The refs missed one call in OT and the high/low against Brett but they also called 3 or 4 late hits and roughing the passer in our favor, and didnt call us for a couple that were close against Brees also. We lost cause of mistakes and turnovers not the refs. I do not believe the refs are fixing games, I think as a 30 year vikings fan that we are all so tired of not winning the big games we look to excuses rather than facts sometimes. Rice, Harvin, Shiancoe, AP, Berrian, Gerhart in that order for catches with or without Brett.

  22. By Govikes! on May 16, 2010 | Reply

    Yeah been a vikings fan since a kid and we just always seem to find some way to lose by stupid ways its been like that for decades. Don’t know what it is but it has to stop coaching has got to step up. Excuses are getting old now this talented team needs to play smart physical and limit down on turnovers.

  23. By Nickel_81 on May 16, 2010 | Reply

    Govikes you said it perfectly. The Vikes have always found to upset us fans in the big games. But our ring is coming soon. This team is to talented.

  24. By bleedpurple011 on May 16, 2010 | Reply

    wow,wait till yall c dat boi jaymar fly,tha takeova is here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. By Jones on May 18, 2010 | Reply

    Here’s how you take the bad refereeing outta the equation. Win home field advantage. The HORRIBLE refing from the NFC Championship game doesn’t fall out like it did if they were playing in the Metrodome.

    Harvin doesn’t lead the team in receptions next year as he is #3 on the depth chart. I’d have to say Rice at this point, but if #4 doesn’t return, I’d have to say it’ll be….. the opposing teams CBs.

  26. By Jones on May 18, 2010 | Reply

    PS.
    Bleedpurple011… Troy Williamson can “fly” too…. still gotta catch the ball.

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