On Wednesday morning we wrote about rookie OL Chris DeGeare, the Vikings 5th round pick who arrived a touch late to this week’s OTAs so he could participate in graduation ceremonies at Wake Forest University. DeGeare, who earned a degree in Sociology from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) school, became the first member of his family to earn a college degree.
A versatile player with soft temperament but solid strength and power, DeGeare played both G and T at Wake Forest, spending most of his career at G but then switching to LT as a senior. We pointed out on Wednesday that DeGeare may have an opportunity to fulfill the role formerly held by Artis Hicks as a swing offensive lineman who can play multiple positions along the offensive line, something that would enhance his skill set and make him an attractive option to make the roster and round out the OL depth chart.
While I’d maintain that DeGeare has the capability to be that type of player, it should also be noted that Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress said after Wednesday’s practice that the 6-4, 335-pound rookie is sticking to G for now during workouts.
“We are keeping him in there at guard right now,” Childress said. “Typically those offensive linemen are swimming right now but he has done some good things in the one-on-one stuff. He has to communicate with both people on the sides of him and learn a whole new system. Physically he can stand in there and do what he needs to do. It’s just a matter of getting it rote so that he doesn’t have to think he can just play.”
We also mentioned on Wednesday the reports that are linking free agent G Chester Pitts with the Vikings. Pitts is a 9-year pro who was drafted by the Houston Texans – starting all 112 games in which he played – but is coming off a knee injury that caused him to miss 14 games in 2009.
Pitts has said that as many as 5 teams, including the Vikings, have called inquiring about his services and he also said he’s scheduled a workout day for July 15.
“We are always inquiring,” Childress explained. “I think that we have talked to his agent. I don’t think that anyone in the organization has talked to Chester Pitts, maybe the exception of Sage Rosenfels because they are former teammates.
“I wasn’t aware that there is a workout day. I was thinking about being on a beach somewhere.”
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