Vikings Turf Management Department Begins Renovation

Posted by Mike Wobschall on June 15, 2010 – 2:41 pm

Although Vikings coaches and players have wrapped up their on-field activities until training camp begins later this summer, there is still work to be done on the practice fields at Winter Park. Vikings Turf Manager Grant Davisson is heading up a project on the outdoor practice fields and he’ll be using the Blog to keep us updated on the progress.

Here is Grant’s first blog entry (including photos) regarding the turf project:

Starting on Monday, the outdoor practice fields at Winter Park are being renovated – 110,000 square feet of practice fields and workout areas are being reworked and re-sodded. This is a very exciting time for the team, the coaches and the Vikings Turf Management Department.

In total, 495 tons of sod and soil will be recycled at an offsite facility and fresh sod and soil will be brought in from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Colorado. A state-of-the-art Toro irrigation system will be installed, helping to control over-watering issues and general performance of the turf.

Also, new Turfguard sensors will be installed in the fields to monitor water amounts, temperature and salinity (even though salinity isn’t that big of a deal in Minnesota, it comes with the system).

Check back here often, as we’ll be back with updates and in-depth reports.

The early stages of the turf project at Winter Park.

Bulldozers and earthmovers are being used in the project.

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Vikings Sign RB Ryan Moats

Posted by Mike Wobschall on June 15, 2010 – 9:42 am

The Vikings have bolstered their RB stable by signing free agent Ryan Moats, a 6th-year player out of Louisiana Tech who was recently released by the Houston Texans. Moats adds a veteran presence to a position group that includes Toby Gerhart, Ian Johnson, Adrian Peterson, Darius Reynaud and Albert Young.

“I watched them last year get so close to achieving the ultimate goal,” Moats said of the Vikings. “I’m honored to be a part of the team. I look forward to being a member of the team and working hard to help us get to the Super Bowl.”

Moats began his career with the Philadelphia Eagles, where he was selected in the 3rd round of the 2005 NFL Draft. Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress was Philadelphia’s offensive coordinator at the time and he saw Moats score 3 rushing TDs during his rookie season, including 2 TDs against the NY Giants on December 11  and another the following week against the Rams. During his rookie season, Moats flashed with long scoring runs of 40 yards against the Giants and 59 yards against the Rams.

After limited action for the Eagles in 2006, Moats was injured in 2007 and was eventually waived in August of 2008. He then signed with the Cardinals for a few weeks before the Houston Texans signed him to their practice squad in October of 2008.

Moats, who stands at 5-8, 210 pounds, was eventually elevated to Houston’s 53-man roster and he actually got his 1st carry of the ’08 season against the Vikings in Week 8. An injury to Ahman Green gave Moats more playing time and he broke through with a 3-TD game in place of regular starter Steve Slaton; Moats’ 3-TDs tied for the most single-game TDs by an NFL RB in ‘09. Moats also had 126 yards on 23 carries during that game.

In 2009, Moats led the Texans in rushing TDs with 4 and he was 2nd – behind Slaton – in carries (101) and rushing yards (390). For his career, Moats has averaged 4.1 yards per attempt on 201 career caries and also has 9 TDs (8 rushing, 1 receiving).

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