DeGeare Getting It In Gear

Posted by Mike Wobschall on August 4, 2010 – 12:31 pm

Even with a solid “live” practice on Tuesday morning and then several periods of good pad-crunching action, it’s hard for observers to get a true gauge of where interior linemen are in their development as NFL players. To this point, though, Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell seems pleased with how DeGeare’s 1st NFL training camp is progressing.

“Chris is a big boy,” Bevell said of the 6-4, 335-pound rookie. “He is a strong, physical guy. He has a really good anchor down inside. I still see the wheels turning a little bit. There are times when you can speed things up a little bit. I like what I see out of him. The physical ability, the balance he has, he does a nice job.”

Bevell’s comments don’t appear to be hyperbole. When starting LG Steve Hutchinson has been out of action so far during camp, it’s been DeGeare who’s slid in to replace the perennial All-Pro.

“I know Hutch is that solid number one,” DeGeare said, “but it’s always good to get extra work in with the first-team defense. That’s part of the process and the more I can get the better.”

When DeGeare was selected by the Vikings in the 5th round of the 2010 NFL Draft, the book on him was that he had great position flexibility because he is able to both guard and tackle. But for now, DeGeare says position flexibility is not his focus.

“I feel like down the road it (position flexibility) is, but right now I want to get comfortable with my position” DeGeare explained. “They don’t want me swimming and trying to learn a bunch of positions. We’ll see what happens from there.”

The Wake Forest product explained that the key to learning a position in the NFL is knowing the playbook thoroughly, including the adjustments to protections that can be made along the offensive line, and also getting a lot of reps in practice to get a feel for the pace of the game.

As I finished up my conversation with DeGeare, I asked him who the toughest challenges were on the Vikings defensive line. Aside from the Williams Wall, DeGeare named DTs Letroy Guion and Jimmy Kennedy as beasts who provide a good challenge up front. Of course DeGeare (Wake Forest) and Guion (Florida State) go back a couple of years to their days together in the ACC.

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9 Responses to “DeGeare Getting It In Gear”

  1. By Randy P on Aug 4, 2010 | Reply

    Hopefully he can transition quickly to the nfl. Even though ive heard that Herrera is finally back to 100% and being able to bench press i still dont see him as a starter. I hope im wrong but if he doesnt play well hopefully DeGeare can step in and fill the void.

  2. By Rogerthevikefan on Aug 4, 2010 | Reply

    Good to hear he is doing well. Any chance of him takeing anthony’s job. (Please hopeing) He has good size so mabey the right side won’t be the death of a certain well aged qb.

  3. By MGR4FUN on Aug 4, 2010 | Reply

    thanks for an excellent reprot mike … i was hopin to hear somethin about the young former demon deason … i was aware of his athleticism and flexibility for both g & t … liked hearin what he had to say about focusin on first things first get settled in at g first and maybe down the line somethin more … i really feel like his size will help solidify that back-up role vacated by mr hicks … i also like that he wants to go against the 1s ya gotta like that about the young man … i see the o-line really startin to develope that chemistry stuff even in the back-ups … coop and cook and chris and p.brown and c clark gonna be a tough call when its time … how many o-line men ya think will be kept

  4. By MGR4FUN on Aug 4, 2010 | Reply

    if i could type i would be dangerous … sorry … my bad

  5. By Carl K on Aug 4, 2010 | Reply

    Great post Mike! Very enjoyable read.

  6. By PurplePeopleEater on Aug 4, 2010 | Reply

    Is the rumor I learned today true? Did we just offer Brett as much as $7mil more than the $13 on the contract, ONE DAY AFTER A FALSE MEDIA FRENZY? Is ESPN just making more falsehoods now, or is there something to this? They are saying that we have offered a $16mil contract with another $4mil in incentives. Something like that wouldn’t just happen unless there has been a lot of talk behind closed doors.

    I can now only guess that the “this is it” comment that got blown way out of proportion was something leading up to the announcement of his raise being made today.

  7. By Elgar on Aug 4, 2010 | Reply

    When there is no news, reporters improvise and work with rumors instead of facts, even if they have to make up some “new” rumors at a bar in Mankato because they haven’t heard any. Believe none of what you hear and only half of what people claim you are seeing. Brett does not need a new pickup truck or lawn mower, and if he did, he could do that making commercials, rather than letting Saints defenders taking some more shots at him. Brett has not missed a start in two NFL decades due to injury. If the ankle works, then so will Brett.

  8. By Lito on Aug 4, 2010 | Reply

    How about another 6’6″ 330 lb offensive center or right guard to open holes and protect Bret Favre?

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