Having been through 3 different training camps prior to Minnesota, Vikings WR Logan Payne has continually scratched and clawed his way through each practice in hopes of making the regular season roster. The 3-year veteran has yet to see significant time on game days during his career but this season may have a little more action in store for the Land O’ Lakes, Florida native.
In all honesty, Payne has surprised me the most throughout training camp. I have seen him drop 1 pass in the 10 practices I have covered so far and that 1 pass just came off the fingertips on a rocket thrown by QB Tarvaris Jackson.
As I mentioned after Saturday night’s practice, Payne has the ability to catch balls out in front of his body while using his hands rather than trapping the ball against his chest. His ability to make “hands” catches and then quickly making a move after the catch speaks volumes to Payne’s progression, but having a good set of hands is something that Payne prides himself on.
“As a receiver, the ball comes to you and the quarterback is believing in you,” Payne acknowledged. “You gotta come down with the ball. If you’re an NFL receiver you gotta catch everything.”
Payne got the attention of NFL scouts during his senior season as a Golden Gopher, hauling in 59 catches for 804 yards and 9 TDs. The impression he left landed him a job with the Seattle Seahawks as a rookie free agent in 2007. After spending time on the practice squad throughout the ’07 season, Payne earned a role as a starter in 2008. He stepped in with the Seahawks 1st unit for the first 2 games of the regular season before suffering a knee injury during his 2nd game that left him on the sidelines for the remainder of the season.
With the injury well behind #84 coupled with star WRs such as Percy Havin and Sidney Rice missing practice time due to personal matters and injury, respectively, Payne has garnered a significant amount of time getting reps in with the 1st and 2nd offensive units throughout training camp.
“Obviously those guys are superstars and you need those guys back as soon as possible,” Payne mentioned of Harvin and Rice. “When someone’s out and the way the NFL is, the next guy has got to step in and produce. I’ve been getting some more reps and that’s what I’m trying to do.”
Tags: Logan Payne
Posted in All, CJ Siewert | 16 Comments »