A Few Thoughts On Sapp-For-Camarillo Trade

Posted by Mike Wobschall on August 26, 2010 – 6:20 am

After disappointing news that WR Sidney Rice could be sideline for 8 weeks or even more after undergoing hip surgery earlier in the week, the Vikings weren’t reduced to licking their wounds or curling over in the fetal position. Instead, the team has aggressively addressed the problem by signing veteran Javon Walker and trading for 5th-year player Greg Camarillo.

Camarillo immediately bolsters the talent level and depth of the Vikings WR corps. The 6-1, 190-pound WR out of Stanford is a versatile player who can lineup in the slot or out wide. According to the website footballoutsiders, Camarillo was targeted 73 times in 2009 with 50 receptions and 0 drops. Camarillo, a smart player, has good but not great quickness and speed and he’s also been productive over the past 2 seasons, hauling in 105 catches in that time with an 11.1-yard per catch average.

Time will tell exactly how the Vikings use him, but by all appearances he seems to be a prototypical possession receiver – versatile with great hands and a history of producing. He’s a nice addition for the Vikings.

The addition of Camarillo comes at the expense of CB Benny Sapp, who had been with the club over the past 2 seasons and played well during his time with the Vikings. When CB Antoine Winfield was sidelined last season with a foot injury, it was Sapp who stepped in and played capably. In total, Sapp played in 30 games for the Vikings with 11 starts and tallied 59 tackles, 2 INTs and 2 forced fumbles in that time.

“Benny was a good player for us,” Vikings assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said on Wednesday. “He did a great job while he was here. He helped us out down the stretch a year ago. Wish him the best with his new team, wish him the best.”

But while the Vikings depth at WR was in question, depth at CB was not. And that’s why Sapp was dealt. Although starter Cedric Griffin is coming back from a knee injury, Winfield appears to be in top form and a trio of other CBs – Asher Allen, Chris Cook and Lito Sheppard – are vying for playing time. Sapp was by no means a front runner among the CB group and he actually missed extensive time during the early part of training camp due to dehydration.

No word yet on when Camarillo will join the Vikings or what jersey number he’ll wear. His contract runs through the 2011 season.

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  1. By MGR4FUN on Aug 26, 2010 | Reply

    thanks mike … i wanna wish mr sapp well in goin home to florida and playin with the fins … the fins will get a good contributor to special teams and a reliable man on the corner … i think this maybe one of those moves when we look back at the end of the year and say wow the front office really knew what they were doin with that trade … #4 will make this young mr camarillo a superstar … that is just what #4 does … however it will still be the runnin game of #28 and #32 that allow #4 the luxury of bein selective in his surgical skills and selection of just who he will apply as the scalpel … aint it gr8 to be a fan of the purple

  2. By VikefaninIllinois on Aug 26, 2010 | Reply

    Don’t stop now Vike’s.Trade even up McKinne for left tackle Marcus McNeill of the Chargers(holdout).We all know it is won in the trenches,& McKinne ain’t quite got it anymore..

  3. By Haywood Jablomie on Aug 26, 2010 | Reply

    MGR4FUN forgot to add that # 4 will then throw an interception at the worst possible time, because that is what # 4 also does. # 28 will fumble and you are counting on Toby Who? I don’t think it is so gr8 to be a fan of the purple.

  4. By Eugene on Aug 26, 2010 | Reply

    That’s what you gotta love about Favre he makes the talent better. Yes it hurts to not have Rice in the lineup but no need to panic Bret Favre will bring out someone else and make them a superstar. Great move with this trade I think the Dolphins may be the loser in this trade honestly and I have heard Dolphins fans themselves admit it as well. Go Vikings!

  5. By vikingsfansince98 on Aug 26, 2010 | Reply

    we just traded for the next wes welker. great move

  6. By vikings012 on Aug 26, 2010 | Reply

    haywood jablomie go somewhere else f@g

  7. By Pedro on Aug 26, 2010 | Reply

    I think it was a great move. The dolphins are deep at reciever and felt camarillo could be let go. Watching the Patriots like I do and have seem Camarillo play its a very good pick up for the vikes and having Farve throwing to him should make him very good.

  8. By mshow your horns on Aug 26, 2010 | Reply

    haywood jablomie how does it feel to go through life as chicken little and all that negativity if your not a vikings fan than go away

  9. By jjj on Aug 26, 2010 | Reply

    The cardinals are desperate for a quarterback – perhaps we could pry Steve Breaston away – for Sage or Travis and a draft pick – or whatever it takes – just a thought

  10. By purple08 on Aug 26, 2010 | Reply

    Makes me laugh how so many people say #4 will make everyone a superstar! What a joke. Awesome name Haywood! Haha! I am in a football pool with someone who uses that handle. Favre Sucks!

  11. By Rogerthevikefan on Aug 26, 2010 | Reply

    They would have to make the trade soon before mac shows he lost it.

  12. By Vikinator911 on Aug 26, 2010 | Reply

    I wish the Vikings would stop worrying about the reciever and get an offensive lineman. They need to work out a trade to the Patriots for Mankins. They’re Farve will not be able to throw the ball to anyone without an offensive line!

  13. By Carl K on Aug 26, 2010 | Reply

    Our oline will be ok if just start big Ryan Cook at center and start DeGeare at guard.

  14. By Lakes on Aug 26, 2010 | Reply

    Packers already talking superbowl even if they have too of the oldest corners in leaugue and no linebackers!! Can’t wait till vikes shut them down again and put Mr. Rodgers out to pasture hahaha!!

  15. By al green on Aug 26, 2010 | Reply

    GOOD TRADE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. By trevor on Aug 26, 2010 | Reply

    how about trade round 2 next year…and sidney rice and/or tjack for randy moss

  17. By Rogerthevikefan on Aug 26, 2010 | Reply

    Hope GC makes defenders look worthless.

  18. By Haywood Jablomie on Aug 26, 2010 | Reply

    This isn’t Detroit man, this is for the SuperBowl…

    Gary Anderson lined up for a field goal, he hasn’t missed all year, oops, now he has.

    Giants 41 Vikings 0

  19. By Muscles911 on Aug 26, 2010 | Reply

    Sapp flopped a few times down the stretch as I recall so great trade, nice to get a Welker type player that is quick and fearless over the middle combined with a T/E nice options for Farve! Farve played his best EVER last year and they lost ( which they SHOULD have won) showing they need and will succeed in making the other facets of the team play stronger and better! Adrian looks great pre-season and seems to be very aware of the football this year, so no worries there! I am betting that the Aints will have the classic case of SB hangover, the cheeseheads wont make it past the purples they are not deep enough. Farve MVP of SB!! Go Vikes!

  20. By Muscles911 on Aug 26, 2010 | Reply

    Giants 41 Vikings 0 lol after Poor Eli got his head ripped open he will have a case of pocket QB jitters all year! THAT was just preseason wait until real game time! !:)

  21. By Woodboat on Aug 26, 2010 | Reply

    I really enjoy the insightful comments some folks put on these boards… such as Farve Sucks. Name me a QB that NEVER makes a bad throw in an important game. Peyton Manning? Joe Montana? Johnny Unitas? Yeah, Farve will throw a bad ball now and again, but so what? He won a bunch of games for the Vikes last year, games they’d have lost with any other QB on their roster. He isn’t the best QB in the league, probably not even the best in division, but he’s pretty darned good and easily the best chance the Vikes have to getting to the big game. Oh, someone said the Packers don’t have any LBs…. uh, that’s not true. Hawkes is a bad man.

  22. By Woodboat on Aug 26, 2010 | Reply

    Other thoughts…
    Sapp got burned plenty last year. He may have been a great teammate, but I don’t think the VIkes are gonna miss him much. Someone suggested trying to trade S Rice and T Jack for Randy Moss…. uh, no. Moss is getting long in the tooth, and while I wouldn’t mind seeing the last of Jackson, Rice (assuming he gets and stays healthy) is gonna be a great receiver for the Vikes for years to come. I love that everyone is calling Camarillo the next Wes Welker. Why, because of his skin tone? Why not just let him be Greg Camarillo and leave Welker in Boston…..

  23. By Muscles911 on Aug 26, 2010 | Reply

    nice comment Woodboat! Just one thought though you state”He isn’t the best QB in the league, probably not even the best in division, but he’s pretty darned good and easily the best chance the Vikes have to getting to the big game.” Last year he WAS one of the best quarterbacks in the entire NFL, Let us not say he may not be the best in the DIVISION until AFTER the season, when we will know for certain one way or another. I will bet he like all QBs will toss some ints but like you stated Farve is the best chance for the Vikes this season!

  24. By Muscles911 on Aug 26, 2010 | Reply

    “I love that everyone is calling Camarillo the next Wes Welker. Why, because of his skin tone? Why not just let him be Greg Camarillo and leave Welker in Boston…..” ROFL! only like Welker in “style points” zero drops is impressive!

  25. By itguy on Aug 26, 2010 | Reply

    Haywood, you are an idiot. If you live in MN move out. All of you pessimist should get the heck out of here. Do you think you are that smart to come on a MN Vikings website and try and bring us down. We will see what happens this year. Benny you will be missed, Mike welcome and lets kick some tail!

  26. By Ca FIN Fan on Aug 26, 2010 | Reply

    Vikes fans, you did good with Camarillo. He’s been a class act for us in Miami and a real clutch receiver. We’re sad to lose him but that’s the game. We need help with a young secondary and I guess Coach feels Sapp will help. Not sure I’d compare him to Welker (whom we stupidly gave to the Pats), but I think your head office did good with this one. I’m glad greg gets to play with number 4 and a team that should be a contender.

  27. By Woodboat on Aug 26, 2010 | Reply

    I’m really looking forward to watching Camarillo play for the Vikes this year, and I’d also like to see Payne see some time in the slot. I just don’t want the expectations for this kid to be set so high (ala Wes Welker) that the fans turn on him when he doesn’t contend for the league MVP. I’ll be tickled pink if he gives us 60 catches for 600 yards this year. Remember, the Vikes still have Bernard, Shank, Percy, AP, and hopefully half a season of Rice. This is a very tough squad and we don’t really NEED Camarillo to go Wes Welker, which is nice for him and the team.

  28. By Haywood Jablomie on Aug 26, 2010 | Reply

    Hey itguy…”all of you pessimist should get the heck out of here.” You are quite the wordsmith, plus you can’t even spell out Minnesota. Vikings will be 8 and 8. Go 49ers.

  29. By jesse sandoval on Aug 26, 2010 | Reply

    i think Visanthe Shiancoe and percy harvin are going to be the stand out players and weve got a lot of good group of players

  30. By Shane on Aug 27, 2010 | Reply

    You know, I don’t know why everyone worries so much about sidney rice being out.. He is a great talent, no doubt, but was he a great talent before last season? wasn’t he just mediocre for his first 2 seasons? Brett Favre will make the people around him better, maybe another one of our young recievers will excel. All is not lost, favre will make himself a recieving corps

  31. By drew on Aug 27, 2010 | Reply

    We needed a receiver, that was a good move! But! Why not give the Jets a second round for Darrelle Revis,. we could offer Revis a 5yr deal 5yrs 70mil and 40mil a sure things. Antoine is getting old, we always need corner and safty help.

  32. By Woodboat on Aug 27, 2010 | Reply

    Shane, Rice was a mediocre receiver because we didn’t have a QB that could get him the ball. That being said, I agree with you that Farve will make everyone better. If the receivers can catch, and it sounds like they can, the Vikes’ll be just fine.

  33. By Don on Aug 27, 2010 | Reply

    Are you kidding me? Three articles down you were talking about the secondary needs. Now you say we have no needs in the CB position. Did something change because of spring training? Or did those questions get answered in the San Fran game? It looks to me that we need more help in the CB position.

    We were so shallow in the CB position last year. Did no one watch the NFC championship game? Corner goes down and replacement comes in. Drew Brews has a field day on that side of the field. Saints go to the Superbowl. Brett Farve is not the total answer for the Vikings. Sorry he had a bad December and he still makes bad decisions. You win championships on defense. It gets no simpler then that. Remember Brad Johnson and Trent Dilfer have Superbowl rings.

  34. By MGR4FUN on Aug 28, 2010 | Reply

    i am not sure i was watchin the same game that don was … brees field day on the right side was a non-existant pass interference call on ben leber who was never in contact with the wide receiver and the replay clearly indicated that … ifin that is what don is callin a field day … all i got to say is … cmon man … the purple needed a possession type receiver and miami needed a nickle type / special teams db … sapp was of value to miami and because of some dehydration issues early in camp sapp had fallen down the depth chart and the purple considered him available for this trade … good deal for the purple and benny gets to go home to florida and play football … the purple defensive backfield will be just fine this fall just wait and see … keep the purple faith

  35. By Larry80ldj on Aug 28, 2010 | Reply

    Even though Rice will be missed; I think this can be a blessing in disguise, Harvin will get less headaches as season goes on (the 80-90 deg heat is a killer to a migraine person)…so we actually added depth, then if we can stay competative until Rice gets back….look-out…I think this is the year! who-ever idea to bring & get these 2 players should get a Raise….AWSOME MOVE !

  36. By larry80ldj on Aug 28, 2010 | Reply

    Awsome move…Chilly.give yourself a nice pad on the back if this was your idea! ….after Rice went down & Harvin well u know…but this is a huge blessing in disguise getting Greg C & J Walker…Super Bowl in 2010 no Doubt

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