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Childress, Camarillo Discuss Trade; Vikings Practice Downtown

Posted by Mike Wobschall on August 26, 2010 – 2:58 pm

The Vikings conducted practice at Mall of America Field at the Metrodome on Thursday because head coach Brad Childress wanted his players to get a feel for the new playing surface that was installed this offseason. The old surface – FieldTurf – was replaced by Sportexe, a product produced by a Georgia-based company and also used by the Baltimore Ravens.

The new playing surface will see its 1st game action on Saturday, when the Vikings host the Seattle Seahawks in a game scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. CT. Speaking of the game, Childress disclosed that he anticipates his starters to play the entire 1st half and then 1 series into the 3rd quarter. Childress declined to specify what the playing order would be for the QBs following Favre’s departure from the game and he also said WR Percy Harvin, who has missed extended time this training camp and preseason, has not been cleared to play.

Earlier this morning I offered my thoughts on the Benny Sapp-for-Greg Camarillo trade. Today, Childress was asked to comment. Here’s what he said: “Love Benny. It’s hard to see him go. They (Miami) had a need and want and we had a need and a want. We were able to match those two things up. I don’t know that it speaks anything to how we feel about the other people yet, but obviously good enough to part with Benny. At the same time, we had a need that we felt like we needed to fill.”

Asked about his new receiver, Childress responded: “A receiver by definition should receive. He’s got A+ hands, so if you put a ball around him he’s got great pluck characteristics that he can pluck the ball out of the air and catch it in his hands.

On whether Camarillo is an inside or outside receiver: “He’s done both; he’s played outside, he’s played in the slot. We’ll have to start him slowly; we can’t put everything on his plate right away. We like for all our guys to be able to interchange.”

Also, I wasn’t able to attend this morning’s practice at Mall of America Field, and therefore I wasn’t able to catch up with Camarillo after his 1st Vikings practice to get his reaction to the trade. But the Star Tribune’s Judd Zulgad did, and here’s what Camarillo had to say

“It was a crazy day,” Camarillo said when asked about what happened after he learned he had been traded on Wednesday. “I found out at 10 a.m. that it was time to leave my home and move to Minnesota. I’ve only been here for maybe 24 hours. But it’s home now. I’m excited. It’s a new opportunity with a great team.”


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36 Responses to “Childress, Camarillo Discuss Trade; Vikings Practice Downtown”

  1. By G. warden on Aug 26, 2010 | Reply

    Greg, is a great guy and will fit in just fine.

  2. By Eric on Aug 26, 2010 | Reply

    I’m curious, why is there new turf at the Dome with, what, a year remaining on the Vike’s lease?

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

    Eric, good question. Maybe new turf and a sweet lease deal will keep the Viking in Minnesota a few more years.

  4. By Toby on Aug 26, 2010 | Reply

    What about Antonio Bryant or Vincent Jackson?

  5. By Rogerthevikefan on Aug 26, 2010 | Reply

    C.G. with farve at qb will be feared.

  6. By Lito on Aug 26, 2010 | Reply

    Now how about a 6’6″ 330 lbs offensive center or right offensive guard to protect Bret Favre and/or create holes for Ap, TG, and company?

  7. By Sean Sarro on Aug 26, 2010 | Reply

    Antonio Bryant has some brutal knees bro

  8. By DJlucky1 on Aug 26, 2010 | Reply

    Thats what they need desperately is some new lineman… but i dont think they are going to make any changes there

  9. By James Edward Crawford on Aug 26, 2010 | Reply

    I hope that this season will see a Super Bowl champion and Brett Farve can retire the way John Elway did in Denver.

  10. By Sports Fan on Aug 26, 2010 | Reply

    Camarillo is a great pickup. However, I agree they need OL, the Saints showed that Favre hates getting sacked.

  11. By evalu8er on Aug 26, 2010 | Reply

    Childress did not mention Favre by name in his PC–what’s with that? is he suddenly a Packers fan or did Brett go home? He called the QB’s as the One will have the first half, then we see about Sage and Joe. So no TJack either? Who are we missing here?

  12. By Rogerthevikefan on Aug 26, 2010 | Reply

    Macus mcneil check it out mabey chargers will part with the holdout. Trade BMac.

  13. By Rogerthevikefan on Aug 27, 2010 | Reply

    Trade herrera and sage or tjack and 3rd round pick for logan mankins. Or have cook or degeare as the starting rg

  14. By Ed on Aug 27, 2010 | Reply

    get mankins!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. By viking/lakers P and G on Aug 27, 2010 | Reply

    chidress doing good on 3 tires on air pressure the 4 one is very low thats the O/L bring the tire to correct tire pressure the ride will be smoothe to the super bowl just like a LOWRIDER viking fan /63 lakers /16 riverside ca.

  16. By MGR4FUN on Aug 27, 2010 | Reply

    thanks mike … as with all trades i think it is a wait and see kinda deal … looks like both teams got what they were lookin for … i feel bad for the fans that are wantin action on mankins or neal … this just is not gonna happen at this time … with no cba in place the purple will not be negotiatin any contract extensions or new long term contracts (mankins and neal are holdin out for big buck long term contracts) and in the present business climate that is not a very good idea since we hav quality athletes already under contract … i am not say both mankins and neal are not quality athletes i am sayin the purple will not be doin any bigtime long term contracts in the immediate near future … it just aint gonna happen

  17. By Carl K on Aug 27, 2010 | Reply

    Lito – what do you think? I think 6-6 328 Ryan Cook has look good in a reserve roll at center and guard. I think 6-4 325 Degeare has looked good at guard. And I think 6-5 310 P.Brown has also look good in reserve at tackle. If we don’t go after an OL player (I don’t think the Vikings will), we should at least open up the competition to let some of our young depth players win a starting job.

  18. By Ryan on Aug 27, 2010 | Reply

    Get rid of everyone on the o-line except for hutch, terrible terrible o-line I’m surprised they haven’t got rid of big mac yet he gets burned atleast 2 or more times a game his only gift is his size… his footwork hand leverage technique is pathetic. I would rebuild this o-line next year from scratch keep hutch everyone else would be gone if anybody that watches the vikings play the o-line gets slaughtered when teams decide to blitz the line collapse in the nick of time. Too bad we can’t have the colts o-line or else favre would be unstoppable.

  19. By Carl K on Aug 27, 2010 | Reply

    Sage and Webb have some pretty good preseason stats and I think these reserve OL guy deserve some credit.

  20. By Bleedin Purple on Aug 27, 2010 | Reply

    I’m not gonna name any names, but some people that post on here make Vikings fans look bad. Atleast know what your talking about before you post something and make yourself look like an ass. Our O-line is not as horrible as is being portrayed. Its preseason and O-lines need time to gel. If your telling me Loidholt is garbage then you don’t even need to be watching football. Learn to support your team through the good and bad and stop bringin them down all the time. Fans are here to have there teams back not criticize every mistake…

  21. By Ryan on Aug 27, 2010 | Reply

    I don’t want to mention any names but some fans don’t have any high standards you can be a die hard vikings fan but doesn’t mean there are no improvements and inputs you should have to make the team better. Maybe the way they play is good enough for you maybe your standards are low in life and its a great o-line but for many it is an underachievement the sky is the limit and improvement is never a limit watch the saints game and evaluate for yourself the truth is the truth. I’m a vikings fan but I also want to see this team win a superbowl.

  22. By viking reality check on Aug 27, 2010 | Reply

    Irrespective of what you’ll say Big MAc needs to go, I was at the china buffet when he and 8 other vikes were having luch during training camp, and he looks huge and intimidating, but then on the field these short guys just run pass him.

  23. By MGR4FUN on Aug 27, 2010 | Reply

    lemme see perfect at home … 9 – 0 in ’09 at the metrodome … who was blockin then … tough to improve on that … #4 has the best year of his HOF life … who was blockin for that … #28 has a subpar year at 1300+ yards (are you kiddin me) i wonder who was blockin for that … 6 count them 6 recievers with more than 40 catches only been done once before in the NFL … wonder who was blockin for that … the #1 red zone scorin offense in the NFL in ’09 … who was blockin for that … the second best scorin offense in the NFL in ’09 … who was blockin for that … the runnin back that scored the most rushin touchdowns (18) in the NFL in ’09 the same back that had 1300+ rushin yards and 10+ touchdowns for the third str8 year … i know who was blockin for that … the #2 touchdown scorin tight end (11) in the NFL in ’09 … who was blockin for that … an o-line that is another year more expierenced “together” and a very important offseason “healthier” … “The Five Reasons” … #74 LT – Bryant McKinnie 30 y/o 6’8″ 335# / #76 LG – Steve Hutchinson 32 y/o 6’5″ 313# / #65 C – John Sullivan 24 y/o 6’4″ 301# / #64 RG – Anthony Herrera 29 y/o 6’2″ 315# / #71 RT – Phil Loadholt 24 y/o 6’8″ 343# … “The Five Reasons” … to mention a name ryan you are a pin-head … one play from the superbowl dude … cmon man

  24. By Bleedin Purple on Aug 27, 2010 | Reply

    MGR4FUN- enough said

  25. By Ryan on Aug 27, 2010 | Reply

    Mgr4fun you are smart to hide behind the computer and call names hahah all of your teeth would be missing if you said that in real life just hide behind the computer haha.

  26. By Ryan on Aug 27, 2010 | Reply

    favre is mostly hurried fast in the pocket he had to release it super fast because he knew the line would collapse in 4seconds. If it wasn’t favre last year whover the qb would have been wouldn’t even succeed and have those types of numbers. The run game and the pass protection is different the o-line can play against the run because it is mainly pushing and creating holes for the runningback, as far as pass protection goes there is more pressure on the line to stop the stunts and blitz it takes more effort on who to pick up and who runs free and the o-line is horrid at picking up the blitz and in protection. I won’t be the last to say the vikings o-line is the weak link and the whole nfl knows there line is not all that great the stats you are putting up is worthless favre will still make plays but he has to release the ball before he is ready and I’m sure he does not feel comfortable behind that line. If you watched last weeks preseason game he was in there for 4plays and got his a** pancaked by patrick willis.

  27. By Carl K on Aug 27, 2010 | Reply

    Our line is solid… Hutch and McKinnie when healthy and motivated are among the best in the NFL. Nothing wrong with Loadholt, it is just a matter of time before I think he is a star. Sully and Herrera are ok and should get better, but if they don’t, I am excited about the way DeGeare and R. Cook have played so far in preseason. Competition makes players better… and I think Ryan Cook is a much better player because of it (he lost his starting job and I think he is motivated now) . I also think he is better inside at center or guard than he is at tackle. I am glad to see him getting some preseason action inside. No disrespect to our starters, but when I see good play from our young backup depth players, I am going to talk about it.

  28. By Dustin on Aug 27, 2010 | Reply

    Ryan, dude you need to cool it, there’s nothing wrong with pointing out flaws but there’s such a thing as constructive criticism and being a tool. We do have some flaws but overall it is a good O-line. It’s just a comment page so cool down

  29. By SKOL on Aug 27, 2010 | Reply

    I agree with MGR4FUN and Bleeding Purple, I hate people who trash their team just because they think they won’t be any good. I true fan loves their team no matter what. The line is fine, maybe not as good as people would have like last year at times, but they have had one year of playing together now and it can only get better, Loadholt was a rookie and will just keep getting better. Take away one “mishap” from the championship game and we were easliy on our way to a superbowl (any one of the five TO’s). This year will only be better, ya Sidney’s injury hurts but nobody expected him to have as good of a year as he did, someone will step up and put up those same numbers. SKOL VIKINGS

  30. By radzinwisconsin on Aug 27, 2010 | Reply

    O line coach sucks maybe?

  31. By Anthony on Aug 27, 2010 | Reply

    Please dont let me see anything about Cook filling in on the OL. Hes not very good – if you remember when he played you often heard his name which as a lineman is the last thing you want. Holding, getting beat, etc. Do you want Favre to die?

  32. By David Meyer on Aug 28, 2010 | Reply

    At the 49er game Cooper was playing center. Nothing bad about him but he doesn’t have a lot of experience.

  33. By moorevikes on Aug 28, 2010 | Reply

    it’s not like the team or any team for that matter can go out and get the best player in the nfl at center, gaurd, tackle, ect. you think the colts did that? i’m pretty sure they developed some if not all of them. sullivan and loadholt are in their 2nd year as starters (give um time). we all know hutch is a monster. sorry i will always say my opinion on mckinnie is he gets burnt by speed rushers and lacks dedication (don’t really care for him). kinda concerned about right gaurd spot if herrera doesn’t play well then we’ll most likely have degeare in there. so potentially we could have two 2nd year players and a rookie from center to right tackle, hutch, and overrated left tackle. so is there cause for concern a little, but only time will tell. to say our line sucks is ludicrous. and ryan talk about hiding behind the computer takes a big man to threaten to knock someones teeth out and all you had to do is type it.

  34. By Robins on Aug 28, 2010 | Reply

    It is great to have Greg Camarillo join our team. Now he has a chance to help us get to and win the Super Bowl. Sounds like a dream job….join the Vikings and win with Brett and his gang! Nice!

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