With the Vikings opening the season on a Thursday night, the team’s schedule – and, consequently, our coverage of the team – leading up to Game 1 is a bit unusual. Yesterday’s (Sunday’s) schedule was just like a regular Wednesday schedule and today is just like a Thursday. On top of that, it’s Labor Day Weekend.
So over the past couple of days and into today it’ll be easy for aspects regarding the Vikings and their preparation for Thursday night’s season-opener to fall through the cracks for fans. To avoid that, let’s review what happened on Sunday…
– The Vikings announced a 7-member practice squad. We’ll have more details regarding the Vikings practice squad shortly, so stay tuned.
– The Star Tribune quoted WR Percy Harvin as saying “I’m ready to play ball.” That’s a positive sign for Vikings fans.
– Speaking of Harvin, Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress indicated to reporters that Harvin will assume kick return duties and that Harvin, Bernard Berrian, Greg Camarillo and others will take looks at the punt return role.
– While meeting with the media following his team’s practice, Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress addressed the backup QB situation. He explained that Tarvaris Jackson gives the Vikings the best chance to win, citing his knowledge of the offensive system and development during the offseason and training camp. Childress also said: “I think you have to understand that the guy that started with the first group (Jackson) got to play 8 snaps in the St. Louis game. The second guy (Sage Rosenfels) got 36 attempts and was 24 of 36 or something. 8 snaps – 36 snaps. The guys that they played. The guys that he played. It’s a completely different set of circumstances. I would hope that if Tarvaris was in there going with the two’s (2nd-team), that he would have been able to light it up that same way.”
– When asked about the team’s interest in free agent WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh, whom the Vikings took a look at in free agency a year ago before Seattle signed him, Childress said “Right now, I’d be more prone to see if we could find a younger guy or somebody that’s been around in a West Coast offense.”
– One thing that is easily lost when looking back on last year’s NFC Championship Game between the Vikings and the Saints is how dominant Adrian Peterson was that night. Unfortunately, his fumbles overshadowed his production. Peterson ran for 122 yards and 3 TDs on 25 carries, an effort that Saints Head Coach Sean Payton hasn’t forgotten: “They’re one of the best rushing teams in the league. When you look at a guy like Adrian Peterson, and what they do as a front, they’re a team that each week is a handful rushing the football. I think as you prepare to play them you have to start with defending the run, defending a great halfback and a great offensive line like they have. And now defending a quarterback like Brett Favre. They kind of threaten you on a lot of fronts. That’s a big challenge.”
– When asked what was the most important position to add depth at this point, Childress said “Right now casting a gaze towards offensive lineman. I don’t think they are quite finished hammering through.”
– Childress indicated that the trade compensation for Sage Rosenfels was a 5th round pick and for Darius Reynaud it was “possibly a 7th” round pick.
Tags: Adrian Peterson, Bernard Berrian, Greg Camarillo, Percy Harvin
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