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Berrian Will Get A Look At Punt Returns

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 7, 2010 – 1:01 pm

Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress and special teams coordinator Brian Murphy have been asked several times this week about who will assume the role of punt returner. Darius Reynaud had previously held the duty but he was included in a trade with the NY Giants last week.

No clear-cut candidate has been revealed to assume the responsibility on an exclusive basis, so expect multiple players to take their turn setting under punts. Childress did disclose, however, that WR Bernard Berrian will get the 1st turn when the Vikings open the regular season on Thursday evening in New Orleans.

“Bernard will start back there,” Childress said on Tuesday. “Greg (Camarillo) has the ability to do that, as does Percy (Harvin). I can see us rotating a few guys through. Asher Allen has done it for us as well and if Marcus Sherels was up he could do it as well.”

Of the players Childress named, Berrian and Allen have the most NFL experience returning punts. Allen was in the preseason rotation and averaged 4.0 yards per return on 4 attempts. Berrian has quite a bit more experience having returned 12 punts in 3 years while with the Chicago Bears and then displaying his game-changing speed in the punt return role with the Viking in 2008.

Berrian has returned 9 punts as a Viking with a 14.1-yard average. Against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 15 (2008), Berrian returned a punt 82 yards for a score in what wound up being a Vikings rout. That’s the kind of game-breaking and game-changing ability that can make a difference in the punt return role.

“What I like most about him is he’s undervalued as a guy that usually catches the football pretty well,” Childress said of Berrian in the punt return role. “He did a good job early in his career in Chicago and then he’s got the ability to make a guy miss and the speed to be able to take it all the way. And when you’re looking at those guys, you don’t want guys that get ten yards through a ten-yard hole. If it happens to break, he’s got the ability to hurt you with his speed.”


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26 Responses to “Berrian Will Get A Look At Punt Returns”

  1. By T on Sep 7, 2010 | Reply

    rather see Marcus return punts than ash. Beri can get it done though.

  2. By Rogerthevikefan on Sep 7, 2010 | Reply

    Will we look at Stefan Logan if bb can’t. He was good for steelers as a kr and pr so if percy could not and bb could not he could fill both jobs more then a avevrage return man.

  3. By GSpurplengold on Sep 7, 2010 | Reply

    love berrian! punt away! can’t wait to watch him tonight on Minute to Win it! it’s on at 8/7c NBC. he’s playing for charity. might win a million bucks. looks awesome though. minute to win it is doing NFL themed shows tonight AND tomorrow. tomorrow will have pierre thomas.

    here’s the promo http://www.nbc.com/minute-to-win-it/video/nfl-in-the-circle/1246924/

  4. By David Floyd on Sep 7, 2010 | Reply

    Hey, Berrain will be on Minute To Win It tonight on NBC competing for $1 million toward charity. He’ll be with Amber Wright (hottie cheerleader :) ). There’s a promo for it @http://www.nbc.com/minute-to-win-it/video/nfl-in-the-circle/1246924/

    Can’t wait! Check it out!

  5. By Elijah on Sep 7, 2010 | Reply

    why not give samuel giguere a shot i dont know what he was doing try to crack a roster loaded with wideouts. he has the speed, can play special teams is young etc. you need wideouts or te.

  6. By Bubbs on Sep 7, 2010 | Reply

    Berrian has hands made of rocks, he’s going to fumble.

  7. By Chaz on Sep 7, 2010 | Reply

    Bubbs, just shut up. Go look in the mirror and bash yourself.

  8. By James Growl on Sep 7, 2010 | Reply

    Did you hear Visanthe Shianco is going to be competing with rival Pierre Thomas in the 60 second circle on Minute to Win it!? Watch it on NBC tonight and tomorrow night at 8pm. It’s going to kick ass! Especially since the cheerleaders will be cheering them on!

  9. By James Growl on Sep 7, 2010 | Reply

    Hey! Check out the sexy Amber Wright (49ers cheerleader) compete in the 60 second circle along side Bernard Berrian from the Minnesota Vikings on NBC’s Minute to Win it tonight at 8pm! She’s gonna hit big!

  10. By Marcus on Sep 7, 2010 | Reply

    Don’t know if I like the idea of Berrian returning punts. Not that he doesn’t have the ability, but that position can easily lead to injuries and don’t know if we should risk our only returning/healthy receiver!

  11. By Lito on Sep 7, 2010 | Reply

    Analysis done, Let’s see what the Vikings are made of. Super Bowl or Bust. No excuses please.

  12. By Vy-King on Sep 7, 2010 | Reply

    Punt returns? What is Chilli thinking of, Rice is out and now he’s trying to get our next best down the field receiver hurt! Give the Khamakazee job to somebody else. Super Bowl or Bust? I say Bust as long as Brad’s still coaching. I see why Brett don’t trust him. Give me a freaking break. This is why we can’t beat a team like the Saints because of idiots making choices like this. Watch Sean Payton make him look like a fool again. If it wasn’t for Favre he would have lost his job last year.

  13. By russell on Sep 7, 2010 | Reply

    i agree with Vy-King, chili is an @ss clown

  14. By nola on Sep 8, 2010 | Reply

    Childress needs his Bald head examined if he thinks about placing one of your best receivers in a return position. Our Dome will be Loud and Proud, unlike any Dome the Viking’s will be playing in this year. Good luck to your team. But as I said he Wilf’s must go in a different direction, regarding your Head Coach. Tick Tock…Tick Tock.
    WHODATNATION.

  15. By rodney on Sep 8, 2010 | Reply

    NOLA WHAT….YOUR TEAM ALMOST GOT BEAT LAST YEAR…DID YOU SEE THAT GAME..YOU ACT like the saints CAN’T BE BEAT..

  16. By nola on Sep 8, 2010 | Reply

    Rodney and your point is? Last time I checked “ALMOST” was in Horseshoes and Hand Granades. WHODATNATION. Tick Tock, Tick Tock.
    Next thing you will say is the Weather will be a factor in Dome Stadiums.

  17. By Doulgas Que on Sep 8, 2010 | Reply

    Vikings need to let it go. The Saints won. I hate it as much as you do but when the whole team is playing hot potato with the ball and the coach changed the play without telling the offensive coordinator, causing the 12 men in the huddle, it wasn’t meant to be. I think the loss will generate a Saints/Vikings rivalry for years to come. Let’s just worry about this season and getting our guys healthy to play. We’re not even a favorite to make the playoffs so we’re kind of an underdog which can be a good thing.

  18. By Purplenurple on Sep 8, 2010 | Reply

    Nola, you sure talk alot of smack considering you had ONE very good year.Your pathetic pop probably had a paper bag over his head(not just because ma wasn’t a looker). Your thug team’s mentality might just bring u bad Karma. Whodat–that used your proud superdome as a toilet,probably Gregg williams,Alex Brown,Anthony Hargrove and that turd,Sharper.

  19. By Purplenurple on Sep 8, 2010 | Reply

    Now,back to the real business at hand.If Harvin or Barrian can make a big return or quick six,that may win the game-so good luck gentleman.

  20. By Purplenurple on Sep 8, 2010 | Reply

    One more note: Gregg Williams consulted Ray Lewis on
    “aggresive ways” to hurt Brett Favre.Turns out Ray knows it’s all “legal”if nobody goes to jail – I mean flagged. KARMA

  21. By rodney on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    NEWS FLASH WHEN VIKINGS WIN TONIGHT THEY WILL BE PASSING OUT PAPER BAGS AT THE EXITS…FOR THE SAINT FANs. IN CASE OF A FIRE PLEASE SAINTS FANS STAY CLOSE TO THE VIKING FANS THEY CAN HELP YOU GET OUT!!!!!!!!!

  22. By rodney on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    A good place for the saints would be the TOILET BOWL..I just flushed drew breezy

  23. By rodney on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    I heard if the saints lose tonight the saint they will not wear bags on there head .They will wear condom on there head.I guess the saying is true they are a bunch of d_- k heads

  24. By burythebook on Sep 9, 2010 | Reply

    check out – https://sites.google.com/site/burythebook2010/ – for tonight’s free NFL winner

  25. By bubbs on Sep 12, 2010 | Reply

    Pretty sure i saw mcbrickhands fumble one out of bounds on Thursday. As the new Nostradamus; superbowl victory here we come.

  26. By Jonnie on Sep 13, 2010 | Reply

    Berrian the barbarian was awesome on minute to win it!!! check out the season finale of minute to win it tomorrow! http://www.nbc.com/minute-to-win-it/

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