The Vikings came into the preseason confident in their group of WRs, on both the talent available and the depth it possessed. Things have changed since that time with marquee WRs Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice missing extended time recently. This forced the Vikings to make a few moves and eventually settle on and trade for the sure-handed Greg Camarillo from the Miami Dolphins.
Camarillo, Harvin and Rice are all in different phases of getting exactly where they want to be both mentally and physically for the season, but the 3 have the same goal in helping this team reach its highest potential.
Rice, who will miss the first 6 weeks of the season because of his placement on the Physically Unable to Perform (reserve/PUP) list, has continued to rehab his surgically repaired right hip at Winter Park. The Pro Bowler’s recovery is expected to last longer than the 6 week period but he’s optimistic about returning to full health.
“Right now I’m just focused on getting in here every morning and doing my rehab and doing what it takes to get back out there on the field,” Rice said.
It’s been tough for Rice to sit out and watch his teammates play without him because he wants to contribute to a WR core trying to find its niche. Rice’s absense from the field in Thursday’s season opening loss to the Saints was apparent as the Vikings WRs combined for 56 yards on 4 catches.
Usually when someone’s heart stops for any period of time it’s great cause for concern, but the 2009 Rookie of the Year was relieved to find out that the latest diagnosis for his reoccurring migraines is the result of sleep apnea, a disorder that causes brief stoppages of breath during sleep.
Since the diagnosis, Harvin has not suffered from any more migraines and the types of treatments used may be the solution. Doctors have given Harvin an oxygen mask to wear while he sleeps and the 2-year veteran has expressed that the mask has made a 100% difference in the way he sleeps and feels in the morning.
Getting a shot at playing your former team is an opportunity that most players relsih and Camarillo is no different. After being traded away from the Dolphins to the Vikings late in the preseason for CB Benny Sapp, Camarillo has had little time to adapt to a new offensive scheme and that may have been the reason why he saw limited action against the Saints with just 1 catch for 29 yards. That limited action is something Camarillo hopes to change in Week 2′s matchup against his former team as the Vikings will square off against the Fins in the home opener.
“It’s so early, it’s great,” Camarillo told Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune on playing his former team. “Last week how the whole team felt about the Saints and wanting to get their second swing at them, that’s how I feel about the Dolphins. It’s all my friends. No ill will toward the team, but I want to come out there and kick their tail.”
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