DeGeare May Have Promising Future With Vikings After Solid Rookie Year

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 3, 2011 – 10:57 am

The 2010 season was not a typical one for any player in the Vikings locker room, but just imagine what it was like for the team’s rookies. Although they’ve been playing football for most of their lives, first-year players come into NFL locker rooms unsure of what to expect.

But even the most veteran players couldn’t have prepared or expected what happened to the Vikings in 2010, from a disappointing 6-10 record to all of the weather-induced adversity the team faced in the final month. Through it all, though, Vikings rookie G Chris DeGeare seems to have come out of it well and no worse for the ware. In fact, I think he’s gotten a lot better and there seems to be a place for him in the Vikings future.

“I definitely learned a lot. It was crazy; a lot of stuff went on,” DeGeare said on Monday as he packed up his locker. “The veterans told me it’s not typically like this every year and I believe them. I’ve just to keep improving and come back next year to be a better player.”

DeGeare was a 5th-round pick of the Vikings last April and did a nice job integrating into the Vikings system through offseason workouts and training camp. In fact I came away from training camp encouraged by his progress and hopeful he would be an important part of the offensive line rotation. But a high ankle sprain derailed him early in the regular season and he had to work hard to get back into form.

He accomplished that task and was a key cog in the offensive line late in the season. I’ve been told by people who would know that DeGeare was solid in relief of injured LG Steve Hutchinson and that he was sometimes the best Vikings player on the field.

“I got hurt early on this season with a high ankle sprain,” DeGeare explained. “But I did have a great training camp and I was just happy I was able to contribute. I’m happy to chip in and showcase my talent.”

DeGeare played both guard and tackle at Wake Forest University, giving him valuable experience in multiple positions and also equipping him with a mindset to be a versatile offensive lineman in the NFL. Also working in DeGeare’s favor is the fact that he plays behind and learns from a guy like Steve Hutchinson, who has been to 7 Pro Bowls and a Super Bowl.

“The man has so much knowledge and so much experience,” DeGeare said. “He’s a future Hall of Famer and really anything he says to me I take with all seriousness and take it into account. I’m truly blessed to be playing behind a guy like that and being able to have the type of relationship that I do have with him.”

All-in-all, it was a solid season for DeGeare after he was sidelined early with injury. It was encouraging to see him perform well in the offseason program and at training camp, but it was promising to watch him perform on the field in the regular season. It looks like the Vikings may have found a sneaky little prospect in the 5th round.

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7 Responses to “DeGeare May Have Promising Future With Vikings After Solid Rookie Year”

  1. By Frederick Jones on Jan 3, 2011 | Reply

    Chris DeGeare is ONE of the answers to our offensive line woes.

    We still need to draft, trade, and pick up some free agents for our pathetic offensive line.

    I’m not buying that Brett Favre is a horrible quarterback. The line contributed heavily to the Vikings lack of production.

    Competition will bring out the best in the linemen we obtain, and retain.

    No more “well, let’s see who is healthy enough to play this week.”

    It should be an honor and a privilege to start on the Minnesota Vikings Offensive Line! ! !

  2. By tshot on Jan 3, 2011 | Reply

    I’m pleased with DeGeare so far. McKinney will need to do more than just loose 20lbs to make a difference .. a lobotomy help. Thats harsh butt hey, its an honest opinion. and please draft a competent, physical center this year that has a chip on his shoulder.

  3. By PurpleParody on Jan 3, 2011 | Reply

    If DeGeare is that good then let’s have him step in and replace one of the non-producers. McKinnie and Loadholt are the two biggest problems. Sullivan is injured too much to remain a starter, and arguably too small too, but I doubt that DeGeare is going to have the skillset to replace a center.

  4. By mr smiff on Jan 3, 2011 | Reply

    Brett Favre is fine wine, not a glass of milk. Everyone can say what they want about his play this year, but NO ONE will ever convince me that Favre became a bad qb all of a sudden. I’ve said it all season, and I’ll say it again- a healthy, WELL PROTECTED Favre with quality weapons would have taken us to the playoffs. I have absolutely no doubts about that.

  5. By PurpleParody on Jan 3, 2011 | Reply

    I agree with you Smiff, but he was never fully healthy. He came back to the team with some ankle problems, and things just continued to get worse from there. Every week he either increased the pain of injuries, or added to the list of injuries. With how bad the line was, we needed to have a mobile QB in there to avoid all of their mistakes, (or at least a few more than the injured Favre was able to).

  6. By Arrow86 on Jan 3, 2011 | Reply

    I would keep Hutch, Herrera, DeGaer, and see what can be done with Loadholt. McKinnie has lost something. He used to be a very respectable player, I wonder if there are personal issues he’s going through off the field that is distracting him.

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