A great part about the vikings.com Blog is that readers have the opportunity to share their thoughts via the comments section. I began this blog entry with that thought in mind because I’m guessing the title of this entry already has many of you foaming at the mouth and ready to rip me to shreds.
Well, you have full license to criticize the opinion that WR Bernard Berrian will have a bounce back season in 2011, but hear me out first. Check out the full article I posted this morning about Berrian. It contains the opinion and supporting argument that the Vikings should keep Berrian on the roster and that we should expect a big bounce back season in 2011.
Most of you will immediately write off this thought because you’ve already given up on Berrian and you want the team to dump him to save salary. But I think keeping him on the roster is the better move. Berrian will enter the 2011 season fully healthy, which he hasn’t been in nearly two years, and he’ll enter the season as the Vikings best down-field threat. This is important because although I expect the Vikings to be mostly a ground-and-pound, dink and dunk offense, especially early in the season, NFL offenses still need to be able to explode. After Percy Harvin and Adrian Peterson, Berrian will be the Vikings most explosive weapon and he’ll be their best chance at blowing the top off of defenses.
Also working in Berrian’s favor this year will be opportunities. Chemistry issues with Berrian and QB Brett Favre contributed to Berrian’s lack of production the past two seasons. With Donovan McNabb in the fold, Berrian will be re-energized. And with Sidney Rice gone to Seattle, Berrian will see more snaps per game.
I don’t expect Berrian will have 12 TDs and I won’t suggest that you draft him onto your fantasy football team. But I will suggest that you leave the door open – even if only a crack – for a big bounce back season from #87. A season closer to his 2008 numbers than in 2009 and 2010.
Tags: Bernard Berrian, George Stewart
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