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Herrera Ready To Prove It

Posted by Mike Wobschall on August 25, 2011 – 1:33 pm

We live in a “what have you done for me lately” world these days and life in the NFL is no exception. What we’ve come to know and understand in one moment can change in a big way and in a small amount of time.

Vikings G Anthony Herrera knows that lesson well.

Herrera came to the Vikings and the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2004 and was on the 53-man roster for the final 8 games of that season. In 2005 he fought his way into the starting lineup for the final 6 games, but then he was inactive for 13 games in 2006. Finally in 2007 Herrera cracked the starting lineup and stayed there. He was the starter at RG for the final 12 games of that season and remained there ever since.

Then Herrera suffered a knee injury 10 games into the 2010 season, which landed him on the Reserve/Injured list. Seemingly from that moment on, many questioned whether Herrera would make it back to the starting lineup. Being a competitive and fiery individual, the sentiment that he might not make it back to the lineup probably bothered Herrera.

But it also seems to have motivated him to prove everyone wrong. Again.

When you make an NFL roster and eventually become a productive starter after joining the League as an undrafted free agent, you demonstrate an ability and willingness to prove yourself. According to Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier, that’s exactly the mindset Herrera has right now.

“Oh yeah, he has something to prove,” Frazier said on Thursday when asked if he thought Herrera was playing with a chip on his shoulder. “And he wants to prove something to everybody, including us as coaches [as to] whether or not he can do it. We’re all excited to see him come back and play and we’re all pulling for him. He’s a tremendous competitor, a leader for our offensive line and our team and we’re all pulling for him and hoping for the best.”

The best would be if Herrera could play and start in Saturday night’s game against the Dallas Cowboys, and also come out of that game feeling healthy. Whether or not Herrera will be ready to go for Week 1 in San Diego on September 11, no one knows for sure. Right now, Frazier said, the plan is for Herrera to start the game and get an extended look with the first-team offense.

“We’ll have a better determination after this game,” Frazier said. “He’s going to play for the first time in a long time, so we’ll have to get some stuff on tape, talk to him after the ballgame and just see where he is. And just try to make a decision going forward.”

I wouldn’t bet against him.


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Frazier Says Webb Will Be #2 QB Saturday

Posted by Mike Wobschall on August 25, 2011 – 12:51 pm

Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier met with reporters after practice today and he said that Joe Webb will be the team’s #2 QB in Saturday’s preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys. Webb and rookie Christian Ponder are in a closely-contested battle for the backup job behind veteran Donovan McNabb.

Frazier was also clear in explaining that neither guy has emerged as a favorite to be the team’s backup for the regular season. Both Ponder and Webb have performed well in camp and displayed improvement from preseason game #1 in Tennessee to the preseason game #2 in Seattle. Webb was the #2 in Tennessee and Ponder took those duties last week against Seattle.

The third preseason game is typically when starters get the most playing time and Frazier said he and the coaching staff are anticipating the roster beginning to shape after Saturday night. He even hinted that McNabb may not play much, if at all, in the Vikings preseason finale next Thursday against Houston.

“We’ve got some key decisions that we have to make at certain positions,” Frazier said. “This game, and I told our team this morning, will play a major rule in determining where some people are going to fit on our squad.”


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Arden Hills Rated Among “Best Places To Live”

Posted by Mike Wobschall on August 25, 2011 – 6:27 am

In May of 2011 the Vikings and Ramsey County announced a partnership to build a new multi-purpose stadium on the former Twin Cities Army Ammunitions Plant (TCAAP) property in Arden Hills. The site in Arden Hills is just 10 miles from both downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul and it offers tremendous benefits to the State, the County, the Vikings and the fans.

And, according to CNNMoney, Arden Hills is also among the best places to live in America in 2011. The website compiled a Top 100 places to live in 2011 list and Arden Hills came in ranked at #14, the second-highest ranking among all Minnesota towns (Chanhassen was ranked 10th).

On the page describing Arden Hills, it says families are attracted to Arden Hills by “a top-rated school district and a trail system that connects parks, playgrounds, and lakes.” It also says Arden Hills is known for strict tree preservation laws that even the newest developments “seem like long-established neighborhoods.”

The only negative CNNMoney listed with Arden Hills was the presence of a “Superfund” site, but the website also cites the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as saying the cleanup process at the site is “almost complete.”

Despite the Vikings partnership with Ramsey County and the team’s patience over the past several years, legislators chose not to address the stadium situation during the 2011 Legislative Session. The Vikings have done everything State leaders have asked, including finding a strong local partner, identifying the best stadium site and contributing significant private money into the project. The team continues to stand ready to complete the deal for a new stadium.


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