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Sherels Shines With Long Punt Return

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 26, 2011 – 1:27 pm

During every training camp young players – often times undrafted players, too – stand out in practice and then perform well in a preseason games, and they do it to such an extent that they end up challenging for a spot on the 53-man roster. One example of that from this year’s training camp was CB Marcus Sherels.

Whether it be in 7-on-7 passing drills or even full team portions of practice, Sherels seemed to be around the ball a lot and whenever he got his hands on it, he made a play. Then in the Vikings preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sherels grabbed an INT and returned it 64 yards for a TD. That play cemented Sherels’ status as an “up and comer” on the Vikings roster and, ultimately, Sherels did in fact make the final roster.

On Sunday against the Lions, Sherels proved that he’s more than a training camp or preseason standout. He can make a difference in the regular season, too.

Late in the 1st half with the Vikings holding a 13-0 advantage, the Lions offense was forced off the field and into a punting situation. Sherels fielded the punt at the Minnesota 21-yardline. He then proceeded to dance around and dart through the Lions punt coverage team and raced deep into Lions territory, where P Ryan Donahue grabbed his facemask and slowed him enough to let Maurice Stovall bring him down on the Detroit 26.

The end result was a 53-yard punt return that put the Vikings in position to score a TD three plays later and take a 20-0 lead into the locker room at halftime. Obviously the Vikings went on to lose the lead and lose the game, but the point is that play by Sherels represented another step forward in his development as an NFL player. Oh, and for what it’s worth, Sherels added a pair of special teams tackles to his effort on Sunday.

With the Vikings making the commitment to pay big contracts to star players such as Chad Greenway and Adrian Peterson, it’s great to see the scouting staff find players such as Sherels and it’s even greater to see a player such as Sherels deliver on the promise we saw in the preseason.


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47 Responses to “Sherels Shines With Long Punt Return”

  1. By Woodboat on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    I’ll try to shine some positive light on the Vikings efforts yesterday.

    I was impressed with Chris Cooks play. He did a good job not only playing the receiver 1-on-1, but made great a few strong plays on the ball. It was good to see a Vikes CB actually looking back over his shoulder at the QB and playing the ball rather than just tackling after the reception. Great job, Chris!

    It was fun to watch our 2 starting DEs get going yesterday. Jared Allen looked like he was slowing down last year… It was awesome to see him rack up 3 sacks yesterday. I would hope that Robisons performance will silence his critics… great job out of him as well.

  2. By Woodboat on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    … (continued so I don’t type for 5 minutes only to have my blog refused…)

    I thought Jenkins had another great day. I don’t know what his stats were, but it seemed like every time i turned around, he was making a great catch for a first down.

    Harvin and Peterson both lived up to their stellar reputations. Although they had a few drops, they were very productive and should be proud of the effort and success they each had individually.

    This will sound wierd coming from me, but the O-Line actually did ok yesterday. I don’t think we are going to see any of their names on the Pro-Bowl ballots, but they looked somewhat stronger yesterday than they had the prior few weeks. They were even up against a strong D-Line, so that makes them look that much better. Good job, guys.

  3. By James on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    I understand why frazier was fired coaching for the bengals, back then. This guy doesn’t show any passion or make his players pay for their mistakes he keeps praising his players. He’s not putting pressure on his players, he has no leadership skills whats so ever that is why they keep making the same mistakes 3 games in a row.

  4. By NovaScotiaVike on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

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  5. By Tim on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    Frazier looks disgusted after a loss and some times all it takes is a disgusted look but i guess that aint all it takes with this team.Guy needs to get lit up he seems like a really passive guy but so did Denny Green and if Dennys team came out of the gates in the second half and blew the game he would let his guys have it. Les Frazier needs to let these guys Know who is in charge and get pi$$ed off but then again we aint really seen him in the locker room after his team just blows a game.

  6. By VikesfanNO on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    The COACHING STAFF….Bill Musgrave is not what he was hyped up to be as an Offensive Coordinator he gives the basic elementary conservative offensive attack I mean the infamous 4th and 1 he believed more in Toby Gerhart than Adrian Peterson to come through in the clutch! this trumps the Patriots 4th and 2 hands down!…Look Singletary and Frazier need to take control of the Defense and Frazier need to take more control of the offense or this will be the trend.

  7. By Tim on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    Frazier knows who is giving it every they got J. Allen but a team is a team and if you cant get the win all the effort that guys like Allen. Peterson. And Brian Robison give is all for nothing.

  8. By Tim on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    What the He!l was the coaching staff thinking putting the ball in Gerharts hands on 4th and 1 i mean man are they just trying to throw this season away. If they keep losing like this Peterson Allen Greenway and the rest of our Pro Bowl calliber guys are gonna want to play somewhere else. Oh by the way get rid of Bernard Berrian he just su*ks

  9. By New Vike on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    We need a Singletary presser where he blows up on the rest of the coaches. “coach Frasier shows no emotion, can not win with em, can not coach with em, cant do it.” Fire that non adjusting sorry excuse for a d coordinator and get Singletary calling the D!

  10. By Tim on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    We cant just fire every coach that struggles with his team. If we did that knowbody would want to coach the Vikings.

  11. By Jorge on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    Guys please understand their is no point in making the playoffs just to lose their. the lions and packers made their teams better by having strong draft class. The packers have the most players on their roster that they obtained from their drafts over the years. They are number one in the nfl at this point. Lions got a franchise qb in stafford and best if he can stay healthy isnt that bad, suh is great anchor for the d line and calvin is well calvin(amazing). We panicked and over drafted on Ponder althought i do believe he isnt going to be abnd at all. But lets face it we are one of 5 teams that doesnt have a 1000 yard receiver on the roster. We need to build on that and again our secondary and OL. Lets just hope the ikings go 1-15 or 0-16 and grab andrew luck and hopefully a OL or good wide out in the second round. Andrew Luck could be a bust but if he turns out to what he is projected he will become an elite qb. I for one im happy to see the vikings lose because i know this years struggles could mean big possiblities in this years draft.

  12. By Tim on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    I hear you New Vike the frusteration is mounting.If Frazier dont let some fire come out of his mouth and do a better job coaching he wont have his job long.

  13. By Tim on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    I think Ponder was a good draft pick and he will learn a lot from Mcnabb. Mcnabb is a NFL legend and in the first half of the two last games Mcnabb looked pretty dang good.In the next draft the vikings should draft a center in the first round after all a good center makes a good QB better any ways the vikings need to start building a strong Oline around Ponder if they want to keep him from getting his head tore off by guys like Matthews Suh and Peppers. We have to get a elite reciever but i think the vikings should do some trades or something because they should be trying to get young athletic Oline guys in the draft to keep Ponder out of the hospital.

  14. By VegasVike on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    Ok I give, just go get T.O. and Moss. At this point locker room chemistry don’t matter one bit! Titus you said Moss would be a Viking by week 4, you have 6 days. The only way to make the O line better is to back off the rush. Titus go get Moss and T.O. for us

  15. By stew on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    How can a team dominate in the first half, then turn around and look like a totally different team in the second half? Do you all realize how hard it is to come back from behind 20-0? They stopped using the best player we have. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. You want mine? This game was rigged! Just like the 2009 NFC championship game. Check out this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUw9FGCAEIY

  16. By New Vike on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    Agreed! If either would come to Minn i would welcome either with open arms. I have no clue why Bernard Berrian is a starter at this point. Greg Camarillo is knocked because he is a “possesion wr.” Is that not what this offense is supposed to be designed around? Send Percy on some deep routes and for God’s sake chuck a jump ball up (like Stafford did to Megatron) to Michael Jenkins and let him use his 6’4 frame to go up and get the ball!!! If the Vikes lose to KC, AZ or CHI and arent 3-3 by Packer weekend, then I dont want them to win another game this year and maybe we can cash in on Luck or Justin Blackmon at the top of the 1st round.

  17. By James on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    Its funny how they just handed ponder the job as the backup without him even impressing in preseason, joe webb was playing well, he’s not a superstar franchise qb at this point but, it’s just weird how they serve ponder a silver platter behind mcnabb and webb as 3rd when webb was making plays and been in the system longer. Who cares if he was the first round ponder mechanics are way off.

  18. By James on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    Vikes need to save up their first round for an o-line, something they have been ignoring for quite some time the huge problem that gets over looked is the o line they are horrid. Bench loadholt that guy gets beat on almost every play the conditioning is pathetic these guys eat and sleep the whole week no preparation. I hope this team moves to LA maybe there will be more attitude to this team.

  19. By TheRealDon on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    I just really don’t get it..what us fans have been talking bout all last year is killing us..i mean i like toby but did we need him (no) that pick could have went towards a team need..like o line..we always draft positions that we are good at..wtf is going on with the coach’s..do they get high and drunk at half time..

  20. By RR on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    It will be a pointless season for the Vikings if we lose the next 3 games, someone needs to step up in the locker room to take credibility for losing the last three games, I agree with you New Vike. If we go 0-6 i think we need to draft Justin Blackmon, and trade for another 1st round pick to free up cap space and draft a OL. The season is useless, we already know dolphins are getting Luck. Frazier needs to be more like Rex Ryan or Jim Mora, and push the players even more. PLAYOFFS!!, are you kidding me PLAYOFFS!!! More like 1-15

  21. By RR on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    We already know Packers and Lions will destroy us in both meetings this season

  22. By TheRealDon on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    @RR..what you just said i don’t agree with if we can find a way to not repeat are second half woes..then i believe we could beat both teams..that’s only if we play 4 quarters

  23. By Viking Joe on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    Joe Webb is a heck of an athlete, but he can’t read a defense if his life depended on it, that’s why Ponder is the backup.

  24. By Ron M. on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    We need to let Ponder play. McNabb had his chance, sorry it just didn’t work out. The redskins saw something wrong so they let him go. I think we will end up doing the same thing. I don’t dislike McNabb, I just think he has lost a step or two.

  25. By TMFJONES on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    I was hoping we would keep Sherels, and im glad Mike brought this up.Other young players who had a big game: Robison,Cook,Booker, These guys deserve alot of credit. These kind of losses can overshadow all the good we did. Its really simple to fix, Just convert.

  26. By Titus on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    Funny — I have to agree with a post above– in the first halves, McNabb seems very good– accurate bullets in tight places. Then, his tendency to get wild and throw erratically shows later in the game. I think he is good enough to win games, but does he have heart? A Moss or TO would help, though– guys like that can grab the ball if it is a bit off.

  27. By Arrow86 on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    Titus:

    I love your optimism. I wasn’t at the game, but I saw McNabb run for his life and then thow an 8 yard touchdown pass to Schiancoe. He unbuttoned his chinstrap and went over and sat by himself on the bench. No celebration, no emotion. He’s a great person, but his team needs the enthusiasm he showed in Philly. Have some fun! We loved that about Favre. Frazier is a great man, but not a head coach. The players on this team are good enough to win most, but give me a name of a coach who lost 3 straight games, with a 10 point lead or greater that ever went on to win a playoff game? Scwartz and Detroit has to be laughing their butts off at how Frazier coaches with a lead.

  28. By ben sherels on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    so very proud of of you marcus, looking good out their. love you dad

  29. By VegasVike on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    Arrow86- I heard McNabb tried to tackle shank after the TD pass like Favre did to Percy but he landed two feet from shanks feet.

  30. By Dave on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    I for one would have rather gave it to Gerhart on the 4th and 1. i believe Gerhart to be a stellar HB. Although he didnt make it, he probably could have against a worse off team that doesnt have one of the scariest Dlines ever. Peterson had that little bit more to run so he might not have made it either. Personally, the field goal would have been better. We better beat KC or im hanging my hat for the season. Im pretty sure KC and TB were some of our easier games and we already blew one. Come on, i believe in my VIKES!!!!!!

  31. By Rocksalt on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    Agreed, Mike W. Sherels was great! so were some other individual performances! Team sux tho………….

  32. By JASunderpar on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    If we lose 1 or 2 more games the season is gone and there is NO REASON not to play Ponder at that point at all. McNabb is only here for one year. Ponder could be our future so he needs work and so what if he doesn’t shine right away. The time for him to learn is when the loses don’t much matter. We are almost there right now unless we step it up. What we DON’T need is to keep McNabb playing all year when the season is gone and then play Ponder next year with no game experience. Get the kid in there soon. And having an athlete like Webb on the bench is completely stupid. Find a place for him. We certainly have an opening with Berrian.

  33. By David P on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    Hey I think the play of #35 and Cook was decent. But please MW will you stop with these headlines. What are they supposed to do? Us Vikings fans are not dumb. We would like to see a blog started about getting results. How are the coaches preparing for the 2nd half of games and other pressing matters. What you should do is create a blog about BB. We have not have one for him in a while. It can be called. i cannot catch but i sure can eat.

  34. By Matt on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    Allen, Peterson, Harvin, Williams, Winfield — what do they have in common? None of them is a QB or deep-threat receiver! I’d build around them any day, but ONLY with a decent QB and a vertical threat WR. Anything less, and you get this year’s Vikings.

    Coach Frazier: please start Ponder and hold an open tryout for Berrian’s spot. All of the positives have come from outside the QB/WR position, so you don’t lose anything. Plus if Ponder stinks, at least you know it sooner than later, so you can explore other options and have a shot at Luck before you’re not left hanging at QB. WIn-win.

  35. By VegasVike on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    Ponder would lose any confidence (and maybe a limb) he has playing behind our varsity O Line.

  36. By Frederick Jones on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    @ALL VIKINGS FANS,

    The problem was not putting the ball in Gerhart’s hands on 4th and 1.

    We should never have went for it. It would have had to be a cold day
    in h e double hockey sticks for Bud Grant to go for it in that situation.

    TAKE THE POINTS ! ! !

  37. By Frederick Jones on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    @Viking Joe,

    How do you know Joe Webb can’t read defenses? Maybe he read the blocking and decided it was best to take off on a 60 yard run !
    :) :)

  38. By Frederick Jones on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    Perhaps the Vikings staff does not want to put Webb or Ponder in the ball game for long periods of time. They do not want them to get abused.

    I’m not saying that I agree with that strategy.

    When the game gets out of hand in the 2nd half, and it has happened in the last two games it might be best to PUT ANOTHER QB IN THE FOOTBALL GAME SO THAT WE MIGHT HAVE A CHANCE.

  39. By Frederick Jones on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    DO not think this game with KC is a gimme.

    I just hope we can win a game at this point.

  40. By Frederick Jones on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    The blame should be spread around after this loss.

    Perhaps Jared Allen, and Marcus Sherels could be spared !!!

  41. By Frederick Jones on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    @Titus,

    I wanted to be wrong about the Offensive Line. I called for a veteran, so I shut up after they got Charlie Johnson.

    Next year they MUST, SHOULD, HAVE TO, etc select an offensive lineman in the first two rounds of the draft. And maybe two in the first four rounds.

    Odds against the Vikings winning all 13 remaining games: 1,000,000 to 1.
    Odds against the Vikings finishing 8-8 has to be 1,000 to 1.

    People can say all they want, and maybe they will over come those kind of odds. But I’m not betting for the Vikings.

    Titus, I am not responding to a post that you wrote, I’m just venting :)

  42. By Frederick Jones on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    @Titus,

    Odds against selecting a top defensive back…10,000 to 1.
    Odds against selecting a top receiver…1,000 to 1.
    Odds against selecting a top QB…even
    Odds against selecting an O Lineman in the 1st round…1,000,000 to 1.

    They are not going to listen to the idiot fans. What do we know?

  43. By Frederick Jones on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    Do not select another QB high in the draft. :) :(

  44. By Arrow86 on Sep 28, 2011 | Reply

    Frederick:

    What did you think of the one play they brought Webb in the game at receiver and handed the ball off.

    You’re a coach. How would you like to be down 10 points or more, and have the best player on the opposing team rarely getting the ball in the second half? Have you ever experienced that?

  45. By Arrow86 on Sep 28, 2011 | Reply

    @Spielman:

    Each of the last two years Spielman gets this genious title in pre-season as having “An eye for talent.” How is Di Imperio doing at fullback these days? Can we get some O-linemen, and secondary guys? PLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLEEEEEEEEEEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  46. By Frederick Jones on Sep 28, 2011 | Reply

    Arrow86,

    As a basketball coach, we once took out our best guy after the 1st quarter because we wanted to play more guys.

    The reaction by the opposing coach was that of shock. They went on to win that game.

    Your point is a good one, the most talented players should be in the game. What did that one play in the “Blazer” package do? If you are going to play him, give him a chance to make an impact.

    Yet, if Joe is your best quarterback, you must save him for that.

    Remember when the Vikings had Joe Senser (sp) on the practice squad? I bet he was healthy enough to play. But they could afford to save him for the future.

    Adrian Peterson and Percy Harvin should play AAALLLL the time when we are behind. And of course they should play most of the time anyway.

  47. By Frederick Jones on Sep 28, 2011 | Reply

    @Nova,

    Did you notice that after Marcus Sherels made a run (good or bad) he looks around to find the official, and gives him the ball? Barry Sanders also did that.

    The great ones ACT LIKE THEY HAVE BEEN THERE BEFORE and RESPECT their opponents.

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