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Will “Book” Get A Better Look?

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 13, 2011 – 10:55 am

Vikings fans were introduced to Lorenzo Booker late last year, when he was signed before the team’s Week 14 game against the NY Giants and wound up stepping into the kick return role. He did a nice job in the role, averaging 23.8 yards on 18 returns, including 3 returns of 40+ yards. 

The Vikings decided to bring Booker back to the team last offseason, and he responded by having a solid training camp and averaging 5.2 yards per carry and 8.5 yards per reception in 4 preseason games. But beyond 8 kickoff returns in place of Percy Harvin occasionally, Booker hasn’t seen much of the field.

That changed last week, though, as Booker recorded 1 rush for 25 yards and also caught 2 passes for 25 yards. And it sounds like Booker may be getting a few more looks as the season moves forward.

“Book is a weapon,” Vikings Offensive Coordinator Bill Musgrave said on Thursday.”He’s definitely a weapon. We were happy to get him some touches the other day. Looking back, we probably would’ve had more production if we would’ve done that early in the year. So we’re hoping to build on that and he’ll help us in certain situations like he did on Sunday.”

Booker is not the kind of RB you’d give 15-20 rushes to on the ground, and he’s not a player you’d line up consistently in the slot. But he is a player who can be effective and explosive in the right situations.

“He’s a tough matchup for linebackers,” Musgrave explained. “Book had a great preseason carrying the ball, too. So he’s not just a threat in the passing game, so we want to get him out there because he’s sharp, he knows who to block if they would rush him, but we can also get him out and let him do his thing in space.”


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23 Responses to “Will “Book” Get A Better Look?”

  1. By jordan on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    Ok im not gonna say i dont like the guy but we have harvin. Where are we gonna put him? i know for a fact coach wont get rid of BB witch makes me mad but come on. If we put booker in were talking out a bigger threat ap or harvin

  2. By Tfunk2 on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    what about those second rounders like gerhardt and rudolf…draft for need not best player who will never get on the field…

    fire spielman…

    frazier has tied his ship to mcnabb and they are both going down…

    good article in trib about griffen…good to see the kid clean up his act…

  3. By Twoodsnvikes on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    I like Booker and Gerhardt…. but when you have THE BEST RB in the league is it really necessary to have all 3? How about trading Gerhardt for a decent receiver or a pick? I don’t get why we focus on two or 3 positions and stack them and leave other parts of our team sorely lacking…

  4. By Rogerthevikefan on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    Lets avoid drafting the biggest need LT and instead draft RB Trent Richardson.

  5. By Kody Wiig on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    Agreed trade Toby he just don’t fit us that well a change of pace back would be better with booker he reminds me of warrick Dunn I like what he brings to the game what happened to drafting a late wide out that surprises ya just a thought

  6. By Rogerthevikefan on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    Matt Kalil or Riley Rieff for LT in the first. Then draft the G from Iowa State name sounds like old and smelly but I can’t spell it.

  7. By Rogerthevikefan on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    Matt Kalil or Riley Rieff for LT in the first. Then draft Wr Juron Criner or Wr Mohamed Sanu in the 2nd. In the 3rd draft G Lucas Nix or G Kevin Zietler or maybe Cb Coryell Judie. Also like LT Andrew Datko but reinjuried his shoulder so not sure how far he will drop. Could play either tackle and guard spots.

  8. By Woodboat on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    Wow, draft talk in week 6.

  9. By Woodboat on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    How about this. How about we pare this down to guys that make plays, and put them on the field. The team is already underutilizing it’s skilled players, why do we need to worry about getting another one in the mix? Nothing against Booker, but dang, why not try to get Harvin and Rudolph the ball? Why don’t we concern ourselves with the root of all our passing game problems, our QB?

    Again, nothing against Booker at all, but as long as McNabb is throwing the ball in the dirt, who cares whose feet he throws at?

  10. By sandiamond on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    Ummmm…… article out today on fox sports. 10 players on their way out and we have 2 of them. 7 million in earnings and almost 35 years old

  11. By Big Al on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    Joe Webb could be the next MegaTron WR with his size and athleticism but we have him ride the pine as a 3rd string QB while we’re sitting 1-4. It’s frustrating as a fan to see such talent wasted.

  12. By sandiamond on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    winfield and hutch

  13. By Rogerthevikefan on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    Draft talk because McNugget can’t win. The future brings a little hope atleast. I would take a bag of leafs over McNugget for Qb.

  14. By rye on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    Booker makes a much better third and long back than gerhardt.

  15. By Gurky on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    I think both Toby Gerhart and Booker are important in our offense/special teams packages. I promise you Gerhart is a much better pass blocker, and downhill runner than Booker. Booker is best utilized the way he is, on kick returns and the occasional shotgun formation screen pass. As far as trading either of them goes I’d lose Booker before Gerhart as Booker’s skillset is much more smiliar to Adrian Peterson. I also don’t see Booker being able to come into a game and perform the way Gerhart did against the Redskins last year with a bunch of carries and a touchdown. All that being said, I miss Chester Taylor on third downs.

  16. By Sweden Viking on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    Trade Toby, play Booker as backup. Play Kyle a lot lot more…Play Harvin a lot lot more… Put in Webb as WR. Release B.B And please please bench McCan’t and play Ponder !!!

  17. By DRS on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/10/13/vikings-say-more-than-once-community-has-contacted-team-regarding-a-possible-move/

    With the Metrodome lease expiring after the 2011 season, Bagley said the Vikings refuse to extend the lease absent a plan for a new venue. And if the lease expires absent a plan for a new venue, all sorts of things could happen.

    Most significantly, Bagley said that “more than one community” has contacted the team about a possible move. Though Bagley declined to identify the communities involved, he believes that the efforts will become public if/when the lease expires.

  18. By Kody Wiig on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    Toby has not proved to be much of a weapon at all says he needs a lot of carries to be affective well enough said not gonna happen I loved him out of college but not shown much thus far but he is definitely good trade bait cuz he has talent just not gonna showcase it with AP and yes please bring in ponder or Webb C’MON MAN!

  19. By UsedtoPurpleFailure on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    I read this and I couldn’t help but be reminded of one of the greatest delusional minds of our time… Charlie Sheen. Pretty sure I would pay to see Leslie, high on delusional thoughts of BB and McFail grandeur, say, “WINNING!” as only people in such denial can.
    Mortgage the team, get a stadium to continue to disappoint your fans in for the next 30 years and SKOL VIKES! :D
    It’s really sad that a man like Adrian will end up in the HOF without a single ring on his finger because he stayed in purple. Thanks AP!
    Also, why are people shocked that fans are looking forward to the draft? They have to have something to look forward to beyond the latest week’s soon to be loss to (insert team name here). Or are we supposed to get excited to see McNabb throw the ball into the turf over and over again?

  20. By VegasVike on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    It’s all a plan to sell the team for millions in profits Purple Fail. I mean, why else could the owners and coaches be so daft??

  21. By Arrow86 on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    Booker could fill a role that Chester Taylor played for the Vikings. I think Tfunk is right. Mr. Spielman has to find work elsewhere. We have profound strengths with profound weaknesses. It’s like having a Ferrari with 4 flat tires.

  22. By Frederick Jones on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    8 offensive linemen picked in the last 9 years by the Vikings. Not one of them is any good !

    Is this a record that makes people in Minnesota proud?

    How many yards would Pete pick up if the Vikings had an AVERAGE NFL offensive line????

    It makes me BARF ! ! !

  23. By GMan on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    McNabb is terrible.
    Bernard Berrian is a POS.
    Our safeties suck.
    Our corners are average at best.
    Our only good offensive lineman is old as dirt.

    The answer is “NO” – Book won’t really get a better look. He needs to return a kickoff for a touchdown or take it to the house when he gets an opportunity. Unfortunately, with AP, Gerhardt and Harvin getting touches in the backfield…there is not enough to go around. Book is capable, but the other guys are better. The only way he’ll see the field more is if they ditch Gerhardt.

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