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After Hard Work, Rookie WR Stephen Burton Gets An Opportunity

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 27, 2011 – 6:54 am

On Wednesday we discussed the possibility of Greg Camarillo’s role with the team increasing, in part because of the Vikings decision to release WR Bernard Berrian. But Berrian’s release presents another Vikings WR with a big opportunity, too.

Rookie Stephen Burton, who was selected by the Vikings in last April’s draft with a 7th-round pick (#236 overall) out of Division II West Texas A&M, was promoted from the practice squad to fill Berrian’s vacant spot on the active roster. Burton is now the 9th of 10 Vikings draft picks from last April to make the active roster.

As Dan Wiederer of the Star Tribune pointed out, Burton’s promotion to the active roster comes roughly 6 months after he received a call from the Vikings notifying him that he’s been drafted.

“That draft call was incredible,” Burton told Wiederer. “Because of the lockout, if you went undrafted, it would have been months of not knowing if you’d get an opportunity. So for me, that was such a highlight. But when I got the message Tuesday about getting called up, that was a great feeling in a different way. My first thought was, ‘This is awesome.’ After all the hard work, I’m finally getting an opportunity.”

Burton stands at 6-1, 221 pounds and is a developmental prospect at the WR position. But with rookie Christian Ponder now the starting QB, the team’s record at 1-6 with the midpoint of the season around the corner and, perhaps most importantly, one of the best WR coaches in the business on staff in George Stewart, now is a great time to give a player such as Burton a chance to prove himself.

Promotion to the active roster doesn’t necessarily mean a player will be active for a game. The active roster contains 53 players, but teams are permitted to dress 46 of them on game day. So Burton could be inactive on Sundays, or his ability to impress coaches could meet a sudden need at the position, which might result in him suiting up in a game.

Increasing Burton’s chances of seeing the field on Sundays this season is his ability to perform on special teams. Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier said on Wednesday that Burton has kickoff return capabilities, and if Burton can also display skill in kick coverage, his chances of playing will only increase.

“He’s a guy who has really grown from the time we got him to the point where we’ve been commenting about him over the last two or three weeks,” Frazier said. “He had some hamstring issues when we were in Mankato so he missed some time and we really couldn’t get a feel for where he was but once he got that injury behind him you could see the promise that he has. We’re excited to see how he performs now that he has this chance.”


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72 Responses to “After Hard Work, Rookie WR Stephen Burton Gets An Opportunity”

  1. By Parody on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    With the season already over, it would be great to start seeing young players like Burton show us if they have what it takes to cut it in the NFL.

    There’s another roster spot open right now with Cook on the Suspended/Injured reserve. Hopefully it gets used to promote that last rookie to the active roster. I’m a little surprised that they haven’t made the decision yet.

    I just looked at the transactions page and was a bit surprised to see that DL Cedric McKinley was cut from the practice squad. I hadn’t heard any bad news about him, and we have 2-spots opening from the squad without him getting cut. I guess the coaches had seen enough of him and want to review all the talent they can for next year.

  2. By Rogerthevikefan on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    Maybe he will be a draft steal and become are no. 1 receiver.

  3. By Rogerthevikefan on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    With Cook being suspened hopefully B. Burton can step up and become a starter. How has Cb Torrance looked on the practice squad? LB Homan is the other draft pick right? Rather give a young Db a chance at impressing the coaches then a undersized LB.

  4. By Rogerthevikefan on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    Although I would rather give the young OLinemen a chance over both. Bring DeGeare up from the PS. Then have the OLine LT Love, LG Hutch, C Fusco, RG DeGeare, RT Brown or Loadholt.

  5. By Rogerthevikefan on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    Cook is now free to travel with the Vikings if they choose to reinstate him. Former Pro Bowl Saftey Chris Harris was released by the Bears. NFLNETWORK.COM

  6. By Joe on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    Rookies are fresh,Just put them in.We have nothing to lose this year.Too bad about Cook.He was just starting to look very good.

  7. By Rogerthevikefan on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    Maybe one of the young Dbs and Olinemen will stick. Therefore allowing the front office to draft a different area of need.

  8. By Rogerthevikefan on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    B-Rob was fined $20,000 for crushing Lang’s twig and berries.

  9. By Puckertrucker on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    Lets get all thge fresh talent we can get on Sunday put in your young WR’s so you can see how they react during real game time situations, Put Burton in and use the best young talent we have. If we have players on the Practice Squad bring them up and use them where they will help us win or atleast give us a chance to compete in the game. After all Mr. Frazier you used a has been washed up QB Mr McNabb for five and a half games and all he did was help us Lose so Mr. Frazier use every young player you can to help our team for the rest of the season. use the practice Squad players after all thats why you drafted them so they can help this TEAM WIN. AT LEAST WE MAY END UP WITH A 10 AND 6 RECORD. LETS GO OUT WITH A GOOD OLD VIKING BLITZ AND ATLEAST TRY TO WIN.

    GO VIKES!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SKOL EVERY ONE.

    The one and only PuckerTrucker.

  10. By Twoodsnvikes on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    I hope they have him active on Sunday just to see what he can do, what’s there to lose? Activate Jenkins, Harvin, Arom, Cam, and Burton for our 5 or keep Arom out if we are only doing 4, deactivate dimperio or Klein, probably deimperio

  11. By adrianjedipeterson on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    the bears have released S Chris Harris. The vikings need to pick him up he has plenty of years left, and we would get him at a discount rate. He would still be better than, Sanford and Johnson (and probably need Abdullah) .

  12. By adrianjedipeterson on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    ****(and probably EVEN Abdullah)

  13. By Skol_Vikes98 on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    Purple Trucker — If the Vikes end up 10-6, Ill go sky diving for charity….. and im not a fan of heights.

  14. By Frederick Jones on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    We are getting quality play from some members of this team. But are spending a second straight year with the same two main problems (OL and DB).

    How does this make you feel?

    What could we do about it?

  15. By rez507 on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    can it get any worse for vikings this year ughhh im die hard fan always will remain optamistic but our wr and db have gotta step up and make some athletic plays id like to see them compete at a higher level seems they just want a check to cash very dissapointed thanx for ap he plays with guts and determanation mabe other players shuld take note

  16. By Frederick Jones on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    rez507,

    NOBODY TALKS ABOUT THE OFFENSIVE LINE PLAY. We need to improve it, along with the DBs and WRs.

    In fact, if we had a better line it, the wrs we have would be more than adequate.

    Brady and Rodgers succeed largely because of the protection they have provided by their linemen !

  17. By Frederick Jones on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    How does it make you feel that the Vikings did virtually nothing to improve last years’ problems (OFFENSIVE LINE and DEFENSIVE BACKS)???

  18. By Twoodsnvikes on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    Where are all the chris johnson lovers this year?? Still think he’s better than AP?? LOL

  19. By Skol_Vikes98 on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    You know Fred — Its not like the Vikings arent concerned with DBs and the OL. I think it was more a matter of they had other issues to resolve last year in the draft, and if there isn’t a better talent on the board, why waste the pick? I didn’t expect Chirs Cook, who was really starting to come along, to turn in an abusive monster. I don’t think they did either. No one thought McKinney was going to show up 50 lbs over weight. We had 1 high draft pick last year and we needed a QB more. Its not like all pro tackles are generally waiting in the 2-5th rounds.

  20. By CA Norwegian on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    Fred. I’ve been talking about it. I’m with you. The line has only made a good showing vs the cards. The other guys have something else to say every game. The Vikes might have saved the McHavbeen bucks folr some big mean FA or a so so DB, Imagine if we had picked up on the Plax bargain and started Ponder day 1! The other guys play can hide a weak line. Jenkins was a good pick up. OL #1 and #2.

  21. By Frederick Jones on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    @CA Norwegian,

    When I first began blogging on here, I a s s u m e d that the bloggers were never right about anything. Now I know we get a high percentage of things right.

    The best example might be Berrian. We should have gotten rid of him last season. I would not have gone along with that, but the other bloggers were right. Most bloggers were right about McNabb, I was wrong.

    It drives me crazy that the Vikes messed up the 2011 off-season.

  22. By Frederick Jones on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    @Skol_Vikes98,

    The Vikings Draft FOCUS is wrong.

    Perhaps we have a Stalin or Hitler who is in charge, and he scares the rest into picking his way.

    The FOCUS has to change, football is played in the trenches. (But that does not mean pick 3,281 defensive linemen either.)

  23. By Frederick Jones on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    Ask yourself: What is wrong with the Vikings this year?

    What was wrong with the Vikings last year?

    Do you get the SAME answer???

  24. By Frederick Jones on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    Jim Souhan, Mpls Tribune writer said it well when Brad Childress was fired.

    The problem with the Vikings is the way the administration is set up.
    NO ONE IS IN CHARGE.

    My feelings are that one of the Wilfs or all of them are interferring.

    “Wal les jus pik a tight end then.”

  25. By xvike on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    This has nothing to do with Burton but i just finished watching the peterson interview from inside the locker room. I swear some of those reporters, journalists, etc., ask the dumbest questions. Peterson’s reaction to some of their questions is like “What?? what kind of question is that?” and the he politely answers…..

  26. By rez507 on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    @ fredrick jones

    179 yards rushin by ap last week i think our line is gonna be just fine the more they play together.rogers and brady are top 2 qbs in league to compare with vikings struggles is not great comparison we simply need wr to step it up make athletic plays and better rout running dbs are also struggling as athletes hmmmm ?how many ints we got this year lol ??? mistakes attention to detail coverages are wat lost game to gb wide open jennings mental mistake costed us a win

  27. By rye on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    fredrick jones,

    don’t worry. The vikings will be back on top next year. I don’t think they had a bad draft. I honestly think Ponder and Rudolph will become all-pro and I’m sure one or two more picks will develop into good players.

    Fact is, the vikings made a bad move with Mcnabb. It’s ok though, because Ponder will now get to learn the rest of the season.

    With the QB position locked up for the next 12 years, the vikings will be able to focus on the defensive and OL problems.

    I truly think, they will be back on top next year with the talent they have. They will also be a younger team!!!

  28. By CanadianVF on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    Bernard Berrian makes 1.9 million, Wes Welker makes 1.5 million. Another example of why there is no justice in this world.

  29. By CanadianVF on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    In hindsight it is easy to say that the Vikings made a bad move bringing in McNabb because he did not play well. However when they decieded to bring him in, it made perfect sense to bring in a veteran quarterback to serve as a bridge to Ponder. The unique situation which was presented because of the lockout and consequently no training camps or ota’s made bringing in a veteran a very sensible move which would help provide time until Ponder had his feet under him. I applaud that move, the last thing you want to do is put a rookie quarterback in when he is not ready yet, he struggles, loses his confidence and you have ruined him.

  30. By Dryes on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    Did anyone tally how many times Mike Wobblyshall defended Berrian as a great receiver that contributes to the team? So what’s your stance now, genius? I guess I can’t blame him for taking a lot of money to do a half-ars job as a yesman for the Vikes, buy I for one would be a lot happier with the organization if he was replaced with someone who has integrity and is grounded in reality:)

  31. By Dryes on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    NIce post, CanadianVJ!

  32. By Dryes on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    OOps meant CanadianVF

  33. By Dryes on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    I’m with you on that, Fredrick Jones. I’ve been thinking that as well. All the wilfs care about is making business moves, which they can do whether Vike fans are happy or not. Like buying a polluted dump to build a stadium on. Remember wilfs are real estate businessmen.

  34. By DrinkHeavyVikingFans on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    CP is a lot more fun to watch than McNabb for sure, but let’s not put him in the HoF just yet..he has a lot of football to play. Hopefully he takes another step forward this week and makes a couple of more plays than he made last week on 1st and 2nd down. That’s all you can expect a rookie QB to do. For us to even have a chance this week, it’s all on the defense. Carolina is averaging over 400 yds a game, Steve Smith always kills us and I’m not sure who is going to tackle Cam – he’s a monster back there. I just want to see who comes to play – GO VIKES

  35. By CanadianVF on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    Bernard Berrian makes $ 1.9 million, Wes Welker makes $ 1.5 million. Another example of why there is no justice in the world.

  36. By Woodboat on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    @ Fred….. I’ve been complaining about the O Line for the last few years, so let’s not say no one is bit ching about it. That being said, I can’t fault the Vikes last draft. I’m happy they grabbed Ponder (maybe they could have traded down and still got him, maybe not…), and I really like Rudolph for this team (if they’d use him). I don’t recall who they got in the third…. oh yeah, Randy Moss for 15 minutes.

    I’d like to see the young guys get some playing time this year, but I don’t think you can just plug in O Linemen and expect them to play well together as a unit. Perhaps when we enter the bye week, they’ll take a look at it. At this point, however, they are still publicly making noise in support of the guys they have (why, I don’t know). I think they’ll be serviceable with Ponders mobility.

    Ours DBs is an entirely different matter. I’d like to see them start handing our pink slips and bring in rookie after rookie to try to find someone that can play. Asher Allen will NEVER be a quality player in this league. Griffen NEVER was what you’d call good and without knees, he’s pretty useless. Winfield is a great tackler, but can’t press cover. I don’t even want to talk about our safties. BRING IN SOME KIDS, COACH!!!! :)

  37. By CanadianVF on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    I think Rudolph was a great pick. The point has been put forth that we draft where there is team strengths and we do not draft in the areas of weakness. I assume that Rudolph was drafted because one he is a talent, two Shiancoe is going the free agent route possibly next year and Kleinsasser is getting to the end of the line. With our O line we started two rookies last year and they are now in their second year. Some more linemen were drafted this year and I believe we will go after at least one reallly good prospect with a high draft choice in the upcoming draft. Woodboat is right though about our defensive secondary, I just cannot figure out if they are really that bad or is it the system we play is not good for the players we have. The Cook issue really hurts. Assante Samuels anyone?

  38. By Rogerthevikefan on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    Draft OT Riley Rieff in the 1st and OT Andrew Datko as low as he falls. Datko had a 1st round draft grade before his shoulder injury so, he could fall as low as the 3rd. Datko only allowed Ponder to be sacked once last year so CP may push to have his old buddy drafted. Rieff is the most technical tackle in the draft he could play either tackle spot.

  39. By VegasVike on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    So y’all still believe the Wilf’s want to keep the Vikings in MN..?? You said businessmen

  40. By Arrow86 on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    I think at this point give a practice squad player a shot. Didn’t John Randle start on the practice squad. Good luck on the start of Burton’s career. He coould be the spark we need right now.

  41. By Arrow86 on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    @Frederick Jones:

    I still feel the blame goes to Spielman. I really didn’t feel that the Vikings during the Jerry Burns era had as much talent on the field as this years squad, but those teams would whip these guys. Burnsy always had them 7-9 to 10-6. It comes back to coaching and motivation. Mike Lynn took a shot at the one elusive Super Bowl in his trade for Herschel. We should have learned from that, if we’re not realisticly going to win this year, get Gerhardt some carries. Move A.P. to a winner. K-Will could go, J.-Allen, and load up on draft picks. I love these guys, but they deserve a chance to win now. We’re going to remain years away until we revamp the organization and the players on the field.

  42. By Arrow86 on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    Rudolph has great hands, but in pre-season I came away more and more impressed with Reisner.

  43. By Dryes on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    It seems to me that the Wlifs are investing in a desperate need for a stadium that could lead to fans and government accepting a cra9py plan; ie Arden Hills chemical-polluted wasteland in the middle of rural-burbia that will not boost the economy like a stadium in downtown Mpls. After the game I’d love to go out and have a little fun, but in arden hillls i don’t see that happening. I wilil ONLY support a downtown stadium because the revenue will return to the city/county because of all the entertainment revenue/taxes that the after game crowd would provide. the wilfs just want to buy cheap and sell high in my opinion. of course i could be totally wrong…

  44. By Troy on Oct 28, 2011 | Reply

    1st round we should take (this order if the previous are taken)
    1. Matt Kalil OT
    2. Jon Martin OT
    3. Morris Claiborne CB
    3. Dre Kirkpatrick CB

  45. By drew on Oct 28, 2011 | Reply

    Don’t give up on Cook, he’s a work in progress. We still need a temporary replacement, but lack O-line help bad.

  46. By peter on Oct 28, 2011 | Reply

    To: Rogerthevikefan You are Dead On!!!!!

  47. By Matt on Oct 28, 2011 | Reply

    Biggest needs: secondary, O-Line, receivers. However, they should take the best player available with each pick – having more All-Pro talent on the roster never hurts.

  48. By Rogerthevikefan on Oct 28, 2011 | Reply

    Cb Stephon Gilmore would be great in the 2nd. Some draft experts have called him a young Winfield. S Marc Barron and S Ray Ray Armstrong look awesome too. They have 2nd round grades. This draft class is load with Corners. Coryell Judie is really good but hamstring injury has hurt his draft stock. Maybe he will fall to the 4th.

  49. By Ambrose on Oct 28, 2011 | Reply

    chase minnifield cb virgina 3rd round steal of the draft

  50. By Ambrose on Oct 28, 2011 | Reply

    justin blackmon, ryan broyles or hometown kid micheal floyd in 1st or 2nd rounds

  51. By Ambrose on Oct 28, 2011 | Reply

    spence lb miami would also be a nice pickup. e.j. is too slow now and will never be what he used to be

  52. By Ambrose on Oct 28, 2011 | Reply

    brian robison is an idiot. Packers have to run the ball to ice the game. what does robison do? pass rushes up the field to create a gap the size of my living room for starks. Losing, duh!!!

  53. By Ambrose on Oct 28, 2011 | Reply

    more ballard and griffen and maybe even time for some d’andre reed. maybe

  54. By Ambrose on Oct 28, 2011 | Reply

    move winfield and griffen to saftey bring in faster more athletic corners that actually have a knack for playing the ball and cut asher allen. he is constenly picked on all day. His nickname should be All Day because thats how often he gets beat

  55. By Ambrose on Oct 28, 2011 | Reply

    Asher couldnt cover my left nut

  56. By Ambrose on Oct 28, 2011 | Reply

    Brandon Burton perhaps?

  57. By Ambrose on Oct 28, 2011 | Reply

    O-Line isnt nearly the problem our secondary is

  58. By Ambrose on Oct 28, 2011 | Reply

    Percy needs to play with bubble wrap on. He is softer than a glazed doughnut. But I do love his playmaking ability

  59. By Ambrose on Oct 28, 2011 | Reply

    More Rudolph please

  60. By Ambrose on Oct 28, 2011 | Reply

    last but not least. good luck and congrats to stephon burton

  61. By Vikings1 on Oct 28, 2011 | Reply

    @ CanadianVF

    Sorry but I disagree with you concerning the Vikings needing NcNabb as a veteran to Ponder. Look at Cam Newton and how well he did in his 1st 3 games as a starter, didn’t do much except set a rookie record for passing yards. Ponder was capable of being an effective starter as a roiokie, the guy is very smart and if he had started as a rookie, I truly believe that he would have won at least half of the games we were leading in. He looked very good against the Packers, made a few mistakes but overall he did great for his first start.

  62. By Carl Brodin on Oct 28, 2011 | Reply

    Troy we need help all over the place. 1st R Martin OT, 2nd R Floyd WR, 3rd R Chase Minnifield CB, 4TH R Blake C. or 1st R Martin, 2nd R Rhodes CB, 3RD R Mcnutt WR, 4th R Brooks OG. 5th,6th,7th R’s Depth

  63. By Arrow86 on Oct 29, 2011 | Reply

    I don’t feel that we need another wideout in the draft or free-agency. Last week we saw what Jenkins can do when someone gets him the ball in space. Harvin, although injury prone, is a remarkable talent. More and more I like the idea of moving Webb to wideout or safety.

    As a wideout he has remarkable hands, speed, and vertical leap. Look at what Calvin Johnson is doing every Sunday with that same skill set.

    As a safety / he has the speed to prevent anyone from getting behind him. If a Calvin Johnson were to go up for a ball against Webb, I’m betting on Webb.

    Unfortunately, for now, he’ll wear a baseball cap on Sunday for 98% of the game and then hand off to Percy and throw a screen pass to Booker. Oops, sorry, I gave away the “Blazer Package.” Why do I hear Mike Myers saying “Blazer Package” like Dr. Evil??? I guess it’s because casual Friday must carry over to the Vikings blog as these were the same topics I commented on on THURSDAY!

  64. By Arrow86 on Oct 29, 2011 | Reply

    I really like Schiancoe, but could we trade him for some additional picks in 2012 or 2013? Depth at tight end is high. Rudolph and Reisner can get open and catch the ball, at a lot less ka-ching.

    K-Will, I’m not sure what the market is on him. Plus, earlier this season he was diagnosed with planter faciatious which is painful, and may be hampering his performance. I’m not sure we would pick up much for him at the moment.

    Our O-line is again a problem. But I’m not sold on the Henderson’s being much more than adequate as linebackers. After the season Lieber gave us last year they are at least up to that standard, but not an improvement. I really thought Singletary would have brought a toughness and aggressiveness to that position, but possibly by next year we’ll see more results.

    Wow, I just heard myself saying “Next year” and it’s not even November. Usually, it’s Detroit that you can stick a fork in before your Thanksgiving turkey. Thanks Mr. Spielman for really addressing our glaring weaknesses. We need to upgrade the GM position in our front office.

  65. By Arrow86 on Oct 29, 2011 | Reply

    Did you notice last season when the fans started being realistic about the pathetic play of the Vikings we heard more and more about the tremendous charity work the Vikings do in the community. Madiu Williams, was remarkable in his charity efforts, to which I whole heartedly applauded.

    The Viking front office and coaching staff can’t disguise this P.O.C. as a Snicker bar anymore, so they bring in their support of Caringbridge and E.J. Henderson’s charity onto the blog. I love what Caringbridge does for those of us with ill friends and loved ones, and I thank the Vikings for their support of the charity. Now, can you address why we stink in the same areas year after year? It’s not like you have to find a cure for a terrible disease, you have to spot and develop talent, which is a lot easier.

  66. By sandiamond on Oct 29, 2011 | Reply

    agreed Troy!… hope the scouts are keeping an eye on the 4 Horesman right now

    1. Matt Kalil OT
    2. Jon Martin OT
    3. Morris Claiborne CB
    3. Dre Kirkpatrick CB

  67. By Jason on Oct 29, 2011 | Reply

    I think that we have a potential all pro CB in Brandon Burton, one play that really sticks out is the INT he got in the 4th preseason game. That INT showed me much more than Asher Allen ever has. I say play Burton and see what he’s got.

  68. By Rogerthevikefan on Oct 29, 2011 | Reply

    After watching OT J. Martin play I think he is over-rated. Draft experts call him the next Ryan Clady(BRONCOS) he looks nothing like Clady and got beat all day by USC. Not sure how the only gave up 2 sacks. Kalil and Rieff look a lot better.

  69. By Arrow86 on Oct 29, 2011 | Reply

    Does anyone miss Ray Edwards yet??? I don’t. When the Falcons are discussed you never hear anything about him. He chooses when to play. It was a good thing to let him go. We hang on to too many who then become overpaid for their performance.

  70. By Rogerthevikefan on Oct 29, 2011 | Reply

    Go see the Rum Dairy. Rather pay for over priced pop corn than see over paid “TALENT” waste space on the field.

  71. By whenallelsefails on Oct 30, 2011 | Reply

    At this point of the season and 1-6 record I don’t see why not let people move up from practice squad and let them actually play in a game or two to see if they are capable of stepping up to the next level. Can move one or two up each week and move one or two back down.
    Might just find out we have been wasting talent in the practice squad.
    I know in the past there have been players that were listed as so slow. Once they put on the pads and played they were far above average players.
    Sometimes it is best to just give a person a chance to shine. It could motivate them into being a great player.

  72. By Pharewynd on Oct 30, 2011 | Reply

    I totally agree with you 100% whenallelsefails.. Why not bring people up from the practice squad? We need to evaluate the potential of some of these players in order to move on for next yrs. draft. Who knows; maybe we have 1 or 2 which could be a benefit to our team. It’s definetly worth a shot to see whom is the player that will give it their best try to make the team effective again. We were very aggressive in pre-season as far as defense is concerned. These young players need to be given a fair shake and see what they can do to help the team. I still think that they really need to take a hard look at J.Webb as WR though. He is young,athletic,tall, fast on his feet. Why waste sitting on the bench when who knows if he could help the team out at WR. The coaches need to be more versatile and mix n match these guys a little bit more.

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