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Vikings Sign Rhett Ellison, Now Have 7 Picks Under Contract

Posted by Mike Wobschall on May 23, 2012 – 8:21 am

On Tuesday the Vikings announced the signing of six of their draft picks, and on Wednesday morning the club made official another draft pick signing.

Rhett Ellison, the team’s 4th-round (#128 overall) selection in last month’s draft, is now under contract.

The Vikings now have only three unsigned draft picks – LT Matt Kalil, S Harrison Smith and CB Josh Robinson.


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233 Responses to “Vikings Sign Rhett Ellison, Now Have 7 Picks Under Contract”

  1. By Rogerthevikefan on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Just to annoy Deer Tracks FIRST!!!

  2. By Rogerthevikefan on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    The Vikings are going to win 10-12 games this year. Nfc championship game vs. The Panthers

  3. By Rogerthevikefan on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder will make the pro bowl along with Rudolph, Harvin, Petey, J. Allen, and Smith.

  4. By Rogerthevikefan on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Can’t wait for the season to start.

  5. By ibleedpurple on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    I LOOOOOOOVE your optimism Roger!

  6. By Justin on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Ok we got the lesser known guys to sign now lets get the guys who are suppose to make an immediate impact under contract. I have high hopes for Greg Childs myself. No way he is worse than Michael Jenkins.

    http://minnesporta.com/

  7. By Rogerthevikefan on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Since I’m in a predicting mood Vikings will draft MLB Manti Te’o in the 1st round, DT Jesse Williams in the 2nd, and CB Micah Hyde in the 3rd.

  8. By Rogerthevikefan on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    With a arsenal of weapons for Ponder to work with no team will be able to stop the Vikings.

  9. By Troutdaddy on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    @Rogerthevikefan….I would love to join your optimism! You know- any time I have done so, I get shot down like a sparrow from a bazooka. But, I will say that I think that Ponder is going to have his break-out year and that I think Peterson and our receivers are going to have success beyond many expectations. Last year will be erased (as it should be) and the 2012-13 season for the Vikes will remind fans of why we have been and will be loyal for life. Let’s see if some of the regular bloggers are going to post their optimism… Dare you… I bleed purple…. nuf said…

  10. By Rogerthevikefan on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    The Dingle Bears, the Fudge Packers, and the Caged Lions(can’t think of a good insult) don’t stand a chance. Time to break the golden boy Qbs.

  11. By Rogerthevikefan on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    @Troutdaddy I’ve been a Viking fan for as long as I can remember. I was picked on when ever I wore my Viking stuff as a kid and I didn’t care the Vikings are my team and anyone who doubts them can join the Cheeseheads.

  12. By Troutdaddy on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    @Fred…. By the way. I read your posts. You have great insights. I enjoy many of the regulars on here and it is funny to see how these “Little feuds” breakout on occasion over content and topic…. That is why it is a blog. I myslef have caused a few. Just know that we got your back and anyone who really gets annoyed should realize that it’s a blog and not a life-plan….To actually stay on topic, I was glad to see us get these 7 under contract. It will only be a short time until we get the rest.

    Hey Wobs- thanks for the new posts. Was kind of a dry spell there… I don’t like having to sign in once a day to see the same blog article with a zillion posts…. How about a post on The best FA pickup this year and how they are doing thus far? What’s the scoop? who is standing out? Why did we go after who we did and what were the things that fell into place to go and get em? Just a thought…

  13. By Rogerthevikefan on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Wobs any chance that the Vikings sign LB Rocky McIntosh after the remaining draft picks are signed? He would be a very nice pick up he is pretty good in coverage.

  14. By Derrick.G on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Iv been sayin this for a while now….how about a chat menu in the blog? Where we can all talk about whatever is on our mind, or a facebook plugin?

  15. By Rogerthevikefan on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    @DerrickG. But then there would be less nonsense fights about stupid cr@p.

  16. By Rogerthevikefan on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Some of the fights are pretty entertaining.

  17. By DjDusty on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Rogerthevikefan must smoke alot of tree and drink himself to sleep. Im a REAL vikes fan til i die, but maybe he wasnt watching the same team I was all of last year. oh yea not mention 2 games vs lions, packers and bears each, ummmm 0-6 in the division this year sorry!!!

  18. By greatirishpotatofamine on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    i love vikings very much lets all be friends so nice cya guys

  19. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Of course the top 3 picks are still unsigned…….holding out for big bucks.

  20. By Rogerthevikefan on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Interesting a real viking fan saying that the Vikings will go 0-6 in the division. The Bears OLine can’t protect Cutler, the Packers Secondary can’t stop anyone, and the Lion only have Calvin Johnson and he will be working under the Madden Curse.

  21. By Rogerthevikefan on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    What will doubting the team do except promote negative energy. If you believe in yourself you will do better. So believe in the team and they will do better.

  22. By Carl K on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    After my meltdown yesterday, I owe you all a better piece of writing- especially Fred.
    So here it is:

    I wish I lived closer to Mankato because one of the biggest position battles I would like to see at camp is the 4th DE position. D’Aundre Reed you have competion! Not only did the Viking draft 7th round DE Trevor Guyton, but they went out and signed former Seahawks 7th round pick DE Nick Reed.

    Keep an eye on Nick Reed.

    Nick set the Oregon career record with 29.5 sacks, a number that ranks fourth in Pac-10 Conference history and 10th in the NCAA major college ranks. His 51.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage also set an Oregon all-time record and placed 14th in college football history. He registered at least one sack or tackle for loss 23 of his final 26 contests.

    In his first game (preseason) in a NFL uniform, Nick Reed blocked a punt, sacked the QB twice, deflected a p a s s, had a tackle for a loss and snagged an interception. The QB he tormented was former San Diego Charger and current Seahawk Charlie Whitehurst.

    Reed’s 2009 preseason stats include 14 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 1 int, 2 FF, 1 blocked punt.

    If Nick Reed brings that kind of energy to the Vikings… watch out D’Aundre.

    I think Nick is a tweener guy that might be a bit undersized for a DE, but he is faster than both D’Aundre and Guyton – he also has more overall experience. A DE that can play special teams and also fill in as a depth chart LB might be what the Vikings are looking for.

  23. By Parody on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    With the rookie wage scale it doesn’t make sense for anyone to hold out anymore. From my understanding, all that’s really left to nitpick about is whether it’s going to be a 3- or 4-year contract.

  24. By Mike B. on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t look at it so much as fighting as point out differences of opinion. There are some very strong Webb supporters. I see their point just don’t agree with it. There were TJack supporters and again I see the point, but time has proven TJack is a good backup. Webb is of the same mold plays QB well at times, but not true starting QB material. Ponder has this year or next to prove his stuff otherwise the Vikings will be looking for their next future QB. This is just how I see it. Some will disagree but that’s ok time will tell.

  25. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    What’s the limit a rookie can make?

  26. By Rogerthevikefan on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    @CarlK Guyton can play both DE and DT so he should have a leg up on both of the Reeds.

  27. By Mike B. on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    @Parody that 4th year is a real money maker though as it is based on average salaries in that position and how high you are drafted.

  28. By Rogerthevikefan on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    I believe in Ponder. With a full offseason and a upgraded WR core he will suprise everyone.

  29. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    I have no doubt that other ‘incentives’ are negotiated that don’t show up on paper.

  30. By Rogerthevikefan on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    @Parody I thought that all rookie contract were supposed to be 4 years with a 5th year option.

  31. By Parody on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    I’m not sure of all the rules in the rookie wage scale Northwoods, but it appears to be based completely off of where a player was drafted. That’s based off of the contracts I have seen from 2011’s draft, (a small fraction of the ones that were signed last year). Based on that, we can expect Kalil’s salary range to be for 4 years at a price between $19.69M and $21M, (the total received by 4th and 2nd picks respectively in 2011).

    It makes me believe that any negotiation over the total amount of the contract would only be for a few thousand dollars in either direction…maybe how big the bonus will be.

  32. By Viking-ology on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    The coaches have to put these players in a position to succeed…we will see Frazier’s worth this year. Lets hope we see a positive turnaround.

  33. By Rogerthevikefan on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    And the 5th year option is supposed to be equal to the 10th highest paid player at that position.

  34. By GreatIrishPotatoFamine on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Does anyone have any footage of a game in 07 against the cowboys where either pat or kevin williams recovered a fumble and scored a touchdown only to have it called back for a hold or something like that? That was the play that won my heart

  35. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Signing Nick Reed is old news. Was reported last week Monday.

    We also signed Levi Horn from the Bears.

  36. By OTKalil2012 on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Roger…

    Congrats on being “first”…First things first !!!…I always say… ; )

    Like your optimism also within the black and blue division…

    I think the Vikings will go 3-3 within the division…How that combination of wins plays out within the division I will not predict…

    Vikings are a better team this year…This team will surprise the NFL this fall…
    If they can avoid the injury bug ??…

    Minimum 8-8 season this year…

    Predicting 9-7 season for the Vikings…

  37. By Parody on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Roger – you may be right. It’s all new to me and I’m still learning, but I thought I heard somewhere that teams can choose to give their draftees either a 3- or 4-year contract, with an option to extend it for one extra year based on draft position and contracts of comparable NFL players – as Mike B suggested.

  38. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Not willing to stick my neck out just yet – I’ll have to wait to predict our record until I see a couple of pre-season games.

  39. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    I sure hope Walsh improves on his accuracy. Kickers are vital.

  40. By Parody on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    OTK – I disagree. Our team is much better this year, but I have heard that the other teams in the division have all made considerable improvements also. all three improved their passing defenses, Green Bay made a strong push to improve their running defense as well, Detroit gave Stafford another threat to pair with CJohnson, and Chicago gave Cutler two big targets to throw at. I think 2-wins in the division would be lucky, both coming at the dome.

  41. By Parody on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    …and I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see us go 0-6 once again.

  42. By Carl K on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Roger- You might be right about Guyton. It should be fun to see these 3 battle it out in camp.

  43. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    I think OTK is close to the mark.

    2 things to consider – 1, we weren’t that far OUT of those games (2 blowouts vs Chicago wk 6, GB wk 10) – one more TD in the other games and we could have been 4-2 in the division even with our diminished team, and they say success breeds success – look at the ’09 season – we weren’t all that great, but we won a few games and things snowballed. 2, the other teams made improvements this offseason, but with our many draft picks we made more.

    I know I said I wasn’t predicting yet, but I think we split with GB and Chicago and go 4-2.

  44. By Frederick Jones on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    @Mike B,

    That Jones boy is obnoxious as all get out.

    But I want to answer a post you put out yesterday regarding the scenario of someone else getting the GM position. I feeeeel that Frazier and his staff would have remained intact, at least for this season.

    A Mpls sportswriter (whose name escapes me at the moment) pointed out the “three-headed monster” which was our draft/trade board. No one was in charge!

    Something had to be done.

  45. By Frederick Jones on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    @Carl K,

    That piece of writing you gave is an example of why Jones appreciates you.

    Nick Jones, future Vikings starter, you heard it from Carl K. first!!!

  46. By Frederick Jones on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    @Troutdaddy,

    Thank you for your perspective.

    I think the Vikings were better than 3-13 last year. Because of the tough schedule they were not able to “close” games.

    Like you predicted, the easier schedule, and an improved team should enable them to have a good to great year.

    I’m sticking with 8-8 and hoping they do better than that. The Packers sound over-confident. Hopefully they will have a breakdown.

  47. By Frederick Jones on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    @RogerTheVikeFan,

    I hope YOU are right and the Vikings win 10 games.

    But consider the Jones attitude that an 8-8 record would be a vastly improved record.

    Yours is a better attitude than the ones saying we’ll be 4-12, and etc., but we don’t want to get to high.

    The Packers, for example are waaay to optimistic this year. Mike McCarthy has already said they are better than the year they won the Super Bowl. Hopefully that will cost them!

  48. By Frederick Jones on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Bears 11-5
    Lions 9-7
    Vikings 8-8
    Packers 8-8

    I hope and pray!

  49. By Frederick Jones on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    NFL Access said that there were only FOUR Offensive Linemen in the top 60 of the Top 100 players list.

    That’s another reason why I won’t even look at it.

    In addition the Jones Boy wonders if a Linebacker could rank over a QB of similar ability. (Define similar when judgeing those two positions?)

  50. By Frederick Jones on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    More realistic:

    Packers 11-5
    Bears 10-6
    Lions 9-7
    Vikings 8-8

  51. By Rogerthevikefan on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Any thing can happen in the NFL

  52. By Parody on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    If we’re praying for stuff, why not be more greedy?

    Vikings 16-0
    Lions 4-12
    Bears 2-14
    Packers 0-16

  53. By Mike B. on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    I am not ready to say that the 2012 team is better than the 2011 team until I see some results on the field. We have a bunch of rookies and back ups coming in for some pretty good Vet players. I would say our OLine is better with Kalil, but even that is not proven until we see how he matches up on the field. It is painfully obvious now after the 2010 season we should have been rebuilding the team, but we didn’t. So here we are and unless I can see some improvement, I am going to stick with my 5-11 perdiction. Sorry guys.

  54. By TITUS THE GREAT on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings 16-0— I love it!

  55. By TITUS THE GREAT on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Realistically, I believe we will have a strong home field advantage again– and should win at least 6 of those games– San Fran and one of our divisional foes could be the losses. Then we have a few easier ( relative term in the NFL) game on the road– and should win 2-3 of those. So, without all the fanfare, Titus’ serious prediction is in the range of 8-11 games won.

  56. By TITUS THE GREAT on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Oh, I need some coffee– or I should edit before posting.

  57. By Rogerthevikefan on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    The Vikings were better then what the record indicated last year. But having that bad year was a building block for the coming season. If the Vikings won a few more games then there would be no Kalil and the OLine would still be a swing door on the left side.

  58. By DRS on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    RED ALERT, RED ALERT, RED ALERT, CAPTON THERE ARE MINNEAPLOIS CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS IN OUR WAY, WHAT SHOULD WE DO? CAPTON TO SCOTTY, FIRE!!!

    LOL

  59. By DRS on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    City Council Member Schiff Says He’s Against Vikings Stadium
    May 20, 2012 12:49 PM

    http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2012/05/20/city-council-member-schiff-says-hes-against-vikings-stadium/

  60. By Rogerthevikefan on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    But in all seriousness the season really depends on how Petey’s knee heals. With Petey for the full season 12 wins.

  61. By DRS on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    According to City Council Member Schiff Minneapolis voters are not for the new stadium so he hopes the city council will vote down the law and / or amend the law and send it back to the state to be reworked, he is lobbying for a no vote. It is not over yet; get concerned, it is too close to say what will happen on Friday.

  62. By Rogerthevikefan on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Can we fire him out of the canon?

  63. By DRS on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    City of MinneapolisOfficial Website of the City of Minneapolis

    http://www.minneapolismn.gov/council/

  64. By DRS on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Rogerthevikefan

    That is ok with me.

  65. By DRS on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    City Council

    Ward 9 – Gary Schiff

    http://www.minneapolismn.gov/ward9/index.htm

  66. By DRS on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Ward 9 – Gary Schiff
    350 S. 5th St., Room 307
    Minneapolis, MN 55415
    (612) 673-2209
    Contact Ward 9

    http://www.minneapolismn.gov/ward9/contact-ward9

  67. By Rogerthevikefan on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Yelling and hara$$ing never works so can some who is not me contact him.

  68. By Rogerthevikefan on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    @Titus I think we should elect you to contact him and change his feeble mind.

  69. By Parody on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Roger – If we’re going by DRS’s story, we’ll have to fire him out of the torpedo bay. Just in case he doesn’t explode on impact, we’ll strap a Dreadnought to him. That should take care of any possible stadium opponants within a 500 mile radius.

  70. By Rogerthevikefan on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    When do the remaining OTAs take place?

  71. By Rogerthevikefan on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Parody I would be fine with take.

  72. By DeerTracks on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    RogertheVilke”Fan”?

    I was rooting for the Vikings when you were just learning how not to poop in your pants! You say Vikngs will go 8/8 this year?

    Well Fan, one of those “8” will be a loss to the 49ers when we play them…
    Tell me, who will the other “7” be?

    You didn’t anoy me with the ‘First” thing, just tell me where to send the truckload of Chicken $h-t you won!

  73. By Spencer on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    With Ponder 7-9.

    With Webb 10-6.

  74. By DeerTracks on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    RogerVikeFan

    Vikings win 10, 12 games this year?

    Not even close, Will give you Fred’s numbers 8/8.

  75. By KoN on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer, what about Webb will win us those extra 3 games?

  76. By Spencer on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Webb has ‘it’…Ponder does not.

    Webb seems to always find ways to win in close games

  77. By KoN on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    You keep saying that Spencer, but it just isn’t true. We have only one game (out of five) where Webb has played a majority of the snaps.

  78. By Parody on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Sorry Spencer, but that’s just not true. Webb lost 3 of the 4 games at the end of the 2010 season, including the final to Detroit by a score of 13-20. Although he beat the REdskins 33-26, he was a major contributor of the 28-34 loss to the Lions and he lost the final game of 2011 to the Bears by a score of 13-17.

  79. By T.HARRIS on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Why not 11-5 GO VIKES!

  80. By Spencer on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Webb has a lot of Tim Tebow in him.

  81. By KoN on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    That isn’t a good thing Spence, Tebow is not a good player. It was the Broncos’ excellent defense that won them games, not Tim Tebow.

  82. By Spencer on May 23, 2012 | Reply

  83. By Parody on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Webb isn’t religious enough to do what Tebow can. That’s the only reason that Tebow ever wins is because his God sees him praying all the time and feels sorry for him.

  84. By KoN on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    I think that it speaks volumes about Tebow’s skill level when the Broncos let him go in favor of Caleb Hanie, a QB who filled in for Cutler when he was hurt last year and threw 3TDs and 9INTs. No, I didn’t get those mixed up, he threw 3 times as many INTs as TDs and the Broncos chose him over Tebow.

  85. By Troutdaddy on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    @DjDusty You sound like a covert Packer fan in a Vikings blog. be loud and proud or crawl back under the rock you came from.

    Parody- that is the spirit… 16 and 0 Titus liked that. Not saying that it couldn’t happen but I will say that I will be doing back flips if we get 9 or 10 wins this year. I got thinking about our receivers this morning and I think that this team could be a lot like when we used Kleinsa$$er more often for short pa$$es up the middle when everyone was covering Moss/Carter. We have some deep threat now so we could use this to go right down their throats and even rumble for more yards. Seeing some of the video of our newbies has got me thinking that we are going to see some similar play of olden days…. I am STOKED!

  86. By iaVIKE on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    DeerTracks – Why are your posts always about some kind of feces?

    I also think you should be on a San Fran blog, you seem like more of a niners fan than a vikes fan.

  87. By RichardA1 on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    There going to be really good, its just a matter if Coach Frasier can coach them!

  88. By TITUS THE GREAT on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Tebow will be a hall of famer.

  89. By Spencer on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    No he wont…

  90. By DeerTracks on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    iaVIKE,

    Feces? Because that is what I read most of the time from some clowns like you!

    Nope not a 49er Fan. Yet. Like I told that other goofball, I was a Viking Fan, when you were most likely just learning how to chrew solid food, and learning how to climb curtains,

    One of the games the Viking will not win will be the 49er game.

  91. By Devan Hannus is a viking on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    bears Dfence is gunna be tougher with shea McClellan i no ive been waching his since he was a freshman at Boise state

  92. By iaVIKE on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Don’t think i ever learned how to “chrew” anything….

  93. By Spencer on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    So much hostility these past couple of days between the bloggers.

    Instead of bickering and arguing, we must come together. At the end of the day we all cheer for the same team!!!!!

  94. By TITUS THE GREAT on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Take your own medicine Spencer.

  95. By KoN on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Wait Titus, they have a section of the Hall of Fame for biggest busts?

    Spencer, that’s a laugh coming from the Great Instigator.

  96. By TITUS THE GREAT on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Within 5 years, Tebow will be one of a handful of elite quarterbacks in the league–before you go naysaying, relax– come back in a few years.

  97. By Spencer on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer does not instigate, Spencer merely states his factual opinions.

  98. By KoN on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    What is it that you see in Tebow, Titus? He has absolutely horrendous mechanics and is very inaccurate and I just don’t see how being a backup on a Jets team that couldn’t develop Mark Sanchez will help him at all.

  99. By TITUS THE GREAT on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer — funny, KoN and I both responded similarly and simultaneously to your “let’s get along” comment. Could there be truth in the instigator remark?

  100. By TITUS THE GREAT on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    KoN, I serve the same God as Tebow– everyone mocks him now, but just wait. He has the heart and the passion of a winner and a leader– the rest will work out.

  101. By KoN on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    I wasn’t trying to mock him with that last post Titus, I honestly just don’t see how he can surpass the other QBs who are already so far ahead of him. It’s not his fault, but the style of QB that he played in college just doesn’t translate all that well to the NFL.

  102. By ozzinator on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    agreed Titus

  103. By Spencer on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Stephen A speaks the truth: Start at the 1:18min mark.

  104. By Spencer on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    “An amateur who happens to be playing starting quarterback because of a popularity contest! It is that simple- this kid, can not play, starting quarterback in the NFL, he is Garbage!”

    Preach Stephen A, preach.

  105. By Frederick Jones on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    **Unfreakingbelievable!!!

  106. By TITUS THE GREAT on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    HA HA HA – Spencer– just wait and see. Within a two to five years, you will be remembering the great Titus as you watch Tebow lead a team to the Superbowl.

  107. By Frederick Jones on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Am I the only one that had trouble getting a letter to post on here today?

  108. By Frederick Jones on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    @Titus and Spence,

    Tebow is already good.

  109. By TITUS THE GREAT on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Fred, I agree– I am saying he will be one of the elite. Listen when I talk to YOU!

  110. By iaVIKE on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    TITUS – Will he be a NY Jet?

  111. By TITUS THE GREAT on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    iaVike, I don’t think so– but which team he leads to the promised land I cannot say.

  112. By Spencer on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    By Frederick Jones on May 23, 2012 | Reply
    @Titus and Spence,
    Tebow is already good.
    —————————————————————————

    At what?

  113. By JackWagins on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    TRADE COOK FOR TEBOW-GARBAGE FOR GARBAGE

  114. By Hotcarlgiver on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Okay, looked at the schedule, trying to be positive but realistic, I predict nine and seven, and we miss the playoffs. But hey, that’s great, I love the Vikings and hope we do even better. Packers think their team is better than two years ago, they are wrong and need to shut up with their butt up. Barrooooooo!

  115. By Hotcarlgiver on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    The packers give head to monkeys for horchata.

  116. By Hotcarlgiver on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    I seen it.

  117. By KoN on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d8294a67e/article/what-trade-would-you-like-to-see-before-the-2012-season

    Everyone should read this article, specifically Ian Rapoport’s section. Honestly, NFL.com needs to take a long look at a few of their people and see if they can actually be called journalists.

  118. By Hotcarlgiver on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Tebow is a flash in the pan, if he was smart he would retire now with his legend intact.

  119. By Spencer on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    KoN- I agree with Ian Rapoport, i’ve been saying trade Jared Allen for months.

  120. By Spencer on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Wait a second…..I wouldnt give him up for only a 3rd and a 4th though!!!! This guy is stupid as he|| for saying that.

    A 3rd and a 4th for Jared Allen? Beech please.

  121. By KoN on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    I know Spence, the guy obviously has not done any research. We got allen for a 1st round and 2 3rd round picks, since then he has developed into the best pass rusher in the NFL. That means that, if we were to trade him, we should trade him for a lot more than we got him for, not a lot less.

  122. By Mike B. on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Tebow is not a great QB he generates lots of publicity and I am not sure that is what the Jets really want. They have a QB with confidence issues now you bring in Tebow. The Jets are in a lot of trouble.

  123. By Spencer on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    I still cant believe he said that though. A 3rd and a 4th rd pick for the best DE in the NFL is just laughable.

    If we make that trade I would be calling for Spielmens head!

  124. By Hotcarlgiver on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Trading Allen could be risky even if we got a couple first rounders. If he went to a team we will be competing with in the future, then Allen will be the one who kills Ponder!

  125. By TITUS THE GREAT on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Who cares?

  126. By GrandDaddyPurp on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    For DeerTracks

    ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-SIXTH!!!

  127. By Viking-ology on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    So Webb can just wing-it and be a great QB-Spencer you are delusional.

  128. By Viking-ology on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    There’s a long way before the season starts, I’m just gonna pace myself on Vikings.com. I guess I’m just too old to give a sh1t what happens until the final product is on the field.

  129. By Lloyd Santee on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Great exchange today guys! Anyone remember what the original topic was? My heads still spining. No seriously, i have to agree with Spencer that of the two, Ponder and Webb, I take Webb everytime. That’s due to his duability. Don’t get me wrong, Ponder will be a good player someday, he’s not there yet. Webb can win now. The question out there should be do we want to win a few more games now or build for the future? I’m not for tanking any games but a competition last year was on by Webb. Competition only makes you better. Don’t give anyone anything, make them earn it. Thanks for the predictions!

  130. By Meekay on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Rapoport is an idiot. Thats a terrible trade.

  131. By TITUS THE GREAT on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    BAROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    Vikings 12-4 baby! Unstoppable.

  132. By KoN on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings 32 and -16, Setting NFL records that will never be broken.

  133. By KoN on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    that should have been a . not a ,

  134. By QB on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    I like Webb, but a couple years ago he missed a wide open receiver about 30 yards down field. Webb had rolled out to the left and no one was around him when he threw the ball. In the post game interview he said sometimes the hardest pass is when the guy is wide open. I’m sorry, wrong answer!! If you’ve ever played a little QB in your day that’s plain stupid. Like I said I like him and he can win some games, but honesty, I just don’t trust his touch, nor his decision making in critical situations. I think he is a great athelete, and I would really like to see the Vikings put a full court press on making him a receiver, but if that happens I’d sure like to see them pick up a quality backup for Ponder. Sage after last year in Miami, probably should be QB3.

  135. By TITUS THE GREAT on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    WHAT?????????????

    I like Webb, but a couple years ago he missed a wide open receiver about 30 yards down field.

    Ever heard of being a rookie? And of learning and growing?
    Two years ago Webb was in his first NFL game.

  136. By QB on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    @ Titus, Either you’ve played a little QB or not??

  137. By TITUS THE GREAT on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    I have a brain.

  138. By Frederick Jones on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    @QB,

    That Jones boy is chomping at the bit to get after you on that one.

    ANY quarterback can over throw a wide open or covered receiver. It happens, we are all human.

    You say Joe Webb is a great athlete. Is there any reason what so ever why you wouldn’t put your best athlete at Quarterback?

    Steve Young was a great athlete, he is now in the HOF. Randall Cunningham was a great athlete, and was best suited as a QB. Jim Plunkett could plunk the ball so hard into your ribs, you would have a bruise for a month!

    I have yet to hear a good argument for switching Joe Webb to Wide Receiver. Did any of you non-Jones type people ever consider that maybe Joe doesn’t want to play Wide Receiver?

    Joe Webb is the Spiderman, and he can do anything. Why not Quarterback???

  139. By Frederick Jones on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Good answer Sane!

  140. By Spencer on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    I remember Ponder over throwing a wide open visanthe shianco against the Panthers earlier last year.

  141. By Frederick Jones on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    By Spencer on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    By Frederick Jones on May 23, 2012 | Reply
    @Titus and Spence,
    Tebow is already good.
    —————————————————————————

    At what?

    by F.L. Jones

    Sir Timothy Tebow is good at whipping the ball to WRs, running thru and around people, and at being a good example. With his self-esteem, he will only get better.

  142. By TITUS THE GREAT on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks Fred– just keeping it real. You can post all you want, but you may be wasting breath– people must have the raw materials first.

  143. By Spencer on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    My main issue with Ponder is can he make plays outside the numbers? I realize we didnt have any real dynamic players outside of Percy but you rarely saw him even throw a pass towards the sidelines- deepouts, corners, even fly routes..I think its because he simply doesnt have the arm strength to make those throws.

  144. By KoN on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    All QBs, NFL or otherwise have made bad throws before. I am not an advocate of Webb over Ponder (although I think that they are both very good players), but that is just a stupid argument. To bring up one specific instance where he made a bad pass doesn’t prove anything.

  145. By QB on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Just what I think. Don’t post too often. Confused about Jones?
    Had no intention to create some kind of blog rage.

  146. By Frederick Jones on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    @Titus,

    I was only inserting a remark to agree with you about Tebow. The timing of the remark was wrong, maybe because Vikings.com was blocking the great Frederick’s posts!!!

  147. By Frederick Jones on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Did anyone else have a problem trying to post today?

  148. By KoN on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Spence, Jenkins was developing as Ponder’s favorite reciever befoer he was injured, and he played mostly outside of the numbers. When you have Aromashodu as your outside guy, there isn’t much you can do.

  149. By TITUS THE GREAT on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Oh, I saw that Fred– it was duly noted and appreciated.

  150. By Frederick Jones on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    @Spencer,

    Have you forgotten our porous Offensive Line from last year? It’s very hard to throw a ball when you are on your back.

    Try it sometime!!!

  151. By Frederick Jones on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    I think both Webb and Ponder have great potential. Either could be our QB of the future.

    What will be the secret to their success?

    THE REST OF THE TEAM!!!

  152. By TITUS THE GREAT on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    QB, don’t think you have that kind of power. No rage here. People like Jones and Titus practice self-control, one of the fruits of the Spirit. It is a very rare day when they get upset.

  153. By KoN on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    That’s the right mindset Fred. I’ll support whoever the coaches believe is the best option at QB. Right now that’s Ponder, but if they change their mind and it becomes Webb, then I’ll pull for him.

  154. By KoN on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Too much third person going on for my liking.

  155. By TITUS THE GREAT on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    HA HA HA HA– sorry KoN.

  156. By vikesfan5.0 on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Webb sucks!!!!!!

  157. By Spencer on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Bad decision making
    http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/09000d5d824ede60/Smith-INT

  158. By Spencer on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    It was actually decision making, not pressure, that caused him to throw so many interceptions.

  159. By QB on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Why would anyone want power on a blog?

  160. By Spencer on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Kinda ticked off at the moment, I typed a whole hot 4 paragraphs with intricate vocabulary about Ponder that didnt even post because I forgot we can not type Chr1stian on this site.

    Personally I think its a dam shame that we arent even allowed to type our Quarterbacks first name.

  161. By KoN on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer, you just did the exact same thing that QB did. You brought up one specific play to try to prove that Ponder is not a great QB. That doesn’t mean anything.

  162. By QB on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    @ KoN, it wasn’t the play. All QBs miss throws, even wide open. It was the post game interview talking about that being a difficult throw.

  163. By KoN on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Fair enough QB. However, you have to understand that these guys are put on the spot immediately after playing an intense game of football. Some of them just aren’t the best in front of the camera and end up saying stupid things.

  164. By QB on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    You’re right KoN, good point, it’s just one post game interview that still haunts me. That said, I can think of 50 other ones that have haunted me over the years.

  165. By purple08 on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    Dear Rogerthevikefan…are you serious or delerious? It’s one thing to be optimistic and positive but you are a dreamer. Quit blowing smoke up our arses and get real dude. 9 wins will be nothing short of a miracle. Lets hope we can win 25% of our division games. We are the weakest team in the nfc north. I like the direction we are going but the Pack, Lions and Bears are all ahead of us. Give us 2 years buddy and we will win the division, until then relax and enjoy the show.

  166. By purple08 on May 23, 2012 | Reply

    wow, listen to FredJones…master of the obvious. “the qb’s success will depend on the rest of the team” what a genius. You really dug deep to come up with that one didn’t you?

  167. By DRS on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Stadium deal foes rally before Minneapolis vote
    Article by: ERIC ROPER , Star Tribune

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/153377605.html

  168. By DRS on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    First Vegas book to set NFL odds puts Vikings over-under at 6 wins
    Posted by: Michael Rand under Vikings Updated: May 23, 2012 – 3:49 PM

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/153249585.html

  169. By DRS on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Where are the Viking supporters? Have you counted your chickens before the eggs have hatched? There are two more votes to go, have we done a Bush thing and declared victory before we have won the battle? I hope not. I have not read a story saying Vikings fans rally at Minneapolis city hall. Two more Votes and if successful we will be in the clear if there is no legal challenge.

  170. By DRS on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings rookie kicker Blair Walsh: ‘I’m ready to show them their decision was good’ Bob Sansevere twincities.com Posted: 05/23/2012 12:01:00 AM CDT
    May 24, 2012 5:1 AM GMTUpdated: 05/24/2012 12:01:52 AM CDT

    http://www.twincities.com/vikings/ci_20692915/vikings-rookie-kicker-blair-walsh-im-ready-show

  171. By DRS on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Have a great day and here is to a winning season, SKOL Vikings.

  172. By DRS on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Article by: ERIC ROPER , Star Tribune

    The council’s intergovernmental relations committee will take a preliminary vote on the stadium plan Thursday morning, followed by a final vote at 9:30 a.m. Friday.

    The group that turned out on a windy day to voice opposition to the deal shouted chants including “Stop the stadium scam now!” and “Council members, vote no!”

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/153377605.html

  173. By DRS on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Where are the Vikings fans?

    Have to go for now, have fun.

  174. By DeerTracks on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    GrandDaddyPup

    You were One Hundred Twenty-Sixth? Didn’t believe you could count that high.

    On the Ponder –Joe Webb thing, let them BOTH play, THEN pick!

  175. By Carl K on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    QB- if that many post game interviews haunt you,.. maybe try finding a new past time?

    Webb owned up to his mistake… he didn’t blame anyone but himself.

    Anyway, do you really believe that there are good answers to missing a wide open WR???? You obviously have experience at making up good excuses for missing wide open WRS in your day. I don’t think that that is something to be proud of.

    Great answer TITUS.

  176. By NovaScotiaVike on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    I once overthrew a wide-open wide receiver because the dog ate my homework.

  177. By VegasVike on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    How can we win 25% of our 6 divisional games lol?

  178. By NovaScotiaVike on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    I once overthrew a wide-open wide receiver but I had a note from my doctor.

  179. By NovaScotiaVike on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    I once overthrew a wide-open wide receiver because my alarm didn’t go off.

  180. By VegasVike on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    We once won 25% of our divional games but that was when we were in the NFC Central. And we had a note from our math teacher..

  181. By Rocksalt on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    8-8 season. period.

  182. By Rocksalt on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    if the MPLS City Council Morons derail the stadium bill, then they should be impaled….

  183. By NovaScotiaVike on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    I remember it well……..(Doctor’s note)…..”Please excuse Nova for overthrowing that wide receiver as he is going through menopause”.

  184. By NovaScotiaVike on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    LIST OF THE 34 MENOPAUSE SYMPTOMS
    Common Symptoms
    1. Hot Flashes
    2. Night Sweats
    3. Irregular Periods
    4. Loss of Libido
    5. V@ginal Dryness
    6. Mood Swings

    Changes
    7. Fatigue
    8. Hair Loss
    9. Sleep Disorders
    10. Difficult Concentrating
    11. Memory Lapses
    12. Dizziness
    13. Weight Gain
    14. Incontinence
    15. Bloating
    16. Allergies
    17. Brittle Nails 18. Changes in Odor
    19. Irregular Heartbeat
    20. Depression
    21. Anxiety
    22. Irritability
    23. Panic Disorder

    Pains
    24. Breast Pain
    25. Headaches
    26. J0int Pain
    27. Burning Tongue
    28. Electric Shocks
    29. Digestive Problems
    30. Gum Problems
    31. Muscle Tension
    32. Itchy Skin
    33. Tingling Extremities

    Others
    34. Osteoporosis
    35 Overthrowing wide receivers

  185. By NovaScotiaVike on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    It must SUCK to be a woman !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  186. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Carl – we’d have to ask McNabb – he must have NUMEROUS excuses for missing wide open receivers. Perhaps he was reverting to playing basketball by throwing bounce pa sses?

  187. By Mike B. on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Is it possible McNabb was being rushed as our OLine was a disaster. I would really like to forget about last year as a whole we don’t have a lot to brag about. AP still got yardage and Allen got some sacks. That’s about it.

  188. By Mike B. on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    I wouldn’t put win or losses on any particular person last year. The team as a whole contributed to last years record. Players and coaches have to take responsibility for what happened.

  189. By Mike B. on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    DRS is right needs some MN fans over at the council meetings to balance things out. This isn’t over yet.

  190. By TITUS THE GREAT on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Let me see if I can post now.

  191. By TITUS THE GREAT on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Wow– last night, for some reason, I could not post. I tried about eight times– and I know there was no hidden “naughty” words — I even tried to post “Hi” by itself. But I could not break through. Anyone else have that happen?

  192. By Parody on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Titus – I had that happen once before. The solution for me was to post once or twice under a different monicker and then return to my usual one. I can’t fathom why that worked, but I was trying a bunch of different solutions before that, and nothing else worked.

  193. By sandiamond on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Wobs monthly posting audit must have been last night! lol

  194. By NovaScotiaVike on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Titus, whenever that happens to me, I just fax them in.

  195. By sandiamond on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    last blog of the week? mikey says quit posting junk so i don’t have to create so many new onesssss

  196. By TITUS THE GREAT on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    HA HA HA HA — I wondered if Wobbs was at the controls. And Nova, not all of us are on the inside– I don’t have the fax number.

  197. By TITUS THE GREAT on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    OH– wow, I thought fax might be a naughty word– it went through!

  198. By sandiamond on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    City Council meeting live in progress:

    http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/tv/79

  199. By sandiamond on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    seems that way Titus. While in the system, Wobs will screen posts like a game day blog

  200. By Parody on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Wobs will probably cxreate 2-3 more blogs for the month, but I doubt we’ll see any more this week. Over the past couple of months, it appears that he has a very early bedtime, having to turn in before Thursday morning, and not waking up again until Monday.

  201. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Mike B I recall some that he was pressured, some that he wasn’t. The BOOOS were particularly loud on the ones that he wasn’t. And got louder as the jumbotron showed his smirk – of course an intelligent person knows he was disgusted and laughing at himself, but irate/drunk fans thought he didn’t care.

  202. By NovaScotiaVike on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Rip Van Wobschall.

  203. By Parody on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Relax people, there is no live person screening anything in these comments before they get posted. If there was, you would never see my comments when they contain words like fück, bîtch, cúnt, whõre, or Chrístian.

    No, it’s just a poorly written screening program that is causing everyone so much woe when trying to speak to fellow fans.

  204. By NovaScotiaVike on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Mike WOEbschall

  205. By sandiamond on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    screening always happens just before a new blog hits the website. No big deal, 98% of the time free and clear opinions flow

  206. By TITUS THE GREAT on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with Parody- I cannot imagine Wobbs playing the Oz, behind a curtain, watching us post. Ha ha ha–would make a good feature on Hard Knocks.

  207. By sandiamond on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1194704-aaron-rodgers-adrian-peterson-calvin-johnson-who-dominates-the-nfc-north

  208. By Mike B. on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t think Wobby reads many of our posts anyway. I think he probably enjoys the fans having their own say on here. I think that’s a good policy.

  209. By NovaScotiaVike on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    If you re-arrange the letters in “Mike Wobschall”, you get ” A sow milk belch”.

  210. By ozzinator on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t think Wobbs ever plays me Titus…………….

  211. By Frederick Jones on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    iiiii

  212. By Frederick Jones on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    KFAN made the statement that they think it’s unlikely that the Vikings will win any of there division games. That makes us 0-6 right there.

    Face it, we didn’t get enough good offensive linemen. One guy does not make an offensive line. And I am not buying that you can take an OT and automatically make him into a good OG. That dooo nut mack no sense ‘tal to F.L. Jones!

    The Vikings would be lucky to finish 8-8!!!

  213. By Spencer on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    I bet Wobbs loves my posts..

  214. By Frederick Jones on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    there should have been “their.”

  215. By Frederick Jones on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    I wish that the Vikings could turn things around and make the playoffs. But you are due for disappointment if you think that’s going to happen.

    We wasted a lot of draft picks on little guys when we should have been finding the big fellas…OL, DL, LB. That is the thing that ensures we will do no better than last in the division, with an 8-8 record.

    But that’s an improvement by 5 games, if we do it.

  216. By Edward on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    I have also been a Vikings fan for as long as I can remember… but I can also remember the few times we made the super bowl…you have to be getting up there in age to remember those days. We came close one time since… if my memory doesn’t fail me.
    I just hope that many of you that have the enthusiasm of youth don’t get to high on this years expectations… as I think we will find that we will end up at around 500 at best. Remember people… we have a lot of young new players that are for the first year trying out and we all know… or should.. that a big majority of new players don’t pan out let alone play the way you are all expecting them to…I’ve even read on one or two blogs of the Vikings going to the super bowl this year?
    Keep up the enthusiasm for our Vikings but please, keep it somewhat realistic.

  217. By Parody on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    How many first-stringers will turn out from this year’s draft? There’s a dead minimum of 3, with the two first rounders and the kicker. They’ll be on the starting squad in week one.

    Currently, there’s some good hype building about the potential of Childs becomming our #1 WR (http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcnorth/post/_/id/42387/rookie-buzz-vikings-greg-childs). He has been rated as the 5th best WR in this year’s draft class, that was deep with WR talent. The reason he fell to us in the 4th round was reportedly because of an injury that limited him in his senior year.

    Blanton has the next best chance, moving from CB to Safety with the potential to join his college teammate protecting the backfield. The weak competition will give him an opportunity to see earn the spot before the end of the season.

    Robinson has a good opportunity to be the #2 CB. He’s small, but he has the skills to make up for his size. I just don’t know if he can pull it off in his first year. But that’s what we brought Carr and Bowman in for. They can cover the CB spot until the rookie gets up to speed, and eventually takes over.

    Then there’s Ellison and Wright. Both appear to be good at what they do, but there’s enough talent at the their spots that they’re not likely to be starters this year. But both could still be seeing a lot of time on the field. If they choose to make Ellison a FB like they did with Kleinsasser for his first couple of years, he could start in game 1, but I doubt he’ll ever be a starter on this team at TE. He’d be a situational player the same mold that Kleinsasser was. With Wright being the same type of receiver as Harvin, he’s not likely to become a starter anytime soon, but can also play a big role in situational downs where we’ll need a lot of WRs on the field at once.

    So overall, that’s 8-players who could become starters out of 24 starters on the team. 6 of them have a good chance to get there, and might even do it by the end of this season. I’m looking forward to this season, and in the interest of the long-term future of the team, I hope that as many rookies as possible can work their way into starting roles.

  218. By Rocksalt on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    8-8

  219. By Parody on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Sorry Edward, but your memory appears to be failing you big time – unless you have an extremely different definition of “getting close” when it comes to the Super Bowl.

    We lost the NFC Championship 4-times since our last trip to the Super Bowl. I don’t think that you can qualify anything else as closer than that. These games were 1987 to the Redskins, 1998 to the Falcons, 2000 to the Giants, and 2009 to the Saints. The only one of these games that was lost by more than a TD was the 2000 game against the Giants, where the team apparantly forgot which direction their helmets were supposed to sit on their heads.

  220. By Woodboat on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    @ Parody

    I like your breakdown of which draftees should start. I think what is just as important is which draftees we are going to see CONTRIBUTE. We might not see Wright start at WR, but I’d bet he might be on the field returning kicks/punts. Ellison will get some time covering Loadholts right side (the only way Phil can succeed at RT vs. speed rush). I don’t know what caliber of CB Robinson is, but I’d imagine he’ll be able to compete for that spot.

    @ Justin

    You have high hopes for Childs, as do we all. You hope he isn’t as bad as Jenkins, though? Jenkins really isn’t too bad, bro. He runs decent routes and catches the ball well. If our O Line improves as much as I hope it does, our QB, our RBs, our TEs, and our WRs are ALL going to look much better this year.

  221. By Woodboat on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    @ Fred…

    I agree that we could have used 1 more OL, but you and I were in agreement pre-draft that the team needed DBs. Which they drafted. Don’t backtrack now and complain about what we DIDN’T get, be happy with what we did.

    Personally, I’m stoked about the acquisitions the team made this off-season.

  222. By Woodboat on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Also @ Fred…

    They picked up Kalil…. LT.
    Move Johnson inside where his body type and skill set should improve his performance …. LG.
    Sullivan stays healthy all season (fingers crossed on that one)… C.
    What was his name, Schwartz? (Sorry dude… ) Supposed to be a strong prospect at … RG
    …..err…. and LoadHOLD …. RT (Fell down there at the end… literally).

    Other than Phil, I think we should be pretty solid at OL. Give Load a TE to cover his flank (turning him into an OG, which he should be), and we’ll be ok.

  223. By Parody on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    Woodboat – I completely agree. Ellison, Wright and Robinson will have the toughest time earning starting spots on the team, but they should all get a good chance to be big contributors to the team regardless.

  224. By sandiamond on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    nice woodboat! never payed much attention to loadholt’s blocking of rushers until last year. It looks sissyfied to me with no way to correct the onslaught without a TE to stop the outside push

  225. By sandiamond on May 24, 2012 | Reply

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1195742-identifying-potential-breakout-players-for-the-minnesota-vikings-2012-season

  226. By JoshVT on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    Hey, is there any chance they will move Phil over to RG this season? If so when do you expect that to happen?
    Season Start
    Mid Season
    End Of season?

  227. By sandiamond on May 25, 2012 | Reply

    RTackle wasn’t addressed in FA or the draft so it appears unlikely. Was hoping they would draft a tweener(left/right tackle) to put pressure on big Phil

  228. By VikesInsider on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    Bowman will be the biggest surprise this season as far as the free agents go. He has looked wonderfull in offseason workouts and when I spoke with him last week he mentioned how a change of scenery was the best thing for him. Remember, this guy had a breakout year for the Bears a couple seasons ago recording 6 INTs. He was supposed to replace Charles Tillman on the “better” side of the defense, but seemed to get complacent. He certainly is not complacent now and knowing this guy’s work eithic… Vikings fans will enjoy a solid starting CB this season, I have no doubt.

  229. By sandiamond on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    complete football and basic life story for vontaze burfict updated here:

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/draft2012/story/_/id/7821147/nfl-asu-linebacker-vontaze-burfict-draft-most-misunderstood-player-espn-magazine

  230. By sandiamond on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    http://nflmocks.com/2012/05/26/report-bengals-rookie-lb-vontaze-burfict-impressing-on-the-field/

  231. By vikingbob136 on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    Can we get rid of the players who are no longer on the team on the right side of
    the home page? As far as i know Chester Taylor,Bernard Berrian,D McNabb and
    Sidney Rice are no longer on the team.Out with the old and in with the new.
    Sept can’t get hear quick enough

  232. By sandiamond on May 26, 2012 | Reply

    http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/nfl/story/_/id/7972614/exonerated-ex-usc-trojans-recruit-brian-banks-wants-shot-nfl

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