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Roster Rundown: Wide Receivers

Posted by Mike Wobschall on July 9, 2012 – 6:14 am

We’re in the middle of about the only slow time in the NFL news cycle. So what better to do than take an inventory of what the Vikings have on their roster with training camp just weeks away.

Let’s begin with the wide receivers, where the Vikings currently have 12 on the roster…

The wide receiver position is high profile as it is, but add in a mix of A) desire for improvement from last year’s performance, B) a flashy free agent acquisition and C) a mix of veterans and youngsters battling for roster spots, and you can be sure the Vikings wide receiver situation will be one to watch.

Percy Harvin is the cream of the crop, and after him the Vikings have worked hard this offseason to improve the position, most notably by adding veteran Jerome Simpson in free agency and then drafting a pair of receivers in the 4th round (Greg Childs, Jarius Wright).

Keep in mind, Simpson won’t count against the Vikings roster limit to begin the season because of a three-game suspension, so that opens up another spot for competition among a group of several players that is comprised of both veterans and youngsters. Veterans Devin Aromashodu and Michael Jenkins will rely upon their one year of experience in Offensive Coordinator Bill Musgrave’s scheme to try and ward off the young receivers the Vikings have in the fold. Jenkins was ‘ol reliable last season before getting hurt, and WRs coach George Stewart loves having him around because he’s a good influence on a young position group. Aromashodu showed flashes of playmaking ability last season, most notably his diving TD grab at Kansas City. Another veteran added to the mix is Bryan Walters, who looked good during the Vikings offseason program and is a sleeper in the punt returner competition.

The youngsters on the roster are highlighted by Childs and Wright, but also include a seventh-round choice from last year – Stephen Burton. He’s continually progressed since being drafted by the Vikings and took another step forward this offseason. The remaining receivers on the roster who will compete for spots are:

– Manny Arceneaux – Acquired by Vikings in January of 2011 after two standout seasons in the CFL…took a step forward this offseason with his work in Organized Team Activities and minicamp.
– Kamar Jorden – Bowling Green product who plays bigger than his listed height of 6-2…definitely not a throw-away player.
– A.J. Love – Acquired late in the offseason program and will need to watch more in training camp to get an opinion.
– Kerry Taylor – Injured his hand during the offseason program, so another who will merit a longer look in training camp. Quicker than fast, possible option in return game.


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122 Responses to “Roster Rundown: Wide Receivers”

  1. By DeerTracks on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    New Blog—New Start

  2. By megakrab on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    Punch Peterson in his dumb head. LOL Apparently berserk is the word. It took three officers to hand cuff him. Dumb move, he couldve reinjured his knee. I’m glad it was just a misdemeanor, but still isnt cool. I always thought he behaved himself.

  3. By Mike B. on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    Guess we will see what the final outcome is on the AP situation. There could be some league punishment too if he is found guilty of the offense.

  4. By Mike B. on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    To say Percy is the cream of the crop at WR means we didn’t do enough to get a top notch WR during the offseason. Don’t get me wrong Percy is a great WR, but as a slot guy. Maybe one of the young rookies can develop into that outside #1 WR. Jenkins will keep his role as he is a good veteran presence, but may lose his starting position if one of these rookies stand out.

  5. By Carl K on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    Mike B – good comment, but Percy has more help this year.
    If Simpson can become that strech the field #1 WR we have been missing, and Wright can step in an play the slot… Harvin will be free to show his value out of the backfield more and also as a flanker more.

    I think this is Harvin’s year to prove he is more than just a slot guy. I think Simpson, Wright and Harvin on the field at the same time would be hard to contain. Add 2 TEs with Harvin in the backfield as a 3rd downs and we still have playmakers. You could motion Harvin out of the backfield and create some crazy miss matches. Ponder and the Vikings offense should be very hard to stop.
    I like our WRs… The question is can we give Ponder enough time so that he can make good reads?

  6. By Spencer on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    Wobbs ain’t lyin when he said Kamar Jorden plays bigger than his height. His highlight tape is impressive.

  7. By hadtomakeanametoleavecomment on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    Good thought by Carl Motioning Percy out of the backfield on third down situations would creat numerous missmathces. It would be very difficult to cover both harvin and roudoulph. Harvin can out run both linebackers and safteys, and roudoulph can go up over the safties and out run the linebackers

  8. By money8me on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    I think the Vikings should keep..
    Harvin, simpson, Jekins, Burton, wright, and Aromashodu..

  9. By parodymmxii on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    Not much of a breakdown. Who’s competing with who for roster spots? The team must have a plan for what types of receivers they want on the team, and how many of each.

    Is Wright the only backup for Harvin? Who’s looking to backup Simpson? What about the #3 WR spot? Will the team have 5 or 6 WRs on the roster? How often will they have more than 2 on the field at the same time this year???

  10. By VegasVike on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    I bet between Childs,Wright and Simpson, one of the three is going to be outstanding. One of them will want a Fitz type contract and will stay the course until he gets it. And please don’t think I’m comparing any of them to #11.

  11. By lordFRZA on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    I hope Aromashodu makes the cut…I finally learned how to say his name right!

  12. By RichardA1 on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    Harvin the cream, we know who the probowlers are, who can turn the game around, who always plays above average. Slow cycle time for the NFL, they should tell the players who take drugs, use to much alcohol at one time and go crazy to do that now before the season starts, instead of in the middle of the season when the players are needed and responsible for there actions! <-Berzerked out there!!!

  13. By Spencer on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    I hope Aromoshadu gets cut. Hes already reached his potential and its nothing special. I’d rather see what we have in the younger guys.

  14. By Vikingsfool on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    Aromoshadu is not the greatest, but he does provide some depth. Personally, I think Simpson is going to be the guy who steps up this year. If there is some decent wr play, and improved pass protection, there should be a stark difference in offensive production (pending the QB situation).

  15. By parodymmxii on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    Aromashodu will probably make the 53-man roster…at least for the first 3 weeks. When Simpson is cleared to play, I wouldn’t be surprised if his name is at the top of the cut-list.

  16. By Greatirishpotatofamine on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    Love Stephen burton, showed glimpses last year. Hes my sleeper this season. Dont know where the roster spot for Bryan Walters is going to come from

  17. By TNViking on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    You know the only aspect of the Vikings game that worries me is the LB corp. We need someone to ‘pop’ this season or we need to grab a solid veteran to anchor and teach that position to the younger ones.

  18. By Spencer on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    …Which is why im also excited to see how Solomon Elimimian fairs- he was voted as the hardest hitter in the CFL by his peers so im looking forward to seeing how he stacks up in the NFL.

    In the pre-season im expecting him to deliver many “remember-me” hits. Hes gonna be knockin them h0es out!

  19. By Spencer on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

  20. By Spencer on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    So if Griffens playin OLB, where does that leave Erin Henderson?

  21. By parodymmxii on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    Give up on Solomon. Being the hardest hitter in the CFL and then moving to the NFL is like being the best dunker in the WNBA and then trying to make a career in the NBA.

    For Griffen & Henderson – if that’s the way the team is going – I expect the coaches to try them both out at the Mike and Will spots and decide which combination will lead to more success – or if keeping Brinkley in at the Mike makes more sense.

  22. By OTKalil2012 on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    Brinkley might be a guy the Vikings might consider releasing…He still has lingering hip issues from last season…

    Brinkley can’t stay healthy…

    I see Griffen playing OLB…And Henderson, S Elimimian and A Cole being the MLB’s on the team…Of course A Cole and S Elimimian being the back ups…

    If there is one position left the Vikings might spend some money getting a player for this season…It might be the LB position…

    There is plenty of youth all over the team at other positions…

  23. By hadtomakeanametoleavecomment on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    New report esnp/go/vikes.com shows vikings will resign EJ henderson once training camp begins to anchor our defence

  24. By RichardA1 on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    Did you say Solomon E. ? he’s the man, he would of been in the NFL a few years ago only they thought he was to small. We’ll find out, if he will excel or not as soon as they put on pads. Greenway was saying he was impressed with Elimimien. If he can live up to his reputation he would be a awesome addition to the team. Part of the Berzerk Gang Defense!!!!!!!! serving up the purple punch just for you:)

  25. By OTKalil2012 on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    EJ Henderson is 32 yrs old…And his knee can’t hold up….

    I don’t see Spielman making any move to get EJ…

    Spielman is looking for youth…

  26. By Spencer on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    Why was EJ Henderson…the starting MLB- wearing long sleeves? He|| even Berrian was in short sleeves!

  27. By OTKalil2012 on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    Just watching some parts of that game…

    I AM SO GLAD WE GOT RID OF MCKINNEY !!!…

  28. By OTKalil2012 on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    OT Kalil…

    WELCOME TO MINNESOTA !!!

  29. By Spencer on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    If Leber would have made that pick on the Bears opening possession…I dont think we would have gotten blown out!

  30. By hadtomakeanametoleavecomment on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    traderumors.com Vikings have percy harvin on trade block. Requesting 1st round draft pick bundled with multiple other picks as compensation. Web site also has the Viks taking Tyler Wilson with the 7th overall pick in next years draft. All I can say is at least they think we are gonna win more games this year to move back from third overall to seventh.

  31. By Spencer on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    LMAO

  32. By Iowa Corn on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer; How did you get Fred to do this gig?

  33. By Spencer on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    What do you mean?

  34. By OTKalil2012 on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    No more time outs Wobbs…

    Give Viking bloggers our…

  35. By Spencer on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    Haha.

  36. By Northern Norseman on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    SUPPLEMENTAL DRAFT (JULY 12)

    ++ WR, JOSH GORDON++ (BAYLOR BEARS)

    http://www.rantsports.com/minnesota-vikings/2012/07/09/nfl-rumors-is-josh-gordon-a-target-for-the-vikings/

    What do you all think? Risky but could pay off big time

  37. By tdurfeightyeight on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    Back in 2010 when Coach Frazier took over as interim coach he inherited 4 wide outs and 3 slot type receivers…Totally 7…In 2011 coach Frazier’s 53 man roster had 5 receivers on it, and only Harvin remains from the 2010 team…I think Coach will keep only 5 again in 2012…Harvin,Wright,Childs,Burton,Aromashado will make the roster and then either Do or Burton will get hurt or be released to make room for Simpson.

  38. By Northern Norseman on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    @tdurfeightyeight
    I agree with everything you said. Wouldn’t be surprised if they kept 6 tho.

    Also I really wouldnt be shocked if the Vikings didnt have a FB at all and just rotated TEs at the FB position.

  39. By 27yearsaViking on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    Coach won’t keep anyone. Rick Spielman will, and based on the amount of investing he did in the draft expect some guys who have had a chance (ie Aromashadu) to be the odd man out and keep the young guns he drafted. Probably 6 or 7.

  40. By 27yearsaViking on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    I am moving to China in 6 weeks for an amazing job, so if I can’t blog overthere, here’s to a great season. I will probably still be around come season time. I plan on using a VPN, so the government can’t block this site…….SKOL Vikings. NFL game pass here I come!

  41. By tdurfeightyeight on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    I would say yes to having six Norseman,but i think they are leaning towards a two t.e. offense because of the players they have picked up in F.A and the draft…I could be wrong though ?

  42. By Iowa Corn on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    I see you got the message Spe

  43. By Iowa Corn on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    ncer

  44. By parodymmxii on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    tdurf – I think you’re right with your 5-wide prediction. Right now, my guess is that the opening day roster will include Harvin, Jenkins, Aromashodu, Childs and Wright. Once Simpson’s suspension is over, the decision will be between cutting Jenkins or Aromashodu, and I’m betting that Aromashodu will have the toughest task to avoid being cut.

    Burton can probably survive one more year on the practice squad. He showed some promise to us, but what other teams are going to be looking for a guy who had trouble making the starting roster of a poor receiving corps on a 3-win team? I think next year will be Burton’s chance to make the 53-man roster, depending on how he progresses compared to how well Simpson, Jenkins and/or Aromashodu perform and whether they get new contracts.

  45. By Carl K on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer- thanks for the Kamar video and the E Giffen tweet.
    All I need to do is watch what you are posting here and on Vikingsfootballblog.com and I am uptodate.

    thanks.

  46. By Northern Norseman on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.rantsports.com/minnesota-vikings/2012/07/09/nfl-rumors-is-josh-gordon-a-target-for-the-vikings/

  47. By Carl K on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    no way is Josh Gordon worth a 3rd round pick.
    Not buying it!

  48. By Carl K on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    Josh Gordon’s proday is Tuesday at Houston Texans’ training facility.
    He is expected to run a 4.4 range forty.
    Bills and Browns will be on hand.

    I have not heard it the Vikings will be there?

  49. By Carl K on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    Texans and Cowboys will also be on hand for Gordon pro-day.

  50. By HCG. on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    WOBBY AND TITUS WATCH THIS!!!

  51. By parodymmxii on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    I just don’t see how we can spend an early draft pick on Gordon after adding two fourth round WRs and signing Jerome Simpson…unless Harvin REALLY wants to be traded.

    Currently, I expect Harvin, Childs and Wright to form into a respectable trio in the near future. Whether or not Simpson will add to that and make them a formidable four is anybody’s guess, but I think we have enough youth on the WR corps as it is. We just need to decide which ones are worth keeping and developing to the needs of the team.

  52. By Carl K on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    HCG- is that you in the video?

    Your new nick name is Hollywood.

    Titus should give you an Oscar.

  53. By VikeFan on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    I would think WR Josh Gordon would be worth the chance for one of the Viking 4th round picks. If he doesnt make it to the fourth so be it, However, the team has a bunch of WR names and only one has produced in the past. They all need to compete.
    MY OPINION
    1) Percy Harvin
    2) Jerome Simpson
    3) Greg Childs
    4) Jarius Wright
    5) Devin Aromashodu
    PRACTICE TEAM
    1) Josh Gordon

  54. By parodymmxii on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    I doub that any 3rd/4th round supplemental pick would last long on a practice squad. You spend the pick in the supplemental draft because you see an immediate spot for the guy. Some other team would grab him up immediately from a practice squad, and we’d have nothing to show for it but a missing draft pick.

    If we do take Gordon, then Jenkins and Aromashodu will both be shown the door.

  55. By Carl K on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    Vikes fan- really, you would give up a forth round pick and put Josh Gordon on the practice squad?

    Mike Jenkins is not on your list? Stephen Burton is not on your list?
    no Manny?

    I don’t think we have room for Gordon? too big of a headache.

  56. By parodymmxii on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    Well it’s the big part that’s enticing. I read that he measures in at 6’4″, 220 lbs, and can run a 4.3 40. So the major question is, does he have the ball skills to go along with that?

    If he does though, there are going to be plenty of teams hungry enough for him that we probably won’t get him unless we use our 3rd. I just don’t see it happening.

  57. By HCG. on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    @CARLK hahahaha. HHCG.

  58. By Footballknowitall on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    What is up with all these football know-it alls on here? Most of you know barely more than to how to tie my shoes! Yeah, that’s right. My shoes cause that is what you do for those who are in the know.The new draft picks out of Arkansas will be the dynamic duo– maybe Jenkins and Armo will shine– my bet is on Aromo– with a name like that, you got to be a star in this league. Move over OCansayKoe and Tellall OhHens.

  59. By rogerthevikefan on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    In the supplemental draft everyone draft stock drops a round or 2. So if Gordon would be a 3rd pick talent wise he would drop to the 4th or 5th. Add in that he has a troubled past and he drops to the 6th.

  60. By HCG. on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    Word Rog.

  61. By Frederick Jones on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    Awesome Dictator Video…Thanks to Spencer and HCG.,

    Maybe that is what Mike Wobschall’s plan was in the first place. He feels that more attention will be paid to the blog if there is some controversy.

    There should be an explanation Mike W.!!!

  62. By rogerthevikefan on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    WR who should make the roster: Harvin, Childs, Wright, Simpson, and Burton. Jenkins and Aroumashodu will battle for the last Veteran spot.

  63. By parodymmxii on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    All hail the everlasting knowledge of footballknowitall. He’s so conceited, he must be worthy of our worship!

  64. By rogerthevikefan on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    Not sure where I heard it but someone said that Childs will likely start while Simpson is suspended.

  65. By parodymmxii on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    Roger – I figured that it works the other way around. There’s rarely more than just one or two guys of interest in the supplemental draft, but 32 teams who could be showing interest. Higher demand than supply should equate to a higher price paid.

  66. By Spencer on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    I wouldn’t take a waiver on this Josh Morgan guy. Seems way too sketchy for my liking.

  67. By Footballknowitall on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    Parody, bow down!

  68. By Wobblehead on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    Wobby have you fixed this broken half of a site? You were suppossed to be the man the bridges the gap between Viking personel and Viking fans. But no you have lost sight. You have aleinated many fans you should be ashamed.

  69. By Wobblehead on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    MAN UP WOBBY AND DO THE RIGHT THING! Restore the faith that Viking fans once had in you and this site. The way it is now shows that you could care less about Viking fans. DO THE RIGHT THING!

  70. By Spencer on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    But then again he is 6’4 and runs a 4.4/40…give him a shot!

  71. By Footballknowitall on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    Settle down Wobblehead!!! Wobbles is out playing billiards with the Williams’ wall– or at least half the wall.

  72. By rogerthevikefan on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    @Parody- I would think the opposite since most teams have filled their rosters. Only teams with a real lack of WRs will look at Gordon. example The Browns. Last year only one person was taken in the supplemetal draft and that was QB Pryor by the Raiders and everyone knows the Raiders over value eveyone. See the trade for Palmer.

  73. By parodymmxii on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    Okay…I officially hate TMZ, all because of the AP “news” they reported. Does that make me a hippocrite, or do I just happen to have enough inside knowledge this one time to realize how pathetic the “news” from their show is?

  74. By Footballknowitall on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    TMZ is the new CNN.

  75. By parodymmxii on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    So why do these guys have to wait for a supplemental draft to begin with? What is the reason they cannot be a part of the regular draft that occurs a few months earlier?

  76. By Footballknowitall on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    Parody, thank for the question. NoBODY has to do anything. Next question, please!

  77. By KoN on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    The Vikes will take 5 WRs into the season:
    1. Harvin
    2. Jenkins
    3. Childs
    4. Wright
    5 Burton
    Childs will fill in for Simpson at the #1 for the first three games and I expect Jenkins will be the #3. Once Simpson returns it will be interesting to see whether they will send Burton back to the practice sqaud or keep 6 WRs on the roster.

  78. By Footballknowitall on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    Harvin will be traded. Jenkins, Aromodishu and the Arkansas pals will be our main WR’s–

  79. By Spencer on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    Aromoshadu has already reached potential in my eyes- and it ain’t much. I’d cut him first.

    And once again everybody is forgetting about Manny Arceneaux!

  80. By RichardA1 on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    They could just lock them all in a cage, and tell them to go bezerk, and then decide who gets to stay on the team!

  81. By Footballknowitall on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    Richard, that is a fine idea. I think you would make an excellent coach. On your wall would be a framed certificate that says, “BESERK UNIVERSITY.”

  82. By Footballknowitall on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    Bring all your questions from near and far. Football Know it All is the news and happenings star!!!

  83. By Footballknowitall on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    Where is every one? Come on– I am ripe with knowledge– I am overflowing.

  84. By KoN on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t know why people think that there will be a competition between Aromashodu and Jenkins. Jenkins can actually catch the football, therefore he will easily beat out Aromashodu.

  85. By Footballknowitall on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    Aromadishu will be our number one receiver this season… I cannot lie.

  86. By novascotiavike on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    Footballknowitall…..pray tell…is it warmer in the summer or in the country ??

  87. By novascotiavike on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    For this answer, and many more, go to vikingsfootballblog.com

  88. By RichardA1 on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    Yep, I think that might be my goal this year, to turn the Vikings nick name to the Bezerk Gang.

  89. By HCG. on Jul 9, 2012 | Reply

    hahaaha@ Nova.

  90. By Spencer on Jul 10, 2012 | Reply

    KOn- Never said there should be a competition between Jenkins and Aromoshadu- all I said was Aromoshadu should be cut because hes just not that special.

  91. By Spencer on Jul 10, 2012 | Reply

    Manny Arceneaux is going to be the truth- you all just wait!!

  92. By KoN on Jul 10, 2012 | Reply

    Not you Spence, you are one of the few who recognize that Jenkins is far superior to Aromashodu.

  93. By KoN on Jul 10, 2012 | Reply

    Not saying that he is great, just that he and Aromashodu are on different levels.

  94. By Carl K on Jul 10, 2012 | Reply

    parody- good question.
    to be eligible for the NFL Draft a player must meet certain rules and submit paperwork to the NFL.

    Such players like Gordon didn’t meet those requirements because they were planning on play college for another year.

    Many reasons could come up that would change a player plans to return to school. The supplemental draft is in place for those players.

    So, the question comes up, why can’t those (suplemental) players just become free agents and sign as an undrafted FA? Well, many of the top picks would then forgo the draft so they could sign anywhere.

    IMO, the supplement draft is really in place to maintain order and structure for the NFL.

    Josh Gordon would have been better off to have played for Utah this year.
    I am sure draft advisory people (before the 2012 draft) told him if he played another year he could be a 3-4 round pick in 2013. As is Gordon could go undrafted.

  95. By Mike B. on Jul 10, 2012 | Reply

    @Spencer Manny has been on the team now what 2 years now and the coaches haven’t utilized him maybe a handful of times. There is something more news there than what’s being printed. EJ Henderson is being predicted to sign with the Vikings before training camp. That must mean that the current crop of Linebackers can’t perform the leadership role that EJ definately has. It looks like the Vikings Org are not buying into Brinkley’s ability to stay healthy for an entire season. Griffen and EJ will be welcome addition ot the Linebacker core. I am wondering why Greenway can’t take on the Leadership role.

  96. By Mike B. on Jul 10, 2012 | Reply

    @RichardA1 I would be happy if they would just play well Bezerk is a reach. This group couldn’t tackle anyone last year. Except Allen

  97. By Carl K on Jul 10, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/eye-on-football/19542044/report-wr-josh-gordon-could-go-early-in-2012-nfl-supplemental-draft

    if Gordon gets drafted high…say 2-3rd round… more players will forgo the NFL draft and take the supplement draft approach. Is that what the NFL wants?

    I am not buying the Josh Gordon hype until I see a fast 40 time!

  98. By Carl K on Jul 10, 2012 | Reply

    http://collegesportsblog.dallasnews.com/2012/07/scout-says-josh-gordon-had-a-j-green-potential-had-he-stayed-at-baylor.html/

    Hype or potential or just trouble?

  99. By Wobswilldropyoulikeyouhot on Jul 10, 2012 | Reply

    Why havent we heard anything on the other starting saftey position. Blanton Reymond? We all assume Smith is going to begin the season as one of the starters. The other two worry me back there especially since we didn’t hear anything good about them coming out of camp. Why didn’t we go after a guy like otagwe(now with Eagles). All the youth in the secondary means there is definatly the chancge for other teams to hit us for long plays. We should add some vets in key positions to compete this year and help some of these young players learn how to win. That is also key in player development. We have the cap space why not add some vets to key positions that will help our young talent learn. Ex Linebacker, Saftey, O-line. Im not saying mortgage the future like we did with Favre, but I also don’t want to wait for the new stadium to open to become competitive. I feel like we are throwing in the towel looking up at the rest of the division. We have some real potential lets take advatage of it, and not be content with a 6 win season.

    Ok Rant Over.

  100. By Carl K on Jul 10, 2012 | Reply

    wobsdrop- no worries! I think our corners will all look very good in camp, so I think we could steal one of them if needed.

    If Blanton and Raymond struggle in camp… Zach Bowman or Bobby Felder are a couple of big corners that could also switch to safety if needed.

    When teams start to cut players, the Vikings could also pick up a veteran safety before the season starts, but I would much rather see one of our young guys develop.

  101. By VikeFan on Jul 10, 2012 | Reply

    Hi again all,
    To explain my previous comment. Im pretty sure Percy has a lock on the his position. That leaves 4 starting positions. For sure our 2 draft picks this year. I would be dissappointed not to see them start. Leaving 2 wr positions open. I feel the starting team only need one aged veteran. That would be between M.Jenkins and D. Aroma. My choice would be to release M.J. I expected more from him last year. My opinion. The final spot would go to J.Simpson. As for Josh Gordon, Yes I could see us use 1 of 2 possible 4th round picks next year. Critics compared him to 1st round talent. I ask myself where would he be placed in next years draft? To get him for a 4th, I think its worth it. He missed all this summer so I would put him on the Practice team. (Depending on situation) Thanks all GO VIKINGS

  102. By dj on Jul 10, 2012 | Reply

    gerome simpson is better than percy harvin there just being sensative towards him cause he is upset.we have bad as_ TE’s

  103. By juv111111111 on Jul 10, 2012 | Reply

    lol

  104. By B-Ray on Jul 10, 2012 | Reply

    OH DEAR, guys come on now… This is an easy list to make.
    1) Percy Harvin, Duh
    2) Jerome Simpson, you don’t spend $2mil on a guy that can’t play the first 3 games and then cut him… It’s literally a no-brainer.
    3) Michael Jenkins – top 10 ‘possession receivers’ in NFL, and it’s not like he’s tearing up our cap space.
    4) Jarius Wright, Percy’s immediate replacement (drafted as a late round insurance policy, but if they trade Percy, he will be filling the HUGE void)
    5) INSERT NAME HERE. Aromashadu will be sitting at home on his MEDIOCRE couch week 4. From there, probably Burton, I liked what I saw from him in the short playing time he received last season. We will definately carry at least 2 WRs on our practice team, (namely Childs) all year.

  105. By RichardA1 on Jul 11, 2012 | Reply

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  106. By RichardA1 on Jul 11, 2012 | Reply

    I’m lost? no postings for 2 days? whats up with this? no one has a comment? makes me want to go,,,,you guessed it, Berzerk, time to hand out the Purple Punch.

  107. By Rudso on Jul 11, 2012 | Reply

    I see both Wright and Childs making the team. I really do think that the Vikings drafted these 2 because they have been together since high school and you just don’t brake up chemistry like that by putting one of them on the practice squad.

    I think Wright was a great pick, slot type with outside 4.40 speed, he reminds me of Jacoby Ford from the Raiders. But I REALLY want Childs to work out for the Vikings. He could be a huge sleeper and a steal in the draft. I’ve watched some of his tape and he has IT, pure play maker when going full speed.

    To me it’s:

    1) Percy Harvin
    2) Jerome Simpson (his on a 1 year contract, they have to give him a shot to see if he will get an extension).
    3) Wright
    4) Childs (might go on practice squad if he suffers an injury during training camp, seems like that’s variable with this guy.
    5) Jenkins (I rather have him than Devin, he drops the ball too much in my opinion)

    I think Devin doesn’t make the cut since the Vikings have been going younger so they’ll only keep 1 veteran WR, but Jenkins is getting up there in age so injury is becoming a problem.

    Either way, I feel much more comfortable about our WR situation than I did during the season. We added 3 legit weapons in Simpson, Wright, and Childs. Simpson has the athleticism, Wright has the speed and hands, and Childs has the tools to be a #1 WR. I see at least 2 of these guys sticking around with the Viking for a while, maybe even all 3.

  108. By 61Vikings on Jul 12, 2012 | Reply

    If the Vikes keep six WR’s, the six to make the team should be-Harvin,Jenkins,Simpson,Child’s,Wright and Walters, with Kamar Jorden having an outside shot at making the team!!

  109. By MNCheese on Jul 13, 2012 | Reply

    If your curious about your Viking representatives–take a look at vikingfools post on the Packer website. http://blog.packers.com/2012/07/12/rodgers-wins-espy-again/#comment-19566 . Say no more…

  110. By Spencer on Jul 14, 2012 | Reply

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  111. By Nordeast on Jul 15, 2012 | Reply

    I think the only young guys they keep on the active roster are the 2 drafted this year and as someone above said, I think you have to keep in mind which kind of role they fill and who they would back up.

    WR#3 (slot) Harvin > Wright
    WR#2 (possession) Jenkins > Childs
    WR#1 (deep) Simpson > Aromashadu

    I think Harvin could play any of the WR spots if the rest of the WR’s fit other positions better, and Wright could take over the slot. Childs may be able to take on that #1 WR role as well, but we’ll have to see how that plays out in the future.
    The rest are all guys who wouldn’t get sucked up if they spent some more time on the practice squad and could move up and get some time in for injuries. I don’t see the Vikes going after any FA or supplemental draft WR’s this year unless something catastrophic happens.

  112. By SEAL on Jul 18, 2012 | Reply

    1. harvin
    2. simpson
    3. jenkins
    4. childs
    -CHILDS has the ability to be a #1 receiver in a few years

  113. By justin on Jul 19, 2012 | Reply

    1. Harvin
    2. Simpson
    3. Childs
    4. Wright
    5. Jenkins
    6. Burton
    Aromashodu will be our NO. 6 for the 1st 3 games and then will be cut when Simpson returns.

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