Twitter-Sized Player Evaluations

Posted by Mike Wobschall on August 1, 2012 – 7:15 am

On Tuesday as I walked out to afternoon practice here at 2012 Verizon Vikings Training Camp, I asked followers on Twitter if there were any players they’d like me to pay special attention. We received many responses, so instead of responding to each person individually, we decided to put all the responses together and share it that way so everyone can read about the players that are tipping the curiosity of the fans.

And to make it as Twitter-realistic as possible, each comment below is in 140 characters or less (that is the character limit for a Twitter message). Here we go…

DL Christian Ballard: Second-team DT on Tuesday. Looks significantly bigger and better this year compared to last year. Will contribute.

S Robert Blanton: Sat out practice on Tuesday. Has been good to this point. Still learning defense obviously.

LB Audie Cole: Best I’ve seen him look on Tuesday. Great swim move during pass rush drill. Strikes well.

CB Bobby Felder: Had impressive INT during 1-on-1 drill. Won’t surprise me if he impresses during preseason. Plays with energy.

FB Jerome Felton: Was running with the first team at FB. Solid blocker. Also a special teams contributor.

LB Everson Griffen: First-team kickoff coverage; third-team LB. Explosive rushing passer off edge. Plays with energy.

DT Letroy Guion: First-team DT. Having a great camp. Good movement skills, very good strength. Anchors well.

DT Trevor Guyton: Third-team offense. Also plays special teams. Good movement. Role TBD.

LB Tyrone McKenzie: Big jump up from last year. Plays second-team MIKE LB. Impressive INT on Tuesday. Vocal on field.

S Mistral Raymond: Mostly first-team reps, some second-team. Seems better-versed in defensive scheme this year.

DE Brian Robison: Same ‘ol B-Rob. Plays with passion. Exclusively first-team left DE. Good inside pass rush moves.

OL Geoff Schwartz: Plays multiple positions with second and third teams. Role still TBD.

WR Jerome Simpson: Great speed. Gets open a lot. Love him on comeback routes. Good after the catch.

S Harrison Smith: Opened camp with the second team, but has begun to take some reps with first team. Looks the part. Plays bigger than listed.

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22 Responses to “Twitter-Sized Player Evaluations”

  1. By Bluebird7 on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    How about RB Todman?

  2. By kevinwi on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    so everyone was great and no one had a rough day? That’s quite a purple view of things lol…..I heard Audie Cole looks pretty bad. Hits well, but lacks any other skill for a LB.

  3. By Mike Wobschall on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    Todman was featured extensively in my notes from Tuesday’s practice – “Greenway, Rudolph, Walsh Stand Out On Tuesday; Practice Notes”

  4. By Frederick Jones on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    Brian Robison has had a very disappointing career thus far. Why is Everson Griffen playing on the THIRD TEAM??????????????????????////

    If Griffen is so good, why isn’t he on the 1st team?

  5. By Frederick Jones on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    The Vikings cannot afford to just give away starting positions this year. Everyone must be considered for a position, and not just elevated to the first team.

  6. By Frederick Jones on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    “Same old rob” Same old rob?

    C’mon man!!

  7. By Richard1A on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    Who cares……..whats the update on Solomon Elimimien?

  8. By DRS on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    New Blog

  9. By rogerthevikefan on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer will be happy.

  10. By manderson23 on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    greg childs???

  11. By YourWife on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    im not worry about josh robinson. we got bobby felder, yay!

  12. By mlove on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    @YourWife, I agree with you, looks like that Bobby Felder kid is going to alright

  13. By Purplele Blood on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    My GOD some of you guy’s don’t know what to say or how to be patient it’s the first week of camp give the criticism’s a rest ! as for all those so called prognosticator’s predicting last place for our purple people they just follow each other over a cliff with all that B.S. SHOCK THEN AWE is what’s gonna happen ! take a serious look at last years stats we lost a lot of games by a few points and more than not we were leading by more than a touchdown, look at our secondary injury’s ect. and our Lt. , WR ‘s we are much much better know overall we are not as bad as they paint us out tobe . This message is approve by PURPLE BLOOD Fan since 1971

  14. By Frederick Jones on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    @PurpleBlood is critical of those being critical. Jones finds that comical!!!

  15. By Bluebird7 on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    Mike W. Thanks for responding to my question pertaining to J. Todman
    He appears to be just right as a backup for Adrain Peterson, at this stage of the game.

  16. By Spencer on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply


  17. By Bluebird7 on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer ?

  18. By Richard1A on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    Its been a week, not one Viking player has said anything about guaranteeing a Superbowl victory, what are the coachs doing? what is wrong with our team? kidding kidding @purpleblood.

  19. By Steven Medlock on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    I have been a Viking fan since they played the KC Chiefs in the 1970 superbowl. Every year since, I have went into the season with expectations of winning the superbowl . It’s 2012, nothings changed. Viking fan for REAL!!!

  20. By snookj on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    Well.. I told you guys Bobby Felder was gonna be a steal!! The kid has absolute undeniable talent!! I expect him to continue to impress throughout camp!! I see pics where he lined up against P. Harvin.. How is he looking in these matchups?

  21. By ponderthefuture on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    what about childs and wright?????

  22. By sunnyazvike on Aug 2, 2012 | Reply

    child’s please…

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