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Blanton Figures To See Extended Time In Thursday’s Preseason Finale

Posted by Mike Wobschall on August 25, 2012 – 1:03 pm

Through the offseason program, training camp and now three preseason games, it appears the Vikings have a promising class of draft picks from 2012. But one selection the team hasn’t seen much of to this point – at least in the preseason – is 5th-round pick Robert Blanton.

The Vikings selected Blanton with 139th overall pick last April and have converted him from a college CB to an NFL safety. Blanton’s transition to the NFL hit a speed bump in training camp, though, when he injured his hamstring. The Notre Dame product has missed the Vikings three preseason games because of that injury, but now the team is hoping to get an extended look at Blanton this week in practice and during Thursday’s preseason finale against the Houston Texans.

“We probably could have played him in this ball game, but we didn’t want to risk it because we want to play him in that next ball game,” Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier said on Friday night. “We’ll get through these couple days, he’ll practice, and play quite a bit in that Houston game, which helps some of the injuries that we have at safety.”

Frazier disclosed those injuries following Friday night’s game against the San Diego Chargers, explaining that S Mistral Raymond’s back tightened up on him in pregame warm-ups, CB Marcus Sherels and S Andrew Sendejo suffered sprained ankles, S Eric Frampton injured his groin and CB Josh Robinson was evaluated for a concussion. While the Vikings will remain optimistic that none of those injuries will sideline players for an extended time, the team will also lean heavily on Blanton while the other DBs are on the mend.

Blanton stands at 6-1, 208 pounds and improved his draft stock during a solid senior season at Notre Dame, playing alongside Vikings teammate Harrison Smith in the Fighting Irish secondary. Regardless of where he opens the season on the defensive depth chart, Blanton figures to be a solid special teams contributor as well.


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17 Responses to “Blanton Figures To See Extended Time In Thursday’s Preseason Finale”

  1. By DakotaKid59 on Aug 25, 2012 | Reply

    HI

  2. By DakotaKid59 on Aug 25, 2012 | Reply

    Rick Spielman: has done a great job as the new GM. Each and every drart pick has panned out so far and except for Childes( Not his fault ). All of the other Draft picks look to make the team. When we made him the new GM, I was a little leary, but I gto to say he has been a pleasn’t supprise. I think we are going to be much improved this year. ” GO VIKINGS GO “

  3. By Frederick Jones on Aug 25, 2012 | Reply

    @DakotaKid59,

    Most people say that you can’t really evaluate a draft until 3 years later. None of these young guys has even seen one NFL snap yet.

  4. By Frederick Jones on Aug 25, 2012 | Reply

    @DakotaKid59,

    But your positive attitude is better than jones.

    I still think the Vikings will finish 8-8 this year because once Jared Allen, Adrian Peterson, Antoine Winfield, Kevin Williams, Harvin, Greenway, Kalil and a few others are able to play the whole game it should make a difference.

  5. By Frederick Jones on Aug 25, 2012 | Reply

    The pre-season is for evaluating your borderline talent. You have to see how they will do in NFL-like quality play before you can make any intelligent decisions on who to cut and who to keep.

    Obviously, like in high school, and college, coaches make mistakes on who to cut or keep. But they do the best that they can.

    But winning the game is of secondary importance, and how can you compete your best when you don’t play your best.

    The regular season will be different.

    8-8 is jone’s rate.

  6. By Frederick Jones on Aug 25, 2012 | Reply

    @snookj,

    I was talking about this jones! But these misunderstandings happen to us all the time on Vikings.com!!!

  7. By Frederick Jones on Aug 25, 2012 | Reply

    Reggie Jones did cover a receiver very well on a play late in the game, and they called defensive interference on him. There was some hand fighting that they normally allow in the NFL.

    So did think that Reggie Jones did a fine job on the particular play.

  8. By Justin F on Aug 25, 2012 | Reply

    Well, Blanton

    Your chances of making the team has taken a hit. Just pray you can actually play against the Texans or else you are gone next weekend.

  9. By H.M.G. on Aug 25, 2012 | Reply

    PS is very likely in his case.

  10. By Richard1A on Aug 25, 2012 | Reply

    Nah, he’ll make the team, they don’t want anybody to think they wasted a draft pick on the guy, they’ll keep him around for a while then cut him.

  11. By Brad Childress' Mustache on Aug 25, 2012 | Reply

    Robert “Canton” Blanton.

  12. By dieseldog on Aug 25, 2012 | Reply

    Blanton could have played but the coaches didn’t want to risk it…..they should have used that logic last year whan they played Peterson in the meaninless washington game when he still had a sprained ankle.

  13. By Frederick Jones on Aug 25, 2012 | Reply

    @dieseldog,

    I swear I also thought that about Peterson with his high ankle sprain versus Washington.

    Knowing how competitive Peterson is, I bet he pushed for it. But the coaches and trainers have to be responsible and tell the player no.

    I hope they are doing that this year. Remember A.D. had an MCL with an ACL. You cannot really be to careful.

  14. By mnsoldier on Aug 26, 2012 | Reply

    I feel that as long as we keep joe webb as a QB there will be players who just do not give all their support to Ponder, If we trade him to say Arizona as they will need one since thier O line sucks.

  15. By jman on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    mnsoldier…are you nuts, his teammates say nothing but positive comments about their QB (Ponder)…maybe you don’t watch the games or listen to the radio…..The team is sold on Ponder and Webb has shown his weakness….he is not a QB. The perfect scenario, Webb moves to WR, Simpson, Harvin, Webb, Carlson, Rudolph, AP, Gehart, Ellison……nothing but points on the board. Ponder would have had 3 TD’s in the game if: 1. Harvin caught his pass, 2. No fumbles, 3. Jenkins would have caught his pass. The O-line needs to take a gut check……

  16. By caliviking88 on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    10-6

  17. By odark30 on Aug 27, 2012 | Reply

    @jman——————-What evidence do we have that Webb can even catch the ball? WR?? God knows he can hardly throw the darned thing. Still atleast we knok we can sure ground the ball to avoid a sack for loss, RIGHT PONDER??? RIGHT?? They are both idiots.

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