Carlson To Become A Bigger Factor This Week?

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 20, 2012 – 12:33 pm

Signing TE John Carlson to a free agent contract this offseason was billed as one of the Vikings more significant additions this offseason. Carlson, at 6-5, 251-pounds, has prototypical size for his position in the NFL and the theory was that he’d provide the Vikings with another athletic, pass-catching option – along with Kyle Rudolph – who could create mismatches with LBs and safeties in the middle of the field.

An injury during training camp slowed Carlson’s progression during the preseason, and he’s yet to make a difference during the regular season in terms of catching passes. But it sounds like the Vikings are committed to changing that very soon.

“We’re overdue in getting John involved,” Vikings Offensive Coordinator Bill Musgrave said on Thursday. “We had some plays in for him being on the field with Kyle last week, and it didn’t materialize. We’re looking forward to making up for lost time.”

Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier mentioned something similar in his Monday press conference.

“We do want to expand it as we go,” Frazier said of Carlson’s snap count. “He got more snaps in this ball game (last week at Indianapolis) than he did in the first ball game, and we’ll probably do the same next week (against San Francisco), just try to continue to increase.

“We do want to make him a little bit more of a focal point. We had some things they took away that we had for him but we’ll keep exploring. We think he has the potential to really be an explosive player for us in our offense.”

Minnesota football fans are familiar with Carlson because of his accomplishments at the local high school level. He was a 3-sport standout as a prep at Litchfield High School, starring in football, basketball and baseball. Along with his brother, Alex, Carlson helped Litchfield win 3 state basketball titles. Carlson was also an all-state tennis player.

“I’m really excited to be here and be around family and friends,” Carlson said after he signed with the Vikings. “It’s a great place to live. I know that, and I’ve been gone for nine years. So that’s fantastic. But that’s not the reason I came back. It was a football decision. It was a business decision, and I’m just really excited and feel very fortunate to be back here where I grew up.”

Now, Carlson is looking to grow within the Vikings offense. A big step in that process could take place this week against the 49ers.

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40 Responses to “Carlson To Become A Bigger Factor This Week?”

  1. By OTKalil2012 on Sep 20, 2012 | Reply

    Why does Frazier find the need to ANNOUNCE his game plan for the week…

    So the other team can prepare for it ???…

  2. By Spencer on Sep 20, 2012 | Reply

    ….I thought he was suppose to be a big factor last week?

  3. By vikingbob136 on Sep 20, 2012 | Reply

    They better work him into the system because the Vikes are paying him big money.
    You have to justify all that cash to a guy who hasn’t produced yet.

  4. By Bluebird7. on Sep 20, 2012 | Reply

    OTK……I said the same thing last year. Frazier just has to let the opposing team in on his plans! Just once I would like to see Frazier keep his mouth SHUT!!

  5. By vikes or die on Sep 20, 2012 | Reply

    I dont think it really matters or not if a team knows we want to use Carlson. To me the big thing is, “please for the love of God get him involved into the offense ” mabey it will open things up for others in the offense. Every body and there dog knows we need another weapon. Make it happen already! lets try and open things up a bit.

  6. By RichardA1 on Sep 20, 2012 | Reply

    Maybe he is trying to imitate Bud Grant? cool calm collective all the time. How does Moss end up on good teams, vikings, patriots, now the 49ers.

  7. By Dueyz on Sep 20, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder has the 6th overall QB rating at 110.6. Production is key, but I hope for more points. 0 INT is great if you also produce TDs. The new DC and the Special teams coach seem to be on the level. Long season ahead, though……

  8. By vikes or die on Sep 20, 2012 | Reply

    I am cool with Ponder. He is still young and dumb,but he is already coming around. He seems like a pretty smart, athletic QB. We just need to cut him loose a little more. The guy has the IQ of ienstien for cryin out loud. You know I dont cause i cant even spell. Ha!

  9. By Dueyz on Sep 20, 2012 | Reply

    Key for the SF game is run, run, run! Their run D is so forward stacked it will open passing lanes for a MIN team they don’t expect to pass. Screens to Harvin and Rudolph should get 1st downs. Some of their runs will push, but some of ours should match. Alex Smith can be picked off…if we play tight secondary. Should come down to looooong FGs, where MIN has the advantage.SF faces a much tougher run game than their first 2 games, and has to travel to foreign territory. Money lines here in Vegas show -7 to -6/5 for SF. Take the money line against SF and maybe even straight up!

  10. By Dueyz on Sep 20, 2012 | Reply

    SF will weather on the road this time. I do pick them to win their division, and beyond, but they will struggle in MIN this week. SF will underachieve in a tough road loss, as MIN pulls their defense up. MIN offense will squeak by with a close loss under the 7 point favorate, and maybe win. Bet against the odds.

    -Vegas Duey

  11. By vikes or die on Sep 20, 2012 | Reply

    I like how we match up against SF, its just that we are so young we are going to make alot of mistakes. So what i would say to the players is, if we call a blitz, then your dumb ass better get to the QB. When we receive a kick, Harvin better make it into then end zone, because all Harvin needs is my grandma to get in the way of a defender and he is in the end zone! TOUCH DOWN VIKINGS!!!!

  12. By HCG. on Sep 20, 2012 | Reply

    If they get more than 7 points ahead, this ball control style of conservative offense is never gonna catch em. Turn Ponder loose I say!

    Oh yeah, and SKOL Fellas!

  13. By chris_b on Sep 20, 2012 | Reply

    Is everyone smokin dope in here. If we lose by 21 I think we played a good game. Dont matter what our players do our coaches arent there yet but thats something they will talk over. As les would say.

  14. By TheValentine84 on Sep 20, 2012 | Reply

    As long as we don’t commit over 100+ yards of penalties we could win. Run, Run, Run, than run even more and then…pass!

  15. By VegasVike on Sep 20, 2012 | Reply

    Moss is gonna SCHOOL the Vikes, mark my words. You heard it here first.

  16. By Spencer on Sep 20, 2012 | Reply

    Cook won’t allow that. But knowing our coaches, they’re probably gonna stick Josh Robinson on Moss so it just may happen..

  17. By odark30 on Sep 20, 2012 | Reply

    Moss carries too much bad Karma to do anything but shoot himself in the leg eventually.

  18. By Awesome Beyond Belief on Sep 20, 2012 | Reply

    Moss never should have belittled that caterer when he was here– watch out. Moss will reap what he sowed and the whole 49ers team is goin’ down!!!

  19. By odark30 on Sep 20, 2012 | Reply


  20. By Awesome Beyond Belief on Sep 20, 2012 | Reply

    Harbaugh is one of the best coaches out there– we can be sure he won’t let his team take us for granted. We have to play physical, error-free football with total fan support– no one should be allowed to sit down– so often Vikings fans sit down and shut up when the opponent goes ahead. FANS MUST HELP if we are to win this thing— we need every competitive advantage in place possible.

  21. By Baba-Kluwe on Sep 20, 2012 | Reply

    The whole team is “going down”? That sounds more like the Packers M.O.

  22. By chris_b on Sep 20, 2012 | Reply

    wonder if the dome is sold out. anybody know

  23. By Awesome Beyond Belief on Sep 20, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t know but there is a small invention called the Internet.

  24. By VikingFan95 on Sep 20, 2012 | Reply

    We keep saying Carlson will get the ball and blah blah but he sucks, hes injury prone and we spent a lot of money on this guy we shouldve just kept Shiancoe and ran 2 TE with him and Rudy, F!#$% Carlson

  25. By Awesome Beyond Belief on Sep 20, 2012 | Reply

    A lot of counterfeit fans.

  26. By Awesome Beyond Belief on Sep 20, 2012 | Reply

    There are still seats for sale– not many.

  27. By odark30 on Sep 20, 2012 | Reply

    Cam Newton killing my fantasy teams. Got him QB on two teams and NYG destroyed tha Panthers tonight. At least I had Bennett and Cruz.

  28. By Awesome Beyond Belief on Sep 20, 2012 | Reply

    You can look at the dome layout up close and scan through for seats– looks to me like there may be two hundred at most — very nearly sold out,

  29. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 20, 2012 | Reply

    Odark — time to grow up and move from Fantasy Island to the real world.

  30. By animal26 on Sep 20, 2012 | Reply

    Like it matters, if he announces our gameplan OTKalil2012. We have not chance of even coming close to winning this game. Heck, we’d still beat ourselves with 100+ yards in penalties. It will be a combination of them whipping us and we beating ourselves in this up coming game. Heck, we usually help the opposing team by committing dumb penalties anyway. So again, I’ll ask the question, Does it really matter, if Frazier announces parts of our gameplan?

  31. By animal26 on Sep 20, 2012 | Reply

    No chance*

  32. By Rick on Sep 20, 2012 | Reply

    All he said was he hoped to get the guy more involve how is that telling the game plan? Plus we all know the game plan come out slow for 3 quarters then try to rally back in the 4th. But for some reason games like these are the ones that the vikes come out with a fire under their belly and shock the world then fall flat on their faces the next sub par team they face. It’s not coaching it’s tradition!

  33. By Jeffbleedspurple on Sep 21, 2012 | Reply

    Dumb game plan! Hows about we let Kyle Rudolph become a factor in our game, who didn’t even get a pass until the 3rd quarter last week before we make another TE a bigger factor, lets make Rudolph a bigger factor first huh Frazier.

  34. By jason on Sep 21, 2012 | Reply

    run then run play-action then run then they will blitz then hit kyle up the middle then run and run then hit percy in the endzone offense needs to score take some preasure of this deffense come on oh ya o-line hold your own only about three seconds come on.

  35. By DrinkHeavy on Sep 21, 2012 | Reply

    This game won’t be close because (1) we won’t have the ball very long – Frank Gore will have 200 yds rushing and (2) when we do get the ball, we will go 3 and out 75% of the time. Unlike the Jags and Colts, the 49er defense will not let Ponder breathe in the 4th qtr either, so sorry, no comebacks this week. This is a physical match-up where the Vikes are totally outclassed on both sides of the ball. The only way we can win this one is if the 49ers totally look past us and toward the Jets in NY next week and the Vikings play way over their heads.

  36. By Troutdaddy on Sep 21, 2012 | Reply

    Carlson making a bigger contribution…. I am all for it. I am for the coaches getting many people into the mix so that we are unpredictable. Hasn’t been that way at all. Predictable pay calling- tentative play calling. Open it up WIDE. Use Carlson. Rudolph, Peterson, Harvin, Asiata, Aroma, Jenkins- USE IT ALL. Pull out the stops. be aggressive. Show some zing. AND for heavens sake, start off with a bang so that we don’t have to play catch up the whole time….As much as I like Walsh and his field goals, I would love it if we did not have to use him at all with the exception of PAT’s. What a concept?!? Open it up coaches….Go get em Vikes!

  37. By Troutdaddy on Sep 21, 2012 | Reply

    You are so wrong drinkheavy… Going to eat those words…

  38. By Parkway on Sep 21, 2012 | Reply

    Prediction: Niners send in their scrubs before the start of the 4th quarter.

  39. By No Name! on Sep 22, 2012 | Reply

    Fishdaddy””””Wrong, you better have a snort of ‘who-hit-John’..
    The SF Niners will dunk the vikings in Lake MinnyTonk ah.

  40. By AeroGopher on Sep 22, 2012 | Reply

    Will AD ever be a consistent force in the pass game? I remember his first touchdown. It was a pass reception that was almost intercepted but once he got it, he was gone. I know that SF has good coverage linebackers but their focus will probably be on the tight ends.

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