AM Practice Moved Indoors; WR Brown Signed

Posted by cjsiewert on August 10, 2010 – 12:19 pm

The Vikings made it outside for about 10 minutes Tuesday morning but after heavy rain and a strike of lightening, head coach Brad Childress moved his squad into the climate controlled Myers Field House across the street from the practice fields.

Due to the condensed practice area inside, Childress made the move to hold special teams practice this morning, which was slated for the afternoon, and switched the regular team practice to take place at 2:45 p.m.

There really wasn’t much to take from this practice since the players couldn’t go full speed, avoiding any injuries, but what was impressive to see during the morning session was the outcome of loyal fans of the Purple. These fans were ready to watch their team practice, rain or shine, and proceeded to pack into the limited seating within the tight confines of the field house.

As the Purple Nation shows its true colors, kudos to all who have supported their favorite team throughout 2010 Verizon Vikings Training Camp.

Moving from outside to inside wasn’t the only move the Vikings made this morning, as free agent WR Freddie Brown was signed by the Purple in lieu of waiving rookie S Terrell Skinner. Childress addressed the media after this morning’s practice and mentioned that Brown provides a new look.

“He’s fresh,” Childress said. “With eight receivers in here we are running the legs off of some of these guys. We needed somebody we could get in here. We worked him out this morning and we had tracked him before. He was on our short list. We had two guys in this morning and we signed him.”

Brown was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 7th round (252nd overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. The former Utah Ute jumped into the national spotlight during the 2009 Sugar Bowl where he compiled 12 catches for 125 yards in the Utes’ 31-17 upset of the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Here is the analysis of the newly acquired WR:

Positives: “Tall with a strong upper body build and long arms. Has the size to beat the jam. Uses his frame to shield defenders on slants and crossing routes. Fights for the ball in the air and for extra yardage after initial contact, especially against smaller corners. Equally effective when lining up on the slot or outside. Separates from defenders on jump balls using his height and length. Works to get open if his quarterback scrambles. Able to make a quick move after the catch to free himself from a cornerback.”

Negatives: “Very inconsistent hands; will pluck one ball away from his frame and then body-catch or drop the next. Below-average straight-line speed; fails to break away from corners or safeties down the sideline. Loses balance when trying to make a move in the open field. Product of a spread system. Generally a tough receiver, but will hear footsteps over the middle.”

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