Bye Week News And Notes

Posted by cjsiewert on October 1, 2010 – 7:49 am

Whether it comes at a good time or not, the bye week is here. Many Vikings players are taking advantage of their week off while others have stuck around Winter Park to either nurse injuries or get a head start on preparations for the Week 5 Monday night matchup against the New York Jets.

Needless to say, there’s a bit of a lull in news and reports surrounding the Purple so here’s a few notes as food for thought during the seemingly slow-moving bye week.

- With 392 rushing yards on the season, RB Adrian Peterson is 124 yards away from reaching 5,000 career rushing yards. If “All Day” continues the trend he’s set so far this season (130.7 YPG), reaching that achievement will occur during the Vikings next game in New York. Peterson would join RBs Bill Brown, Chuck Foreman and Robert Smith as the only Vikings players to have reached that milestone.

- Future Hall of Fame QB Brett Favre has the opportunity to reach a pair of career milestones next week against the Jets that may never be touched by another QB in the NFL. If Favre throws for 74 yards and 1 TD – which are well within his capabilities – in New York next Monday night, he will become the 1st QB in NFL history to reach 70,000 passing yards and 500 TDs.

- On a much less significant note, the Vikings added TE John Nalbone to the practice squad on Tuesday. To make room for the former Miami Dolphin, the Vikings released CB Marcus Sherels from the same unit.

Here’s the analysis of Nalbone:

Positives: Good size, strength and effort as a blocker. Highly competitive. Surprising athleticism shown in workouts. Catches the ball cleanly and looks to turn it upfield. Can track the ball over his shoulder. Adequate agility to avoid tacklers in the open field, but good strength to run through them.

Negatives: Obvious concerns over his level of competition. Needs to improve his strength to hold up as an inline blocker at the NFL level. Marginal burst out of his breaks to gain separation. Lacks experience in a sophisticated passing offense and will need time to acclimate to a typical route-tree.

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