A Few More Odds and Ends From Monday

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 7, 2009 – 4:41 pm

A few more notes from Moday’s action at Winter Park…

– Rookie CB Asher Allen has changed from #30 to #21. The jersey change comes after the release of Marcus McCauley, who had previously worn the #21 jersey. I asked Allen why the switch to #21, and he told me that he wore #21 in high school and that 21 is his favorite number.

– In case you missed it last night, the Vikings waived undrafted rookie C Jon Cooper from the 53-man roster last night and added C Kory Lichtensteiger. Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress was asked about Lichtensteiger on Monday after practice and here’s what he had to say:

“We liked him coming out (of college). He has played for a year in that West Coast offense there (in Denver). He was kind of caught in the numbers game (in Denver). I will be interested to watch him with pads on, how he carries his pads. He did not have practice squad eligibility, so that was kind of the thing that pushed it the way it went. But anyhow, I think he is a big body. He’s a smart kid, an intelligent kid, and an aggressive kid. You like some of those things.”

Asked if Cooper would be considered for the practice squad, Childress said: “I really don’t have any strong feelings either way, except that I still love Coop. He’s a competitive guy and that doesn’t change at all how I feel about him. There was another different guy out there that fit the bill and had to be a part of our 53 and didn’t have practice squad eligibility.”

– WR Percy Harvin was limited somewhat in the preseason because of injury, but Childress didn’t seem to have any trouble with the idea of Harvin participating in the return game going forward.

“I don’t really have any trouble with him settling under a ball either way, punt or kickoff return,” Childress said. “We have some good candidates to be able to do that. With Jaymar (Johnson), with Darius (Reynaud), you’ve seen Chester (Taylor) back there before. You’ve got to be able to move those pieces of the puzzle around. (Bernard) Berrian can return punts. You have got to have a lot of guys be able to do a lot of things. With 45 (active players) you don’t know who is going to be there and who is not.”

– Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini and RB Jamal Lewis will participate in a conference call with Twin Cities media on Wednesday. We’ll be sure to check in with you here on the Blog and give you an update on what they had to say. I’m guessing that Mangini will be asked quite a bit about working with Brett Favre last year in New York and also about his pending QB situation involving Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn. Jamal Lewis will probably be asked a lot about RB Chester Taylor. Lewis and Taylor played together for 4 seasons in Baltimore.

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Vikings Make Additional Roster Move

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 6, 2009 – 4:59 pm

Although they’ve whittled their roster down to 53 players and have declared an 8-man roster squad, the Vikings are not finished making roster moves. As Vikings VP of Player Personnel Rick Spielman has told us before, managing an NFL roster is a never-ending process.

That process continued on Sunday afternoon when the Vikings waived C Jon Cooper and signed C Kory Lichtensteiger.

Lichtensteiger is a 2nd year player out of Bowling Green State who was a 4th round pick by the Denver Broncos in 2008. The Broncos waived Lichtensteiger on Saturday as they trimmed their roster to get to the 53-player limit.

In college, Lichtensteiger played both guard and center. Over his 5-year career, the 6-3, 295-pounder received numerous honors, including being chosen as a team captain and being named to All-MAC, Academic All-MAC and national All-American lists.

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