Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Last week, the Minnesota Vikings traded cornerback Benny Sapp to the Miami Dolphins for wide receiver Greg Camarillo. Camarillo is a slot receiver that isn't a speed demon as much as he is a possession guy. He had zero drops last season, while catching 50 passes for 552 yards. He is a reliable receiver and a solid route runner. He will be the 3rd receiver behind Percy Harvin and Bernard Berrian while Sidney Rice is out with an injury. Benny Sapp was rumored to being on cut for the final roster - so we didn't exactly give up much. Asher Allen, Chris Cook, and Lito Sheppard were all ahead of him on the depth chart.
Monday, August 30, 2010
The Minnesota Vikings defeated the Seattle Seahawks 24-13 on Saturday night at Mall of America Field. Brett Favre threw for 187 yards and newcomer Greg Camarillo had 4 catches for 47 yards. Although Favre had 3 turnovers (1 fumble in which McKinnie didn't move and another off of Berrian's hands) he looked pretty sharp in my opinion. Again, it's just a preseason game so we don't have to dwell too long on the game. Next up is the Denver Broncos on Thursday, September 2nd in the Metrodome.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Minnesota Viking wide receiver Sidney Rice has undergone hip surgery and will miss the first half of the season. The news is disappointing to Minnesota Vikings fans as Rice suffered the injury in the playoffs last season. After seeing specialists this offseason, it seems odd that Rice waited eight months to have the surgery instead of having it earlier.
Either way, it is a significant blow to the team. Rice had a breakout season last year, earning a Pro Bowl birth and notching 1,300 receiving yards. After Percy Harvin's migraines, we can only hope Rice comes back strong after the surgery. Bernard Berrian and Visanthe Shiancoe will have to be counted on (as well as newly signed Javon Walker).
Monday, August 23, 2010
Brett Favre took 4 snaps in a 15-10 defeat to the San Francisco 49ers. His only pass attempt went to Adrian Peterson on a swing pass for a 13 yard gain. He was sacked on his 3rd snap by Patrick Willis that had a few Vikings fans holding their breath. Favre got up quickly and laughed, much to the fans delight. Joe Webb scored the only touchdown for the Minnesota Vikings, on a 48 yard sprint up the middle of the field. Webb can flat out run. The next preseason game is against the Seattle Seahawks at the Metrodome. Brett Favre will probably take more snaps and maybe play a whole half. EJ Henderson started on Sunday which is a great sign after that terrible injury last year.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Remember when Brett Favre "texted" teammates and claimed he was retiring? News outlets everywhere covered the rumor all day and some thought this was actually it for #4. I wasn't buying it.
Yesterday it became "official" that Brett Favre is back. After Ryan Longwell, Jared Allen, and Steve Hutchinson made a surprise Monday night visit to Hattiesburg, Mississippi, the 40-year old quarterback joined the players for a plane ride back to Minnesota. News channels filmed Brett walk out of the plane and into a black SUV. There has been no news conference yet but there is one planned for after practice.
Welcome back Brett! Can't wait for the season and the first game against the Saints! For any tickets to Minnesota Vikings games check out Vikings Tickets!
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
In the first preseason game of the year, the Minnesota Vikings downed the St. Louis Rams 28-7 in St. Louis. Sage Rosenfels was the star of the night throwing for 310 yards and 3 touchdowns. Rookie quarterback looked good too in his limited time in the 4th quarter. Touchdowns went to Logan Payne, Garrett Mills, Marko Mitchell, and Mickey Shuler. After surrendering a long punt return to Danny Amendola for a 7-0 Rams lead, the Minnesota Vikings scored 28 consecutive points. The next game is against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, at San Fran.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
The Minnesota Vikings Training Camp will be wrapping up tomorrow and the team will depart to St. Louis to take on the Rams on Saturday. Can't wait for the season to start! Here are some notes about training camp so far:
- Sidney Rice is not activated yet due to a hip injury
- Percy Harvin has been absent due to Grandmother's funeral and migraines
- Brett Favre is still in Mississippi
- Tavaris Jackson has been taking most of the reps with the 1st team
- Chris Cook has looked great
- Adrian Peterson is using a heavier football to reduce fumbles
- Adrian Peterson is using a heavier football to reduce fumbles
- Toby Gerhart is adjusting to the pace of the NFL
- EJ Henderson has come back magnificently so far from the leg injury
Monday, August 9, 2010
Immediately after Brett Favre reportedly "retired", reports surfaced that he would play if healthy and is still undecided. By now, most football fans were ready for the Brett Favre saga. I still believe he will be the Minnesota Vikings quarterback by the first game. It feels like Favre is playing a prank on the media and ESPN...did he really send those text messages? Did he really tell Vikings personnel "This is it"? Even though Brett Favre has trouble making up his mind (or perhaps he already has - as I think so), I think most Vikings fans are okay with him missing training camp, arriving late, and still being ready for the opener. Just look at last year. The guy can still play and gives the Minnesota Vikings their best chance at a Super Bowl title.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Well, if you turned on the TV yesterday or were on the internet, chances are you saw something about Brett Favre. Yesterday morning, reports surfaced that Brett Favre "reportedly" plans on retiring. It was reported that he texted several teammates saying "This is it" and started contacting some Minnesota Viking personnel. Of course, there was no official press conference or any official statement from Brett Favre yet. The coverage lasted all day on ESPN about Brett's decision.
The real question is whether this retirement will be permanent or not. The last 2 offseasons featured retirement plans and then subsequently unretiring to play. As Minnesota Vikings fans, we realize that the team is ready for a Super Bowl because of all the talent around the quarterback. While Brett Favre has "reportedly retired", I still think there is a chance that he will play by the time the New Orleans Saints game arrives. If not, Tavaris Jackson will most likely become the new starting quarterback. Will this actually be his ride into the sunset? Time will tell.
Monday, August 2, 2010
If you're a Minnesota Viking fan then you realize Mankato is the place to be right now. Training Camp for the Minnesota Vikings started last Friday and will continue until the 1st preseason game on August 14th. Although there's no sign of Brett Favre yet, the buzz around camp is still very strong as the expectations for the team is very high after the successful season last year. Adrian Peterson, Sidney Rice, Jared Allen, Chad Greenway, Antoine Winfield, Steve Hutchinson, Percy Harvin, Kevin Williams, Pat Williams, EJ Henderson, and the gang is all there working hard to accomplish their goal of a Super Bowl title.