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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Monday, September 20, 2010 at 9:29:00 AM

Peter King takes issue with Jackson rumblings

Sports Illustrated columnist Peter King waxes about the NFL ever Monday morning. On this Monday, he has reservations about the Vikings potentially trading for Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson.

Jackson is clearly being discussed in the offices at Winter Park, but there are issues. He is looking for a big payday, reportedly either an annual salary that approaches the $10 million mark on a long-term deal or a one-year contract in the $4 million to $7 million range. And don't forget that he wouldn't be eligible to play until after the fourth game because of a violation of the league's substance abuse policy and being placed on the reserve/did not report list.

"It's not very smart to deal a high draft choice (likely a second-round pick, or a second plus something) to acquire a guy who is one misdeed away from a possible year's suspension," King wrote.

However, the Vikings rolled the dice on Jared Allen when he was in a similar situation and he has avoided trouble ever since.

But here is where I completely agree with King's hesitation on the Vikings making a move for Jackson.

"The Vikings have put off negotiations with prominent players in the last year of their contracts – linebackers Chad Greenway and Ben Leber, (wide receiver Sidney) Rice and defensive end Ray Edwards – and said they were finished doing new contracts," King wrote. "Then owner Zygi Wilf found $3 million to sweeten the pot for Favre to return for one more year. Now, if the Vikes deal for Jackson, that's another slap in the face to four guys who were major factors in the Vikings reaching the NFC Championship Game last year."

King ends his assessment with this:

"I understand the desperation. But for the Vikings, it's clear Jackson's not the answer."

It's also becoming clear that if the Vikings are going to turn around their offense and make a surge for the playoffs, they need to get better in their receiver corps, whether that's internally or finding help from the outside. The way the receivers have produced in the last two games – whether it's completely their fault, the injury bug or Favre – something needs to change.


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Brett Favre: "One of the biggest reasons I wanted to not play was dealing with the losses. I love the guys, I love to win." #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 4:52:00 PM
Brett Favre after the #Vikings 14-10 loss: "I didn't sense it would be this hard. I didn't envision starting out 0-2."

Posted on Twitter at: 4:38:00 PM
Record-seekers vs. Dolphins: Adrian Peterson continues to pile up the yards and carries, moving into the top three...

Posted on Twitter at: 2:52:00 PM
The #Vikings fall to 0-2 with the 14-10 loss. The Vikings started 0-2 in 2008 as well and ended up making the playoffs.

Posted on Twitter at: 2:50:00 PM
That will be the ballgame. With 33 seconds to play, the Dolphins take possession. Game over. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 2:45:00 PM
This is it for the #Vikings 1:42 to play and they have the ball on their own 45.

Posted on Twitter at: 2:37:00 PM
On fourth-and-goal from the 1, Peterson couldn't punch it in. Too much penetration up the middle. #Vikings still trail by four.

Posted on Twitter at: 2:32:00 PM
The Vikings recover the fumble on the next play from scrimmage. E.J. Henderson with the recovery on the 25. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 2:31:00 PM
Another Favre interception on a bomb to Bernard Berrian. Slight underthrown. #Dolphins 14, #Vikings 10. 5:58 to play.

Posted on Twitter at: 2:19:00 PM
Longwell hits a 28-yard field goal to make it #Dolphins 14, #Vikings 10. 7:52 to play.

Posted on Twitter at: 2:07:00 PM
Camarillo also fumbled the first return, but he fair catches it on the re-do. Big break for the #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 2:07:00 PM
Bad sequence for special teams. Robison runs into the kicker and the Vikings avoid disaster and keep it fourth down. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 1:55:00 PM
The #Vikings are on the board with a 1-yard Peterson TD run. #Dolphins 14, #Vikings 7. 2:38 left in the third.

Posted on Twitter at: 1:53:00 PM
And that's an Erin Henderson fumble recovery at the Dolphins 1-yard line.

Posted on Twitter at: 1:52:00 PM
Erin Henderson is in the game for Ben Leber. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 1:51:00 PM
Favre tried to go back shoulder to Berrian and Jason Allen intercepts it at the 2-yard line. Turnovers near or in the end zones. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 1:50:00 PM
Harvin could be done for a while. He continues to limp on the sidelines. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 1:46:00 PM
Favre catches a break with offsetting penalties on a play in which he threw an ugly interception. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 1:42:00 PM
Toby Gerhart was back to receive the kick, but Harvin jogged on the field to replace him. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 1:41:00 PM
Wake beats Shiancoe and Loadholt to sack Favre and cause a fumble that Miami recovers in the end zone for a TD. #Vikings trail 14-0.

Posted on Twitter at: 1:37:00 PM
Percy Harvin is back in the game for a big third down with 7:09 left in the third quarter. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 1:37:00 PM
LB Ben Leber has a lower back injury and his return is questionable. #Vikings

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Sunday, September 19, 2010 at 1:18:00 PM

Vikings trail 7-0 at half; Harvin hurt

The Vikings trail 7-0 at halftime in a game where they have had their scoring opportunities, but elected to go for a first down on fourth-and-2 in field goal range. Brett Favre's pass got batted down.

They also were in the red zone when Favre threw for Percy Harvin at the goal line, a pass that Harvin deflected into the air and Vontae Davis intercepted at the 1-yard line.

The Vikings actually have more first downs (10-7) and more yards (179-152), but they haven't capitalized on their opportunities, something Miami did during their first drive.

The Vikings are sticking with Adrian Peterson. He has 12 rushes for 61 yards (5.1-yard average).

Harvin leads the Vikings with five catches, but he hurt his hip again inside of 2 minutes left in the first half and his return is questionable. Visanthe Shiancoe has four catches for 64 yards. Bernard Berrian has been shut out from a reception in the first half.


Posted on Twitter at: 1:14:00 PM
Percy Harvin was announced in the press box with a hip injury and his return is questionable. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 1:10:00 PM
It looks like it could be Harvin's right hip. Nothing has been announced in the press box yet. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 1:09:00 PM
At halftime, the #Vikings still trail 7-0. They actually have a 179-152 advantage in total yards.

Posted on Twitter at: 1:07:00 PM
Harvin isn't receiving any specific medical attention, trying to walk it off (right leg or hip likely), but he's uncomfortable. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 1:03:00 PM
Percy Harvin limped off the field in obvious pain. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 12:55:00 PM
Greg Camarillo is now returning punt, or calling and catching fair catches anyways. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 12:53:00 PM
A 51-yard run by Ronnie Brown from the 1-yard line will leave a mark on the #Vikings run defense.

Posted on Twitter at: 12:51:00 PM
The play is ruled an interception, but Davis was ruled down at the 1-yard line so the #Vikings keep the timeout.

Posted on Twitter at: 12:49:00 PM
Vontae Davis intercepts a Favre pass intended for Harvin that was tipped at least twice at the goal line. Childress is challenging.#Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 12:44:00 PM
Toby Gerhart makes his first appearance, a 2-yard run for a first down. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 12:37:00 PM
Bernard Berrian fumbled another punt on a fair catch, but also recovered this one. Huge break for the #Vikings there.

Posted on Twitter at: 12:33:00 PM
The biggest advantage for the Dolphins is in the passing game -- 70 yards to 23 for the #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 12:32:00 PM
After one quarter, the #Vikings trail 7-0 and the Dolphins are driving and in Minnesota territory.

Posted on Twitter at: 12:21:00 PM
Lito Sheppard was beaten on the first (46-yarder) and last plays (5-yard TD) of that scoring drive for the #Dolphins #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 12:20:00 PM
The #Dolphins take a 7-0 lead with a 5-yard TD pass to Brian Hartline. 4:40 left in the first quarter. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 12:14:00 PM
Miami's first play from scrimmage, a play-action bomb to Brandon Marshall that gains 46 yards. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 12:11:00 PM
Childress elected to go for it on fourth-and-2 from the Miami 26 and the pass gets batted down. Dolphins ball. # Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 12:07:00 PM
First six #Vikings plays -- three to Harvin, three to Peterson, two first downs.

Posted on Twitter at: 11:10:00 AM
Returning punts pregame for the #Vikings are Bernard Berrian, Greg Camarillo and Asher Allen.

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Sunday, September 19, 2010 at 10:52:00 AM

Thigpen active for Dolphins

Former Vikings training camp cut Tyler Thigpen is active for the Miami Dolphins, meaning the fourth-year quarterback would see the field if Chad Henne is knocked out of the game. Thigpen caused some consternation in Vikings land in 2007 when the Vikings tried to sneak him through waivers as a rookie with the intention of signing him to their practice squad and he was claimed by the Kansas City Chiefs.

With Thigpen active, Chad Pennington is inactive for the Dolphins, joining WR Roberto Wallace, CB Nolan Carroll, LB Channing Crowder, DE Iaika Alama-Francis, OL Jermey Parnell, T Lydon Murtha and DE Jared Odrick.

Paul Soliai will start for Randy Starks at nose tackle, and Starks is sliding outside to right defensive end to start for Odrick.

The Dolphins also made a roster move, signing LB Ryan Baker and releasing DE Robert Rose.


Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Sunday, September 19, 2010 at 10:39:00 AM

Harvin active; CBs Cook, Griffin inactive

Vikings receiver Percy Harvin is active and expected to start today against the Miami Dolphins. Harvin was listed as questionable on the injury report Friday with a bruised hip.

Harvin was out on the field about two hour prior to the game and running

Cornerbacks Chris Cook, Cedric Griffin and Jimmy Kennedy were also listed as questionable, all with knee injuries, and those three are all inactive.

The Vikings will have Asher Allen starting for the Lito Sheppard at cornerback.

Also inactive for the Vikings are QB Joe Webb (third QB), RB Albert Young, G Chris DeGeare, TE Mickey Shuler and DE Everson Griffen.

With Young inactive, that means the Vikings will get their first extensive regular-season look at rookie RB Toby Gerhart. Gerhart was inactive in Week 1 with a knee injury.


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This will be the first look at RB Toby Gerhart in regular-season active for the #Vikings Young is inactive so plenty of action for Gerhart.

Posted on Twitter at: 10:33:00 AM
The #Vikings go into the game with three cornerbacks again, but against Miami it doesn't seem as big of a deal. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 10:32:00 AM
Inactive #Vikings Webb (third QB), CB Griffin, CB Cook, RB Young, G DeGeare, DT Kennedy, TE Shuler, and DE Griffen. Harvin active.

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Saturday, September 18, 2010 at 2:30:00 PM

Report: One team works out deal with Vincent Jackson

Although head coach Brad Childress basically declined comment on the Vikings' potential interest in working out a trade for Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson, there is at least one team that has shown an interest.

According to Pro Football Talk, a league source says that one team has worked out a deal with Jackson. The next step would be working out compensation for Chargers, and that could be the sticking point. Chargers general manager A.J. Smith has a reputation of driving a hard bargain – one of the reasons the Chargers have two important players unhappy about their contract offers and unwilling to play – so that could be the hardest step to execute in the trade. It will likely take at least one second-round draft pick to get a deal done.

As PFT points out, it is in the Chargers' best interest to at least wait until Monday to complete a trade in case another team suffers a major injury at wide receiver on Sunday and wants to enter the bidding process. But if San Diego does want to trade him, they will get the most value for Jackson by completing a trade before 3 p.m. Central on Wednesday. Any trade made after that time would keep Jackson out until after the sixth game of the season, whereas a trade consummated before then allow Jackson to play after the fourth game, according to the terms of a settlement reached Thursday between the NFL and the NFL Players Association.

Jackson is suspended for the first three games for violating the league's substance abuse policy and the Chargers placed him on their reserve/did not report list, which would keep him out for six games if they don't trade him … or trade him after Wednesday's deadline.


Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Saturday, September 18, 2010 at 2:17:00 PM

Sapp getting used to Dolphins defense

Benny Sapp started in the Dolphins opener and was used extensively in their nickel defense. He also took responsibility for his part in allowing the only touchdown yielded to the Buffalo Bills.

However, Sapp is also trying to dispense advice to his new teammates about his old teammates, especially when it comes to facing Brett Favre. His advice?

"Play within the defense. Don't have any out of body experiences and try to be the ‘I' person," Sapp said, according to the Sun-Sentinel. "Playing against Favre you have to play within your scheme because he's trying to beat the scheme. Do what you're supposed to do and you should come out fine." 


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