Shiancoe starting to move the chains

Visanthe Shiancoe had easily his most productive game of the season as the tight ends were involved heavily in the passing game Sunday. See what he, Bill Musgrave and Donovan McNabb had to say about why the tight ends were so involved.

Visanthe Shiancoe admits that he's always going to be an advocate of quarterbacks throwing to tight ends. He figures Percy Harvin would feel the same way about targeting receivers and Adrian Peterson about a commitment to the running game.

Shiancoe's wish was starting to be realized Sunday for the first time this season against the Kansas City Chiefs. He was targeted more than any other time his year and had double the amount of catches than he's had in a single game this year.

"It was a lot of one-on-one [coverage]. As a professional, I expect myself to win on one-on-one," Shiancoe said. "I'm pretty sure that's what the coaches, my teammates, expect me to do, too. I've got to win on one-on-one matchups."

Shiancoe ended up with six catches, all for first downs, for 58 yards and a 9.7-yard average – all season highs for him.

"I think each and every one of our first four games we wanted to get the tight ends more and more involved. We made strides in that department," offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave said. "We want to enhance that going forward, as well. The matchup of our tight ends on their safeties was definitely one that was in our favor in Kansas City."

McNabb offered that sentiment on Wednesday, as well.

"When teams want to stack eight in the box, you get man coverage or zone outside. You want to utilize that. When they go zone, your running backs and tight ends play a major part in that," McNabb said. "When they go man, if you have a mismatch with your tight end on the safety, take advantage of that.

Whether or not the Vikings were concentrating on getting their tight ends involved in the first three games or not, there is little doubt that McNabb looked Shiancoe's way often on Sunday. Out of 30 pass attempts, eight of them went sailing Shiancoe's way, 26.6 percent of his throws. Add in the four targets and three catches rookie tight end Kyle Rudolph and the two main pass-catching tight ends accounted for 40 percent of the throws that McNabb made.

"I don't know if [tight end] is the place to go. The person that's open is the place to go," Shiancoe said. "… I'm always going to be an advocate of throwing it to the tight end, obviously because I'm a tight end. I think the tight end is open every play. I'm just going to continue to make sure that I continue to get open, and whatever they call I'm just going to make sure I'm ready for it."

Shiancoe missed the entire preseason because of a hamstring injury suffered early in training camp. That may have contributed to a bit of a slow start for him. In the season opener, he was targeted only once and had no catches after dropping a third-quarter pass.

The following week against Tampa Bay, he was targeted seven times but caught only three of them as a variety of factors contributed to the lost opportunities. Against the Detroit the following week, he was limited to two targets and one catch, an 8-yard touchdown on a rocket from a scrambling McNabb.

His performance last week produced six first downs, catching two third-down passes and one on fourth down that was thrown behind him, after producing only one first down in the first three games.

"Every play, man, you don't know which play can be the difference in the game, so you have to treat every play seriously," Shiancoe said. "It don't matter if it's first-and-10 or if it's fourth-and-one. Of course, fourth-and-one, there's no more chances after that. I treat every play seriously."

The Vikings came into the season expected to use a heavy dose of tight ends in Musgrave's offense and they have. They just haven't been targeted as much in the passing game as expected. Now, that appears to be changing.


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