"I'm just a playmaker. That's what I do," Childs said Thursday after finishing some painting at the Vikings' annual charity playground build.
Childs' injury has nothing to do with the patella tendon injury that derailed a career at Arkansas that looked destined for greatness. Before suffering the injury in 2010 and missing the final five games of that season and never really being effective last year, Childs has declared himself 100 percent recovered from that problem.
"Ya'll seen the pro day. Ya'll seen the 4.39 and all that good stuff. The speed's there. The speed's good," Childs said.
When the speed was good, Childs was the most effective of Arkansas' three top receivers. All of them were drafted in the fourth round – first Joe Adams to Carolina, and then Jarius Wright and Childs to Minnesota. While Childs was the last of them drafted, he was the most productive before his injury.
There is little question the injury bumped him down draft boards and that has him motivated to prove that he can return to his playmaking form.
Even with the patella tendon injury derailing the last year and half of his Razorbacks run, he finished ninth on the school's all-time list with 133 receptions and became one of seven in Arkansas history to gain over 2,000 yards receiving (he had 2,066). His 894 yards in 2009 rank eighth on the Razorbacks' single-season list.
Childs doesn't have specific yardage or reception goals for his rookie season, but he does see an opportunity to contribute early.
"I don't have certain numbers, but I intend to have a productive rookie season. I intend to get out of it everything I can, try to do everything I can just to help this team win," he said.
"I see opportunity in a lot of phases – downfield, short routes, all of them. I'm going to be all over the place."
Childs said the speed of the game and learning the playbook won't be issues for him. He has enough speed and the size (6-foot-3) to be effective in the NFL. He said his experience at Arkansas should flow seamlessly into the NFL.
"We kind of ran the NFL-ready, pro-type offense down where I'm from," he said. "We had Coach (Bobby) Petrino down there and he came from the NFL, so he brought a lot of the stuff that they do here down to us."
"We all are different types of players. Jerome is a great player, comes to work every day, but we've all got different types, got different styles. We've got different receivers that do many different types of things," Childs said. "It's just us trying to complement one another."
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