K-Rob 'Elated' with Return Abilities

Koren Robinson's prominence as a kick returner was a happy surprise for him last year, and he talked Friday about his prospects for continuing to do it this year. Mewelde Moore also talked about the dangers of returning punts, while punter Chris Kluwe was saving his energy for a joint practice tonight with the Chiefs.

Koren Robinson didn't return kickoffs in his four seasons with Seattle, and hadn't done it since he played at North Carolina State, so it came a somewhat of a surprise that he was so good at it.

"I wouldn't say I was shocked," Robinson said. "I was elated I was doing so well."

Robinson joined the Vikings one week into last season, and to get acclimated to the team, and with a solid group of receivers already in place, Robinson was given a shot returning kickoffs.

His impact was almost immediate, finishing the season with 1,221 return yards, second-most in team history, and a 26.0-yard average, which was fourth-best all-time. He scored on an 86-yard kick return in a victory over the New York Giants and was voted to the Pro Bowl.

"Kick returning is just open-field running," Robinson said. "I go back to playing tailback (in high school), and I know I can run in the open field."

Robinson said he's pretty sure he'll be returning kicks again this season, though he said coach Brad Childress hasn't told him anything definite.

"Right now, I am," Robinson said. "But it's on coach Childress, and it's on me. I want to do it, but coach doesn't want me to exert all my energy in kickoff returns."

Robinson, running back Mewelde Moore and receivers Troy Williamson and
Kevin Kasper received kicks during Friday morning's short, special-teams practice.


Moore said he'll be handling the punt-returning duties, as he did last season, but he doesn't expect to be back on kickoffs.

"That's Koren's job," he said. "He's a Pro Bowler, I don't know why he wouldn't. Whatever they want me to do, I'll do."

Moore averaged 11.7 yards on 21 attempts, and he also returned one for a 71-yard touchdown against the Giants.

"It's one of the most dangerous things you can do on the field," Moore said. "I just keep my faith, and I feel like I'm protected. I play smart, feel the ball and let my God-given ability take place."

Moore, safety Darren Sharper and receiver Travis Taylor field punts
Friday, though Taylor dropped a few.

"I have to get better," he said. "My punt-catching skills are so-so."


Rookie free agent John Torp handled all of the punting duties Friday morning as incumbent Chris Kluwe stood on the sidelines with a wrap on his surgically repaired right knee. Kluwe said he was resting his leg so he could participate in the joint practice with the Kansas City Chiefs, which begins at 6:30 p.m. today at Minnesota State-Mankato.


Rookie cornerback Charles Gordon suffered a knee injury Thursday and was carted off the field. Though the Vikings had no official statement Friday, the injury is believed to be serious.

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