Vikings Go On Offensive Cattle Call

Darius Watts was one of at least three players the Vikings worked out at Winter Park Tuesday and at least three more are expected to be coming in for visits this week.

The Vikings aren't sitting around and hoping things get better for their offense. They're doing something about it.

On Tuesday, the Vikings had three offensive players in for workouts -- WRs Darius Watts and Efrem Hill and former Carolina quarterback Stefan LeFors. Watts would be a front-runner to be added to the roster because of his dual roles as a receiver and return man. LeFors might be signed to take reps during practices because, as it currently stands with Tarvaris Jackson unable to practice, the Vikings have just two quarterbacks active and healthy.

LeFors is a second-year player out of Louisville, drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the fourth round, 121st overall.

While at Louisville, he threw for 5,853 yards, 38 touchdowns and 13 interceptions, completing 416 of 630 passes. He finished fourth in Louisville history for touchdown passes and passing yards and holds the all-time school record with a 66.0 completion percentage.

Hill is a 6-foot, 179-pound receiver who finished as Samford's all-time leader with 214 catches for 3,054 yard and 31 touchdowns. He also returned six kickoffs for 194 yards (a 32.3-yard average), which also might endear him to the Vikings. Like LeFors, Watts was also with the Panthers last year.

Watts is a bigger target at 6-2, 190 pounds and spent his first two years in the NFL with the Denver Broncos, where he notched 33 catches for 407 yards. While at Marshall, his 272 catches were school and Mid-American Conference records and also ranked fifth all-time in NCAA Division I-A history.

The Vikings aren't done looking at players. Veteran wide receivers Bethel Johnson and Randy Hymes, along with Charlie Adams, were expected to be worked out as well, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

* The glut of wide receivers being brought in could be bad news for Maurice Mann. When he was signed of the Seahawks practice squad, the Vikings had to keep him on the roster at least three weeks. With that time up, so could Mann's time. He is eligible to go to the practice squad if he goes unclaimed. With the Seahawks trading for Deion Branch, their need at wideout is greatly diminished.
* Marcus Robinson was de-activated Sunday despite being healthy. Robinson said that he practiced all week but was told Saturday that Brad Childress was shutting him down for a week. Mann took his place on the 53-man roster.
* Chad Greenway is off crutches and has been seen at Winter Park occasionally the last week.

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