VikingBuzz BLOG: 6/10

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>Wishom gaining valuable experience in Europe
Perhaps the Vikings' most consistent performer in NFL Europe this summer has been cornerback Jerron Wishom.  Through nine weeks of action with the Cologne Centurions, Wishom has compiled 24 tackles, 13 passes defensed, one interception (returned for 34 yards) and added 2 tackles on special teams.  A year ago, it was journeyman Ronyell Whitaker who made the team after a full season overseas.  Wishom could be in the hunt this year if he still has his legs under him when the team reports for training camp in Mankato.  Wishom has all the tools to be a solid Cover-2 cornerback in the Vikings' scheme.  He just needs experience.

>Liwienski running with first team in Miami
Veteran OG Chris Liwienski, who was released last season after bringing in Steve Hutchinson, is apparently back in the starting lineup again.  Liwienski is currently starting at left guard with the Miami Dolphins.  Liwienski was a four-year starter (2001-04) for the Vikings until losing his starting job in 2005.  He started 6-of-16 games with the Arizona Cardinals last season.

>Ex-Viking Troy Walters signs with Lions
Originally a fifth-round draft pick by the Vikings in 2000, PR-WR Troy Walters has signed with division rival Detroit Lions.  Walters spent two season with Minnesota (2000-01), four seasons with Indianapolis (2002-05) and played for Denny Green in Arizona last season.

>Vikings in NFL Europe - Week 9:
- Jerron Wishom (Cologne)
– Started at left cornerback; had 2 tackles and 4 passes defensed in team’s victory over Amsterdam.
- Jimmy Martin (Rhein) – Started at left tackle in his team’s 24-17 win over Berlin, helping his team rush 22-93 (4.2 avg.) and quarterback Cody Pickett compiled a 108.2 passer rating.
- Justin Surrency (Amsterdam) – Started at wide receiver; was shut down with no catches in his team’s 31-13 loss to Cologne.
- Alex Guerrero (Rhein) – Is currently on injured reserve after suffering a knee injury.  He is expected to be ready for training camp, however.

>Orlando Thomas battling ALS
Former Viking safety Orlando Thomas is courageously battling ALS.  Mark Craig, of the Star Tribune , has done a very nice story on the situation for him and his family.

>Peterson wants to be on time for training camp
Rookie RB Adrian Peterson continues to make a favorable impression, even referring to members of the media as “sir.”  Peterson tells KSTP 's Ryan Kibbe that he also expects his agent, Ben Dogra, and the Vikings to work out a contract agreement and avoid any kind of training camp holdout.

>Culpepper could still burn Vikings?
Could Daunte Culpepper’s next stop be the one that comes back to haunt the Vikings.  It could happen if he lands in the right situation.  Jim Souhan thinks the Vikes could still get bitten on this one.

>Peterson featured on cover of PFW
Adrian Peterson is among those featured on the cover of this month’s Pro Football Weekly behind the headline “Sudden Impact.”

>Griffin talks Viking receivers...and other topics
If you heard CB Cedric Griffin on KFAN recently, he says Troy Williamson and Bobby Wade are the toughest receivers to cover in practice.

>See what the Vikings saw in Troy Williamson
Speaking of Williamson, who has been solid catching the ball throughout mini camps and OTAs, check out this YouTube highlight tape from his college career to see what the Vikings saw in him when they picked him at No. 7 in 2005.

>Rookie WRs talk football 
Rookie receivers Aundrae Allison and Sidney Rice were also on KFAN recently to talk football and about their transition from college to the pros.

>Interest in Rivera unlikely
For those of you wondering if the Vikings might pursue former Pro Bowl OG Marco Rivera, who was recently released by the Cowboys, probably not.  Rivera (35) is a warrior but I’m not sure he has any discs left to bulge.

 


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