VikingBuzz BLOG: 6/26

Vikings quarterback Brooks Bollinger expects the addition of Adrian Peterson, Sidney Rice and Visanthe Shiancoe to add juice to the Vikings' offense in 2007.

>Bollinger comments on offense’s consistency
Vikings’ quarterback Brooks Bollinger went on the record at a golf tournament back home to defend the creativity of the team’s offense last season and places the blame for inconsistency under the area of execution.  In the In-Forum.com story, he also points out the addition of Adrian Peterson, Sidney Rice and Visanthe Shiancoe should help the offense make more plays in 2007.

>Bollinger shows balanced life
Bollinger is also participating in a quarterback and receivers camp at the University of North Dakota set for July 8-11 according to the Pioneer Press.

>Players tend to improve most from first to second year
Len Pasquarelli at ESPN.com reports on the second-year players to keep an eye on this season for significant improvement.  Two Vikings -- quarterback Tarvaris Jackson and linebacker Chad Greenway -- are mentioned. 

>Dynamic duos find success
There's a history that shows the pairing of Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor in the Vikings' offensive backfield this season will be effective. 

>Boyd set to testify before Congress Tuesday
Former Vikings guard Brent Boyd clearly suffers long-term disabilities resulting from his six-year NFL career.  Yet according to a recent LATimes.com story, Boyd receives only $1,500 monthly NFL disability check, not the $8,500 that a football-related disability would have generated.  The Chicago Tribune reports that Boyd will testify before Congress on Tuesday along with Mike Ditka.  The Washington Post story on this issue doesn’t cast a favorable light on union boss Gene Upshaw in this mess either.

>Birk goes one-on-one
Pro Bowl center Matt Birk did a little Q&A for the official team site, Vikings.com.

>Vikings partnering in promotion of prep football All-Star game
Over the years, the Minnesota High School All-Star game has produced 57 future NFL players, six future Super Bowl participants, and six future Pro Bowl selections.  The Vikings are partnering with FSN North to promote this year’s contest according the St. Cloud Times.

>Sharper working the big desk at NFL Network
Vikings’ safety Darren Sharper is getting a head start on a career after his playing days are over as he’s done some work this off-season with NFL Network.  However, commenting on whether or not Paris Hilton has paid her debt to society seems pretty weak.

>A call for harsher punishment…for teams
Players like Tank Johnson, Pacman Jones and Michael Vick have dominated the off-season news for their indiscretions of late, but this piece in the New York Post calls for more accountability for the teams who coddle these guys.  It seems more and more clear that Brad Childress and the Vikings were well ahead of the curve when they made character such a point of emphasis when building a team.

>Rookie symposium emphasizing stricter conduct
Roger Goodell briefed all 255 members of this year's draft class Monday on the NFL's stricter conduct rules.  Story and video clip here.


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