VikingBuzz BLOG: 7/11

Your daily fix for the latest news, information, commentary and analysis on the Minnesota Vikings past, present and future.

>Viking RBs ranked No. 5 by ESPN
According to the folks at Scouts Inc., who ranked the NFL teams 1-32 at nine positions, their running backs of Chester Taylor, Adrian Peterson, Mewelde Moore, Ciatrick Fason and Artose Pinner are in the top five.

>Bollinger at least in position to compete for starting job
Does Vikings quarterback Brooks Bollinger really have a legitimate shot at earning the starting job ahead of Tarvaris Jackson in training camp this fall?  “It's more exciting to know that the opportunity (to start) is out there,” Bollinger told the Grand Forks Herald.  “But every training camp I get to go to is exciting.  The NFL is the best job in the world.  I just have to go out, trust my ability and execute.”

>Uncommon for rookie receivers to make immediate impact
According to the official team site, it would buck the trend for rookies Sidney Rice, Aundrae Allison and Chandler Williams to make a huge impact as rookies, but you never know.

>Starting lineup analysis
The Draft Academy offers a team-by-team starting lineup analysis, classifying players as Hall of Famers, established stars, solid but unspectacular, young stars, young with potential, liabilities and coaching staff acumen.  Lots of names thrown about.  Take it all with a grain of salt.

>Expectations low for Jackson, Vikings by fantasy players
This fantasy football report puts Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson at No. 30 on their list and doesn’t necessarily expect big things from the Vikings this season.  “Jackson may play second fiddle in the Minnesota offense with the arrival of can't-miss tailback Adrian Peterson.  The sophomore QB is inexperienced but will benefit from the wisdom of Brad Childress, the coach who mentored Donovan McNabb in Philly.  The Vikes are rebuilding so we shouldn't expect too much from them in '07,” according to the Fantasy Tipster.

>Supplemental draft feature
Here’s the 2007 Supplemental Draft Preview by Scott Wright at NFL Draft Countdown.

>NFC North camp preview
Bucky Brooks, from, offers up his NFC North preview.

>O’Sullivan catches on with Lions reports that quarterback J.T. O’Sullivan, who saw action in training camp and during preseason with the Vikings last fall, has signed on as the No. 4 quarterback going to camp with the Detroit Lions after a successful summer campaign in the final year of NFL Europa.  The story even includes a rare photo of O’Sullivan during live preseason game action with the Vikings last season.

>Vikings sponsor 13th annual Ride for Life this Saturday
The Minnesota Vikings Ride for Life Motorcycle Rally to benefit the Viking Children's Fund will be held this Saturday, July 14.  The event is sponsored by the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, Miller Brewing, FSN, KFAN, KTLK, 100.3, and supported by the Minnesota State Patrol along with local law enforcement.  Current Vikings Pat Williams, Mewelde Moore, Ben Leber and Khreem Smith will be present at the event, as will alumni John Randle, Paul Krause, Stu Voigt, Bob Lurtsema and Doug Sutherland.  Bikers trek to Hinckley, Minn. (a fine place to be from), where a welcome celebration at Hinckley's Outdoor Amphitheater is thrown in their honor.  The party features live music, tasty food and over $20,000 in prizes.  Participants can also win a pair of Super Bowl tickets if they register in a group of six or more.  Vikings personnel, along with the Vikings Cheerleaders, will be signing autographs.  You can click here for a .pdf of the registration form, or call 952-828-6577 for more details.

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