VikingBuzz BLOG: 7/17

Brad Childress, Adrian Peterson, Erasmus James, Chester Taylor, Tarvaris Jackson, Brooks Bollinger, Aundrae Allison, Darrell Bevell, Steve Hutchinson, Mike Doss and more in today's buzz.

>Only two more steps before Peterson era begins
There are only two more tumblers that need to fall into place before the Adrian Peterson era with the Minnesota Vikings officially begins:  1) Sign a contract, and 2) pass his final physical on his healing left collarbone.  The StarTribune elaborates.

>James cleared to practice
Defensive end Erasmus James, who is recovering from a torn ACL in his left knee has been cleared to “do every movement he can do,” coach Brad Childress said in this StarTribune report.  He will still likely begin training camp on the PUP.

>Jackson and Bollinger at quarterback, for now
No additions are imminent at the quarterback position as both Tarvaris Jackson and Brooks Bollinger will be given every possible opportunity to be successful.  Head coach Childress confirms that stance in this report.

>Bevell to call some plays during training camp
Don’t read too much into it just yet, but offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell will call some plays during portions of training camp practices.  Childress hasn’t made a final decision on those duties for the regular season.

>Allison signs
Fifth-round pick wide receiver Aundrae Allison agreed to terms on a four-year contract, leaving Peterson, Sidney Rice, Marcus McCauley and Brian Robison to still sign.  Allison reportedly will receive a signing bonus of $180,000, with base salaries of $285,000 in 2007, $370,000 in 2008, $460,000 in 2009 and $550,000 in 2010.

>Culpepper needs a professional agent
Nothing you haven’t already heard, but ex-Viking quarterback Daunte Culpepper’s recent statement continues to emphasize how desperately he needs a real agent representing him.  “As I was going through this process I heard about a quote by Gandhi that best expresses my thoughts about this victory:  ‘First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win,’” Culpepper, who serves as his own agent, said in another bizarre e-mail to the media.  “Now that I have won my freedom and I get to choose my next team, I am just like many other people who have to go out and find employment so that I can take care of my family.”  Emphasis added.  Here’s the full statement.  Draw your own conclusions.

>Childress addresses veteran QB rumors
Vikings head coach Brad Childress, speaking with the media this morning, addressed the veteran quarterback rumors making the rounds.  He essentially stated that there is NO interest now, but left the door open for that to change as things unfold, essentially exactly what we have been reporting here on this subject all along.  This Kevin Seifert report also gets comments on Adrian Peterson and Erasmus James.  Peterson will get “one more pow-wow” to determine what if anything should be done regarding his collarbone.  James will likely begin training camp on the PUP (Physically Unable-to-Perform) list.

>Peterson-Taylor highlighted in camp battle piece
This report highlights the Adrian Peterson-Chester Taylor competition for the starting job at running back with the Vikings; another piece mostly from a fantasy football angle.

>Jackson on pace with McNabb’s development?
According to Charley Walters at, head coach Brad Childress characterized the development of quarterback Tarvaris Jackson as “good or better than Eagles Pro Bowler Donovan McNabb’s was at that juncture.”  CW also picks up on the effort Childress is making to change the culture of the locker room at Winter Park.  Rookie Adrian Peterson practices just as hard as he plays.  And, Chili predicts a breakout season for third-year wide receiver Troy Williamson.

>Hutchinson comments on upcoming season
All-Pro guard Steve Hutchinson talked to Jim Rome on ESPN recently.  Some high points from the interview:  “I think people are going to see a much improved Minnesota team,” Hutchinson said.  “I think our defense is going to be very stout.  Offensively, we got some key additions, in Adrian Peterson, and a handful of young receivers.  I think our line has a year underneath our belts.  Everybody is not just fresh, trying to figure out what’s going on.”  Hutchinson also expressed confidence in second-year quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, saying:  “He’s a guy who has all the tools…He’s been working tremendously this offseason…He’s demanding more respect in the huddle…He’s going to be just fine.”  He also added that they “are building something in Minnesota” and that it took him five years with the Seahawks to make it to the Super Bowl.

>Balancing work and home life as a NFL coach
Here’s a good article by Carl Kotala of Florida Today on the balancing act coaches in the NFL face trying to mix family and the strenuous demands of coaching.

>Doss makes all-time Ohio State team
In this blog post, Vikings safety Mike Doss is the third former Ohio State Buckeye named to their all-time team.

>Team defense rated in top 10
The Vikings defense is at least getting some recognition in preseason rankings from somebody.  In this case it is

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