VikingBuzz BLOG: 7/24

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>Some predicting lengthy wait for Peterson
NFL Network analyst Adam Schefter says, “It appears more likely that first round pick Adrian Pederson may not be available for a while.  Pederson's agent Ben Dogra, feels he is worthy of top 3 dollars regardless of being picked 7th.  ‘We have been given the all clear by the doctors,’ said Dogra, referring to his injury.   Right now Pederson and the Vikings are not close to getting a deal done and it looks like he could miss the majority of training camp.”

>Childress ready to take leap of faith with Jackson
Not sure about the juxtaposition of a Don Shula quote with that of Maya Angelou, but Kevin Seifert of the StarTribune thoroughly dissects the team’s decision to enter the season with second-year pro Tarvaris Jackson at the all-important quarterback position.  T-Jack has just two starts to build upon

>Are the Vikings a better football team?
This StarTribune report highlights various areas of the team where the headline question pertains.

>Peterson the top offensive rookie?
’s Calvin Johnson was the top offensive player picked in the draft.  But lots of people predict someone else to be the top player as a rookie.  “The rookie with the biggest impact will be across the state line in Minnesota, where former Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson will become a star in an offense with an unproven quarterback (second-year pro Tarvaris Jackson),” according to this Cox News Service story.  “Peterson’s speed and power make him a home run threat on every down, and he will be running behind the best left side in the league (tackle Bryant McKinnie and guard Steve Hutchinson).  His history of injuries is a concern, but he’ll have help from fellow running back Chester Taylor.”

>New season, new look for Big Pat
Mike Max of reports on veteran nose tackle Pat Williams and his readiness for this year’s training camp.

>Contingency QB plans still on the table?
“The Vikings have quietly put together a backup plan in case QBs Tarvaris Jackson and Brooks Bollinger prove during training camp they aren't worthy of starting,” according to a TSN report.  “The team has developed a list of veterans who might be available toward the end of the preseason.  One possibility is the Eagles’ Kelly Holcomb, who faces a difficult task in making Philadelphia's roster.”

>Ex-Viking Campbell had more legal trouble prior to release
Former Vikings wide receiver Kelly Campbell had run into more trouble with the law prior to being released by the Dolphins earlier this month.  According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel Campbell was arrested on drug charges in Atlanta on July 3, which led to his release by the Dolphins two days later.  Campbell was charged with possession of marijuana and Ecstasy, both of which are felonies, and a misdemeanor charge of providing false information to Fulton (Ga.) County police officers.

>Ex-Viking Tommy Kramer arrested for DWI
Former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Tommy Kramer was arrested last weekend on suspicion of DWI according to  At least the Vikings don’t get Turd Watch points for former players.

>Greenway ready, doesn’t feel like a rookie
This RadioIowa report says linebacker Chad Greenway no longer feels like a rookie as he prepares for the start of training camp and that physically he is without limitations.

>Childress heads short list of coaches on hot seat
Clark Judge of offers up some topics for consideration.  Among them are five coaches he wouldn’t want to trade places with.  Topping the list is Minnesota’s Brad Childress.  “He's not in trouble, but his team is,” Judge writes.  “It looks like a doormat in waiting.  The problem is the offense.  The Vikings don't have one.  Childress had Donovan McNabb in Philadelphia; now he has Tarvaris Jackson.  That would make me nervous.”  Jackson also tops his list of five among players he’s not sure about.  “He looked shaky when he had a chance last year.  I'd hate to count on him for my offense, but Childress doesn't have much choice.”  On the plus side, Adrian Peterson makes his list of rookies he wants to measure.  Judge says, “He was supposed to be a top-three draft choice, yet fell to seventh because of fears about a shoulder injury.  My opinion? Minnesota got a steal.  If that's accurate, it can take some of the heat off Jackson.”  One thing is for sure:  If Childress succeeds with Jackson as his quarterback this season, a LOT of people will be eating crow.

>Talks heating up
Odds are that Sidney Rice (2nd round) and Marcus McCauley (3rd round) will be signed in time for the players’ first meetings on Thursday.  Top pick Adrian Peterson could be later.  “The Vikings’ contract negotiations with the top of their draft class intensified on Monday, but it seemed unlikely that first-round pick Adrian Peterson would be among the players reporting to training camp Wednesday at Minnesota State Mankato,” according to Kevin Seifert of the StarTribune.  “The team is believed to be making progress in negotiations with its second- and third-round picks - wide receiver Sidney Rice and cornerback Marcus McCauley - but it's uncertain whether No. 1 draft choice Adrian Peterson will be signed in time for Friday's opening practice,” according to Don Seeholzer of the Pioneer Press.

>Lowber dunks
Check out this YouTube clip of rookie free agent wide receiver Todd Lowber on the basketball court in this Ramapo College slam dunk contest.

>Whitlock, Jones getting ink back home
The Vikings have two rookie free agents from the same smaller college trying to make the team in training camp this summer.  Both running back Arkee Whitlock and tight end Braden Jones hail from the mighty Salukis of Southern Illinois.  Here’s the story.

>Henderson’s brother similar on the field, different off
Vikings linebacker E.J. Henderson won the 2002 Butkus Award with Maryland before moving on to the Vikings.  Maryland junior linebacker Erin Henderson, E.J.’s younger brother, continued the family tradition last year by ranking second in the ACC with 8.8 tackles per game.  The two brothers look like similar performers on the field, but Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen said they're very different off the field.  “Their personalities are total opposites,” Friedgen told Steve Megargee of  “Erin is an extrovert.  E.J. is an introvert.  Erin wants to be in communications, wants to be in front of the camera. … E.J. would go the other way.  Where they're similar is they can find the football and they can make plays.  They have a great passion to play the game.  And they’re two wonderful kids.  They really are.  They’re both very smart.  I feel very, very fortunate to be a part of both of their lives.”

>Mankato ready for the Vikings
The Vikings report for their 42nd training camp in Mankato on Wednesday.  Camp officially kicks off Friday with two public practices — 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. — at Minnesota State University and a team introduction at Blakeslee Stadium at 5:30 p.m.

>Dust off the Joey Harrington scouting report reporter Jay Glazer was first with the news that Falcons quarterback Michael Vick has been ordered NOT to attend training camp.  The chances of him playing in Week One against the Viking have officially hit somewhere between slim and none.  That said, Joey Harrington is currently the frontrunner to be Atlanta’s starter at this point.

>In light of Vick situation, Vikings were ahead of the curve
Vikings made character a legitimate issue about a year ahead of the rest of the league.  Shane Frederick of the Mankato Free Press addresses what is obviously becoming a FOOTBALL issue, not just an off-the-field distraction.

>Ouch!  Vikings picking first in 2008?
Here’s an early mock draft from  In it, the Vikings are picking first, which says the Vikings didn’t do so well in 2007.  If it goes that badly, picking Louisville quarterback Brian Brohm might not be out of the question.  You can also see an early look at the names being thrown out for first-round consideration at this early stage of the season.

>Salary data
Looking for salary data?  Here’s a quick and easy place to find it:

>The Spanish voice of the Vikings
Alfonso Fernandez provides Twins, Timberwolves and Vikings audio for Spanish-speaking listeners.  Here’s the full story by John Millea of the StarTribune.

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