VikingBuzz BLOG: 7/26

Your daily connection to all the latest news, information, analysis and commentary on the Minnesota Vikings.

>Johnson and Cook battle for right tackle spot
Chad Courier of the Mankato Free Press reports on the training camp competition for the starting right tackle job between Marcus Johnson and Ryan Cook.

>Rice on the way?
Second-round pick Sidney Rice is in Minnesota and could be signed soon.  Adrian Peterson is working out in Oklahoma, so nothing is imminent there.  But the signing of Falcons’ top pick Jamaal Anderson, who went one pick after Peterson, can only help.  Anderson received a 13.4% jump over his draft slot a year ago, though, which might complicate matters from management’s perspective.

>Peterson anxious to get deal done
Top pick Adrian Peterson is not being greedy, he just wants a fair market deal, according to this Sean Jensen report in the Pioneer Press .  His agent, Ben Dogra, is negotiating with the Vikings and Peterson is waiting patiently until they can work out a deal.  “I got love for all the Vikings fans, and it's going to be an exciting year, Peterson told Jensen.  “I feel we have a special season.  And when I get there, I will work 110 percent, and I'll go full speed every play, and do whatever it takes to make this team better.”

>More first-day news and notes
McCauley’s four-year deal was for $2.45 million, Tarvaris Jackson ready to compete, E.J. Henderson has a family matter to take care of, Marcus Johnson ready to compete with Ryan Cook for the right tackle spot, Antoine Winfield says its “old news” and it’s time to get back to work.  Don Seeholzer of the Pioneer Press reports.

>Team reports for training camp
More as players reported for training camp yesterday from Chad Courier of the Mankato Free Press.

>Herrera to get a fair shot at starting?
Sid Hartman of the StarTribune reports that offensive lineman Anthony Herrera might get a legitimate chance to earn the starting right guard spot this season, with veteran Artis Hicks being more of a swing guy.  “I learned some things about [guard] Artis Hicks here in the offseason, in terms of being able to swing and play a bunch of different positions, and I think it's a good place to start,” Childress told Hartman.  “I think we're going to let [guard] Anthony Herrera get in there and swing it around and see if he can compete, too.”

>Williamson ready to shine?
Sid also believes his close personal friend, Brad Childress, when he predicts a really big season for wide receiver Troy Williamson in 2007.  The work at the eye clinic, the all-around hard work and dedication and the tutelage of George Stewart are expected to pay off.

>McCauley signs
Rookie cornerback Marcus McCauley reportedly signed a four-year contract that included a $786,000 signing bonus on Wednesday, bringing him to training camp on time.  McCauley will compete for the primary nickel cornerback spot.  Here’s the full scouting report on McCauley in case you missed it before on VU, plus another recent story on the emerging young player.
  Other links:  StarTribune | WCCO  

>Vikings report to Mankato for training camp
The Vikings’ second season under the leadership of head coach Brad Childress has begun.  Here are the latest stories from the opening of training camp in Mankato, Minn.  Links:  KARE11 | StarTribune | WCCO Video | WCCO Slideshow |

>Starting QB job wide open?
The rumors won’t die and PFW speculates that the starting quarterback job is wide open between Tarvaris Jackson and Brooks Bollinger, with continued rumors of interest in a certain veteran currently with the Philadelphia Eagles.

>What to expect from the Vikings this season?
AP reporter Jon Krawczynski speculates on his mixed feelings about what to expect from this year’s team.

>Transition in full bloom
The holdovers from the Mike Tice regime are few and far between as Sean Jensen of the Pioneer Press reports.

>PFW power rankings
The Vikings check in at No. 30.   Link:  Pro Football Weekly

>Ex-Vike Marcus Robinson to IR
Wide receiver Marcus Robinson, who was given his walking papers by the Vikings over Christmas last season, has been placed on injured reserve (quadriceps) and will effectively miss the season.  These nagging injuries are what have hampered Robinson throughout his NFL career and prevented him from ever becoming a week-in, week-out dependable player.

>Koren Robinson serving his time
Former Vikings receiver Koren Robinson is currently serving his jail time in the Nicollet County Jail in St. Peter, Minn.  He was admitted on July 18th and will be released on August 2nd.  The former Vikings receiver was sentenced to 90 days in jail in February.  He also violated terms of his probation for a drunken driving offense in Washington State.  He served out some of his sentence this past spring in Wisconsin.  The probation violation and Minnesota sentence are being served at the same time.  It was just under a year ago during Vikings training camp that Robinson was arrested when police say they clocked Robinson at speeds of over 100 miles an hour, and he had a blood alcohol level of .11.  Now a member of the Green Bay Packers, he was suspended by the NFL for one year in violation of the league's substance abuse policy.  He is eligible to be reinstated no sooner than Sept. 18, 2007.

>Moulds signs with Titans
Veteran wide receiver Eric Moulds, who many wanted the Vikings to pursue during the offseason, has signed with the Tennessee Titans.

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