VikingBuzz BLOG: 8/4

Your daily link to the links on all the news, notes, commentary and analysis on the Vikings.

>Wilf gives Childress vote of confidence
Owner Zygi Wilf is 100 percent behind head coach Brad Childress and the direction the team is taking, according to this AP report.  “I have more faith in our coaching staff and our players and our team than I ever have,” Wilf says.  “I hope as the years go on we will be that much more confident in the direction we're going.  We'll just have to see how the season turns out.  I'm very confident we're on the right track with what we're doing.”

>Wilf pledges proceeds from scrimmage to relief efforts
The Vikings owner also earmarked the proceeds from the Vikings-Chiefs scrimmage on Friday night to the relief effort dedicated to the I-35W bridge collapse.

>Vikings-Chiefs scrimmage recap
Adrian Peterson (hip), Chester Taylor (forearm), Troy Williamson (infection), Ben Leber (calf), Aundrae Allison (hamstring), Ronyell Whitaker (ankle) and Wendell Mathis (muscle tightness) did not participate.  Pat Williams, Kevin Williams and Antoine Winfield were also held out.  Dan Mozes was carted off with a knee injury, Chandler Williams suffered a concussion and Khreem Smith dinged his knee but was able to continue.  Here are some other observations:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.

>No dropoff expected with Henderson in middle
E.J. Henderson has adjusted to moving back inside to middle linebacker smoothly.  “He's capable mentally and physically of doing everything that I've asked him to do,” linebackers coach Fred Pagac says in this StarTribune report.  “Napoleon [Harris] played great for us, but I see us having the same success with E.J.”

>Wade the wily veteran among receiving corps
At 26-years-old, Bobby Wade is already the seasoned veteran of the Viking receiving corps with 58 career NFL games.  “To me, being a leader means being able to work hard, to be hands on, to show up on time every day, to lead by example,” Wade said in this Mankato Free Press story.  “A rookie can do that or a veteran can do that.  I just try to bring to the table anything I can to help this team win.”

>Pat Williams video with comments by Frazier
This Pioneer Press video clip shows some snippets of DT Pat Williams from training camp along with comments from defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier.

>Tarkenton named in Fantasy Football Hall of Fame
This article picks a fantasy football hall of fame.  In it former Vikings great Fran Tarkenton is selected for the HOF.  I don’t think fantasy football was quite that popular in Fran’s day, but it speaks to the impact he had during his career.

>Nowhere to go but up for Viking QBs
This Sporting News ranking of each team’s quarterback situation, predictably has the Vikings at No. 16 in the NFC.

>Ex-Viking Berger tries out with Patriots
Former Vikings punter Mitch Berger was in for a tryout with the New England Patriots on Friday.

>Another mock draft, another top ten pick for Vikings
Here’s another mock draft in which the Vikings are picking No. 5 in the first round for 2008 with them picking Cal wide receiver DeSean Jackson.

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