VikingBuzz BLOG: 9/1

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Preseason leaders

The Vikings defense clearly outperformed the offense during the preseason, but there were flashes on offense.

Rookie running back Adrian Peterson led the Vikings in rushing with 30 carries for 146 yards (4.9 avg.) with a long of 43 yards and one touchdown.  Chester Taylor also averaged 5.6-yards per carry on 13 attempts for 73 yards.

Bobby Wade was the go-to receiver as he led the preseason with 9 catches for 140 yards (15.6 avg.) with a long of 35 yards.  He also passed for one of only two touchdown passes during the preseason, a 6-yard toss to tight end Visanthe Shiancoe.

Statistically, nobody at quarterback really stood out, but starter Tarvaris Jackson put up a conservative 70.6 quarterback passer rating as he finished completing 20-of-38 passes (52.6%) for 225 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions.

Defensively, linebacker Heath Farwell was extremely active whenever he played as he led the team in tackles with 24, including one sack.

Rookie defensive end Brian Robison had a team-high 3 sacks, including forcing a fumble on 2 of those.  He also recovered a fumble for a touchdown.

Overall, the team’s defense was dominant at times forcing 14 turnovers – 6 fumble recoveries and 8 interceptions in just four games.  They also scored just as many touchdowns (4) as the offense – 3 on interceptions and one on fumble recovery.

Placekicker Ryan Longwell conveted 9 of 11 field-goal attempts, including 3 from 40-49 yards, but a miss from 30-39 was among the two blemishes.

Punter Chris Kluwe had a 43.5-yard gross average but the cover teams were horrible.

Six different players combined for a kickoff return average of 23.1 yards per return.

Ex-Vikings among early announced cuts

WR Bethel Johnson was released by the Houston Texans.  Johnson spent the last 11 games of last season with the Vikings, catching 9 passes for 156 yards and averaging 23.4 on 45 kickoff returns.

RB Arkee Whitlock was among seven players waived by the San Francisco 49ers on Friday.  Whitlock signed with the Vikings as an undrafted rookie free agent this spring.  He participated in the team’s OTAs, mini-camps and the first week or so of training camp in Mankato, but was then released to give him an opportunity elsewhere.  Whitlock got a good look with the 49ers and played in all four of their preseason games.

CB Dustin Fox was reportedly among those cut by the Philadelphia Eagles.  Fox was a third-round draft pick by the Vikings in 2005.  He spent his entire rookie season with Minnesota on injured reserve with a broken forearm and then did not make it with the team coming out of training camp last year.

Another notable cut by the Eagles was DT Ian Scott, who the Vikings expressed modest interest in during the veteran free agent signing period during the offseason.  Scott made lots of visits and was even rumored to be re-signing with the Bears, only to land with Philly.  But a knee injury kept him from putting his best foot forward throughout training camp and he is reportedly among the official list of those released by the Eagles.

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>Fraizier not worried about pass rush
>Veterans told they won’t make roster
>Vikings working hard to avoid blackout

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