VikingBuzz BLOG: 9/4

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Are the Vikings set at wide receiver?

That’s the question, and according to four-out-of-five new receivers surveyed, the answer is ‘yes.’

The team’s top five receivers statistically last season were Travis Taylor (57-651-3), Troy Williamson (37-455-0), Marcus Robinson (29-381-4), Billy McMullen (23-307-2) and Bethel Johnson (9-156-0).

Interestingly, of the four no longer with the Vikings, only Travis Taylor is even on another NFL roster right now.  Taylor is the No. 3 receiver with the Oakland Raiders.

Robinson signed with Detroit during the offseason but got hurt and was put on IR, or effectively released.  McMullen has yet to find a new home after being waived by the Vikings.  Johnson was signed and released by both Philadelphia and Houston.  So 3-of-4 players are effectively out of the league now.

Only Williamson remains from the group on this year’s Vikings roster.  The newcomers are Bobby Wade, Sidney Rice, Robert Ferguson and Aundrae Allison.

Obviously, the Vikings feel they’ve upgraded themselves at this position.  There have been signs of progress throughout training camp and the preseason.  Will that continue now that games start to count?

The answer to that begins this Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.

Two more ex-Vikings land practice squad spots elsewhere

Two receivers the Vikings had in training camp have found new homes on the practice squad with other teams.

Jason Carter has signed on with the Carolina Panthers, while rookie Chandler Williams is now with the Miami Dolphins.

Carter is a pretty solid all-around receiver who does everything well, but he just doesn’t stand out in any one area and lacks that magical suddenness that could strike fear into opponents.  But he did everything the Vikings ever asked him to do, so you have to be happy that he’ll get another opportunity.

Ahead of Carter on the depth chart with the Panthers are Steve Smith, Keary Colbert, Drew Carter, Dwayne Jarrett and Ryne Robinson.  Carolina also signed Chiefs castoff Chris Hannon.

Williams has more quicks and speed than Carter, but he’s still very raw, lacks top size and needs to refine his pass routes, understanding of an offense and become more consistent.  He’s worth developing, however.

In Miami, he has Marty Booker, Chris Chambers, Ted Ginn, Derek Hagan and Greg Camarillo ahead of him on the depth chart.

Interestingly, the Vikings apparently did not express an interest in re-signing either receiver to their practice squad, but instead opted for Joel Filani, who was drafted by and in training camp with the Tennessee Titans this summer.

Like Carter, Filani isn’t going to run away from NFL defenders, but he has better height and might have some potential on kick coverage.

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>Evans focusing on football career
>Vikings continue tweaking roster
>Vikings’ hopes rest with a raw quarterback
>Why should Childress curtsey to Belichick?
>Belichick downplays waiver chat
>Bad blood brewing between Bill and Brad?
>Falcons sign Pinner
>Carter signed to Panthers practice squad
>Vikings 6-1 odds to win NFC North

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