VikingBuzz BLOG: 9/5

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Rice ready to shine

Rookie wide receiver Sidney Rice just turned 21 last Saturday, making him the youngest player on the Vikings roster.  Despite his youth, Rice has a lot of upside potential.

“He's a tough nut, and he's just going to get better and better,” coach Brad Childress said in this AP story.  “When he grows up, he has a chance to be a good player.”

Here’s his official Vikings profile, along with a YouTube highlight reel from his college days at South Carolina.

Blitzes

Childress acknowledged in his media briefing today that his conversation with Patriots coach Bill Belichick “should have stayed between Bill and myself.”  His candor on that was very Tice-like and probably not typical for Childress.

Childress and others in the organization were downplaying any interest in former Jaguars safety and special teams ace Nick Sorenson today.

The Vikings won’t officially declare starters at right tackle and right guard entering this week’s game, but we expect Ryan Cook and Artis Hicks to earn the nod.

The Cincinnati Bengals signed center Kyle Cook, who was recently released by the Vikings, to their practice squad.  Cook was an undrafted rookie free agent out of Michigan State.

Other stories:
 
>Wednesday briefing
>Expert advice
>Childress ready for the challenge (article and link to video)
>Vikings rally at MOA (video clip)
>Season preview, part 1
>Season preview, part 2
>Viking predictions
>McCauley article
>Wade says he’s a go for Vikings opener
>Jaworski thinks Jackson has potential
>Vikings practice squad
>2007 team introduction
>Menefee not too high on Vikings
>Vikings 3-point favorites against Falcons
>More questions than answers for Vikings
>Vikings may require help to prevent blackout
>Young quarterbacks shoulder the load
>Inside the NFC North
>32 teams, 32 questions
>Preview:  Falcons at Vikings

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