Rice and Allison are looking good
Both of the Vikings second-year wide receivers - Sidney Rice and Aundrae Allison - have caught the eye of veteran receiver Bernard Berrian and head coach Brad Childress, according to Don Seeholzer's recent blog entry.
Rice shows all the makings of becoming a legitimate top-flight receiver for the Vikings. He's clearly much more comfortable with the offense and, as Childress points out, his athletic ability then takes over more readily.
The same is true of Allison, who got off to a strong start in training camp a year ago, catching just about everything in sight. But then injuries sidelined him for about a week and he fell behind.
There's no reason at all that Rice could not emerge as soon as this season to become a true No. 1-type receiver in the Vikings' passing game. Some scouts have even made T.O. comparisons when talking about him (just without the ego and immaturity to manage).
Rice doesn't have true blazing speed, but he has terrific size, hands, leaping ability and athleticism. While he might not be a pure home run threat, he can get by defenders and make big plays down the field. All he needs is more repetitions and consistency.
Allison hasn't gotten much ink, but he possesses speed, quickness, eye-hand coordination and explosiveness that can't be taught. It's the nuances of the game for a receiver in the NFL that he needs to refine. He could really surprise people, however.
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