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Young players typically show their most improvement from their first to their second seasons. For the Vikings, they had a very good rookie crop last season, so improvement on that could be dramatic. Both their second-year wideouts – Sidney Rice and Aundrae Allison – are showing well in early workouts.

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.

Audibles:

E.J. Henderson appears to be the right man in the middle for the Vikings.

DE Jared Allen is bringing excitement , energy (and national attention) to the Vikings.

QB Tarvaris Jackson was back on the field as OTAs continued.

LB Ben Leber is a first-time father after his wife, Abby, gave birth to a baby girl.

The Vikings are NOT interested in trading for Dolphins DE Jason Taylor.

Ex-Vikings WR Kelly Campbell (who looks pretty weird wearing No. 71) is trying to catch on with the Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL.

Bernard Berrian expects the offense to exploit opposing defenses if they stack the box against the run.

Brad Childress says he wanted Erasmus James to have a chance with another team when explaining the decision to release/trade him now.

Lions schedule preview:  Adrian Peterson is a beast on offense, and then the Vikings' defense is going to be one of the best in the league.  It was good before this offseason, but add Jared Allen to the mix for 2008 and it is ridiculously good.

There were at least four teams ready to claim former Vikings DE Erasmus James on waivers.

Ex-Viking WR Troy Williamson is NOT dropping the ball in Jaguar OTAs, but he isn't flashing much, either.

The Eagles are trying to replace FB Thomas Tapeh with a former defensive lineman.

Is Napoleon Harris on shaky ground in Kansas City?

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