The Vikings enter training camp with no big question marks surrounding their starters, showing progress in their roster from just one year ago.
With just two weeks remaining until training camp, the Vikings have very little in the way of competition for starting spots. Unlike last year, where Tarvaris Jackson
was making his first stint as the Vikings' starting quarterback, Adrian Peterson
was challenging Chester Taylor
for his starting job, Sidney Rice
was pushing Troy Williamson
for his spot and a dearth of veteran safeties were competing to start opposite Darren Sharper
, we see none of that this time around heading into camp.
At quarteback, Jackson is the unquestioned starter (barring a Favre sighting). Peterson has become one of the more electrifying players in the league. Bernard Berrian
has replaced Williamson. Jared Allen
has revamped the defensive line and Madieu Williams
has changed how the safety position will be played this year.
It could be argued that there really isn't a starting job up for grabs this year. None of the Vikings rookies are being asked to make an immediate impact and the only place where one could argue a starting spot could be lost is on the right side of the offense line.
As many teams enter training camp with questions marks surrounding many of their players, the Vikings come into camp looking to fill roster spots and special teams positions, not every-game starters. If that proves anything, it's that the team will enter the 2008 season ready to roll with everyone on the same page knowing their own role on the team.
Former Viking Brian Williams, who had a much-publicized trial for a DUI arrest in 2006, was found not guilty by a jury Thursday, which will likely prevent him from being suspended.
While one Jacksonville player is out of hot water, another is in it as former first-round wide receiver Matt Jones was arrested Thursday and charged with felony cocaine possession.
As if he hasn't had enough problems with the law and paternity, former Broncos running back Travis Henry has reportedly failed another drug test. Henry, who fought and won a failed test on a technicality last year, is reported to have tested positive for marijuana and will almost surely face a one-year suspension.