VU Daily Blog: 4/6/10

More Brett Favre talk than there should be in April, a possible replacement if needed, a late-round QB to watch, another visit reported and more. Take a spin around through all kinds of Vikings news and analysis with VikingUpdate.com's blog.

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Posted by: Kevin Brown
on Tuesday, April 06, 2010 at 9:18:00 PM

Hasselbeck the fallback option at QB?

The assumption, of course, is that Brett Favre will indeed be back with the Vikings next season. Brad Childress & Co. simply seem too calm and relaxed about the situation to think otherwise.

However, with Donovan McNabb working on a long-term contract extension with his new team, the Washington Redskins, perhaps the lone fallback option for the Vikings should Favre leave them at the alter at the last minute is Seattle's Matt Hasselbeck.

Charley Walters of the Pioneer Press suggests as much. The Seahawks would indeed seem to be in a rebuilding mode. Hasselbeck turns 35 (young by Favre standards) in September. And the Seahawks traded for Charlie Whitehurst, who's been a backup with the Chargers.

Because Hasselbeck is well-versed in the West Coast offense from his days under Mike Holmgren in both Green Bay and Seattle, he could likely become acclimated to the Vikings system rather quickly if it came to that.

Strictly a fallback option, but Favre has been anything but predictable.


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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Tuesday, April 06, 2010 at 3:45:00 PM

Mid- to late-round QB to watch

Viking Update's John Holler got his annual positional analysis started today for the NFL draft. In those reports, he takes the top players (in his estimation) at each position and scours the statistics, accomplishments, scouting reports, all-star performances and more and breaks it down for the readers.

After talking to John Skelton at the NFL Scouting Combine, the Fordham quarterback is one of the most intriguing late-round prospects in this year's draft, in my opinion. Skelton just barely made Holler's list, but below is an example of just one of the 10 players Holler featured in today's tome for subscribers. Put together 10 of those reports for the quarterbacks alone and that's a lot of information and insight for draft fans.

John Skelton, Fordham, 6-5½, 243 — Fourth-year senior…Became a starter midway through his freshman season and started 41 of the 43 games in which he played…Completed 802 of 1,363 passes for 9,923 yards with 69 touchdowns and 36 interceptions, adding 1,216 rushing yards and 14 more TDs…Played through much of the 2008 season with a torn posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee…Had a monster 2009 season, throwing for more than 300 yards in eight of 11 games and topping 400 yards four times…Fordham's all-time career leader in completions, yards and TDs…Has prototypical size and rarely gets passes knocked down…Has a strong arm and, when he strides into deep passes, has good accuracy…Will find open receivers and throw passes in traffic that only his guy can catch…Is gone on slants and timing routes and typically makes the hot read correctly…Is a legitimate tough guy who will play through significant pain…Another quarterback who played almost entirely in a spread offense and will need major adjustments…Very streaky – can look great one game and like a lost in the next…Played the last two seasons with a restrictive knee brace that limited his rushing ability…Will take too many chances trying to force passes when he feels a sack coming and will lose accuracy when throwing on the move or under duress…Has had problems maintaining his weight and has played as much as 20 pounds heavier than he showed up at the Combine…Ran a 4.86 40 at the Combine with a 33½-inch vertical jump and a 9-0 broad jump. <b>PROJECTION: </b>Has the size intangibles and arm strength that will get someone's attention, but he didn't cap off his college career with the kind of consistency that was expected going in. A team will have to be patient with him, but the team that risks a pick in the fifth, sixth or seventh round may find themselves pleasantly surprised in a year or two.

For that same sort of in-depth analysis on Holler's nine other featured quarterbacks, subscribers can click here.


Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Tuesday, April 06, 2010 at 2:36:00 PM

Brett Lorenzo Favre, grandfather of Parker Brett

Vikings quarterback Brett Favre confirmed that he is grandfather on his web site Tuesday.

"Deanna and I are very proud to welcome our grandchild Parker Brett to the Favre family," he wrote on officialbrettfavre.com. "Parker Brett was born on Friday, April 2, weighing 7 lbs. 7 oz and we're pleased to say that both Mom, Dad and Parker Brett are healthy and doing great. -- Brett and Deanna"

Brett and Deanna's 21-year-old daughter, Brittany, is the mother.

Larry Fitzgerald Sr., the father of Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald Jr., first talked about the impending birth in a March 30 article for the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder.

In the over-analyzed world that is Favre, let the speculation fly on how this affects his potential return to the Vikings. Discuss.


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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Tuesday, April 06, 2010 at 9:07:00 AM

A Favre hint?

Brett Favre watched his old college, Southern Miss, practice on Monday and talked with some of the players and coaches.

For Minnesota Vikings fans, the biggest question is whether or not he dropped a hint about his potential return to the Vikings?

"He said ‘I might be out here watching you in the fall, but there are no early commitments to that, though,'" quarterback Martevious Young told the Hattiesburg American.

That would contradict what most people in the NFL expect, which is Favre returning to the Vikings after he led them to the NFC Championship in his first season in purple.

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Posted by: Kevin Brown
on Tuesday, April 06, 2010 at 8:23:00 AM

Favre spotted at Southern Miss football practice

There's been a Brett Favre sighting.  Not in Minnesota, but according to the Victoria Advocate, Favre dropped by practice on Monday to watch his alma mater, Southern Mississippi.

USM football coach Larry Fedora says Favre spoke to the team for about 10 minutes following the practice.

"It was just a great day (that brought him out)," Fedora said. "He watched a little practice and we were very lucky to have him out. He visited with the team after practice and it was pretty special."

"He was just talking about what it was like to play here and what it meant to play here, on that practice field and in that stadium. You could've heard a pin drop out there. Everyone was glued in and listening to what he had to say. You don't get many opportunities like that to get to listen to the greatest quarterback that ever played the game. He said a lot of things that were on his heart. It was good."

Fedora said Favre didn't discuss his plans.


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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Tuesday, April 06, 2010 at 8:11:00 AM

Duke (Calhoun) goes on the road

The day after Duke won the NCAA men's basketball national championship, Duke Calhoun will go on the road. Who is Duke Calhoun?

Calhoun is a wide receiver from Memphis who will be visiting with the Vikings today and tomorrow as part of their "top-30" predraft visits, according to NorthwestFootbal.com (the Seahawks site on Scout.com).

Calhoun is the Tigers' career receiving leader with 212 catches for 2,981 yards and 19 touchdowns over four seasons, but he is most likely going to be an undrafted free agent or a late-round pick. He started 26 of his 49 career games for the Tigers, catching at least one pass in each game, and posting 10 100-yard receiving games, both school records.

As a senior, the 6-foot-2, 205-pounder caught 68 passes for 923 yards, both career bests for him. He was named the team's Most Valuable Player after the season.

He wasn't invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in February.

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