VU Daily Blog: Weekend Edition

The Vikings' rookie minicamp concluded this weekend, so there were plenty of updates surrounding those players under contract and those searching for a contract. See all the Vikings news and speculation as it progressed through the VU Daily Blog.

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Sunday, May 02, 2010 at 2:18:00 PM

Vikings stadium legislation coming Monday

The Vikings stadium legislation will be introduced by a bipartisan group of lawmakers at a 9 a.m. Monday morning press conference at the State Capitol.

Sen. Tom Bakk (DFL-Cook), State Rep. Loren Solberg (DFL-Grand Rapids), State Sen. Julie Rosen (R-Fairmont), State Rep. Morrie Lanning (R-Moorhead) and other lawmakers will be on hand.

There are other hurdles for the Vikings to get over for a new stadium, but this is the first step.

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Posted by: Kevin Brown
on Saturday, May 01, 2010 at 8:52:00 PM

Blitz Package

Former Vikings QB Brad Johnson, an eighth-round draft pick back in 1992, will be inducted into the WNC Sports Hall of Fame during the WNC Sports Awards Banquet at Grove Park Inn tonight in North Carolina.

Is the latest saga with QB Brett Favre and his need for ankle surgery just another case of him working the system to his own benefit?

Rookie CB Chris Cook has all the physical traits, but how much will he contribute as a rookie?

Rookie DE Everson Griffin is trying to put his college days behind him and solely focus on his NFL career.

Without question, undrafted rookie QB Ryan Perilloux is far and away one of the most intriguing tryout players ever to attend a Vikings minicamp.  Perilloux appears to be making the most of his invitation to minicamp by all accounts.

Both on and off the field, rookie RB Toby Gerhart has a lot going for him.

Sid Hartman makes his case for the benefits to the entire community of a new stadium for the Vikings.

Former Vikings S Darren Sharper is apparently close to picking a team to play for in 2010.

Who wouldn't be willing to pay an extra $7 a year for the Vikings to get a new stadium?

Here's a few brief snippets of some of the newest rookies at this weekend's minicamp from Vikings.com.


Posted by: Kevin Brown
on Saturday, May 01, 2010 at 8:00:00 PM

Gerhart reunited with Bienemy

Rookie RB Toby Gerhart is reunited with the guy who tried to recruit him to play his college football at UCLA in Vikings running backs coach Eric Bienemy.  But Bienemy left the Bruins to join the staff of Brad Childress just days before Gerhart made his decision to instead go to Stanford.

Here's a clip from the local FOX affiliate from this week's minicamp:


Posted by: Kevin Brown
on Saturday, May 01, 2010 at 4:32:00 PM

Sherels getting a look

Rochester native and former Minnesota Gophers CB Marcus Sherels is among those trying out with the Vikings this weekend.  KTTC.com provides an up-close video report on his story.

Sherels (5-9, 175, 4.39) is on the small side, but he certainly looks like he at least belongs in a training camp at the pro level.


Posted by: Kevin Brown
on Saturday, May 01, 2010 at 4:15:00 PM

Ex-Viking Bennett tries out with Raiders

RB Michael Bennett, who most recently played for the Chargers, is trying out with the Oakland Raiders this weekend.

Michael Bush and Darren McFadden are the only holdovers at the running back position from last season on the team.

Bennett was the Vikings first-round draft pick in 2001.  His best pro season came with Minnesota in 2002, when he rushed for 1,296 yards on 255 carries (5.1 avg.) with 5 touchdowns and caught 37 passes for 351 yards (9.5 avg.) and one TD.


Posted by: Kevin Brown
on Saturday, May 01, 2010 at 1:28:00 PM

Minnesota State-Mankato players getting a look

Three former Minnesota State (Mankato) players are among those trying out with the Vikings this weekend, according to a Mankato Free Press report.

CB Kelvin Rodgers (6-0, 180, 4.41) – Has another tryout scheduled with the Baltimore Ravens next week if he isn't signed by Minnesota.  Rodgers averaged 11.7 yards with one touchdown on punt returns and 23.8 yards with one touchdown on kickoff returns last year.  He had 4 touchdowns on kick returns and 3 on punt returns in his career.  Rodgers also had 3 interceptions, returning one for a touchdown, and a fumble recovery on which he scored while playing cornerback.  "Coming from a Division II school, I'm already at the back of the pack," Rodgers said.  "Most of the (defensive backs) came from Division I programs so I have to do whatever I can do to be seen.  If a ball comes my way, I have to make a play.  I need to show them my speed and versatility.  I have to show knowledge so I know what I'm doing.  I have to play physical.  I have to do whatever they tell me."

DT Randy Earl (6-3 1/4, 285, 4.88) – He played DE his first three seasons in college, but moved inside as a senior.  He's getting a look as an ‘under' tackle and backup anchor end.  "It was high tempo, everything I expected," Earl said.  "Everybody is fast. Everybody is talented.  I just want an opportunity," he said.  "I need to show them as much as I can."

OT Adrian Battles (6-3, 308, 4.98) – Started 43-of-46 games at left tackle for the Mavericks the past four years.  He helped Minnesota State average 397.5 yards of offense, with 216.8 yards rushing per game, and 3 8.2 points per game.  "I loved it," Battles said.  "Everybody was upbeat, and there was a lot of positive energy.  It was good to be back playing football again.  I want to show them that I'm willing to learn.  I need to get better each day, and I need to show them that I can take things from the classroom and execute them on the field."


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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Saturday, May 01, 2010 at 7:35:00 AM

Vikings having last-chance workouts

The NBC show "The Biggest Loser" has a last-chance workout for its overweight contestants to try to lose weight before the elimination weigh-in.

The Vikings' rookie minicamp going on this weekend could be a last-chance workout for many of the players trying to find a job in football. The Vikings have eight draft picks that will sign contracts over the summer, 11 undrafted rookies who have already signed contracts and a total of 55 players taking part in this weekend's activities at Winter Park.

That leaves 36 players using this weekend to try to earn a precious few contracts.

"There is elevated intensity since – who knows? – it may be their one and only swing for some guys," Vikings coach Brad Childress said. "We just ask them to put themselves in the best possible position in terms of how they came to us, conditioning-wise, and then trying to flash something for us. What we don't want is we don't want someone to get run into and get hurt, but it's football. There are going to be some collisions which we are not wild about. I would say you see that heightened since of urgency."

The Vikings opened their three-day camp with a Friday afternoon practice, have two more on Saturday and will finish it up on Sunday.

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