VU Daily Blog: 5/13/10-5/14/10

Stories continue to trickle out about the Vikings, from Visanthe Shiancoe to Joe Webb to Anthony Herrera. See all the Vikings news and speculation as it progressed through the VU Daily Blog.

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Friday, May 14, 2010 at 2:03:00 PM

Shiancoe the entertainer

We can only imagine how much fun this interview must have been. Yahoo's Michael Silver writes with an interesting, edgy style and Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe talks with an even more interesting edge.

Shiancoe, who provides some of the funniest quotes during interviews, will also call himself out for clichés right after uttering them. It makes him one of the best and most entertaining interviews in the Vikings locker room.

While a story posted on Yahoo today covered a lot of previous ground on Shiancoe, like his devotion to workouts and his obsession with his diet, it was no surprise to find at least one or two fresh quotes from the guy that was caught with his towel on, but a little too open, on national television during a post-game moment that quickly gained plenty of Internet attention.

"Even now, girls will Google me or look me up on Yahoo! [search], and they'll come back like, ‘Oooh, I've seen this, I've seen that.' Or I can tell they looked it up, but they won't say anything till much later. All I can do is shake my head and [be thankful] I didn't just come out of the cold tub. Because it'll live forever. I already know that," Shiancoe said.

But there is one thing the sports and interview entertainer won't consider. He said that moment caught on camera garnered the interest of at least one adult-film producer.

"I don't entertain those type of propositions," Shiancoe told Silver. "That's all I'll say about that."


Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Friday, May 14, 2010 at 12:07:00 PM

Webb gets a shot at quarterback

Vikings sixth-round draft choice Joe Webb told the Birmingham News that he got a chance to play some quarterback during the Vikings' rookie camp.

"The coaches liked me (at receiver), liked what I did out there and the athleticism I showed," Webb said. "They also put me at quarterback and had me throw the ball. They liked the way I threw the ball and now they want me to play quarterback. Right now, it looks like when I go back, I'll get a shot at quarterback."

The Vikings start their organized team activities (OTAs) on Tuesday, with some media access on Wednesday, so we will see if Webb at quarterback remains intact at that point.

"They told me I was something like a lottery pick because I can do a lot of things," Webb said. "I play quarterback, receiver, spe­cial teams. I think that's a big plus on my side and I'm just looking at opportunities to get better."

Webb started the transition from quarterback at Alabama-Birmingham to receiver in the NFL when he worked out at Senior Bowl practices in Mobile at wide receiver and caught the Vikings' scouting eyes. For now, he's listed on the roster as a wide receiver.

The Vikings will have three other quarterbacks at their OTAs – Tarvaris Jackson, Sage Rosenfels and undrafted rookie R.J. Archer. Brett Favre still hasn't announced whether he will play in 2010 or not.


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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Friday, May 14, 2010 at 11:13:00 AM

Draft stats confirm Minnesota not a HS football hotbed

Linebacker Nate Triplett figured the Vikings got some extra predraft scouting looks at him because he played for the Minnesota Gophers. That might be true. The Vikings selected him in the fifth round, making him the second of only two players in the 2010 NFL Draft to play high school football in Minnesota.

The other player was fellow Gopher Eric Decker, a wide receiver who played at Rocori (Cold Spring) and was drafted by the Broncos in the third round. Triplett went to Delano High School, about 25 minutes west of Minneapolis.

Having only two players from Minnesota high schools drafted put the state near the bottom of the state rankings in this year's draft, joined by Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Kentucky, Michigan and Montana. Still, Minnesota did better than many of its neighboring states. Iowa and Wisconsin had only one player drafted and so did six other states. South Dakota and North Dakota were shut out this year, according to statistics provided by USA Football.

Florida was the top state in the draft, having 34 players from its high schools drafted, followed by Texas (26), California (25) and then Georgia (15). Ten states had 10 or more of their high school players drafted. Hawaii, which had three players drafted, had the highest number of draft picks per capita – one NFL player for every 403,846 people.


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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Friday, May 14, 2010 at 8:24:00 AM

Vikings don't get guard

With much of the desirable free-agent crop picked over, leaving mostly aging veterans used to a high salary and limited time left in the league, the Vikings are scanning the waiver wire every day in an attempt to find upgrades at the depths of their roster.

Last week, it was wide receiver Marko Mitchell that they were interested in when he was waived by the Washington Redskins. In addition to the Vikings, the Detroit Lions also put in a waiver claim on him and were awarded Mitchell.

This week, the Vikings tried to claim guard Stanley Daniels on waivers after he was released by the Green Bay Packers, according to's Adam Caplan. The Broncos ended up getting Daniels.

Daniels was initially signed by the St. Louis Rams as an undrafted rookie in 2007 out of the University of Washington and also spent time with the New York Jets last year.

The Vikings could run into this situation often this year, where they put in waiver claims on players and lose out to teams who had worse records, thereby putting them higher on the waivers pecking order. It's one of the drawbacks of a successful previous season.


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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 8:57:00 AM

Loss still sticking with Herrera

A few Vikings aren't sure they will ever go back and watch a replay of the NFC Championship game, a game they lost in overtime … and a game that still bothers guard Anthony Herrera.

"I think that's exactly what it is — that disappointment," Herrera told the Naples News. "Us knowing last year we were the best team in the NFL. If anyone says different, they're lying. So it's a really huge motivation for us.

"We have a chance to go back out there and do the same thing. The whole team is coming back pretty much. Hopefully, Brett is going to come back for us."

Brett, of course, is quarterback Brett Favre, whose playing status for 2010 might not be determined for a few months as he mulls retirement once again. Herrera – who was playing in the Gridiron Golf Classic at Kensington Golf and Country Club in Naples as a fundraiser for his high school, Barron Collier – said it doesn't matter if Favre returns or not. Either way, he feels the Vikings should be considered contenders once again.

"We're going to go ahead and take care of our business," Herrera said. "Everybody's fully motivated after that loss in overtime."


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