VU Daily Blog: 6/7/10

Adrian Peterson arrives, Ben Leber sets a course for his future, Daunte Culpepper finds a reunion and more. See all the Vikings news and speculation as it progressed through the VU Daily Blog.

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Monday, June 07, 2010 at 4:17:00 PM

Peterson arrives, using new drill

The Vikings were expected to scale back their organized team activities this week before the arrival of the mandatory three-day minicamp, starting Friday, but Adrian Peterson arrived Monday to start his work at Winter Park this offseason.

Peterson was carrying a 14-pound, sand-filled purple football and so were the rest of the running backs, apparently in an attempt to improve their strength with the football. NFL Network has video of the running backs carrying the new ball.

Peterson lost six fumbles during the 2010 season, the most in the league among running backs.

Peterson also gave his update on the Brett Favre situation.

"He's back at Mississippi, at his ranch relaxing, enjoying his family," Peterson told NFL Network. "We have a lot of tools coming back, especially offensively. Favre is up in the air. Hopefully he'll come back and give us two or three more years."


Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Monday, June 07, 2010 at 1:39:00 PM

Culpepper begins UFL career

Former Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper is now part of the United Football League, and he's reuniting with former Vikings coach Dennis Green. The Sacramento Mountain Lions announced the signing and Culpepper, who will be introduced at a press conference Wednesday and start his UFL career with a minicamp camp beginning Thursday.

Green, in his second year with the Mountain Lions, selected Culpepper 11th overall in the 1999 NFL Draft. After a playing sparingly in his rookie season, Culpepper became a three-time Pro Bowl player, highlighted by a 2004 season in which he threw for 4,717 yards, 39 touchdowns and 11 interceptions and added 406 yards rushing. However, a knee injury in 2005 and a difference in opinion about his rehabilitation with new Vikings coach Brad Childress expedited Culpepper's exit from Minnesota in 2006. After spending time with Oakland, Miami and Detroit, he wasn't able to catch on with an NFL team this offseason.

"My goal for this year was to get on the field and play football," Culpepper said in a statement. "When the opportunity came for me to sign with the UFL and play for coach Green in Sacramento I could not resist. I am impressed with his approach to the game and to his players.

"I am also excited to be reunited with my college coach Mike Kruczek as the offensive coordinator. I am expecting to have a lot of fun running a wide-open offense and being a part of the United Football League. California, here I come!"

Not surprisingly, Green was excited about reuniting with Culpepper, too.

"Bringing a player of Daunte's caliber to the Mountain Lions is a major step forward, not only for the team but also for the UFL," Green said. "He is a player who will excite the fans here and will be an integral part of the team we are building that we hope can bring a championship to Sacramento. On a personal note, I am delighted to be reunited with Daunte."

Culpepper threw for 24,153 yards and 149 touchdowns during his NFL career.


Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Monday, June 07, 2010 at 10:55:00 AM

Leber honing post-playing-day skills

Vikings linebacker Ben Leber could be a player to watch, even after his playing days are done.

Leber is one of 25 current and former NFL players that will participate in the annual NFL Broadcast Boot Camp June 21-24 at NFL Films in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey.

The four-day program features instructors from NFL broadcast partners from CBS, ESPN, FOX, NBC, NFL Network, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, Westwood One Radio, and local radio and TV. The player will get instruction in tape study, editing, show preparation, radio production, control room operation, studio preparation, production meetings, field reporting and game preparation.

Of the 65 players who took part in the Broadcast Boot Camp from 2007-2009, 28 have already earned broadcasting jobs as a result of their participation in the program.

"We continue to look for ways to help players develop skills to enhance their NFL and post-NFL careers," said Adolpho Birch, the league's vice president of Labor Policy and Player Development, in a statement.


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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Monday, June 07, 2010 at 7:59:00 AM

Watch out, Jared Allen

Jared Allen trimmed his mullet for love. Allen got married nine days ago and cut his mullet for the wedding, but he tweeted that it's just temporary.

While Allen is in the process of growing back the long locks, he might want to avoid Lito Sheppard, the cornerback who was signed by the Vikings as a free agent this offseason. In an interview Bob Sansevere-style, Sheppard revealed his worst moment as a kid, and it's something Allen and his hair club for mullets needs to know.

"Worst thing I did as a kid? I cut off one of my sister's ponytails. I got a bad whipping for that. I was in elementary school. I thought I could play barber," Sheppard told Sansevere, the Pioneer Press columnist.

Sheppard would likely get a bigger whipping from Allen, a student of the mixed martial arts, if he messed with the mullet, but here's guessing Sheppard has matured and knows not to mess with a mullet … or a superstar teammate.


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