VU Daily Blog: 6/17/10

A rookie sets his sights on Brett Favre, the Adrian Peterson project is explained further, and the Vikings have a roster first for 2010. See all the Vikings news and speculation as it progresses through the VU Daily Blog.

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Thursday, June 17, 2010 at 2:06:00 PM

Suh wants to sack a boy named Brett

Ndamukong Suh hasn't started his career yet and Brett Favre apparently doesn't know if he's going to continue his for a 20th season. But those two factors didn't keep Suh, Detroit's defensive tackle selected second overall in April's draft, from setting his sights on sacking Favre.

"The quarterback that I would most like to sack, not to hurt him by any means, but it would mean quite a bit to sack a future Hall of Famer in Brett Favre," Suh told Isaac and Big Suke on KFXX in Portland, according to Sports Radio Interviews. "… Yeah I would definitely like to sack Favre. That would be a nice notch on my belt, the quarterbacks that I have sacked."

At least he didn't tweet that "X marks the spot" on Favre's surgically repaired ankle.


Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Thursday, June 17, 2010 at 1:23:00 PM

A few Vikings-NFL notes

A few miscellaneous Thursday notes surrounding the Vikings:

* KSTP-TV, the Twin Cities ABC affiliate, announced Wednesday that it will simulcast the two Monday night games the Vikings will be playing. The games will air on ESPN, which, like ABC, is owned by the Disney Corporation. The games in question are the Oct. 11 games vs. the Jets and the Dec. 20 game vs. Chicago.

* Vikings linebacker Ben Leber will be the featured speaker at tonight's sponsors dinner at the 19th Annual Bob Nessler Memorial Golf Tournament in St. Charles, Minn. Tickets cost $50 and seats are still available.

* The NFL is promoting the idea of expanding to an 18-week regular season. The two extra regular-season games would take the place of two of the preseason games. Given that more television revenue would result, it is likely to be a bargaining chip as owners and the players association start to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement.


Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Thursday, June 17, 2010 at 11:35:00 AM

Working with a weighted football

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was shown on NFL Network last week going through drills with a football filled with sand so it weighed 14 pounds. Head coach Brad Childress compared the drill to a baseball player putting a donut on a bat when he's on deck and then taking it off before going to the plate.

But NFL Network's Solomon Wilcots, who did the original story on the weighted ball, had a little more information on why Peterson was using the weighted football.

"Weighted balls are often used to increase muscle memory at all three pressure points — the hand that covers the point of the ball, the opposite end of the ball under the elbow, and the top of the ball against the chest — for greater ball security," Wilcots wrote for

"It's impossible to maintain possession of a heavy football if it's held out and away from the body. The goal is to train the muscles to remember all three pressure points, so that eventually it's naturally kept high and tight."

Interestingly, another NFL Network on-air talent and former NFL player, Jamie Dukes, said he thinks the weighted football could have the opposite effect. His rationale was that if a player is carrying a heavier football during practice, he might be inclined to lift a game ball away from his body because it's lighter.

Wilcots pointed out that running backs coach Eric Bieniemy is also using a drill where a ball is attached to a rope and Bieniemy yanks the rope while the player has one hand on the ground and the ball secured in the other, trying to remind the player to keep the ball close to his body while going to the ground or fighting for extra yardage. However, Bieniemy used a similar method last year and Peterson still had seven fumbles, losing six of them during the regular season. Both of those marks led the league among non-quarterbacks.

Vikings coaches said an offseason study of Peterson's fumbles revealed that many of them happened when he was fighting for extra yardage and another defender came in to strip the ball.


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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Thursday, June 17, 2010 at 9:52:00 AM

A 2010 Vikings roster first

Last year, the Vikings were about as fortunate as it comes with long-term injuries. They had their share of players battling through injuries and missing games here and there, but it wasn't until E.J. Henderson fractured his femur that the team had a player placed on injured reserve. That was on Dec. 9.

This year, the first player on injured reserve didn't even wait until training camp. Fortunately for the Vikings, it was a player – wide receiver Aaron Rhea – that likely would have struggled to make the team.

Rhea was a small-school (Stephen F. Austin) prospect with a good size-speed ratio (6-foot-1 and ran as fast as 4.38), but he wasn't at most of the Vikings' organized team activities and wasn't at any of the minicamp practices because of a reported wrist injury. He was one of six players waived on Monday, but because he was injured and no other team claimed him, he had to be placed on injured reserve.

Rhea finished his SFA career with 142 catches for 1,811 yards and 19 touchdowns. He received interest from a handful of other teams before deciding on the Vikings. During his senior year, he battled through a blood clot in his leg but still caught 59 passes for 809 yards and 10 touchdowns.


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