VU Daily Blog: 7/9/10

The Vikings are behind the league average in one category, is the offensive line getting old, and Dennis Green's son is arrested. 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, July 09, 2010 at 2:06:00 PM

Vikings behind league average signing picks

As a general timeline, the Vikings' signing of draft picks usually doesn't pick up in earnest until after the Fourth of July. They got a bit of an early start this year, but things have cooled in the last couple of weeks.

So far, the Vikings have two (linebacker-turned-fullback Ryan D'Imperio and linebacker-staying-linebacker Nate Triplett) of their eight draft picks signed. Their 25 percent clip puts them below the league average, according to contracts filed with the NFL through Thursday.

According to the league office, 47 percent of the draft picks this year have already signed their contract. That's up from the 39 percent signed as of July 8 last year and 29 percent as of July 8, 2008.

The Vikings still have second-round picks Chris Cook and Toby Gerhart, fourth-rounder Everson Griffen, fifth-rounder Chris DeGeare, sixth-rounder Joe Webb and seventh-rounder Mickey Shuler left to sign. Without a first-round pick to sign, there shouldn't be great cause for concern, but the team is three weeks away from its first training camp practice.

Around the rest of the NFC North, Chicago has all five of its picks signed (the Bears didn't have a pick in the first or second round), Detroit has four of its six picks signed, and Green Bay has three of its seven picks under contract.

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Friday, July 09, 2010 at 12:43:00 PM

Age a factor on offensive line?

The offensive line should be on the radar of Vikings fans, according to ESPN's John Clayton.

"Has the line peaked? It's possible," Clayton surmised. "The situation isn't like the 2007 Bears, 2008 Redskins and 2009 Cowboys – all teams that let their lines reach an average age of 31 with five starters in their 30s, but things bear watching."

Age really isn't much of an issue for the line at this point … yet. The average age of the starting offensive linemen at the beginning of last season was 27. But Steve Hutchinson, the best player on the line, is 32, and Clayton acknowledges that injuries made "every play a struggle" for Hutchinson.

"The expectation is he should bounce back, but 32 can be a tricky age for a guard. Alan Faneca had two Pro Bowl seasons with the Jets at ages 32 and 33, but his pass-blocking dropped off so quickly in the second half of seasons that the Jets released him this offseason," Clayton wrote.

Bryant McKinnie and Anthony Herrera are 30, and Clayton reviewed McKinnie's mishandling of his first Pro Bowl selection. But he also pointed out that McKinnie gave up nine sacks last year.

Center John Sullivan, who is 24, and right tackle Phil Loadholt, who is 24, were both starters for the first time in their young NFL careers (Sullivan was a rookie in 2008 and Loadholt in 2009).

"There were times last season that running back Adrian Peterson didn't seem to have the holes of the previous few seasons. The Vikings went to the NFC title game and were a play or two from going to the Super Bowl, but the pounding Favre took in the NFC Championship Game against the Saints may take away some of the aura of invincibility for a line considered to be one of the best in football," Clayton wrote.

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Friday, July 09, 2010 at 7:45:00 AM

Report: Jeremy Green arrested

The son of former Vikings coach Dennis Green, Jeremy Green, was arrested Thursday and charged with child pornography, possession of narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the Hartford Courant.

Green, 38, is an NFL analyst for ESPN. He was arrested at a Bristol, Conn.-area hotel at 5 p.m. Thursday and charged with first-degree possession of child pornography and the drug charges. Bail was set at $750,000.

Prior to working for ESPN, Green was in the Cleveland Browns' personnel department.

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