VU Daily Blog: 7/26/10

The Vikings started making progress again with their signings, Adrian Peterson has big career goals in mind, and a look at the roster. 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, July 26, 2010 at 7:47:00 PM

Vikings sign seventh-round TE Shuler

It's been a few weeks since the Vikings have signed any of their draft picks, but that changed on Monday when the team signed seventh-round tight end Mickey Shuler to a pretty standard deal.

According to the National Football Post, Shuler signed a four-year deal worth about $1.85 million, including a signing bonus of $63,000. He will receive the standard minimum base salaries of $320,000 in 2010, $405,000 in 2011, $490,000 in 2012 and $575,000 in the final year, when escalators can boost the maximum value, another standard procedure for low-round picks.

Shuler will have a chance to compete for a roster spot with Jeff Dugan and Garrett Mills. Visanthe Shiancoe and Jim Kleinsasser should lock down the top two spots.

The Vikings have also signed seventh-round FB Ryan D'Imperio and fifth-round linebacker Nate Triplett, leaving five draft picks still unsigned. The Vikings start training camp on Friday.


Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Monday, July 26, 2010 at 12:28:00 PM

Peterson thinking about all-time record

When it comes to rushing numbers, Adrian Peterson has talked repeatedly about reaching 2,000 yards in a single season. Last week, after conducting a camp for at-risk kids, Peterson told The Oklahoman he also thinks about Emmitt Smith's all-time career rushing record – 18,355 yards.

However, that number is a long ways off for Peterson. He currently has 4,484 yards in three NFL seasons, giving him an average of 1,494 yards per season. He needs 13,871 more yards to reach Smith's record. He would need to eclipse his current seasonal average and start averaging 1,542 yards per season over the next nine years to break Smith's record.

According to the story in The Oklahoman, there have been 78 1,500-yard rushing seasons produced by 46 tailbacks in NFL history. No one has done it more than five times.

Barry Sanders did it five times, and Walter Payton, Edgerrin James and Eric Dickerson accomplished it four times each.

"I'm not going to sit here and tell you the record can't be approached or even broken. But I'll tell you this: It's going to take an awful lot to get there," Smith said during a conference call to promote his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in about two weeks.

"All Day" would have to turn into "All Decade" over the next 10 years to approach Smith's impressive mark.


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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Monday, July 26, 2010 at 7:34:00 AM

One decision needed

The Vikings roster currently stands at 81. That number includes the unsigned draft picks.

The Vikings enter the week with only two of their eight draft picks under contract, but as those picks begin to sign and the true roster number reflects the actual number under contract the team will have a decision to make.

NFL rules limit the roster to 80 players at the beginning of training camp, meaning they will have to make a decision on one player. That might not end up being a release. They could opt to place a player on injured reserve or, more likely, the physically-unable-to-perform list. Going on the PUP list in training camp doesn't require at least six weeks out of commission, like it does during the regular season. That means a player like Cedric Griffin (torn ACL in the NFC Championship Game) could start camp on the sidelines and trainer's room.

But, as head coach Brad Childress said in an interview on KFAN when asked about injuries, we will have to wait to find out who is in and who is out when camp opens on Friday. Childress isn't required to address injury questions during the offseason and he is often hesitant to do so.


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