VU Daily Blog: Weekend edition

Receivers were the hot topic of the weekend, as they Vikings worked out two of them, saw one of those sign elsewhere and were reportedly close to signing another. See all the Vikings news and speculation as it progresses through the VU Daily Blog.

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Posted on Twitter at: 3:05:00 PM
Scout's Notebook: WR Javon Walker: The Vikings are reportedly on the verge of adding a familiar face to their quar... http://bit.ly/bvsbdS

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Monday, August 23, 2010 at 12:19:00 PM

Report: Vikings close to signing Javon Walker

The Vikings are "on the verge" of signing WR Javon Walker, according to ESPN. Walker was one of two receivers the Vikings worked out on Friday morning, the other being Brandon Jones, who signed with the Seattle Seahawks over the weekend.

The interest in experienced receivers makes sense for the Vikings. Sidney Rice is still on the physically-unable-to-perform (PUP) list, Percy Harvin has struggled with a death in his family and migraine headaches over the last three weeks, and the Vikings placed Jaymar Johnson on injured reserve with a broken thumb.

The pairing of Walker with QB Brett Favre could be interesting. Here is the summary of that dynamic from the ESPN story:

"Walker, however, clashed with Favre before he left the Packers as a free agent after the 2005 season. Favre torched Walker for skipping the Green Bay Packers' 2005 minicamp. Walker was seeking a new contract at the time.

"A year later, Walker asked the Packers to trade him in part because of Favre's comments. The Broncos acquired Walker from Green Bay for a second-round pick in the 2006 draft."

Walker spent four years with the Packers and had an 89-catch, 1,382-yard performance in 2004 with Favre as his quarterback. He had 1,084 yards in 2006 with the Denver Broncos, but he hasn't had more than 300 yards receiving in the last three seasons.

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Photo Gallery: Vikings-49ers: A compilation of pictures from the Vikings 15-10 loss at Candlestick Park in San Fra... http://bit.ly/beY3ac

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Notebook: The highs and lows of Peterson: Adrian Peterson only played two series, but that provided a number of op... http://bit.ly/9iwxcZ

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Favre spans the hot talkers: Vikings quarterback Brett Favre created a circus last week and was the subject of a r... http://bit.ly/cUDf95

Posted on Twitter at: 1:52:00 AM
A lot of new stories on VikingUpdate.com's front page: Favre, Harvin, Peterson, OL, the game and more. #Vikings http://bit.ly/bigEAP

Posted on Twitter at: 12:51:00 AM
Notebook: Parade of poor showings: The Vikings made the score look close, but the statistics revealed a night of s... http://bit.ly/cIjRoi

Posted on Twitter at: 12:51:00 AM
RT @bigmacvikings: Just got off the phone wit @serenawilliams & I put her on the phone with Brett F. She told him she was happy he was back.

Posted on Twitter at: 12:50:00 AM
RT @SI_PeterKing: Just talked to Brad Childress for MMQB. Asked how his relationship is with Favre. "Better than ever.'' #Vikings

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Record-seekers vs. 49ers: The Vikings didn't have much to show from their preseason effort at San Francisco, but J... http://bit.ly/aBwVmn

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Turning point: Third-down failures: For most of the game, the Vikings defense did the job on third down, but in tw... http://bit.ly/9Acsys

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Favre debut ends early in 15-10 loss: Brett Favre played only one series, a short one, and the Vikings lost to San... http://bit.ly/9brLO0

Posted on Twitter at: 10:05:00 PM
Joe Webb takes a safety by getting sacked in the end zone on the final play to make it a 15-10 #49ers win over the #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 9:59:00 PM
Joe Webb scrambles for a 48-yard touchdown to make it #49ers 13, #Vikings 10.

Posted on Twitter at: 9:22:00 PM
The 49ers take a 13-3 lead one minute into the fourth quarter on a 31-yard Nedney field goal. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 9:14:00 PM
The #Vikings still trail 10-3 at the end of the third quarter with the 49ers driving inside the red zone again.

Posted on Twitter at: 8:56:00 PM
San Francisco takes a 10-3 lead on a 28-yard Joe Nedney field goal from 28 yards out. 6:29 left in the third quarter. #Vikings

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Sunday, August 22, 2010 at 8:22:00 PM

Favre gets one series, Vikings trail at halftime

Vikings quarterback Brett Favre received only one series for the Vikings in his first preseason action, completing one pass for 13 yards, the first play of the drive, to Adrian Peterson.

That was followed by two runs by Peterson and a sack of Favre that put the Vikings in a hole. He ended up with only four plays and left the game with a 7-0 deficit.

Tarvaris Jackson entered the game and led the offense on a field goal drive in his first action, going four of five for 26 yards on his opening series. Jackson finished the first half completing 7 of 11 passes for 43 yards on three series of work.

The Vikings trail 7-3 at the half.

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Posted on Twitter at: 7:46:00 PM
More than migraines caused Harvin's collapse: Vikings trainer Eric Sugarman believes the team has a better handle ... http://bit.ly/a6T5v5

Posted on Twitter at: 7:44:00 PM
Longwell puts the first Vikings points on the board with a 40-yard FG. #49ers 7, #Vikings 3. 11:07 left in the first half.

Posted on Twitter at: 7:34:00 PM
Brett Favre gets four plays, not 10, and only series. Tarvaris Jackson is in. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 7:29:00 PM
All eyes on Brett Favre, but that was a very uneven series for Adrian Peterson too. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 7:18:00 PM
The 49ers taken a 7-0 lead with a 4-yard Anthony Dixon run to cap the opening drive. #Vikings

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Sunday, August 22, 2010 at 6:14:00 PM

Sanford getting the start

Vikings safety Jamarca Sanford is getting the start in place of Tyrell Johnson tonight in San Francisco in the team's second preseason game. Sanford and Johnson have been rotating at strong safety since the start of training camp, but the chance in the lineup wasn't announced prior to Sunday.

Sanford, the Vikings' 2010 seventh-round draft choice, started one game for Johnson in 2009, against Cincinnati on Dec. 13. Sanford finished third on the team with 19 special-teams tackles.

Childress announced one other change in the secondary on Friday when he informed the media that Asher Allen would start in place of Lito Sheppard at right cornerback and the two would rotate series after that.

Rookie second-round pick Chris Cook will also replace left cornerback Antoine Winfield after one series, according to Childress. The starters are expected to play the first quarter.

Two other changes that aren't a surprise are Greg Lewis starting in place of Percy Harvin (migraines), who didn't make the trip to San Francisco, and Jon Cooper starting in place of John Sullivan (calf) at center.

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Posted by: Kevin Brown
on Sunday, August 22, 2010 at 5:36:00 PM

Brandon Jones signs with Seahawks

One of the two receivers the Minnesota Vikings worked out on Friday is headed elsewhere, with Brandon Jones signing with the Seattle Seahawks, according to ESPN's John Clayton.

Jones and Javon Walker were both in for a look with the Vikings. Both left without signing, so now Jones is off the market.

Walker, 31, may or may not still be a consideration. The biggest question with him might be his knee, which has contributed to his lack of productivity the past two seasons with the Oakland Raiders.

If healthy, however, Walker might offer the most in the way of immediate contribution as he is familiar with the team's offense, having played with Brett Favre and for offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell during their Green Bay days.

The Vikings entered Sunday's preseason game at San Francisco with Sidney Rice (hip) and Percy Harvin (migraines) are out. Jaymar Johnson (thumb) landed on injured reserve last week. That put the team's depth chart with Bernard Berrian and Greg Lewis starting with Logan Payne moving into the No. 3 spot.

Payne has had a nice training camp, but the Vikings have given no indication they are satisfied with their existing depth at wide receiver, so it still would not be surprising if they signed Walker or some other veteran.


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Preview: Storylines plentiful with 49ers: With the national spotlight on Brett Favre, the Vikings and 49ers, there... http://bit.ly/bgkceJ

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Commentary: NFL should assist with Harvin: Percy Harvin is a high-profile victim of debilitating migraine headache... http://bit.ly/byANWV

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Sunday slant: Is Favre committed?: The Vikings' mission to get Brett Favre back in Minnesota was unprecedented. Fa... http://bit.ly/bAHo2N

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Key matchup: Jackson vs. 49ers defense: The 49ers have an aggressive defense, as the Vikings found out early last ... http://bit.ly/dpzgg7

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Saturday, August 21, 2010 at 11:55:00 AM

Vikings-49ers notes

The Vikings face the 49ers on Sunday night and Brett Favre will make the start, getting one or two series of action. Of course, everyone remembers how it ended last season when the Vikings and 49ers faced each other in the Metrodome. Greg Lewis made the winning touchdown catch in the closing seconds of the game to give Minnesota the win.

This one, being preseason, means much less, but here are some preseason stats between the two teams:

* The Vikings have a 3-2 preseason series edge against San Francisco, and in the regular season and postseason the 49ers have a 21-22-1 advantage.

* Overall, the Vikings are 134-87-3 in their preseason games. With Brad Childress as the head coach, they are 9-7-1 in the preseason.

* Ryan Longwell entered the NFL in 1997 as an undrafted free agent with the 49ers, but he was sent packing to Green Bay in favor of some kicker name Gary Anderson.

* Vikings receivers coach George Stewart was an assistant in San Francisco for seven seasons (1996-2002).

* Offensive line coach Pat Morris spent seven seasons (1997-2003) with the 49ers.

* One of the biggest connections is with Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier and 49ers head coach Mike Singletary. The two were teammates on the Chicago Bears Super Bowl XX team.

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Posted on Twitter at: 10:12:00 AM
Notebook: Vikings champions of drama camp: The Vikings dealt with numerous distractions all last year, but this ma... http://bit.ly/9Z7nJi
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Harvin returns to Vikings: Percy Harvin was back on the sidelines Friday after collapsing during Thursday's practi... http://bit.ly/9RgbzJ
Posted on Twitter at: 1:43:00 PM
Brad Childress confirmed that Javon Walker and Brandon Jones have worked out and they need to get physicals. No signing yet. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 11:49:00 AM
Percy Harvin is on the field in street clothes but not practicing. Good to see him out of the hospital. #Vikings

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Friday, August 20, 2010 at 11:25:00 AM

Favre retirement press conferences get remixed

Brett Favre said it himself: People probably won't believe he's retiring after this season, but at least he has given people with creativity an outlet. I first saw the following YouTube video on KFAN.com. If you're looking for a laugh, this should provide it.

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