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Offensive Position Battles: You Decide

(UPDATE: My apologies that it took so long to get the polls working. Hopefully they are all set up correctly now and i’ve learned my technical lesson of the day. Thanks for the patience!)

The Vikings will begin to make cuts today, and the 53 man roster will be finalized by the time they take the field in New Orleans. So, let’s take a look at some of the most intense position battles and give you a chance to weigh in on each of them.

BACKUP QUARTERBACK

Neither Sage Rosenfels or Tarvaris Jackson inspire a great deal of confidence in Vikings fans. However, with Brett Favre locked in as the starter, and rookie Joe Webb likely going to hold onto the third spot as a raw talent, which of these two will get the boot?

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THIRD DOWN BACK

Adrian Peterson is the guy. Behind him are a bunch of question marks. Between Toby Gerhart, Albert Young, Darius Reynaud and Ian Johnson there is plenty of competition. None have been fantastic in the preseason, but each has their own case for staying on the roster. But who will be Adrian’s primary backup if he were to get hurt, and which one could spell him from time to time? More importantly, who is going to have third down duties this year?

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FULLBACK

The fullback position had an impact in the Vikings third preseason game. Veteran Fahu Tahi showed some athleticism by hurdling a defender while rookie Ryan D’Imperio appeared smooth as a ball carrier. Tahi appears to be the better blocker at this point, but did D’Imperio do enough to challenge for the spot?

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WIDE OUT IN BULK

There are plenty of questions at wide out. Will Sidney Rice be placed on Injured Reserve? Has Percy Harvin really managed to put his migraine problems behind him? That leaves Bernard Berrian, Greg Lewis, Greg Camarillo, Javon Walker, and Logan Payne essentially fighting for a limited number of spots. Who should get the boot?

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TIGHT END

Sure, it seems likely that Visanthe Shiancoe and Jim Kleinsasser hold the top two spots at tight end. Typically, however, the Vikings carry at least three tight ends. That should/could leave Jeff Dugan, rookie Mickey Shuler, and Garrett Mills fighting for a spot. If you’re the head coach, who gets it?

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LEFT TACKLE

The Vikings have some problems at left tackle. For starters, Bryant McKinnie is deep into his career and has yet to show that he can be consistently productive. The bigger question, however, lies in the depth. The Vikings appear to have Ryan Cook, Chris Clark, and Pat Brown vying for the backup spot. Who gets it?

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Okay, that is all for now. We’ll do the same thing for the defense very soon.


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21 Responses to “Offensive Position Battles: You Decide”

  1. B. Grant says:

    Adam, I noticed that Chili is quoted that TJack has shown significant “growth” in camp this year, and that it is unlikely that his status as the back-up will change. We can read one of two things into that:

    1. Take it at face value.
    2. Offered as an attempt to increase his trade value.

    Which of those two angles it is may be the bigger question, but I would lean toward #1. In the absence of a trade involving Sage, I see Chili having a very hard time parting with any of these four guys.

  2. B. Grant says:

    (By the way, the system would not let me vote on your choices for some reason. It says I already voted, which I did not.)

  3. c.carterhof says:

    Hey Coach. Yeah Adam, it doesnt work for me either.
    I thought Chilly said he saw a growth ON Jackson. Anyways, time keeps rollin’ on.
    We now stand at 9 days to go til we take them Aints out to the old woodshed.
    Just 9 days, 9 Tommy Kramer days!

    • B. Grant says:

      Another good call, cart. You’ve been “on the money” all along from this old man’s perspective. (and I think Freds has recovered from his omission.)

      I want to say Webb looks like a good prospect, but does he look any better than TJack did at this stage? I was high on Tarvarius for the first couple years, too, but now…

  4. bigjohnny84 says:

    Wont let me vote either. Time to dump Tjack and keep Sage. Sage is by far the better QB.

  5. Spanky says:

    Won’t let me vote but i do agree with bigjohnny84 its time to dump Tjack we have wasted enough YEARS on him….Sage is a far better QB…..

  6. Spanky says:

    one other thing….with so many x-packers on the Vikings team i’m starting to think of Green Bay as the Vikings Farm Team….

    • B. Grant says:

      Don’t let that happen, Spanky. We must all maintain the perspective that they are the most despised professional sports franchise on the face of the earth, (with close competition from the Cowboys, Yankees and White Sox.)

  7. Adam Warwas says:

    Sorry guys, I can’t seem to get it figured out. I will try and get it fixed, but in the meantime go ahead and leave your answers here in the comments section.

  8. bigjohnny84 says:

    Backup QB- Sage. No brainer

    3rd down back- Raynaud. Until Gerhart gets more work.

    Fullback- D’Imperio. More athletic and potential than Tahi.

    WR- Send Walker packing. Washed up.

    TE- Dugan. Dont want to draw Ole’s wrath.

    Backup LT- Cook. Sad but best of the lot.

    • B. Grant says:

      johnny, like your ideas with one slight change. Could we take Tahi and make him our back-up LT so we could cut Cook?

      Anybody know – in this roster count, how many RB’s do they keep? Will one or two of those four get the pink slip?

      • bigjohnny84 says:

        Coach, it is a sad state of affairs when Cook is the top backup on the o-line no doubt. I just read that if Bmac goes down they will move Loadholt to LT and move somebody else to RT. What a mess with the o-line IMHO.

  9. CalVkg says:

    Chris Cook –

    “The rookie cornerback, who was a likely starter, is expected to be sidelined for at least two weeks and perhaps longer after suffering a torn meniscus in his right knee.”

    ugh!

    • bigjohnny84 says:

      Damn Cal that sucks. Sure could use him against the Saints. Now we are back to thin at CB with Sapp being gone.

  10. CalVkg says:

    now the d-line has REALLY gotta take over and AD has to run like hell

    the season might improve for the second half, but it’s lookin’ tough for the start. just make the playoffs and get that title

  11. VikingsFan25 says:

    The Vikings should keep Shuler at TE. The kid has size and athleticism that the team simply does not have out side of Shiancoe. The touchdown catch he made against St. Louis was athletic and translates to something the Vikings could use right away as a goal line threat with Sidney Rice going down. Dugan isn’t that athletic and has already reached his ceiling. Mills can move, but he’s only 6’1″ and couldn’t be a legitimate goal line threat, which is when you’d expect to see two or three tight ends in the game. It’s looking like the Vikings are leaning towards Dugan, but they’re making a mistake if they cut Shuler. Shuler’s blocking ability, size, and soft hands makes him great in the situations where the Vikes will need extra help, short yardage and goal line situations. As evidence of Shuler’s potential, look at the arguably hall of fame career his father had with the Jets.

  12. bigjohnny84 says:

    Good teams overcome adversity and bad ones dont so we should be ok.

  13. Adam Warwas says:

    Okay guys, the polls should be working now. Sorry about the crappy service… management says we’ll strive to be better next time around 🙂

  14. bigjohnny84 says:

    Dang it Adam, you got my hopes up on the Childo retired to be a motivational speaker line. If only that was true.

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  16. Nume says:

    Heh it may say something about our “strength” at backup tackle when Ryan Cook has 86 percent of the vote….

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