Tuesday, May 22, 2007
And, if you really need your Vikings fix, there are a host of great sites--let me recommend the Daily Norseman and Pacifist Viking--I know I'll be checking them regularly.
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Tyler Thigpen is going to be on a few ESPN2 shows this week.
Former Coastal Carolina quarterback Tyler Thigpen could be on ESPN2 as many as three times this week.
Thigpen, who expects to be asked about his path from high-school wingback to drafted quarterback, said he is scheduled to be on the station's show "Cold Pizza" at approximately 11:30 a.m. today
An e-mail from Dan Quinn at ESPN also said Thigpen and CCU coach David Bennett will be on "First Take" on Thursday. That show begins at 10 a.m.
Lastly, Thigpen said he has been asked to appear on "The Hot List," another ESPN2 program, on Friday.
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Friday, May 04, 2007
Taylor's DPAR was 8.6, his DVOA was .9% and he caught 65% of the passes thrown his way. The Vikings would be lucky to get that out of Johnson, considering his statistics have declined the past three years and he's not going to get any younger. If Johnson is content to be a cheap veteran presence for a year while imparting his wisdom to Troy Williamson, Sidney Rice and Aundrae Allison, that's one thing. If he expects to be a centerpiece of an offensive attack, get a decent size contract and generally be treated like a star, the Vikings should let him go elsewhere, since he no longer plays like a star.
[Explanations of DPAR can be found here, while the DVOA explanation is here.]
Thursday, May 03, 2007
- Erasmus James says he's going to be ready for the season opener. He hasn't been cleared for contact yet, however, so whether or not he'll be able to participate in training camp is still in question.
- After having a successful first draft, Rick Spielman explained the Vikings' thought process and draft day philosophy. And as obvious as it sounds, picking the best player on your board when it's your turn is not an easy philosophy to stick to when you're on the clock.
- Access Vikings has collected the names of most of the rookie free agents the Vikings' have signed. The most intriguing one to me is Alex Reyes, a punter out of Texas Tech. Reyes was a four year starter for the Red Raiders and has a legitimate shot at challenging Chris Kluwe. This might be the biggest storyline in training camp and is a definite reason to head down to Mankato in August.
- I really wish Jimmy Terwilliger, a QB out of East Stroudberg University in Pennsylvania, had actually said what he was thinking to his "buddy".
- Ex-Viking Travis Taylor pleaded guilty to the charge of disorderly conduct in relation to his "scuffle" outside a club on New Year's.
- Don't mess with Bob Stoops.
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
#146 Aundrae Allison
With their fifth round pick the Vikings drafted a speed demon (4.39 forty) ,out of
#176 Rufus Alexander
Alexander seems to be tailor made for the Cover-2. He's got great vision, good speed (4.62) and is better operating in space. And if he wasn't good in space, he'd be in trouble, since he lacks the strength and bulk to mix it up in the trenches. If he gets double teamed, he won't get out of it. And even in space there are problems with his game. His hands are such that errant passes in his zone are will be batted down just like he's Napoleon Harris wearing a cast. His motor is good, but his focus wanes when the play goes away from him and he tends to take out any frustration he feels on the opposing team, which sounds good, but usually ends with yellow on the field.
#217 Tyler Thigpen & #233
The Vikings obviously see something in Thigpen and Williams, but realistically neither of them will ever see much playing time for the Purple outside of special teams. Thigpen has one year of running an offense that wasn't copied from 1980s
#XX Offensive Lineman
You may have noticed that the Vikings did not draft an offensive lineman. This may have confounded you, seeing as how the Vikings' offensive line, particularly the right side of it, had some troubles last year. Of the linemen Brad Childress tried on the right side, only Ryan Cook, Marcus Johnson and Artis Hicks remain and none of them were able to play well enough last year to inspire confidence in their ability to produce this year. So naturally, the Vikings didn't pick any linemen to compete for the job, or at the very least, to add depth to an area that will likely have a decent amount of turnover. And it's not like Matt Birk is a young guy--he turns 31 this year and is in his eleventh season.
[Thus concludes my pessimistic take on the Vikings' draft. I think they added a lot of quality players, but as you can see, each of them have their question marks and flaws. Whether or not they turn into productive players depends on their own work ethic and the coaching they receive. If the Vikings are going to be successful this year, however, their going to need a lot of help from their rookies.]
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
About 20 and 35 seconds into this one you can see Tyler running the ball:
At 1:00 and 1:10 are clips of him busting a big run. 1:25 and 1:30 are more of the same. 2:35 in he smokes vmi for about a 70 yard run. 3:42 is a great pass of his as well.
All of those are from his junior year.
Here are his statistics while at Coastal Carolina:
There are some people who don't think he has a WR background (which I saw here) but he was a wingback in high school and could be a WR but is probably too slow for that and too small for TE.