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    Lorenzo Booker - RB - Bears
    Bears signed RB Lorenzo Booker and waived RB Alvester Alexander.
    After contributing down the stretch as a kickoff returner with the Vikings in 2010, Booker was a disaster last season, fumbling three times on 21 offensive touches. The 28-year-old passing down specialist will likely push Armando Allen for the fourth running back spot. Alexander was undrafted out of Wyoming
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    Michael Jenkins - WR - Vikings
    Jul 20 - 1:04 AM

    ESPN 1500 Twin Cities hints that Michael Jenkins' roster spot could be in danger heading into training camp.

    Beat writer Tom Pelissero suggests that Jenkins could end up losing his roster spot if fourth-round pick Greg Childs "comes along." A 30-year-old possession receiver, Molasses Mike doesn't play special teams and is owed a $2.5 million salary. The Vikings wouldn't lose much by moving on before the season.

    Source: ESPN 1500 Twin Cities
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    Come on Childs! You can do it!

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    Molasses Mike haha

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    I hope they drop Jenkins for sure. It's a must. Simpson has the other spot (besides 4 games... or three, I forget) but still need a saftey valve deep guy behind childs and simpson. Mike williams would be a nice addtiton.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel0227 View Post
    I hope they drop Jenkins for sure. It's a must. Simpson has the other spot (besides 4 games... or three, I forget) but still need a saftey valve deep guy behind childs and simpson. Mike williams would be a nice addtiton.
    I agree that we are paying Jenkins too much, however his stats were not terrible before his injury and there's not reason to think that he won't contribute this year. Too many people are down on Jenkins when he is our most experienced WR (he's not some amazing playmaker but I do believe this showed last year, he was able to get right where he should be in some cases and things happened because of it) and probably has as much of a chance as starting this year as he does at getting released. I'd like to see Childs beat him out though, it means we drafted ourselves a pretty good young WR.

    As for Williams, I've said before that his price could be attractive, but he's still coming back from a very serious leg injury. Even though he had a good 2010 I still think Jenkins would put up better numbers for us this year, Williams is probably just as slow at this point and Jenkins knows the system.

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    Molasses Mike would be Williams not Jenkins.....i actually thought Jenkins and Ponder had a decent connection last year before he got hurt, but i'll take an emerging star in Childs pushing Jenkins out the door any day

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    Jared Allen to Matt Kalil: Don’t hold me and we won’t have to fight
    Before Vikings rookie left tackle Matt Kalil can line up against defensive end Jared Allen in training camp, Allen wants to make sure Kalil knows his place.

    In an interview on NBC SportsTalk, Allen said that his instructions for Kalil will be simple: No holding, no illegal hands to the face, defer to the veteran and there won’t be any practice-field fights.

    “Just don’t touch me,” Allen said. “I’m too old to deal with overzealous rookies right now. Keep your hands out of my face, don’t grab my jersey and we won’t have to fist fight. That’s pretty much what it is.”

    As the best player on a bad team, Allen said he knows no one is predicting big things for the Vikings this year, but he doesn’t mind.

    “I don’t know what our expectations are, and that can actually be a good thing,” Allen said. “Coming off a 3-13 season, no one expects us to do anything, so we can fly under the radar, focus on being a solid team and putting win after win together.”
    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com...-a-fist-fight/

    quite possibly the brightest spot on our team right now (go to the link to watch the video)

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    Yeah, don't take what Allen said the wrong way. He said it 100% jokingly lol. I love him.

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    The fact that people are even debating that we should keep Jenkins on our team shows how poor our WR core is. The guy is making way to much money for what he does. Yeah hes a vet but is that worth 2.5 million dollars? Hes making more money then any other WR on the team. The guy is taking up a roster spot. Jenkins had one good game last year and another decent one. He only caught more then four passes a game once and broke the 50 yard mark twice. The dude couldn't even get open before his injury. Almost all of his 38 catches were in zone coverage. There is no way he should be on this roster making 2.5 mil when the season starts. I would much rather have Burton, Arceneaux, or Aromashodu on this team then Jenkins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VCU4LIFEGOVIKS View Post
    The fact that people are even debating that we should keep Jenkins on our team shows how poor our WR core is. The guy is making way to much money for what he does. Yeah hes a vet but is that worth 2.5 million dollars? Hes making more money then any other WR on the team. The guy is taking up a roster spot. Jenkins had one good game last year and another decent one. He only caught more then four passes a game once and broke the 50 yard mark twice. The dude couldn't even get open before his injury. Almost all of his 38 catches were in zone coverage. There is no way he should be on this roster making 2.5 mil when the season starts. I would much rather have Burton, Arceneaux, or Aromashodu on this team then Jenkins.
    I think we hold onto Jenkins while Simpson is out but if Jenkins doesn't produce in those 3 games then I think he is for sure a goner.


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    Michael Jenkins - WR - Vikings
    Michael Jenkins (torn meniscus) was having trouble planting on his knee and didn't look comfortable running during minicamp, according to Christian Ponder.
    Back in May, Jenkins insisted that the knee was at 100 percent. Ponder's comments suggest otherwise. Already lacking separation ability, Jenkins can't afford to have a hitch in his giddyup. Due $2.5 million at age 30, he's no lock to stick on the Vikings' final roster.
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    If his knee is still messed up I don't think we'll keep him around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 100%CHEESE FREE View Post
    Michael Jenkins - WR - Vikings

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    If his knee is still messed up I don't think we'll keep him around.
    I never like to see our players get hurt but this could be a blessing in disguise. He was one of the slowest WRs in the league before his injury and I cant imagine how slow he is now. No reason to keep him around at that price.

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    Toby Gerhart braces for a “big role”
    The Vikings gave the rest of the league a mild surprise by taking running back Toby Gerhart with a second-round pick in the 2010 draft. Gerhart is now getting ready to repay the Vikings for their faith in him.

    “I’m looking, going into the season, to have a big role,” Gerhart told Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com on Sunday.

    “I don’t know how big it will be,” Gerhart said. “But I’m looking like I’m going to be the starter from Day One and have to be the starter all the way on through until Adrian is back and ready and full-speed. I’m excited about that. I’m ready to embrace that and go out and help this team win and really show people what I can do.”

    Gerhart nevertheless realizes that, when the games count, he may not have the kind of opportunities he’d like to have.

    “I think [Adrian Peterson] will [play in the opener],” Gerhart said. “You can never be surprised with Adrian. The way he comes to work every day, the way he pushes himself — he was flying around, straight-line speed, moving out there, racing Percy up the hill, doing conditioning stuff. . . . I haven’t seen him in a couple weeks now, but I’m sure he’s continued to make leaps and bounds in progress, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s ready. You can never count Adrian out.”

    As Gerhart enters his third season, he says his body has been “transformed” and that he feels “stronger and quicker.”

    In 2011, Gerhart started five games in place of Peterson, and the former Stanford tailback gained 531 yards rushing on 109 carries, for a 4.9-yard average.

    Even if Peterson is able to play as of Week One against the Jaguars, the Vikings likely will bring Peterson along slowly, which means that Gerhart will likely get plenty of opportunities.

    Who knows? Maybe the Vikings will use a committee approach to start the season. Maybe, if Gerhart can continue to average 4.9 yards per carry, they’ll use it for the entire season.
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    Erin Henderson - LB - Vikings
    ESPN 1500 Twin Cities suggests WLB Erin Henderson would move to middle linebacker full time if MLB Jasper Brinkley's durability became an issue again.
    Brinkley missed all of last season due to hip surgery, and then a large chunk of spring practices with related problems. Beat writer Tom Pelissero already expects Henderson to replace Brinkley in all nickel looks, kicking to "Mike" on passing downs. Henderson has some sleeper appeal in 2012 IDP leagues.
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    Start of camp is next step in rebuilding
    Vikings GM Rick Spielman has put together a gifted but young team that he readily acknowledges will require time to figure everything out.
    It was more a quick exhale than a deep breath. Still, time away is time away.

    So after minicamp ended last month and with the preseason closing in, Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman made certain to squeeze in a brief getaway, traveling to his sister-in-law's lake house near Michigan City, Ind.

    For five days, Spielman relaxed on the beach and also hit the golf course several times where, as usual, progress and frustration collided.

    "You know, it's funny," Spielman said. "I stink every year until the week before training camp. And then it clicks. It's crazy. You think, 'Man, it took me this long to get into some kind of rhythm. And now it's time to pack the clubs up until next June.' "

    Spielman hopes his GM efforts won't experience any similar disruption, where continuity and positive momentum prove difficult to sustain. As training camp opens this week, Spielman is convinced the Vikings have made significant progress in the past six months and he's heartened by the positive vibes pumping through the organization.

    "With our players, that energy and the sense of urgency is something you can feel," he said. "To me, that's important."

    Since being promoted to GM in January, Spielman has carefully devised the blueprint for the Vikings' massive rebuilding effort. From the outset, he made clear the top priority was to make the roster younger. But in concert with coach Leslie Frazier, Spielman also vowed to stock the locker room with a specific brand of player -- guys who are talented and intelligent, who care deeply about improving and who will invest in a long-term climb up the treacherous NFL mountain.

    "The biggest thing is finding guys passionate about being successful at what they're doing," Spielman said. "I think that's the theme, what we really honed in on with the type of players we wanted to bring in and build with going forward. ... We want to see guys buying into what the coaching staff is preaching on the field. We want to see a sense of urgency. And so far we have seen that."

    But along with such positivity comes a call for patience, an understanding that potential takes time to be realized.

    "If you're going to have young players playing, you have to understand that they're going to have to grow and they're going to have to learn," Spielman said. "And there's going to be adversity, hiccups here and there."

    Making strides

    That's what will make the next 5 1/2 months so peculiar.

    It will be hard to generate overwhelming giddiness for a team that even the most hopeful fans understand won't likely supply a winning season. There will be no victory parades through Nicollet Mall for a 7-9 or 6-10 march. Yet still, those records would indicate marked improvement. So the current in-house sales pitch encourages both optimism and realism.

    And through the offseason, Frazier felt plenty of the former.

    "We feel like we're just so far ahead because of some of the things that have happened in practice, the way the guys have competed and the competition that we have created on our roster," he said. "We just feel like we're going into this thing with the right attitude and the right approach."

    Spielman has little difficulty going up and down the roster, citing evidence to prove these Vikings are on an upward arc.

    There's the dedication and enthusiasm second-year quarterback Christian Ponder has shown throughout the offseason, eager to take ownership of the offense.

    There's the leadership skills and savvy of rookie safety Harrison Smith, one of two first-round draft picks expected to start right away.

    There's Matt Kalil's strength and agility, Jerome Simpson's field-stretching speed and Chris Cook's rapid growth at cornerback.

    And then there's the overall depth -- "very much improved" in Spielman's eyes -- which should significantly heighten the daily battles in Mankato.

    So where is all this positive energy, atypical for a team that finished last season at 3-13, coming from? Maybe it's the predictable, yet often hollow, hope that the preseason brings through every NFL city. Maybe legitimate strides have indeed been made. And maybe there's a bit of youthful exuberance kicking in, too.

    "We have a young team but we have a hungry team," said linebacker/defensive lineman Everson Griffen. "And you have to use that hunger to stay focused. You can't always worry about the next opponent. First, worry about the team. Once we get us right, battling that next opponent is going to come easy."

    Slow and steady

    These Vikings, Spielman contends, have been built for those who enjoy watching progress in increments and not for those expecting immediate success. So for now, that means embracing the 44 days that separate the opening of camp from the season's first game as an opportunity to monitor progress, to define starters and back-ups and players who fit with the long-term vision.

    "It was great for us to have an offseason, especially with the youth movement we made," Spielman said. "At training camp, we have to look at things day by day. How do things look that first day of camp? But also, where are we going to be in Week 1? Where are we going to be in Week 8? Where can we be at the end of the season? We have so many new faces. But that's the exciting part -- to see how quickly this comes along."

    Realistically, the Vikings could storm into their Sept. 9 season opener against Jacksonville with nine or 10 starters 25 years old or younger.

    In all likelihood, the average age of the defensive starters on opening day will be around 27.5 with the average age of the offensive starters an even more green 25.3.

    The youthful energy will be obvious. The youthful blunders will be, too.

    A team that lost 13 games a year ago is far from turning the corner.

    So now what? Next stop: Mankato.

    "For me, you take excitement in the process," Spielman said. "You look at the small steps and how things continue to build. And you have to acknowledge progress and show guys not only where they are but where they're headed and where they've come from. ... You may not see all this from the outside. But internally you can see all this starting to come together. And that's exciting."

    Spielman paused for a second and smiled.

    "With the understanding that it takes time."
    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vi...6.html?refer=y

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    WE TRUST V4LB!!! HE IS THE GREATEST GUY IN OUR FOURM.
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    HE GETS ALL THE WOMEN!!!!
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