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mountainviking
06-25-2012, 11:01 AM
Pelissero: Vikings may look better on paper, but division is daunting | 1500 ESPN Twin Cities ? Minnesota Sports News & Opinion (Twins, Vikings, Wolves, Wild, Gophers) (http://www.1500espn.com/sportswire/Pelissero_Vikings_may_look_better_on_paper_but_division_is_daunting062412)

Kind of a nice update on the who's who of our 90 man offseason roster, where the battles are taking place, and where injuries already look like a problem (ie. MLB)


On Sunday, Spielman pointed to the Vikings' defensive backs, receivers, tight ends and offensive line as four groups that looked significantly improved at last week's minicamp than they did at the end of last season.


Pretty sure he had that same list of positions in front of him before FA and the draft, so that comment seems a lil like a slap on his own back! ;)

But, it does look better on paper, especially the competition at DB and WR, where there looks to be some tough cuts coming. I don't see Jenkins getting cut tho, as he fits his role so well, as the big, blocking/possession guy who did have a lot of catches for us last year. IF we keep him with Harvin and Simpson, that leaves only 2 (maybe 3) spots open with 9 guys fighting for them!!

Right now, MLB looks to be our biggest remaining HOLE. The heir-apparent hasn't been on the field and I can't imagine we're going to roll into the season with a rookie starting. Might be time to go ahead and bring back EJ, or take a look at Gary Brackett or ??? Thing is, those guys are the same age with the same years in the league...why wouldn't we stick with the guy who already knows "the language?"

Marrdro
06-28-2012, 11:07 AM
Here is what I was working on before OTA's.




Rookie Free Agents (13)



DE Kevin Cyrille, CB Bobby Felder, WR Kamar Jorden, DE Eric Latimore, LB Tyler Nielson, DE Ernest Owusu, LB Corey Paredes, OG Austin Pasztor, DT Tydreke Powell, DT Terrell Resonno, C Quentin Saulsberry, OT Darrion Weems, CB C.C. Whitlock



Pro/College Tryouts (4)



DT Chase Baker, RB Derrick Coleman, G Tyler Holmes, DE Anthony Jacobs



Pre-Draft Signees (6)



FB Matt Asiata, QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson, LB Solomon Elimimian, WR Kerry Taylor, CB Nick Taylor, OL Jose Valdez



Returning Veterans (47)



CB Asher Allen, DE Jared Allen, WR Manny Arceneaux, WR Devin Aromashodu, DL Christian Ballard, OL Joe Berger, LB Jasper Brinkley, OL Pat Brown, CB Brandon Burton, WR Stephen Burton, CB Chris Cook, LB Larry Dean, OG Chris DeGeare, FB Ryan D’Imperio, DT Fred Evans, S Eric Frampton, OL Brandon Fusco, RB Toby Gerhart, LB Chad Greenway, DE Everson Griffen, DT Letroy Guion, WR Percy Harvin, LB Erin Henderson, WR Michael Jenkins, OL Charlie Johnson, P Chris Kluwe, RT Phil Loadholt, LS Cullen Loeffler, OT DeMarcus Love, LB Tyrone McKenzie, RB Adrian Peterson, QB Christian Ponder, S Mistral Raymond, DE D’Aundre Reed, TE Allen Reisner, DE Brian Robison, QB Sage Rosenfels, TE Kyle Rudolph, S Jamarca Sanford, S Andrew Sendejo, CB Marcus Sherels, TE Mickey Shuler, C John Sullivan, RB Jordan Todman, QB Joe Webb, DT Kevin Williams, CB Antoine Winfield

Marrdro
06-28-2012, 11:09 AM
To big for one post.......




53 Man Roster/Starters/Backups
Cut




QB




1
Christian Ponder




2
Joe Webb




3
Sage Rosenfels
Bethel-Thompson, McLeod
QB









RB




4
Adrian Peterson
Todman, Jordan
RB


5
Toby Gerhart
Coleman, Derrick
RB


6
Lex Hilliard






D'Imperio, Ryan
LB



Fullbacks/H-Backs
Felton, Jerome
RB/FB


7
Rhett Ellison
Asiata, Matt
RB/FB









WR




8
Percy Harvin
Taylor, Kerry
WR


9
Michael Jenkins
Walters, Bryan
WR


10
Jerome Simpson
Arceneaux, Emmanuel
WR


11
Greg Childs
Aromashodu, Devin
WR


12
Jarius Wright
Jorden, Kamar
WR




Burton, Stephen
WR



TE




13
Kyle Rudolph
Shuler, Mickey
TE


14
John Carlson




15
Allen Reisner











Tackles




17
Matt Kalil
Murphy., Kevin
T


18
Phil Loadholt
Weems, Darrion
T


19
DeMarcus Love
Holmes, Tyler
T /G


20
Patrick Brown











Guards




21
Charlie Johnson
Pasztor, Austin
G


22
Geoff Schwartz
Saulsberry, Quentin
G /C


23
Chris DeGeare
Brandon Fusco
G/C















Centers




24
John Sullivan




25
Joe Berger

Marrdro
06-28-2012, 11:10 AM
Cornerbacks




26
Chris Cook
Taylor, Nick
CB


27
Antoine Winfield
Felder, Bobby
DB


28
Josh Robinson
Sherels, Marcus
DB


28
Chris Carr
Jones, Reggie
DB


29
Zack Bowman
Burton, Brandon
DB


30
Asher Allen
Whitlock, C.C.
DB









Safeties




31
Harrison Smith
Sendejo, Andrew
S


32
Mistral Raymond




33
Robert Blanton




34
Jamarca Sanford




35
Eric Frampton











Defensive Ends




36
Jared Allen
Cyrille, Kevin
DE


37
Brian Robison
Owusu, Ernest
DE


38
Everson Griffen
Jacobs, Anthony
DE


39
DeAundre Reed
Latimore, Eric
DE




Reed, Nick
DE



Defensive Tackles




40
Kevin Williams
Powell, Tydreke
DT


41
Letroy Guion
Resonno, Terrell
DT


42
Christian Ballard
Baker, Chase
DT


43
Fred Evans




44
Guyton, Trevor











Middle Linebackers




45
Jasper Brinkley
Dean, Larry
LB


46
Audie Cole
McKenzie, Tyrone
LB




Mitchell, Marvin
LB



Outside Linebackers
Paredes, Corey
LB


47
Chad Greenway
D'Imperio, Ryan
LB/FB


48
Erin Henderson




49
Tyler Nielsen




50
Solomon Elimimian











ST's




51
Blair Walsh




52
Chris Kluwe




53
Cullen Loeffler











Practice Squad




1





2





3





4





5





6





7





8

Marrdro
06-28-2012, 11:24 AM
After breaking that up, I tend to agree with the Mountain Man that the Mike might be about the only position this year that concerns me, but I like some of the options we have there. Really excited to see what Cole looks like.

Audie Cole | North Carolina State, ILB : 2012 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile (http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=69391&draftyear=2012&genpos=ILB)

Audie Cole, ILB, North Carolina State, NFL Draft - CBSSports.com - NFLDraftScout.com (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/1272213/audie-cole)

Scout.com: Draft in-depth: LB Audie Cole (http://min.scout.com/2/1181967.html)

One thing to consider when we talk about LB'rs and depth. If you take a look at our new D-coord, I think you might see that we will see a small tweak to our defense. It won't be in the base, we will still see the 4-3, but I think he is going to insert "Packages" that won't have the Mike on the field very much.

mountainviking
06-28-2012, 12:33 PM
Everything I'm seeing has Fusco getting all the no.1 reps at RG so far, but it could be partially due to giving Schwartz more time to heal...? Still, he also plays Center, and you know how we like multi OL backups. I think he sticks from what I'm seeing at the moment.

Cole sounds intriguing with his pass defense skills, but his speed might not be as effective vs. NFL caliber players. He does have the size tho, so with some coaching up...maybe next year?

I think Everson Griffen could be a cool fit for some MLB. He's bigger and faster than Cole, and maybe Brinkley too, and would give us a lil bit of potential for a versatile 3-4/4-3 look. On blitz packages he's got better pass rush moves than either of the other candidates too.

Hasn't Erin Henderson already called some plays for us? I swear I heard about him doing some of that last year...? IF our CBs can stay healthy for a change, more nickel might be a good idea. Gotta love how well Winfield plays vs. the slot, and we might actually have better speed outside with the other guys at this point.

SKOL VIKINGS!!!

mountainviking
06-28-2012, 12:45 PM
...hmm, Cole played much of last year with a broken right hand in a cast. That could likely make your tape look a lil loose and drop you come draft day...could be a bargain.

Another gamble on an injured player tho...seems we've done a ton of that this off season: Gamble on guy's returns from injury and/or suspensions. It's one way to pull off a quick turn around, if enough of your bets win. But I wouldn't want to dip my hand in that pot too often.

tastywaves
06-28-2012, 12:52 PM
Asher Allen retired. The 5-6 cornerback spots should be pretty open, with Zack being vulnerable. He probably does make it though due to experience.

The linebacker positions seem to be the least emphasized this offseason (MLB and depth). No doubt there is concern, just focused on higher priority areas first...secondary, WR, OL.

tastywaves
06-28-2012, 12:54 PM
...hmm, Cole played much of last year with a broken right hand in a cast. That could likely make your tape look a lil loose and drop you come draft day...could be a bargain.

Another gamble on an injured player tho...seems we've done a ton of that this off season: Gamble on guy's returns from injury and/or suspensions. It's one way to pull off a quick turn around, if enough of your bets win. But I wouldn't want to dip my hand in that pot too often.

I think he will get plenty of opportunity for playing time due to current roster. If he's capable, he'll get his chance. Good situation for him.

Freakout
06-28-2012, 01:02 PM
After breaking that up, I tend to agree with the Mountain Man that the Mike might be about the only position this year that concerns me, but I like some of the options we have there. Really excited to see what Cole looks like.

Audie Cole*|*North Carolina State,*ILB*:*2012 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile (http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=69391&draftyear=2012&genpos=ILB)

Audie Cole, ILB, North Carolina State, NFL Draft - CBSSports.com - NFLDraftScout.com (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/1272213/audie-cole)

Scout.com: Draft in-depth: LB Audie Cole (http://min.scout.com/2/1181967.html)

One thing to consider when we talk about LB'rs and depth. If you take a look at our new D-coord, I think you might see that we will see a small tweak to our defense. It won't be in the base, we will still see the 4-3, but I think he is going to insert "Packages" that won't have the Mike on the field very much.

You are already kind of forced to play so much nickle with all the pass heavy teams especially in our division.

Freakout
06-28-2012, 01:09 PM
After breaking that up, I tend to agree with the Mountain Man that the Mike might be about the only position this year that concerns me, but I like some of the options we have there. Really excited to see what Cole looks like.

Audie Cole*|*North Carolina State,*ILB*:*2012 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile (http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=69391&draftyear=2012&genpos=ILB)

Audie Cole, ILB, North Carolina State, NFL Draft - CBSSports.com - NFLDraftScout.com (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/1272213/audie-cole)

Scout.com: Draft in-depth: LB Audie Cole (http://min.scout.com/2/1181967.html)

One thing to consider when we talk about LB'rs and depth. If you take a look at our new D-coord, I think you might see that we will see a small tweak to our defense. It won't be in the base, we will still see the 4-3, but I think he is going to insert "Packages" that won't have the Mike on the field very much.

You are already kind of forced to play so much nickle with all the pass heavy teams especially in our division.