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RandyMoss8404
07-09-2005, 03:30 AM
http://www.sportsline.com/nfl/story/8630245

Minnesota Vikings, Nate Burleson, receiver: When Randy Moss missed time last season, Burelson played well. But that was in a temporary role. With Moss traded to the Raiders, it's time for Burleson to step up and become the go-to guy for Daunte Culpepper. Burleson had nine touchdowns last year, so he can make big plays. It's another step up, though, when teams know you're the No.1 receiver. The key will be how well Burleson handles that pressure. Replacing Moss is impossible. But Burleson has to come close.

According to CBS.sportsline.com, our offense is in many ways going to run through Nate.

In related news, my friend Paul who's a Raiders fan (but lives in Minn, oddly enough) was at the fishing tournament, and apparently Moss gave Nate some words of wisdom and wished him and Bennett luck in bringing a Super Bowl to Minnesota.

I'm praying for Nate, apparently Randy is too, but what do you guys think? Can he handle it?

nextvikingsstar
07-09-2005, 03:37 AM
i think he can itll be a couple weeks into the year b4 he has some graet games but he will be fine hes got culpep and hopefully bennet thats awesome that randy said taht

Burley81
07-09-2005, 03:48 AM
I think he can. It will take him two or three games to get in the swagger (is that even a word?) of things. I have a feeling he will be great under pressure though.I hope Williamson will peform under pressure as well.

V4L
07-09-2005, 03:56 AM
I think he will have a decent season.. I believe he won't be able to handle going against number 1 corners all season long.. Just a hunch.. Nothing against him he is a great player.. I wish him the best of luck and it's a good season we have some weapons on the O

audioghost
07-09-2005, 04:27 AM
We went from having 1 great reciever and 2 pretty good ones to having 4 pretty good recivers, and with Culpeppers new style of short passes it is more complimentary to Culpepper's style of play....so I think we'll do better! Burleson won't have great numbers cuz the ball will get spread around....but his numbers will still be pretty good....like his numbers this year give and take a few TDs or yards....

Lotza
07-09-2005, 05:25 AM
vikings - moss = nate the great!

cajunvike
07-09-2005, 07:03 AM
"givemossthetoss" wrote:

I think he can. It will take him two or three games to get in the swagger (is that even a word?) of things. I have a feeling he will be great under pressure though.I hope Williamson will peform under pressure as well.

Yes, swagger is a word, but your usage is wrong...get in the swing of things would be a better turn of phrase to use here (sorry for the grammar lesson, but we all have got to make each other better for when the Packer troll come around during the regular season...this is OUR training camp...work hard guys)!

Burleson can handle the pressure...he will have good numbers...and so will the rest of the WRs. Eventually, he will be the Cris Carter to Williamson's Randy Moss...maybe not quite as good, but plenty good enough to put up enough points (coupled with our improved defense) to win a Super Bowl or two!

SJHILL
07-09-2005, 07:38 AM
I'm looking forward to what Burly can do. He isn't as explosive as Moss, but he can do fine. I wouldn't except him to be a superstar, but if he can get enough receptions the team will be fine.

vikingdude82
07-09-2005, 08:04 AM
It's in the bag!

Ltrey33
07-09-2005, 08:08 AM
I think Burly will be very good. You don't have to be an explosive, big play reciever to be great. You don't have to be Moss or TO....just look at Cris Carter. He was an all around awesome reciever, he wasn't necessarily just a deep threat or just a possession guy. Nate is no Carter (yet) but I t hink he's cut out of a similar mold.

Burley81
07-09-2005, 08:11 AM
"cajunvike" wrote:

"givemossthetoss" wrote:

I think he can. It will take him two or three games to get in the swagger (is that even a word?) of things. I have a feeling he will be great under pressure though.I hope Williamson will peform under pressure as well.

Yes, swagger is a word, but your usage is wrong...get in the swing of things would be a better turn of phrase to use here (sorry for the grammar lesson, but we all have got to make each other better for when the Packer troll come around during the regular season...this is OUR training camp...work hard guys)!

Burleson can handle the pressure...he will have good numbers...and so will the rest of the WRs. Eventually, he will be the Cris Carter to Williamson's Randy Moss...maybe not quite as good, but plenty good enough to put up enough points (coupled with our improved defense) to win a Super Bowl or two!

Lol. I learn something new everyday!

That was a good analysis about the CC/Moss thing. I really never thought of it that way. I guess when he was the go to guy when Moss was gone he was performing great under pressure. But that was when he knew Moss was coming back. Now he wont be back. Hopefully he will perform the same way/better, which I have confidence that he will.

I also believe we will win Super Bowls with C-pep behind center and our amazing D. That is not being bias either. I have actually heard other teams fans that we have a ral chance.

People, WE ARE THE REAL DEAL!

muchluv4smoot
07-09-2005, 08:38 AM
I don't see how anyone could not expect nate to step it up a notch. He showed last year, that he can do what it takes. Moss gets hurt and he steps up his game and takes over. He isn't anything like moss in style, so to compare the 2 is crazy. But he can put up #'s close to those of moss, by playing his game. He is unbelievable after the catch and impossible to bring down. He never goes down on the first hit. That is something the great RB's of the NFL always seem to do, like priest holmes does now. They never go down after the first guy hits them and they always gain yards after contact. Nate has that, and only a few WR's in this league possess that.

Nate is one of the hardest working guys on our team and you can never doubt a guy that works as hard as he does.

Will he equal moss' stats? No, but 1200 or so yards and 10-12 Td's is very attainable for nate this year.

With nate at #1 now instead of moss, we may lose some stats, but we also gain a harder worker who absolutely never takes a play off and who only cares about the team and winning.

RandyMoss8404
07-09-2005, 09:06 AM
"muchluv4smoot" wrote:


With nate at #1 now instead of moss, we may lose some stats, but we also gain a harder worker who absolutely never takes a play off and who only cares about the team and winning.

Yeah, Moss took tons of plays off, and didn't want the best for Minnesota :roll:

Anyway, sometime people seem to forget - when Nate is in the open field, he is FAST.

muchluv4smoot
07-09-2005, 09:11 AM
"RandyMoss8404" wrote:

Yeah, Moss took tons of plays off, and didn't want the best for Minnesota


Agreed, and that is why he was traded. :grin:

SJHILL
07-09-2005, 09:15 AM
Nate is definately fast in the open field. He amazes me some times.

PurplePackerEater
07-09-2005, 09:29 AM
What amazes me is the bounce one can get jumping on another's nut sack!

toemaster6
07-09-2005, 01:06 PM
I have to point out to anyone who forgot that Burleson in his senior year in college was 4 receptions shy of breaking the ncaa record for receptions in a season. He has had a couple of years in the nfl now and is ready for his break out season (barring injury).
The aquisition of taylor is IMO alot bigger of a deal than anybody has really thought or talked about. That kid will be on tip when the ball comes his way. Remember he's had a not so stellar QB throwing to him the past few years. Williamson will have a rookie season with some highlights and some pitfalls but he will learn and be a force alot more quickly than some may think. TE's one of the best tandems in the nfl if I must say so.
Really all I'm trying to say is yes moss commanded double coverage but when you have 4 or 5 top quality players who can get the job done almost at will there will be plenty of viking scoring going on. Plus with moss gone C-pep can more evenly distribute the ball and keep opposing D's at bay cause who's he going to go to next. Many weapons in the vikes offense, just kick back relax and enjoy the ride.

toemaster6
07-09-2005, 01:09 PM
and I didn't even mention the running game plus if C-pep has to step up and run a little well I feel sorry for anyone who has to try and stop him. GO VIKES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

toemaster6
07-09-2005, 01:14 PM
Plus I want to say a couple of words about moore that kid is IMO going to be the saving grace of our running game. I hate to say this and I hope I'm wrong but I don't think Bennett is durable enough to last the whole season. In steps moore thats going to run the ball right through opposing D's. And thats all I got to say about that.

UkViking
07-09-2005, 05:20 PM
Nate has the ability to get even better this year and can become a major player for the Vikes.Having Pepp provide him with his passes can,t be a bad thing.

RandyMoss8404
07-09-2005, 06:08 PM
I still insist our offense runs through Mewelde Moore.

happy camper
07-09-2005, 06:11 PM
nates gonna get more touchdowns than last year in the two green bay games alone. :)

Burley81
07-09-2005, 11:32 PM
"RandyMoss8404" wrote:

I still insist our offense runs through Mewelde Moore.

So do I!

Since Bennett is probally going to get injured by week 2, MeMo will become our starter. Also with Loney calling the shots, hopefully we will run 25-30 times a game. He will continue to get 100 yard games for us and keep the defense guessing. With a healthy mix of passing and running MM will get used to the NFL. I remember when he was crushing Jamie Sharper in the Texans game. In TC, Moore will work on his blocking, because he has the determanation to be the best. Plus, he has excellent hands. Like a mini Brian Westbrook.

cc21
07-09-2005, 11:49 PM
Bennett will start out the season as our starter. and will probably keep the starting job the whole year unless he gets injured. Bennett will have a huge year this season IF he stays healthy. but that is a big IF.

TheFloridianVikingFan
07-10-2005, 12:07 AM
i want MM to start, but u know that bennet will get the starting job... i think that throught the season they'll start giving MM some playing time and then the following season MM will be the starter...

ItalianStallion
07-10-2005, 02:08 AM
So long as Nate builds on his last season I will be happy with him.

magicci
07-10-2005, 08:09 AM
i was watchin jerry rice's in their own words and nate burleson looks like jerry early in his career now dont take this and say that im exclaiming that hes the next rice but they both dropped some balls in their first couple years but they both played the same style taking screens or taking the short passes breaking tackles and raking in the YAC

Burley81
07-10-2005, 10:33 AM
I just don't want to waste our talent. Maybe Bennett and Moore could split carries, which will get him more in the swing of the NFL.

I know this most likely won't happen, but I think its a good idea.

DaunteHOF
07-13-2005, 05:41 PM
Nate has DC11, just watch what happens...

UTVikfan
07-13-2005, 06:24 PM
I hope I getta see A LOT more of those little dances he does in the endzone this year!

RandyMoss8404
07-13-2005, 06:26 PM
"magicci" wrote:

i was watchin jerry rice's in their own words and nate burleson looks like jerry early in his career now dont take this and say that im exclaiming that hes the next rice but they both dropped some balls in their first couple years but they both played the same style taking screens or taking the short passes breaking tackles and raking in the YAC

I love Nate, but uhm

You just don't put anyone - that includes Randy - in the same sentence with Jerry Rice

vikes09
07-13-2005, 06:54 PM
i dont remember nate's TD dance?

magicci
07-14-2005, 01:21 AM
"RandyMoss8404" wrote:

"magicci" wrote:

i was watchin jerry rice's in their own words and nate burleson looks like jerry early in his career now dont take this and say that im exclaiming that hes the next rice but they both dropped some balls in their first couple years but they both played the same style taking screens or taking the short passes breaking tackles and raking in the YAC

I love Nate, but uhm

You just don't put anyone - that includes Randy - in the same sentence with Jerry Rice
i didnt say he was the next jerry rice but at this point in his career with the dropped easy passes and flashes of a great rout runner and ability to break tackles and take it to the house..but im not saying hes the next Rice

Vikefan05
07-14-2005, 01:24 AM
nate is the man!

Prophet
10-04-2007, 09:42 AM
Today's blast from the past.