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singersp
05-09-2006, 01:12 PM
From realfootball365;

Vikings WR's unheralded but not unproductive

By Eric Krupka on May 9, 2006 09:30 AM

Can you name the Minnesota Vikings ' wide receivers?

If you're not a Vikings fan, the answer is most likely no.

In case you are wondering the correct answer is Koren Robinson, Marcus Robinson, Travis Taylor, and Troy Williamson, the unheralded quartet that make up the Vikings' wide receiving corps.

You could even throw tight end Jermaine Wiggins into the mix, whose physique resembles that of Ron Jeremy more than that of an NFL athlete; however, don't let that fool you. Wiggins is tremendously athletic and has caught 140 passes in the past two seasons.

The Vikings' receivers aren't the flashiest, they don't taunt, and you won't see many touchdown celebrations, a la Terrell Owens or Chad Johnson; and because of that they don't get much notoriety. That's fine with them. Day in and day out they're ready to roll, with their hard hats and lunch pails accompanying them. The stats won't blow you away, either, but that's because they are all about team goals, rather than individual performances.

Three of the Vikings' top receivers are former top 10 picks. Travis Taylor was the No. 10 overall pick by the Baltimore Ravens in 2000, a year later Koren Robinson was the No. 9 overall pick by the Seattle Seahawks . Lastly, in 2005 the Vikings used the No. 7 overall pick on Troy Williamson.

Since these three former college stars were all selected extremely high, plenty of pressure was put on them to perform from the get go. Taylor was expected to step in and become the franchise wide receiver for the quarterback starved Ravens. It never worked out for him there because they never had a quarterback capable of getting him the ball.

Koren Robinson was unfairly dubbed the next Randy Moss. He is the most notable of the wideouts, as his problems in Seattle with alcohol abuse and dropped passes were widely reported. He has since fixed both problems en route to his Pro Bowl appearance last season.

That, of course, brings us to Troy Williamson, who was immediately compared to Randy Moss because he was essentially traded for the All-Pro in the infamous deal in February of 2005. Unfortunately for Williamson he had an inept coach (Mike Tice), who refused to play him for most of last season, stunting his development.

The only one of the big four wide receivers in Minnesota not to be drafted in the first round was Marcus Robinson. He was a fourth-round pick in the 1997 draft by the Chicago Bears . Robinson is the leader of the unit. In 1999 with the Chicago Bears , his first year as a starter, he burst onto the scene, catching 82 passes for 1,400 yards and nine touchdowns. However, injuries have slowed him down considerably since then. Still, he's the tallest receiver on the roster at 6-3, and has tremendous leaping ability. Last season, he became quarterback Brad Johnson's favorite target in the red zone.

The upcoming 2006 season provides the perfect opportunity for the four wideouts and tight end to showcase their skills. The new west coast offense, installed by head coach Brad Childress, is tailored perfectly to their styles. Williamson can burn a defense deep; Taylor has excellent hands and runs great routes; Marcus Robinson has the height and leaping ability for the red zone, and Koren Robinson is the most physically gifted of them all, and is truly a force to be reckoned with as the No. 1 receiver. This leaves the middle wide open for Wiggins, who has thrived with the Vikings the past two seasons, becoming a sure handed, consistent receiving threat.

When former Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper succumbed to injury last season, Brad Johnson stepped in and did an exceptional job. He developed a good rapport with all the receivers, which should only get stronger with him now being the starter all through training camp and the preseason.

This season, the group still might not make a name for themselves, but quietly, they will continue to win games for the Minnesota Vikings .

And after all, that's what truly matters.

-Eric Krupka can be reached at ekrupka@realfootball365.com

Vikings WR's unheralded but not unproductive (http://www.realfootball365.com/nfl/articles/2006/05/minnesota-vikings-widereceivers090506.html)

cogitans
05-09-2006, 02:00 PM
Oh yes. I really look forward to this bunch ripping defences apart this coming season. I've said all offseason we've got a good group.

If only they can find out how to use them all to the best of their ability without anyone feeling he's not getting his share of balls thrown at him.

Prophet
05-09-2006, 02:06 PM
Wow, that was the longest article with the least amount of information that I have read in a long time.

farvathevikinglover
05-09-2006, 02:14 PM
It's good that someone besides us Viking's fans sees the talent and potential of our receiving core. Can't wait until the season starts, hopefully Childress can use them well.

Freya
05-09-2006, 02:54 PM
Tra-vis, Tra-vis, Tra-vis!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

er, oh yeah,

Team-work, team-work, team-work!!!!!!!!!! :grin:

MightyVikes12391
05-09-2006, 03:41 PM
M Rob is my boy

Zeus
05-09-2006, 07:38 PM
"singersp" wrote:

From realfootball365;
Vikings WR's unheralded but not unproductive


That's what I've been saying for weeks. KRob is an improvement (IMHO) over Burleson, Taylor and MRob are solid pros and Williamson has a year of seasoning under his belt - which both helps his development and distances him from the pressure of the Freak comparisons.

=Z=

Edgecrusher
05-09-2006, 08:03 PM
Ya we have the most underated recieving group in the NFL. Now with hank baskett in the mix we can tear defenses apart if childress can use them right.

cajunvike
05-09-2006, 08:09 PM
"You could even throw tight end Jermaine Wiggins into the mix, whose physique resembles that of Ron Jeremy more than that of an NFL athlete; however, don't let that fool you. Wiggins is tremendously athletic and has caught 140 passes in the past two seasons."

So do we start calling him "The Hedgehog"??? :lol:

LAVike
05-09-2006, 08:11 PM
Wiggins - Ron Jeremy!? WTF? I'm sure Eric Krupka lost some readers with that analogy. :shock:

brandsp
05-09-2006, 08:17 PM
Yeah, but we all know it will be C. Taylor running left behind Hutch and Co. with Richardson leading the way. Trust me the ball won't be in the air much this season, so it's kinda a moot discussion.

Warp
05-09-2006, 08:38 PM
I think Krob will have a huge season! I think he will even make the probowl again this time as a WR. And our other receivers compliment each other so well. They will all be very productive this year!

snowinapril
05-09-2006, 08:43 PM
You could even throw tight end Jermaine Wiggins into the mix, whose physique resembles that of Ron Jeremy more than that of an NFL athlete

The Vikings' receivers aren't the flashiest

Good thing they aren't flashy, especially Wiggins, man talking about frightening.

I thought this title was about K-Rob winning his award for being a comeback guy last season. I just did a search for it, and I couldn't find a darn thing.

Oh well, maybe somebody has the time to find it......

Got to go.

midgensa
05-09-2006, 08:56 PM
"Prophet" wrote:

Wow, that was the longest article with the least amount of information that I have read in a long time.

I was just thinking the same thing ... there is nothing to this article at all other than spitting out well-known facts about where they were drafted blah blah blah ... not enough of a strong opinion to be a column and definitely not enough strength to have any news value.
I agree that they are unheralded ... but he blatantly makes it sound like Koren went to the Pro Bowl as a WR when he went ONLY because of his great return numbers.
One of these guys will have to put up real numbers (1,000 + yards and 8 + TDs) if we want to be succesful this year ... and I think that Koren or T-Will could be the guy to do so.

olson_10
05-09-2006, 08:59 PM
they missed the fact that our passing game with thrive off of our #1 running game

mnjamie
05-09-2006, 09:03 PM
"Prophet" wrote:

Wow, that was the longest article with the least amount of information that I have read in a long time.


Unreal, I was about to say the same thing. A bunch of stats thrown at us with nothing new ... someone had a deadline and nothing to say.

howkings
05-09-2006, 09:31 PM
I like our receivers this year. I think they will compliment each other very well. I think that once we get adjusted to the WCO, we're going to be pushing some teams around this year.