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singersp
06-03-2006, 01:10 PM
Posted on Sat, Jun. 03, 2006

Taylor eager for new challenges

BY DON SEEHOLZER
Pioneer Press

The misnomer known as the NFL offseason ground on for the Vikings as 45 rookies and select veterans wrapped up another round of OTAs (organized team activities) Friday at Winter Park.

No. 1 pick Chad Greenway and the rest of this year's draft class were on hand for the last of six voluntary practices, as were a number of young veterans, including running back Chester Taylor, who is expected to be the team's featured ball carrier after signing a four-year, $14.1 million contract to leave Baltimore during the offseason.

Friday's practice was the first OTA session open to the media and first since the Vikings' May 13-15 minicamp for Taylor, but he should have plenty of opportunities to start earning his money this fall after four seasons of backing up Jamal Lewis with the Ravens.

"I'm ready for the challenge," Taylor said. "I had my spurts in Baltimore when Jamal got hurt, and then he got suspended (for two games in 2004) and I had to take the load. I know I can do it. I just want to prove I can do it for a whole season this time."

Taylor rushed for 1,599 yards and averaged 4.3 yards a carry during his four seasons in Baltimore, where he had the luxury of running behind an offensive line anchored by left tackle Jonathan Ogden, a nine-time Pro Bowl selection.

The Vikings' front five might be even better, though, after the offseason addition of all-pro left guard Steve Hutchinson to go with Pro Bowl center Matt Birk and left tackle Bryant McKinnie.

"I'm real excited," Taylor said. "I had a great offensive line in Baltimore, but I'm really looking forward to playing behind this line."

At the moment, Taylor is just trying to get his legs loose for the next round of voluntary practices, with all veterans expected to be on hand Monday, and accustom himself to a radically different offseason routine.

Suffice to say Ravens coach Brian Billick didn't work his veteran players as hard or as often as Vikings coach Brad Childress has during his first offseason.

"I heard that new coaches get more practices anyway, but Baltimore is totally different," Taylor said. "We didn't practice as much as we're doing here. As coaches, they both want to put the best players on the field to win. I just feel the practice style is totally different. Here, coach is going to put us through every practice he thinks we need to get better."

Childress said the objective of this week's practices was to get the rookies and young players more accustomed to the Vikings' tempo and system in addition to the larger goal of teaching them how to be professionals.

It also was a good opportunity to get some extra work for players such as rookie quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, who took all the snaps as the only QB at Friday's practice, and two players just back from NFL Europe, wide receiver Aaron Hosack and cornerback Ronyell Whitaker.

"Great hand-eye coordination," Childress said of Hosack. "Obviously, he's a bigger target, which quarterbacks love. He kind of vacuums up the football. As my old stats guy used to say, receivers by definition should receive, and he does a good job of that."

Like Hosack, Whitaker was named to the All-NFL Europe team, and the fact that he played under Vikings defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin at Tampa Bay won't hurt his chances in the race for the nickel back job.

"I think the great thing is they have a feel for his football character and how he plays the game," Childress said. "He's a great competitor. He already caught our guys' eyes in the special-teams area. He's got a chance. You like those guys that compete."

Injury report: Wide receiver Troy Williamson, who missed last month's minicamp after having an abscess removed from his left hip, saw a doctor Friday in South Carolina and was progressing well, according to Childress, who said there is an "outside chance" last year's No. 1 draft choice could be back for the June 19-21 voluntary minicamp.

Fullback Joey Goodspeed was placed on season-ending injured reserve after surgery Thursday to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

Briefly: Wide receiver Billy McMullen, acquired last month in a trade with Philadelphia, is wearing Randy Moss' old No. 84. Rookie wide receiver Jason Carter got Daunte Culpepper's former No. 11.

• Childress, on this week's hiring of Rick Spielman as vice president of player personnel: "I've known Rick for a long time and knew what kind of person he was. Good person. I'm excited to be working with him. Very excited."

Don Seeholzer can be reached at dseeholzer@pioneerpress.com.

Taylor eager for new challenges (http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/14730103.htm)

singersp
06-03-2006, 02:14 PM
I'm relly looking forward to seeing what C-Tay can do behind our line.

I just hope he & Memo stay healthy all season long.

NordicNed
06-03-2006, 03:01 PM
I just have a feeling Taylor is going to come out like a bull. He's going to pile up some yardage and TD's for sure..

singersp
06-03-2006, 08:42 PM
Posted on Sat, Jun. 03, 2006

TAYLOR'S TOTES

Chester Taylor's rushing statistics during his four seasons with Baltimore:

Season_Att._Yds._ Avg._TD
2002___33___22__3.7__0
2003___63__276__4.4__2
2004__160__714__4.5__2
2005__117__487__4.2__0
------------------------------
Totals_373_1,599__4.3 4

TAYLOR'S TOTES (http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/sports/football/14730408.htm?source=rss&channel=twincities_football)

DarrinNelsonguy
06-03-2006, 08:47 PM
Taylor should be excited about running behind out dominant line and with Richardson helping pave the way for him. We should be one of the best running teams in the NFL this season.

I want to see us go into DC on MNF and take our first possession and go 80 yard in 8 minutes or so and just chew up the defense.

NordicNed
06-03-2006, 08:47 PM
"singersp" wrote:

Posted on Sat, Jun. 03, 2006

TAYLOR'S TOTES

Chester Taylor's rushing statistics during his four seasons with Baltimore:

Season_Att._Yds._ Avg._TD
2002___33___22__3.7__0
2003___63__276__4.4__2
2004__160__714__4.5__2
2005__117__487__4.2__0
------------------------------
Totals_373_1,599__4.3 4

TAYLOR'S TOTES (http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/sports/football/14730408.htm?source=rss&channel=twincities_football)


I like his 2004 Stats,

Looks like he may just be able to carry the load if asked to..

4.5 yd's per carry, not to bad of a stat if I do say so......I wonder what his recieving stats show....

Prophet
06-03-2006, 11:35 PM
KFFL
Vikings | C. Taylor ready for starting assignment
Sat, 3 Jun 2006 07:00:09 -0700

Don Seeholzer, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings RB Chester Taylor is up for the challenge of being the team's starting running back in 2006. "I'm ready for the challenge," Taylor said. "I had my spurts in Baltimore when Jamal (Lewis) got hurt, and then he got suspended (for two games in 2004) and I had to take the load. I know I can do it. I just want to prove I can do it for a whole season this time." The Vikings are expected to have an improved offensive line in 2006 too. "I'm real excited," Taylor said. "I had a great offensive line in Baltimore, but I'm really looking forward to playing behind this line."

Vikes_King
06-04-2006, 12:43 AM
sounds good enough to me =P

V-Unit
06-04-2006, 03:08 AM
Acquisitions like these are the ones that make me wonder why we have so many critics. Oh well, it wouldn't be the offseason if we had positive press.

Taylor is a definite upgrade. It will be exciting to watch us turn into a running team, I hope.

singersp
06-04-2006, 03:11 AM
"V-Unit" wrote:

Acquisitions like these are the ones that make me wonder why we have so many critics. Oh well, it wouldn't be the offseason if we had positive press.

Taylor is a definite upgrade. It will be exciting to watch us turn into a running team, I hope.


It wouldn't be the regular season either. :wink:

V-Unit
06-04-2006, 10:21 AM
So basically, the NFL will move the team to LA once the media starts to like us.

If you look at it that way, Patrick Reusse is a godsend!

Lando
06-04-2006, 04:29 PM
SATURDAY NOTES (Viking Update.com)

* There is talk that Chester Taylor didn't show up to the team's offseason workout program in good shape and hasn't made any Brownie points with the new coaching staff.

PurpleRide
06-04-2006, 05:30 PM
"V-Unit" wrote:

So basically, the NFL will move the team to LA once the media starts to like us.

If you look at it that way, Patrick Reusse is a godsend!


The NFL will not move the team to LA, its the idiots who run minnesota will force them to move to LA

ejmat
06-04-2006, 05:31 PM
CT is going to have a breakout season. He has done a great job when filling in. IMO he should have started over Lewis last year but Billick obviously wasn't ready to give up on Lewis. All I can say is with the OL and Richardson, if we don't have a great running game, I don't know who will.

That will also help the passing game. I like how CT comes out of the backfield. then you have Wigs and the WRs. I'd also like to see Hosack get some playing time. I said in a previous post he reminds me of a Jeremy Shockey type player. I know he is a WR and Shockey's a TE but they have the same style of play.

spunk_goblin
06-04-2006, 05:33 PM
"PurpleRide" wrote:

"V-Unit" wrote:

So basically, the NFL will move the team to LA once the media starts to like us.

If you look at it that way, Patrick Reusse is a godsend!


The NFL will not move the team to LA, its the idiots who run minnesota will force them to move to LA

Too right - if we dont get this new stadium sorted quickly then there is a very good chance that the team will be moved. That's just realism

cc21
06-04-2006, 07:20 PM
Well I am eager to see what he can do for us this year. Hopefully he will have the breakout year that many people are predicting.

whackthepack
06-05-2006, 07:13 PM
"Lando" wrote:

SATURDAY NOTES (Viking Update.com)

* There is talk that Chester Taylor didn't show up to the team's offseason workout program in good shape and hasn't made any Brownie points with the new coaching staff.


Great, he signs a big fat contract and now he is getting big and fat! I thought from what he said that he had a hunger to prove himself, now he just has a hunger.

NodakPaul
06-05-2006, 07:58 PM
"whackthepack" wrote:

"Lando" wrote:

SATURDAY NOTES (Viking Update.com)

* There is talk that Chester Taylor didn't show up to the team's offseason workout program in good shape and hasn't made any Brownie points with the new coaching staff.


Great, he signs a big fat contract and now he is getting big and fat! I thought from what he said that he had a hunger to prove himself, now he just has a hunger.

meh. I am not too worried about it yet. From other reports about the OTAs and from what Taylor said about Baltimore, I think there were different expectations between some of the players and Childress as to what level of shape they needed to be in when the off season started.

Taylor openly admitted that he was never worked as hard in Baltimore's offseason workouts, and Childress acknowledged that there were several people on the team who he instructed to lose weight.

I don't think it shows that Taylor has any less drive. I still think he is going to have a break out year.