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Garland Greene
09-02-2007, 01:42 PM
Could be a solid pick up and versitle player.
http://www.startribune.com/blogs/vikings/

The Vikings were awarded former New England TE Garrett Mills today on waivers, according to a report in the Boston Globe. He will become part of the Vikings’ 53-man roster, which means someone will have to be released today to make room for him.

Mills was a fourth-round draft pick last year but was placed on injured reserve midway through the season.

some info


http://www.patriots.com/team/index.cfm?ac=playerbio&bio=32012
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Michael Garrett Mills was born the son of Michael and Billie Mills on Oct. 12, 1983 ... Earned conference academic honors all four seasons and CoSIDA Academic All-American accolades as a senior ... Both of his parents graduated from Tulsa, and his father played football at Tulsa ... A three-year starting tight end at Jenks (Okla.) High School, where he also lettered as a linebacker as a senior ... Selected as the Tulsa World Player of the Year as a senior and was a member of teams that posted a three-year record of 40- 1 and won three Class 6A state titles ... Named the District Player of the Year as a senior ... Caught 39 passes for 1,008 yards and eight touchdowns and totaled 45 tackles and two interceptions as a senior ... Recorded career totals of 71 receptions for 1,711 yards and 12 touchdowns ... Also lettered three times in basketball ... Management major at Tulsa, with a minor in Accounting.

Career Transactions

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Garrett Mills was drafted by the New England Patriots in the fourth round (106th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft ... Signed by the Patriots (7/18/06) ... Placed on injured reserve with hip and thigh injuries (11/14/06).


http://tulsahurricane.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/043006aaa.html

Mills led the nation's tight ends in receiving as a collegiate senior

April 30, 2006

New York, NY - University of Tulsa senior tight end Garrett Mills was the 106th selection the 2006 NFL Draft when the New England Patriots made him their fourth pick overall.

Mills was the ninth selection in the fourth round as the NFL Draft's second day began on Sunday.

The last Tulsa player drafted was quarterback James Kilian selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the seventh round of last year's NFL draft. Mills is the highest draft choice for Tulsa since receiver Chris Penn was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the third round as the 96th player chosen in the 1994 draft.

Mills was the nation's most prolific tight end in college football in 2005, as he led all tight ends in receiving and set an NCAA single-season record for receiving yards by a tight end with 87 receptions for 1,235 yards.

As a senior, Mills earned All-America honors as a first team selection by ESPN.com, SI.com and CBS SportsLine.com. He was named second-team All-America by the Walter Camp Foundation and earned third-team accolades by Associated Press.

Mills established a career-high against #18 Oklahoma in 2005 when he caught 13 passes for 152 yards. He tied that career-best with 152 yards and one TD on eight catches in Tulsa's win in the C-USA Football Championship Game against UCF. Mills was named the MVP of the Conference USA Championship Game.

Mills completed the season ranked fifth nationally in total receiving yards, 16th in receiving yards per game and 19th for receptions per game.

With a cumulative 3.91 grade point average in management, Mills was a recipient of the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Postgraduate Award and was one of 16 finalists for the 2005 Draddy Trophy. He was also selected as an ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA First-Team Academic All-American.

In his career, Mills had 201 receptions for 2,389 yards and 23 touchdowns in 50 games. He became the only tight end in school history to surpass 2,000 career receiving yards and ranks sixth on Tulsa's career receiving yardage list. Mills was a three-time first-team all-conference selection.

PurpleTide
09-02-2007, 01:49 PM
Sounds like we got another TE with soft hands. Is he a blocker? We have the Saucer for that, just hope he can get downfield and help Tarvaris.

V4L
09-02-2007, 02:11 PM
If he can play close to as good as he did in college ill be stoked

Garland Greene
09-02-2007, 03:08 PM
"PurpleTide" wrote:



Sounds like we got another TE with soft hands. Is he a blocker? We have the Saucer for that, just hope he can get downfield and help Tarvaris.


Its the versitale player that Chilly Loves. If healthy i think he will be a solid contributor

Capital_J
09-02-2007, 04:13 PM
Good signing, now hopefully we cut Dugan. Mills is a much better receiver than Dugan and Tahi is a better FB than Dugan.

DaVizzles
09-02-2007, 04:38 PM
Mills will fit well in Childress' west coast offense. I would also like us to cut Dugan not Tahi. I wonder if we are gonna make any more moves?? This is a fun time in the season!

davike
09-02-2007, 04:49 PM
I really like this pick up....he sounds like he should be able to really contribute this season. Sounds like Belichick really liked him
;D

thevikingfan
09-02-2007, 04:53 PM
http://www.startribune.com/blogs/vikings/?p=923

Mills was a fourth-round draft pick last year but was placed on injured reserve midway through the season. The Patriots wanted to put him on their practice squad so badly that coach Bill Belichick called Vikings coach Brad Childress this morning about him. As Childress recounted during an appearance on WCCO-AM’s Softballs with Sid, Belichick apparently was suggesting he would claim a Vikings castoff if the Vikings did not back off of his player.

Yea chili piss of bellichink
;D

vikeswin2005
09-02-2007, 05:13 PM
I truly think this will be a good pickup especially if he shows any of talent he did prior to the NFL

jdvike
09-02-2007, 05:14 PM
"thevikingfan" wrote:


http://www.startribune.com/blogs/vikings/?p=923

Mills was a fourth-round draft pick last year but was placed on injured reserve midway through the season. The Patriots wanted to put him on their practice squad so badly that coach Bill Belichick called Vikings coach Brad Childress this morning about him. As Childress recounted during an appearance on WCCO-AM’s Softballs with Sid, Belichick apparently was suggesting he would claim a Vikings castoff if the Vikings did not back off of his player.

Yea chili piss of bellichink
;D


Screw Belichick!
He knew how the system worked when he cut Mills.
Good solid pickup for the Vikes.

Marrdro
09-02-2007, 05:19 PM
Very interesting move.
I like it.
;D

Vikes_King
09-02-2007, 06:56 PM
haha thats a bad ass article, bring it billy

marstc09
09-02-2007, 07:36 PM
It is getting late, has anyone heard who we cut?

singersp
09-02-2007, 08:47 PM
"marstc09" wrote:


It is getting late, has anyone heard who we cut?



"Brian Daniels was released from the active roster to make room for tight end Garrett Mills, who was claimed on waivers from New England."

http://vikingsnow.blogspot.com/2007/09/practice-squad-signings.html

Garland Greene
09-02-2007, 10:09 PM
Lets hope Daniels clears Waivers then and gets put on the practice sqaud. I like his potetial down the road. Needs some time to develop.

cajunvike
09-02-2007, 10:40 PM
Welcome, Garrett!
Now you don't have to be around that pompous ass, Belichick anymore!
LOL

duvaldomo
09-02-2007, 10:42 PM
so whos going to start? I really wanna see what shinacoe got but I do want to see if mills is ready for the NFL level

davike
09-03-2007, 02:05 AM
Patriots coach Bill Belichick wasn’t bluffing when he “threatened” coach Brad Childress not to claim Mills from them and he nabbed LB David Herron from the Vikings.


http://vikings.scout.com/2/675037.html?refid=400&CMP=OTC-K9B140813162&ATT=5

digital420
09-03-2007, 02:54 AM
well, seems that we got one of those players billyboy was tryin to keep under wraps..

hopefully he can work out into a tool we use to surpass all the critiques!!

DiGiTaL

jkjuggalo
09-03-2007, 05:25 AM
Hopefully he can catch and not get false start penalties like our boy Shanky.
With all the bs hype I've heard about #81, I am not impressed.
He did have a TD but he was wide open on a trick play.
Maybe Childress noticed that TE was one of our weakest, or at least more questionable positions.

singersp
09-03-2007, 08:54 AM
A player lost, another gained on active day for Vikings (http://www.startribune.com/vikings/story/1398292.html)

To Bill Belichick's chagrin, they took tight end Garrett Mills from New England. To Brad Childress' chagrin, Kansas City signed well-regarded rookie quarterback Tyler Thigpen.

By Kevin Seifert and Judd Zulgad, Star Tribune staff writers

Last update: September 03, 2007 – 12:40 AM

The Vikings added an intriguing tight end prospect but lost a promising quarterback during a flurry of activity Sunday at Winter Park....

douginc
09-03-2007, 09:22 AM
"Capital_J" wrote:


Good signing, now hopefully we cut Dugan. Mills is a much better receiver than Dugan and Tahi is a better FB than Dugan.


A-men

I do not care all that much for Dugan.......it's just - I've never seen anything in his play that really warranted the lengthy extension we gave to him.

Purple Floyd
09-03-2007, 09:27 AM
So is he going to just fill a spot or is this an indication that Shank may not be developing like he was supposed to?

cogitans
09-04-2007, 03:29 AM
Vikings: Belichick downplays waiver chat (http://www.startribune.com/510/story/1399349.html)

By Kevin Seifert, Star Tribune

Marrdro
09-04-2007, 05:27 PM
"douginc" wrote:


"Capital_J" wrote:


Good signing, now hopefully we cut Dugan. Mills is a much better receiver than Dugan and Tahi is a better FB than Dugan.


A-men

I do not care all that much for Dugan.......it's just - I've never seen anything in his play that really warranted the lengthy extension we gave to him.

I was talking to a guy at work who is a Pats fan.
He says that Mills is more of a FB than a TE.
He can run/catch and should be able to break down a LB if they try to cover him with one but he isn't a very good blocker.

He did say that he can find the seam well, catches just about everything that gets near him and can run after the catch, but again, he isn't to good of a Blocking TE.

Sounds like a situational kindof guy to me.
Very interesting though.
::)

Billy Boy
09-04-2007, 06:26 PM
"UffDaVikes" wrote:


So is he going to just fill a spot or is this an indication that Shank may not be developing like he was supposed to?


I don't think Mills has any immediate role on the team (check out his stats).
It seems that he is on the active roster only because it was mandatory for the team to get him.
It doesn't look like Shiancoe has been performing to well but he has been bothered by an injury (doesn't explain away the drops), but we know Chili isn't gonna give up on his investment already. Hopefully Kleiny can continue his success from camps in the meanwhile.

C Mac D
09-04-2007, 06:30 PM
"Billy" wrote:


"UffDaVikes" wrote:


So is he going to just fill a spot or is this an indication that Shank may not be developing like he was supposed to?


I don't think Mills has any immediate role on the team (check out his stats).
It seems that he is on the active roster only because it was mandatory for the team to get him.
It doesn't look like Shiancoe has been performing to well but he has been bothered by an injury (doesn't explain away the drops), but we know Chili isn't gonna give up on his investment already. Hopefully Kleiny can continue his success from camps in the meanwhile.


I wouldn't be so sure about that. I think once he learns the system he will be an active player. I don't think Childress has been happy with Shiancoe. Apparently Belichek liked this guy's game too from what was posted on the "Wedgie" thread. I'm not saying he is going to be Antonio Gates or anything, but Childress may think he is a better option than what we have for certain situations.

Purple Floyd
09-04-2007, 09:18 PM
"C" wrote:


"Billy" wrote:


"UffDaVikes" wrote:


So is he going to just fill a spot or is this an indication that Shank may not be developing like he was supposed to?


I don't think Mills has any immediate role on the team (check out his stats).
It seems that he is on the active roster only because it was mandatory for the team to get him.
It doesn't look like Shiancoe has been performing to well but he has been bothered by an injury (doesn't explain away the drops), but we know Chili isn't gonna give up on his investment already. Hopefully Kleiny can continue his success from camps in the meanwhile.


I wouldn't be so sure about that. I think once he learns the system he will be an active player. I don't think Childress has been happy with Shiancoe. Apparently Belichek liked this guy's game too from what was posted on the "Wedgie" thread. I'm not saying he is going to be Antonio Gates or anything, but Childress may think he is a better option than what we have for certain situations.


Sadly that seems to be a common theme.