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March 2007


Moorehead’s visit

Saturday, March 31st, 2007

Aaron Moorehead, the free-agent receiver from the Colts, is going to arrive in town Monday evening and will spend Tuesday visiting with the Vikings. In other words if Moorhead gets a contract offer — and odds are he will — it will happen Tuesday.

By the way not sure if you read the story on Moorehead today, but at the end of it we had a note about the Vikings draft party from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 28 at Winter Park. Tickets go on sale Monday and can be purchased by calling 612-338-4537. General admission is $20, that’s not cheap considering this is an opportunity to stand around, watch TV and maybe get the Vikings spin on things, but I suppose some people enjoy it.

Report: Receiver to visit

Friday, March 30th, 2007

Saw this posted on the previous blog in the comments section. The Indianapolis Star has a report today that Colts free-agent receiver Aaron Moorehead will meet with the Vikings on Monday. According the story, at least two other teams also have expressed interest in the fourth-year player.

The play calling

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

Lots of good stuff provided by Kevin from the NFL meetings the past few days. If you haven’t checked out his story in today’s Star Tribune you’re definitely going to want to click on this link.

Among the topics Brad Childress touched on was the play calling and the chance that offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell will be worked into that mix during minicamps. Childress isn’t saying he’s going to give up the play calling, but if you read Seifert’s story it’s pretty clear the head coach realizes that taking on that assignment kept him from seeing the bigger picture at times.

If you want to hear Seifert’s thoughts on what is going on with the Purple check out this link from his appearance on KFAN yesterday.

Jackson welcomes competition

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson has been at Winter Park for several weeks getting ready for the 2007 season. At this point, Jackson almost certainly would be the Vikings starter but the organization has made it known it would consider drafting Notre Dame’s Brady Quinn if he’s available with the seventh pick of the first round. That isn’t likely to happen but Jackson said he would welcome the competition.

“Brady Quinn did a lot of good things in college and he’s a pretty good quarterback,” Jackson said Wednesday after finishing a weight lifting session. “But it’s a competition. I welcome competition. The only thing I can really control is what I do because I can go out there and just do my best. It’s up to the coaches to put in whoever they want to put in. But I feel like if I take care of my end that’s all I can really worry about.”

As for the Vikings receivers, Jackson expressed confidence in a group that doesn’t have a clear-cut No. 1 guy. “I love my receivers,” he said. “Almost a year now we’ve been working together. I work with those guys every day to see what they can do. … Besides [Bobby Wade and Billy McMullen] we don’t have a lot of experience out there. That’s the main point. But as far as talent and ability goes, I’m very confident in those guys.”

The media was given access to the Vikings’ 10 a.m. workout this morning. There are three sessions per day and many players are participating. Receiver Troy Williamson was in attendance but declined to speak to reporters.

Ouch

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

The Vikings are ranked 119th out of 122 major pro sports franchises in ESPN The Magazine’s fifth annual ultimate standings.

The NHL’s Buffalo Sabres are No. 1 in the rankings and the Detroit Lions are last “when it comes to paying fans back for their investment of time, money and passion. The poll is “driven by research and fan feedback” and can be found in the current issue of ESPN The Magazine and also on ESPN.com.

The only teams that are behind the Vikings in the rankings are the New York Knicks, Oakland Raiders and Lions.

Meetings up next

Sunday, March 25th, 2007

Just wanted to get a new post up. Most of the NFL world will be in Phoenix this week for the owners meetings. Coach Brad Childress and owner Zygi Wilf will be among the members of the Vikings organization who will be on hand.

With most of the free-agent market having been picked over, things have slowed in the news department. We did confirm this week that the Vikings have made a call to check on veteran receiver Eric Moulds. It seems reasonable the team might want to give a guy such as Moulds a look to see if he can help provide some depth at the position.

I saw some of you commented on the piece we ran in the paper Sunday about the discontent of Vikings fans. Feel free to continue the discussion and voice your feelings about this.

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