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Sunday, May 29, 2005


The last entry we talked about the all mighty Matt Birk. Well I have some updated news on his status. Apparently the center has said that he will miss part of training camp after all. I just feel bad for the guy. Birk has not been healthy in over a year. Hopefully he will be ok soon enough for the 05’ season.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

The Anchor

Matt Birk, the Minnesota Vikings Pro Bowl Center, is scheduled to have surgery today to fix his torn labrum in his right hip. If my calculations are correct this will be Birk’s third operation in his career.

Birk is still penciled in as the starter; after all he is the anchor to the offensive line as well as a team leader on offense. Birk feels that he should be ready by the time training camp roles around, so nobody panic.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Running Back Shuffle

Did you know Onterrio Smith was caught with a kit which sole purpose is to circumvent drug test. That is now a strike against him for the NFL substance abuse policy.

Yet regardless Coach Mike Tice has said Smith will still compete with Michael Bennett and Mewelde Moore for the stating job at running back, which has been shaky. I doubt that it will be Smith carrying the workload though. Rather, a trio of backs combining for 1,000 yards.

But don’t leave out rookie running back Ciatrick Fason. He was about to be pushed aside as a special ‘teamer’ for the 05 season, but now has a legitimate shot for some playing time in the back field.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Falling in to Place

WR Troy Williamson has top-flight speed but will need work on his fundamentals. During early spring workouts, Williamson dropped more than his share of balls -- at times appearing to have his hands in the wrong position. New WR coach Wes Chandler should be able to correct that technique early in training camp.

WR Travis Taylor didn't receive the notoriety of some other free agent signings, but he might prove to be one of the team's shrewdest. During a recent minicamp, Taylor showed unexpected polish and technique and has a strong chance to be the team's No. 3 receiver.