VikingBuzz BLOG: 6/21

Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson continues to create the kind of optimism and excitement that rivals that of Randy Moss back in '98.

>Peterson makes Top 5 in Minneapolis
The kid hasn't even played a down of football for the Vikings yet, and already he's being mentioned as one of the Top 5 athletes in Minneapolis by Michael Rand in his Fanhouse post.  Adrian Peterson checks in at No. 5 behind four far more proven pro athletes in baseball and football.  People are so in love with Peterson's potential it's ridiculous.

>Peterson's mom a field legend too
According to KLTV in Tyler, Tex., Adrian Peterson's
mother, Bonita Jackson, says her son gets his talent from both sides of the family. But history tends to lean to her favor.  At Palestine Westwood, Bonita was known as the fastest girl in Texas.  In the state track tournament she won gold in the 100 meter, 200 meter, triple jump and long jump her senior year.  Twenty years later, her son Adrian earned the distinction of fastest boy in the state.  The Vikings rookie continues to generate more excitement than any rookie the team has brought in since Randy Moss in 1998. 

>Deja vu: Vikes' rushing attack reminiscent of '98 squad
The addition of potential franchise back Adrian Peterson brings back memories of the high-powered Vikings’ offense of 1998.  How so?  The Viking drafted Randy Moss at wide receiver when they already had Cris Carter and Jake Reed in their prime.  Similarly, the Vikings added Peterson when they already had a 1,200-yard rusher in Chester Taylor.  But the ’98 Vikings also had a pretty formidable rushing tandem in Robert Smith and Leroy Hoard who combined for 2,155 total yards and 18 touchdowns.  (realfootball365.com)

>Adrian Peterson Day this weekend
How many NFL rookies have their hometown honor them before they've even played a down of professional football?  Not many, but Vikings rookie running back Adrian Peterson will be the guest of honor in his hometown of Palestine, Tex., this coming Saturday (June 23).  “We’re excited about Adrian Peterson returning to his hometown to receive recognition from the city,” Palestine Mayor Carolyn Salter told the hometown newspaper.  “We look forward to him having a wonderful career in the NFL.”

>Peterson well-suited for transition to NFL
Adrian Peterson is likley another prime example of a talented college player who did NOT win the Heisman Trophy but went on to have a far better pro career than players who do win it.  Peterson was the runner-up in Heisman voting as a freshman in 2003 when he rushed for 1,925 yards with the Sooners.  Mike Wobschall of Vikings.com talks about the transition to the NFL. 

>Frazier talks football
New Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier made his first appearance on KFAN Thursday morning.

>Cost of new stadium only continues to rise
According to the Minnepolis-St. Paul Business Journal if the Legislature doesn't approve the team's plan for a $954 million retractable-roof stadium during the 2008 session, the additional one-year wait would add $47 million to the construction costs.  Not taking action is not without its consequences.

>Alexander’s deal is for four years
The recent contract signed by sixth-round LB Rufus Alexander was for four years, the typical length these days for late-round rookie contracts.  After four seasons, Alexander is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent.

>Vikings not interested in veteran WR McCardell
You may have heard the name of veteran WR Keenan McCardell making the rounds lately.  What you have NOT heard is the Vikings associated with any of those rumors.  Free agent Bobby Wade has been solid.  The strong showing of third-year WR Troy Williamson, who appears poised for something between a bounceback and a breakout season, and talented young prospects Sidney Rice, Aundrae Allison and Chandler Williams, along with a competitive field of prospects beyond them has all but ruled out the team having any interest in a “seasoned” veteran who is likely past his prime.  No disrespect to McCardell or an Eric Moulds, but previous experiments with guys like Derrick Alexander and Sean Dawkins (former first-round picks) never really panned out.

>Georgia’s CB Oliver the other supplemental draft prospect
While the Vikings have been among several teams showing at least modest interest in Nebraska OL Chris Patrick, they may not be keen on Georgia CB Paul Oliver.  With the team’s depth at cornerback in Antoine Winfield, Cedric Griffin, Marcus McCauley and others, it is unlikely the Vikings will invest a high pick in Oliver, who is going supplemental after flunking out of school.  There were 23 teams represented at Oliver's Pro Day today, but his workout numbers were pretty ordinary as he reportedly ran his 40 times in the 4.50-4.62 range and recorded a vertical jump of 33½ inches.  He measured 5105, 195 pounds.  (fanhouse) (ESPN)

>Another potential supplemental draft prospect to watch
Academic trouble could push Maryland OT Jared Gaither into the supplemental draft, as well.  Because of the position he plays, the Vikings would undoubtedly give him a look.  Gaither didn't allow a sack in 11 games as a freshman at Maryland in 2005.  He started 9 of 13 games in 2006 and is said to possess tremendous size and athleticism.  But the 6-foot-9, 350-pound tackle has been in and out of head coach Ralph Friedgen's dog house during his two-plus seasons at Maryland.  He quickly fell into academic trouble at Maryland and was suspended by Friedgen for last season's opener against Division I-AA William & Mary.  A prospect who struggles with academics can probably be least tolerable on the offensive line, however, which usually carries the highest Wonderlic scores on any team.  (ESPN) (fanhouse)

>Ex-Viking WR Howry now with Hamilton in CFL
Former Vikings WR-PR Keenan Howry, a seventh-round pick by the team in 2003, is now with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League.  (HamiltonSpectator

>Vikings offense and defense rankings with the NFC North
ESPN analyst Mark Schlereth offered his opinion about the offenses and defenses within the NFC North recently.  (railbirdcentral)

>Ten most dysfunctional offseasons
It’s worth noting the Vikings did NOT make the list.  (fannation.com)

>NFL “Prediction System” preview on the Vikings
A decent overview of the team with a grading system (faniq.com)

>Vikings talk (KFAN Audio)

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