>Lowber has all the tools
Size, speed, jumping ability, athleticism, hands? Todd Lowber has it all. The nuances of the game, that’s to be determined. The journey officially begins this weekend. Lowber comments to the Pioneer Press.
>Jackson and Peterson will make it interesting
There are a lot of question marks as the Vikings enter training camp this summer, but Tarvaris Jackson and Adrian Peterson have incredible upside potential. In fact, as columnist Jim Souhan writes in the StarTribune, the kids could change everything.
>Five questions on offense
Sean Jensen of the Pioneer Press sees improvement on offense but still has five key questions for putting together an effective attack this season.
>Early returns optimistic on Jackson
An online poll by the Pioneer Press asks how quarterback Tarvaris Jackson’s second season will go with the Vikings. Based on the early returns, a little more than 60 percent of respondents are predicting “the beginning of a decent career” or “the start of something special.”
>Two-back tandem improves team’s chances.
Bob Sansevere of the Pioneer Press writes that, “Nobody seems to be expecting much from the Vikings because they're coming off a lousy season and plan to start an inexperienced quarterback. But if Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor combine to rush for more than 2,000 yards, it will lighten the pressure on Tarvaris Jackson, and the Vikings would have a shot at finishing .500.” Nothing would take the pressure off Jackson more than a strong, strong running game.
>Ex-Viking Lynch settles with league
Former NFL center Ben Lynch, who played football at California and with the Vikings, 49ers and Texans in the NFL, has reached a tentative agreement to settle his lawsuit out of court. His lawsuit was against the NFL’s retirement and disability plans because he believed he should have been getting more benefits since his disabilities were caused by an “active football” injury. No details of the settlement have been disclosed, but during surgery to repair a torn ACL injury while with Houston, Lynch developed a staph infection. The ligament was removed, and after six additional surgeries he developed complex regional pain syndrome. “I would get this wild, burning pain just sitting around watching television,” Lynch told the San Francisco Chronicle. Lynch feels excruciating pain and can walk only about 200 yards at a time. Lynch spent a couple years (1996-97) with the Vikings on their practice squad.
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