Rookie Thigpen worth watching all four quarters
Preseason games can get a bit enduring, especially when the scrubs are in come the fourth quarter. But Vikings rookie quarterback Tyler Thigpen might make tonight’s preseason game against the Jets worth sitting through to the end for serious fans.
Thigpen is scheduled to work the fourth quarter in the quarterback rotation for tonight’s game.
Thigpen showed some promise in his NFL debut against the Rams last week. His stats were modest, as he completed 3 of 6 passes for 29 yards, but his two rushes for 18 yards helped sustain a drive as he showed some flashes of excitement.
Overall he threw the ball pretty well, showed a lot of poise and impressed the coaches with his ability to compete.
“He is a strong competitor,” coach Brad Childress said. “You can see that on tape, not just in this past game but just in the way he played the game down at Coastal Carolina. He's not as refined as he needs to be, but he's a pretty good competitor.”
Then in another Childress-ism he said: “He locks his jaw pretty good.”
Vikings cover all the bases
Here’s an excellent article by Jay Glazer at FOX Sports from Vikings training camp. He highlights the work wide receiver Troy Williamson has done in the offseason with the folks from Nike Vision.
Glazer also experienced the funky red contact lenses the Vikings utilized in Mankato. And, also puts a plug in for the team chiropractor and the shrewd salary cap work that Rob Brzezinski and Dave Blando do with the Vikings.
It’s only one game into his return to the field, but the early returns are favorable for linebacker Chad Greenway.
“He had 11 pretty good snaps. He made a couple breaks on the ball. I really saw him attack a screen out on the flat, he and all those linebackers,” according to Childress. “Just a matter of keeping his pads down and keeping him playing with leverage, but he is a fast, fast guy and he has a pretty good see-to-do too. At times it is just important that he is tempoing the ball the right way and not overrunning and letting something come back.”
Add another one to the Childress vernacular: “Tempoing the ball the right way.”
Cardinals refute Warner trade rumors
According to the Arizona Republic, the Arizona Cardinals have gone public to swat down any rumors of trade talk with the Vikings about veteran quarterback Kurt Warner.
“They can’t have him,” Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt said.
As we said yesterday, it simply doesn’t make sense for the Cardinals to unload Warner and leave themselves with Shane Boyd and Toby Korrodi, who have never taken a snap in a regular-season game, as the only backups behind Matt Leinart.
Siskowic No. 57
Former Illinois State linebacker Cameron Siskowic, signed this week for linebacker depth, is wearing No. 57. It’s the same number as Rufus Alexander, who landed on injured reserve for the season with a knee injury.
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