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Some notes from today’s training camp

Just a quick link that you guys might find interesting. This is some notes from this morning’s practice posted on

A few notes from this morning’s practice before we head out to a 1 hour special teams practice this afternoon…

– Vikings WR Sidney Rice had a nice morning practice today, hauling in a number of catches during various periods and making a great play over a CB down the right sideline. At 6-4, 202 pounds, Rice is a big target with great hands and he’s entering a year that could really be a turning point for him.

– Another Vikings WR, Percy Harvin, also had a great day. He caught deep balls from both Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels today, stirring the Vikings fans in attendance and showcasing his impressive speed.

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Two things about these notes made me a happy fan. The first one was the note about Sidney Rice making big plays. Sidney is a potential weapon for the Vikings that so far has been held back by injuries. Sidney has a great work ethic, too, and he wants to do whatever it takes to improve. He spent time before training camp working out with Larry Fitzgerald and Cris Carter. Carter had great things to say about him.

I love it that the writer for the Vikings blog pointed out that he had a great practice, but on Twitter, Sidney said that it was “average” and “not good enough”. I think this will be a big year for Rice.

I also love hearing good things about Percy Harvin. Catching deep balls is a great thing, and something we’ve needed for a few years (although Berrian filled in some of the gaps last year).

But I really think Harvin will bring a lot to the team. I was reading some news earlier about how the Vikings have designed some plays with both Harvin and Adrian Peterson in the backfield at the same time.

Now THAT gets me all sorts of pumped up.

Sidney Rice’s agent thinks that Rice will be used more

Sidney Rice’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, thinks that despite the fact that the Vikings picked up Percy Harvin in the draft, his client will become a bigger part of the Minnesota Vikings offense.


Actually, I agree.

I think Rice has a big upside that has been hampered thus far by injuries. If he can stay healthy, I expect him to contribute.

In fact, if a certain #4 ends up under center, I think that we’ll see contributions from a lot of guys in the passing game. Childress has been a fan of the short passing game, theoretically keeping the long pass as a threat to happen any time. Two years ago, Favre had a great season in Green Bay by tearing apart other teams with the short passing game. I think Harvin and Berrian will definitely keep the option of the deep pass alive, while both also posing a threat to turn slant routes into big gains. I think that’ll leave Rice, Bobby Wade, and Visanthe Shiancoe available to run the short and intermediate routes, and to take on the roles of “possession receivers”.

I don’t think Rice will be anywhere near the go-to guy on the list, but I do think he’ll contribute.