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With the starting positions at S pretty much set for the team, the identification of the backups seems to be the only real uncertainty going forward. I am particularly interested in your opinion regarding the upside potential of
-- Bob H., Richmond, VA
Depth at S is not a concern for the Vikings at this point because of the 2 names Bob mentioned in his question but also because of the potential
-- Alessandro LaCroce, WTP, NJ
D’Imperio probably has an uphill climb because he’ll begin training camp behind Fahu Tahi on the depth chart and because the Vikings are deep at RB. With so much depth at RB, there’s a chance the offensive staff chooses to keep an extra RB as opposed to a FB. But even if the Vikings stick with a FB, Tahi is that guy right now and D’Imperio will have to climb the depth chart quickly to move ahead of Tahi. With all of that said, though, D’Imperio does have a chance during camp to earn a spot on the 53-man roster as well as on the practice squad.
I really enjoy reading your posts on vikings.com and your regular updates, especially since I don't live in the Twin Cities area. How is
-- Tim C.
Some of those questions are for Jackson to answer, but my view on it is that he’s had the right mindset during Favre’s tenure with the Vikings and I believe #7 has been doing the things he needs to do to improve. It’s hard for the casual fan to see this because Jackson doesn’t appear in many games, therefore the improvements he makes are during practices and offseason workouts. Also, the improvements Jackson needs to make are not always physical improvements.
As we get closer to the start of training camp, I’m wondering when we might start seeing more of our draft picks signing contracts.
-- Curtis M.
I haven’t been given any indication that more signing are imminent, but I do see the Vikings positioning themselves to be able to sign draft picks in the next few weeks. I’m not anticipating any of the draft picks missing training camp time because of contractual impasses.
Elite pass-catching TEs are able to force opposing defenses to bring an extra CB on the field. Does
-- Christopher S.
Shiancoe has earned the respect of defenses around the league for his pass-catching ability, although I’m not sure on how often he’s covered by a CB and how often he’s covered by a LB. I’m guessing he sees coverage from both positions and probably also is covered by Ss from time-to-time. For some teams, having 2 pass-catching TEs might work great, but at this point I don’t see that being the optimal setup for the Vikings offense. With talented WRs such as
AS for Shuler, perhaps he has the potential to 1 day be a reliable target in the passing game, but without watching him play 1 game or participate in 1 full-contact practice, I’m a bit uncomfortable setting too high of expectations for him. I was impressed with him during the offseason program and mandatory minicamp, but those activities are a far cry from regular season action.