Monday Morning Mailbag

Posted Jun 28, 2010

Do you have a comment or question? Send it to the Mailbag! Every Monday during the offseason we’ll post several comments and/or questions as part of the Monday Morning Mailbag feature. Although we can’t post every comment or question, we will reply to every question submitted.

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First I just want to say thanks so much for everything you do with the website. You do a great job, keep it up! If RB Darius Reynaud does not make one of the RB spots, will he possibly return to being punt returner?
-- Joe H., Sioux Falls, SD

Operating under the assumption that Reynaud makes the 53-man roster out of training camp, I anticipate he’ll be in the mix to return punts regardless of his role in the offense. I’d actually submit to you that Reynaud’s special teams ability is an advantage for him as he battles for a spot at either RB or WR. Players who can fulfill multiple roles are more valuable than players who are pigeon holed to just one position or one role.


I've been a die-hard Vikings fan since 1964. What are Colt Anderson's chances of making the 53-man roster? He's a great S and outstanding special teamer. Go Vikings!
-- Tom Hart, Butte, MT

Anderson is a guy that really works hard at his craft and has shown during his time with the Vikings an ability to play both defense and special teams, as Tom mentioned in his question. The problem for Anderson, who joined the Vikings as an undrafted rookie free agent before the 2009 season, is that he’s not near the top of the depth chart at S and there are also a handful of players at his position (i.e. Husain Abdullah and Eric Frampton) who can also contribute as core special teams players. As well as Anderson has represented himself with the Vikings over the last year, he’s got an uphill climb to make the 53-man roster out of training camp. But I must say that I like Anderson and I hope he finds a way to stick around the Vikings.


Chester Pitts is a very good OG and is available in free agency. I read that the Vikings are interested in him and have at least given him a call. Is there any chance of acquiring Pitts or anyone else as a new offensive lineman that can contribute this year for the Vikings?
-- Ryan T., Maple Grove, MN

The answer to the question is yes. There is a chance the Vikings will acquire another offensive linemen via free agency to improve the team. Vikings VP of Player Personnel Rick Spielman has said frequently that building and maintaining an NFL roster is a never-ending process. Exploring the free agent market and entertaining the idea of signing players, regardless of position, is part of that process. As it relates to Pitts specifically, it’s my opinion that he’s a player the Vikings will consider signing. There are several factors that go into this decision - the player’s health and contract demands being two of the most important – so nothing feels probable or imminent. But it is something worth following because Pitts is a good player who could be in high demand once training camp nears.


Which one of the players on the Vikings roster would most likely play in the World Cup? Would any of them even be competitive?
-- Curtis, Blog commenter

By virtue of their NFL jobs, I’m going to say that Chris Kluwe, Rhys Lloyd and Ryan Longwell would have the best chance to succeed in soccer. I believe Lloyd was actually an outstanding soccer player in high school. But I’ll also throw out 2 more guys who might be pretty tough soccer players – G Anthony Herrera and RB Ian Johnson. Both guys love talking about soccer and therefore I’ve concluded that they might actually be good at playing soccer, too. But I also have to say that none of the players I’ve mentioned above would be very competitive in World Cup competition.


Is there a rift between Adrian Peterson and the Vikings? Are they trying to change his running style? I heard they want Adrian to be more patient…wouldn’t that affect his mentality?
-- Ryan, Blog commenter

No, there’s no rift between Peterson and the Vikings. The issue with #28 not being at minicamp was a significant issue, but I don’t see it having any sort of long-term ramifications on the relationship between player and club. From what I’ve seen and heard, it sounds like patience is something for Peterson to work on for this season, but I don’t think that translates to a change in running style. Peterson is an aggressive runner who fights for extra yardage and takes on defenders and I don’t see that changing.


What was the point of signing Ryan Moats when we are loaded at RB? Will Percy Harvin still return punts? I hope they only use him specifically at WR.
-- diehardvikesfan, Blog commenter

I think it’s never a bad idea to add good players to your roster and the addition of Moats to the RB corps was an example of adding a good player. You just don’t know who’s going to be injured or become unavailable, especially during training camp and the preseason. In recent years I’ve seen people question the Vikings for bringing too many DL to camp and then by Week 10 of the regular season people are criticizing the Vikings because they aren’t deep enough at that position. So I think it’s never a bad idea to add a good player and I also think Moats is a good player who brings a veteran leadership to the RB position.

As for Harvin, he didn’t return punts last year and I don’t anticipate he’ll do it this year, either. I do think he’ll be returning kickoffs because he was perhaps the best kick returner in the league last season.