With the Vikings a week into training camp and my departure from Mankato to Canton for Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement festivities (Cris Carter), we thought now would be a good time to break out the Twitter-sized player evaluations to give fans a rundown of what’s happened through 7 practices. Part 1 was posted on Friday which you can read here.
A Twitter message has a character limit of 140, so below we’ve provided our own 140-character (or less) evaluation of some members of the Vikings roster…
Everson Griffen: Fan favorite, energetic, charismatic, having a great camp, poised for another big season, can play inside or outside.
Kyle Rudolph: Never has a bad practice, doesn’t drop passes, huge catch radius, uses body well.
Matt Asiata: Wonder if he can double as a depth guy at RB and FB, versatile special teams player, worth watching in preseason.
Erin Henderson: Teammates trust him in the middle, good leadership, toned down demeanor, solid in all areas.
Chad Greenway: As steady a performer as Vikings have, always around the ball, face of the franchise type of personality.
Gerald Hodges: Makes a “wow” play every day, better vs. run than advertised, need to see more reps vs. the pass.
Michael Mauti: Surprisingly explosive rushing passer, drops well in coverage and has awareness, still learning defense.
Desmond Bishop: Turns a switch on when he’s on the field, instinctive, loves to hit, good athleticism, still learning about him.
John Sullivan: Working his way back from knee issue, faces stiff challenge daily with Guion and K Williams, good leader.
Jared Allen: Engaged, enthusiastic, displaying leadership traits, measured on most snaps, poised to flip switch in regular season.
Phil Loadholt: Carries nasty demeanor between the lines even at camp, can turn it off after whistle, no falst start problems in camp.
Matt Kalil: Has hands full with Jared Allen and Everson Griffen coming at him, but holds own. Stronger in 2nd season.
Brandon Keith: Has a beat on swing tackle spot but preseason games will determine that.
LaMark Brown: Constantly surprises with deep speed despite big frame, good body control, quiet personality.
John Carlson: Not as hot as OTAs and mini-camp, but gets down seam well and always creates separation from defender.
Cordarrelle Patterson: Settling in nicely as a receiver, routes are good-getting-better, fluid catcher on kicks/punts.
Fred Evans: Underrated contributor, solid vs. the run and can surprise with explosion in pass rush at times.
George Johnson: Prototypical NFL DL body build, can see he’s working hard on fundamentals, preseason huge for him.
Kevin Williams: Veterans sill has it in him, will benefit from more economical use of snaps, great at batting balls down.
Lawrence Jackson: Getting a lot of reps, has good and bad plays, still trying to see what the standard of performance is.
Sharrif Floyd: Has come on strong the past 2 days, especially Thursday with 3 disruptive plays (2 sacks, 1 TFL).
Brian Robison: Solid 4-3 base end, Disciplined vs. run, hits and misses on pass rush moves, explosive on edge.
Letroy Guion: Rarely pushed out of a play, occasional explosive-disruptive TFL, need more consistency.
Christian Ballard: Good in short yardage/goal line situations, still improving but seems better than a year ago.