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Twitter-Sized Player Evaluations, Part 2

Posted Aug 3, 2013

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

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

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.