Welcome to my first installment of what I am hoping to be a regular feature here at Vikings Territory. Essentially, “The Other Guys” is an effort to take a look at the other teams in the NFC North and see what is happening with them. After all, they are enemy number one, and our success can often directly correlate with their failure.
It sounds like the acquisition of Golden Tate had more to do with his talents as a wide out than what he can offer on special teams. Only Dexter McCluster saw more punt returns last season than Tate did, but he has already conceded that the position still belongs to incumbent Jeremy Ross. Additionally, Reggie Bush likes to think he has “graduated” from his return duty days and doesn’t plan on picking that habit back up anytime soon. The news about Ross and his stronghold on the return man gig in Detroit is perhaps the first position battle in the league to sort itself out this offseason.