Tuesday, October 6, 2015

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Photo Credit: Morehouse College and Barry Gossage/Arizona Rattlers

In addition to signing cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke, the Vikings announced they have signed two other players. One is former Texas Tech defensive end Leon Mackey and the other is former Tennessee Titan, Indianapolis Colt and Morehouse college defensive tackle Chigbo Anunoby. What I can glean from them as we head into the offseason and build a 90-man roster below.

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The Vikings have signed DeMarcus Van Dyke, according to Rand Gettlin at Yahoo! Sports.

Van Dyke is largely known for his speed, as Gettlin alludes to, having had run a 4.25 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine in 2011 (officially a 4.28). This isn’t quite a Josh Robinson, however, as Van Dyke is not as physically adept overall as Robinson, with a low vertical and a bad weight for a CB (on the other hand, he isn’t short).

The weight and speed both come from a track background, where he was more committed to running track than football, though he wasn’t bad at Miami (FL) as a football player. He recorded two interceptions his senior year. He only returned one kick at Miami (unusual for his speed) for 26 yards.

That obviously isn’t the entirety of his contributions, but it does put his physical talent into some perspective. Van Dyke, like Josh Robinson, was picked in the third round though this time predictably by the Oakland Raiders and lasted a year on their roster. He was released on September of the following year after making it through training camp, where the Pittsburgh Steelers picked him up. There, he stayed on the roster until he was waived with an injured designation on the cutdown to 75, and put on injured reserve until he reached an injury agreement with the Steelers.


The NFL playoffs are underway and the Minnesota Vikings aren’t a part of the fun (and misery) that other teams have earned this season.  As unfortunate as that is, we here at VT are stoked to begin the offseason and all of the excitement it brings.  We have a lot of plans for these coming months, including an overhaul of the site itself which will happen soon, but some segments are here to stay.

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A seventh round rookie is normally fairly expendable in today’s NFL.  Cornerback Jabari Price was looking like an exception, however, as he impressed coaching staff during training camp, preseason, and even in some very limited regular season action.

For the first time in a long time, Minnesota’s squad of corners was able to stay relatively healthy in 2014 and Price was not pressed into extensive playing time (46 defensive snaps).  He recorded 10 tackles on the season and played decently on special teams.

Almost a week ago, however, Price made a decision that could greatly impact his future with his current employers.

Price was arrested in Minnesota last Monday after testing at 0.13% blood alcohol level.  The arrest was for suspicion of DWI and has his first court appearance scheduled for February 9th.

The Vikings currently have Xavier Rhodes, Captain Munnerlyn, Josh Robinson, Shaun Prater, and Marcus Sherels on the depth chart with Price.  Assuming they add some legitimate talent at some point this offseason, then Price has put himself behind the eight ball in any competition for a roster spot by getting himself into off-field trouble.

Price is unlikely to be released anytime soon over this incident, but it will cast a shadow over his potential in 2015.

Photo Credit: Joe Lemke (used with permission)

Since being drafted No. 17 in the 2006 NFL Draft, Chad Greenway has been a Minnesota Viking.

In a Nov. 2012 interview, Greenway expressed that he hoped to play the entirety of his career in purple and gold:

“I certainly want to retire a Viking […] I’d love to just play it out here and be able to have an entire tenure in Minnesota.”

Two years later, Greenway’s leadership, comradery and positive attitude in the locker room continue to be an asset to the team; his contribution on the field upheld its reputation, as well. Greenway missed four games due to injuries this season; in the 12 that he started, however, the linebacker tallied 93 tackles. According to league stats, he leads the NFL since 2007, with 984 tackles.

Greenway’s loyalty to Minnesota and athleticism have not changed; but there is no denying that other things have—namely, younger, talented players making an impact on the roster. As the Vikings packed up their gear and prepared to head into the offseason, Greenway demonstrated no sense of urgency to clear out his locker.

For No. 52, there is some uncertainty if he will return to this locker room next season.

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