Saturday, July 4, 2015

josh robinson

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Well, the end is near.  Or the beginning… however you prefer to look at it.

Despite no playoff games in the near future, both the Vikings and Bears have plenty of storylines surrounding them in Week 17.  Get caught up and get primed for this final Vikings game of 2014 by browsing the very fine links below:

  • Catching up with former Vikings Brad Johnson and Chris Walsh is bound to be good time.
  • Mike Zimmer is going into Week 17 hoping to win his first divisional game as a head coach.
  • Teddy Bridgewater’s last four week’s have actually been statistically historic.
  • CFL standout and Cris Carter’s son and former Vikings tryout Duron Carter will be visiting with teams, including the Vikings, in an attempt to jump into the NFL.
  • It sure would be nice to have Cordarrelle Patterson turn in a nice game heading into this offseason.
  • Vikings football is almost over.  But Fantasy Draft is just heating up with great chances to win some cash.
  • Our edge rushers will be looking to dominate the Bears offensive line for the second time this season.
  • Like a season finale of Dexter, this game is all about who lives and who gets chopped.
  • Lists of possible free agent targets are so much fun to glance at this time of year.
  • Teddy Bridgewater is starting to stack up against other starting QB’s quite nicely.
  • Josh Robinson is excited to get another crack at the Bears who abused him the first time around.
  • Charles Johnson might be playing well enough to cause the Vikings to ignore wide receiver in the early rounds of the 2015 NFL Draft.
  • This is the last chance to evaluate the strong safety position and Captain Munnerlyn before an offseason of changes.
  • What one word would you use to describe Marcus Sherels?
  • Running backs coach Kirby Wilson is hoping to become an offensive coordinator sooner than later.
  • A game plan to topple Chicago and end 2014 on a positive note.
  • The new Vikings stadium is already selling tickets and making money.
  • Five things to keep track of during the season finale.
  • Fullback Jerome Felton plans to opt out of his contract following this season and become a free agent.
  • Blair Walsh is ranked 32nd in the NFL for field goal percentage, but he still thinks his future is bright.
  • If you are a stats and records type of fan then here are some fun figures to chew on before the game.
  • And now, your moment of Zen:

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Last season, Josh Robinson was called on to replace Vikings veteran Antoine Winfield in slot coverage—and the results were less than impressive. This year, however, the story could not be more different. With a new coaching system under Mike Zimmer and the addition of new defensive players to the roster, Robinson is able to play primarily outside and is really finding his groove.

Offseason transactions brought in Captain Munnerlyn to play the slot, and Robinson looks much more natural playing on the outside. Additionally, he fits better in Zimmer’s defensive scheme that utilizes more man coverage and boundary corners.

“I believe [Coach] Zimmer is doing a great job with a lot of things, which are all helping us become better players,” Robinson said. “Teaching players techniques that work and stressing the importance of accountability and consistency are the biggest contributors to our success.”

“Zimmer came to Minnesota with a reputation for being able to get the most out of defensive backs, and Robinson is probably the team’s most improved player,” said Star Tribune‘s Matt Vensel. “He is a young player with speed and cover skills, and his play this year is a reminder of the dangers of writing off a player after he struggles early in his career.”

Robinson’s 2014 numbers are certainly impressive. At the end of October, the CB was allowing one completion for every 12.4 coverage snaps, compared to 6.9 last season. Robinson also continues to demonstrate improved play-making skills, already notching seven pass breakups and two interceptions.

The more significant of the two picks—if it is fair to say that—occurred on Sept. 7 against the Rams. St. Louis set up at its 19-yard line with 1:13 remaining in the first half, and the play proved pivotal in the game. Robinson executed his coverage of Rams tight end Jared Cook, and the CB was able to intercept the pass and keep his feet in bounds on the way down. The Vikings capitalized on the turnover with a touchdown to go up 13-0 at the half, and they continued on to win the game. Robinson referred to Game 3 as the “most consistent and confidently” played contest of his career, and it’s clear these qualities were not a single-game fluke. The 23-year-old attributes several things to his sudden upswing in performance.

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If I had my way, each and every one of our writers would soon find themselves with high-paying writing jobs at large, reputable media outlets.  In my eyes, each of them deserve it.

Lindsey Young, whose work caught my eye well before Vikings Territory existed, certainly seems to be on the right path.

Lindsey recently wrote an article for KSTP Channel 5 that couldn’t have come at a better time, as the NFL world has been rocked by the Ray Rice scandal, and we could use a feel-good story or ten to remind us that it isn’t all bad.

Lindsey’s article is everything we’ve grown to expect from her:  Professional, insightful, and thorough.  She dives into the lives of three Minnesota Vikings and gives us some perspective as to how their profession impacts their family life.  The wives of Greg Jennings, Josh Robinson, and Zach Line were each featured.

Here is an excerpt of the article, but to read the rest you are going to have to CLICK HERE.

Football wives are much more than fans. Nicole Jennings explains how wives take the game so much more seriously than the rest of the world. In her mind, it is not about wins and losses or the number of receiving yards beside her husband’s name.

“My overall interest is in making sure he walks off that field the same way he walked on,” Nicole Jennings said. “In my eyes, nothing else matters.”

Of course, no one likes to see an injury, but most do not understand the family’s sideline perspective. NFL players hear more news every year regarding the risk of concussions, their side effects, and, most recently, the long-term consequences associated with an injury prevalent on the football field.

 

Well done, Lindsey, keep it up.

Photo Courtesy of Vikings.com
Photo Courtesy of Vikings.com

The Minnesota Vikings had a nice team win on Sunday in St. Louis, but some players stood out more than others, and I want to know which Vikings player impressed you the most.  Here are your candidates for our Week One “Player of the Game” award.  Cast your vote at the bottom.

CORDARRELLE PATTERSON:  “Flash” made a huge impact as the game’s leading rusher (3 carries, 102 yards, 1 TD) and caught three of his five targets in the passing came (3 catches for 26 yards).  He also averaged 24 yards on his two kick return attempts.  His 67 yard touchdown run in the third quarter was pretty much when the Rams began to look defeated and withdrawn.

GREG JENNINGS:  Jennings led the Vikings pass catchers in the statistical categories of targets (7), catches (6), and yards (58).  He scored the first Vikings touchdown of 2014 on an eight yard pass from Matt Cassel.

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