Rohan: Get used to it Donovan
- Blog Post by: $author
- July 29, 2011 - 8:16 PM
What kind of receiving corps do you get when you mix:
One Pro-Bowl potential slot receiver in Percy Harvin…
One receiver who was deemed too dumb to learn multiple receiver positions in the Mike Martz’s offense (or so the rumor goes) and who torched the Vikings for 27 percent of his career receiving yards in one game, named Devin Aromashodu…
One Greg Camarillo for whatever reason never was deemed trustworthy or couldn’t develop a rapport with the almighty Brett Favre or couldn’t learn the playbook — only the Vikings know the true answer— so he barely played in 2010, catching 20 passes in 16 games after catching 105 passes over the previous two seasons…
One deep threat receiver, Bernard Berrian, who averaged 9.0 yards per catch last season…
One Emmanuel Arceneaux, who you’ve never heard of…
One Juaquin Iglesias who you’ve only heard of from playing at Oklahoma…
One Jaymar Johnson who has only shown value as a returner….
And one rookie project Stephen Burton…?
…Exactly the type of receiving corps Donovan McNabb has played with his entire career. Welcome to Minnesota, Donovan.
But honestly, Harvin’s migraines might return due to all of the double teams he could be facing if the Vikings don’t at least consider adding another stable presence to this group.
As Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com pointed out today, there’s a clause in the new CBA that pushes all “dead money” to 2012 so team’s can save on players-who-are-cut’s salaries in 2011. So Minnesota save all of the $5-plus million by cutting Madieu Williams.
And, as Pelissero added, cutting Berrian could save the Vikings $6.2 million in 2011. Why hasn’t this decision been made already?
On that list of receivers, the thing that really worries me about the likes of Camarillo and the rest of the backup receivers on last year’s team is that they still couldn’t unseat Berrian for playing time, despite how out of sorts the 30-year old receiver seemed.
That list is hardly encouraging but the Vikings don’t have to spend top-dollar and overpay a decent receiver and stupidly label a solid No. 2 as a No. 1 receiver. McNabb doesn’t need a true No. 1 to be a game-manager. He just has to complete a high percentage of passes — this is where I’m looking at the sure-handed Harvin, Camarillo and Visanthe Shiancoe — and hand the ball off to Adrian Peterson.
Plus, there’s not a true No. 1, game-changing receiver left on the market.
Braylon Edwards has never been consistent enough. It seems he’s the type of player who produces when it’s convenient and disappears too frequently. In 2010, he had seven games with two or fewer receptions, and one game with three receptions. And he only topped 100 yards in a game once.
He can’t be relied on.
Malcom Floyd is a physical specimen — 6-foot-5, 225-pounds — who has played second fiddle to Vincent Jackson’s star-receiver role. He could be a solid deep threat and his more than 17-yards per catch over the past three seasons shows that. And his size would be welcomed in the red zone, paired with Shianoe’s and Kyle Rudolph’s.
But what would his price be?
I think the best fit is the receiver Judd Zulgad has been reporting via Twitter is rumored to be linked to Minnesota: the Packers’ James Jones. I’ve always liked Jones, and he’s what exactly made the Packers’ passing game so lethal: when you’re third receiver is so good at getting open, with a solid speed set and reliable hands, the only reason he isn’t higher on your list is due to a lack of opportunity.
The Vikings could give Jones that opportunity to flourish in Minnesota.
Aaron Rodgers had so many options — Donald Driver, Greg Jennings, Jermichael Finley, Jordy Nelson, Andrew Quarless and then Brandon Jackson out of the backfield. I think Jones even gets lost in that sentence, let alone in the offense.
He’s the least proven of the trio, but he passes the eye test. And because the most yards he has had in a season is the 679 he racked up in 2010, he could be had for a reasonable price compared to the other two.
There is one piece of wisdom that I read recently, that I agree with: beware the No. 2, 3 and 4 receivers who produce in good schematic passing offenses with quality quarterbacks. They always get overrated and their numbers are inflated. Both Floyd and Jones would fit that mold.
The cold and unforgiving free agent tree has spoken: The Vikings lost Sidney Rice to it, and now it bears no fresh wide receivers ripe for them to pick.
All that’s left are guys who are role players who would be perfect if they have room to grow or in the worst case, they can be another face-in-the-crowd.
Maybe they won’t add another face.
Leslie Frazier said today at his press conference that wide receiver wasn’t a priority for the Vikings right now.
Welcome to Minnesota, Donovan McNabb.
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