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Berrian admits frustration over role, playing time

Posted by: under Vikings, Vikings players, Bernard Berrian, Sidney Rice Updated: October 8, 2010 - 6:25 PM

Vikings wide receiver Bernard Berrian made an unexpected visit to the media work room at Winter Park several hours after practice Friday.

Berrian was short and terse with reporters in the locker room before practice so to his credit, he offered to stop by and chat with beat reporters after his work day.

Berrian, who has struggled this season and has only five catches in three games, touched on a number of subjects, including his role, playing time and the arrival of Randy Moss.

Near the end of the interview Berrian was asked if he is happy.

"Good question," he said. "Anytime a player's reps get cut or anything of that nature happens, a player's never going to be happy. But it's just the way ... my attitude has to change."

Berrian was on the field for 64 of the Vikings 72 plays against Miami in Week 2 and played the majority of snaps against New Orleans in the opener. But his playing time dropped significantly against Detroit before the bye. 
 
"Not as much as usual," he said when asked about his snaps. "But it happens. They want to see what other guys can do."
 
Asked if he knows how much he will play Monday against the Jets, Berrian said: "No clue."
 
"You guys are talking about roles," he added. "It's hard to figure out your role when stuff starts getting chopped."
 
Berrian's playing time figures to get reduced even more with the addition of Moss and when Sidney Rice returns from his hip injury. Berrian said the fact the team traded for Moss and tried to get Vincent Jackson does not make him question his future with the team.
 
"That happens all the time," he said. "I don't have to worry about that because I can't control any of that. All I can control is what I do."
 
The wide receiver position has been in flux since the start of the season. They lost Rice for half the season to hip surgery, added Moss, Hank Baskett and Greg Camarillo, tried to trade for Jackson and gave Javon Walker a tryout.
 
"It's definitely a little more tricky especially when guys are coming in, coming out," Berrian said. "You don't know really what's going on. It's a little bit harder to find out what your role is but you just have to take your shots and roll with it."
 
Berrian battled hamstring injuries in both legs last season but he said that's not a reason for his slow start.
 
"I feel better now, physically now, than before," he said. "But then I had like ... it was minor, I had toe issues then but they were minor. I have nothing now. I feel way better now then I did before."
 
Berrian also talked about what the offense specifically learned, if anything, during the bye week.

"That we couldn't think about last year anymore," he said. "We have to stop thinking about last year and saying, 'We're a good team. We're a good team. We're a good team.' Stop relying on what happened last year and just actually go out there and do it."

He was asked if that mindset led to some complacency the first three games.

"I don't think there was really complacency," he said. "I guess you could say there was a little bit of complacency, yeah, because I think just going out there and saying, 'We're still a good team. We're a good team. We've got pretty much everyone back.' But our record doesn't show it."

 

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