I Have The Vikings Solution…
We have all noticed that the Vikings are having a ton of trouble getting the ball down-field in their first two games. Bernard Berrian as we can all see is not the answer. He’s a small target with average at best speed and hands of a linebacker. Mike Jenkins does have the size and quality hands but lacks the outside speed for a legitimate threat on the sidelines. Percy Harvin has all the tools of a great receiver just missing the size and separation ability down-field. Plus he might be the best slot guy in the league and no way the Vikings move him.
These guys can’t get the job done, obviously. My solution is their second round pick in the 2011 draft Kyle Rudolph. I truly believe this guy is the Vikings down-field option. Good speed, great hands, runs precise routes and I would also like to add he’s 6’6” 260lbs. There’s no linebacker or safety in the league that can match-up with him. He’s caught one pass for fifteen yards in two games. How can you not throw a seam route to this large target at least once a game? Throw it up to him and let him go get it. I like my chances of completion or even a spot foul with a pass interference. He consistently made horrible quarterbacks at Notre Dame look good.
I repeatedly see him in the two tight end sets but he’s usually staying in and blocking. I realize Visanthe Shiancoe is not on this team to block and he was targeted seven times with three catches against the Buccaneers for an average of nine yards. His long catch was for fifteen yards but I want routes that lead to 30+ yards in the air. I’m not sure the Viking’s offensive line can block long enough for Shiancoe to get down the field. I’m not trying to make the case that Shiancoe needs to be replaced as the go to tight end yet but Rudolph should be an option in this offense. I believe he should be our downtown deep route guy.
Vikings need to add some excitement in their passing game that’s not a one yard slant to Harvin were he slices and dices for an 8 yard gain. I can hear it now as Paul Allen, Vikings radio announcer and talk show host, screams “Big bad tight end Kyle Rudolph pulls down a 45 yard dart from Donovan McNabb to put the Vikings ahead of the Motor City Kitties 24-17.” Vikings make it happen!
Author: Henny G Legs