Tag:Troy Williamson
Posted on: August 10, 2010 8:44 am
Edited on: August 10, 2010 8:45 am

Vikings taking it slow with Harvin

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

You might remember, if you’re a Vikings fan or a Vikings hater, that coach Brad Childress hasn’t always seemed so sympathetic to the sufferings of his players.

Remember in 2007, he fined former WR Troy Williamson a week’s paycheck after Williamson left the team to deal with the death of grandmother (Childress eventually changed his mind, after he took major heat from his initial decision). Now that WR Percy Harvin is in a similar circumstance – his grandmother died in late July – it’s clear Childress is taking a different tact.

But that still doesn’t change the fact that Harvin, obviously through no fault of his own, has the Vikings in a strange position. The second-year player coming off a Pro Bowl selection in his rookie season is vital to Minnesota for his offensive skills and his abilities on special teams. But now it’s thought he might be suffering from stress-induced migraine headaches – which frankly puts the early part of his season in jeopardy.

Meanwhile, the team doesn’t know when Harvin will return.

"I'm kind of flying in the dark a little bit," Childress told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune . "I'll let you know when I know something."

As the paper points out, Childress is taking a different approach to Harvin than he did to Williamson. From the Star-Trib:

Fast forward to the Harvin situation and it's pretty clear Childress is trying to be fair. There is little question, however, he would like the player back at camp. Obviously, the migraine issue throws a curveball into the situation because there were times last season when Harvin had to completely shut it down due to the headaches.

"The thing that I've learned is that everybody grieves differently," Childress said Monday. "That's just the fact of it. You've got to be able to respect that and appreciate that."

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Posted on: July 27, 2010 4:30 pm

No. 2 WR could be an issue for Jaguars

Today the Jaguars website posed the question of who will line up opposite budding star Mike Sims-Walker as the No. 2 receiver in 2010. In examining the options closely, the only thing that’s clear is that the Jaguars will regret letting go of Torry Holt.

Their hope is that speedy second-year target Mike Thomas will step up, but the stocky 5’8”, 198-pounder seems better equipped for the slot. Veteran Troy Williamson is fast but unreliable. Newcomer Kassim Osgood signed with the Jags primarily because he saw an opportunity to become a fulltime receiver. Osgood is well-sized but has spent most of his eight NFL years on special teams (which doesn’t happen by accident). Last year’s fifth-round pick Jarrett Dillard only caught six passes before breaking his leg/ankle in November.

-- Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 27, 2010 2:42 pm

A look at the Jaguars offseason

The Florida Times-Union has a lengthy look at the Jaguars players and who performed well and who didn’t perform up to snuff during Jacksonville’s abbreviated offseason workouts.

Here are a couple of samples of who is on the rise and whose stock is falling, all from the keyboard of Vito Stellino .

Those whose have impressed:

QB David Garrard , who’s coming off a mediocre season in which he somehow found himself on the Pro Bowl roster (the reason that happened was because Peyton Manning played in the Super Bowl and three other QBs were injured and unable to play). All-time, Garrard is 31-31 as a starter, but apparently this offseason, he worked hard on his rhythm and timing.

RBs Rashad Jennings and Deji Karim : Jennings is coming off a rookie season in which he gained 202 yards, and Karim is a rookie taken in the sixth round of this year’s draft. In a battle to see who will back up starter Maurice Jones-Drew, Stellino writes both have shown good hands and both could add a dimension to the passing game.

DT Tyson Alualu , the surprising first-round pick of the Jaguars, “made an immediate impression,” before he missed the final week of workouts with an injured back.

Those who have not:

WR Troy Williamson: It’s been a somewhat-surprising fall for Williamson, the 2005 first-round pick (No. 7 overall) by the Vikings who seemed to have so much potential but who has caught just eight combined passes in 11 games during the past two seasons because of injuries. Stellino writes Williamson might not make the team.

LG Vince Manuwai , who’s started 94 of the 95 games he’s played at LG. Although he started all 16 contests last year, he apparently still hasn’t fully recovered from his ACL tear suffered in 2008. According to Stellino, he was the biggest disappointment of the offense.

--Josh Katzowitz

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