Tag:Bernard Berrian
Posted on: November 13, 2010 7:54 pm
 

Week 10 injury news and analysis, part III

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Bengals at Colts


Combined, these two teams have a stunning 28 players on their injury lists.

For the Colts, RB Joseph Addai is doubtful with a neck, and though his replacement, Mike Hart, has performed well, he also is on the injury report – questionable with an ankle (he didn’t participate in practice at all this week). He probably won’t play either. Which means that Donald Brown likely will start and get some help from Javarris James.

Another potential problem for Indianapolis is that starting LBs Clint Session and Gary Brackett (toe) are listed as questionable. Session dislocated his elbow a couple weeks ago, but somehow he found a way to play through the rest of the game. Which was pretty amazing. Of course, he hasn’t been seen since, but still.

The Bengals secondary, meanwhile, won’t have much depth. Starting FS Chris Crocker is doubtful with a bad calf, and nickel back Morgan Trent (knee), who originally was listed as questionable, was downgraded today to out. QB Carson Palmer, who didn’t practice Wednesday or Thursday, is listed as probable with a right shoulder injury.

Texans at Jaguars

Houston WR Andre Johnson, who was listed as questionable and who seems to be fighting injuries every week, apparently will start. Which is nice of him, one supposes. But TE Owen Daniels, battling a bad hamstring, will miss his second-straight game. To replace him, look for Joel Dreessen (five catches for 67 yards last week) to get the start.

For the Jaguars, losing DE Aaron Kampman, who tore his ACL, will give Jacksonville a big void on the defensive line, but other than him, Jacksonville should be relatively healthy. LB Daryl Smith, DE Jeremy Mincey, RB Greg Jones and DT Tyson Alualu are probable.

Vikings at Bears


Now that the Sidney Rice question has been answered – he’s still not recovered from hip surgery and will NOT be active Sunday – we can look to the other two Vikings WRs on the injury list. Namely Percy Harvin, who’s been bothered by migraine headaches this week, and Bernard Berrian, who has a groin issue. Both are listed as questionable. Will Brett Favre have anybody to whom he can throw?

The Vikings secondary doesn’t seem much healthier. CB Asher Allen and S Jamarca Sanford are doubtful, while CB Lito Sheppard (hamstring) and CB Frank Walker (hand) are probable.

Bears C Olin Kreutz is questionable to play with a bad hamstring. He didn’t practice Wednesday or Thursday, but he’s expected to play anyway. And Chicago will need him. Minnesota recorded six sacks last week, and the Vikings will be looking to take down Favre as much as possible.

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Posted on: November 10, 2010 8:53 am
 

Hot Routes 11.10.10: Where Rivers rates all-time

Posted by Will Brinson



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  • Speaking of Brady, all the chatter about the Patriots without Randy Moss has revolved around how much better they are (even the loss to the Browns was a "trap game"). But what if Tom Brady isn't as dangerous without Moss? Because the stats show he hasn't been as effective since his deep threat left.
  • The message that Tom Cable is preaching to the Raiders in order to inspire success? "Cut it loose." Am I the only one who pictures him doing the Uncle Joey "Cut-it-out!" move while saying this? Because it's like way more enjoyable to think about.
Posted on: October 9, 2010 1:21 pm
 

What will happen to Berrian?

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

One storyline lost in the Randy-Moss-to-the-Vikings trade was what will become of Minnesota’s Bernard Berrian. Even before the Moss trade, Berrian had been nearly invisible on the field, catching only five passes for 38 yards this season.

Now, that Moss will suit up for Minnesota, what happens to Berrian? Well, it seems obvious to say that his snaps probably will be cut. When the Vikings go to a two-receiver set, it won’t be Berrian and Percy Harvin any more. Now, it’ll be Harvin and Moss.

He was short with the media this week, but then, having something to say (or because he felt bad about his earlier snubs), he made a visit to the media room Friday. Asked if he was happy, Berrian said, “Good question.”

"Anytime a player's reps get cut or anything of that nature happens, a player's never going to be happy," Berrian told reporters, including the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "My attitude has to change."

Berrian did say he felt limited by his pre-Moss role, mostly running deep routes to make up for the loss of the field-stretching Sidney Rice. He said he wouldn’t mind seeing more slants and screens.

"I feel like I'm the same guy," said Berrian, who caught 71 passes for 951 yards in 2007. "But, I mean, the production hasn't been there, so it's kind of hard to say that."

The good news, though, is that now Moss is in town, Berrian will have plenty more time to help Chad Ochocinco on whatever joke of a reality show the Bengals WR is engaging in this month.

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Posted on: October 6, 2010 10:20 am
 

How Moss trade will affect Minnesota

P. Harvin will get more help when R. Moss joins Minnesota this week (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

If this wasn’t the surest indication that the Vikings want to win the Super Bowl RIGHT THIS VERY SECOND, today’s trade for Randy Moss – without a new contract deal in place mind you, meaning Minnesota could have traded its third-round pick in 2011 (and maybe more, say some reports) for a 13-game rental – is the latest confirmation.

Of course, you could have said the same thing each time coach Brad Childress – or any of his players – flew to Minnesota basically to beg Favre to return for his 20th season.

But the fact Moss will be in a Vikings uniform, that will certainly help a Vikings offense that ranks 24th in the NFL in the passing game (and 16th in offense overall).

Even with Favre returning, the Minnesota pass game has been very unimpressive. Sidney Rice, Favre’s favorite target last year when Favre had one of the best seasons of his career, is out until at least midway through the season (and maybe longer) while recovering from hip surgery.

Percy Harvin – who’s struggled with migraine headaches all season – hasn’t done much, and Bernard Berrian has been even worse. In all, the only receiver Favre seems to trust is TE Visanthe Shiancoe.

Plus, Favre is playing like a 40-year-old man.

But because Moss can stretch the field vertically – similar to what Rice can do – that should help Harvin in running his underneath routes.

A deep threat in Moss also should serve to help the running game and Adrian Peterson. The running game has been good so far – it ranks fifth in the league – but with Moss on the field, the opposing safeties will have to worry about him and Peterson, and since they can’t play the pass and play the rush at the same time, that only will help Minnesota’s offense.

One unknown in this scenario is whether the Vikings can give Moss the contract extension he wants – some reports say he wants as much as $10 million a season. But since it seems they’re going for it all right now, that might not matter. It’s Super Bowl or bust for the Vikings, and Moss' performance and attitude could make or break that movement.

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Posted on: September 22, 2010 12:23 am
 

Taking Bernard Berrian to task

Posted by Andy Benoit

Have you heard that the Vikings offense is struggling? They’re missing Sidney Rice. Percy Harvin doesn’t seem to be his usual self. Brett Favre, according to most writers, is suddenly a bum (for the record, this writer does not share that sentiment).
B. Berrian (US Presswire)
A name that has not been dragged through the mud as much – at least not outside of Minneapolis/St. Paul – is Bernard Berrian. The former Bear was originally signed to be a No. 1 receiver ($16 million in guaranteed money verifies this). But through two games this season, Berrian’s reception total outnumbers his muffed punt total by just one (three catches, two muffs).

Berrian has failed to generate separation against man coverage these first two games. In fact, those who study the coach’s film say he’s not even coming close.

Tuesday, Berrian did an interview with Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune.

The interview was a classic case of an athlete talking and saying nothing. So, to give it some flavor, I’ll post the transcript and jump in with additional thoughts (think of me as the guy watching the interview through one-way glass and yelling to no avail).

Q: How close are you and Brett Favre to getting on the same page?
Berrian:
We've been on the same page. Timing is all good.
Benoit: Haha, what!?

Q: On the first interception when Favre went backside shoulder, did you think it was a fade route?
Berrian
: It's called a fade but the quarterback has a chance to throw it back shoulder any time.
Benoit: But, in your mind, that doesn’t obligate you to stop treating the play like it’s a fade, right?

Q: Do see any similarities to last year when the offense started slowly the first couple of weeks and then started clicking?
Berrian
: Yeah, there are similarities but I thought we executed a lot better last year in the beginning. You can't compare what we do this year to last year. It's a totally different season.
Benoit: Right. Last season you won, this season, you’re losing. Totally different. I’ll give you this, though: the uniforms are still similar.

Q: Do you feel like you're close or is there a lot of work to be done?
Berrian
: Yeah, there's still a lot of work to be done. We're still close. There's a lot of things we see good on the field. There's a lot of things that are bad on the field. It's just all working negatively right now.
Benoit: You’re STILL close? Are you implying that you’ve been close at some point this season?

Q:  There's been talk in the past week about Vincent Jackson. How much would it help you and the offense to get another receiver like Sidney?
Berrian
: It's always going to help. Vincent Jackson is a great player. But the people we've got here, we've been doing a great job.
Benoit: Ha!

Q: The expectation has been that you would replace Sidney. You're obviously not the same player and you have different strengths. Do you think it's a little bit unfair that the parallel was drawn there, that you would be that guy?
Berrian
: I don't think it's unfair at all. ... Um, I don't even know how to answer that question. I'm not going to go there. I'm not going to answer that question. Not going to go there.
Benoit: Only thing unfair about the question is that you’re not answering it. Come on, the question was even softened up for you.

Q: Why?
Benoit
: Yeah, why?
Berrian: I'm not going to go there. I'm not going to answer that question. You can stop trying.

Q: It's a legit question right?
Berrian
: A question is a question. I'm not going to answer it.
Benoit: What are you talking about?

Q: Are you pressing at all trying to fill that role?
Berrian
: No, not at all. No pressing. I talked to my dad about that. He wanted to make sure that I wasn't trying to do too much or anything like that. I just told him, 'No, I'm not trying to do too much.'
Benoit: Tell you dad that the problem is not that YOU'RE pressing, it’s that CORNERBACKS are pressing.


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Posted on: September 20, 2010 12:13 am
 

Vincent Jackson, Vikings still in rumor mill

B. Favre clearly misses the contributions of S. Rice, who's out for at least half the year after hip surgery (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Without Sidney Rice, the Vikings WR corps is worse than I could have imagined. Percy Harvin is playing with a hip injury and has had minimal impact the first two games of the season. Bernard Berrian has been invisible. Greg Camarillo has two catches in two games.

In fact, the only receiver QB Brett Favre seems to trust is TE Visanthe Shiancoe.

Which is why the Vincent-Jackson-to-the-Vikings rumors live on.

As Will pointed out Saturday , San Diego trading Jackson to Minnesota would make sense, even if San Diego doesn’t really want to trade him (I guess, then, it wouldn’t make that much sense for everybody).

But with another mediocre performance by the Vikings receivers during the team’s 14-10 loss to Miami that dropped them to 0-2 on the season, the possibility of acquiring Jackson is looking like a pretty good idea. Especially since Jackson’s six-game suspension would be cut to four games if he’s traded by 3 p.m. Wednesday.

"It's not for me to decide," Favre told the media after the game, including the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. "I've heard the talk just like everyone else. I'll tell you the same thing I tell everyone else: you know as much as I know. All I know is we got to get better with the guys we have in the room. I can't speak for other guys that are not here."

But playing without the 6-4 Rice, that makes life a little more difficult for Minnesota.

"We're running basically the same plays," Harvin said. "It's just sometimes when you have a 6-5 receiver you can just throw it up to him – whether he's covered or not – and he can make a play. From that standpoint, we won't be able to fix that or find another receiver to replace him. We just have to come up with different schemes to try and get people open."

Funny, 6-5 is exactly how tall Jackson is. Hmm.

Expect a decision from the Vikings front office to be made in the next few days. It’ll depend on money concerns and on character, and it’ll depend if team management thinks it can wait for Rice to return at mid-season before the offense (maybe) kicks into gear.

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Posted on: September 17, 2010 9:02 pm
 

Harvin practice, says he's ready to go

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Percy Harvin returned to the Minnesota practice field Friday after missing the previous two days of workouts, and though the St. Paul Pioneer Press wrote that his actions were limited, Harvin has said he’d be ready to play Sunday vs. Miami.

Which must give Minnesota a huge sense of relief, though Harvin actually is listed as questionable on the official injury report.

Not that Harvin contributed much in the season opener against the Saints, because he didn’t, making only one reception. But with Sidney Rice out for at least the first six weeks of the season – and with WR Bernard Berrian all but invisible vs. New Orleans – the Vikings receiving corps needs all the help it can get.

Which really surprised me. I thought, even without Rice, Minnesota would be OK in the passing game. Last week, the Vikings were not.

For the record, the Dolphins only allowed 139 passing yards in their win last week against Buffalo.

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Posted on: September 14, 2010 3:10 pm
Edited on: September 14, 2010 3:45 pm
 

Week 2 Top Ten with a Twist: biggest letdowns

The NYJ provided us with the biggest letdown of the week (Getty).

Posted by Josh Katzowitz


We all heard the hype before the first week of games was complete. We heard the boasts and the proclamations and the Super Bowl aspirations in the offseason and in training camp. Yet, this past weekend, we found out that some who had so much confidence perhaps shouldn’t have been so forthright about their thoughts.

Sure, some of us – many of us – bought into so much of the hype. And now we know better. Without further ado, here’s the top-ten list with a twist entering the second week of games.

Top 10 Biggest Letdowns After So Much Offseason Buildup

10. Kevin Kolb: It’s not really fair to completely dismiss the Eagles starting QB after he played just one bad half of football (that, unfortunately for him, came with a side of concussion). But after so much discussion about how Philadelphia made the right move by trading Donovan McNabb to the Redskins – who naturally won with McNabb on Sunday night – and giving the job to Kolb, this move fell flat with his 5-for-10, 24-yard performance. Now, there’s another quarterback controversy in Philadelphia.

9. Percy Harvin and Bernard Berrian: I was on the bandwagon with the Vikings receiving corps, even after Sidney Rice underwent hip surgery that’s supposed to keep him out half the season. I had called Minnesota’s receivers one of the best units in the league. I might have been wrong about that – or, at the very least, underestimated the impact of Rice’s absence. Harvin and Berrian combined for two catches for 15 yards Thursday. That’s two freakin’ catches for 15 freakin’ yards.

8. Jake Delhomme:
Many of us figured Delhomme was nearing the end of his career – he was going to CLEVELAND after all – but he certainly had to be considered an upgrade over the awful Derek Anderson/Brady Quinn combination from last year. And besides, he couldn’t possibly be as bad as his last year in Carolina (eight touchdowns, 18 interceptions), right? Well, he might just be that bad. For a veteran QB, he made a terrible throw that was picked near the end of the first half that killed any momentum the Browns had when they led 14-3. Delhomme still is an upgrade from last year, but man oh man, he needs to play smarter.

Stafford 7. Matthew Stafford: Is it possible the 6-foot-3, 230-pound quarterback is brittle? Last year, he suffered a shoulder injury, though he showed huge guts by returning against the Browns to throw a game-winning TD pass (if you’ve got 6:27 to kill, check out Stafford’s killer Mic’d Up segment from that game – it’s cool as hell). On Sunday, he apparently suffered a Grade 2 separation of his right (throwing) shoulder that could keep him out 4-6 weeks. Considering how poor backup Shaun Hill played, some of that preseason Lions optimism has leaked away.

6. 49ers:
They were supposed to win what should be a very weak NFC West. And then they get blown out by a Seahawks team that shouldn’t have played as well as it did. But you know, coach Mike Singletary said Monday he was excited about QB Alex Smith, so that has to be comforting/horrifying to San Francisco’s fans. Perhaps the 49ers are vastly overrated. Or perhaps Seattle RB Leon Washington was inspired by our Five Questions (Or More) segment we did last week.

5. Terrell Owens:
Was he upset, already acting like a diva? Were his shoes bothering him? Was he getting himself checked out by a team doctor? These are the theories that have been bandied about since Owens, along with teammate Chad Ochocinco, left the field before the Bengals attempted a Hail Mary pass at the end of the first half. Any which way, Owens didn’t endear himself to Cincinnati fans after a smooth preseason. He had seven catches for 53 yards, but he certainly wasn’t the dominant force he and Ochocinco predicted he could be. Lucky Cincinnati got him cheap.

4. Bob Sanders: Sanders had been annoyed this preseason about all the questions he’s faced about his durability, and he was excited to be fully healthy for the start of the season. But he's torn a biceps tendon and could be out for the season. Again, his durability will take a huge hit, and once again, the Colts will have to find a way to win without him – something they couldn’t do against the Texans.

3. Concussions in Philly: remember all the talk about how the NFL was really serious – no, no, really, really SERIOUS – about concussions and keeping players from returning to the field too soon after a brain injury? Yeah, neither does the person(s) who somehow thought it was OK for Eagles LB Stewart Bradley and QB Kevin Kolb to return to the game after suffering concussions. Coach Andy Reid explained it like this: “They were fine. All of the questions that they answered with the doctors registered well, but as it went on, they weren’t feeling well, so we took them out.” Yep, Bradley really looked fine after stumbling around the field like Trevor Berbick after facing Mike Tyson. That’s a scary, disturbing scene.



2. Tim Tebow: Two measly carries for two measly yards. That was Tebow’s stat line from Denver’s loss to Jacksonville on Sunday. Of course, he is a backup QB playing his first NFL game, so we shouldn’t expect the moon from Tebow (I could echo those sentiments for the rest of the season, in fact). But for the amount of hype we got, doubly so because Tebow was opening his career in his hometown, it wasn’t much of a payoff. Unless you like your hype short-lived and ineffective.

1. Jets: I knew that if I kept talking about the possibility of the Jets winning the Super Bowl, they’d make me look like an idiot. And so they have. Still, there’s little doubt that with a defense like that, New York could (should?) make a run in the playoffs (though losing NT Kris Jenkins for the season with an ACL tear could complicate those plans). The problem, of course, is the offense. QB Mark Sanchez went 10 for 21 for 74 yards, and starting RB Shonn Greene had five carries for 18 yards (plus a tough time holding onto the ball). With an offense that plays that poorly, the Jets have no chance for the Super Bowl. And maybe not even the playoffs. 

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