Tag:Bernard Berrian
Posted on: September 10, 2010 12:17 pm
Edited on: September 10, 2010 12:28 pm
 

Three thoughts about NO-MIN

B. Favre and the Minnesota passing offense had a rough game (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

My take on Thursday’s Saints 14-9 win against the Vikings.

1. I loved the “We are one” salute at the beginning of the game, signifying the players’ solidarity with each other as they enter the final season of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement. Some people didn’t like it – they thought it was too showy or too much of a flick-our-noses-at-the-owners kind of moment (and I’ve seen a joke or two on Twitter about how the owners should show solidarity by turning off the lights for a minute)  – but I thought the move was pretty damn cool.

"Even though five minutes from then we were going to go out and bash each others' heads in," QB Drew Brees told reporters after the game, "we're all one voice."

2. Jeez, how much did the Vikings miss WR Sidney Rice last night? More importantly, how much will they miss him until he can return from hip surgery? Percy Harvin was mostly invisible (one catch, 12 yards), and Bernard Berrian was, somehow, worse (one catch, three yards), and aside from TE Visanthe Shiancoe, Minnesota’s passing game was terribly unimpressive. Greg Camarillo made a nice catch, and even Greg Lewis recorded a reception. But originally, I thought Harvin and Berrian would be OK until Rice returned. I might have been totally wrong. And if Shiancoe is the only receiving threat – he was Thursday, at least – and the Saints figured out a way to shut him down in the second half, it’s not far-fetched to think other teams will do the same.
P. Thomas had a big second half for New Orleans (AP).
You also have to wonder about Brett Favre. Not just that he might be too old (finally), but that his decision to miss most of training camp cost his team dearly. As Camarillo said after the game, the offense had no chemistry. A couple extra weeks of practicing together might have helped solve that.

3. The Saints ran the ball just three times in the first half, but the coaching staff switched gears in the second half and made a point of giving the ball to Pierre Thomas. He rushed 19 times for 71 yards, and he helped New Orleans eat up huge chunks of time in the fourth quarter to keep the Vikings at bay. The big run came with 1:59 to go when, on a second and six, Thomas broke a Ben Leber tackle (which would have stopped him behind the first-down marker) and made the first down to seal Minnesota’s fate.

Of course, much of the credit must go to New Orleans interior linemen. Guards Jahri Evans and Carl Nicks were outstanding against one of the best defensive lines in the NFL.

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Posted on: August 25, 2010 3:21 pm
 

Breaking down Camarillo for Sapp

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The reasons Minnesota traded for Miami WR Greg Camarillo are pretty evident. As we’ve talked about the past few days, Sidney Rice is most likely going to be out for the first half of the year – there’s even some talk about placing him on the Injured Reserve list, meaning he wouldn’t play at all – and the Vikings needed another WR to complement Percy Harvin and Bernard Berrian.

That, of course, assumes Harvin and his migraine headaches will be OK to play.

Now with Camarillo, the Vikings have a possession receiver who should beat out Greg Lewis for the starting job. Camarillo is a good blocker who rarely drops a pass (Football Outsiders says he didn’t drop a pass in 73 attempts last season), and two seasons ago, he led Miami in receptions.

Though he’s been termed a South Florida hero – he caught a game-winning 64-yard TD pass in 2008 that gave Miami its only victory of the season – depth isn’t a problem in the Dolphins receiving room. Without Camarillo, Brian Hartline will take over his WR duties, and Patrick Turner will have a better shot at making the team.

Meanwhile, the Dolphins need help with the depth in their secondary. As Rapid Reporter Chris Perkins points out, the Dolphins were beat for big plays in their first two preseason games, and coach Tony Sparano said that aspect of their game needed to improve.

Plus, three of the four starting defensive backs (CBs Vontae Davis, Sean Smith and FS Chris Clemons) are second-year players, so the fact Sapp has playoff experience and can provide some veteran leadership is a big positive. Sapp, though nothing better than a nickel CB, will provide some of that. Plus, the fact Will Allen isn’t back yet also is a reason for Miami’s coaching staff to worry.

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Posted on: August 25, 2010 1:02 pm
Edited on: August 25, 2010 2:00 pm
 

Vikings send Sapp to Miami for Camarillo

G. Camarillo was traded from Miami to Minnesota today (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Looks like the Vikings weren’t tempted to stand pat after losing WR Sidney Rice for at least half the season to hip surgery. Instead, they’ve made a bold move today.

According to Jeff Darlington of the Miami Herald, the Dolphins have traded WR Greg Camarillo to Minnesota.

In the past two years, the possession receiver has started all 27 games he’s played and he’s combined for 105 catches and two touchdowns. Without Rice and potentially Percy Harvin (migraines) around for the time being, Camarillo instantly becomes the second best receiver on the team, behind Bernard Berrian.

"Mixed emotions,” Camarillo texted to Darlington. “Great opportunity, but this is home. These teammates are my brothers."

Check back here for details as they become available.

UPDATE (1:15 p.m.): Benny Sapp's agent, Andy Simms, confirms on his Twitter page that Sapp is the one who will be sent to Miami in exchange for Camarillo.

UPDATE (1:54 p.m.): According to Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Harvin returned to practice today for the first time since collapsing and spending the night in the hospital.

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Posted on: August 24, 2010 1:11 pm
Edited on: August 24, 2010 1:18 pm
 

Vikings should make a play for Bolts' Jackson

Posted by Will Brinson


The news that 2009 Pro Bowler Sidney Rice will miss at least half the regular after undergoing hip surgery (and possibly more, depending on the timetable) is pretty devastating for the Vikings' hopes for 2010, since they'll likely be without a legit No. 1 wideout for most of the season. That's why it sure does seem logical for the Minnesota to inquire about picking up disgruntled wide receiver Vincent Jackson from the San Diego Chargers.

Jackson is currently holding out from Chargers camp and seems likely to bail on the season in San Diego -- so much so that the Chargers gave the Seattle Seahawks permission to chat   with Jackson and his agent about a contract in order to make a trade.

It's believed that the Bolts want a second-rounder for Jackson, and that price, given the Vikings need at wide receiver, is just about right for Minny.

Currently, the Vikings are staring down an ugly situation whereby their wide receiver depth chart reads as follows: Bernard Berrian, Percy Harvin, Greg Lewis, Javon Walker. Dearth of talent aside, this is problematic for a few reasons.

First, Berrian is much, much better suited as a deep threat than a true No. 1. Secondly, Harvin's talents are ideally utilized in the slot position, where the Vikes can move him all over the field. Third, Lewis and Walker aren't guys you want being forced into semi-major roles, much less starting gigs, should another injury occur.

The possibility of dealing for Jackson isn't without its cons, though: One issue facing a possible deal is that the Vikings would almost certainly have to ink Jackson to a long-term deal. That's expensive, obviously, and they just opened up their wallet to guarantee that Brett Favre would return for 2010 (although, really, they should just demand he take a pay cut).

Also, Jackson will miss the first three games of the season due to an NFL-imposed suspension, which severely saps his value when talking both trade and contract.

So maybe management doesn't make it rain on a guy who'll be locked in as a Viking for a long time AND miss some of this season because of personal conduct issues, but at this point, with almost all of their chips firmly planted in the center of the "win now" table, why not?

They've got an uncapped year on their hands, and since they don't provide an inter-conference or inter-division threat to the Chargers, there's really no reason why they shouldn't be at least willing to discuss contract with another 2009 Pro Bowler to fill what is suddenly the biggest positional depth problem on a team that appears pretty desperate to throw everything at a Super Bowl run this year.

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Posted on: August 19, 2010 6:41 pm
 

Harvin said to be doing OK

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Not much of a Percy Harvin update, but we’ll take it where we can get it. Two updates, actually.

First, Vikings WR Bernard Berrian wrote on his Twitter feed , “Percy's doin fine everyone. Prayers still goin out though.”

Then, Vikings coach Brad Childress just released a statement. It reads: "Percy appreciates everyone’s concern. He is alert and resting comfortably, but will remain in the hospital overnight."

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Posted on: August 10, 2010 10:50 am
 

The curious case of Sidney Rice

S. Rice's hip has not allowed him to practice yet this season (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

We told you the latest with Percy Harvin’s possible migraine headaches , but perhaps a bigger unknown is what’s going on with Vikings WR Sidney Rice’s hip.

The Minnesota Star-Tribune today calls the Rice issue “a curious case.”

People don’t doubt that Rice’s hip is injured, but you also have to remember that, after an extraordinary year (83 catches, 1,312 yards, eight TDs) and a big improvement on his first two seasons in the NFL, he’s making a $550,000 base salary this year. Perhaps that’s part of the reason Rice has yet to practice during training camp.

Here’s where the Star-Trib gets suspicious:

Rice and the Vikings have declined to reveal the exact nature of the problem - no one outside of the organization knew he was hurt until Rice's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, tweeted about it last month - and there appears to be no timetable for his return. In fact, coach Brad Childress said last week that Rice was "a ways away from returning."

The situation is so vague that it has led to a growing feeling that Rice isn't rushing back in part because of a contract … with no escalators. Rice is in the last season of his four-year rookie deal that averages less than $1 million per year.

Rice, who has been doing dry-land training and rehab as his teammates go through practices, only stopped long enough Monday to say that anything involving his contract is between the team and Rosenhaus.

Without Harvin and Rice in the lineup – if this scenario were to occur – the Vikings would go from one of the best WR corps in the league to having to use Jaymar Johnson (one catch last year) and Greg Lewis (eight catches) more than they’d like. Bernard Berrian obviously is one of the top receivers in the NFC North, but without Rice and Harvin around, opponents could shut him down with double-teams and force a relative unknown WR to try to beat them.

And we STILL don’t know anything about Brett Favre.

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Posted on: August 5, 2010 5:21 pm
 

Tarvaris Jackson a different player now, he says

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

T. Jackson (far right) will start for Minnesota if B. Favre doesn't return. S. Rosenfels (left) and J. Webb (center) also will be at the position (AP). I was on the Around the League video segment with Lauren Shehadi this afternoon, and we talked about what would happen if the Vikings had to play with Tarvaris Jackson as their quarterback.

I said I thought he was a decent-enough player but the fact that Minnesota was trying so hard to woo Brett Favre back to the team was a pretty good indication of what the front office thinks about Jackson (upon reflection, this might not be a completely fair statement. After all, Favre is a first-ballot Hall of Famer coming off an amazing season. Of course , the Vikings would do all they can to get Favre back on the field.)

Yet, the Vikings have shown they don’t fully trust Jackson. True, he led the squad to an 8-4 record when he started during the 2007 season, but he didn’t look particularly impressive while doing it (he completed about 58 percent of his passes, threw for less than 2,000 yards and completed 12 interceptions against nine touchdowns).

I don’t think Jackson is a great solution, though my impression was formed during 2007. Jackson tells KFAN in Minneapolis (via sportsradiointerviews.com ), though, he’s a different player now than he was three seasons ago.

“I know I have grown a lot since then,” he said. “I feel like whenever I get my chance to go out there and play, I will prove it. It is easy for me to say it, I just got to go out there and show everyone. I understand the situation with everyone (who doesn’t) think I can do it, but it don’t really bother me a lot. As long as my teammates believe in me, I believe in myself. That is the big thing. If I believe in myself and stay confident and even-keel like I am, I will be fine.”

What works in Jackson’s favor is the number of outstanding skill players he has around him now. In 2007, he could count on running back Adrian Peterson, who rushed for 1,341 yards and 12 touchdowns that season, but his best receiver was Bobby Wade. This year, the Vikings boast one of the best WR trios in the NFL with Sidney Rice, Percy Harvin and Bernard Berrian. That’s quite a large difference in talent from three years ago.

“I feel like our offense has grown and we have just grown as a team,” Jackson said. “Our offense is together now and I feel like if I get a chance to go out there and play now, I feel like I would be a lot better.”

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Posted on: July 12, 2010 12:41 am
 

I watched this so you don't have to

C. Ochocinco (Getty) I’ve helped cover the Bengals the last several years, so I’ve gotten to know Chad Ochocinco a little better than most. I’ve recorded his outlandish quotes, I’ve covered his antics, I’ve been blown off with the rest of the media corps when he’s in one of his surly moods.

Mostly, I’m a little jaded by him. When the Bengals starred in last year’s Hard Knocks on HBO, I had a few friends who, after watching him and his winning personality, immediately became big Ochocinco fans. They hadn’t been exposed to him before – except for the end zone dances – and because he is funny and charming, he reeled them into his world.

Now, he’s become a reality TV superstar. He was on Dancing with the Stars this spring, but overall, that didn’t seem to go very well. Now, he’s starring in his own reality dating show, The Ultimate Catch , on VH1.

I’ve decided to watch the premiere and blog a review. Let me warn you: I’m a little tired of Ochocinco’s act, but I’ll remain as objective as I can be. Needless to say, this show is going to have to impress me in order for me to give it a positive review. Remember, I’m watching this so you don’t have to.

-Oh lord, it’s a 90-minute premiere. I was hoping for an hour-long show. Tops. How much Ochocinco can one man take on a Sunday night?

-Looks like he’s going to be playing the narrator to his show, facing the camera with a cardigan sweater and a tie. Kind of like hip Mr. Rogers. Anyway, he’s explaining the two catch phrases he’s known for – “Child, please” and “Kiss the Baby.” But if he’s so well known for them, why does he have to explain what they mean?

-We’re starting out at the Rose Bowl, where 85 attractive women are pretending to stretch in the locker room in their short shorts and midriff-revealing jerseys before they go out to meet Ochocinco on the field. They’re told they’ll go through a mini-camp before Ochocinco cuts down the roster to 17.

- Bernard Berrian, Vikings WR, is apparently along for the ride. He’s like The Ultimate Catch’s Chris Harrison. I wonder what catch phrases Berrian is known for?

-There’s no question that Ochocinco can be a funny guy. Witness his comment when he first sees the 85 ladies that are “trying out” to be his ultimate catch: “I haven’t seen this many girls on the football field since the last time we played the Steelers.”

-Wow, that’s cold. He looks at a few of the girls once, and he tells them they’re cut. They’re not even done stretching, and girls are running off the field because they’ve been axed. He cuts 17 girls at first glance. Then, he calls a bunch into a huddle, only to cut them all.

-You’ve gotta like Jasmine’s honesty: “I’m about to s--- a 12 ½ pound baby, I’m so nervous.”

-The drills Ochocinco are running include: the hugging station (with blocking sleds that have Ochocinco’s picture where his face should be), the end zone dance, and the trash talking zone. Ochocinco was right when he said this show was all about dignity and grace. Like when No. 81 straddles the blocking sled and pretends to hump the pretend Ochocinco. Needless to say, Ochocinco cuts her immediately.

-Ten minutes in, and my wife has exited the room. She’s had enough. And she LOVES dating shows.

-When I was a waiter in high school, I had this theory: if you were a bad server, the customer would leave you a crappy tip. But if you were a REALLY bad server, you’d get 20 percent or more. Emma just proved my theory correct. She can’t catch a football, and she admits she doesn’t dance well. But Ochocinco kind of digs that about her and confirms that she’s made his first cut.

-Good thing. Jasmine won’t have to s--- that 12 ½ pound baby after all. She’s made the first cut. I think Jasmine might be the early blog favorite.

-Uh oh, Jasmine is already starting trouble, trying to save a bed for one of her friends, even though there's clearly a red purse from another woman already on the bed. Says Jasmine, “You’re about to wake up with a face full of lipstick on your eyebrows.” Exactly.

-Looks like Ochocinco is doing this NCAA tournament bracket style. Funny story, that’s actually how I chose my wife.

-Stereotype No. 2 (after Jasmine’s stereotype No. 1): Katie, the ranch girl who likes to chew straw in her teeth and who can’t dance because “I’m white.”

-Terrell Owens makes a non-surprising surprise appearance. Why is he here? Oh yeah, he has a reality show on this very same network.

-You have to admit the five-piece band is a nice touch.

-So much for Owens as Ochocinco’s wingman. He’s actually hitting on some of the women at the house. Hmm, that’s actually pretty intriguing. I wonder if the cameras for Owens’ show are rolling as well.

-It’s interesting that when Ochocinco is talking to these girls, he’s crossing his arms across his chest. He’s either a little withdrawn or he’s a little nervous.

-Berrien asks Lisa why she thinks Ochocinco is going to pick her? “I travel all the time. I’m very pretty. I don’t know if it’s bad or good.” Then, she tells some nonsensical story about being hit with a bottle rocket, which set her hair on fire. This show is equal parts ridiculous and awesome. Well, not equal parts, but you know.

-When Courtney sits on Ochocinco’s lap in front of the fire, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a reality show star who’s participating in his own dating show look so uncomfortable.

-Jasmine can not believe that Candice went outside with Owens – who asks for her phone number. Jasmine is shocked. Just shocked. But you can’t outfox Candice. She knows there are cameras all around. She refuses Owens’ advances.

-Somehow, I look up and my wife is back in the room watching. She allows that the women on this show make the girls on the Bachelor look brilliant.

-Owens confesses to Ochocinco about him and Candice, and how that maybe Candice would have given up her number if there weren’t cameras all around. Ochocinco is shocked. Just shocked.

-So I’m confused. The winner gets the huge diamond ring, and … what? Is that it? I didn’t expect Ochocinco to drop to a knee or anything, but all they get is an expensive ring? At least Bret Michaels offers the possibility of love.

-The bracket comes into play as we near the show’s end. Ochocinco is picking the girls he likes best, No. 1 through No. 16, and I guess they’ll compete against each other one-on-one. No. 17 is done. How would it feel to be, say, girl No. 15? Probably not great. But hey, you survive into the second show of the season.

-And No. 17 and the one who’s out: Cynthia, who somehow annoyed Ochocinco with how much she talked. Yep, she’s got to go.

-The final review: Well, it’s no Rock of Love/I Love New York/Flavor of Love; it’s actually a bit classier than that. It was what I expected. A show that’s a little stupid featuring a guy who loves the camera (but isn’t necessarily all that dynamic in front of it), but it was somewhat entertaining. The person who came off the best in this show (except, of course, for Jasmine). Bernard Berrian. Maybe he should have his own dating show. Or at least his own catch phrase.


--Josh Katzowitz

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