Vikings Work Out Receivers, Chris Cook Returns To Practice
The Minnesota Vikings began the 2010 season with only 4 wide receivers. At this same time a year ago, the Vikings roster boasted 6 receivers and the receiving corps was a strength of the team. In an attempt to bolster their battered wide receiver group, the Vikings will work out a number of players this week. However, head coach Brad Childress was vague when explaining whether or not the team would sign a new player this week.
“It’s a thing that we do every week,” Childress said. “We usually bring people in to try to get a look at them. We’ve had numbers of people through here to look at, whether it’s the offensive line [or] whether it’s in the secondary.”
According to Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the players visiting Winter Park for a workout include former Patriot Sam Aiken, former Eagle Reggie Brown, former Packer Ruvell Martin, and former Raven Demetrius Williams. None of these options is great as there is good reason they all have “former” listed before their names.
Speculation remains that the Vikings are interested in disgruntled Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson, but that option becomes more unlikely everyday. Jackson’s contractual demands and pending suspension make him less attractive to a team looking for an immediate impact. A third option would be bringing back Javon Walker who was cut by the team after the preseason.
On the other side of the ball, rookie cornerback Chris Cook returned to the practice field on Monday. After injuring his knee in the team’s 4th exhibition game, the 23-year-old out of the University of Virginia is still not 100%, but he was able to participate in individual drills. Childress was hopeful the rookie will be back on the field soon.
“He just went through some individual periods,” Childress said. “He doesn’t look completely comfortable. As always, it’ll be how he comes back in and treats and how he shows back up tomorrow.”