[size=18px]Ex-Hawkeye Greenway trying to "work my way up" with Vikings[/size]
REGISTER STAFF WRITER
August 10, 2006
For now, Chad Greenway is biding his time.
"(Just) trying to work my way up," the former Iowa linebacker and Minnesota Vikings rookie told The Des Moines Register.
This week, Vikings coach Brad Childress said Greenway would likely begin the season as Minnesota's No. 2 weakside linebacker, behind veteran E.J. Henderson.
There were conversations about moving the South Dakota native to middle linebacker as a way of getting him on the field, but Childress squelched such talk.
"(The coaches) haven't mentioned anything toward any kind of timetable," said Greenway, who was taken with the No. 17 pick in April's NFL draft. "We're more concerned with getting better as a group and getting better as a defense. Everybody's getting the same type of reps ... it's just (about) moving forward and we're not concerned about that at this point."
Just before the start of preseason camp, Greenway signed a five-year contract worth up to $13.25 million. According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, that includes a $1 million bonus for reaching a minimum playing time clause during any of his first four seasons.
The ex-Hawkeye star said he's continuing to working with the first-team kick and punt coverage, and kick return and punt return units.
"We're just going out each practice," he said, "and trying to get better."
Ex-Hawkeye Greenway trying to "work my way up" with Vikings