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    James keeps focus on healthy future over injured past

    http://www.startribune.com/510/story/1176782.html

    I really l;ike what James did for us last year If he can get going again and stay helthy and we can light a fire under Udezee We may have a nice Combo at DE and then 3 very solid reserves.

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    Re: James keeps focus on healthy future over injured past

    I was looking to see if James has the injury bug.
    Looks like there were concerns about his durability pre-draft.

    His hip injury in 2003 and other assorted ankle and knee problems will always be an issue. This could scare off a few teams. Needs to dedicate the bulk of his spare time to increasing his strength, but he proved in 2004 that he can be a difference maker, if he can stay healthy.
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    Re: James keeps focus on healthy future over injured past

    he needs to have a good season this year! i think he can come in and be really good as long as he stays healthy!
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    Re: James keeps focus on healthy future over injured past

    For those who don't quit understand what Udeze had to do last year and why we need Erasmus back:

    Defensive end -- The qualities in a DE vary with the type of defense being played and what a team is asking that player to do.

    With a 4-3 defense, you're looking for DEs that can rush the QB. The RDE should be the best pass rusher and he must have speed and explosion off the corner and should be a "sack artist." He should have great range and chase ability and at least be adequate against the run, though that is not what he is being paid to do. If he isn't at least adequate against the run, the opposing offense will find him and run right at him. Many young players coming into the league that lack great size and strength are becoming successful contributors as RDEs either on a full-time basis or as nickel rushers.

    The LDE in a 4-3 defense still has to have some pass-rush ability, but is also a little more powerful. He must be able to stop the run (most teams are right-handed) and he must be able to jam the TE at the line of scrimmage. He is not quite the athlete that the RDE is, but he is a little more powerful.

    In 3-4 defenses, the DEs are more physical and are asked to play the run more than the pass. In this defense, the primary pass rush comes from the OLBs -- the DEs are asked to stuff the run and keep the blockers occupied. These players are usually tough guys with size and some athletic ability but not necessarily proficient pass rushers.
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    Re: James keeps focus on healthy future over injured past

    Good find Marrdro.

    Unfortunately the article doesn't distinguish between Strong and Weak linebackers, which is ridiculous.


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    Re: James keeps focus on healthy future over injured past

    "Billy" wrote:
    Good find Marrdro.

    Unfortunately the article doesn't distinguish between Strong and Weak linebackers, which is ridiculous.
    I almosted posted this one
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    Re: James keeps focus on healthy future over injured past

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    Vikings | James may not be ready for training camp
    Fri, 11 May 2007 13:11:15 -0700

    Judd Zulgad, of Minneapolis Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings DE Erasmus James (knee) may be placed on the physically-unable-to-perform list during training camp if he is still injured, according to head coach Brad Childress.

    Well not a good sign. Again I want him back soon but we should be Ok if he is not.



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    Re: James keeps focus on healthy future over injured past

    "Billy" wrote:
    Good find Marrdro.

    Unfortunately the article doesn't distinguish between Strong and Weak linebackers, which is ridiculous.

    There is a difference?

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    Re: James keeps focus on healthy future over injured past

    "davike" wrote:
    "Billy" wrote:
    Good find Marrdro.

    Unfortunately the article doesn't distinguish between Strong and Weak linebackers, which is ridiculous.

    There is a difference?
    Being a Strong side LB you must be able to cover the TE down the field.

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    Re: James keeps focus on healthy future over injured past

    I actually think it might be a good thing he's not coming back.

    A lot of young guys think they're invincible, and an ACL injury is a long recovery and rehab period. I think him taking his time is a very good thing. The last thing we want is a Culpepper situation, where he comes back way early and still can't play at all.

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