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Practice goes on
Wednesday, August 16th, 2006
by Mark Craig

Veteran receiver Travis Taylor moved into the starting lineup opposite Troy Williamson in the Vikings’ first practice since Pro Bowler Koren Robinson was arrested and jailed on charges of drunk driving, fleeing police and a bunch of other bad things that probably mean we’ve seen the last of him for some time.

With Koren Robinson still sitting in jail, veteran Marcus Robinson became the third receiver, and Billy McMullen, the other half of the Hank Baskett trade, moved up to No. 4.

“Guys got to step up,” Robinson said.

“They aren’t going to cancel the preseason,” said coach Brad Childress, who we have to admit deserves credit for taking the latest Vikings’ embarrassment head on.

Other receivers to suddenly keep an eye on include Chris Jones and Jason Carter. Jones has made enough plays to make us look on the roster to see who is No. 15. He made another nice catch and run against the No. 1 defense on Wednesday.

Other tidbits and observations from the first post-K-Rob practice:

. RB Mewelde Moore did not practice because of a knee injury. Somewhere, Mike Tice was mad about it.

. Kevin Kasper, the star of the kick return unit on Monday night, sat out because of a high ankle sprain.

. LB Chad Greenway spoke today and said it was a torn left ACL that ended his season. Greenway tore the right one as a freshman at Iowa, and said he was back to full strength in about four or five months.

. CB Fred Smoot jumped a quick out route and intercepted a pass from Brad Johnson. Smoot looks thicker this year, but says he’s just as fast.

. CB Dovonte Edwards, the nickel back, hurt his left leg covering Robinson. He missed some snaps, but returned to practice.

. TE Richard Angulo sure looks the part at 6-8, 270. But he dropped a ball thrown right to him against the No. 2 defense.

. QB Tarvaris Jackson has more football awareness in one month in the NFL than Aaron Brooks has in Year 8. And he continues to show off his arm. He connected with Josh Davis on a laser over the middle, past No. 1 MLB Napoleon Harris. On the next play, Jackson threw a pick. But, hey, the kid’s a rook.

. The Vikings worked out six players, believed to be linebackers, after the first practice. They need to bolster their depth after losing Greenway.

Wind messes with punt returners
Wednesday, August 16th, 2006
by Mark Craig

It wasn’t a good day to be the Vikings’ Nos. 2-3 punt returners. With No. 1 punt returner Mewelde Moore missing his second practice of the day because of a knee injury, it was up to Travis Taylor and Jason Carter to catch punts — or at least attempt to catch them — during a light, one-hour special teams practice.

The ball hit the ground almost as many times as it was cleanly caught. But Taylor and Carter did get better toward the end.

Kluwe, who had a good day in the preseason opener against the Raiders, was wearing a wrap on his surgically-repaired right knee, but he sure looked strong with that tail wind going.

Only special teams players practiced in the afternoon. They didn’t wear pads.

The Vikings return to full-squad practice Thursday morning. Not sure if K-Rob will be there. Stay tuned.