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    Re: Vikings auditioning kick returners

    "i_bleed_purple" wrote:
    they should try to get az-zahir hakim if possible.
    he's a decent punt returner, with some experience with kickoffs.
    plus he can provide a bit of depth at reciever.
    he averages about 4-500 yards per season, and he even has a 158.3 passer rating

    IMO he would be a good pickup
    I agree I think that would be a good pickup

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    Re: Vikings auditioning kick returners

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    Sun, 20 Aug 2006 08:46:16 -0700

    Don Seeholzer, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings rookie WR/PR Jason Carter played well in during the team's preseason game Saturday, Aug. 19. Carter caught two passes for 48 yards and a touchdown and had a 14-yard punt return. "The guy that continues to stand out is Jason Carter," head coach Brad Childress said. "Just in terms of his punt-return ability. He's had some return yards and made some plays in the passing game, as well."


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    Re: Vikings auditioning kick returners

    [size=10pt]Vikings try to resolve unhappy kick return situation[/size]

    http://www.startribune.com/510/story/629981.html

    The Vikings face a delicate balance this week as they seek clarity in their return game.
    Their top two returners are missing from practice, and at least one is not expected back for the regular season. Their backups are rookie free agents, neither of whom are a lock to make the final 53-man roster. So the question facing special teams coordinator Paul Ferraro: Is it time to begin scanning the roster for other (emergency) possibilities?

    "Yeah, and that's why you see some of the veterans out there catching balls during practice," Ferraro said. "You always have to have those guys ready."

    Kick returner Koren Robinson is not expected to play this season after his Aug. 15 arrest, and veteran Kevin Kasper still has a cast on his sprained ankle. Punt returner Mewelde Moore, meanwhile, likely will miss his second consecutive game Friday against Baltimore because of a sprained left knee.

    The shuffle has left rookies Jason Carter (punt) and Wendell Mathis (kickoff) atop the depth chart. They took all the returns Saturday night at Pittsburgh, averaging 8.0 yards and 27.7 yards per return, respectively.

    Cornerback Ronyell Whitaker worked Tuesday on kickoff returns, and during training camp the Vikings gave reps to receiver Travis Taylor and free safety Darren Sharper on punt returns.

    Whitaker is an intriguing possibility. After forcing a key fumble by Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch, Whitaker is in the mix for the Vikings' No. 3 or No. 4 cornerback job. He demonstrated strong open-field running ability this spring in NFL Europe, returning two interceptions for touchdowns.

    "I've always had a good knack for it," Whitaker said. "Plus, I figure special teams is a good way to change the game."

    Injury report

    Moore, wearing a brace on his sprained left knee, performed some light running drills during practice Tuesday morning. Linebacker Marcus Lawrence (knee) also did some light running.

    Linebacker Rod Davis (quadriceps contusion) participated in a portion of practice. Kasper (ankle) and tight end Richard Owens (back contusion) missed practice.

    Etc.

    • Koren Robinson's hearing in Kirkland (Wash.) Municipal Court has been rescheduled for Oct. 4.

    • Moore's absence has given offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell a long look at running back Ciatrick Fason.

    "It's given him the opportunity to showcase his talents," Bevell said. "He's shown us that he's very sharp in protection. He can pick up the blitz. He's willing to stick it in there. ... And he's done a nice job as a runner. When we've handed him the ball, he can get the tough yards."

    • Today is scheduled to be the Vikings' final set of two-a-day practices. They will hold a brief practice Thursday and begin normal game-week preparations Sunday at Winter Park.

    • Former Vikings coach Les Steckel will sign copies of his book "One Yard Short: Turning your defeats into victories" from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Northwestern Book Store at Har Mar Mall, 2100 N. Snelling Av. in Roseville. The signing was moved from Joe Senser's Bar & Grill earlier this week.

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