A few items to round out the week:
#1: The Vikings have a new linebacker, Derrick Pope, whom they signed away from the Miami Dolphins. Pope was given a one-year contract to be the fourth linebacker and get after it on special teams. He has no illusions about his status on the team, saying:
That’s one of the biggest keys for me is special teams. That’s how I’ve survived in this league, off special teams.
He will not crack the starting three, that’s for sure.
#2: A bit of an old item but one I wanted to get to – the Vikings are very interested in Delaware quarterback Joe Flacco, whose stock has been rising ever since his work-out at the Combine. Flacco is 6-6 and 230, ran a 4.84 forty at the Combine, and recently threw a 60-yard pass from a dead stop during a private work-out for the Baltimore Ravens. He’s being touted as the next Ben Roethlisberger. If he came in and had a season like Ben’s rookie year (13 games started, 2621 yards, 17 TDs, 11 INTs, 98.1 rating), we’d be a playoff team.
#3: Robert Ferguson is expected to sign a one-year deal to remain in Purple. Ferguson had 32 catches for 391 yards and 1 TD last year, but his really important contribution was his downfield blocking, which helped spring our backs for big runs. Ferguson, to me, is basically a wide receiver version of Jim Kleinsasser. He’s large and mauls people downfield. And now and then he catches one (like Kleinsasser used to before Medusa looked at his hands).