Two ex-Vikings have popped up in the news today. First: Michael Bennett, who was just cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to make way for returning running back Cadillac Williams, has been claimed by the San Diego Chargers. Adam Schefter of NFL Network believes the Chargers grabbed Bennett to keep him away from Denver who are in desperate need of a running back. You’d have to be pretty desperate to resort to signing Bennett, who has managed to run for only 453 yards in the 3 years since leaving the Vikings, and only had 12 on 7 carries this season for Tampa. The one Viking fan who was looking forward to seeing Bennett when we play the Bucs this weekend is probably crushed.
Second: Daunte Culpepper will reportedly remain the starter this weekend when the Lions travel to Carolina. Culpepper completed 5/10 for 104 yards, no touchdowns and 1 pick in his first game for Detroit, and had to be removed in goal-line situations because he hadn’t gotten enough work in those packages. Carolina, we recall, was where Daunte suffered his catastrophic knee injury his last year with the Vikings, paving the way for Brad Johnson and that unlikely winning streak. Ex-Lion Roy Williams probably doesn’t think Daunte will be able to help.
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