Training Camp Stock Report

Let’s take a look at where some guys stand going into the second week of camp:

Stock through the roof:

Logan Payne.  The former Gopher is impressing the hell out of everyone.   He’s added weight this camp and claims he’s got his 40 time under 4.4.  Receivers coach George Stewart said of Payne, “Logan is a crafty pro.  Logan’s a guy that’s a hard worker, he makes plays, and it’s very exciting to see him grow.”  Unless something changes drastically between now and the end of camp, I have to believe Jaymar Johnson is history.

Stock still up:

Chris Cook.   The raves keep coming in.  However, the brakes have been put on the hype-train just a little by Brad Childress, who says he has no intention of letting Cook openly compete with Lito Sheppard for the starting corner spot vacated by the injured Cedric Griffin.  That leaves Cook competing for the nickel position.

Stock up:

Antoine Winfield.  The talk of Winfield moving inside is all gone.  Leslie Frazier says Antoine is fully healthy and back to being the player he was before his foot injury.  This is great news because I love the idea of a full-strength Winfield lining up opposite Sheppard, with Benny Sapp at nickel.

Stock up:

Husain Abdullah.  Here’s what Chilly had to say about the safety:  “He has had a good camp.  He’s a smart guy, can play both the safety spots. He understands our goal line package. In a pinch he has nickel capability because he understands it. He may not have the exact profile you’re looking for, height, weight, speed, quickness. But he’s going to know how to fit and he’s going to know how to play that position.”

Stock slightly up:

Jon Cooper.  Mr. Cooper warrants a mention mostly because John Sullivan‘s been hampered by a calf injury, meaning more snaps for Cooper.

Stock holding:

Chris DeGeare.  He got time at left guard because Steve Hutchinson went down, and now he’s getting time at right guard.  I’m hearing no particular rumblings about DeGeare being a threat to snatch Anthony Herrera‘s job, but there’s still plenty of time for that to change.  Not that I’m rooting for Herrera to be demoted but…well, maybe I am, a little.

Stock unknown due to weird circumstances:

Benny Sapp.  He hasn’t practiced since getting dehydrated last Sunday.  Now, I know teams are extra-careful about this stuff – the Vikings especially, given what happened with Korey Stringer – but really…what the hell is up with this?  According to Chilly, the doctors are saying Sapp can’t practice.  I say pour some water in the dude and stick him out there.

Stock still down:

Everson Griffen.  We’ve heard barely a peep about this guy.  Isn’t he supposed to be some kind of physical beast?  Is there a chance of him not even making the team?

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Tags: Anthony Herrera Antoine Winfield Benny Sapp Chris Cook Chris Degeare Husain Abdullah Jaymar Johnson Jon Cooper Lito Sheppard Logan Payne Minnesota Vikings Steve Hutchinson

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