It’s always a good idea for the new guys on a team to make a quick positive impression on the home fans.
Several of the newest Vikings took this idea to heart, using Saturday night’s preseason tilt with the Seahawks to get a head start on winning over Purple Nation.
Greg Camarillo, acquired just this week in a trade with the Dolphins, got off to the fastest start, catching two passes for first downs in the same first quarter series. Camarillo kept it going early in the second half, catching two more balls from Brett Favre before Brett got too frisky and overthrew him on a deep pass for a series-ending pick.
Camarillo’s offensive teammate, rookie Toby Gerhart, also impressed. The former Stanford stand-out took over for Adrian Peterson in the second quarter, and ran 5 times for 24 yards, showing both power and nifty moves.
On the defensive end, rookie Chris Cook, making his first start of the preseason at corner, executed a pair of impressive open-field tackles on Seahawks ball carriers, one of which halted a potential Seattle touchdown drive. Cook now appears almost a lock to win the starting right corner spot, after his Winfield-like showing.
All three of these guys will surely have their ups-and-downs as the weeks progress, but for now, it’s all up.