Count Ricky Williams among those who admire the skills and abilities of new Vikings receiver Greg Camarillo. Ricky should know too – he played with Camarillo for three years on the Dolphins, before Camarillo was traded this preseason for cornerback Benny Sapp.
In a conference call Wednesday afternoon with reporters, Williams spoke about the blow the Dolphins received when Camarillo was dealt.
“It really hurt a lot of us to see him leave,” Ricky said. “He’s money.”
The “money” remark is a reference to Camarillo’s hands, which are among the surest in the league. Camarillo also has a reputation as a gritty competitor and a fast learner. The latter skill will come in handy as he tries to pick up the Vikings’ offense on the fly. Last Thursday, his lack of familiarity with the system limited him to only 7 snaps, a situation Camarillo anticipated after struggling all week in practice.
“In the preseason, you can pick up the offense real easy because it’s just vanilla, basic offense,” the receiver explained. “Once you start getting into the season, you start getting more complex. That made it a little more difficult. I didn’t do as well in practice. I didn’t know what to expect going into the game but it wasn’t unexpected.”
With another week of practice under his belt, Camarillo figures to see an expanded role this Sunday against the Dolphins. As you would expect from someone with a reputation for competitiveness, Camarillo is itching to take the field against the team that traded him away.
“What more could you ask for?” he said. “From the minute I got traded, I’ve been thinking about this. It’s Week 2. It’s so early, it’s great. Last week how the whole team felt about the Saints and wanting to get their second swing at them, that’s how I feel about the Dolphins. It’s all my friends. No ill will toward the team, but I want to come out there and kick their tail.”