The Vikings rotating door of wide receivers is spinning again. Today the Vikings moved Stephen Burton to injured reserve ending his season and promoted Emmanuel Arceneaux from the practice squad.
Burton was a 7th round pick that was active the last two weeks. His most memorable play was actually in the preseason where he batted down a Hail Mary. Oh and in the regular season he caught 2 balls for 38 yards when the season was already lost. The Vikings also tinkered with his spot waiving him in November then brought him back once Michael Jenkins was moved to injured reserve.
Now it’s Arceneaux’s turn to get a shot. He’s been working away on the practice squad after being one of the top wide receivers in the CFL last season. Arceneaux did show some promise towards the end of the preseason and at this point its best to see what he can do in games that matter (well… at least they’re not preseason games).
Looking at the wide receiver position the only two guys who will be back for certain next year are Percy Harvin and Jenkins. The team needs a legit #1 wide receiver that demands 8+ targets a game and having the abilities to play outside. Both Arceneaux and Burton will try and make the roster again next season. We’ll talk more at length about this position and guys the Vikings should target another day.
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