May 4, 2012; Eden Prairie, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Greg Childs (85) watches another player as part of a drill at rookie camp at Winter Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Greg Childs Opens Camp On PUP List; Michael Mauti Good to Go

How much of a contribution will Greg Childs be able to make this year coming off last year’s catastrophic double patella tendon blow-out? Hard to say. For now Childs remains in a holding pattern. The Vikings announced that the former Arkansas receiver will begin camp on the PUP list. LB Nathan Williams is the only other Viking to hit the PUP list to open camp.

Fans who pay close attention may have noted one name that is notable by its absence from the PUP list. Michael Mauti, Penn State linebacker is NOT on PUP to open up. He is able to fully participate coming off an offseason full of rehab from a knee injury. In fact, as of the first practice session on Friday, Mauti was already on the field working with the punt coverage team. This potentially shakes things up even more in the linebacker depth chart. Right now we’ve got Erin Henderson at the Mike and Desmond Bishop at the Will. But how will it end up?

Where does Mauti fit? We’ll find out as camp rolls on. One more little story to watch. Nice to see he is healthy and able to roll anyway. Hopefully Childs will quickly get himself right physically and get on the field. That wide receiver field is pretty crowded and it would not be helpful for Childs to miss too much time.

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  • Thomas Fowler

    Here’s hoping that Childs is close and that the Vikings already know what they have in him and just want to not rush it. I think they are playing this on the down low and want to give the other WR’s the reps. Childs is at 225 lbs of ripped muscle and he’s looking like a beast if he can get the wheels under him. God Bless Greg and hope you are off the PUP soon!

  • 3kolu

    Childs being placed on the PUP comes as no surprise. It’s just the smart thing to do for a couple reasons. First, it allows Childs more time to completely heal and work on a total recovery. Second, it allows the Vikings to evaluate what has become a competitive race for the fifth spot. The first 4 spots are locked up barring injury or suspension. Jennings is the #1, #2 is for Simpson to lose, #3 is Jarius Wright’s because he is the logical replacement for the slot left vacated by the departure of Percy Harvin, but he can also take a flyer on the outside because of his speed and ball skills. And, #4 is Cordarelle Patterson, but I expect their to be a lot of interchanging between the 4. At #5, I am going with Joe Webb because he fits a specialty niche and provides versatility and hyper-athleticism. He is a huge target at, 6’4″, 225 lbs. He runs a 4.45 40 yard dash, with a 42″ vertical. And, he has really good hands measuring 11″. I also believe he is a serviceable #4 QB, so the Vikes can add another player to their game day roster. He would also be another redzone threat that could help Christian Ponder take it to the next level. You can never have too many redzone threats starting with AP, Kyle Rudolph, CP, and hopefully John Carlson to make life miserable for opposing defenses. Putting Childs on the IR, will also allow the Vikings to put 1 or 2 undrafted FA rookies on the practice team should they clear waivers. I believe the frontrunners would be Adam Thielen, Rodney Smith and Lamark Brown with Thielen being the favorite to either steal that 5th spot or be sent to the practice squad.