Dec 15, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings (15) against the Philadelphia Eagles at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Eagles 48-30. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Greg Jennings Takes Note of Evan Silva Twitter Diss


Rotoworld football guru Evan Silva spent much of Wednesday morning breaking down the Vikings’ wide receiver situation, making a case for why the Vikes should look at Texas A&M receiver Mike Evans in the first round.

The basic argument? In Norv Turner’s offense you need a real vertical threat. Right now, the Vikings don’t have anyone who fits the bill.

Cordarrelle Patterson is not a true deep threat. Jerome Simpson is a shaky deep option. Greg Jennings is an underneath player.

Things got a little big ugly perhaps when Silva, pushed by some Viking fans, took it a step further with Jennings, calling him “an overpaid #2/#3 who isn’t scaring anyone.”

Guess who noticed the diss? Greg Jennings.


Silva then followed this up with a series of snarky tweets about Jennings now having plenty of “motivation” going into the season.

So, an analyst gives a perfectly reasonable opinion based on empirical evidence, and some thin-skinned player perceives it as a slight.

We call that a normal Wednesday morning on Twitter.

I happen to think Jennings did pretty well last year given everything that went wrong with the Vikings’ offense, but it’s also perfectly reasonable to project his numbers as taking a downward slide this season and beyond.

I personally would be shocked if Jennings plays out his entire Vikings contract. His likely fading production plus Cordarrelle Patterson’s current limitations as a deep receiver are the best arguments for going with a receiver in the first round.

If Mike Evans is there, he will be worth a look. If by some miracle Sammy Watkins is there, it’s a no-brainer.

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  • Don Andrew Halvorson

    Are you kidding me? Wide receiver in the first would be a hella mistake.

    • manbearpig01

      That’s what most said about drafting AP too after Taylor was coming off of a 1200yd rushing season. You take the best man available.

  • David Mallow

    would not be completely against taking Evans at 8. He was the best player on A&Ms roster. hes big,got great hands and decent speed.. Defense is the way to go,but there is a ton of defensive talent in rounds 2 thru 7… BPA, NO MATTER THE POSITION

  • jacknine

    Why must the #1 receiver be a deep threat? Brandon Marshall not a deep threat, Wes Welker with the Pats anything but. Chris Carter before Moss not a #1? Jennings is the most professional, polished likely to be open WR on the team and Patterson projects to be increasingly effective downfield as he learns the position, with his speed and height.

  • ugglorr

    case, take him. Vikings should draft with an eye on the next 5 years, not THIS year. The fact is they will need a better option at WR1 soon, and Evans is a rare talent. So Jennings, Patterson and Evans makes any QB look much better.

  • Paul Engleson

    The Vikings first option in my opinion should be the CB From OSU if not him a LB THEN IN rd 2 a QB

  • Brian 761

    are you joking,our wide receivers are just fine to make it through the season,our problem is what we need to address is the defense,mainly we need linebackers and defensive backfield

  • KevVc1

    By all accounts this is one of the deepest WR drafts in a very long time. No way the Vikings draft a WR in the first round, even if Watkins is available (not a no brainer by the way). If anything they used that to try and trade down to get more picks as they have a ton of holes.

  • Jenine Harowitz

    the pre-lims right now at ETVshare. Really looking forward to seeing Jones
    get his ass kicked.