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
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.