5 forgotten former members of the Vikings – Part 3

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Greg Camarillo – WR

This one is going back a bit, and if anyone remembers Greg Camarillo, they likely played fantasy football in the late 2000s. Greg Camarillo burst onto the scene in 2009 for the Miami Dolphins. He racked up 55 receptions that season for 613 yards and two touchdowns. The guy didn’t have elite size and speed, but he ran solid routes, and he had some very reliable hands.

He was a popular option in deeper PPR leagues, and when the Dolphins let him hit free agency after the 2009 season, there was some excitement from Vikings fans who may have used him as a plug-in option in their fantasy football lineups.

Camarillo didn’t do a whole heck of a lot in his time in Minnesota. He hung around for a couple of seasons, catching just 29 passes for 361 yards and one touchdown. Camarillo was used as a punt returner in 2010 and did okay in that role returning 39 punts for a 9.2-yard average.

He never did emerge as a reliable option in the Vikings’ passing game and was usurped on the depth chart by players like Bernard Berrian and Greg Lewis.

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In Camarillo’s defense, he came to Minnesota at a bad time. He joined during Brett Favre’s injury-plagued second season with the team. A year later, he had to catch passes from a disinterested Donovan McNabb, and then a rookie in Christian Ponder. He was doomed to fail, but he failed in purple, and no one should forget that.