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Bernard Berrian will return punts for Vikings

After the Vikings shipped Darius Reynaud to the Giants, the defending NFC North champions had a void to fill at the position of punt returner.

In the past, the Vikings have used a starting receiver to return punts on a cameo basis, with Randy Moss and Anthony Carter providing high rewards in exchange for the corresponding injury risk.

The Vikings will start the 2010 season with a starting receiver serving as the full-time punt returner.

Coach Brad Childress said Tuesday that the job goes to Bernard Berrian.  Two other receivers — Greg Camarillo and Percy Harvin — also are in the mix, along with cornerback Asher Allen.

Berrian has returned 21 regular-season punts in his career.  In 2008, he converted one of seven opportunities into an 82-yard touchdown.

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33 Responses to “Bernard Berrian will return punts for Vikings”
  1. bengal4life07 says: Sep 8, 2010 6:09 AM

    Nice! Helps his fantasy value in my “expert” league.

  2. Ambrose says: Sep 8, 2010 7:10 AM

    This seems kind of risky.

  3. The Doctor says: Sep 8, 2010 7:24 AM

    Should have never gotten rid of Reynaud. He was a great return man, and gave us depth at WR.

  4. Calistin says: Sep 8, 2010 7:51 AM

    Drop and/or hamstrig pull incoming.

  5. JimmySmith says: Sep 8, 2010 7:52 AM

    I can’t believe that the Vikings, who are down to just 3 CB’s, would risk Asher Allen to return punts. If Berrian gets injured, no big deal, he wasn’t that good to begin with but Childress would redefine stupid if he put Allen out there.
    But then again, Childress thinks T Jack is a NFL QB so who knows if the guy is thinking at all.

  6. IAVikefan says: Sep 8, 2010 7:59 AM

    Thats just asking for trouble, period. when you already can’t feild more than 4 receivers, that’s like putting a bullseye on the poor guy.

  7. sand0 says: Sep 8, 2010 8:12 AM

    Ha nice. I am a Vikes fan and had my fantasy draft with other Vikes guys. Everyone forgot about Berrian because last year he did absolutely nothing. But this year being healthy and with Sid Rice out, and now returning punts on top of that for a defense that will force a whole helluva lot of them.
    Nice.

  8. Hauschild says: Sep 8, 2010 8:23 AM

    I’d probably let Cam return the punts – he’s a bit more “heady” and we all know the most important job of a returner’s is to maintain possession.

  9. cusoman says: Sep 8, 2010 8:24 AM

    # JimmySmith says: September 8, 2010 7:52 AM
    I can’t believe that the Vikings, who are down to just 3 CB’s, would risk Asher Allen to return punts. If Berrian gets injured, no big deal, he wasn’t that good to begin with but Childress would redefine stupid if he put Allen out there.
    But then again, Childress thinks T Jack is a NFL QB so who knows if the guy is thinking at all.
    —————-
    Are you at all capable of saying anything positive?

  10. VIKINGSTAT says: Sep 8, 2010 8:39 AM

    Been a die-hard vikings fan all my life and always will be,but I cannot understand why with only 2 good recievers we take a risk like that?I never believe all that is said on here..but…why didn’t we get more help to protect brett…why did we trade away sage and keep t jack?.Is our coach and owner hiding something?..Will we be the LA Vikings?

  11. Douchebaggery says: Sep 8, 2010 8:45 AM

    Sucks for Bernard, that dude is made of popsicle sticks!

  12. Nosredna says: Sep 8, 2010 9:20 AM

    Wow…..just yesterday you were talking with Paul Allen about Harvin being the punt return man…..now you are making it sound like Berrian will be “the guy”…..
    That’s your story and you’re sticking to it…..eh “CornFlorio”?

  13. Allied Biscuit says: Sep 8, 2010 9:24 AM

    trading Reynaud made absolutely no sense at all. none. it was worse than trading Sage. you knew one of the 2 qb’s was going, but Reynaud? a proven punt returner. Childress strikes again. he makes some great moves, but also makes some really really stupid ones. like drafting nate triplett in the 5th round and cutting him. if you don’t know what to do with the pick, trade if for future picks. don’t continue to waste draft picks.

  14. PhootballFilosophy says: Sep 8, 2010 9:26 AM

    T-jack should return punts. He’d finally be good for something…

  15. CarlGerbschmidt says: Sep 8, 2010 9:31 AM

    vikings team is filled with idiots. Nice move, have your (arguably) #1 receiver returning punts…I’m sure he won’t get destroyed.
    How many Super Bowls have you won?

  16. misterdizz says: Sep 8, 2010 9:37 AM

    Vikings (my team for nearly 40 years) are making me sick lately. Their O-Line had better perform better than end of last year, or they are going 8-8. There were very few holes for Adrian last year, and he had to create his own. Favre got crushed too often last year, and McKinnie looks like he has regressed at LT. The Center, even IF healthy was a downgrade from Matt Birk, and the right side is shaky.
    Putting Berrian on returns is suicidal. Let’s assume one or more of their handful of receivers gets injured (we already know Berrian isn’t that durable, and Harvin’s migraines will be an ongoing issue) in the first game. It is not far-fetched to think that one of the DBs could get injured or RE-injured too; so putting Allen on returns would be incredibly risky. Why is there no depth? Why did the team not get aggressive about acquiring some added help on the O-Line to protect Favre?
    I am sure all the die-hards with blinders on will say I am just a worrier, but I am smart enough to recognize that injuries are inevitable and they always hit a team where they can least afford it. Not sure if this team is going 11-5 or 5-11, but either is equally possible, the way they enter this season… with that schedule. The bye week in week 4 is a rotten time for it, too. So, the deck is stacked against a repeat of last year’s record. If Favre and Company make the playoffs as anything more than a Wild Card, I will be very impressed. The damn front office could help the players out more than they have.
    Prediction: If they fail to make the playoffs, Childress and Bevell are history, and the team will be dismantled and rebuilding will begin… probably in L.A. after a lockout season.

  17. popcreeps says: Sep 8, 2010 9:41 AM

    Darrius Reynaud a “proven” punt returner. Um, yeah , I guess. Just because you can remember a guys name doesn’t make him “proven.” A warm body? Yes. Big loss? Hardly.

  18. popcreeps says: Sep 8, 2010 9:48 AM

    Funny. Viking-obsessed Packer fans have all kinds of comments about the purple’s punt return situation. Meanwhile, their team is combing the waiver wire to add any piece of meat available to step in for Tramon Williams (who?).

  19. popcreeps says: Sep 8, 2010 9:48 AM

    Funny. Viking-obsessed Packer fans have all kinds of comments about the purple’s punt return situation. Meanwhile, their team is combing the waiver wire to add any piece of meat available to step in for Tramon Williams (who?).

  20. stkurt says: Sep 8, 2010 9:58 AM

    The Saints won’t be punting Thursday night so this won’t be a factor till Week 2.

  21. Percy Headachin says: Sep 8, 2010 10:06 AM

    Thats a bad sign for vikes fans. It means they dont want Harvin doing it so he can focus on starting wr. That means that Berrian might be relegated to the 3rd look on offense maybe 4th if you count VS. So That offense is Peterson, Harvin, VS, Camarillo, and bearian in that order. Not bad, but certainly not as good as with rice.

  22. Nosredna says: Sep 8, 2010 10:15 AM

    @misterdizz
    A Vikings fan for 40 years? Don’t make me laff! You are obviously a closet Green Bay Fudgepacker fan and don’t really have a clue!
    Get of the bandwagon and don your green/yellow jersey!

  23. Dbellina says: Sep 8, 2010 10:37 AM

    @misterdizz
    I’m a big Vikings fan too and I agree with a lot of what you said, but why would Childress and Bevell be gone if we miss the playoffs? The team has gotten better every year that Chilly has been the coach. We have increased our wins by two every year he has been here. They have actually been drafting good players that contribute and aren’t wasted picks. They made a big time trade that some thought was a horrible idea, but you can’t say having Jared Allen on our team brought us to a whole other dimension. How many teams do you know of that drafted 2 Offensive Rookies of the Year in three years?? I’d say they have done a pretty darn good job.

  24. PurpleRaid12 says: Sep 8, 2010 10:55 AM

    “But then again, Childress thinks T Jack is a NFL QB so who knows if the guy is thinking at all.”
    ____________________________________
    But then again, you think you know football… Unfortunately for your sake, nothing could be further from the truth.

  25. shulby55 says: Sep 8, 2010 11:04 AM

    Childress is a complete idiot. Lets only keep 4 WR and 4 healthy CBs on the roster and oh by the way lets put 3 WRs (Harvin, Berrian, and Camarillo) and a CB (Allen) at more risk for injury by returning kicks. Yeah and we really need 10 D-linemen right? This so called coach is a joke. I am a vikings fan but I hope Farve cant play after this game and they tank the whole season so the owners realize what an idiot the coach is.

  26. Bob Nelson says: Sep 8, 2010 11:20 AM

    Bernard Berrian was 61st in the NFL in receiving yards last season. He has never had a 1000 yard receiving season.
    What is so special about a back up receiver doing return duties?
    Remember he only had one red zone fumble against the Saints last season so he is moderately reliable when the pressure is on.
    Again I don’t see the point of an article about some slappy playing on kick return teams.

  27. minnesconsin_ad says: Sep 8, 2010 11:23 AM

    as a GB fan I’ll cite Popcreeps above and remind my fellow cheeseheads that the Packers are in similarly dire straights when it comes to the punt return game. I’d say we’re at least as thin at CB as the Vikes are at WR. If Tramon goes down they will be in a lot of trouble in that defensive backfield. Maybe Sam Shields will figure out how to field a punt and hold onto the ball, but that’s probably wishful thinking.
    But a final thought: in 2007 the Packers used Woodson as the primary punt return man. It could’ve backfired bigtime, but in that scenario, the rewards certainly beat the risk.

  28. Someone says: Sep 8, 2010 1:01 PM

    I hate you negative Vikings fans that do a better job at tearing down the team than Jimmysmith and Bob_Nelson!
    It’s a punt. Why the fvck is it so inconceivable to make sure it’s someone who can catch the damn ball. That’s what WR’s do.

  29. CarlGerbschmidt says: Sep 8, 2010 1:04 PM

    Bob Nelson says:
    September 8, 2010 11:20 AM
    Bernard Berrian was 61st in the NFL in receiving yards last season. He has never had a 1000 yard receiving season.
    What is so special about a back up receiver doing return duties?
    Remember he only had one red zone fumble against the Saints last season so he is moderately reliable when the pressure is on.
    Again I don’t see the point of an article about some slappy playing on kick return teams.
    ———————-
    Those are all good points. Unfortunately, that “slappy” is this year’s #1 receiver. Should be a good year for the vikes….

  30. Brewdogg says: Sep 8, 2010 2:02 PM

    Bob Nelson says: September 8, 2010 11:20 AM
    Bernard Berrian was 61st in the NFL in receiving yards last season. He has never had a 1000 yard receiving season.
    What is so special about a back up receiver doing return duties?
    Remember he only had one red zone fumble against the Saints last season so he is moderately reliable when the pressure is on.
    Again I don’t see the point of an article about some slappy playing on kick return teams.
    ———————————————–
    Oh, Bobby, you little noob… You cheer for the Packers, who laud their WRs YPR. How’s this for a number…. 20.1 YPR. Better than any of the Packers recievers have ever done. That was in 2008, when 70% of his receptions from Jackson and Frerotte went for 1st downs. Now he’s healthy again.
    But he’s just a worthless lump of flesh, right? He’s nothing compared to Jordy Nelson. He just put up Jordy’s CAREER totals in rec and TDs and bettered his career rec yds last year, and that was as the #3 and with a bum hammie. Oh yeah, and he didn’t fumble, unlike Jordy…. 3 fumbles on only 22 catches.

  31. Brewdogg says: Sep 8, 2010 2:06 PM

    # minnesconsin_ad says: September 8, 2010 11:23 AM
    as a GB fan I’ll cite Popcreeps above and remind my fellow cheeseheads that the Packers are in similarly dire straights when it comes to the punt return game. I’d say we’re at least as thin at CB as the Vikes are at WR. If Tramon goes down they will be in a lot of trouble in that defensive backfield. Maybe Sam Shields will figure out how to field a punt and hold onto the ball, but that’s probably wishful thinking.
    But a final thought: in 2007 the Packers used Woodson as the primary punt return man. It could’ve backfired bigtime, but in that scenario, the rewards certainly beat the risk.
    ————————————————
    Careful now…. Bobby and Jimmy and the rest of the idiots don’t like hearing that kind of talk.
    But since we have an honest guy here, tell me the view from your side. Is Tramon Williams starting-caliber, or just a nickel back? And are there any other CBs on the team that even deserve to see the field?

  32. Cannon says: Sep 8, 2010 5:16 PM

    This is stupid. Chilly and Spielman deserve all the credit in the world for assembling one of the most talented rosters in the league but the trade of Sage and Reynaud was flat out moronic. You now have your top 2 WR returning kicks and risking injury. Not a smart move Chilly. p.s. Skol.

  33. TheBaySay says: Sep 9, 2010 3:57 PM

    Berrian finally gets free downfield!!

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