Vikings look for help at RB, QB, TE

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Due to injuries and a suspension with pay via placement on an exemption list that was pulled out of a hat (or from someone’s bodily orifice that only sees the sunshine in certain yoga poses), the Vikings need help at three key offensive positions:  running back, quarterback, and tight end.

On Wednesday, the Vikings tried to address those needs via a four-man tryout.  Showing their stuff to the powers-that-be were running back Dion Lewis, tight ends Ryan Otten and Jake Stoneburner, and quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson.

Bethel-Thompson previously played for the Vikings, but then landed in San Francisco after being waived last year.  The Vikings have no quarterbacks behind Teddy Bridgewater and Christian Ponder, with Matt Cassel on injured reserve.

Starting tight end Kyle Rudolph is out after hernia surgery, and running back Adrian Peterson won’t be playing until his legal process has resolved.

65 responses to “Vikings look for help at RB, QB, TE

  1. It’s not going to matter, as any of those scrubs would be back-ups anyhow and they don’t replace the best RB in the league, a pro bowl TE or a top 10 OG as rated by PFF.

  2. We’re so far from good it’s not even funny.

    Spielman has to go. Sure he gets big name first round talent but he can’t draft in the 3-7th if it saved his life, and that’s where championship teams are built. How many DBs and LBs has he drafted and how many have already been cut?

  3. jcbadger34 says:
    Sep 24, 2014 5:29 PM
    “an OL, and CB, and WR, and S, and every other position on the field.”

    Oh look, Stoneburner. Another Packers castoff.

    Oh Look Letroy Guion…another Mn castoff actually Starting for the sorry Packers defense..Those who live in glass houses

  4. Packer’s sign 1 Ex-Viking player. Here is a list of Ex-Packer players the Vikings have signed.

    Ryan Longwell
    Darren Sharper
    Greg Jennings
    Desmond Bishop
    Robert Ferguson
    Javon Walker
    Mike Montgomery
    Charles Johnson
    Brett Favre
    Tori Gurley

  5. seapoeschl says:
    Sep 24, 2014 5:53 PM
    Packer’s sign 1 Ex-Viking player. Here is a list of Ex-Packer players the Vikings have signed.

    Ryan Longwell
    Darren Sharper
    Greg Jennings
    Desmond Bishop
    Robert Ferguson
    Javon Walker
    Mike Montgomery
    Charles Johnson
    Brett Favre
    Tori Gurley

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    Let’s make a list of all these packer players that would rather be in Minnesota than Green Bay. That’ll show em!

  6. What is wrong with TE Alen Reisner, WR Rodney Smith and RB Joe Banyard?

    They all looked pretty good this preseason, in particular Smith and Banyard. All reisner does is catch touchdowns.

  7. exemption list that was pulled out of a hat (or from someone’s bodily orifice that only sees the sunshine in certain yoga poses)
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    A story about football, and it made me laugh out loud. Nicely done Mr. Florio.

  8. Expect more packer comments than ever, their season is over….

    Vikings just need a functioning offense, Teddy will give us that. The defense is getting better each week, look at its rankings. Zimmers plan is working and our D will be dominating others soon…

  9. I don’t know if the Vikings will sign all 4 or 3 out of 4 or whatever but a short Internet Google research shows that none of the 4 are child abusers so you have to hand it to the Vikings, they are learning from their past mistakes.

    And by mistakes, I am not talking about drafting Troy Williamson while Rodgers sits in the green room

  10. “Not sure what Kellen Davis doing these days, but I’d love to see him impersonate a TE in Minnesota.”

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    Davis just worked out for Baltimore yesterday, but apparently wasn’t offered a deal.

    Dion Lewis makes some sense. If nothing else, he’s faster than the plodders than have now.

  11. seapoeschl says:

    Surprise! The Vikings are looking at another Ex-Packer…
    _________________________

    At least this guy isn’t fresh off a DUI arrest and a high speed (over 100 MPH) chase like the Packers did not all that long ago with Koren Robinson…

    Everyone knew (except for Packer fans) that a 1 year suspension was coming (3rd violation of the substance abuse policy), and when the NFL did suspend him – all of Packerland was whining about it.

    When reinstated – the Packers brought him back in because they needed his 21 catches and 241 yards…

  12. The Packers have gone through this much adversity or worse in each of the last four years. They’ve won three NFC North titles and a Super Bowl in that time. Only time will tell how the Vikings respond.

  13. The Vikes always make sure they have a Minnesotan work them out, not Zimmer. They want to make sure they can fit into the culture off the field as well as on it. So naturally, they tell them they are going to sign them and they are doing great! Then they sneak a pink slip in their locker while they shower and turn their phones off. They also serve them well done frozen burger patties with an American single on it and grill the prospects about how much they know about the sophistication of Minnesota.

    It’s overlooked by many, but the ability to survive boring, snobby, bland, insulated hell is a major factor that goes beyond the gridiron.

  14. summitmech says:
    Sep 24, 2014 6:09 PM

    Let’s make a list of all these packer players that would rather be in Minnesota than Green Bay. That’ll show em!

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    I can make a list of how many of those players went to Minnesota and earned a Superbowl Ring.

    Here it is:

  15. gtodriver says:

    At least this guy isn’t fresh off a DUI arrest and a high speed (over 100 MPH) chase like the Packers did not all that long ago with Koren Robinson…

    Everyone knew (except for Packer fans) that a 1 year suspension was coming (3rd violation of the substance abuse policy), and when the NFL did suspend him – all of Packerland was whining about it.

    When reinstated – the Packers brought him back in because they needed his 21 catches and 241 yards…

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    Did you forget about Jerome Simpson?

  16. **********************
    The 49ers took Bethel Thompson off the Vikings practice squad last year. He was not waived by the Vikings.
    *********************

    The player was waived in order to be on the practice squad.
    Instead of spewing fiction that is easily disproved, viking persons, why not think before posting?
    Facts always seem to get in the way of your narrative. People laugh at you when you post untrue stuff like that.

  17. I love how everyone likes to comment about the ex Packers who have signed with the Vikings. Like it was against their that they signed. The reason that they sign here is that they feel disrespected and jaded by their former team so they want a little revenge. Ask Brett about that world class organization….

  18. I am sick of Viking fans throwing out the Vikings whole organization. We are only in week 4 and people want the heads of the GM and owner. Relax(Aaron Rodgers R-E-L-A-X) this season everyone knew healthy or not we weren’t going to make the playoffs the best was maybe a .500 season. This season is strictly to have Zimmer and Bridgewater gain experience and nothing else really. Listen if we gain a Franchise QB out of this rough start of a season, I’d say it is worth it!

  19. Teams sign player released by other teams; It happens all the time. Where else are they supposed to get quality depth when player X goes down. There aren’t many options. Grow up and start thinking, people.

  20. The thing is we were pegged for last and fudge packers were picked for first and they look like cap we will compete with them with out our best player bank on it

  21. Any team that would sign some no-name with absolutely ZERO track record in the NFL as starter when a proven WINNER like Tim Tebow is ready, willing, and able to at least be given a tryout is mind-boggling to me. Here the Vikings have a golden opportunity to sign a proven winner like Tebow for cheap, and see where it takes them. They deserve to be losers

  22. darrinnelsonkilledthedream says:
    Sep 24, 2014 6:23 PM
    What is wrong with TE Alen Reisner, WR Rodney Smith and RB Joe Banyard?

    They all looked pretty good this preseason, in particular Smith and Banyard. All reisner does is catch touchdowns.
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    Banyard is on the roster. Smith is still on the practice squad and I believe the Pats picked up Reisner unfortunately.

  23. Bethel-Thompson must bring something to the table. Over and over people sign him to their practice squads. We have a serviceable if unspectacular tight end with Chase Ford. I don’t know if we are OK at RB.

  24. seapoeschl says:
    Sep 24, 2014 5:53 PM
    Packer’s sign 1 Ex-Viking player. Here is a list of Ex-Packer players the Vikings have signed.

    Ryan Longwell
    Darren Sharper
    Greg Jennings
    Desmond Bishop
    Robert Ferguson
    Javon Walker
    Mike Montgomery
    Charles Johnson
    Brett Favre
    Tori Gurley
    ——————————————————————–

    Former Vikings the Packers have signed with the time period of the above list:

    Gilbert Brown
    Allen Rice
    Darrell Ingram
    Keith Millard
    Steve Bono
    Kerry Cooks
    Roy Barker
    Kivuusama Mays
    Nick Rogers
    Tyrone Culver
    Letroy Guion

    Those in glass houses…….

  25. @all cheeseheads

    So… how’s your team doing this year? Not so good huh? Didn’t you guys say your team was going to be 16-0 (or some such thing)? I hear Rogers has be lighting up his opponents yet again. What? He hasn’t? I’ll bet it’s most disconcerting for your team to be BELOW the Vikings YET AGAIN! Get used to the feeling… 2 decades of PATHETIC games are headed your way. You see… the Vikings weren’t expected to win most of the first 6 games, Green Bay was. Now the rest of the league is LAUGHING at you… as we Vikings always have.

    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

  26. “sonofad says: The thing is the Vikings are always pegged for last. And they almost always deliver on that.”

    But not this year though. I do believe Green Bay is in last place. Get used to it. There will be MANY more years where you will be looking UP to a Vikings dominated NFC-N.

  27. “golforepar says: Baby hands” Bridgewater will lead the Vikes to a top 5 pick in next years draft.
    skolol”

    Isn’t that were Rogers is leading the Pack THIS YEAR?

  28. taintedsaints2009 says: Sep 27, 2014 11:16 PM

    This might be the most unwatchable Vikings team I can remember in the last 25 years.
    ………………………
    Can you say “dain brammage”?

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