It's that time of year when there's a lot of ideas floating around, and a lot of them are good ones about what the Vikings are going to do in free agency and the draft. I think Spielman will have another good draft, but have no idea what his plans might be as far as free agency.
There is another part of strengthening this team that I think will go a long way. We have several players that will be entering their second and third year. I think players like Robinson, Ballard, Wright, Smith, Kalil, Ponder & Rudolph will all be better, helping shape the roster more into a true team. We also have good players on our practice squad. Sadly, some guys on the team are not helping in going in the direction Frazier and Spielman have this ship going. We saw the first elimination yesterday with Micheal Jenkins getting cut. He is a class act and wish him the best, but we are better without him.
One of the things I am glad to see is that it's getting more competitive and more difficult to earn a job on the Vikings' roster. The players recognize this and know it's going to be even harder this year to make the cut. When teams like us are going through the transition of getting better, that means we're getting better players and it also means, unfortunately for some guys; they are on the way out. Devin Aromashadu, Stephen Burton and possibly Jerome Simpson likely will take door number two along with Jenkins and in turn make the team better. It's just the timing of when the rest of the chips will fall.
Of Brinkley and Henderson, probably only one will stay stay on with Greenway, Cole and maybe one more back up LB. We have to get rid of the LBs that are not helping the team and whoever helps the most on special teams might be one of the only things that helps keep a 3rd or maybe 4th LB from last year, but I don't think Fraizer or Spielman will tolerate the performance we saw as a whole outside of Chad Greenway. On the back end Sherals has to go(we have a few guys to take over punt returns), and B Burton and M Raymond might both be beat out in camp, especially with new DBs likely coming in. Sanford is better than Raymond and excellent on ST too and Burton has just been falling off. Guion or Evans or both being cut will likely make the team better while saving money to boot. Both of them, along with the poor LB play really hurt the run defense last year.
Some of our guys on the practice squad are ready to replace some of these guys on the way out right now. Chase Baker looks like he can replace either Guion or Evans. I would rather take my chances with Chris Summers than anyone of our WRs not named Harvin or Wright and he is a taller receiver too. I like Bobby Felder a lot more than Sherals back there and Burton too, thought he was going to make the cut last year. I know money is the reason, but this team is better without Carlson.(I hope he can make me eat my words this year, but doubt it). One of the TEs on our PS, Chase Ford looks like he can develop into a solid # 2 TE for us and if we're going to keep Carlson; and I get it the money involved, but I would like to see Ford given the chance to fight for Carlson's job and if he wins, bump Carlson down to # 3.
Just my opinion, I think by eliminating players holding this team back and bumping up some of our practice squad guys, without even getting to free agency or the draft; it will make the team better. What do you think?