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Couple More Pictures from the Vikings' OTAs

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Here you see Sidney Rice (sponsored by The Daily Norseman) playing a nice, casual game of catch with Adrian Peterson.

Of all of the positives that the Vikings' offense has going for it this season, I think that the development of Sidney Rice could end up being the biggest non-Adrian Peterson story to come from that side of the ball this year for the Beloved Purple.  Think about it. . .Rice spent what was supposed to be his junior year at the University of South Carolina playing for the Vikings in 2007.  He's gotten a year to get familiar with the offense, a year to work with Tarvaris Jackson, and he's got a legitimate deep threat on the other side of him.

Take a quick look at the wide receiver class from the 2008 NFL Draft.  Seriously, now. . .do you think ANY of those guys would have gone ahead of #18 if he had stayed with the Gamecocks for another year and put up big numbers in Steve Spurrier's offense?  Not a chance.  This guy is so physically talented and gifted, and I'll once again admit that I was completely and totally wrong for wanting the Vikings to take Dwayne Jarrett instead of him.

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And, of course, we would be remiss if we forgot to talk about our own. . .Purple. . .Jesus.  (Thank you, Depeche Mode.)

I know the guy gets a ton of hype, but it's all completely and totally deserved.  This guy slammed himself into a brick wall, essentially, for the second half of the 2007 season, and still ended up leading the conference in rushing, not to mention putting on two of the all-time great individual performances in Minnesota Vikings history.  We've heard all the records, we've heard all the praise, and I know that I can't wait to see him do it all again.  Just imagine what he's going to be able to do without having to look across the line and see 8 or 9 guys in the box on nearly every play. . .not to mention getting worked more into the passing game.

I can't remember the last time I was this geeked for a season to get underway.  We're STILL three and a half months away from the Slaughter in 'Sconnie, and I don't know if I'm going to physically be able to handle it.

That's all for tonight, folks. . .keep enjoying your Thursday night, and we'll see you back here tomorrow!

Oh, and once again, a big SKOL to Mr. Cheer or Die for supplying the photos used in this post.