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Vincent Jackson’s Price Just Went Up

September 20, 2010

In order for San Diego Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson’s suspension to end after only 4 games, the Bolts must trade him by 3:00 p.m. Wednesday. If a move isn’t made by Wednesday, Jackson will be forced to serve his full six-game suspension. There have been multiple reports of the Vikings making a move for Jackson, but nothing has materialized…yet. However, after Sunday’s lackluster offensive performance, the Vikings may be forced to meet the Chargers’ trade demands.

With Sidney Rice out for half the season following hip surgery, and Percy Harvin scheduled to have an MRI exam on his hip today, the Vikings currently have 3 healthy wide receivers on the roster. One way or another, the Vikings will need to add some depth at the wide receiver position this week. After an 0-2 start, Vikings’ fans are hoping the team makes a big splash by adding Vincent Jackson. And why not? He might just provide the spark the offense has been missing the first two weeks of the 2010 season.

Jeremy Fowler of The Pioneer Press added to the Jackson-to-the-Vikings trade speculation before Sunday’s kickoff. “After chatting with some folks close to the program on the sidelines, there’s definitely a buzz about possibly landing Vincent Jackson.”

The Vikings’ staff, the fans, and the players all seem to have an interest in the 6th-year player out of Northern Colorado. If you didn’t know any better, you would have thought Percy Harvin was even lobbying the acquisition of Jackson after yesterday’s loss.

“We’re running basically the same plays,” Harvin told reporters after Sunday’s loss. “It’s just sometimes when you have a 6-5 receiver you can just throw it up to him — whether he’s covered or not — and he can make a play. From that standpoint, we won’t be able to fix that or find another receiver to replace him. We just have to come up with different schemes to try and get people open.”

To put Harvin’s comments in context, the “6-5 receiver” he was referring to was teammate Sidney Rice, but coincidentally, Vincent Jackson also stands at a height of 6 feet 5 inches.

The Vikings’ lack of height at wide receiver was especially apparent with the game on the line yesterday. The team failed to score after finding themselves with a 1st-and-goal at the 10-yard line with about 5:00 minutes remaining in the game. Running back Adrian Peterson had the hot hand all afternoon, and the Vikings fed him the ball on 4 straight running plays. On fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line, Miami linebacker Karlos Dansby stopped Peterson and the Vikings turned the ball over on downs. Would a 6-5 receiver have changed the outcome of that series? Perhaps Favre could have lobbed the ball into the corner of the end zone and let a big receiver go up and make a play. But without a Sidney Rice or Vincent Jackson, it’s no wonder offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell chose to feed Peterson the ball.

With Brett Favre and the Vikings unable to kick-start the passing game on Sunday, the Chargers may have gained some additional leverage on Sunday. The Vikings desperately need help at the receiver position, and the Chargers know it.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. September 20, 2010 7:01 am

    Yeah, man, might be OK. Will he help the Vikings in their red zone impotence? Yeesh. It was paaathetic. Also, that game would’ve been totally different if they had just gone for the points on 4th and 2 and the beginning of the game. Suddenly they’re kicking a field goal at the end of the game, not scrambling for 7. Bad coaching: again.

    • September 20, 2010 8:51 am

      The Vikings certainly left a lot of points on the field. Who would have thought that a converted fourth down would come back to haunt them.

      • September 20, 2010 9:15 am

        Well, I called that shit when he did it. I normally am not screaming at the screen a couple minutes into the game, but that game was different.

  2. loren permalink
    September 20, 2010 6:17 pm

    I think Favre looked OK,He is still shaking some rust off,We need to make room for a couple more recievers.Get more guys on the field and see who steps up.Somethings wrong with Percy.He might need some time.We will need fresh legs later on anyway.Something wrong with Berrian too,but I think he might just not be worth it.Take the field goals and the VIKES probably win.The kicker is always the highest scoring player.Ryan Longwell please.

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