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This season could be a long onePosted Monday, August 8, 2011, at 8:49 AM
Last season was forgettable.
This year may be similar.
Heading into the 2011 preseason, the Minnesota Vikings have made some moves regarding free agents.
Last year, the Vikings, my long-time favorite team, finished 6-10 and had a three-headed monster at quarterback, including Brett Favre, Tarvaris Jackson and Joe Webb.
The big off-season move the Vikings made this season was bringing in Donovan McNabb, who three for 3,377 passing yards last season.
This was a good move, especially since Webb was the only returning quarterback and he threw for just 477 yards in a handful of starts.
The other quarterbacks currently on the roster are Rhett Bomar (two seasons, no statistics), and rookies Christian Ponder and Alexander Robinson.
Again, bringing in McNabb gives the Vikings credibility.
Finding targets for McNabb may prove difficult.
Currently, the Vikings have 11 wide receivers on their roster and six tight ends.
These 17 players accounted for 238 catches last year, of which only 187 were in Minnesota uniforms.
The leading returning receiver for the Vikings currently is Percy Harvin, who caught 71 passes last year.
After Harvin, it gets sketchy.
Bernard Berrian is back, but he caught only 28 passes. Also back is Greg Camarillo, who caught just 20.
Former Colt Devin Aromashodu is on the Vikings' roster, but he caught just 10 passes with the Bears last year.
The Vikings also signed former Atlanta Falcon Michael Jenkins, who hauled in 41 passes last season.
Minnesota also has Juaquin Iglesias and Jaymar Johnson, players with experience but no receptions last year, and rookies Emmanuel Arceneaux, Stephen Burton, Andre Holmes and Dominique Johnson.
As far as tight ends, Visanthe Shiancoe is back. He caught 47 passes last year.
In addition, Jim Kleinsasser is back coming off a 17-reception season and Jeff Dugan is on the roster (four catches last year).
Notre Dame rookie Kyle Rudolph joined the squad this year and Minnesota also has Allen Reisner and Ed Barham currently on its roster.
McNabb has proven in the past that he likes to spread the wealth around, so perhaps having a star receiver won't be necessary.
Then again, maybe he'll create one. Then again, maybe he won't.
At least Minnesota still has Adrian Peterson and his 1,298 rushing yards returning.
I have a feeling my wife will be pushing strongly this season for me to become a Colts fan, something I've been able to keep at bay in recent seasons.
While the other teams in the NFC North (Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions) all look better this year -- at least on paper -- the Vikings appear to be in the rebuilding process.
An 8-8 season would be respectable, but five or six wins is probably more realistic.