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Favre out, McNabb in: Vikes again pin hopes on veteran QB

  • By Pat Kirwan
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Minnesota Vikings
Mankato, Minn.
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Big changes at wide receiver
Gone is Sidney Rice. In 2009, Brett Favre said Rice was the best receiver he ever threw to. The Seahawks concurred and paid him. Now, it could be down to Percy Harvin, who missed a lot of practice time over the past two years because of migraine headaches. The Vikings added Michael Jenkins -- formerly of the Falcons -- and Devin Aromashodu -- formerly of the Bears -- via free agency. Each pickup should factor into the team's offensive plans.
Two defensive sore spots
Defensive tackle and safety are worth watching this summer. Pat Williams is retired, Jimmy Kennedy was a cap casualty and the Vikings need someone to step up. At safety, Madieu Williams hasn't been the same since his neck injury and also was released. The team looked long and hard at Eric Weddle, but he was too expensive for them. Jamarca Sanford is a name to watch.
What can McNabb do?
Donovan McNabb was brought in for two reasons: Win now and pave the way for Christian Ponder. Brad Childress, the former Vikings coach and the man that worked with McNabb for years in Philadelphia, thinks Donovan has a chip on his shoulder after the experience in Washington and will come back ready to prove he can still deliver. He knows the language of this offense and should have little problem being ready to go. He has Adrian Peterson behind him and a few good tight ends, but his wide receiver group needs some help. The Vikings open the regular season in San Diego, so we will know fairly quickly what he has left.

Top position battle

Fans can expect to see some multiple tight end formations with Visanthe Shiancoe and rookie Kyle Rudolph, but will the second-round pick force his way into the starting lineup?



Can McNabb mess with his new team in time for the season?

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