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Re: Vikes Training Camp - AD looking better than last year.

Postby thedude » Sat Aug 02, 2008 11:09 pm

What was the last time a team claimed a guy looked "worse than last year?" Every year everyone is in the best shape of their careers, or so they say. Obviously that cannot be true. AP will probably have an amazing year. And it is expected that a sophomore will be better than a rookie. Nevertheless i would take anything said during training camp with a grain of salt.
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Re: Vikes Training Camp - AD looking better than last year.

Postby LS2throwed » Sat Aug 02, 2008 11:15 pm

thedude wrote:What was the last time a team claimed a guy looked "worse than last year?" Every year everyone is in the best shape of their careers, or so they say. Obviously that cannot be true. AP will probably have an amazing year. And it is expected that a sophomore will be better than a rookie. Nevertheless i would take anything said during training camp with a grain of salt.



I hear this alot, and its really not true...Not everyone looks great during the off-season, not everyone is a pro bowler at this time of the year, matter of fact I have heard and read about quite a few guys struggling and looking bad: John Beck, Troy Smith, Javon Walker, Mike Jenkins, Jerome Simpson, and I'm sure the list is alot longer...Some guys really do look good in training camp, that is a possibility, but its not like every report you read is all positives because I have seen just as much about guys struggling throughout camp.


Obviously you take it with a grain of salt, but I have seen reports give both sides of guys play.
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Re: Vikes Training Camp - AD looking better than last year.

Postby My team is injured » Sun Aug 03, 2008 9:36 am

LS2throwed wrote:I hear this alot, and its really not true...Not everyone looks great during the off-season, not everyone is a pro bowler at this time of the year, matter of fact I have heard and read about quite a few guys struggling and looking bad: John Beck, Troy Smith, Javon Walker, Mike Jenkins, Jerome Simpson, and I'm sure the list is alot longer...Some guys really do look good in training camp, that is a possibility, but its not like every report you read is all positives because I have seen just as much about guys struggling throughout camp.


There are a whole hell of a lot more reports about players looking great this time of year than negative news coming out, especially for non-injured, entrenched starters. Not saying you can't take anything from the pre-season as that was the main reason I picked up Colston prior to the season starting his rookie year, but I agree with the above poster to not put too much stock into camp reports on their own.
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Re: Vikes Training Camp - AD looking better than last year.

Postby Free Bagel » Sun Aug 03, 2008 10:08 am

LS2throwed wrote:
thedude wrote:What was the last time a team claimed a guy looked "worse than last year?" Every year everyone is in the best shape of their careers, or so they say. Obviously that cannot be true. AP will probably have an amazing year. And it is expected that a sophomore will be better than a rookie. Nevertheless i would take anything said during training camp with a grain of salt.



I hear this alot, and its really not true...Not everyone looks great during the off-season, not everyone is a pro bowler at this time of the year, matter of fact I have heard and read about quite a few guys struggling and looking bad: John Beck, Troy Smith, Javon Walker, Mike Jenkins, Jerome Simpson, and I'm sure the list is alot longer...Some guys really do look good in training camp, that is a possibility, but its not like every report you read is all positives because I have seen just as much about guys struggling throughout camp.


Obviously you take it with a grain of salt, but I have seen reports give both sides of guys play.


True, but I wish I had the patience to run some kind of statistical analysis on how this news translated to actual performance during the season.

If I recall, last year Lendale, Portis, and Westbrook were the guys that were looking bad in camp, and all had great seasons relative to what was expected of them.

The guys who looked good were a little bit better, with lots being made of how good Randy Moss looked (which worked out), but TONS of other guys "looked great" and never amounted to a thing.
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Re: Vikes Training Camp - AD looking better than last year.

Postby treat24 » Thu Aug 07, 2008 10:39 am

Watch out for our secret defense. Bollinger at Safety and Booty at Linebacker... intimidated? I thought so :-b
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Re: Vikes Training Camp - AD looking better than last year.

Postby RiffRaff » Thu Aug 07, 2008 10:48 am

treat24 wrote:Watch out for our secret defense. Bollinger at Safety and Booty at Linebacker... intimidated? I thought so :-b


And the Vikes will be signing Trent Dilfer to Play a Deep Stinger position.

In all seriousness though, it's a good way to make Brooks earn his training camp money. ;-D
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Re: Vikes Training Camp - AD looking better than last year.

Postby moochman » Fri Aug 08, 2008 12:50 pm

treat24 wrote:Watch out for our secret defense. Bollinger at Safety and Booty at Linebacker... intimidated? I thought so :-b


More intimidated than I am by the thought of either of them lining up under center.
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