Training Camp Battle: FS

Honestly, I don’t know whether Harrison Smith is a free safety or strong safety.  In our defensive scheme, I have heard that the positions are interchangeable, so maybe it’s better to just call it Safety #2.  Harrison obviously has the #1 spot locked down, but there is definitely going to be an interesting battle for the spot next to him among the other safeties on the team.

Mistral Raymond started out 2012 as the starter in his second year in the league.  While young and inexperienced, he was showing promise until an injury sidelined him.  Jamarca Sanford stepped in to replace Raymond and the special teams standout performed so well that the job became his to keep even after Raymond healed from his injury.

Sanford performed well enough to earn a new 2-year contract, worth $5 million.  This number makes a strong argument that the team believes he will be the starter for the next two years, but the competition should still be strong.

Perhaps the least likely player to earn the starting spot, Robert Blanton is still going to be taking part in this competition as well.  Drafted in the same year, and from the same college as Harrison, Blanton spent his first year transitioning from his college position of CB to Safety with the Vikings.  Now after a year in the league, Blanton should be ready to show he has what it takes to move up the depth chart.

Other safeties currently on the roster include 3rd year player Andrew Sandejo, and rookies Brandon Bishop and Darius Eubanks.  So who do you think will win the starting spot heading into game 1 in Detroit?  Vote below!


105 comments on “Training Camp Battle: FS

  1. So, Sidney Rice is rumored to be in Switzerland, having his knee checked out. Percy Harvin is out until week 7– at a minimum, maybe up to week 16. I knew all along that Seattle was way too hyped up. Can Winfield come back home if Seattle cuts him? It is the Vikings on the way to the big dance, not the Sea Chickens.


    The Vikings are hoping that Christian Ponder can continue to build on a strong finish to the 2012 season.1. Christian Ponder’s development: The best way to view Ponder’s first full season as the Vikings’ quarterback was that he was unacceptably uneven. Based on Total Quarterback Rating, he was a top-10 starter in his first four games, then one of the NFL’s worst over the next eight games and, finally, one of the league’s best in the Vikings’ 4-0 finish.

    A reasonable expectation for 2013 is to even out his performance. Put more bluntly: Ponder can’t ever be as bad as he was during those eight games of 2012.

    In the first few days of training camp, Ponder provided little evidence that he is ready to make that jump to consistency. More than occasionally, his throws went awry on what appeared to be unforced errors. Over three practices, I counted three substantial overthrows of receiver Greg Jennings on mid-range routes. Then there was a go route that took receiver Jerome Simpson four steps out of bounds, along with a ball thrown wildly up for grabs during a blitz drill.

  3. I still to this day feel Ponders mid season marriage contributed to his roller coaster season. I so surprised Samantha wasn’t pregnant, that’s the only reason I can think of that they would get married so hastily. And in Wussconsin NO LESS!!

  4. I am serious– we had a crazy long winter– major snow throughout April– even snow the first few days of May– then cool until late June- then hot for about 3 weeks– and then cool again– even chilly lately.

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