IRVING, Texas -- Some thoughts from the practice field at Valley Ranch:
Offensive Line Shuffle
With the Cowboys now planning for the worst without
Travis Frederick will see some work at both guard spots along with Doug Free. As much as this coaching staff does not want to move Frederick or Free, it is quite possible this combination might be called on to finish a game this season.
Church To Answer The Bell
There were some questions after the game whether Church would be ready for the Vikings this week, but on Wednesday he was on the practice field taking reps next to
Speaking of Jeff Heath,
Word out of Minnesota is that Josh Freeman will get the start against the Cowboys on Sunday. With the way the Vikings quarterbacks have played this season, it really hasn’t mattered who will hand the ball to Adrian Peterson.
I have studied both Josh Freeman and Christian Ponder with the thought that Freeman clearly has the more quarterback traits, but there is no telling where the ball is going to go when he throws it. The Vikings offense against the Giants was grab bag by Bill Musgrave in looking for plays that he could actually run.
With Ponder, you are going to get a quarterback that plays with a great deal of grit and toughness, but he is nowhere near as talented as Freeman. The problem the Vikings must have with Ponder is that he leaves plays on the field. There have been times where their skill players have been wide open and he either hasn’t seen them or is afraid to pull the trigger in fear of a mistake. In the games I have studied, teams have loaded the box and dared these quarterbacks to beat them with their arms and it has yet to happen.
The biggest difference in my opinion of the two, is that Ponder is more likely to try and make plays with his legs while, Freeman would much rather throw the ball than run.
Corner The Market
Where Pellerin can help this squad is in a couple of areas. He has the length and physical size that you don’t get in Claiborne or Webb. Where Pellerin also helps you is that he is a much better special teamer than what you would get from Sterling Moore.
There is nothing wrong with this front office wanting to keep adding quality players in this area because of the dynamic returner that you are going to face this week in Cordarrelle Patterson. Micah Pellerin has been playing well on the scout teams but now with the second defense getting him ready for this move because he is needed.