As it stands as of right now. Vikings wide-receiver Greg Childs is out for the season and potentially for the rest of his career. Early reports are saying that Greg Childs has suffered two torn patellar tendons. If that is the case, it takes over a year for one. But to do both? Difficult.
In April, Childs was drafted in the 4th round after Arkansas teammate Jarius Wright. Childs was the initial favorite to start at the split-end in place of free-agent signing Jerome Simpson who played for the Bengals for 4 seasons. Simpson is suspended for 3 games this season after being charged with possession of marijuana.
Here are the other options at this point:
- Stephen Burton: Nothing exciting speed wise, average hands, but a very tough/grinder. Vikings wide-receivers coach George Stewart said that he would compare Burton to a younger Terrell Owens but without the mental issues. He was projected to be in the running for the 3rd-5th wide-receiver and at this point, it all depends on his performances in practice and during the pre-season.
- Emmanuel Arceneaux: Dominant in the CFL, spent last season on the practice squad, just saw his chances of making the team skyrocket. He’s had to adjust to the speed and style of the NFL, but hopes are high that he could contribute this year if he continues to do well in camp. Look for him to compete for a split-end roster spot.
- Michael Jenkins: reliable hands. Always been a solid possession receiver and was the #1 target up to his knee injury which ended his season. A lot of speculation that he may not make the team. Throw that out the window, he’s staying.
- Devin Aromashodu: Has experience in the offense and some speed. Really see him on the free agent wire at the end of camp.
- Kamar Jordan: Injured at the moment. Good hands in college. He’ll be lucky if he makes it to practice squad.
- Kerry Taylor: Speed guy. He is by no means a bad option and has gotten enough snaps in camp. He’ll be in the mix for the 4th-5th receiver.
- Jarius Wright: Think Steve Smith. Could get moved outside when he’s not backing up Percy at the slot. He’s got the speed to do it.
All in all, yesterday was a sad day. Vikings fans may have lost an important part of this teams rebuilding and if they don’t do well this year as expected, you can say ”Welcome to Minnesota Robert Woods and/or Keenan Allen and/or Justin Hunter.”