Minnesota Vikings: Mid-Week Reports 05 Oct 11

QB Donovan McNabb continues to struggle when it comes to making game-changing plays on third down. He was 3-for-10 for 5 yards, an interception and a 1-yard touchdown pass on third down in Sunday’s loss to the Chiefs.

WR Devin Aromashodu has made a convincing argument to become more involved in the downfield passing game. His 34-yard TD reception in the first quarter against the Chiefs showed he has the speed to get down the field and the grit to go up and take the ball away from the defender.

TE Visanthe Shiancoe appears to have finally recovered from a preseason hamstring injury. In his best game of the season by far, Shiancoe had six receptions, all for first downs, including one on fourth-and-2. He had a seventh first-down catch called back because of penalty.

TE Jim Kleinsasser is one the best — if not the best — blocking tight ends in the league. The Vikings thought so much of his blocking skills that they went into the season without a fullback, figuring Kleinsasser could handle those duties as well. Kleinsasser did just that, but putting him in the backfield on occasion forced the Vikings to use other tight ends to block on the line of scrimmage. The Vikings, however, don’t have any other blocking tight ends.Visanthe Shiancoe and Kyle Rudolph try to block, but it’s just not something they’re good at.

RB Adrian Peterson tries to do it all, but he can’t. Teams are too focused on stopping him and forcing the Vikings to win via the passing game. Peterson’s 3.5-yard average on Sunday was the fourth consecutive week that it has fallen. It’s gone from 6.1 to 4.8 to 4.6 to 3.5.

RB Toby Gerhart isn’t packing the same punch he did through two games. He had 52 yards on four carries in the first two games. In the past two games, he has 6 yards on four carries.

WR Percy Harvin has a team-high 172 yards receiving, but he’s actually averaging more per rush attempt (11.8) than he is per reception (10.1). Harvin has 141 yards rushing on 12 carries. He is dangerous on the end-around play because he’s quick enough that he can gain yards even if the defense knows it’s coming.

TE Allen Reisner, a surprise undrafted rookie who made the team, was released to make room for FB Ryan D’Imperio, who was signed off the practice squad. If Reisner clears waivers, he’ll most likely be added to the team’s practice squad. The Vikings like Reisner, but they just don’t need him on the 53-man roster at this point.

FB Ryan D’Imperio was signed off the team’s practice squad. The Vikings didn’t have a fullback on the roster. TE Jim Kleinsasser was doubling as the fullback when needed.

LT Pat Brown saw the first 11 offensive snaps of his career at left tackle last weekend. He held his own. He gave up a QB pressure to LB Tamba Hali, but Hali had his way with just about every lineman the Vikings had on the field.

LT Charlie Johnson will continue to get treatment on his left elbow/triceps and should be ready to practice on Wednesday. He c