Vikings rookie report: Week 11

Posted Nov. 24, 2010 @ 3:39 p.m.
Posted By Eric Edholm

Here's a look at how the Vikings' rookies fared in the Week 11 loss to the Packers:

CB Chris Cook (second round): Cook gave up several receptions before being benched in the second half. The Packers have just had the rookie's number this season. One of those catches was a TD to James Jones, in which Cook was close but simply didn't react well to the perfect pass. Another was a fade route to Greg Jennings, who played Cook like a fiddle despite (again) the fairly close coverage. On the sideline, DE Ray Edwards tore into Cook. Tough game for a rookie who looked so good this summer. But it's clear he might not be totally healthy and his confidence has taken a hit as a result. The Vikings will have to manage him carefully this season and into the offseason, but there is a lot of talent there.

RB Toby Gerhart (second round): He has carved out a role for himself of about 15-20 snaps per game, but Gerhart has been a little up and down and must make the most of his playing time. Getting stripped by Charles Woodson really hurt the team at a pivotal juncture, and it won't help Gerhart get more carries. He has been a two-steps-forward-one-step-back player as a rookie.

DE Everson Griffen (fourth round): In a season of low lows, the recent emergence of Griffen has been a tiny light. He has seen more time with each passing game the past few contests and had two noticeable pressures against the Packers. It's a sign, a small one, that there is some talent there to be cultivated.

OG Chris DeGeare (fifth round): Inactive most of the season, including Sunday. The Vikings viewed him as something of a project and are not displeased with his progress so far.

QB Joe Webb (sixth round): Has been the emergency QB for all 10 games. A major work in progress with interesting potential, but we'll have to see what happens with a new head coach as far as the future is concerned.