Wide receiver Bernard Berrian seemed to disappear from the Minnesota Vikings offense last season, ignored by quarterback Brett Favre and overshadowed by Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice.
The old Berrian - the one that the Vikings counted on to stretch the field with his elite speed - reappeared in a flash in the first quarter against the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday night.
Berrian spun Cowboys safety Gerald Sensabaugh around with a sharp post-corner route and hauled in a 49-yard touchdown pass from Donovan McNabb for the first touchdown by the Vikings starting offense this season. Berrian had two catches for 64 yards and was targeted four times in the first half of the exhibition game.
The chemistry with McNabb, who unlike Favre was present for training camp as well as the preseason, seems to be much better. New offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave said it’s been a point of emphasis to make sure that Berrian doesn’t get marginalized like he did in previous seasons.
It's still hard to get excited about Berrian. However, if he and McNabb continue to click early in the season, he might be worth adding as a free agent.