Will Walker help the Vikings?
Of course not, Javon Walker had no explosion in his lower body before he signed the big contract with the Oakland Raiders, and that was three years ago.
Not much can be expected of him now. At this point of the season, what choices are available to the injury-riddle receiving group of the Vikings? Trading for Greg Camarillo will help when the Vikings play teams that feature more zone coverage than tight man-to-man, but the problems that will arise for the Vikings without Sidney Rice, or maybe even Percy Harvin, is when teams press the wide outs and force Brett Favre to hold onto the ball a little longer than he wants. The Vikings need both Rice and Harvin back and healthy to be the explosive offense of a year ago.
Multiple sources report WR Greg Camarillo is being traded to the Minnesota Vikings.
Greg Camarillo will likely step in as the 3rd WR behind Bernard Berrian and Percy Harvin, that is if he can beat out Greg Lewis and the newly signed Javon Walker. Camarillo could offer a bit of real deep value in PPR leagues, but isn't much of a threat to stretch the field or score touchdowns.
With Sidney Rice sideline because of a hip injury and Percy Harvin having missed extended time during training camp and the preseason, the Vikings WR position has gone from one of the deeper spots on the team to a position in need of some depth for the time being.
To address that situation, the Vikings have signed WR Javon Walker, a 9-year veteran who’s been with the Green Bay Packers (2002-2005), Denver Broncos (2006-2007) and Oakland Raiders (2008-2009). With the Vikings, Walker is re-united with QB Brett Favre. The tandem was successful in Green Bay, hooking up for TDs 20 times.
To make room for Walker, the Vikings waived RB Ryan Moats.
Walker hasn't been an impact NFL player since 2006, and we aren't expecting him to suddenly produce now that he's with the Vikings. Walker will likely have less fantasy impact than Greg Lewis, which isn't saying much. Don't draft Walker based on his name. The stats wont follow.
Wide receiver Sidney Rice was at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colo., on Monday to have his injured hip examined and it appears likely he will undergo surgery, according to people with knowledge of the situation.
Surgery would be expected to sideline Rice for at least the first half of the season.
Rice had been on the physically unable to perform list since training camp opened because of the injury he said he suffered in the Vikings' overtime loss to New Orleans last January.
While still just in the "likely" stages, this is clearly bad news for Rice and the Vikings. Rice was Brett Favre's go-to receiver last year, emerging from the waiver wire to catch 84 balls for over 1300 yards. If Rice does undergo surgery, missing half the season would make him undraftable, and Favre and the Vikings would become highly dependent on Percy Harvin and Bernard Berrian as starters without much talent behind them on the depth chart (Greg Lewis and possibly Javon Walker currently). We will let this story develop and update Rice's ranking later today. Bernard Berrian has already been moving up our draft boards, and will continue to do so.