Minnesota Vikings: 2011 Player Outlook, WR Bernard Berrian
(This will be an on going series for players on offense and defense for the Vikings - this is all opinion, please share your thoughts in the comment section.)
Berrian was an immediate upgrade to a weak receiving corp - working mostly with QB Gus Frerotte, he had the best season of his career, scoring seven TDs off of 48 receptions and 960+ yards. Berrian even made NFL history after catching a 99-yard TD from Frerotte against, you guessed it, the Chicago Bears.
But since that season, "B-Twice" has been less than stellar to say the least. In 2009 - even with QB Brett Favre playing like he was in his 20's - Berrian only mustered 600 yards and four TDs, not horrible, but not worthy of the money he was paid. His 2010 campaign was far worse as he was hampered by injuries and unfocused when on the field. Berrian only caught 28 passes for 252 yards an zero TDs in nine starts.
Now, entering his fourth year with the Minnesota Vikings - Berrian has a lot to prove in 2011. And he will.
With star WR Sidney Rice ready to "... test Free Agency." The Vikings will need production from Berrian more than ever.
Will Bernard Berrian bounce back to his 2008 form?
Remember, Berrian was hampered by injuries and never really seemed to click with QB Brett Favre. He still has elite speed and ideal height to be an outside receiver for the Vikings. And when he does make the catch, he's as good as any after the catch.
Bernard Berrian is only 30, and even though he hasn't produced much the past two seasons, head coach Leslie Frazier stated he had a "good talk" with Berrian before the lockout began. He still has plenty of time to show people why he was paid so generously by the Vikings, and 2011 will be the season to do it.
With Rice likely gone, Berrian will have a clean slate with rookie QB Christian Ponder next season and will seize the opportunity to become one of the team's 'Go-to' receivers.
2011 Prediction - 68 receptions 780 yards, six TDs.
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