Minnesota Vikings: Why the Passing Game Won't Suffer If Sidney Rice Departs

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Minnesota Vikings: Why the Passing Game Won't Suffer If Sidney Rice Departs

Drafted in the second round (44th overall) out of South Carolina in the 2007 NFL Draft, Wide Receiver Sidney Rice had a promising rookie season - catching 31 passes for 394 yards and four touchdowns.

His second season in the league, Rice suffered knee injuries and didn't progress much further, only catching 15 passes for 141 yards and four touchdowns. 

In 2009 however, Rice broke out  a Pro Bowl season after catching 83 passes for 1312 yards and eight touchdowns from a resurrected Brett Favre. But in the 2009 playoffs, Rice sustained a hip injury that cost him most of the 2010 season. He waited until nearly the start of the season to have surgery.

When Rice came back, he showed signs of his 2009 form (Week 13 against the Buffalo Bills - five receptions, 105 yards, two touchdowns.  But he ultimately suffered a concussion against Philadelphia in Week 16 and missed the final game of the season. 

Rice has a ton of potential, as indicated by his 2009 season. But he's also had a very tough time staying healthy. Rice was offered a contract by Minnesota before the lockout ended and decided he'd like to "test free agency..." 

To me, that sounds like someone uninterested in staying with the Vikings. That's fine, it's his decision. 

The Vikings—and whoever is the starting quarterback—will be more than able to produce in the passing game if they lose Sidney Rice in 2011. 

Here is a list of the Vikings current receiving targets and possible additions for new-comer, Christian Ponder.

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