5 Minnesota Vikings Who Must Step Up in Week 2 or Risk Being Benched

Ray TannockSenior Analyst ISeptember 15, 2011

5 Minnesota Vikings Who Must Step Up in Week 2 or Risk Being Benched

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    Week 2 is just around the corner, and there are already a few players on the Vikings roster who need to step things up, or risk being benched.

    Some may think it's too soon to bring up such a topic, but the Vikings are in a mode where they will try anything in search of the win.

    Let's take a look at who's who.

Charlie Johnson

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    Johnson was already having trouble turning the corner in camp, and he wasn't seen as a long-term solution, and last Sunday we found out why.

    Being the blindside tackle is particularly important in this league, and unless Johnson shows he is not ineffective, the Vikings will bench him for sure.

Leroy Guion

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    Guion is the three-technique man for Minnesota, but his days could be numbered if he doesn't begin to show some signs of life this week.

    Guion is going to have to bring more heat than he did against San Diego, and show better consistency, speed and effort all-around—if he does not, the Vikings will make sure to find a spot on the bench for him.

Donovan McNabb

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    One of the arguments I had with McNabb this summer was how he was going to learn a brand new offensive system—one he never played in before—in such a short time and STILL be effective.

    Well, it appeared last Sunday he still has work to do.

    I understand that McNabb was rushed around, hurried and even sacked a few times, but this is supposed to be "Donovan McNabb" according to those who felt he was ready before even looking at the playbook.

    Make no mistake, if the Vikings cannot see any sort of forward progress from McNabb, you WILL see Christian Ponder under center before the year is over, and perhaps sooner than you think.

Bernard Berrian

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    Ever wish you were a coach for five seconds? If I was, this guy would be grounded.

    Much like the past few seasons, Berrian showed little effort other than the bare minimum in Sunday's loss to San Diego, and I can only hope that if he doesn't step things up, he'll finally be benched.

    Berrian looked scared to receive hits, and showed little effort to even go get the ball on some passes thrown his way.

Tyrell Johnson

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    Johnson was already asked to step things up in camp, and didn't exactly set the world on fire, and now he'll have to do more than just quality filler roles if he wants to be the guy the Vikings had envisioned.

    Johnson has been inaccurate in his play, has blown several opportunities on the field and for himself, and has otherwise seemingly shot himself in the foot again and again.

    It isn't as if the guy doen't have the talent, just that he hasn't seemingly discovered his ability yet.

    But he might want to hurry up, because time is running out.