May 29, 2013; Eden Prairie, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (84) talks with wide receiver Greg Jennings (15) at the Minnesota Vikings OTA at Winter Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Greg Jennings: There's structure on Minnesota Vikings

Wide receiver Greg Jennings has been high on his new team the Minnesota Vikings. He has also publicly defended his new, and young, quarterback Christian Ponder. He said Ponder needed help and lacked receivers and targets. The Vikings also drafted Tennessee wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson.

He also has taken some shots at his former team, the Green Bay Packers.

“It’s not a free-for-all. There’s structure,” Jennings told the Star Tribune. “But there’s liberty. You can breathe. It’s like, ‘OK, I can do my thing.’ You know what you need to do, you get it done. Whereas (in Green Bay), everything was more cookie-cutter. … It’s just different. In a good way. And not knocking what we did there. Because obviously it was successful. But here, no one’s walking on egg shells.”

Certainly though the Green Bay Packers can’t be doing it wrong. They’ve won a Super Bowl in Greg Jennings tenure with the team.

The quote from the Star-Tribune is part of a larger story that will be published later this week. Where it is headed is unclear. Who where they walking on egg shells around? Aaron Rodgers? Who is reportedly sensitive.

Jennings also said he is working with rookie wide receiver Patterson.

“Being there to answer questions,” Jennings said. “Making sure to be constructive with criticism. But at the same time, letting him know when he’s doing things right. And letting him know that I’m watching him so I can get better as well. So it’s not just a one-way street. I’m not just watching him to tell him what he can do better. I’m watching him to see what I can add to my game.”

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  • 3kolu

    One of the things that the Vikings try to acquire via FA or the daft is versatility. Versatility combined with skill and/or knowledge can affect a team exponentially. Of course, its important to have toughness, which should be an automatic to even play in the NFL along with character. Everson Griffen has the ability to play multiple positions, Harrison Smith who is adept in both the run game and the passing game, Cordarelle Patterson, who can play WR, KR, RB and even returned punts this past year for the Volunteers. Christian Ballard, who has the ability to play DT and even DE and running downs. Matt Kalil who is an elite pass blocker and an excellent run blocker as well. John Sullivan who is the anchor who is solid in every aspect of the game and makes the line calls. Greg Jennings, who brings elite pass receiving skils, is a positive influence in the locker room, who is also another coach on the field and brings credibility to the WR corps. Credibility is important because of the confidence factor it gives our young QB. It also makes defenses have to prepare to defend Jennings, and take a little focus off of the greatest RB in the NFL today, maybe ever. Teams have had to load the box in the past last year to try and stop AP, yet he still ran thru them like butter. And, he(AP) wants to catch more balls out of the backfield as well, the league has been put on notice, I beg of all the sportswriters and especially the league to keep on underestimating this Vikings squad and forget about the V factor.

    • Moveguy

      Yet the most important person on your team, quarterback. is a huge question mark. Not to mention your D is going to be highly questionable this year as well. Jennings is the only threat you have at WR as rookie WR NEVER produce. So let’s see how well Jennings does now that he does not have 2-3 other high quality WR on the field with him at the same time. Oh and he no longer has Rodgers throwing to him. But hey you have that V factor, which I assume means vast super bowl experience.

  • Moveguy

    Already grown very tired of Jennings running his mouth.

  • RyansDad

    So Jennings (who has only received from Favre, Rogers & Flynn) has moved on to an inferior team – and now speaks as if it were superior. Sounds like whistling in the dark to me. Lets see how many of his targets get picked off. I’m betting three in the two games – and that’s all there will be because the Viqueens don’t stand a prayer of making the playoffs.