Vikings Could Utilize Tight Ends To Sustain Drives

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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (WCCO) — There are many reasons the Minnesota Vikings are 0-4. Sustaining drives in the second half is near the top of the list.

It’s been a reoccurring theme — the Vikings misfire on offense when they need to make a play. And the constant seems to be the second half when they need a first down.

If there’s an easy answer for their third down deficiencies, they might have figured it out at Kansas City — utilize two potentially dangerous tight ends.

That’s what Visanthe Shiancoe has been waiting, patiently, to be called upon to make plays.

“Anything I can do to contribute to the offense, I’m all for it, so I’m going to just continue to work my routes and get open,” said Shiancoe.

He and Kyle Rudolph can be a unique weapon in tandem. Their job is not to score touchdowns but to keep drives alive, which is a second half Achilles.

“I feel like this past week, Shiancoe especially, proved with huge catches on third and fourth down,” Rudolph said.

Some of it is dictated by the quarterback Donovan McNabb; some by the opposing defense. All Shiancoe is saying is that he’s good to go.

“When my number is called, I’m going to be there for it and that’s all I’m going to say,” he said.

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