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Updated: August 26th, 2010 3:46pm
Notebook: Trade shocking, but 'a great opportunity,' Greg Camarillo says

Notebook: Trade shocking, but 'a great opportunity,' Greg Camarillo says

by Tom Pelissero
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Greg Camarillo finally was starting to get comfortable in Miami.

He had a house, a fiancée, a dog ...

"And bam, I'm in Minnesota," Camarillo said on Thursday, shortly after completing his first practice with the Vikings.

"Twenty-four hours later, I'm living in a new city."

The 28-year-old receiver said he had "no idea" the Dolphins were open to trading him until he found out on Wednesday he'd been shipped north for cornerback Benny Sapp.

"It's tough, obviously tough," said Camarillo, who last switched teams when the Dolphins claimed him off waivers from San Diego three years ago.

"But I'm excited about it. It's a great opportunity."

The Vikings needed the help, with Sidney Rice shelved for at least two months and Percy Harvin still sidelined as he undergoes further tests related to last week's migraine-related collapse.

Though it's unclear how the Vikings will use Camarillo -- he's primarily a slot receiver but also has played some outside -- there's no question he figures in the mix along with Harvin, Bernard Berrian, Greg Lewis and perhaps Javon Walker.

"He's done both," Vikings coach Brad Childress said. "He's played outside. He's played in the slot. We'll have to start him slowly -- you can't put everything on his plate right away. But we'd like for all our guys to be able to interchange."

If there's one thing Camarillo (6-foot-1, 190 pounds) is known for, it's his hands, which Childress described as "A-plus."

According to the Web site, Camarillo was targeted 69 times in 2009 and didn't have a drop.

"I've always felt that if the quarterback puts it near me, I'm going to grab it," Camarillo said. "That's the only way to build confidence with the quarterback -- if he throws you the ball, you make (the catch). If you drop one here, you drop one here, the quarterback's not going to look for you all the time. You come down with the ball, he'll build confidence and build that chemistry and help the offense move."

New turf

Thursday's practice was held at the Metrodome so players could test out the new Sportexe playing surface, which replaced the field's 6-year-old FieldTurf this summer.

"Just to make some real cuts and the defensive ends could bend coming off the side," Childress said. "Much different than St. Louis' (FieldTurf) surface, as it should be -- it's a different product. They did a nice job installing it, and it'll be interesting to play on it. I'm sure we'll learn more as we get going full speed."

The Vikings' specialists worked on the field earlier in the week, and Childress said the surface already has become a little firmer.

Division of labor

Starters are expected to play a series into the second half on Saturday, but Childress said no decision has made on how to rotate quarterbacks after starter Brett Favre.

"We'll just have to see how it goes," Childress said. "The first guy's got one half, then we'll see with Sage (Rosenfels) and see if we can get Joe (Webb) in the game."

That could mean top backup Tarvaris Jackson, who played almost the entire first half on Sunday at San Francisco, may not play at all this week.

Quick hits

• Childress indicated the need at receiver was too strong to not pull the trigger on sending Sapp for Camarillo. "Love Benny. Sorry to see him go," Childress said. "They had a need and a want, and we had a need and a want, and we were able to match those two things up. I don't know if it speaks anything about how we feel about the other people yet, but obviously, good enough to part with Benny, but at the same time, we had a need that we felt like we needed to fill."

• It seems likely RG Anthony Herrera will continue to get action at center in case John Sullivan (calf) has a setback. "He's got a real nice, firm snap," Childress said. "It's always a bit different when you're playing with one hand out of it before the snap. But yeah, I haven't seen anything to lead me to believe he can't do that."

• Forbes magazine ranked the Vikings 30th among 32nd with a team value of $774 million, down 7% from 2009. The only teams worth less are the Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars. The Dallas Cowboys are worth a league-high $1.8 billion.

• Camarillo will wear No. 85, which was vacated when the Vikings waived rookie WR Ray Small.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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