Culpepper carrying plenty of weight

A healthy Michael Bennett, and the emergence of Nate Burleson, should help the Vikings survive without Randy Moss.

Updated: August 12, 2005, 12:06 PM ET
By John Clayton |
MANKATO, Minn. -- Here are five observations on the Minnesota Vikings, based on Aug. 2 practice:

The wide receiver who is stepping up the most after the departure of Randy Moss is Nate Burleson, who caught 68 passes for 1,006 yards and nine touchdowns last season. Now in the spotlight, Burleson is starting to develop an on-the-field personality.

John Clayton

NFL senior writer