The Minnesota Vikings had high hopes for receiver Greg Childs last year but that all ended when he tore his knees to shreds before he ever got a chance to truly take the field. That chance to prove himself seems to be surfacing once again as according to the Star Tribune, Childs has been cleared to return to action and has increased his weight over the course of a year.
Childs is up to 225 pounds and “lifting crazy weight, like lineman weight.” His single-leg press has gone from 45 pounds in December to 225. His double-leg press is over 500 pounds, up from 135 in December. He is running and cutting, although he still hasn’t been cleared to participate in team practices and probably won’t be for some time.
This is extraordinary news for Vikings fans and for Childs as well. Quarterback Christian Ponder needs to find himself some targets to make sure the passing game stays upright this year.
Adding Greg Jennings and drafting Cordarrelle Patterson will make Childs less likely to be a factor this season but those high hopes the Vikings had for him back in 2012 are still there and the fact that he’s coming around after what looked to be a career ending injury is something Vikings fans need to be very excited about.