The Vikings continued their emergency measures at wide receiver on Wednesday when they acquired veteran Greg Camarillo from the Miami Dolphins.
The Vikings’ move to acquire Camarillo, a day after veteran Javon Walker was signed, was their latest effort given the uncertainty over the status of Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin. Rice will be out at least eight weeks following hip surgery. Harvin, who returned to practice Wednesday, is still a question mark after his most recent bout with migraines.
Camarillo comes to the Vikings after three seasons in Miami, starting 27 games the last two seasons with 105 receptions, 1,165 yards and two touchdowns.
I checked in with NFL Network analyst Solomon Wilcots, who had this take on Camarillo:
In my mind, Camarillo is a poor man’s Wes Welker. I’ve seen him make big plays throughout his career, including the game-winning touchdown to beat the Ravens in 2007 to give the Dolphins their only win during a 1-15 season. Camarillo is a short, quick and darting-type player who is a great fit as a slot receiver in the West Coast offense because of his route running ability.
I think this was a very smart move by Rick Spielman. In the mold of players like Welker or Jordan Shipley, Camarillo can make plays on third down and move the chains. The Vikings went out and got the type of player with a certain skill set to do one thing. And that works. The West Coast offense is about stretching the field horizontally and making the defense cover ground, and defenders won’t be able to jam Camarillo at the line of scrimmage out of the slot. That will allow him to use his quickness to get into his routes. It’s about quickness more than speed. It doesn’t have to be a sexy move to be an effective move.
Camarillo seems to fit best as the Vikings’ No. 3 receiver, behind Bernard Berrian and eventually Harvin, with veteran Greg Lewis as the team’s No. 4 receiver. Given the Vikings’ options at the time, Camarillo’s skill set and the cost (cornerback Benny Sapp), it appears to be an astute move by the Vikings.