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Camp Breakdown: Day One

Each day (hopefully) I am going to try and find as many opinions, observations, quotes, or whatever is out there in regards to Vikings training camp and share it with you.  I’ll also look forward to hearing from those VG readers that are making the trip to Mankato for themselves.

  • Here is a crowd pleaser to start off with.  While the Vikings are surely going to try out a number of combinations in the secondary throughout camp, Asher Allen practiced with the first defense on Friday.  He was behind Antoine Winfield and Lito Sheppard.
  • By all accounts, Pat Williams could be in for a great year since he is reportedly in the best shape we’ve seen out of him since his days in Buffalo.  “Pat’s big enough to eat hay and (expletive) in the street.  I’m not sure how he lost those 18 pounds, but I’m happy he did,” said Brad Childress.
  • During 11-on-11 team drills, Tarvaris Jackson went 5 for 6 with the first offense.  Sage Rosenfels was re-awarded his spot with the second offense and went 2 for 2.  Joe Webb went  for one with the third offense.
  • It is interesting that Webb has fallen back to being behind Rosenfels after he stole all of Sage’s reps during minicamp.  There is some speculation out there that the Vikings may be trying to showcase Rosenfels with hopes of drawing trade offers.
  • “It’s Brett,” Jared Allen said when asked about all the drama. “That’s all you have to say — it’s Brett. Twenty years in. If I make it 20 years in, I’m not coming to training camp either. So, you know what? It’s Brett. We’ll see you in a couple weeks, baby.”
  • Judd Zulgad asked Childress where Rice’s hip was at.  He told him it was on the side of his body.  Boom!
  • Both Jasper Brinkley and Jamarca Sanford got some work with the first team defense.  Madieu Williams, Tyrell Johnson, and EJ Henderson were clearly the starters, however.
  • Jaymar Johnson beat out Chris Cook and Hussain Abdullah and snagged a twenty five yard pass from Joe Webb.
  • Toby Gerhart was working with the second team offense, but Albert Young was right there with him and then some.
  • Greenway showed off his range in pass defense.
  • Work ethic can go a long ways towards having a fine NFL career, which is why it should be noted that the last guy off the field today was rookie tight end Mickey Shuler.
  • Joe Webb also had to be on the kickoff coverage unit on his first day of camp.
  • Marcus Sherels, Percy Harvin, and Lito Sheppard were seen returning punts.
  • Eric Bieniemy seems to be on top of this whole “ball security is a theme” thing that has been spurned from Peterson’s issues in that area.  Today, running backs ran with a football that was attached to a rope.  The other end of the rope was tugged on by other players to try and rip it free.  Interesting stuff.
  • Ray Small was noted for having great speed, but apparently struggled to make catches which will not earn him any points with the coaching staff.
  • Greg Lewis was used as the third receiver, given that Sidney Rice was sidelined.
  • By all appearances, Erin Henderson is the top backup player at outside linebacker.
  • Letroy Guion was working with the second team and appeared to be ahead of Fred Evans.
  • Percy Harvin was lined up in the backfield for one snap.

Marko Mitchell has been assigned number 19 in case you care about such things.


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11 Responses to “Camp Breakdown: Day One”

  1. Viking John says:

    Thanks Adam, good updates, keep em coming.
    Go Vikes

  2. B. Grant says:

    That’s a quote that belongs in the coach’s office, Chili, not to reporters. Just say that Pat is a big man, and 18 pounds is a good loss for him.

    Ray Small = Troy Williamson ?

    So we shouldn’t ask where EJ’s femur is at either, I take it.

    • Adam Warwas says:

      Small is interesting, because he’s clearly being brought in to see if his return capabilities can translate to the NFL. He is a long shot to make the roster, but if he can really, really impress on kickoffs then just maybe.

      Chili has a few fun quotes, as always. Such a media darling, that Chili.

  3. G.P. says:

    Crowd pleaser …more like day maker!!!! Go Asher ! Go Asher Go! Sic’ Em!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • vikingfan1490 says:

      yeah Asher is gonna be a beast this yr i hope him and Jamarca start(even though AA has more people to go threw to get the job) asher as our nickle and Jamarca as our Strong Safety ( plays more like a ss than a fs ) that is a upgrade compared to last season.

    • Adam Warwas says:

      Had a feeling you’d like that GP. When are you getting down there to see for yourself?

      i bet Jamarca starts the season as a backup.

  4. Fran the Man says:

    Great report Adam. That’s the most info we had in a LONG time! Thanks!

    I wonder what happened to the training camp web cams they had 2 years ago?
    At one time they had several cameras at various locations that you could watch, in real time.
    Those were great and I wish they would bring them back, especially for us guys up here in Alaska, a million miles from Mankato.

    • Adam Warwas says:

      Good to see you back, Fran! For the price they put on the Sunday Ticket this year, they should broadcast all the training camps live as well. Maybe that’s the future.

  5. B. Grant says:

    Yup, great updates, Adam. As camp is now open, we are one day closer to that game 1, just 40 Jimmy Kleinsasser days away now. Here we come, Superdome.

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