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Camp Breakdown: Day Two (Morning)

It seemed like you guys liked how I did the “Camp Breakdown” of day one, so we’ll continue along.  This time, however, I am going to try a little bit of a different format that might make it more readable.  While I am not going to include every source link like I did yesterday, please note that all the sources consist of the sites (and Twitter accounts of their writers) that are featured in our blogroll on the right hand side of this page.


Joe Webb got a taste for how good Chad Greenway’s pass defense skills are when Greenway read the play and picked off Webb’s pass early in the first practice.  This isn’t the only indication that Webb’s hype will soon be followed up with questions about his accuracy.  Rosenfels threw a pick to Ben Leber in the same drill.

In 11-on-11 drills, Tarvaris Jackson got tripped up and tried to force a pass to Shiancoe when safety Husain Abdullah snagged it for a pick.  In 7-on-7 drills in the morning, Jackson went 4 of 5.


The day started with an intense blocking drill for all the running backs.  

Darius Reynaud is still working with the third team offense as a running back, but flashed a bit when cutting back behind the zone blocks.

For some reason, Gerhart’s big hits might be attributed to the fact that he stops running at the end of plays a lot.  This is unusual, but one might assume it is how he was taught at Stanford.  That won’t work in the NFL though and a series of big hits from Pat Williams, Jasper Brinkley, and Chad Greenway will surely force him to learn that.  Gerhart and Albert Young were rotated into the first and second offenses.

Rookie Ryan D’Imperio look unnatural lining up at fullback, as he is a tall guy and seemed to have too much of an upright running style, which can result in balance problems.


Sidney Rice had a one hour indoor workout and ran partial speed sprints on the sideline.  Shiancoe caught two passes from Jackson in 7-on-7 drills from the first practice, including one tough grab.

Jaymar Johnson continues to make catches, this time he opened the day with back to back grabs including a nice one down the sideline.


We know what the first team O-Line looks like, but here is the second team:  LT Chris Clark, LG Chris DeGeare, C Jon Cooper, RG Ryan Cook, RT Drew Radovich.


Jared Allen got his first sack of camp when facing Rosenfels in the morning practice.  Everson Griffen’s athleticism is getting some attention among spectators.  For those of you that suddenly care about such things, Griffen was seen carrying Jared Allen’s pads off the field today.

Today, Fred Evans jumped ahead of Letroy Guion and played with the second defense.


In the first practice, Jamarca Sanford was again stealing some of Tyrell Johnson’s reps with the first defense.

Antoine Winfield said that his foot is fully recovered and would be just fine with the Vikings having him play on the inside on a regular basis.  Asher Allen continued to do some work with the first team as the right corner.

Chris Cook was impressive today, working with the second team during the first practice, as he used his bog body to redirect wide outs coming off the line.  He also did a nice job of blanketing Taye Biddle on one pass break up.

DeAndre Wright made an impressive pass breakup that was intended for Logan Payne.  The throw was deep and along the sideline.



Ryan Longwell was only 5 of 7 in today’s field goals in the first practice.  He missed from 50 and 53 yards.

As I said in my predictions, it is important to keep an eye on who is returning punts.  In the first practice it was Ray Small, Jaymar Johnson, Percy Harvin, and Darius Reynaud.  Special Teams Coordinator Brian Murphy admitted that they are treating the position like an open competition.  Jaymar Johnson, Percy Harvin, Ray Small and Marcus Sherels were getting some work on kick returns, but that job will almost certainly be Harvin’s.

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