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The Vikings decided to cut their afternoon practice short today, but that doesn’t mean there is no fun stuff to pass along to you hardcore Vikes fans.
Both quarterbacks had improved play today. Tarvaris Jackson had a beautiful deep ball caught by Bernard Berrian, who was covered by Lito Sheppard, along the sideline. It was a nice throw, combined with Berrian burning Sheppard, and Madieu Williams was late on the help.
Rosenfels looked sharper today and he didn’t throw a pick today.
In 11-on-11 drills, Joe Webb was picked off by rookie Nate Triplett and the pick would have been returned for a touchdown. The pass was intended for Kleinsasser. Webb ended practice by missing on two passes.
This time around, Peterson was able to get his reps with the first team. He caught a ball but followed it up by missing a tough grab.
The Pass Catchers
Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice both sat out again. Once again, rookie tight end did some working out on his own due to a hammy problem.
Word out of camp is that former Gopher reciever Logan Payne has caught everything thrown his way.
John Sullivan remained sidelined for this practice. Chris DeGeare, who has been impressing people so far, was playing in place of Hutchinson with the first team again.
The Front Four
It should be noted that rookie defensive end Everson Griffen has only been playing with the third team defense so far in camp.
E.J. Henderson did not practice again.
Benny Sapp and Cedric Griffin both sat out of practice again. Jamarca Sanford was getting the first team reps at strong safety after Tyrell Johnson got them this morning. Once again, Winfield, Sheppard, and Allen made up the starting cornerbacks.
Lito Sheppard almost picked off Sage Rosenfels, but he wasn’t able to hang on to it.
The Special Teams
Punt return reps belonged to Taye Biddle, Marcus Sherels, Lito Sheppard, Darius Reynaud, Jaymar Johnson, and Ray Small today.