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Camp Breakdown: Day Four (Morning)

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Coming off a weekend that leaves us wondering if the quarterback play is horrid or if the Vikings secondary might be better than it is given credit for, the Vikings resumed practice Monday morning in a week that will feature two-a-days.

The Passers

In the 11-on-11 portion Tarvaris Jackson was 5 for 10, Sage Rosenfels was 7 for 9, and Joe Webb was 2 for 5.  Nobody threw any picks, but Jackson fumbled on one occasion.

Tarvaris Jackson missed big on one play, sending a pass sailing past Jaymar Johnson.

Sage Rosenfels completed a couple of nice throws to Logan Payne and Greg Lewis.

The Runners

The running backs worked on blocking today, and rookie Toby Gerhart was impressive enough to draw some applause.  Adrian Peterson, however, was told to start the drill over when Coach Bieniemy didn’t like what he saw.

Peterson was once again mostly held out of the real work in team drills, assumingly due to the “tightness” he was feeling yesterday.

The Pass Catchers

As expected, Percy Harvin was not on the field after we found out there was a death in his family and Sidney Rice also was still not practicing because of his hip.  Greg Lewis got a lot of work with the first offense due to the absences.

Ray Small made an impressive catch, thrown by Jackson, with Asher Allen providing solid coverage along the sideline.  Jaymar Johnson made a similar catch but had the ball knocked loose after the completion was made.  It seems like Johnson is getting outdone by newcomers Logan Payne and Ray Small.

Rookie tight end Mickey Shuler has been doing individual running along the sideline due to a minor hamstring issue.

The Blockers

John Sullivan still didn’t practice because of a leg injury, and Jon Cooper took his place.  Sullivan was seen wearing a wrap around his leg. 

Steve Hutchinson was given the day off, and rookie Chris DeGeare took his spot with the first offense.  Apparently DeGeare held his own pretty well against Kevin Williams and is really making himself stand out with solid play.

Ryan Cook was even seen working with the first offense at left tackle.

The Front Four

Letroy Guion is quietly impressive so far in camp and lined up with the first defense as a nose tackle.  He had a good rush going on the play that Jackson fumbled the ball.

The Linebackers

Jasper Brinkley worked with the first defense today.

The Secondary

Cedric Griffin and Benny Sapp were still not participating.  Sapp was standing on the sideline wearing a baseball cap.  Sapp said he was simply overheated on Sunday.  Griffin stood on the sideline with Leslie Frazier and watched the team drills.  Frazier said Griffin will not be ready to play in the opening game against the Saints.

After an impressive weekend, rookie Chris Cook lined up at left cornerback with the first defense.  At one point Cook got tangled with Jaymar Johnson on a deep pass and Cook had to be helped off the field, but was able to keep practicing.

Asher Allen was playing nickel with the first defense where he had at least one nice pass breakup.

Marcus Sherels spent some time with the second defense as a nickel back.

Leslie Frazier indicated that Tyrell Johnson is the starting strong safety and it sounds like Jamarca Sanford will need to really step up in order to change that.  Johnson got the first team reps today.

The Special Teams

Ryan Longwell made 5 of 6 field goals, the one he missed coming from 50 yards out.

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12 Responses to “Camp Breakdown: Day Four (Morning)”

  1. Zag says:

    Nice. It’s great to hear the Gerhart is doing well after a (slightly) rough beginning to camp. That kid has potential to be great.

    The QB situation is still scary.

    I heard that Cooper looks very strong (as in phyisically strong) at center. It’s excellent that DeGeare is playing well. I never doubted that guy. I think most of his negative reviews can be chalked up to his mother passing away while he was in school.

    As for Letroy Guion, I’m excited. He made a questionable decision coming out of school early, but he has mountains of potential. Coming into his 3rd NFL season having just turned 23… I hope he and Kennedy end up as our second string DTs, with Griffen and Robison as our second string ends.

  2. bigjohnny84 says:

    DeGeare must have really showed them something as they made no effort to bring anyone else in for the o-line.

  3. Zag says:

    Also, I believe that Rice’s hip injury is more serious than we know. Even if he sits out all of camp, it will get re-injured during the season. He shoud’ve had the surgery in the offseason.

    Sounds like we need Reynaud back at receiver.

    • Adam Warwas says:

      Yeah. I have my annual fantasy draft tonight. When to take Rice (if I can get my paws on him) has been weighing on me.

      • bigjohnny84 says:

        Adam, if I were you, I would hold off on Rice for a while. I have a feeling that hip injury is gonna nag on or get reinjured as Zag suggest. A little too risky for a high pick in your fantasy draft. Just my opinion so it will probably wrong.

  4. purplereign#57 says:

    It would seem that there are still some critical absences on the first team(s). That doesn’t bode well…hope this stat improves quickly. As for Longwell…well, long doesn’t fit him very well, does it? Anybody know if Rhys Lloyd kicks FG’s? He should be good from 60.

  5. purplereign#57 says:

    A short added note…I’m impressed so far of the play from T-Jack. He’s a starter in the majority of this league, and it seems that he has developed a little chemistry with the receivers. This is good news. I hope #7 keeps those good vibes flowing.

  6. bigjohnny84 says:

    Sorry purplereign but TJ cant get past the things that make an NFL qb.

  7. Purple Charlie says:

    Hi guys, How’s everyone been???
    Johnny, I wished Purple was right, But I have to say I think your right…

  8. c.carterhof says:

    Charlie! Good to see you back, everything ok?
    Purp57, let it go man. Would love to see that and have him prove me wrong. But, slim and none.

  9. bigjohnny84 says:

    Chaaaarlie how’s it going? Hope all is well. Great to see you back. Missed you bud.

  10. Purple Charlie says:

    C.Carter and Johnny,
    Thanks guys, everything is good. Perfect timing guys, I hear Favre told some players he is retiring from the neighbor, You guys know anything about it???

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