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Camp Breakdown: Day Nine (Morning)

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Today’s practiced was pushed back due to to stormy weather, but the Vikings were able to have their second practice in full pads this morning.

The Passers

In the 7-on-7 portion, Tarvaris Jackson sent a ball flying past Bernard Berrian, but then recovered nicely and hit Berrian in stride across the middle of the field.

Joe Webb’s deep ball can sure raise eyebrows.  Today, he bombed on to Marko Mitchell for a beautiful completion despite being very well covered by DeAndre Wright.

With the offense facing 2nd and nine from their own two yard line, Sage Rosenfels hit Logan Payne to bring them to the 11.  Three plays later, Rosenfels hit Payne again along the sideline to keep the chains moving.

The Runners

Darius Reynaud and Fahu Tahi did not participate in practice today due to injury.

In the 1-on-1 portion (RB vs. LB), Ian Johnson grabbed a Sage Rosenfels pass and was the most impressive back.  Toby Gerhart got beat three straight times.

Adrian Peterson had one carry in the team practice, but then Albert Young took over with the first team reps, and then Peterson returned to the first team.  With the second team, Ian Johnson was getting some reps.  At one point, Toby Gerhart was working with the first offense as well.  Ryan Moats practiced with the third team.  A lot of rotation at running back today.

Peterson had a solid catch on a Jackson pass at one point.

In a scenario when the offense is backed up to their own 1 yard line, Gerhart was stuffed by Asher Allen and Heath Farwell and gained only a yard.  Two plays later, Gerhart only got a yard after Tyrell Johnson stopped him.  On the next play he finally found some daylight, gaining five yards before Brian Robison brought him down.

In the four minute drill, Gerhart got obliterated by Kevin Williams.  Gerhart has taken a lot of big hits so far in camp.

The Pass Catchers

Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice remain absent from training camp.

Logan Payne’s surprisingly strong training camp continued today, including a nice leaping catch of a Joe Webb pass.  He’s catching everything being thrown at him.

The Blockers

Once again, John Sullivan did not practice and Jon Cooper took his reps as the starting center.

During the four minute drill, Anthony Herrera left limping and was replaced by DeGeare.  DeGeare has been getting a lot of reps with the first offense.

At one point, Ryan Cook had trouble as the second team center performing the shotgun snap.  He was replaced by Jon Cooper.

In 1-on-1 drills, rookie Everson Griffen got a chance to prove himself against Braynt McKinnie.  So what did he do?  He jumped offsides twice and fell down once.  Yikes.  Fred Evans, however, fared much better in that drill.

The Front Four

In a drill where the offense was backed up on their own two yard line, the D-line dominated the first offense. Jon Cooper was struggling against Pat Williams, who was the main reason that Jeff Dugan only gained a yard on his first down carry.  The next play, Williams stuffed Albert Young for a loss.  Then, Ray Edwards ended the drive by sacking Tarvaris Jackson at the one yard line.

The Linebackers

J Leman did not participate today.

At one point Toby Gerhart made E.J. Henderson miss badly in the flats on a third down, which ended up being converted.  Henderson got up slowly but was able to keep practicing.

The Secondary

Benny Sapp was able to return to the practice field today, and played with the second team at nickel back and left corner.  At one point he flattened Marquis Hamilton.

Tyrell Johnson played with the starting defense again.

Cedric Griffin is still sidelined.

Chris Cook did some work with the first defense at left corner, where Winfield would normally be.

The Special Teams

Rhys Lloyd was 5 for 6 on field goals, with his first try hitting a security guard or EMT in the face after clearing the posts.  He missed from 40 yards out.

At one point the special teams was practicing pooch kicks and there was a collision of players.  Apparently Jaymar Johnson was to blame for the collision which could have been prevented with some communication.


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