First Day Of Practice

Every now and then the guys in charge of the “real media” come up with a damn good idea that all of us fans enjoy.  Tom Pelissero’s live blog from practice is exactly one of those damn good ideas.  The live blog features play-by play commentary from Pelissero, Judd Zulgad, Nate Sandell, and Jim Souhan. 

To read all the entire blog you can click here, but I picked some particularly interesting items to point out to you all:

  • Jim Kleinsasser, the only remaining Viking that was teammates with the late Korey Stringer spoke to the team about Stringer.  Trainer Eric Sugarman was on hand to stress the importance of hydration and preventing heat related illness.
  • The starting offensive line, from left to right, looked like this:  Thomas Welch, Steve Hutchinson, John Sullivan, Chris DeGeare, and Phil Loadholt.  Charlie Johnson, like all signed free agents, will not be able to practice until Thursday.  The second team line was DeMarcus Love, Seth Olsen, Jon Cooper, Conan Amituani, and Pat Brown.
  • Anthony Herrera did not practice do to his ACL injury.
  • Erin Henderson was expected to be the starting weakside linebacker at the start of camp, but it was Jasper Brinkley that got the initial nod.  Letroy Guion played alongside Kevin Williams in the starting lineup.
  • Jamarca Sanford and Tyrell Johnson were the first team safeties.
  • As advertised, Joe Webb was taking the first team reps.  Donovan McNabb cannot practice until Thursday.  McNabb stood on the sidelines talking with the coaching staff.  Ponder later worked his way into the first team, but had an unimpressive day.  Joe Webb and Rhett Bomar were not very impressive either.  Zulgad went out of his way to say Bomar had absolutely no zip on his passes.
  • Cedric Griffin, coming off of his second ACL injury, reportedly looked good in drills and was making his cuts.  He took all the snaps at right corner with the first team and wore a compression sleeve.
  • Undrafted rookie Larry Dean had Ben Leber’s number on his jersey, which could be taken as an indication that Leber will not be back.  Chris Kluwe now wears Brett Favre’s number four.  Kluwe’s first two punts were poor looking.
  • Percy Harvin made a falling catch off of a Joe Webb pass and his helmet popped off on impact.  Harvin popped right up and later told reporters his migraine situation once again feels under control.
  • Pelissero pointed out that Jeff Dugan was the only “real veteran” having to serve on the second team punt coverage team and went on to say the “writing may be on the wall” for the Vikings fourth tight end.
  • Adrian Peterson left practice early because his fiancée went into labor.  Understandably, he is likely going to miss a few days of practice.
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4 Responses to “First Day Of Practice”

  1. Vikadan11 says:

    Sounds like the first day of camp to me ~
    Just a couple of things that have been on my mind sense Chilly was hired as HC ~

    Some players seem to find their way into Chilly’s dog house ~ I believe Harvin’s migraine situation has been so bad IMHO is I dont believe he and Chilly got a long ~ I look to see a improved Harvin this year now that Chilly is gone ~ Same goes for Berrian ~ I believe after he and Wade spoke out about the QB play after the Eagles lose Chilly no longer had a use for him but he made to much money to cut him ~ Same can be said about Jaymar Johnson ~ He has been keep off the field the last two seasons ~ Last year it was due to a thumb injury that was healed before game 1 ~

    I really like the signing of Charlie Johnson & Scott Kooistra ~ Johnson looks like some who can feel in at both OG spots and we all know he couldn’t be as bad as Loadholt has been ~ The same might be said for Kooistra ~ Johnosn might even be able to push McKinnie ~ Many will say no way ~ I have to wonder if McKinnie could start at LT for the Colts if Johnson was still on the roster ~ I dont believe McKinnie could beat out Johnson ~

    I see they had Love at LT ~Love at at LT and that a smart move IMHO because thats the side he played in college if I remember right ~ Some guys just can make the move from left to right or right to left ~ This reminds me of when the Vikings had Doug Martin and they forced him to play RDE for 3 seasons and he looked like a bust ~ In his foth season they moved him to LDE and he went on to have 4 or 5 10+ sack seasons ~ Loadholt could fall in to this as well because he played on the left sign before Chilly and Morris moved him to RT ~ Cook is another OL who was played out of position ~ He was drafted as a center but Chilly and Morris moved him to RT were he hadn’t played sense high school ~ Hopefully the new OL coach will get these guys line up where he can get the most out of all the OL ~ If he can he could be better than any FA the Vikings could have signed ~ JMHO

    Erin Henderson playing next to his bother EJ would be very cool ~ So I have to ask you guys who most likely know more about him ~ Does he have the speed and pass coverage ability needed to play Will ~ ? I saw Jasper Brinkley name in the mix for Will also ~ Does he have the speed needed and can he cover ~ Based on what little I have see of him I wouldn’t think so ~ But that way I’m asking you guys who may have followed him in college ~

    I like what I have seen from Letroy Guion so far ~ It would be great if the Vikings had Pat’s replacement already on the roster ~ JMHO here on Christian Ballard ~ He looks to light to play DT but he has good size and speed to play LDE ~

    I’m very happy with the progress Griffin has mad after his 2nd ACL injury ~ At least he had more time to rehab this time around ~ He didn’t look like he missed a step last year before he was injured ~ I wise there would have been some news on Cook and how he looked ~ I’m really looking forward to seeing him play this season ~ Hopefully he can become the player the Vikings thought he could be when the spent a second round pick on him ~

    I hate the thought of the Vikings losing Leber ~ He has been one of my favorite played sense he signed ~ But there comes a time to move on when age catches up with a player ~ I wish him all the best ~

    Hopefully the Vikings can get AP and Greenway signed to long term deal before preseason is over so that they can free up some cap space in case there are so good vets on the market after the last cut downs ~

    Just some thoughts ~ As always I could be wrong ~ Very wrong ~ LOL

  2. Ole says:

    Tom Pellisero can kiss my okole. Dugan was showing the rookies how to run over a ref during punt coverage drills. Jeez, do I gotta explain everything

    BTW, that “writing on the wall” was in sanskrit, so while Dugan knows what it means Tom Pellisero doesn’t

    also “fourth tight end” is supposed to be spelled “Forth Tight End”
    …….dumbass Pellisero

  3. Malte says:

    Note to ADAM: Erin Henderson isn’t allowed to play before the 4th august because he signed a his restricted tag, Therefore Jasper Brinkley saw the action on these first days

  4. phil says:

    adam what could we get for bryant mckinnie? and i think we should sign leonard davis he seems like he has a chip on his shoulder after getting cut by the cowboys

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