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.