Catching Up To Speed on Vikings Training Camp

It’s time for football, folks. On Friday, the Vikings will take on Oakland in their first preseason matchup of the season. To celebrate, I thought I’d publish a notebook containing all the notable things that have happened in Mankato during the past few days.

  • On Monday, Minnesota announced it had signed veteran safety Chris Crocker. This will be the eighth year Crocker has playeed for Mike Zimmer. He was in Atlanta in 2007 when Zimmer was defensive coordinator. The pair moved together to Cincinnati in 2008, and remained there for 6 years before moving to Minnesota. Crocker, 34, will be a rare veteran presence in a remarkably young Vikings secondary. In 2013, he played in 12 games, notching 2 picks and 37 tackles. Crocker will challenge for the empty safety position alongside Harrison Smith. To make room for him on the roster, the Vikings released DE Rakim Cox. Possible nicknames: Betty, Crock Pot.

 

  • Today, Norv Turner addressed the media on Teddy Bridgewater. He said that Bridgewater will see some reps with the starters during preseason play: “We need to play Teddy with the first line, we need to mix a lot of players. I think we’re still trying to work that out in terms of how we want to do it.” Bridgewater has seen some time with the ones in practice. Yesterday afternoon, Bridgewater connected with Greg Jennings a couple times, but Cassel again the majority of the first-team reps. That should continue for a couple more weeks, until Zimmer and Turner make a decision on who the starting QB will be (if they haven’t already). Turner went on to add, “If you throw three interceptions in over 150 attempts, you’re playing at a high level. Now, there’s no full speed rush like a game, but I’m excited about what Teddy’s doing.” Aren’t we all?

 

  • Safety Andrew Sendejo was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list on Monday. Sendejo saw his first action in training camp yesterday, playing mostly second string but registering a few reps with Harrison Smith. It should be a three-horse race between Crocker, Robert Blanton and Sendejo for that third safety position, unless Antone Exum or Kurt Coleman catches fire. Cornerback Josh Robinson reappeared at Monday’s practices as well.

 

  • Cadillac seems to have ripped Teddy Bridgewater and his mother, Rose off. Back in May, the car company seemed to have fulfilled Bridgewater’s promise to his mother that he would give her a pink Escalade. It turns out that the SUV wasn’t really pink; it was given a temporary paint job. Fortunately, Cadillac marketing director Craig Bierley said that Cadillac gave her the materials necessary to paint the car permanently pink.
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