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Camp Breakdown: Day Seven (Morning)

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It was a nice sunny day for the Vikings morning practice.  Some NFL refs were on hand during practice today, which is a strategy employed by the Vikings which intends to cut down on penalties and give players a better understanding of the rules.

The Passers

Tarvaris Jackson continued to “flash” today, particularly on a very pass to Visanthe Shiancoe in the two minute drill which brought them to the goalline.  He finished that drive with a nice touchdown pass to Greg Lewis with six seconds remaining with Sanford in coverage.  This drew some high praise of both guys from Darrell Bevell.  Jackson was 7 of 10 on that drive.

Rosenfels made a nice opening pass in the two minute drill, but the leaping catch by Taye Biddle in front of Antoine Winfield was even more impressive.  It appeared, however that Rosenfels and the second offense were going to go four and out, but Leber was flagged for interference on Garrett Mills.  Then it looked like they were in for another four and out, but Asher Allen was flagged for interference on Logan Payne.  That drive ended not in a touchdown, but with a  48 yard field goal converted by Rhys Lloyd. 

Later in team drills, Bernard Berrian had a good lead on the defender deep down the sideline but Jackson put the ball just out of his reach. 

Here are the passing stats from this morning’s 11-on-11 drills:  Jackson 10-for-13, Rosenfels 10-for-11, Joe Webb 1-for-1.

The Runners

Adrian Peterson sat out, missing his third straight practice due to “tightness” in his leg.  Darius Reynaud also sat out after injuring himself during Wednesday’s practice.  Albert Young got some time with the first team offense.

Toby Gerhart made a nice leaping catch off of a Rosenfels pass with Kenny Onatolu in coverage.

The Pass Catchers

Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice were still not practicing.

In one-on-one drills, Shiancoe had a pass deflected by Chad Greenway in front of him.  They lined up to do the same thing and this time Shiancoe dropped the pass.  In 7-on-7 drills a little later, Shiancoe beat out Kenny Onatolu for a touchdown grab from Rosenfels.

Logan Payne made a nice diving touchdown catch off of a Sage Rosenfels pass in 7-on-7 drills after juking Asher Allen out of his shoes to get open.  Of all the guys competing for a backup spot as a receiver, Payne appears to be the early favorite.

Ray Small had a catch after getting rocked by Lito Sheppard, but he managed to hold onto the ball.

Garrett Mills has done nothing but drop balls all camp long and that continues today.  It seems unlikely that he makes the team as it is, drops will make it impossible.

The Blockers

Jon Cooper was lining up with the starting offensiveline.

The Front Four

The defense began the day working on the “scoop and score” drill which included an emphasis on stripping the quarterback of the ball.  It should be noted that when the first defense participated in the two minute drill, Letroy Guion replaced Pat Williams at nose tackle.

Ray Edwards ended practice by getting a touch sack on Joe Webb.

The Linebackers

J Leman still was not practicing today.

The Secondary

Benny Sapp and Cedric Griffin still sat out.  Missing this many days cannot be a good sign for Sapp who faces stiff competition at the cornerback position.

At one point Eric Frampton did a great job of breaking up a pass intended for Visanthe Shiancoe.  Marcus Sherels also made a notable play when he broke up a pass intended for Greg Lewis.

During team drills, the first team defense had Husain Abdullah and Jamarca Sanford lining up as the starting safeties.

The Special Teams

I mentioned it earlier, but it is worth mentioning again.  Rhys Lloyd hit a 48 yard field goal to end a two minute drill by the second offense.

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13 Responses to “Camp Breakdown: Day Seven (Morning)”

  1. Brett says:

    Am I the only that is a little scared about all the injuries…

    Is there something serious with AP? 3 practices? Do you just think it’s still taking precautions?

    I’m also very worried about Rice. I have him on my fantasy team and really want him to have a great year.

  2. Viking John says:

    Rice should have had surgery. This is not good. He will end up having surgery soon and not make it back til the last half of the season.
    Go Vikes

  3. B. Grant says:

    So… has anyone gotten any texts from anyone suggesting that someone might do something? Surely someone has texted someone about somebody doing something. Can anyone who wishes to become a reliable source confirm that?

  4. Viking John says:

    Coach you need to go over to the Star tribune, I am sure packer-backer Zulgad would gladly send you and anyone else that will listen or read a text. Use to be such a nice place to get good info, now just nothing….
    Go Vikes

  5. c.carterhof says:

    Texting can be a good thing. I can text 10 people all at once.
    I could even text 35 people all at once.
    Say, that reminds me.
    We are 35 days from that game. Oh yeah, 35 Robert Miller days to go until we shut Greg Williams mouth!

  6. Tomb... says:

    c.carterhof…it’s actually GregG Williams. Yes, apparently he’s one of those who are so egomaniacal, that two “G’s” in his name isn’t enough, so the superfluous extra “G” was added on.

    What a freakin’ dick. Was he raised in Wisconsin? Would explain it, really. I want to break into his house, poop into his toilet without flushing, make long distance calls, drink all his beer, and NOT put beer on the grocery list.

    Yeah, seems harsh, but I feel he deserves it.

    • c.carterhof says:

      Easy Tomb, maybe you should contact Freds about that anger class.

    • B. Grant says:

      Please clarify, Tomb. Is his first name GregG or Dick?

      Let me know if you want to go further with this guy. I can use my Droid X to neuter him. Yes that’s right, it has that feature. I suggest you show me a little more respect, or else…

      If you do break into his house, Tomb, I suggest you also put his shotgun shells in a pail of water and tip his tackle box upside down. That’ll teach him!

  7. bigjohnny84 says:

    He deserves a big kick to the groin with a steel toed boot.

  8. purplereign#57 says:

    Coach, Someone has texted someone that I know personally, and yes, they say that someone is indeed going to do something. Whew! Thank God, that was close! SKOL VIKINGS!!

  9. […] have had spotty performances. Griffen’s worked the third team, Schuler is benefiting from Garrett Mills practicing like a armless man, and I haven’t heard Nate Triplett’s name once. On the […]

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