Friday Minicamp Observations

The first day of minicamp was noteworthy because of the Daunte Culpepper situation, but that was only part of the story. Among the other things that caught our attention were the performance of Cleo Lemon and our first look at practice of first-round pick Ted Ginn Jr.

-- Let's start with Ginn, who said this morning he was running at full speed and was pain-free. He showed some good speed indeed at practice, but now the dazzling speed we're expecting from him. Ginn also had some problems catching the ball, something that's a tad disconcerting even though this was only the first day.

-- On the flip side, Cleo Lemon continued his impressive offseason work. Of the four quarterbacks at practice in the afternoon -- remember, Culpepper said he's done practicing after what happened in the morning session -- Lemon was by far the most impressive with his passing.

-- Of course, everyone wants to know how Trent Green did. He had some nice throws, some throws off the mark. In an 11-on-11 segment late in the afternoon session, he threw a sideline pass that was picked off by Yeremiah Bell.

-- WR Kelly Campbell looked like the fastest wide receiver on the field by far. He blew by a defensive back for a long touchdown pass from Lemon in the afternoon.

-- WR David Sutton faces long odds to make the team as an undrafted free agent, but the 6-foot-6 rookie could carve himself a niche as a red-zone specialist because of his height. He outjumped a defensive back in the corner of the end zone in the afternoon session to catch a touchdown pass.

-- Interesting to note that the first-team offensive line both this morning and this afternoon included rookie sixth-round pick Drew Mormino at left guard. He was joined by Vernon Carey at left tackle, second-round pick Samson Satele at center, Rex Hadnot at right guard and L.J. Shelton at right tackle. Veteran Chris Liwienski was the first-team left guard in the previous minicamp. That position could be wide open right up until we near the start of the regular season.

-- In addition to his interception against Green, Bell also showed his well-known blitzing skills in a previous 11-on-11 drill.

-- TE David Martin, signed in the offseason to replace Randy McMichael as the starter, made a couple of nice catches in traffic.

-- Rookie LB/DE Abraham Wright made a nice play breaking up a pass while dropping in coverage.

-- RB Lorenzo Booker, the third-round pick from Florida State, is some kind of quick and should make some sort of contribution to the team this season.

-- Jason Allen, last year's first-round pick who struggled so much as a rookie, clearly looks more comfortable at cornerback than he did at safety at any point last season. He's getting a lot of looks this offseason with Andre' Goodman being sidelined until training camp with a shoulder injury.


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