Kalil, however, gets to face the sacks leader, Jared Allen, every day in practice. As Napoleon Dynamite would say, "Lucky!"
The testing of Minnesota's top draft pick started in earnest Monday, as the Vikings put on the pads for the first time since January. The reviews vary, but suffice it to say that Kalil was challenged as the offensive and defensive lines went at each other during 11-on-11 sessions and one-on-one drills.
"He did well. First day in pads against Jared Allen, I thought it went really well," quarterback Christian Ponder said. "Coach Frazier called it a questionable sack there at the end that Jared had. But other than that, he was good. He looks good with a helmet and without shoulder pads, and when he put on the shoulder pads today, man, he's a specimen."
The 6-foot-7, 308-pound Kalil is expected to bolster an offensive line that gave up 49 sacks – fifth-most in the NFL last year – and he gets no better test than facing Allen every day in practice.
"Just the amount of experience he has, all the moves he has, he's just quick, great with his hands. He's just an overall great player," Kalil said.
"He's done a great job year in and year out. He's been a Pro Bowler for the last five years, the sack leader for however long he's been. Just from having that experience and the number of games he's been in and for me being no games, he's definitely going to help me out to kind of maybe get a glimpse of what I'm going to face in games – maybe not as good of talent because I think when it comes to Jared Allen that's as good as it gets and I'll feel a little more at ease in games and more prepared."
Allen tested Kalil on the first day. In 13 times that Ponder dropped to pass during full-team work, Allen got around Kalil once. But Allen, who led the NFL last year with 22 sacks and ended one sack shy of the NFL single-season record, said his focus is on getting Kalil better.
"My goal isn't to beat Matt Kalil. Me beating him and touching Christian on the butt 16 times doesn't do anything for us, you know what I mean?" Allen said. "I approach training camp the same way. Each day I have something fundamentally that I want to get better at that I have to prepare myself for the season. If I can help him with tips, like ‘Hey, man, don't do this or don't do that.' That's what it's all about, trying to get each other better. I don't have a direct competition with him. As long as he doesn't punch me in the face and grab my jersey when I'm coming around the edge I'll be fine."
Allen said him making Kalil better by going against him will help everyone get closer to their championship goal.
"He came up to me and said whenever I need help on anything, whether it's game-planning other defensive ends or what I need to improve on, just come to him and he's more than willing to help me," Kalil said.
"He's a great guy. We've gotten along really well at camp. I'm just glad he's on the same team as me."
Said Frazier: "It's a good matchup. I'm looking forward to continually watching that over time. But it looked like Matt held his own for the most part. There were a couple times Jared got around him, but that's to be expected. But I thought Matt held his own."
QUICKLY A VIKING
Cornerback Josh Robinson, who tweaked his hamstring in practice last week, has adapted to becoming a Viking in short order.
On Sunday morning, he attended a worship service in Mankato and was talking to some of the congregational members. He found that Minnesota houses more than its fair share of Packers fans, even in the town where the Vikings hold training camp.
On his way to his vehicle after the service, he saw a Packers sticker on another vehicle and decided to leave a note, tweeting a picture of it: "I'm sure this a Packers fan and I don't like the Packers!!! SKOL Vikings."
Robinson even signed the note and added his jersey number 21.
"When I visited the service, I spoke to a couple people afterwards. A lot of them were saying they were Packers fans and I already didn't like that," Robinson said Monday. "Then when I got to the car, I saw that when I was leaving. I was like, ‘Oh, no.' I just had to tell them my thoughts."
RELYING ON RUDOLPH
Christian Ponder threw one interception during seven-on-seven work when a pass deflected off his favorite camp target, tight end Kyle Rudolph, and linebacker Tyrone McKenzie came away with the interception.
"If he's barely open, I'm going to get him the ball. He has such great mismatches and he's got such a catching radius – it's unbelievable," Ponder said of Rudolph. "He's doing a great job getting open and I'm just trying to get him the ball and make him look good."
Ponder said he may have forced that pass, but there is also a reward for going to Rudolph. He threw a 25-yard touchdown to Rudolph during 11-on-11 work, too.
"I fit it over Chad Greenway and Kyle's got four or five inches on him in height, let alone wing span," Ponder said. "If you just get the ball up, he's going to get it."
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