Frazier would adjust if preseason shortened

The Vikings would adjust if the NFL were to shorten the preseason, something Leslie Frazier wasn't interested in discussing, saying his opinion wouldn't matter to the NFL.

Agent Drew Rosenhaus probably had it right when he said "next question" in response to a question he didn't like. Leslie Frazier took a longer approach to the groundswell of support for altering the preseason in some fashion.

The public perception of the NFL is that, from the first week of the regular season until the Super Bowl, there is no better sport for fans in the world. But, during the preseason, there is a diluted product that fans have become forced into accepting – being served beer while paying champagne prices.

Asked Sunday if he was in favor of a plan being formulated to reduce the number of preseason games from four to two, Frazier dodged the question by saying the league doesn't consult with him on pressing matters of fan-based protocol.

"Sometimes I get asked those hypotheticals of my opinion regarding league matters," Frazier said. "My opinion really doesn't matter, so I don't care to give my opinion. I don't think the league is going to call me and ask me should we have four or two (games). I don't have an opinion. I'm going to do what they tell me to do, whatever they tell me to do."

Asked if the reduction of games would impact the evaluation process of young players looking to earn their way onto the roster, Frazier again said that whether the league moves to fewer preseason games or not, the Vikings will adjust to the rules that are put in place.

"We're going to evaluate guys based on what the parameters will us to do," Frazier said. "Just like when the new CBA came out and we went from being able to have two practices a day to one practice a day. You have four hours when you can get your practices in between the two that we get – the walk-through and then in the afternoon. You adjust. Whatever that is, whenever that comes down from the league office, we're going to adjust. We'll evaluate our players based on whatever the prescribed rules are. If that comes into fruition of (reducing games), then we'll do evaluations that way. Whatever happens, we'll have to adjust."

In others words, "Next question."

SUNDAY PRACTICE NOTES

  • Punter Jeff Locke got some extra reps in replicating snaps for field goals during practice, especially in hurry-up situations that could take place during a game.

  • Jerome Simpson made a couple of impressive catches during the passing drills of the early practice session.

  • Matt Cassel had his share of struggles Sunday. In 11-on-11 drills, he had two passes tipped and had another play blown dead that was ruled a sack.

  • Three Vikings were sidelined from practice Sunday – Sharrif Floyd, Audie Cole and Jacob Lacy.

  • There were questions whether the morning walk-trough would be held inside because of persistent drizzle throughout the night and early morning, but the Vikings had practice outside.

  • The afternoon practice saw the sun break through the clouds and the humidity spiked almost immediately into somewhat uncomfortable levels.

  • Sunday was one of the least attended practices of training camp to date, which may have been a combination of the weather and the lack of a group of position players signing autographs after the walk-through practice. Both the weather and the return of players signing will likely increase attendance numbers tomorrow.


    John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.

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