“To get an opportunity to get an extra week of practice with this young roster and to get our coaches an opportunity to work with these young guys,” Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said. “We thought it was a great opportunity for this team to go down to Mankato a week early and get an opportunity for those guys to play an extra preseason game because mostly you’re going to play your starters minimal at most. And this is going to give us a chance to get a (look at) a lot of these young guys.”
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Training camp and the preseason is where teams get to evaluate their young talent and see what players they believe can help their team out. That’s why having this extra time should help the team and the development of the younger players.
“You practice this guys and you go through your development process, but for them to get on this field and get another opportunity to play in the preseason,” Spielman said, “I think really aids in their development.”