Hall of Fame game gives Vikings extra camp

The Vikings will have an extra week of training camp because of the Hall of Fame game, giving them more time to view the young players trying to make the roster.

The Minnesota Vikings will start out their preseason by playing the Pittsburg Steelers on Aug. 9 in the Hall of Fame Game. Not only is this an opportunity for the team to get exposure to a national audience, but it also gives the team three weeks of training camp as opposed to the two they would have had in Mankato due to the class schedule this year for Minnesota State-Mankato.

“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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Going into a preseason, teams often know who a majority of their starters will be in Week 1. Training camp is more of a way to bond with the team and kick off rust for the veteran players. But for the younger players it is about learning the playbook and how to work in the system.

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.”

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