Vikings minicamp minutia: QB stats and more

Teddy Bridgewater had a strong day during full-team work, as did most of the quarterbacks throwing in front of Troy Aikman. Plus, notes and injury updates from Wednesday’s practice.

Teddy Bridgewater had a solid second day at minicamp, for whatever can be read into full-team throwing drills without pads.

Bridgewater was 12-for-15 in his full-team work Wednesday in the second day of Minnesota Vikings minicamp, with one drop by Mike Wallace and one pass behind Jerick McKinnon on a crossing route.

Bridgewater completed three straight passes to Adrian Peterson at one point, and two straight deeper passes to Wallace.

“I have more of a feel for what the coaches are trying to do here, as far as game plan-wise,” Bridgewater said. “Last year I was kind of learning my way around game plans and getting a feel for coaches Norv and Scott Turner and what they’re asking of us. But having a year under my belt, I can see why he’s calling certain plays and where he wants to go with the football, whether it’s a situational play call or just a play call whether it’s first-and-10 or second-and-10, having an understanding of the coordinator, I think I’m that far ahead this year.”

At this point in the process, it should be easier for the offense because the pass protection comes with the caveat of no players having pads and no one interested in sending Bridgewater to the turf with a hit – contact, especially tackling, is prohibited by the NFL during minicamp to protect the players.

Still, the 10 organized team activities and the three minicamp practices give coaches the ability to install their schemes and see how the players digest it all. For the coaching staff, there is no hesitation to give Bridgewater a full menu of plays in his second NFL season.

“He has no limits in terms of being able to learn and pick things up, it’s just a learning curve that all rookies go through and then every year you should get better in those areas,” offensive coordinator Norv Turner said. “… These practices give me an opportunity to give a guy experience, but obviously the best experiences you can ever have are playing in games that matter.”

The second- and third-string quarterbacks were equally as sharp in full-team drills, with Shaun Hill going 6-for-6 and Mike Kafka connecting on all three of his full-team passes. Rookie Taylor Heinicke has struggled a bit more, and Wednesday he was 6-for-8 but threw an interception to middle linebacker Audie Cole, who broke on the short route rookie Blake Renaud was running when Heinecke stared at his fullback while pump-faking to him twice before releasing the ball.

  • Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman stopped by Winter Park to observe the full practice. He was in town visiting a friend and talked to his old offensive coordinator Norv Turner – the two were together with the Dallas Cowboys, as was head coach Mike Zimmer.

    “He and Coach Zimmer have had a long-standing relationship,” Turner said of Aikman. “It’s nice to have him around here.”

    Aikman talked with several players and coaches throughout the practice.

  • Linebacker Anthony Barr participated in full-team drills for the first time this offseason while working his way back from injury. Barr took several snaps with the first-team defense, although Gerald Hodges got the majority of action at strongside linebacker. Barr participated in individual drills on Tuesday, but Wednesday his workload was increased slightly to some full-team work.

    “I think it’s important for him and for us. He’s got to get back; he hasn’t really done football in a long time,” Zimmer said Tuesday. “It’s good for him to get back out here and start moving around and get with the calls. I don’t anticipate any problems, but I just think that it’s good for his mindset and good for ours as well.”

  • Turner is incorporating a lot of different looks on offense. One of them included having tight end Kyle Rudolph and MyCole Pruitt on the field at the same time, sometimes stacked next to each other.

  • Rookie Tyrus Thompson continued to take the majority of the first-team reps at right guard, as he did on Tuesday. Mike Harris filled in for the recuperating Phil Loadholt (pectoral surgery) at right tackle, and David Yankey rotated with Brandon Fusco at left guard.

  • Cordarrelle Patterson took some reps as a punt returner, joining Jarius Wright and Adam Thielen.

  • On the first play of 7-of-7 work, Bridgewater hit Jarius Wright for a 30-yard completion, then threaded a tight window between Xavier Rhodes and Robert Blanton for a completion to Stephon Diggs down the left sideline.

  • CB Josh Robinson, LB Casey Matthews and G Bob Vardaro didn’t attend practice.

  • CB Captain Munnerlyn (foot), LB Michael Mauti (unspecified), CB DeMarcus Van Dyke (unspecified) attended but didn’t participate.

  • RT Phil Loadholt (pectoral), TE Rhett Ellison (unspecified) and DE Brian Robison (pectoral) didn’t participate in full-team drills.

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