Mike Zimmer wasn’t particularly pleased with the way his second-to-last practice in Mankato went.
During practice, the evidence was there that things weren’t sharp when Teddy Bridgewater fumbled a snap and Zimmer instructed the entire team to do 10 pushups. Of course they obliged, but the mistakes didn’t end.
“We fumbled the snaps, we jumped offsides, receivers jumped offsides,” Zimmer said, pulling out his notes of what else went wrong. “We had a hurt guy that didn’t come to treatment, the running back went the wrong way twice, we screwed up a fourth-and-20. What else you want to know?”
It turned out to be a good summation of some of the errors, but Bridgewater wasn’t alone. Shaun Hill also dropped the ball while dropping back and Jabari Price heard it from Zimmer – in Zimmer fashion – on a coverage where he wasn’t in the right place.
Injuries were also part of the bad news.
DT Sharrif Floyd, CB Terence Newman, and LBs Eric Kendricks and Edmond Robinson were all limited to observing practice after going inside early in practice for treatment. And then WR Jarius Wright left practice early (more info here).
“Today wasn’t the best day. We have to do better than we did today, but for the most part camp has been good,” Zimmer said.
It wasn’t all bad, however. Zimmer said he continues to be pleased with the progress of the offensive line.
“I think they’re doing much better. Much better, much improved,” Zimmer said. “They’re working together, they’re coming off the ball physically. They don’t make mental errors. (Matt) Kalil is much-improve. (Brandon) Fusco is much-improved. They look a lot better to me, but, you know, we’ll see.”
With T.J. Clemmings getting most of his reps at left tackle with the second team on Monday, it appears Andre Smith is taking control of the right tackle spot. Zimmer admitted that battle “is going that direction.”
The competition for the starting center position is still up for grabs between Joe Berger and John Sullivan, who is coming back from two surgeries on his back last year. Zimmer doesn’t believe the back is an issue anymore.
“He’s healthy,” Zimmer said of Sullivan. “I don’t think there’s any issue with him not being healthy enough to play.”
TE Rhett Ellison is expected to be back on time for the regular season, Zimmer said, but for now he remains on the physically-unable-to-perform list.
Zimmer said he wasn’t sure if OL Mike Harris (non-football illness) would be ready for the start of the regular season.
QB Taylor Heinicke (non-football injury) won’t be ready by the start of the season, Zimmer said.
Zimmer confirmed that LS Kevin McDermott signed an extension. NFL Media reported it is a four-year, $4 million deal.