Moss ... And Minicamp Notes

The story angles are many at minicamp and we'll have more in-depth interviews as the days go by, but for now let's get to the myriad notes compiled from the first practice of the official minicamp, from Randy Moss' foot injury to rookie position checks.

Whether he's hiding it from the cameras or he's just feeling a little better than he did earlier in the week, Randy Moss was practicing and showing very few signs of a his plantar fasciitis. Earlier in the week, it did appear to be giving him some discomfort.

"I never really had a serious injury besides my ankle injury my rookie year. That bothered me because I use my legs most of the time to make my money," Moss said. "With this injury occurring midseason, I tried to fight it off as best I could, but I think once the offseason set in and tried to rest my body I think it the pain caught up to me. I feel pretty good. Some of the pain has left and all I can do is come out here and try to get better."

Quarterback Daunte Culpepper said Moss may be cutting back on how much he does now, but he expects Moss will be ready to go at training camp.

"Randy, even though he's a little injured, he's a good enough athlete to make it look like he's not really that hurt. He's still as smooth as ever," Culpepper said. "He might not have his fastest step right now because of the foot injury, but he's cutting back on some of his reps and I'm pretty sure he'll be ready when we go to training camp."

Robinson's neighborhoodWide receiver Marcus Robinson was brought in take pressure off of Moss, but Moss said he doesn't know enough about Robinson yet.

"I need somebody out here that is going to draw the attention from me right away," Moss said. "I haven't really seen much of Marcus because we play on Sundays and they do too. I haven't really watched much film on him to see, but they brought him here for a reason and hopefully he can take that pressure off of me."

Robinson told VU earlier in the week that he thought his best opportunities would be early in the season when teams were still focusing heavily on Moss.

Culpepper seems to know what he has in Robinson.

"Robinson is definitely a guy that I think is going to step up and make a lot of plays on the other side of the ball, away from Randy (Moss). He's going to take some of the attention off of Randy and he catches the deep ball very well," Culpepper said. "He's very fast, very tall and he jumps very well. I'm excited about throwing to him because he's definitely going to get some one-on-one coverages back there and I think we're going to have a little advantage this year with a taller guy over there that can jump real high and make plays.

* After missing three days of developmental camp with an excused absence for personal reasons, Moe Williams is back.

* The Vikings have hired Greg Blevins, a kicking coach with Miami for six seasons, as a kicking consultant.

* Blaze Winter, a former NFL defensive lineman and a consultant last year, is back in his role of working with the defensive linemen on their hand skills.

* Tight end Steve Farmer continued to sit out of drills.

* Fourth-round draft pick Nat Dorsey has been working mainly at left tackle. Head coach Mike Tice said some writers have been putting it out there that the team doesn't have much depth on the offensive line, but from what he's seen, he likes it. Their depth is young, but he likes it.

* Rookie sixth-round draft pick Deandre' Eiland is working at right cornerback.

* Lewis Kelly has been working at center as well as guard.

* Tice is also happy with the strides made by right tackle Mike Rosenthal and middle linebacker E.J. Henderson.

* Nick Rogers is working as the starting right end in nickel situations. For now, Lance Johnstone is starting in the base, but it's a sure bet first-round pick Kenechi Udeze will be there once he has had more time in the system. Udeze has a great attitude: "I'm still not happy with my overall performance," he said.

* Udeze said he didn't think his shoulder will need surgery, even after the season. He is being told it should heal on its own.

* There seems to be a little more concern about Darrion Scott's shoulder. While he shows no ill-effects right now, one team source said his shoulder is more of a chronic problem. Scott is working at tackle and at end, but he seems to be seeing more work inside right now.

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