Vikes Start First of Three Weeks of Camp

The Vikings opened the first of three developmental camps Tuesday and coach Mike Tice seems pretty content with where his team is at.

The Vikings have a new cast of characters that are learning how to play under a new personality dynamic -- both among the players and the new coaches on the staff.

They both took the next step in the team's progress Tuesday, as the first of three developmental camps opened Tuesday -- a four-day camp that runs through Friday.

Mike Tice said he is pleased with how the new players and returning nucleus have gelled together and said he will be satisfied adding one wide receiver after the June 1 phase of free agency and perhaps leaving the rest of free agency alone.

The Vikings are closing in on Derrick Alexander as the WR they intend to pursue. If that falls through, Keenan McCardell and Antonio Freeman appear to be the second and third options.

While Tice didn't discount going after another linebacker or safety in free agency, he said he is pleased with where the team stands and, while depth is still a concern, he's glad with the nucleus the team already in place -- except of course for the wide receiver spot that remains open.

* The Vikings had a near-perfect attendance. Less than a handful of players were missing Tuesday and all had excused absences.
* Tice questioned OT Bryant McKinnie's workout habits in the offseason. The first-round draft pick struggled late in the first practice sessions, prompting Tice to say he will need to work on his conditioning between now and the opening of training camp.
* Randy Moss sustained a mild ankle sprain Tuesday, but it is not expected to be serious or sideline him from most of the drills this week.
* The Vikings plan to have multi-former Viking Fernando Smith in later this week to discuss coming to training camp to work for a roster spot.
* Tice said the team has backed off plans -- for now -- to make a pitch for a veteran backup QB. He said the plans may change as training camp nears, but the team is satisfied where it's at for now at the quarterback position.

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