The Vikings' three-day minicamp opened Saturday with the first chance for the coaches to see their rookies in uniform and, from what was seen intially, both Chad Greenway and Tarvaris Jackson got passing grades.
Greenway, who spent much of practice working with the second team, flashed the speed that made him a first-round pick and had an interception of a J.T. O'Sullivan pass in the opening practice session.
Jackson, who also worked with the backup units, impressed coaches with his ability to throw the deep ball with finesse and precision. He is likely going to battle O'Sullivan for the No. 3 QB spot, leaving the question open whether the Vikings would consider keeping four quarterbacks on the roster.
Minicamp continues today with a pair of practices.
* Fullback Joey Goodspeed left the practice field Saturday with a left knee injury. He needed to be helped from the field. The team should find out today how serious the injury is.
* Fred Smoot suffered a minor knee twinge in the first practice, but returned to take part in the second practice.
* Onterrio Smith signed a one-year deal with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Saturday, leaving the option open to try to return to the NFL for the 2007 season.
* Former Viking Rich Gannon has been brought in by Bucs head coach Jon Gruden to mentor the team's quarterbacks during the offseason activities in Tampa.
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