With the Vikings installing new offensive and defensive schemes, all 87 players on the roster were present for a Wednesday workout. Keep in mind the 14 OTAs are optional and usually, for a variety of reasons, there are a few players absent.
"This is a copycat league, and if one team has players putting in 22 hours a day, you want to make sure your team is putting in 23," Vikings free safety Darren Sharper said. "That's just the way it is in the league now."
Sharper is among the defensive players adjusting to the "Tampa 2" scheme that defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin brought with him from the Buccaneers.
Childress already has conducted his two mandatory minicamps — he was allowed an extra session as a new coach — and the Vikings will close their offseason workouts with another non-mandatory minicamp from June 19-21. That's non-mandatory in name only.
While Tomlin has been trying to mold the defense to his liking, Childress has put himself in charge of taking the Vikings' offense from vertical to West Coast.
Veteran quarterback Brad Johnson is familiar with the new system from his time in Tampa Bay and appears at ease running an offense that is based around a short-passing game.
Johnson also knows the importance of having all of his teammates present for these workouts. The repetitions gained in the OTAs should pay off when the Vikings report for their first training camp under Childress late next month in Mankato, Minn.
"Everyone is working hard throughout the league, and everyone got better in free agency," Johnson said. "The biggest deal is you have to hone your fundamentals and be ready for all the schemes and schematics that come up during the regular season. That's why it's good to see everyone here working hard."
QUOTE TO NOTE: "He's a big guy who comes from Philadelphia, so he knows (Brad Childress') system. You don't have to teach him where to go. He knows where to go, and he catches the ball. It was a great pickup because he can play right away." - Quarterback Brad Johnson on receiver Billy McMullen, who was acquired from the Eagles and is wearing Randy Moss' old number (84).