Knowing that he was going to be available late in free agency, Dez White figured there would be a limited number of teams interested in signing him.
So the receiver was happy when the Minnesota Vikings showed interest because he's familiar with the offense, which is similar to the one he learned the last two seasons at Atlanta.
"The terminology is the same, but Atlanta runs is differently – they run everything around (quarterback Michael Vick)," said White, who joined the Vikings rookies and selected veterans in a 65-minute workout Friday at Minnesota State in Mankato. "I knew my learning curve wouldn't be as steep."
The Vikings signed White on Thursday, adding the 12th receiver to the roster. However, the position lacks a clear No. 1 receiver.
"I'm a guy who has experience," White said. "I make plays in the clutch, turning small plays into big plays. I'm an effort guy."
Weakside linebacker Chad Greenway, the Vikings' No. 1 draft choice, was one of the first players on the practice field Friday morning, more than a half-hour before things started. He said he wanted to get the nerves out of the way before his first training camp workout.
"That's what I try to do, be in the right place when practice starts," he said. "You're supposed to be the first one out and the last one off.
That's the deal, right?"
Though these first workouts are noncontact, focusing on teaching and technique, Greenway sees the benefits of three days of practice before the veterans report.
"It's good for us rookies," he said. "It gives us a chance to slow things down. When the veterans are in and we put on the pads, the pace will get quicker."
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