Disappointed. That's how Minnesota Vikings defense coordinator Mike Tomlin describes his feelings toward Pat Williams, who showed up to training camp out of shape and was placed on the physically-unable-to-perform list.
"It's disappointing for me, it's disappointing for his teammates, it's disappointing for him," Tomlin said Wednesday.
Williams works out in shorts and a T-shirt nearby the rest of the team, but he can't join the workouts until he's activated.
Tomlin said that despite two days of individual workouts, Williams hasn't reached the conditioning goals, though his progress is being monitored daily. In Williams' place, free agent Ross Kolodziej has been doing most of the work with the first unit, though C.J. Mosley and Eric Taylor are taking snaps at that position.
"We're being thoughtfully, non-rhythmic in our rotations," Tomlin said. "Don't read too much into anything you see."
Sometimes, coaches are just trying to get practice film of how a player works with others.
As a sophomore at Purdue, Ray Edwards was considered one of the top defensive ends in the country. Then last season his production slipped and he was taken out of the Boilermakers' starting lineup, with questions about his effort.
That caused the 6-foot-5, 268-pound Edwards to slip into fourth round of the draft, where the Vikings were waiting. At 21, he's the youngest player on the Vikings' roster, and Tomlin said Edwards is the fastest pass rusher.
"He's an interesting guy," Tomlin said with a big smile. "It's very early, and we'll have to wait to see how the mental grind of training camp wears on him. Talent is not the issue.'
NO SKIRMISHES AT SCRIMMAGE
In 2003, practices with the Kansas City Chiefs featured a couple of skirmishes, one involving a perceived late hit by cornerback Rushen Jones that injured a Chiefs receiver and prompted coach Dick Vermeil to say that Jones should be "shot in the head."
In 2004, Brock Lesnar highlighted the practice with the Chiefs, touching off several fights as he tried to make the Vikings' roster as a defensive tackle. The Chiefs and Vikings didn't practice together last year but will have a joint practice Friday at Minnesota State.
Now with new coaches, Brad Childress with the Vikings and Herm Edwards with the Chiefs, and the amount of hitting reduced, there isn't a lot of extracurricular activities expected.
"That has nothing to do with developing a winning football team," Tomlin said. "We don't condone that, and if that occurs, it will be dealt with."
Because of heavy overnight rain, the Vikings moved their Wednesday morning practice into Minnesota State's indoor facility and cut it short. They will practice outdoors in the afternoon for 2-1/2 hours in full pads.
Tomlin said that even though the players can't go full speed indoors, there can be work done with learning assignments and building chemistry.
"We take what we can get," he said. "It can be very productive, especially the above-the-neck things."
Tomlin Disappointed with Williams' Weight
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