Practice/Scrimmage Notebook

No score was kept and little full-team action was had, but a few observations could be made from Friday night's joint practice between the Minnesota Vikings and Kansas City Chiefs.

Depending on who was asked the question about the Vikings-Chiefs joint workout Friday, it was either going to be a practice or a scrimmage, but it wasn't terribly revealing one way or the other.

Still, some observations could be made:

  • Quarterback Brad Johnson looked very sharp in receiver-versus-cornerback drills and in the seven-on-seven portion of the practice. In his first series with seven-on-seven work, he started with consecutive completions to Jermaine Wiggins, Troy Williamson, Marcus Robinson and finally a touchdown pass to Richard Owens.

  • Quarterback Mike McMahon was the No. 2 guy in Minnesota's rotation.

  • Wide receiver Troy Williamson looked very sharp, catching passes across the middle as well as hauling in some sideline routes. "I thought Troy Williamson did a good job of catching the football," head coach Brad Childress said. "He had a couple of tries inside that I thought were in traffic. I was pleased to see that."

  • Steve Hutchinson looked every bit the Pro Bowler. During a particular one-on-one play against defensive tackle James Reed, Hutchinson simply dug in and stonewalled Reed, stopping the defensive tackle dead in his tracks and not moving an inch.

    "Steve Hutchinson said he was more nervous about this than he was about the Super Bowl because he hadn't had a chance to study film," Childress said.

  • While Mewelde Moore was the No. 1 punt returner, wide receiver Jason Carter was the clear No. 2 returner and took one punt into the open field for a would-be touchdown.

  • Rookie quarterback Tarvaris Jackson connected with WR Chris Jones on a nice deep-out throw.

  • Running back Ciatrick Fason had a long touchdown run of about 60 yards.

  • Punter Chris Kluwe looked to be kicking without any problems. "The knee felt really good and I was just hitting the ball clean. The technique was back and I've just got to keep doing that every time," Kluwe said.

    Said Childress: "I think we'll just see how much it swells, but he's gotten great work, and we just have to manage his kicks as we go through training camp."

  • Kansas City tight end Tony Gonzalez was in Canton for Warren Moon's Hall of Fame induction weekend. Also not participating for the Chiefs were QB Trent Green and running back Larry Johnson.

  • Former Viking and current Chief Michael Bennett is wearing number 38.

  • With a gorgeous evening at Minnesota State-Mankato, Blakesee Stadium was filled to it's 7,500 capacity.

  • NFL officials are sporting new uniforms, that, as one of them joked, made it look like they were working at Foot Locker.

  • During one-on-one passing drills wide receiver Ryan Hoag got open deep a couple of times for long completions.

  • Wide receiver Marcus Robinson had a death in the family and will miss Saturday's practice. He practiced Friday night. "I appreciate him coming out here and taking care of business tonight," Childress said.

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