RB Taylor Shows Off His Moves

Running back Chester Taylor returned to full-team practice Tuesday and had a solid session. See what others had to say about Taylor, E.J. Henderson and Pat Williams. Also, get notes on the injured a practice scuffle.

Running back Chester Taylor returned to team drills at training camp Tuesday and didn't seem to show any ill effects from the sore groin that has limited him to individual work.

During live work between the No. 1 offense and the No. 2 defense, Taylor had two long runs on his first two carries, bursting around the left side for 31 yards and around the right for 22.

"You saw Chester Taylor back today," coach Brad Childress said. "I thought he made a couple of good reads, a couple bursts."

But Childress also extended credit to the Vikings' line.

"(Taylor) showed you some live legs and a couple moves," the coach said. "But I'll say this, there were some pretty good holes to run through as well."


Linebacker E.J. Henderson continued to have a hard-hitting camp with a couple of good sticks, including one memorable one on Mewelde Moore, during full-team work.

"He's been an active guy this camp, without a doubt," Childress said.

Childress said Henderson, who has played both weakside and middle linebacker in his young Vikings career, seems to be best suited for the Will spot.

"He shows up at the football and doesn't take a long time to get there," Childress said. "He's down in weight so he's moving fast, and he has great strikeability. He's playing good football right now."


Childress said he's glad to have defensive tackle Pat Williams off the physically unable to perform list. Williams practiced with the team for the second day and was disruptive during goal-line and short-yardage work. Childress refuted reports that Williams, who is listed at 317 pounds, didn't pass his conditioning test and said Williams didn't even run it.

Instead, the coach said Williams' cardiovascular condition was the concern. "The mix of weight, (Williams') age and the heat is a bad mix," Childress said. "I'm going to use discretion to when he practices."


Wide receiver Marcus Robinson made the most impressive catch of the morning session, going up high between a pair of defenders to haul in a 50-yard pass from J.T. O'Sullivan. Robinson held on as cornerbacks Tony Beckham and Dustin Fox took him to the turf and then popped up and spiked the ball.


Rookie quarterback Tarvaris Jackson showed some savvy, scrambling for a touchdown during goal-line work. Jackson took off as the pocket collapsed, faked a throw to get a defender off balance and walked into the end zone. Jackson also threw a touchdown strike to tight end Jeff Dugan during his work.


Safety Darren Sharper took himself out of full team-drills during the second half of the morning practice for what Childress called a "little hamstring spasm."

"He should be OK," Childress said.

Meanwhile, Childress said rookie cornerback Charles Gordon's arthroscopic surgery went "very well" Monday.

"It might not be four weeks; it might be three weeks," Childress said.

Gordon was on crutches and watched some of Tuesday's practice from the sidelines.

Safety Tank Williams (kneecap) was scheduled to have surgery Tuesday afternoon by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala. Childress said Williams will rejoin the Vikings at Winter Park after the team breaks camp. However, Williams' season is done, as he was placed on injured reserve Monday.


Tight end Richard Angulo and defensive end Jayme Mitchell had to be separated during a small scrap during one-on-one drills.

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