Free-agent receiver Todd Lowber could be forgiven if the first day of the Vikings' rookie minicamp held special meaning for him. After all, it was the first organized football experience of Lowber's life.
"It was good, it was great," Lowber said afterward. "A real fast game. I love it. Love the tempo. Just learning every day."
Lowber will have to be a quick study.
A standout athlete in basketball and track and field at Ramapo College in Mahwah, N.J., Lowber decided to pursue a career in football last summer after being told his skills would be a good fit for the sport.
The Vikings signed Lowber to a three-year contract in April after he worked out for a handful NFL teams. During one of those workouts he ran an astounding 4.1 in the 40-yard dash.
Since signing with Minnesota, Lowber has been spending most of his waking hours either studying a Vikings playbook or on the practice field working on his route running and catching the ball.
"I thought he flashed a little bit just with his speed," coach Brad Childress said Friday after the opening workout of the rookie camp. "Good things hand wise; he didn't catch them all. He's swimming a little bit from the installation."
Lowber dropped at least two passes but also made a nice deep catch.
"I'm coming along steadily," he said. "It's an adjustment because you have to know so many things other than just run and catch the ball. You have to know what everybody is doing. So it's going to be an adjustment. I'm coming along, my coaches are great, they are wonderful. Coach Childress and Coach (George) Stewart are bringing me along. I want to be there. They are going to make me what I need to be."
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