OTA Observations: Two-Minute Tommies?

The Vikings spent a good portion of their final organized team activity of the week working on the two-minute drill. Plays were made on both sides of the ball. See who was catching it on offense and defense.

The Vikings wrapped up another week of organized team activities Friday at Winter Park, spending a good portion of practice on the two-minute drill.

The first-team offense ran out of downs once inside the red zone. Safety Mike Doss was the player with the ball in his hands to end the second-team offense's efforts with an interception of Brooks Bollinger in the end zone.

Cornerback Charles Gordon, playing with the third-team defense, followed Doss' lead with an interception of Tyler Thigpen to give the defense three straight successes.

When it was back to the first-team defense against the first-team offense, things turned scrappy when Matt Birk and Steve Hutchinson got into a shoving match with defensive end Ray Edwards, one of the first chippy confrontations of the team's offseason workouts.

The first-team offense looked poised to get in the end zone with its second two-minute series when Tarvaris Jackson rifled a pass to the sideline of the end zone between two defenders. Receiver Troy Williamson got his hands on the ball and it looked like he would keep possession until safety Dwight Smith ripped it away at the last instant for a pass defensed.

The offense finally did score when Bollinger led receiver Martin Nance perfectly in the end zone and Nance made the sideline grab.

Other observations from Friday's final open session for the media:

  • After a day off for most of the starters on Thursday, the veterans returned for a full-squad practice. Cornerback Antoine Winfield was only the healthy player not in attendance.

  • Right tackle Ryan Cook did not practice again, and Marcus Johnson was starting in his place.

  • Like Cook, defensive end Kenechi Udeze attended practice but did not participate. He was ill earlier in the week. Darrion Scott and Udeze have been rotating at left end most of the offseason, and Scott manned the position in Udeze's absence. Scott has not been moving inside much during nickel situations this offseason.

  • Linebacker Dontarrious Thomas also sat out of practice because of an apparently minor injury suffered earlier in the week.

  • Tight end Stephen Spach came up with the catch of the day, a fully prone diving reception near the goal line.

  • Receiver Aundrae Allison came up with a pass that he touched initially and then was batted around at least two more times in heavy traffic before he relocated it and came up with the reception.

  • Cornerback Marcus McCauley, practicing often with the first-team defense this week in Winfield's absence, came up with a fumble recovery that he might have returned for a touchdown in a game situation. Tight end Visanthe Shiancoe had the ball stripped out of his grasp after a reception.

  • Receiver Chandler Williams left practice with a laceration on his face.

  • Former Vikings quarterback Rich Gannon was on the field assisting with the Vikings' quarterbacks. Gannon will be used in a consultant capacity this year, Childress announced earlier in the offseason.

  • After practice, the players were quickly moving into the locker room, then onto a bus to start their afternoon activity of building a playground at St. Paul's American Indian Magnet School.

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