The Vikings are in the thick of the reporting date to training camp, according to the NFL. See when other NFL teams report.
We're less than a month away from the start of the Vikings 2008 training camp getting underway and other NFL teams are preparing to open training camp as early as July 16 (for the Jets' rookies). The Vikings are set to open training camp in Mankato July 25 for both rookies and veterans.
In the past, the Vikings were historically one of the last teams to open training camp. This season will be different. Only eight teams will have reported for training camp by the time the Vikings are due. All but four teams will open camp sometime between July 23-25.
Here are the dates when all rookies and veterans need to be at camp (which is different than the opening practices) for the start of the preseason schedule:
July 19 –
July 23 –
Arizona, Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, New England, New Orleans, New York Jets.
July 24 –
Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Minnesota, Oakland, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle.
July 25 –
Atlanta, Buffalo, Carolina, Dallas, Houston, Jacksonville, Miami, New York Giants, St. Louis, San Diego, Tampa Bay, Tennessee.
July 27 –
Cincinnati, Green Bay, Pittsburgh.
E.J. Henderson will host his annual Celebrity Bass Classic fishing tournament today at Lake Waconia. Several current and former Vikings will take part in the event today.
Fresh off conducting a youth football camp in his hometown of Palestine, Texas, last week, Adrian Peterson is going to hold a similar youth football camp this weekend in Norman, Okla., where A.D. was a star was the University of Oklahoma.
It would appear Peterson has very little in the way off-time this offseason. Aside from his own two camps he's running, he also showed up this week at the Colonial All-Pro Football Camp in Williamsburg, Va. The camp also provided a rare offseason sighting of recently retired Brett Favre, who told camp attendees in a question-and-answer session that he hasn't been doing much of anything since retiring and squashed rumors that he may be looking at making a return in August.
CBS Sportsline has compiled its list of the top 50 players in the NFL. The list is headed by quarterbacks Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, followed by RB LaDainian Tomlinson and former Viking Randy Moss. Four Vikings are in the top 20 – Kevin Williams at No. 10, Jared Allen at No. 12, Adrian Peterson at No. 15 and Steve Hutchinson at No. 19.
For as many players that have problems with media types during their playing careers, it seems to be a natural post-career jumping off point for many of them. Last year, Tiki Barber tried to make a big splash with NBC by dropping dime about many of his Giants teammates. While they grabbed headlines at the time, it also caused a rift between Barber and some of his former coaches and teammates – all of whom were subject to some harsh criticism. Fast forward a year and the situation would seem to be repeating itself. Recently retired DE Michael Strahan is making his own headlines, saying the Giants need to step up and pay more to WR Plaxico Burress and that TE Jeremy Shockey definitely wants out of New York.