Going in full pads Monday morning, the hitting was hard at times, but the offense still seemed to come out on top more times than not. Get news, notes and quotes from the morning session.
The Vikings suited up in full pads Monday morning and took on periods of heavy hitting coming off their first day of rest in training camp.
"They got to see a little bit of hitting going on today. I just told someone we didn't have a taffy pull today. We got to set our pads a little bit," head coach Brad Childress said.
The team worked on short-yardage and red zone offense and defense, and Childress changed up the plan for the players in midstream of practice to keep the team alert while simulating game situations.
The offense generally seemed to get the better of the defense.
"We had that day off and anytime you have a day off you don't feel as sharp as you usually are. I don't know why, but it's just always like that. People are a little sluggish," said second-team safety Tyrell Johnson
. "It takes a while to get back into it. We'll be a whole lot better tomorrow. Full pads or no full pads, you still have to read your keys and that's what we weren't doing today."
Linebacker Ben Leber
said portions of Monday morning's practice were as hard-hitting as they have been to date.
"It was about as hard as it's going to get during camp, but I think we needed it," he said. "With the (first preseason) game on Friday, I think we needed to pop the pads a little bit and get in that mindset. It was good for us, and I think as the week goes we'll kind of taper down."
MONDAY MORNING NOTES
The week of practice started with a cool morning (with the temperature at starting time at 69 degrees), but with 90 percent humidity and a dewpoint of 66. The rain did hold off.
Head coach Brad Childress is sporting a new look. After shaving his goatee, he is back to a mustache, but this one wraps down a little farther than his previous version.
To be sure, there was no Brett Favre at Vikings practice and John David Booty continued to wear number 4.
Offensive lineman Marcus Johnson started practice by losing his breakfast right after stretching.
TE Garrett Mills (ankle) and CB Marcus McCauley (knee) were held out of practice with injury, and Brian Robison was seeing a doctor back in the Twin Cities for a leg injury.
QB Gus Frerotte, whose 37th birthday was on July 31, was given the day off.
QB Tarvaris Jackson looked sharp in drills where he was throwing to tight ends with the linebackers and safeties in coverage.
In the first series of situational full-team work, with the first defense against the second offense, Jared Allen blew through the protection and brought down Chester Taylor for a 5-yard loss on the first play. The second-team offense, directed by John David Booty, came back with two completions, to Taylor and Aundrae Allison that came up a combined 1 yard short of a first down.
The first-team offense was moving the ball against the second-team defense and heading toward the end zone before Jackson threw an interception to Benny Sapp at the 2-yard line. Sapp returned the pick for a would-be 98-yard touchdown return.
Brooks Bollinger took the third-team offense in for a touchdown against the third-team defense. He connected with RB Maurice Hicks for an 11-yard completion on third-and-5 before finding WR Jaymar Johnson for an 11-yard touchdown pass on second down.
RB Adrian Peterson was the focus of the first-team offense's next series. Peterson ran four consecutive times, getting dropped for a 1-yard loss twice but also gaining 9 yards and 12 yards – the last carry nearly going for a touchdown. Safety Darren Sharper caught enough of Peterson during a spin move to keep him from scoring a long touchdown.
Working with the offense backed up against their goal line, Naufahu Tahi was called for a safety by Childress despite appearing to get the ball over the goal line before his knee touched down in the end zone.
Bollinger hit WR Martin Nance for a 30-yard pass down the left sideline with CB Brandon Sumrall in coverage.
On first-and-goal from the 3-yard line, Peterson took a carry off right tackle and showed patience before hitting the hole for a touchdown and giving the ball a finger roll over the crossbar.
Not to be outdone, Chester Taylor followed suit with a similar 3-yard run on the next play.
Jackson showed good decision-making when he drew DE Ray Edwards offside with a hard count and then went deep for Sidney Rice down the left sideline. The ball was slightly overthrown, but with a "free play" and an impending penalty, it was a good decision to attempt the long pass.
RB Maurice Hicks looked solid in the full-contact portions of practice, gaining two consecutive first downs during short-yard work.
Safety Dee McCann intercepted Booty late in practice during full-team work.
During 7-on-7 drills, Jackson connected with Allison deep down the left sideline. Later, Allison made a big leaping catch deep down the middle.
During 1-on-1 work, DE Otis Grigsby looked quick going against rookie Drew Radovich, and Jayme Mitchell showed similar skills on the other side of the line going against Marcus Johnson. Offensive tackle Chase Johnson looked solid against rookie Martail Burnett.
Ryan Longwell connected on consecutive field goals of 26, 34, 38 and 38 yards.
DT Letroy Guion appeared to suffer a left leg injury but later returned to action.