After missing the rookie minicamp with a virus and dehydration, wide receiver Percy Harvin is working out with the team for the first time this week during organized team activities.
The Vikings got their first look at wide receiver Percy Harvin
Tuesday, as the team opened its first offseason OTA session – leading up to the team's first full-squad minicamp in 10 days.
All of this week's OTA sessions with the exception of the Thursday practice are closed to the media, but on the team's official website, Harvin said he was excited about finally getting his pro career started.
"It's a great feeling," said Harvin, who missed the rookie minicamp after suffering from dehydration. "I think going through the Combine, the rookie premier and all the workouts, you kind of get out of (football) shape. You just want to get back out on the field and get moving. So it was great to get out here and start catching."
Harvin has been overshadowed by the media frenzy surrounding the potential signing of Brett Favre
, but the Vikings are planning to find ways to incorporate his unique skill set into the lineup however possible. That plan will start with this week's OTAs, as the Vikings start getting reps out of their explosive rookie.
The first four OTAs are designed for rookie, free-agent signees and selected veterans. Among those veterans participating are quarterbacks Tarvaris Jackson, Sage Rosenfels and John David Booty, defensive end Kenechi Udeze, wide receiver Sidney Rice, safeties Madieu Williams and Tyrell Johnson, cornerbacks Marcus McCauley and Benny Sapp, kicker Ryan Longwell, punter Chris Kluwe and linebacker Heath Farwell.
There may be problems looming on the horizon for the Packers. The team has a whopping eight starters entering the final year of their contracts, including offensive linemen Chad Clifton, Daryn Colledge and Jason Spitz, wide receiver Greg Jennings, safety Nick Collins and defensive linemen Aaron Kampman, Johnny Jolly and Ryan Pickett. Although the salary cap continues to grow (if there is even a salary cap in 2010), it will be difficult for the Packers to re-sign all of them.
Former Viking Adam Goldberg is working with the first-unit offense at right tackle at the Rams' minicamp this week, ahead of heralded rookie Jason Smith. Don't expect that to last too long, however.
At the annual owners conference Tuesday, New Orleans was awarded the 2013 Super Bowl. There had been some speculation that London might be in the mix for the championship game, but, for the next four years anyway, the Super Bowl will remain in the United States.
Also coming out of the owners meeting, Commissioner Roger Goodell said that a vote on extending the regular season to 17 or 18 games won't be coming any time soon.