VU Daily Blog: 7/29/10

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Thursday, July 29, 2010 at 8:39:00 PM

Childress on Gerhart: ‘He needs to get signed'

Vikings coach Brad Childress had a message for rookie running back Toby Gerhart: Get in camp.

Gerhart, the team's lone unsigned draft pick, hasn't yet agreed to terms with the Vikings and the first practice of training camp is Friday afternoon. That would still give Gerhart time to sign a contract and get to practice, but he was already missed check-in at camp on Thursday.

"He needs to get signed. He needs to get his tail down here and not miss a snap," Childress told Sirius NFL Radio on Thursday.

Gerhart was forced to miss the organized team activities because of an NFL rule prohibiting rookies on a late quarterly class schedule like Stanford's from participating in voluntary activities when their school is still in session. However, Gerhart was able to attend most of the mandatory minicamp before heading back for graduation, and he spent extra time at Winter Park preparing with running backs coach Eric Bieniemy.

He also has the benefit of playing in a similar scheme at Stanford.

"He played in a very, very similar offense at Stanford with Jim Harbaugh, to the point where the protections would be identical to what he knows," Childress said. "We saw him for a short period of time … but he's a quick study. He's a big body that's 231 pounds. He's nifty, he can pass protect – you know, center fielder on the baseball team at Stanford, great hand-eye."

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Thursday, July 29, 2010 at 8:28:00 PM

Injured Vikings could get tested

Sidney Rice told WCCO Radio that he isn't 100 percent, but Brad Childress reiterated what Rice's agent Drew Rosenhaus said about the injured hip – it won't require surgery. At least that is the word from the specialists, according to Childresss.

"The hip kind of reared a little bit at the end of last year and here at the end of the past mandatory minicamp (in June)," Childress told Sirius NFL Radio while on his way to Mankato Thursday. "Had a bunch of specialists look at it and they didn't think that anything surgical was necessary."

Childress said Rice had a breakout (Pro Bowl) year last year because he was finally healthy.

Another player that has unfortunately become accustomed to injury of late is E.J. Henderson, who suffered a fractured femur in December 2009 after his 2008 season ended because of dislocated toes.

Childress said Henderson worked out for linebackers coach Fred Pagac and Henderson has "done everything to meet muster" to this point. Friday, he could get a chance to actually perform football motions if all goes well with the trainers tonight and tomorrow.

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Posted on Twitter at: 6:16:00 PM
The #Vikings have made all of the recent signings of their draft picks official, but Toby Gerhart is still left negotiating.

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Thursday, July 29, 2010 at 4:06:00 PM

Rice not to full health yet

Vikings wide receiver Sidney Rice told WCCO Radio that he isn't recovered from his hip injury, which his agent Drew Rosenhaus previously said he suffered in the playoffs.

Rice said the injury is more than hip flexor and that he will have to get checked out by Vikings trainers before he knows how much he will participate at the outset of training camp. The first practice for the Vikings is Friday afternoon.

Rice said he intends to be ready by the regular-season opener in New Orleans, but he didn't attend Larry Fitzgerald's conditioning camp on the University of Minnesota because of the hip. Rice attended that camp last summer and credited it for helping make him into a Pro Bowl receiver.

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Posted on Twitter at: 2:38:00 PM
Remember when Chester Pitts said the #Vikings had an interest in him. He signed with the Seattle Seahawks today, he announced via Twitter.

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Thursday, July 29, 2010 at 11:01:00 AM

Players checking into new dorm

Vikings players will be checking into their dorm rooms at Minnesota State, Mankato today, but it won't be the same-old, same-old. This year, they get more modern comforts (so far as that can go with dorm rooms).

Players will be staying in the new Julia Sears dorm on campus as opposed to Gage Hall, which has been the hot home for Vikings players an staff during training camp for decades. Sears has bigger rooms and central air conditioning, and the staff at Minnesota State, Mankato has been working to get everything in order for the last two weeks.

Player behavior isn't a concern.

"I know everyone would love to hear a story about bad football player behavior," Cindy Janney, director of residential life at the campus, told KARE 11. "But I think they're so busy with training camp and probably so exhausted. We don't have concerns about their behavior."

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Thursday, July 29, 2010 at 10:49:00 AM

Cook agrees to terms, leaving only Gerhart

And then there was one.

Vikings running back Toby Gerhart is the lone unsigned draft pick – or, more accurately, the only one who hasn't agreed to terms – for the Vikings after Chris Cook has agreed to a four-year deal (first reported by the National Football Post).

The second-round cornerback will be in camp ready to start practice tomorrow, along with the other six rookie draft picks who have signed. Indications are that Gerhart's deal is expected to get done by the start of practice as well.

The Vikings entered the week with only two of their eight draft picks signed, but they have methodically been picking them off one at a time, leaving only Gerhart.

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