VU Daily Blog: Weekend edition

A lot of updates and notes from the weekend's practices. See all the Vikings news and speculation as it progressed through the VU Daily Blog.

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Sunday, August 01, 2010 at 7:39:00 PM

Childress getting to the bottom of it

With all 22 starters from 2009 under contract, the Vikings are certainly a veteran team, but training camp is often about discovering the strengths and weaknesses with the young players who didn't get much of a chance last year or rookies who are making the leap to the NFL.

"I guess there are two schools of thought. You want to improve the bottom of your roster. You want to improve your 53rd, 52nd, 51st guy. It's a fine balance," Vikings coach Brad Childress said. "In terms of being a luxury, I think they are all coming along. We can get some extended looks to some guys."

To that end, the Vikings have rotated a number of backups in with the starters. Jarmarca Sanford is getting opportunities at safety. Different cornerbacks have gotten opportunities to show their stuff with the first-team defense.

On offense, injuries and multi-receiver formations have given some non-starters the chance to put their work on film. And the offensive line has rotated a few substitutes in and out with starters.

"One of the reasons we are getting the extended looks is because we have some receivers missing. Maybe those guys are getting more looks than they normally would merit," Childress said. "Because you have some veteran guys in both the lines you are getting to see some of your younger guys. I don't know if it is a luxury. Some would say that if you have a lot of depth you don't have very good starters, but I don't believe that to be true."



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Posted by: John Holler
on Sunday, August 01, 2010 at 5:56:00 PM

Cook lights up practice

Rookie cornerback Chris Cook lit up practice today at training camp. He made three interceptions and didn't allow many passes his way to get completed. VU caught up with Cook after practice and got his take on his hot start. Check back later on the Viking Update main page for details.

* The heat was on Sunday, as temperatures hovered near 90 degrees.

* The running backs worked on a drill designed to strip the ball away from the ball carrier if he isn't holding on tightly enough.

* Sage Rosenfels' rough start to training camp continued today, as he fired three interceptions during practice and posted similarly poor numbers last night (four interceptions).

* Check the VU main page soon for the afternoon practice news and notes.

Posted on Twitter at: 5:46:00 PM
Percy Harvin (did not practice) had a death in his family, according to Childress. It's uncertain if/when he will be leaving camp. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 4:15:00 PM
CB Chris Cook is having an impressive practice. Broken up a few passes and intercepted two, earning a high-five from Childress. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 4:14:00 PM
Quick update on Berrian: He is back on the field and taking part in at least part of practice. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 3:23:00 PM
Percy Harvin is not on the field. Likely getting treatment on his ankle. John Sullivan (leg) is on the field but not practicing. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 3:19:00 PM
Benny Sapp left part of yesterday's morning practice with apparent dehydration, but he was involved last night. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 3:17:00 PM
From the CB position, Cedric Griffin (PUP, knee) won't practice again and Benny Sapp doesn't look like he will practice either. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 3:16:00 PM
C John Sullivan (kicked in the leg last night) doesn't look like he is going to practice. #Vikings
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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Sunday, August 01, 2010 at 8:41:00 AM

Calm before the storm

The Vikings went through their first two-a-day practice on Saturday and started to see a typical list of training-camp walking wounded. From Percy Harvin to Adrian Peterson to John Sullivan, each of them ended up taking reduced reps because of minor injuries.

On Sunday, the team is back to only one practice, and after a Saturday evening practice, Sunday is a late afternoon affair (from 3 to 4:55 p.m.). But it provides only a brief respite from two-a-days before they break into the grind of camp during the coming week.

From Monday until next Saturday, the team is having two practices each day. Two of those will be special teams practices, but that six-day stretch will clearly be the grind of camp.

Next Sunday, the team has its first and only day off in Mankato (partly because of a shorter camp this year) before a four-day stretch of two-a-days in preparation for the first preseason game.

Three practices down, 21 practices and hundreds of aching muscles to go, but who's counting?


Posted on Twitter at: 11:16:00 PM
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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Saturday, July 31, 2010 at 10:16:00 PM

Evening practice standouts

A few quick notes from things that stood out at tonight's Vikings practice inside Blakeslee Stadium.

* First, it was an impressive crowd. The Vikings marketing department was expecting about 6,500 people and might have surpassed that with what looked like a capacity crowd at the 7,000-seat stadium at Minnesota State, Mankato.

* The offense struggled. Between some false starts and four interceptions thrown by Sage Rosenfels, it wasn't a good night for the offense.

* On the other hand, Antoine Winfield had two of those interceptions, so the defense was opportunistic at least.

* WR Percy Harvin was limited, but at least his injury – and the injuries to Adrian Peterson (very minor unspecified tightening) and John Sullivan (leg) – appear minor. All could easily be back for Sunday afternoon's practice.

* The defense came with energy. In addition to the interceptions, there were a few hits from defenders that may have gotten a little overzealous and there was some good talking. Brian Robison even wound up without a helmet after one play late in practice.

We'll have more notes from practice on the front page of soon.


Posted on Twitter at: 10:01:00 PM
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Posted on Twitter at: 9:11:00 PM
Harvin said he had some swelling in his ankle. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 8:42:00 PM
Rosenfels for his fourth pick, this one by Abdullah. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 8:39:00 PM
Jon Cooper is in for John Sullivan. Doesn't look like anything serious for Sullivan. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 8:38:00 PM
Rosenfels throws his third pick, this one to Erin Henderson. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 8:15:00 PM
Antoine Winfield intercepts another Rosenfels pass. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 8:03:00 PM
Joe Webb's first pass is a 40 yarder to Marko Mitchell. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 8:01:00 PM
ANtoine Winfield with an INT of Rosenfels. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 7:57:00 PM
Percy Harvin gets the first pass of full team. Clearly whatever ailed him this morning is over with. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 7:52:00 PM
Your #Vikings fan of the day ... or something like that.

Posted on Twitter at: 7:47:00 PM
After a rather uneventful first part of practice, we are in the stadium for full team. Great crowd. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 6:55:00 PM
As the #Vikings prepare for practice, Percy Harvin is catching punts. Maybe it was heat this morning because he doesn't appear injured.

Posted on Twitter at: 6:48:00 PM
WR Percy Harvin is on the practice field and looks like he might practice. We will update on they start. #Vikings

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Saturday, July 31, 2010 at 5:56:00 PM

Update on Harvin coming?

The second practice of the first day of two-a-days is about an hour away. This is the practice where the team does it up for the fans.

The players typically warm up on the practice fields and then move into Blakeslee Stadium to air it out in front of the crowd.

The big question is whether or not Percy Harvin will be there. He was injured in the morning practice and carted off the field. So far, the extent and nature of his injury isn't clear, but we'll post an update on this blog (via Twitter from the stadium) if we see him and what sort of action he is getting, if any. Most likely, the team will be cautious with and hold him out.

At worst, we should get a short update after practice.


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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Saturday, July 31, 2010 at 12:25:00 PM

First injury of Vikings camp?

The Vikings apparently suffered their first injuries of training camp, although details were minimal after practice.

Cornerback Benny Sapp left the field briefly in the middle of practice but later returned. Indications were that he could have been dehydrated or cramping.

Wide receiver Percy Harvin also left the field on a cart toward the end of practice, but even the coaching staff wasn't aware there was an issue. We may have to wait until tonight's practice to get some clarification on what happened.


* Besides Sidney Rice and Cedric Griffin on the PUP list and Brett Favre a no-show for camp, the rest of the team was all in attendance.

* Ryan Longwell connected on his first five field goal attempts between 25 and 45 yards, but his 50-yard attempt was wide right and his 53-yarder hit the crossbar and ended up short.

* Safety Jamarca Sanford continued to work into the starting defense, this time spending his time in place of Tyrell Johnson.

* E.J. Henderson was on the field again in his comeback from a fractured femur, but Jasper Brinkley started out taking the full-team reps.

* Apparently there is no Dez Bryant attitude within Everson Griffen. The rookie defensive end was carrying the shoulder pads of Jared Allen as the players left the practice field following the morning session.

* The team practiced in helmets and shoulder pads, but they could go full pads for the night session. That starts at 7 p.m.


Posted on Twitter at: 11:45:00 AM
Benny Sapp left practice and returned. WR Percy Harvin also left practice on a cart, but we don't know the issue yet. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 11:03:00 AM
Pat Williams is on his game now. After a false start, he lobbies the offensive staff to get the lineman out of the game. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 11:01:00 AM
In a welcome to the NFL moment, Pat Williams laid out Toby Gerhart after he caught a screen pass. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 9:51:00 AM
So far the QB reps are following the depth chart, with Jackson first, Rosenfels and then Webb. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 9:29:00 AM
Ryan longwell made his first five FGs but missed from 50 wide right and 53 off the crossbar short. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 9:18:00 AM
Everyone besides Favre and the PUP guys are practicing. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 9:07:00 AM
Cedric Griffin and Sidney Rice continue to sit out of practice Saturday morning. #Vikings

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