Vikings Conclude Practice No. 1

Posted by Mike Wobschall on July 31, 2009 – 12:31 pm

The 1st practice of 2009 Verizon Vikings Training Camp is officially in the books. All 79 players who’ve reported to camp were on the field in shoulder pads, helmets and shorts for the 120-minute practice. To begin camp, the offensive players are wearing white jerseys and the defensive players are in purple jerseys.

 With temperatures in the mid-70s, minimal wind and plenty of sunshine, conditions were near ideal for players and fans alike. Vikings fans filled both sets of tall bleachers located adjacent to the practice fields and on several occasions were stirred to cheers by a long completion or impressive interception.

“We always enjoy coming here to watch training camp,” said Dan, a citizen of Mankato who enjoys bringing his 2 kids to camp every year. “These are the guys we watch on TV all year long, so to get an up-close look at them like we can here is really fun.”

After speaking with the media on both Wednesday and Thursday, Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress didn’t have much to say following today’s morning practice. He did meet with the media several minutes after practice, however, and seemed even-tempered about his team’s work during the 1st practice.

“First day, not a lot to report,” Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress said immediately after practice. “It’s good to get those guys out there and getting used to their pads. It’s always interesting for me to go and look at the tape and see how guys move around and how they’re carrying their pads, particularly interested to look at some of those rookies to see how they did. We’ve got a lot to work on but we’ve got a little time to do it.”

The Vikings will get back to work this afternoon, as they have a 2nd practice scheduled for today at 3:00 p.m. In between the morning practice and afternoon session, the players will grab lunch, head to meetings and replenish their bodies. Following today’s afternoon practice the entire team will be introduced to fans at Blakeslee Stadium. The event is scheduled to begin around 5:00.

Several other players spoke after practice today, including both Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels. We’ll have updates of what they had to say posted here on the Blog in a little while.

A few highlights from today’s practice included:

– CB Karl Paymah playing tough press coverage against WR Nick Moore. Paymah brought Moore to the ground during 1-on-1 drills this morning, but then Moore got back up and hauled in a reception against Paymah on the next snap.

– LB Heath Farwell surged through the offensive line to make what would’ve been a huge hit on the RB during the 9-7 inside running drill.

– Rookie LB Jasper Brinkley also found a way to break through the line to make what would’ve been a jolting stop on rookie RB Ian Johnson.

– I didn’t see, but the crowd broke out in ovation after CB Derrick Roberson made an interception during 1-on-1 drills.

– CB Cedric Griffin made an outstanding play during 7-on-7 drills when he dove and deflected a pass from Sage Rosenfels to Bernard Berrian.

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3 Responses to “Vikings Conclude Practice No. 1”

  1. By PurplePeopleEater on Jul 31, 2009 | Reply

    It’s hard to say whether these highlights are good or bad news. Is it a good thing that a rookie is finding a way to break through our offensive line? I’d say yes if it was the left side, just because we know those guys are that good, so it says a lot about the rookie. On the other hand, if it was the right side, then maybe it just shows that we still are weaker than we need to be over there. An interception made by a #3 (or lower) corner very well could indicate that there is more responsibility on the QB than the defender for this play.

    The final highlight is encouraging though, as he had to dive to get in the way of the ball. This argues that the QB made a good decision, but the defender was still athletic enough to force the incompletion anyway. It speaks more since it was against Griffin. One thing that I thought he lacked in previous years was a good ability to force incompletions. Let’s hope that they all learn off of each other’s skills.

  2. By mikewobschall on Jul 31, 2009 | Reply

    PurplePeopleEater: You are reading WAY too much into this here. If a rookie LB makes a play, that means that LB wasn’t Greenway, Henderson or Leber. And that means that rookie LB probably wasn’t playing against the 1st team offensive line. You can’t worry about putting the highlights into the context of whether it was a great play by one person or a bad play by another. You have to take a highlight-caliber play and separate it as just that, one play.

  3. By PurplePeopleEater on Jul 31, 2009 | Reply

    You’re right Mike, but that was sort of what I was trying to accomplish. It’s the fact that it happened in training camp that makes the term “Highlight” seem misleading. There are too many variables to consider (such as the ones that you pointed out and the ones I mentioned earlier, along with many others) to be able to determine how amazing of a play it really was. It becomes a lot easier to “interpret” these things when your team is on only one side of the ball. Then you can applaud (or blame) the player that you want to without these types of questions!

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