The Vikings were under the lights and in full pads on Friday evening at Blakeslee Field to conclude their 1st full week of training camp in Mankato. Following the practice, an extended and spectacular fireworks display was put on for fans who attended and stuck around afterwards.
In the full team parts of practice, the Vikings worked on 3rd-and-long situations and what Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress termed “backed up” situations, where the offense was either trying to get away from its own goal line or was trying to pick up a couple of 1st downs and run out the clock in a 4-minute situation.
Given those circumstances, you’d certainly expect the defense to win more than their fair share of periods. And they did. But both Childress and QB Sage Rosenfels acknowledged that those situations favor the defense.
“The third-and-long is a tough situation,” Childress said. “You expect defenses to win 99 and 9/10ths percent of the time you put yourself in a third-and-11 or 12. But you’ve got to practice those situations.”
As for the QB competition, Childress hesitated to make any finite judgments.
“I’m not slapping a grade on it,” Childress said. “Obviously, he (Tarvaris Jackson) had missed time so it wouldn’t be fair to sit there and say, ‘This guy is ahead by virtue of the fact he had five more practices.’ It’s a good competition and it’s all headed toward a cumulative work here during practice and then I want watch them compete with the lights on.”
As for Jackson, he told reporters after practice that it was nice to put the pads on and play under the lights. Jackson was injured and unable to participate the last time the Vikings were in full pads and played inside of Blakeslee Stadium.
Eric Frampton had a nice interception near the middle of practice. He leaped and grabbed the ball deep in the secondary. Percy Harvin also hauled in a few more long passes, wowing the crowd several times.
Once again, the stands were packed. The Vikings have enjoyed great crowds all week long and are crushing attendance numbers from last year.
Tags: Eric Frampton, Percy Harvin, Sage Rosenfels
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