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Peterson Visits With Jim Brown

Posted by Mike Wobschall on August 11, 2009 – 4:41 pm

Jim Brown was the best RB in his era. Adrian Peterson is the best RB in the league right now. And the 2 of them got together for a chat, with Sporting News there to capture it all.

“It was a great experience,” Peterson said. “It was Jim Brown, so that speaks for itself. Just to go over and have a one-on-one conversation with him, running back to running back, and him being the best back to play the game, I was able to learn a lot. Just to sit there and absorb his different views about the game and life in general, it was good conversation.”

You can read the interview (it’s in 3 parts) by clicking here. Just remember to come back when you’re done.


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Rookies Show Off

Posted by Mike Wobschall on August 11, 2009 – 2:08 pm

It’s usually not a good idea for rookies in the NFL to show off and draw attention to themselves off the field during training camp. But that behavior is actually requested of Vikings rookies at the end of each training camp.

Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress wisely discourages rookie hazing during camp, and has created a different tradition to entertain veterans – a rookie talent show.

“Yes I am,” Childress responded when asked today if he would be attending the rookie talent show. “I will not be the master of ceremonies, but I am sure I will be parodied in some way. I look forward to it. It is good to be worked on by professionals.”

A hit during last year’s talent show was WR Darius Reynaud’s impersonations.

“”They were classic, yeah just classic,” Childress recalled. “Probably not all for public consumption but at the end of a training camp it’s all open game. Coaches, players, veterans, and rookies; and believe me there is always a unique approach.”


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Hutchinson Given Morning Practice Off

Posted by Mike Wobschall on August 11, 2009 – 12:20 pm

The daily grind of training camp is nearing its end, as the Vikings sit just a few days away from their 1st preseason game. As the team winds down 2009 training camp, one of its best players, OG Steve Hutchinson, was given the morning practice off on Tuesday.

Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress was asked about Hutchinson’s absence during his meeting with reporters following the morning practice, but he downplayed the situation and said the 6-time Pro Bowler could very well be back out on the field for the afternoon session.

“He’s okay,” Childress said. “He got the morning off. I would be surprised if he didn’t come out and work this afternoon.”


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“All Day” Improving Every Day

Posted by Mike Wobschall on August 11, 2009 – 11:42 am

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is arguable the best RB in the NFL. But that doesn’t mean he isn’t looking for improvement every time he steps out on the practice field.

One area in which he could be utilized more frequently is the pass game. The Vikings do have an excellent receiving RB in Chester Taylor, and the team should continue to use him in the way they have over the past 2 seasons. But there’s also no question that involving Peterson in the passing game would only serve to make #28 a more lethal offensive weapon.

“He’s not a satisfied guy,” Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress said after this morning’s practice. “He’s not sitting back on his laurels and patting himself on the back. He wants to be well-rounded, he wants to be diversified. While he may be as good a running back as there is in the league, he wants to be great in all facets. So, you’ve got to give it to him from the standpoint of working on your weaknesses or perceived weaknesses. And getting better at something he can get better at. He can get better and he knows he can, and he’s resolute about doing that.”

Childress told reporters that he’s seen Peterson make improvements in both the run game and the pass game, something that other teams in the NFL probably don’t like to hear.

“I’ve seen growth in both run game reads and patience with that,” Childress explained. “I’ve seen growth in his understanding of pass protections and his position in pass protections. I think he’s taken strides there. They’ll continue to come with some of the game speed stuff that’s likely to happen, but I have seen some decent growth there.”


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Vikings in the Community

Posted by Mike Wobschall on August 11, 2009 – 8:35 am

The Vikings will hold a silent auction of 20 autographed players’ bicycles to benefit the Vikings Children’s Fund. The auction will take place at Verizon Wireless Vikings Training Camp on Fan Appreciation Day, Wednesday, August 12.
 
All 20 bikes up for auction have also been used by a Vikings player during training camp in addition to being autographed. The Vikings will also donate 1 bike to a person in need in the Mankato area for every bike purchased at the auction.
 
The bikes used by the Vikings players are Giant mountain bikes and have a retail value of $350. Minimum bids on the bikes will start at $300. Bikes will be available for delivery or pick-up, as mutually agreed upon by team and winning bidder, one week after camp ends.

On Tuesday, The Vikings Children’s Fund Summer Lunch Program is hosting 50 young fans for a healthy lunch and a coveted VIP view of training. The event is part of the VCF’s ground-breaking commitment to building participation in the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program across Minnesota.

The event will take place at the Vikings Schwickerts VIP Tent after the morning practice. Vikings players will be on-hand to personally encourage the kids to continue pursuing healthful habits over the summer, as modeled and supported by the state- and federally- lauded VCF Summer Lunch Program.


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