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Offense Exclusive OTA Observations

Posted by Mike Wobschall on May 21, 2010 – 1:23 pm

The Vikings wrapped up their 1st set of Organized Team Activities (OTAs) with another 90-minute workout at Winter Park on Friday. After 3 consecutive days of ideal weather this week, the Vikings were forced inside for OTA #4 because of rain earlier in the morning.

We often times make mention of the weather conditions when reporting on OTAs and I’m sure often times that information is overlooked. But the weather is actually an important factor in these practices. Coaches prefer to be outside as opposed to inside the field house because the outdoor practice fields provide more space. And conditions that include calm winds and moderate-to-warm temperatures are ideal because it makes communication much easier. Just as a teacher in a classroom tries to create a productive atmosphere, football coaches thrive in favorable teaching conditions as well.

Anyway, on to the observations from Friday’s practice. On Thursday the observations were exclusive to the defense, so Friday’s OTA observations will be exclusive to the offense.

– The offense was focusing on 3rd down, goal line and red zone scenarios.

– It was interesting to watch the OL work today as they spent time on blocking stunts. OL coaches Pat Morris and Jim Hueber had their group focus not on physically blocking the stunts (remember there is no contact permitted during these OTAs), but rather they had the young linemen learning to see where the stunts were coming from and then how to react to what they saw.

– The play of the day in my eyes came during offense vs. defense red zone work, when WR Jaymar Johnson stretched out to grab a Tarvaris Jackson pass deep in the endzone. After Johnson secured the ball and got both feet in bounds, his momentum carried him further and caused him to crash into the padding the lines the walls of the field house. The throw was perfect from Jackson because it was either going to be caught or fly out of bounds (no chance for an INT) and the catch from Johnson required supreme concentration and body control, especially because it was obvious he was quickly running out of room and would crash into the padded structure.

– We mentioned earlier on Friday that the Vikings added WR Logan Payne to the roster. Payne will wear jersey #84 and TE Mickey Shuler will switch from #84 to jersey #82.

– It was good to see a familiar face as a guest at practice. Former Vikings Head Coach and offensive coordinator Jerry Burns was hanging out on the sidelines during practice and even had a chance to chat with Brad Childress following practice.


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12 Responses to “Offense Exclusive OTA Observations”

  1. By Ryan on May 21, 2010 | Reply

    Its good to see the oline practice against stunts a very good drill to see them get prepared against blitz happy teams.

  2. By purplehorn on May 21, 2010 | Reply

    Good to hear Coach Burns still turns out. He must have decided to stop by since you reported it was raining. I’ve heard Jerry plays a pretty good game of golf.

  3. By celticvikingwarrior on May 22, 2010 | Reply

    It’s astonishing how ABSOLTELY HORRENDOUS your “reports” on the OTA’s are!!!! Would it kill you to actuallly give more than a line or two devoted to one player?? For example, ther are apprx. 10 WR’s at the OTA’s, how about sharing alittle knowledge, how are certain players running their routes ? Who appears to have better than average hands? Who is the one with the best quickness? Who is the sharpest out of their breaks? Who can go up and get the ball (leap)? Who can muscle off the line??? ETC.ETC.ETC. I don’t half the report on how they had to practice inside because of the weather,and proceed to expound on how important it is !!!! EXCEPTIONALLY LAZY “REPORTING”

  4. By Vikesfan1 on May 22, 2010 | Reply

    Celticviking quit being ungrateful you should be happy there are updates. Don’t listen to this douche Mike keep up the good work!

  5. By Guest on May 22, 2010 | Reply

  6. By Pat the Viking on May 22, 2010 | Reply

    There were NO contact with the OTAs> A guy would take off and run a route there NO one covering him. No one on the other side of the line.

    Think of it as you are out in your yard with your kid and you tell him go out for a pass and you toss the football to him. Or your kid saids “hey dad go long” and he toss you the football.

  7. By celticvikingwarrior on May 22, 2010 | Reply

    Pat the Viking, I’m aware that there is NO contact in the OTAs, I mentioned NOTHING about contact other than “who can muscle off the line”, my bad, although you can still opine about who LOOKS as if they could !!! Thanks for zeroing in on the one example of the SIX I gave, WOW YOU REALLY GOT ME!! As for Vikesfan1, so I’m a “DOUCHE” for wanting someone to put forth alittle effort, and inject some insight into thier work, and people like you wonder why this country is in the toilet. I’m trually sorry I offended you and your BOYFRIEND,you c- – - s- – - – - – little BEEOTCH !!!!!!! Hope you and your BOYFRIEND enjoy continued (less than) mediocrity !!!!!!

  8. By fmfan on May 22, 2010 | Reply

    I think we all want to see football even if it is ota’s. Lets see who can do what (run, cut and CATCH) on both Off. and Def….

  9. By Pat the Viking on May 23, 2010 | Reply

    My comments are not directed towards anyone -

    My comment is about OTAs and how I look at them -

    If there anyone on here that thinks I made a comment about their’s reply ( if I would make a comment I would include their handle or name ) – they must have “mental problems”

  10. By Sammysosa on May 23, 2010 | Reply

    hahahahahahaha you people are fighting over nothing!!!!

  11. By Sammysosa on May 23, 2010 | Reply

    So What if celticviking wants more info about OTA’s. Who cares, this is America. He can have an opinion.

  12. By Sammysosa on May 23, 2010 | Reply

    But that doesn’t mean that celticviking can lash-out at other people and accuse them of things.

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