Vikings Conclude A Highlight-Filled Practice #2

Posted by Mike Wobschall on July 31, 2010 – 11:38 am

Practice #2 of 2010 Verizon Vikings Training Camp was highlight-filled, as the squad begins to hit full stride here in Mankato in preparation for the upcoming season. The team practiced for approximately 2 hours in warm and partly cloudy conditions.

All 3 Vikings coordinators held press conferences following practice, so stay tuned for quotes and comments from that. Also, CJ got together with LB Jasper Brinkley and will have a report on him and the Vikings defense later today.

Tonight is Football and Fireworks Night at Verizon Vikings Training Camp, as the team will practice under the lights from 7:00 p.m. to 8:55 p.m. and then fans will be entertained with a fireworks display right after practice.

Let’s run through a few highlights from this morning’s practice…

– You’ve heard the expression “Welcome to the NFL, rookie” several times in the past. The expression typically represents a moment when an NFL rookie experiences a “wake up” call during practice, usually a big hit that jars them a bit. Rookie RB Toby Gerhart got his “Welcome to the NFL” moment today…a couple times. DT Pat Williams got him first after the RB caught a pass in the right flats and then Brinkley jolted Gerhart a few plays later as he waited to catch another pass. Neither hit was malicious and Gerhart wasn’t the least bit shaken up by them, but it did generate a reaction from the crowd and you know that Williams and Brinkley got a little joy out of the moment.

– There is a drill called the “inside skeleton” where QBs, RBs and TEs work together in a passing exercise against LBs and Ss. In the early part of an inside skeleton drill, both Chad Greenway and Ben Leber stepped in front of passes to nab INTs. Greenway’s came off of rookie Joe Webb and Leber’s came off of veteran Sage Rosenfels. But Rosenfels bounced back right away to complete a pair of nice passes, the first to TE Garrett Mills over Jamarca Sanford and the next one to RB Darius Reynaud over LB Heath Farwell.

– Speaking of Reynaud, the converted RB ran with the 3rd team offense primarily today, with Gerhart and 3-year veteran Albert Young rotating between the 1st and 2nd teams. It’s too early to glean much off of the rotations right now, but it’s certainly worth keeping an eye on.

– While we’re on the topic of depth charts, one spot I’m curious to watch develop during training camp and the preseason is DT. This morning, Fred Evans and Jimmy Kennedy took the most reps with the 2nd team defense.

– CB Antoine Winfield generated some laughs from the crowd this morning. He was standing on the sidelines while WR Greg Lewis and CB Marcus Sherels went head-to-head in the 1-on-1 portion of practice. Lewis and Sherels got locked up right off the line of scrimmage at the snap and eventually Sherels was on the ground and Lewis was running away with a reception. Seeing Sherels thrown to the ground, Winfield tossed his sweat towel in the air to signify a pass interference penalty flag, right in front of the bleachers off of field #1. The crowd got a kick out of it.

– Later during 1-on-1s, CB Lito Sheppard locked up WR Marko Mitchell with an impressive display of press coverage and DeAndre Wright made a nice play on a deep pass down the left sideline that was intended for Logan Payne.

– One of the most impressive offensive plays of the day came when QB Tarvaris Jackson threaded the needle on a pass to TE Visanthe Shiancoe down the right seam during 7-on-7 work.

– And finally, during team work near the end of practice, S Husain Abdullah stepped in front of a Jackson pass to notch an INT. On the play, Jackson executed a play-action fake and then bootlegged to the right. He slipped and tried to get a pass out to the flats anyway, but Abdullah was there to jump the route and pick off the pass.

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9 Responses to “Vikings Conclude A Highlight-Filled Practice #2”

  1. By miko on Jul 31, 2010 | Reply

    the position that i am most concerned about is safety. I know our starting safeties are Madieu Williams and Tyrell Johnson, but Jamarca Sanford can definitely be a starter. We need to give him a chance sooner or later

  2. By radzinwisconsin on Jul 31, 2010 | Reply

    Interceptions off the bat? It seems a bit like last years camp already!!!!!!

  3. By Pat the Viking on Jul 31, 2010 | Reply

    DEFENSE, I’m hoping we are stronger on coverage than last, LBs int is a good sign, if sage and tj were at their best, which could mean that our LBs are picking up speed reading the offense, closing distances quickly and int. the pass.

  4. By MGR4FUN on Aug 1, 2010 | Reply

    lookin forward to hearin about the head-to-head with mr loadholt and mr griffen … should be somethin special to watch … in fact any match-ups between o-line and d-line would be worth the price of admission … ya get to be the best by playin against the best day after day … dang i am so ready for some purple football

  5. By MGR4FUN on Aug 1, 2010 | Reply

    obtw mike i might also add that you hav taken your game to the next level as well and are doin an excellent job keepin us very well informed of the daily goins on at camp … thanks mike and keep up the gr8 work

  6. By Jones on Aug 1, 2010 | Reply

    Welcome to the nfl gerhart I hope he is not a bust.

  7. By Rogerthevikefan on Aug 1, 2010 | Reply

    Well now the toby has been thrown around a bit he’ll be up to speed and ready for the next big one this time with delivering it.

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