Vikings Complete Practice #4; Rookie CB Cook Shines

Posted by Mike Wobschall on August 1, 2010 – 4:47 pm

On what was the hottest day of 2010 Verizon Vikings Training Camp to this point, the Vikings completed an afternoon workout that lasted just short of 2 hours and starred rookie CB Chris Cook. The 2nd-round CB was able to nab 3 INTs during practice and impress spectators and coaches alike.

The Vikings will have 2 practices tomorrow – a morning session from 9:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. and then an afternoon workout from 3:00 to 4:55. On Tuesday they’ll hold 2 more practices and Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress said there will be a live period in the morning session.

CJ will have more on Cook’s impressive day as well as how Lito Sheppard’s transition is coming along in his 1st year as a Viking. In the meantime, here are a few quick thoughts from today’s practice.

– Going into training camp, I thought CB Lito Sheppard would be the defensive player who would impress me the most. He’s been solid while working with the 1st- and 2nd-team defense, but LB Chad Greenway has been the most impressive to me so far.

– WR Percy Harvin was not practicing Sunday afternoon. He tweaked his ankle on Saturday morning but was then able to practice on Saturday night, so early speculation regarding his absence from Sunday afternoon’s workout was that it was related to the ankle injury. But Childress disclosed that Harvin had a death in the family and that’s the reason for his absence.

– Logan Payne made the highlight play of the day on offense, stretching out in the right corner of the endzone to haul in a TD pass.

– I listened to DE Ray Edwards meet with a few reporters following practice and when asked about his contract situation the 5-year pro explained the issue was behind him and he’s instead focused on football and helping his team achieve the ultimate goal.

– I’ve noticed the Vikings are using a rotation of Toby Gerhart and Albert Young in place of Adrian Peterson when he doesn’t take 1st-team reps. I have not counted every snap, but my guess is Young has more reps so far with the 1st team. A long way to go yet before this position battle is decided.

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32 Responses to “Vikings Complete Practice #4; Rookie CB Cook Shines”

  1. By MGR4FUN on Aug 1, 2010 | Reply

    another gr8 explanation of the day mike thanks … i really enjoy the videos and interviews … ya all are top of the line

  2. By mikewobschall on Aug 1, 2010 | Reply

    Thanks MGR4FUN!

  3. By fmfan on Aug 1, 2010 | Reply

    Payne made a great catch but who threw the ball?

  4. By fmfan on Aug 1, 2010 | Reply

    Who and how did Cook pick off???

  5. By RyanHeuer on Aug 1, 2010 | Reply

    hey mike any word on sidney rice’s injury? also, who do you think will spell AP the most this year, gerhardt or young?

  6. By MGR4FUN on Aug 1, 2010 | Reply

    i was just thinkin … mr webb and mr gerhart bein roomates at their rookie trainin camp … the college rb with the most rushin yards in 09 and the college qb with the most rushin yards in 09 … somehow i do not think they are talkin about college life much any more … maybe more like we aint in kansas anymore … they are gonna hav some gr8 stories to tell their grandchildren some day … and i personally think both are tremendous additions to the purple tradition and they will both make their presence known and will continue to do so for many years to come … welcome to the purple mr webb and mr gerhart

  7. By MGR4FUN on Aug 1, 2010 | Reply

    here is an interestin tweet of sorts … i think t-jack has only thrown one pick so far in the first few workouts … that could be takin as a very good sign … just sayin

  8. By PurplePeopleEater on Aug 1, 2010 | Reply

    Good to know that Greenway is the most impressive player out there. I know that EJ is being represented as if he is at full health, but I still get the sneaky suspision that we are going to have to rely on someone else to fill his shoes for the first few weeks. There’s nobody in a better position for that than Chad.

    I’m also really excited to see the rookie CB in action, even moreso now after hearing that he’s grabbing the INTs. But like FMFan, I’d like to hear a few more specifics about those grabs just to better guage how impressive they were.

  9. By Tom on Aug 1, 2010 | Reply

    MGR4FUN, Please, it’s too early for TJ talk. If Favre does not return, the hope for a ring this season is already over.

  10. By moorevikes on Aug 1, 2010 | Reply

    really tom i mean i liked favre last year as much as the next guy but to say the chase is already over without him is kinda silly. i don’t care if i’m a rams, lions, raiders, or whatever team you cheer for fan the chase for me ain’t over till we’re out of playoff contention or out of the playoffs. i tell ya what if and it’s a huge if favre doesn’t come back do us all a favor and just don’t watch. thanks

  11. By moorevikes on Aug 1, 2010 | Reply

    great insite on whats going on mike. hey how are the safeties doing? anything impressive? wish i was there watchin

  12. By moorevikes on Aug 1, 2010 | Reply

    sorry one last thing, i’ve read about alot of injuries to good players on other teams, stay healthy vikes stay healthy. lots of fluids and stretching

  13. By FAVRE4EVER on Aug 1, 2010 | Reply

    Like to hear the defense is making strides, but still need to address offensive guard problem. Rumor has it sage wants trade- so make a move to get Mankins.Don’t care what we have to add to get it done. Don’t want to see Favre get crushed like last year. Regardless mankins is only 28 and would help us for years to come. Sure wish somebody on that coaching staff would start looking over last years films. I know i have.MANKINS,MANKINS MANKINS!!!!!!!!

  14. By Lito on Aug 1, 2010 | Reply

    Back-ups have to step up if there are any injuries. I hope the team remains healthy come playoff time. I hope also that there won’t be a lot of injury excuses. The time for the team to shine is now. Get the first Super Bowl win in your 50th anniversary. Simpl;y dominate! Interview less and do your talking on the field.

  15. By Person Guy on Aug 1, 2010 | Reply

    @Favre4Ever… let me get this straight… you want the Pats to trade their former Pro Bowl Guard for our 3rd string no-talent backup QB that’s never done a thing in his life? why on earth do you think the Pats would do that? did you think about what you were typing before you started? next time, do.

  16. By Skol_vikes on Aug 1, 2010 | Reply

    Im glad to see things going relatively well …. no more Corey Stringers RIP man

  17. By Rogerthevikefan on Aug 1, 2010 | Reply

    3 int impressive but like every one else who threw them?

  18. By Chad on Aug 1, 2010 | Reply

    So glad to see that Cook is impressing as a rookie. I had a feeling some good things would come from this guy when the Vikes drafted him. Thanks for the update, Mike!

  19. By RyanHeuer on Aug 1, 2010 | Reply

    hey guys let me know what you think about this. my prediction: favre comes back, and t jack’s time in minnesota is over.

    JOE WEBB steps in during the 2011-’12 season and starts out slow but eventually over time figures it out.

    MY PREDICTION: Joe Webb is who T-Jack was SUPPOSED to be.

    your thoughts?

  20. By RyanHeuer on Aug 1, 2010 | Reply

    sorry about multiple posts i’m not spamming, but i just remembered.

    i’m also very happy to hear chris cook is excelling. i for one was very disappointed we didn’t draft claussen. i think favre could have groomed him like he did to matt hasselbeck and aaron rodgers. i wouldn’t be surprised if many others felt this way, putting lots of pressure on cook. hope he does well. we DO need help in the secondary for sure. i think asher allen will have a break out year/

  21. By FAVREISABEASTOMGPOOP on Aug 1, 2010 | Reply

    I love how Madden 2010 lists T-Jack as 69 overall on there depth chart…

  22. By Rogerthevikefan on Aug 1, 2010 | Reply

    I hope cook can play this well against guys like calvin johnson. Good luck chris

  23. By marcus on Aug 1, 2010 | Reply

    sage was the one who threw the int’s!! ……maybe people or surprise it was not jackson who did it? lol cook will be a very soild CB/FS for the vikings…i see big numbers for this kid to have a nice NFL future! if he stay healthy?

  24. By MGR4FUN on Aug 2, 2010 | Reply

    lmao … FAVRE4EVER i heard mankins broke his leg in three places today … just kiddin of course … you hav got such a hardon for mankins are you related to his agent or what … lmao … pls do not misunderstand he is an excellent “ball player” (a bigtime compliment) however i just do not think he fits into the purple plans from a $$$ standpoint … now ifin #4 dont show and we got an extra 13 million layin around maybe look into it … but even then he is gonna want a long term deal and big bucks at that … i do not see to many long term deals bein signed by the purple til after the cba thingie gets worked out … i could be wrong but i must tell you i hav already been wrong for my one time this year … lmao

  25. By MGR4FUN on Aug 2, 2010 | Reply

    when antoine winfield says he is glad young mr cook is wearin purple and he is lookin forward to playin with him this season … i am thinkin the kid has game … i also liked readin about his humility and willingness to ask questions and listen to good orderly directions from those that hav been there done that and bought the t-shirt … and in ‘toine’s case he has a drawer full of t-shirts … this young man could be a diamond in the rough … just needs some time to harden and polish is all … mr cooks willingness to do whatever is asked of him is a sign and testimony to his respect for the purple tradition … welcome to the purple mr cook

  26. By PurplePeopleEater on Aug 2, 2010 | Reply

    I’m still looking for Antoine to move back to SS. With the addition of the Pro-Bowler Sheppard and hearing about Winfield’s respect for the young talent, this looks to be an ideal time to move him back to his favorite position . . . just as soon as Cedric is back up and healthy. Then we’ll have Cedric and Lito starting, backed up by the talents of Benny Sapp, Cris Cook and Asher Allen. This just sounds like too much potential for improvement in the passing D for the team to pass up.

  27. By Elijah on Aug 2, 2010 | Reply

    Joe Webb through the one to Payne great throw and great catch!

  28. By Tom on Aug 2, 2010 | Reply

    Moorevikes, not silly, realistic. I’m a lifelong viking fan and allowed to have MY opinion. If you don’t like it, do us all a favor and just don’t read it. Thanx.

  29. By Cory on Aug 2, 2010 | Reply

    PurplePeopleEater-Winfield gets hurt as a result of being undersized and hitting like a truck. How would moving to SS enable him to avoid injuries

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