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1 Practice Down, 1 To Go On Monday

Posted by Mike Wobschall on August 2, 2010 – 10:52 am

My radio appearance with buddy Paul Allen of AM 1130 KFAN was postponed today, which allowed me to see every minute of Monday morning’s 2 hour and 15-minute practice, which was executed in mild temperatures compared to Sunday’s suffocating heat. The Vikings took full advantage of the ideal conditions – including a nice cloud cover to give us a break from the sun – and had an intense workout in front of another solid crowd.

A few players were missing from practice today for various reasons, including: WR Percy Harvin (personal), CB Benny Sapp (illness), WR Sidney Rice (PUP), CB Cedric Griffin (PUP) and C John Sullivan (leg). The leg injury to Sullivan does not seem serious and the 3rd-year C was on the field watching practice, so that’s a good sign.

While those players weren’t able to take part in practice, there were several special guests on-hand to take in the workout. Vikings ownership is in town for their annual training camp retreat, where they discuss the state of the franchise. I saw former Vikings QB Rich Gannon just outside the locker room; he’s an occasional visitor to the Vikings and seems to have developed a friendship with Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress. Also, Vikings preseason play-by-play man Ari Wolfe was at practice, so it was nice to chat with him for several minutes.

And finally, before I head to the cafeteria for lunch, a few football notes from this morning’s practice…

– With 2 of the top 3 WRs out, Greg Lewis and Jaymar Johnson handled the 1st-team reps with regular starter Bernard Berrian.

– WRs led a spirited session of 1-on1s and 7-on-7 drills. Johnson, Logan Payne and Ray Small all registered highlight-caliber catches that caused the crowd to cheer.

– With Sullivan out of the mix this morning, Jon Cooper took the snaps with the 1st-team. Ryan Cook took the 2nd-team snaps at C, and Chris Clark, Chris DeGeare, Thomas Austin and Drew Radovich joined Cook with the 2nd team for a large part of practice.

That’s it for now, but be sure to check back later for more updates and a couple of video interviews.


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17 Responses to “1 Practice Down, 1 To Go On Monday”

  1. By PurplePeopleEater on Aug 2, 2010 | Reply

    So how’s Berrian doing out there? His injury appeared to nag him enough last year to make him seem like a backup player. What kind of respect is he going to command from defenses now that he’s had the offseason to rest up?

  2. By Carl K on Aug 2, 2010 | Reply

    It seems like we could use reynaud more at WR right now than RB. He must be doing something good at RB? Any updates on reynaud? Does he like RB better?

  3. By DrewPuzia2 on Aug 2, 2010 | Reply

    Now, and not when (and I do say when) Brett Favre returns this is the optimum time to trade Sage. He does not want to be a third string QB, it is time to make a move. I would try to couple him with a draft pick or two and get a much needed offensive lineman. Hey what the heck talk to the Patriots about Logan.

  4. By Rogerthevikefan on Aug 2, 2010 | Reply

    Pats love 2nd round picks add sage could be a deal

  5. By Carl K on Aug 2, 2010 | Reply

    The patriots could have a real problem with mankins – I don’t think he signed his tender offer? If he is thinking about holding out all year, they will get nothing for him, is that right?

  6. By OH MY GOD on Aug 2, 2010 | Reply

    can we STOP WITH THE LOGAN MANKINS GARBAGE ALREADY? he’s NOT getting traded, and even if he was, we have nothing of value to them. SAGE DOES NOT = VALUE. the way he’s playing now, he’s just going to get cut. put yourself in the Pats shoes and think for about 2 seconds as to WHY ON EARTH they would trade for a QB who absolutely SUCKS and trade away their starting 2 time Pro Bowl guard? THINK ABOUT IT FOR ABOUT TWO SECONDS and it should come to you. if it doesn’t, there’s probably a NASCAR race on somewhere you can go watch.

  7. By PurplePeopleEater on Aug 2, 2010 | Reply

    lol @ OMG – Way to put them in their place! Too bad the people you’re talking to won’t get the message.

  8. By Jan-Luca on Aug 2, 2010 | Reply

    You guys get a cool stadium. greetings from your biggest german fan.

  9. By joe on Aug 2, 2010 | Reply

    How are Pat and Kevin Williams doing? Are they both practicing right now?

  10. By smoke on Aug 2, 2010 | Reply

    ouch. I like NASCAR.

  11. By Carl K on Aug 2, 2010 | Reply

    Mike, Thanks for the Reynaud interview and video clip. He looks pretty good in that #27. Good job!

  12. By Skol_Vikings on Aug 2, 2010 | Reply

    I think Sage is a better back up than fans imply, but the back up QB’s, one of the most important, is also the most undervalued by most teams.

  13. By viking joe on Aug 2, 2010 | Reply

    i thought they drafted Joe webb for rb ?whats up with that? and last year every game sage was by Farve side every time where was tavarise at?

  14. By arthurwayne on Aug 2, 2010 | Reply

    sage has thrown 6 int in two days. he ain’t lookin so good right now.

  15. By Rogerthevikefan on Aug 2, 2010 | Reply

    When they first drafted webb they were going to have him play wr but then chilly had him throw at a ota and decided to keep him at qb.

  16. By Rogerthevikefan on Aug 2, 2010 | Reply

    Hey mike how is reynaud doing in pass protection and other drills?

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