Recap Of Tuesday Morning Practice; “Live” Periods Highlight Action

Posted by Mike Wobschall on August 3, 2010 – 11:48 am

Rumors and reports of QB Brett Favre’s decision to retire did not buzz kill the Vikings morning practice on Tuesday, as the squad was padded up for their first “live” periods of 2010 Verizon Vikings Training Camp. Head coach Brad Childress’ team worked on goal line and short-yardage situations and the action was intense.

“First extended work with pads on,” Childress said in his opening remarks after practice. “It’s amazing, as the players said, how the weather can turn hateful when we finally put the full pack on and pad them all the way up. A lot of good work and nobody got hurt. A lot to teach from over here and we’ll see (on film) which guys eyes got big and which guys showed up.”

After a rough first couple of days in training camp, the offense has really begun to sharpen up and the defense continues to perform consistently while also showing flashes of dominance. I spoke casually with assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier following practice and he was bright-eyed in talking about camp and his defense’s performance in general.

Here are a few of my observations from the morning practice as I tried to watch while also handling the developments with regard to Favre…

– C John Sullivan returned to the field after missing the last couple of days with a leg injury. CB Benny Sapp (illness) was not in action and I noticed rookie Chris DeGeare replaced Steve Hutchinson at LG several times; that’s likely just to give Hutchinson some rest as a precaution. Not much action for LB E.J. Henderson today and I also saw WR Sidney Rice working out on the side.

– The 2 biggest defensive hits of the day were registered by LBs Erin Henderson on RB Albert Young and Jasper Brinkley on RB Toby Gerhart.

– CB Chris Cook closed the morning practice with an INT return for a TD off of a tipped pass from QB Joe Webb to WR Marquis Hamilton.

– Childress specifically mentioned that Gerhart and Darius Reynaud showed up during the morning practice.

– As I indicated earlier, it was difficult to pay attention to every snap of this morning’s practice because of the Favre situation. But I did put my phone down for a good 20 minutes to watch live periods of short-yardage and goal line situations. Here’s a quick breakdown:

Goal line
2 Defense vs. 2 Offense -
The defense made 3 consecutive stops, with DT Tremaine Johnson and LB Kenny Onatolu making great plays. Johnson penetrated the offensive line with a quick push at the line of scrimmage and Onatolu leaped to deflect a pass in the endzone.

1 Offense vs. 1 Defense - The defense made stops on 2 of 3 snaps, with S Husain Abdullah making a nice play by knifing into the backfield and then an incomplete pass following that play. The offense’s win in the series came on the 1st play, when Gerhart powered his way into the endzone for a TD.

3 Offense vs. Mixed Defense – QB Joe Webb had a fumbled exchange on the 1st snap and then RB Ryan Moats pranced into the endzone for 2 TDs, giving the offense a 2-1 win in the series.

Short Yardage
2 Defense vs. 1 Offense - The offense acquired a 1st down on 2 of the 3 snaps.
1 Defense vs. 2 Offense - The defense made stops on 2 of the 3 snaps.
3 Defense vs. 3 Offense - The offense acquired a 1st down on 2 of the 3 snaps.

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9 Responses to “Recap Of Tuesday Morning Practice; “Live” Periods Highlight Action”

  1. By Rogerthevikefan on Aug 3, 2010 | Reply

    Sorry mike but please only talk of who is there so we can get excited.

  2. By fmfan on Aug 3, 2010 | Reply

    Favre is calling it quits so Viking fans would like to know how Tarvaris, Sage and Joe do every outing/day (td, int, comp.% and great throws).

  3. By fmfan on Aug 3, 2010 | Reply

    Mike don’t get me wrong what you are doing is great but so many of us want MORE…

  4. By optimisticskeptic on Aug 3, 2010 | Reply

    Can you provide a clip of Gerhart pummeling the pile? And was that against the Williams wall? I’m really interested to know if his power will be enough at this level to make him an unstoppable force like he was against the mediocre and small defenses of the PAC 10.

  5. By Rogerthevikefan on Aug 3, 2010 | Reply

    How have we been useing tjack? Meaning rollouts or standing in pocket, I think he would be better on the run.

  6. By Carl K on Aug 3, 2010 | Reply

    Training camp is a special time for a lot of these guys fighting for a shot at making this team. I am not going to get “worked up” over Favre until after camp. Can we just focus on the players that are at camp now? Our first pad practice was lost/tarnished because of a rumor. Can we give Brett the respect to allow him to make that official annoucement if and when he wants to make it.

  7. By anik on Aug 3, 2010 | Reply

    Favre this is unfaire. We are a famiily with 5 kids mostly boys. This past weekend we all picked our team for this year. Being the mom, i went for the PURPLE VIKING. Event got my chear song ready

  8. By Bigfan1 on Aug 4, 2010 | Reply

    Only a couple weeks to go…yippee.

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