Notes From Morning Practice; E.J., Brinkley Shine

Posted by Mike Wobschall on August 4, 2010 – 11:07 am

Mother Nature took it easy on us Wednesday morning and provided modest (compared to Tuesday) heat and humidity for a 2 hour and 10-minute workout in which the Vikings were suited up in shoulder pads, helmets and shorts. There was a fair amount of pad crunching going on, so I took my notebook out and jotted down a bunch of notes.

Here they are…

– The 1st portion of practice is typically dedicated to special teams, especially kick coverage. Following the kick coverage period, the Vikings worked on FGs and K Ryan Longwell looked sharp in his drill work. The last FG attempt from Longwell is occasionally designed to fall short so the team can practice returning a long missed FG; RB Darius Reynaud was the returner on Wednesday. It’s a part of the game that a team could easily go a whole season without seeing, but it’s interesting to me to take note of the minutia that teams go through to thoroughly prepare themselves for an upcoming season.

– RB Adrian Peterson was one of a handful of players who didn’t participate this morning. So rookie Toby Gerhart and 3-year veteran Albert Young shared the 1st team duties. When I saw Peterson without his shoulder pads as he headed out to practice, I wrote a note to myself to be sure to pay attention to which guy(s) got 1st-team reps. It seemed to me that Gerhart and Young shared equally the reps. At this point in camp, it’s my opinion that Young is ahead of Gerhart in the competition for Peterson’s complement, but I think ultimately it’ll come down to a trio (or more) of RBs who complement Peterson rather than a traditional 1-2 punch.

– LB play was impressive today, especially during team drills such as the 9-on-7 drill and LB vs. RB/TE passing and pass protection drill. During the 9-on-7 period, middle LBs Jasper Brinkley and E.J. Henderson stood out to me, consistently penetrating the line of scrimmage to cause disruption in the backfield or right at the line. Henderson broke up a pair of consecutive running plays, once on his own and then the 2nd time with DT Pat Williams. On the 4th and 5th plays of the period, it was Brinkley who caused the disruption, meeting up with Gerhart off RG and causing RBs coach Eric Bieniemy to tell Gerhart to bounce it outside and “trust your vision.” Near the end of this period, Reynaud registered the best run when he broke free off LT thanks to a nice seal block by rookie TE Mickey Shuler.

– Here are quick summaries of 2 players who looked good offensively: WR Bernard Berrian because of his smooth route running, leadership and sure-handedness. TE Garrett Mills because of several good “hands” catches (where the player doesn’t trap the ball against his body) during individual, 1-on-1, and team work.

– Finally, I should give you the attendance report from practice. The following players were not participants today: WR Percy Harvin (personal), WR Sidney Rice (PUP), CB Benny Sapp (illness), CB Cedric Griffin (PUP), Peterson (lower body) and LB J Leman (leg). It was good to see C John Sullivan (leg) and Shuler back in action after they had missed a few sessions.

That’s it for now, but stay tuned for more from 2010 Verizon Vikings Training Camp.

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9 Responses to “Notes From Morning Practice; E.J., Brinkley Shine”

  1. By Doug Swanson on Aug 4, 2010 | Reply

    I want to know the plans for the TE drafted from
    PSU—didn’t seem to have very good receiving stats!!
    Is there some plan to strengthen the blocking on
    the edges with him?? Anybody have any info or thoughts
    on this???

  2. By mikewobschall on Aug 4, 2010 | Reply

    Mickey Shuler. He’s had a decent camp but missed a few practices with an injury. The reason his stats in college weren’t great is because he was a backup to the starter.

  3. By Rogerthevikefan on Aug 4, 2010 | Reply

    Nice to hear that shuler is back. How have they used him in passing. Plus good to hear that mills can catch haven’t seen much of him dearing the past couple seasons

  4. By MGR4FUN on Aug 4, 2010 | Reply

    thx again mike … i might be wrong about the picture you are painting mike but it is startin to appear to me that this purple squad is workin really hard at makin coach childress’ job a very dificult one in the near weeks to come … sounds like we hav a pretty dog-gone-good team developin with some quality depth players in the mix that is the kind of decision makin that they pay the head coach the big bucks for … and i might add coach childress has been makin some pretty good to gr8 decisions so far to date

  5. By Carl K on Aug 4, 2010 | Reply

    Percy Harvin, My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

  6. By TJ on Aug 4, 2010 | Reply


    Thank you for the breakdown and opinion at RB so far. Good job. I hope it continues as an ongoing in-depth analysis since I’m sure many others would appreciate it as well. The depth and situation in general with the RB group consists of a dynamic spectrum of talent thats not easily understood or portrayed by a few words.

    Thanks again and I appreciate it


  7. By Vikingsfansince98 on Aug 4, 2010 | Reply

    i would like to know where ryan moats went off to? is he getting reps and is he helping contribute. i am looking forward to our running backs this season as i could see Adrian getting close or surpassing 2,000. And im exciting to see Gerhart, Young, Reynaud, Moats, and even Harvin help contribute to our rush offense and 3rd down situations. With what we got at the positionm, i will be greatly surprised if we dont have the #1 rush offense. Also the news on Bernard is great, as we now have possible one of the best trios of wide outs in the business.

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