A Few Training Camp Trends 1 Week Into The Action

Posted by Mike Wobschall on August 6, 2010 – 10:49 am

Practice #1 of Friday is in the books as the team worked out from 9:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. in front of another packed training camp crowd in Mankato. Jared Allen and the rest of the defensive line were signing autographs after practice, which is a major reason for the boosted attendance this morning.

The Vikings had a spirited 9-on-7 period that saw the offensive line and RB Toby Gerhart dominate early and then saw the defense, specifically LB Jasper Brinkley, pick it up toward the end and shut down the offense. Brinkley has had an outstanding camp to this point and it’s clear the strongest part of his game continues to be stopping the run. He can fill holes and stun a ball carrier with his aggressiveness and suddenness.

The Vikings will hold a special teams practice this afternoon from 2:10 to 3:15 p.m. and then will hit the fields 2 more times tomorrow before taking the day off on Sunday. Speaking of special teams practice, that’s where RB Darius Reynaud injured his ankle the other day. I saw Reynaud walking around the sidelines today during practice, so that’s a good sign. Hopefully he can recover quickly and get back out on the field; he has had a very nice training camp to this point.

Other guys who missed practice today included: WR Percy Harvin (personal), WR Sidney Rice (PUP), CB Benny Sapp (illness), CB Cedric Griffin (PUP), LB J Leman (leg) and C John Sullivan (leg).

CJ will chime in later today with a few more observations from today’s practice and a report on rookie DE Everson Griffen.

I’m going to head out of Mankato and begin my journey to Canton, OH for enshrinement ceremonies of John Randle and the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2010. Before I do that, though, I wanted to list a few trends I’ve noticed now that we are a week into 2010 Verizon Vikings Training Camp. Here it goes…

– Players who, in my eyes, are having solid training camps are: WR Bernard Berrian, LBs Jasper Brinkley and Kenny Onatolu, OT Patrick Brown, CB Chris Cook, OG Chris DeGeare, DT Letroy Guion, RT Phil Loadholt and RB Albert Young.

– The position group I’ve seen improve the most over camp has been the offensive line.

– The position group that has been the most impressive since Day 1 of camp is the LBs.

– I am confident in the way the Vikings medical and strength staffs are handling the injuries of CB Cedric Griffin and WR Sidney Rice.

– The Vikings had a true one-two punch in previous seasons with Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor. But I’m wondering if the one-two punch philosophy will be modified slightly in 2010 to include a few RBs in the rotation along with Peterson.

– RB Toby Gerhart has gotten better every day, struggling right out of the gates and having perhaps his best practice on Friday morning.

– I’m certain that Vikings fans will set a training camp attendance record this year; the crowds have been great.

– The Vikings defensive line led the league in sacks last year, and this year during training camp the unit looks improved.

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8 Responses to “A Few Training Camp Trends 1 Week Into The Action”

  1. By MGR4FUN on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    well mike bein honest ms janel is considerably better lookin than you … however i think your job security is in tact … ms janel is definatley pushin for that #1 spot thou … lol … thanks for the report and your thoughts on the first week mike … you hav done what i thought not possible ya all made me even more excited to get this season underway … i am very jealous of you gettin to go to canton for mr randle’s induction will be there in spirit … you do paint a very good picture of a very positive experience in mankato thus far and so godspeed with your trip look forward to your correspondence from canton … dont be gone too long mike the #2s are hungry … lol

  2. By Rogerthevikefan on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    So the oline improved over the past week while the dline has been as dominate as ever that is incredible news. Gerhart and young have been showing the can move against the d who loves killin rbs which is awesome. Thanks for the update mike.

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

    Great Post! I am a big Reynaud fan… thanks for the injury update. You may not be pretty like MGR4FUN blogs, but you are the best darn writer in Minnesota. Thanks for the coverage this week and have a great trip to Canton – lucky son-ofa- *#$%.

  4. By Joe on Aug 6, 2010 | Reply

    Thanks for keepin us updated Mike!

  5. By skol-vikes on Aug 7, 2010 | Reply

    keep up the great work mike! keep it up and thank you!

  6. By dee expacker fan on Aug 7, 2010 | Reply

    Mike, Thanks for keeping us informed. Have fun in Canton.
    I haven’t commented on the Brett F. stuff because I haven’t logged on so don’t know what all was said. But I followed the news carefully and I have a question. Do you think Brett’s daughter (the pre-teen) could have sent the text messages. That would be just the type thing a kid might do in a fit of being rebellious and wanting to see what would happen. It would also explain Brett’s reaction. The other thing that could have happened is more worrisome and that is that Brett had been drinking and that he did it. I hope not but that would also fit with what all happened afterwards. Anyway, just some thoughts. I do not think Brett purposely did it to get attention or a pay raise.
    Thanks again for your info Mike.

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