After a soggy morning, the skies cleared off and the night practice in Blakeslee Stadium turned out to be a perfect night for football. Today was Family Football Day with events during the day that included a season ticker owner’s social, youth cheerleader clinic and the Gatorade Jr. Training Camp. The big event of the day was the 5:00 p.m. practice held inside Blakeslee Stadium that had both sides of the stadium packed with the Vikings faithful.
Tonight’s practice was a good wrap-up to the 1st full week of training camp as some of the marquee players made highlight reel worthy plays as well as a few under-the-radar guys making a good impression for themselves.
Here’s a few of the highlights that occurred during the Vikings Family Football Day practice…
- CB Benny Sapp must have been feeling better today after battling an illness for the past few practices as he spent time getting reps in with the 2nd team defense.
- TE Garrett Mills opened up the 11-on-11 practice with a nice turn around grab on a pass from QB Tarvaris Jackson in tight coverage to haul in the TD reception in the corner of the endzone.
- RB Adrian Peterson found his way into the spotlight with his hands by catching a check down dump pass from Jackson at the 10 yard line and then proceeded to weave his way into the endzone. A few plays later, Peterson made a nice play on a swing pass from Jackson and found his way down the field for the TD.
- The combination of QB Sage Rosenfels to WR Logan Payne paid dividends with Payne bringing down numerous “hands” catches, some in very tight coverage. One catch that particularly stood out in my mind occurred when Rosenfels went on a 5-step drop and fired the ball across the middle of the field to Payne. The throw by Rosenfels was right on the money between 3 defenders where only Payne could make a play on the ball. Payne made another great “hands” catch out in front of his body and then ran 70 yards down the left sideline for the TD.
- WR Bernard Berrian closed out practice with a great reception near the right sideline on a rocket thrown from Jackson.
It’s been a great week of training camp for the men in purple and it seems as if this team is geared up and ready to take it to the St. Louis Rams in just 1 week from today. There is no practice tomorrow as the team has the day off to rest, a rest that is well deserved. Training camp resumes on Monday with practices at 9:00 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.
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Greetings from the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. I’ve arrived on the hallowed grounds of football immortality with fellow vikings.com staffer Jay Nelson after an early morning of travel and smooth transition from training camp to enshrinement ceremony.
Jay and I arrived at MSP airport by 5:00 a.m. for our 6:00 a.m. flight and arrived at the Akron/Canton airport by 9:30 a.m. Minnesota time (10:30 a.m. local time). Then we checked into our hotel, got a bite to eat at Chick-Fil-A, rested and got refreshed for a long day, evening and night at the enshrinement festivities.
We’re now inside a big tent that will house John Randle’s enshrinement celebration following the ceremony. Soon we’ll head out and see if we can talk to a few Vikings/John Randle fans out and about and then we’ll head into Fawcett Stadium for the enshrinement of the Pro Football HOF Class of 2010.
Dallas fans are everywhere, but we did walk in from the parking lot with 4 Randle fans with University of Texas A&I – Kingsville gear on. That was cool to see.
This is one of my favorite nights of the year and I look forward to updating you tonight and then recapping it tomorrow here on the vikings.com Blog. I’m excited for John and his family.
The rest of the 2010 class is: Emmitt Smith, Jerry Rice, Russ Grimm, Rickey Jackson, Dick LeBeau and Floyd Little. I’ve heard Randle will be presented 3rd to last tonight, with Rice and Smith rto follow in some order.
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