Last Full-Team Practice In Mankato Concludes

Posted by Mike Wobschall on August 12, 2010 – 11:04 am

The Vikings have concluded their final full-team practice of 2010 Verizon Vikings Training Camp in Mankato and it didn’t end without a bang. While there were a handful of highlight-caliber plays on the field during Thursday morning’s practice, the highlight for fans was certainly the full-team autograph session that followed the workout.

Once practice concluded, Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress huddled his team together for a typical post-practice talk. Then the team was dismissed and they scattered to the fence lines to sign autographs for fans. Some players and coaches spent upwards of 30-40 minutes signing after practice, a nice show of appreciation for the outstanding crowds the team has seen over 2 weeks at camp.

There were some notable on-field fireworks as well, including INTs from CB Benny Sapp in the endzone and S Tyrell Johnson deep down the right sideline. The team simulated game scenarios it has faced during Childress’ tenure with the club, including 2-minute drills and clock-killing drills.

We even had a good, old-fashioned skirmish between DE Ray Edwards and rookie RB Toby Gerhart. There was some continuation of the skirmish, which caught the eye of fans and reporters, but things had completely calmed down just moments later. It’s worth a note in a post-practice write-up, but spending any more than 3 or 4 minutes talking about it is overkill. Skirmishes such as the one on Thursday are nothing foreign to training camp practices and they’re just as much a product of pent up aggression and anxiety for a real game as they are a product of any true animosity between individuals.

Edwards met with reporters on his way off the practice field and was grilled about the incident, but he downplayed what happened and explained those situations stay on the field and never enter the locker room.

Outside of that, it was another solid training camp practice for the Vikings. Temperature and humidity levels were high once again and Childress estimated that if Thursday morning wasn’t the hottest practice of camp it was certainly among the top few. Childress also explained that although the team will break camp in Mankato, training camp continues for the team once they arrive back in Eden Prairie.

“Training camp doesn’t really end for us,” Childress explained. “We’re right back at it at Winter Park with a little bit different schedule. The guys that don’t have a place in town stay over at one of the hotels right there. We keep them throughout the day, we just get our night meetings that we would have coming back after dinner (in Mankato) after the practice and then feed them a dinner meal. We just fool with the schedule a little bit.”

Childress was also asked about the team’s facilities at training camp, and the head coach expressed great pleasure with Julia A. Sears Residence Community – citing central air as a big reason for the approval – and also the team’s dining hall. And he also said the practice fields have continued to get better and better, including the playing surface inside Blakeslee Stadium.

Training camp is now closed to the public, but the team will hold a special teams practice this afternoon and then head back up to Winter Park tomorrow for a mock game and departure to St. Louis for preseason game #1 at 7:00 p.m. CT against the Rams on Saturday. [UPDATE: The Vikings may hold their mock game before returning to Winter Park.]

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18 Responses to “Last Full-Team Practice In Mankato Concludes”

  1. By MGR4FUN on Aug 12, 2010 | Reply

    another excellent snapshot of the days action mike thanks once again for you gr8 work … sounds like the “D” is good to go … i feel the “O” will find it’s identity once playin different colored uniforms

  2. By gordy bridgeford on Aug 12, 2010 | Reply

    Well it is beggining to look like anyone importatnt does not look at or aknowledge there comments. Mike, I am gonna try one last time and then give up and never watch a presser again. Mike , the audio is terrible, the video is just as bad. You cannot hear the questions being asked. Please do something. We can’t, or we don’t deserve to hear the questions being asked? Look at other teams sites. It is like we are in the dark ages. No wonder the Pack fans make fun of us. Last effort. Thanks

  3. By Mike Cherry on Aug 12, 2010 | Reply

    I too am frustrated by the lack of video quality on the website. Chilly can talk all he wants but unless we can hear the questions, you can’t tell what he’s answering to. This is especially true when he’s talking about a specific player and going on and on about something regarding that player. Even if Chilly would say something like “regarding Harvin” or whatever at the beginning, that would help. Without something like this the videos are worthless.

  4. By Carl K on Aug 12, 2010 | Reply

    About the skrimish – it seems like just about everyone at practice is trying to put the hit on Gerhard. I can see why he has some pent up aggression, it seems like he gets abused more than the other rookies do. I am beginning to think our defense dislikes Toby.

  5. By Dastitch on Aug 12, 2010 | Reply

    I really like the color scheme of the site and quality video of the pressers..hearing childy crystal clear is nice, but I agree, is there anyway to hear the questions being asked?

  6. By kw on Aug 12, 2010 | Reply

    so now it is time for the ALL IMPORTANT, pre season game. proven by the 2008 detroit lions. lol.

  7. By Rogerthevikefan on Aug 12, 2010 | Reply

    Hopefuly with the d always beating on him will make understand you have to pick up the pace. Plus going against the top run D should make him better since every one else won’t seem as hard.

  8. By VikeDiva~ on Aug 12, 2010 | Reply

    I was there today and i must say i am impressed!!! Besides the little incident I have to say we look very good!!

  9. By gordy on Aug 12, 2010 | Reply

    I post here in desperation that you somehow read it. also you need to know that one cannot “contact us” on the website .it is a useless feature. so that is why i am trying to get the message to someone, somehow. Please fix the audio and video on the pressers. we need to hear the questions for the coach and Brett

  10. By Kelly Sherwood on Aug 12, 2010 | Reply

    I would have to say that I am extremely disappointed in one particular member of the Vikings. My son came all the way from California to see the training and purchased a team members plaque to have signed. When my son saw this particular team member he asked for him to sign it and he shook his head no. How could you break a young mans heart by refusing to take 10 seconds of your precious time to bring a smile of joy to one young mans face. Shame on you Jared Allen. On the other hand I would like to thank Adrian Peterson for taking the time to sign his jersey he especially bought to have signed. You are worth your weight in GOLD!

  11. By kw on Aug 12, 2010 | Reply

    kelly, ap is just like that. classy guy

  12. By PurplePeopleEater on Aug 13, 2010 | Reply

    I can also speak praise for AP about how he treats his fans. When I went to training camp last year, I was embarassed to be part of a group that chased him down around 10 at night when he was going to the convenience store. The guy was a class act all the way and signed everything that was thrown in front of him. Most people would get tired of this kind of treatment very quick and start to dismiss it from time to time.

    Not knowing the specific details of when and where Kelly’s son was turned down, I encourage her to put herself in the shoes of a famous football player over the past two weeks…sweating it out for hours upon hours each and every day for two weeks solid, coaches screaming at you to work harder/better, the weather only getting hotter and more humid, thousands of fans tracking you down for every free second that you have…are you going to be able to give each and every one of them their fair share of your time?

    Also, I must reiterate the feelings being expressed about press conferences. The problem could be remedied with something as simple as adding a caption to the bottom of the screen paraphrasing the question that is currently being answered. A job I’d love to take on if only given the opportunity.

  13. By Lefty on Aug 13, 2010 | Reply

    My suggestion of the press is that not only do we need to hear the questions, but it also helps if chilly or whomever repeats the names of the players. and maybe show the reporters’ faces from time to time. Go vikes, come on now!

  14. By Madden11 on Aug 13, 2010 | Reply

    Toby is getting smacked around a bit maybe they are sick and tired of how soft he has been in camp.

  15. By Ryan on Aug 13, 2010 | Reply

    You can tell by chilly answering the question what the question is you can hear it if you have headphones on.

  16. By PurplePeopleEater on Aug 13, 2010 | Reply

    Not always the case Ryan. Usually I am trying to pick apart everything Chilly (or anyone in a press conference) is saying to get an idea of what was asked. More often than not, if I figure out what was asked it is only as he is finishing his answer. A very frustrating thing to do when the solution to the problem is so simple.

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