The Vikings practiced for about an hour and 20 minutes late Monday morning on the outdoor practice fields at Winter Park as they recuperate from Saturday night’s game and get ready for Sunday night’s contest at San Francisco. Temperatures were moderate and the breeze was brisk, providing a nice change from the conditions that came with training camp in Mankato.
The big news of the day was that WR Percy Harvin was back with the team after an extended absence due to the death of his Grandmother and another battle with migraines. Harvin looked fit while practicing and was targeted by QB Tarvaris Jackson several times. Harvin did not meet with reporters following practice but will likely do so later this week.
Sidney Rice, who hasn’t practiced with the team during training camp because a hip injury has him on the PUP list, worked with trainers and strength staff on the side. In speaking with reporters following practice, Rice said he’s had a setback or two in his recovery but that he continues to improve and feels comfortable running in a straight line. He declined to put a percentage on his health at this point.
Another guy on the PUP list – CB Cedric Griffin (knee) – was also working out on the side, as he’s been doing all of training camp. Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress described Griffin’s progress recently as rapid and said it’s almost to the point where they’d like to remove him from the PUP list so he can participate in individual drills during practice, something he’s prohibited from doing under the rules of the PUP list. Childress also said Griffin is “chomping at the bit” to get back, something that became apparent near the commencement of training camp when Griffin disclosed he was hopefully he’d be able to participate in camp rather than go on the PUP list.
It was good to see so many of the players putting in extra time after practice, working on various areas of the game. Harvin and Greg Lewis were running routes with Jackson throwing to them, TEs Jeff Dugan and Garrett Mills were hitting a blocking sled, various players were fielding kicks, Marko Mitchell was working with WRs coach George Stewart and TEs Visanthe Shiancoe and Mickey Shuler were doing drill work with TEs coach Jimmie Johnson.
The team will have lunch and meetings the rest of the afternoon and will return to the practice fields late Tuesday morning.
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Thanks to Steve Alic of USA Football for bringing this to our attention. On Tuesday, August 10, the Vikings hosted USA Football Day, where youth football leaders were invited by the team and USA Football to watch the day’s practice sessions. The Kansas City Chiefs also held a similar event during their training camp.
The morning practice session was moved indoors that day because of inclement weather, but the rain didn’t dampen spirits.
“Oh, it’s great,” lifelong Vikings fan Anthony Burke said from the camp. “We got a bunch of autographs from a couple different players.”
Those invited to the USA Football Day got more than just autographs from the event. They also watched for tips and drills that they could incorporate into their own level of football.
“They did some drills where they’re down on one knee and came up and hit the pad so that they stay under the blocker and are rolling their hips through it, which I think was really a good fundamental drill that even a third- or fourth-grader would get,” said Burke. “I was just at a coaching clinic last night, and that’s one thing that they just kept on saying: Teach these kids to come up, roll their hips and drive their hands up through the shoulder pads and get separation. And that’s exactly what they were doing, and it seemed like a good drill.”
USA Football is the official youth football development partner of the NFL, its 32 teams and the NFL Players Association.
Youth football leaders interested in joining the membership base of the NFL’s official youth football development partner can learn more about the memberships and their benefits by visiting usafootball.com today.
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Training camp has moved from the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato to Winter Park in Eden Prairie. And with the change in location comes a change in the daily schedule.
Practice for Monday is schedule for 11:45 a.m. and should last around 1 hour and 20 minutes. Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress will then meet with reporters following practice and his press conference will be streamed live on vikings.com, so be sure to tune in for that.
We’ll also have updates all day today as we get settled back into Winter Park.
Finally, don’t forget to check out this week’s Monday Morning Mailbag.
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