While we’re waiting for the next set of developments in the Brett Favre story, let’s go over a few observations I had from this morning’s practice…
– The Vikings practiced for nearly 2 hours late this morning on the outdoor practice fields at Winter Park under clear skies and moderate temperatures. It was a great working and teaching environment as the Vikings installed parts of their game plan for Sunday night’s preseason contest against the San Francisco 49ers. It looked like the team was working on some backed up situations and also red zone scenarios.
– If WR Percy Harvin is feeling any ill-effects from his time away from the team, it certainly isn’t reflected in his practice performance. Harvin was the offensive player of the day, hauling in 3 impressive catches deep down the right sideline during the workout. The 3rd grab was the most impressive and it came over CB Asher Allen during 11-on-11 work; Harvin made a play on the ball even though Allen had great coverage and #12 came down with the catch in the endzone.
– In order for Harvin to make those catches, though, a QB has to put the ball on him. Or at least near him. And that’s what Tarvaris Jackson was doing on Tuesday. He looked good on the TD pass to Harvin and then turned around on the next play and hit Taye Biddle in nearly the same spot over CB Antoine Winfield.
– It’s clear that several position battles still hang in the balance, as the Vikings coaching staff is rotating several players in and out of spots all over the depth chart. S Jamarca Sanford worked with the 1st team at times on Tuesday, as did CB Lito Sheppard. RB Toby Gerhart was with the 2nd team in a large portion of the practice and then there were several players rotating along the defensive and offensive lines. It’s important not to read too much into one practice or even one game in terms of position battles. Coaches and scouts will look at the entire body of work throughout the offseason and preseason to determine spots on the depth chart.
– I watched all of the 1-on-1 pass rush drill and came away with a few interesting notes. DT Letroy Guion and G Adrian Battles had 2 good reps against each other, with both of them winning 1 time. DE Brian Robison put effective outside-in moves on Patrick Brown over consecutive plays. DT Jimmy Kennedy had the most-sudden pass rush move as he bull-rushed Battles. Rookie DE Everson Griffen ended the drill by rushing past Brown on consecutive plays.
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