It’s been over a week since I’ve been able to observe Vikings training camp, so today was a great day to catch up on the progression of the Vikings players.
After the events that unfolded this week with QB Brett Favre and WR Percy Harvin, it might be easy to think that there has been too many distractions for Vikings players to take on in such a short period of time, but the truth of the matter is that this team is well prepared for any distractions that may come about.
“I think we are the best-conditioned team on distractions,” Vikings WR Bernard Berrian humorously commented to a group of reporters. “It’s just all about how well you can handle it and I think we showed that we can handle it all well last year, so as long as we continue to do things we’re doing this year we’ll be able to handle it now as well.”
Just as Mike pointed out earlier, it was great to see Harvin at practice today walking around with a big smile on his face and interacting with the rest of his teammates. The 2-year veteran’s presence on the sidelines for the beginning of practice was surely a welcomed sight for players and coaches alike.
“It was good to see him,” LB E.J. Henderson said. “The way he left the field yesterday, anytime you see anybody leave in an ambulance. It’s good to see him back in here walking around with a smile on his face.”
On the field today, a few things that stuck out in my mind were WR Logan Payne’s ability to go up and bring down any pass thrown to him that he could get his hands on and CB Asher Allen’s improvement in the secondary. Just as the case was last week at training camp in Mankato, Payne continued to make great catches with his hands rather than his body while running great routes. Allen showcased his abilities in the secondary today by hauling in 2 INTs, 1 off the pass of QB Tarvaris Jackson and the other thrown by rookie QB Joe Webb.
Payne has shown that he is capable of playing at a high level and has a great opportunity to make the final 53-man roster, which will be determined in early September. On the other side of the ball, Allen will be starting at CB this Sunday at San Francisco and will rotate with Lito Sheppard.
Before I end this piece, there is 1 thing that I would like to encourage Vikings fans to act upon. Please visit www.minnesotamomentum.com to take action in finding a stadium solution for your men in purple.
I visited the Metrodome today for a tour of the facilities in preparation for a game day internship with the Vikings public relations department. The simple and brief tour that the group of 10 interns took this afternoon solidified my thoughts on how badly the Vikings need a new stadium. The Metrodome does not provide fans with the proper game day experience as well as members of the media. Oh, and the players also. The concourses are too narrow for the fans, the press boxes are extremely tight for media members and the lockers rooms barely provide enough space for a 53-man roster, let alone a preseason roster that includes an extra 30 players.
Please talk with your state representatives and visit www.minnesotamomentum.com to help find a stadium solution right here in Minnesota for your home town Vikings.
Tags: Asher Allen, Bernard Berrian, E.J. Henderson, Logan Payne, Percy Harvin
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