The Vikings conducted practice at Mall of America Field at the Metrodome on Thursday because head coach Brad Childress wanted his players to get a feel for the new playing surface that was installed this offseason. The old surface – FieldTurf – was replaced by Sportexe, a product produced by a Georgia-based company and also used by the Baltimore Ravens.
The new playing surface will see its 1st game action on Saturday, when the Vikings host the Seattle Seahawks in a game scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. CT. Speaking of the game, Childress disclosed that he anticipates his starters to play the entire 1st half and then 1 series into the 3rd quarter. Childress declined to specify what the playing order would be for the QBs following Favre’s departure from the game and he also said WR Percy Harvin, who has missed extended time this training camp and preseason, has not been cleared to play.
Earlier this morning I offered my thoughts on the Benny Sapp-for-Greg Camarillo trade. Today, Childress was asked to comment. Here’s what he said: “Love Benny. It’s hard to see him go. They (Miami) had a need and want and we had a need and a want. We were able to match those two things up. I don’t know that it speaks anything to how we feel about the other people yet, but obviously good enough to part with Benny. At the same time, we had a need that we felt like we needed to fill.”
Asked about his new receiver, Childress responded: “A receiver by definition should receive. He’s got A+ hands, so if you put a ball around him he’s got great pluck characteristics that he can pluck the ball out of the air and catch it in his hands.
On whether Camarillo is an inside or outside receiver: “He’s done both; he’s played outside, he’s played in the slot. We’ll have to start him slowly; we can’t put everything on his plate right away. We like for all our guys to be able to interchange.”
Also, I wasn’t able to attend this morning’s practice at Mall of America Field, and therefore I wasn’t able to catch up with Camarillo after his 1st Vikings practice to get his reaction to the trade. But the Star Tribune’s Judd Zulgad did, and here’s what Camarillo had to say
“It was a crazy day,” Camarillo said when asked about what happened after he learned he had been traded on Wednesday. “I found out at 10 a.m. that it was time to leave my home and move to Minnesota. I’ve only been here for maybe 24 hours. But it’s home now. I’m excited. It’s a new opportunity with a great team.”
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