Each year during training camp a crew of NFL officials pays a visit for a couple of days. While at camp, the officials attend practice, go to team meetings and they meet with members of the media. The purpose of this exercise is to get everyone adjust to any rules changes made during the offseason and to discuss the points of emphasis being taken up by the officials in the coming season.
This year’s visit by the officials at Vikings training camp is going on right now, as Jeff Triplette’s crew is in town. Yesterday the officials worked practice, even throwing penalty flags when appropriate. It’s good not only for the teams, but it’s also good practice for the officials as they try to get back into the swing of things after a long offseason.
In between the Vikings morning walk-through and mid-afternoon practice, the crew of officials will meet with the media. I’ll be sure to stick my head in the meeting and report back to you what the officials say about any rules changes and added points of emphasis for the 2011 season.
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