Day 10 of 2011 Verizon Vikings Training Camp is underway in Mankato and Practice #13 is in the books. The Vikings enjoyed great football weather – something you don’t often get in the dog days of summer – on Tuesday and worked for about two hours in front of another impressive training camp crowd.
Vikings fans continue to pack the bleachers next to Field #1. I was expecting attendance to be down slightly this year in Mankato, but from what I can tell the crowds have been pretty full every day and then we saw the largest crowd ever for a Saturday night practice this past weekend.
On Tuesday morning the Vikings practiced in full pads and got some situational work done. Aside from the normal drill work the team does in practice, the defense and offense went live against each other in the four-minute drill (offense tries to run out the clock) and at the goal line. I’d give the nod to the offense in the four-minute period and the defense had the advantage in goal line work.
LB Chad Greenway, who has had a nice training camp to this point, grabbed an INT during 7-on-7 drills. Speaking of LBs, we caught up with E.J. Henderson after practice so watch for that video to be posted over the next several hours. We also caught up with Vikings preseason television analyst Mike Mayock after practice to get his thoughts on the Vikings, so stay tuned for that.
On Monday we began a comprehensive, position-by-position look at the roster by analyzing the offensive line. On Tuesday morning I kept an eye on the offensive line to see if there were any major changes, but didn’t really catch anything to note. Tuesday afternoon we’ll continue to roster analysis by addressing the defensive line and tight ends, so stay tuned for that as well.
The Eye Test
We’ll mention one defensive player and one offensive player in the eye test department. E.J. Henderson is clearly the leader of this defense, at least vocally on the field, and he continues to play well. I’ve been told by multiple people on the team that this is the best they’ve seen Henderson look coming into training camp and now I can see it, too. The offensive player I’d like to point out is a guy we’ve pointed out previously in the eye test – FB Matt Asiata. He’s an undrafted rookie free agent but I really like how he’s coming along. He’s athletic, can catch the ball out of the backfield and even has a little wiggle to him when he’s carrying the football. If he can display some power blocking ability in the preseason, I think he’s got a shot to make this roster.
Tags: Chad Greenway, E.J. Henderson, Matt Asiata
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