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Notes From Tuesday’s Minicamp Practice

Posted by Mike Wobschall on June 20, 2012 – 6:28 am

The Vikings opened their mandatory minicamp on Tuesday at Winter Park, but conditions during their afternoon practice made it feel like training camp down in Mankato. The temperature was around 90 degrees and the humidity felt like it was at 90%, and when you add in winds that were gusting up to 15-20 mph with no cloud cover, it was a hot mess on the outdoor practice fields.

But the Vikings worked well in the conditions, completing a sharp practice and moving one step closer to the end of their offseason program. The Vikings have two days and two practices remaining in their offseason program, and will go through the same schedule on Wednesday that they went through on Tuesday.

Before we get to what will happen today, let’s go over a few quick notes and observations from Tuesday’s practice…

– Jasper Brinkley was not able to practice, a notable development because he sat out a bit last week in the hopes of being ready to go for this week’s minicamp. Slated to be a first-year starter at middle LB, Brinkley is itching to get back out on the field and the Vikings are surely anxious to get a look at him. Hopefully he’ll be back on the field today. Tyrone McKenzie filled in for Brinkley on the team’s base defense.

– Speaking of the Vikings LBs, it was great to see Chad Greenway back with the team and on the field. Fellow outside LB Erin Henderson also looked good, and will be the guest on this week’s Wobcast, which will be posted on vikings.com and available on iTunes later today.

– Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier brought some calm to a situation regarding WR Percy Harvin, who made comments early on Tuesday indicating he wasn’t happy with the team. “It’s not something that can’t be handled and not something we can’t talk through,” Frazier said. “Not alarmed. Not alarmed at all.”He went on to say: “I really feel like when he and I sit down and talk in depth, whatever is in his heart or on his mind, we’ll get through it.”

– Contact is still prohibited and the team does not practice in pads, so it’s hard to get an accurate gauge on many areas of the team, especially the defensive and offensive lines. With that being said, LT Matt Kalil has had a good offseason program and there was a moment in practice that really stood out to me. We often think of LTs as pillars of the offense who remain stationary and secure the QBs blindside against edge-rushing defenders. But I’ve seen great movement skills from Kalil, including a play on Tuesday where Kalil moved quickly to the second level and covered up a LB who was in great position to make a play.

– Antoine Winfield grabbed an INT during a team offense vs. team defense period of practice. Winfield was playing out of the slot and was sitting in what appeared to be a zone in the middle of the field. A pass was lofted his way, and Winfield quickly jumped in front of a route and grabbed the pass. Winfield was one of the most impressive players early during OTAs, and seeing him make plays like the one he made on Tuesday is a great site after he played in just 5 games last season. Great to have him back on the field; he’ll make a big difference for the Vikings defense in 2012.

– The highlight of the day for the Vikings offense came near the end of practice during a two-minute/hurry-up period. QB Christian Ponder, who appeared to have a sharp practice and did a nice job of driving the offense down the field, threaded the needle on a pass to TE John Carlson. The Ponder-to-Carlson connection occurred right on the goal line, as Ponder rifled a pass to Carlson in between both Greenway and Henderson. Carlson, a mild-mannered and soft-spoken guy around the locker room, came down with the pass in the end zone and gave an emphatic dunk of the ball over the crossbar.

– Adrian Peterson spent time during practice working with certified head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman on the side. You’ve probably seen the photos of him already, but if you haven’t you need to check them out. As I wrote earlier, it’s easy to believe in Peterson, and he remains confident he can be ready to play in the Vikings season opener. In comments on Tuesday morning, Frazier also remained optimistic in Peterson’s chances, saying the RB has remained on pace during his rehab. Whether Peterson will be ready for Week 1 or not remains to be seen, but it’s great to see him working so hard on the side during practice.

– Rookie CB Josh Robinson, who was originally issue jersey #31, has switched to jersey #21.


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74 Responses to “Notes From Tuesday’s Minicamp Practice”

  1. By What on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    So now Harvin wants a trade great,,,,,, I say trade him if you don’t want to play here we don’t want you. 2.4 mill is not enough wow

  2. By Mike B. on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    first

  3. By Mike B. on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    oops. thrid I agree with his migrane issues and now coming out saying he wants a trade. it’s time to cut ties with Harvin. He isn’t a prototypical #1 WR and we have plenty of slot WR. If he’s going to be a poison pill, cut him.

  4. By Matthias on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    Nooooooooooooooo… :'(

  5. By Spencer on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    ARE YOU F-CKING KIDDING ME???????????????????????????

    F-CK YOU PERCY!!!! WE DONT WANT YOUR B-TCH ASS ANYWAYS

  6. By Spencer on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

  7. By DeerTracks on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    Let the 49ers get Harvin….Then Percy can join up with Moss..

    Then watch the Gold Diggers kick the Vikings Butt when they come up here.

    Fred and others have stated that the Vikings will be 8/8 this year.

    One of those minus 8’s will be the Niners, sad to say.

    OK…… Now everybody jump on me for stating that..

  8. By Matthias on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    You want to cut Percy Harvin, one of the best slot receivers in the game? If he really doesn’t want to be a viking anymore trade him for a first round pick or more. The beating he took was pretty bad… I just hope he is going to be happy. He really is a great athlete, but if you are not playing with your heart it doesn’t matter how talented you are. He will be one of favourite players as long as he stays a viking. It is sad enough that we lost Rice, but he really had injury problems in comparison to Harvin.
    Best wishes for your decision…

  9. By Spencer on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    Just trade his migraine riddled ass and be done with it.

    Jarius Wright- its time to step the f-ck up. Its a shame that Percy “I got a headache” Harvin got to big for his britches. Dude never got over 1000yds and he thinks he bigtime now? BULLSH-T!

  10. By Matthias on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    Calm down he is not traded yet… Calm down!

  11. By Spencer on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    Hes dead to me.

  12. By carlk300 on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    The good news is, his contract is low and his value is high. I am sure Spielman’s phone is ringing off the hook today.

    I would conceder a deal for a great LB,DT,CB,WR,FS or first round pick.
    And I am a Percy Harvin fan.

  13. By DeerTracks on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer

    I also am a Percy Harvin Fan! He is dead to you?

    So is that Trash Bucket Cook you keep raving about!!

  14. By Matthias on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d829fb0de/comments/percy-harvin-wont-be-traded-by-minnesota-vikings

  15. By Matthias on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    He will be one of * my favourite players as long as he stays a viking.

  16. By Spencer on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    Dam, sorry about that guys- got a little emotional for a second haha.

    I have cooled down.

  17. By Spencer on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    With the timing its as if he has gotten more p1ssed after speaking with Frazier – now asking for a trade. Didn’t Frazier say he was going to talk to Harvin yesterday?

  18. By DeerTracks on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    OK, Mike W. Let us have a new blog on Harvin, and really get this thing going!

  19. By Matthias on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    @ DeerTracks,

    He won’t start a new blog about Harvin any time soon. It is his job to mainly write “positive” blogs. At the moment it is just a rumor, nothing more.

  20. By carlk300 on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    If Spielman makes Harvin playout his rookie contract unhappy… and Harvin walks away as a freeagent in 2 years… I will look back on this day as a day Spielman didn’t make the most of his opportunity to better this team.

  21. By GreatIrishPotatoFamine on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    Harvin is a coward, hes dead to me. Trade him to the browns

  22. By Matthias on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    Are most of you fair-weather-fans? calm down…

  23. By Parody on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    Mike’s not going to say a thing about Harvin. He’s paid to raise positive publicity about the team. Talking about a guy who is fed up with the team is only going to do the opposite.

    We’re all sunshine, lollipops and rainbows everywhere in Wobby’s World ©.

  24. By RichardA1 on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    That’s what I’m talking about, can our coach coach? we have some of the best talent in the NFL, can our coach handle the role of Coaching, dealing with it all? You heard him, its just a talk away from being settled and over with, are we being B.S.’ed, you know what I’m saying, did he just feed us a line to shut us up or is Frazier really relating to the players. Harvin, the facts are there, he is probably the 2nd best punt, kick off returner in the NFL. If this is there business why are we hearing about it?

  25. By Parody on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    The first time Wobby will address it will be after the trade or after Harvin is given a new contract. If it’s a trade, Wobby will tell us how it was the right move for both sides, while if it’s a resigning Wobby will just make it look like the team valued Harvin that much that they were the ones to offer him a new contract without at all mentioning that Harvin was starting to get public with his grievances.

  26. By GreatIrishPotatoFamine on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    I can’t imagine a situation where this ends well. He didnt ask for a contract he says he doesn’t want to be here. He’s 24, it’s not like his superbowl window is about to close

  27. By Percy Fan on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    Are you guys kidding me? The one bright spot on a terrible offense and you guys are calling for his head? Calm down! The Vikes dont have any WR’s besides him, an injured RB, and a qb that hasnt shown much of anything. There is 0 chance the Vikings trade Percy. He is just upset. This happens with high profile players, especially when they are on teams coming off of a 3-13 season. The cap room is there, he has proven his worth. They will throw some cash at him and this will all be over. But all you Harvin bashers bet not cheer when he runs that kick back or catches td’s this year…

  28. By yellow on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    Fuq Percy.

  29. By megakrab on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    Peterson got paid with out complaining or asking for a trade. He waited til his last year on his rookie contract and he was breaking records as a rookie. Harvin has’t even broke a thousand yards. He’s a great player and he doesn’t get a lot of help, but AD finds a way. I’m just saying if he wants a new contract then wait it out. He automatically said I want a trade? I think he just wants off the team. I don’t even think its about money. If thats the case… bring in a new face and adios percy.

  30. By DeerTracks on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    Yellow

    Yes, indeed you are—–

  31. By GreatIrishPotatoFamine on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    Is it too much to ask that the players love the vikings like we do?

  32. By VA Vike Fan on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t blame him..Percy has won championships ever since his rec league days..then he gets to this team that has done nothing but get worse and worse since his rookie yr. I would wanna go somewhere where I could win a championship too if I were a player. We are all upset with how terrible this team is, so why can’t players be?

  33. By DeerTracks on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    Great Tator-Tot

    First you say “Harvin is a Coward Trade him to the Browns”.

    Then you say “players love the Vikings like we do”..

    Percy is a Viking.. Which way do you want you want to jump?

  34. By carlk300 on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    It’s days like this one that separate the good GMs from the bad ones.

  35. By VA Vike Fan on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    The culture for this organization is so bad right now. You look at these other teams and its so much team pride..Our players don’t even get excited about Packer week like Vikings used to. smh No confidence, no sense of pride for the Viking tradition. Just a bunch of guys playing in a viking uniform. That’s why no big name free agents even look our way

  36. By DRG on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer, I lost all respect for you. And I lost all respect for you guys who turned against Percy so fast, shame on you.

  37. By iaVIKE on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    The Vikes front office new exactly what they were doin with the Sidney Rice situation, so i have faith whatever happens will be the best for the team. That being said, i’m a huge Harvin fan and i want to see him retire in purple.

  38. By parodymmxii on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    Megakrab – I really doubt it’s about money. It seems more likely that Percy is just not finding a connection with other players on the team. The one player that he should be getting a connection with is his starting QB and former rival (Forida vs. Florida State).

    I started thinking that the rivalry may have created some kind of wall between them, so I looked up the last time they played against each other. Turns out both players had a bad game. Percy rushed only 6 times for a paltry 13-yards but with a TD, while Ponder threw for a measly 60-yards and 2-INTs accompanied by 14-rushing yards.

    Who knows? Maybe the two have been trading jabs at eachother about their poor performances from that game. Maybe they’re just too loyal to their colleges and rivalry to just accept that it’s over and they’re on the same team now.

  39. By megakrab on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    That’s what I’m thinking parody. If that’s the case, I think that they need to get over it and be PROFESSIONAL athletes like their title implies. I played a year of minor league Arena football (Not TV grade) and when I joined the team, the QB was from one of our biggest rival schools that we actually had a fight with. Once we got on the same team we put our differences behind us and I became his favorite receiver to throw too. We actually one our state championship that year. He wasn’t happy when I joined the military and quit tho. lol

  40. By megakrab on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    WON not one.

  41. By iaVIKE on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    You would think they would be man and professional enough to bury anything like that, especially after Harvin was CP’s favorite target last year, and helped Harvin to his best season as a pro….but who knows

  42. By GreatIrishPotatoFamine on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    why would people not be upset? no im not swooning over a player that doesnt want to be here

  43. By GreatIrishPotatoFamine on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    Deertracks- 1. Not wanting to finish his contract because he doesnt like to lose, i would consider cowardice 2. So not wanting to be at the team that we love, i would say he doesnt love the vikings like we do 3. F%$ him, send him to a worse team, the browns

    Could not be more clear

  44. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    We don’t know everything that is going on– day to day, what Percy faces going to work everyday. I have worked at places where the money is good, but there were a lot of issues that made it miserable to work there. Let’s withhold judgment– we know way too little what is truly going on inside the Vikings house. Now that said, I just think of how we drafted this young man and have been extremely gracious about all the games and snaps he missed due to his migraines– trying to get relief for him– I wonder what is eating at him– Percy must have some real grievances- at least real in his perception— so let’s take it easy.Coach Frazier will get to the bottom of this.

  45. By GreatIrishPotatoFamine on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    i apologise, needed a vent. very frustrating after such a positive offseason

  46. By vikelifer on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    you people really are stupid you want to trade the only player that we have besides AP that adds any excitement a true playmaker.If he is unhappy with the Vikings then trade him to a bad team and let him see how good it can be if all the pieces work together,he is well worth a #1 and then some.Sciancoe thought he was a stud he definately didn’t even give 20%,look what it got himHarvin is diff. he is a stud so if you trade him you better get a #1 I don’t want to see it cus he played with heart and passion but don’t call him names, thank him for his time here,hopefully coach can work thru it.

  47. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    vikelifer– look in the mirror and mature a little, please.

    Here are two parts of your post:

    you people really are stupid

    but don’t call him names

    Hm, someone is not taking his own medicine.

  48. By KoN on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    I’m hesitant to believe that Percy actually wants a trade. A few weeks ago he was talking about wanting to be a leader on the team. Yesterday he talked about issues that need to be resolved. I think that this is a play by him to show the team that he is serious. He has to know that the team won’t trade him, but this takes the situation to a new level. Essentially, he’s playing his biggest card right away hoping to end this quickly. That’s what I’m getting from the few facts that we know.

  49. By Mike B. on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    If I was a vet on a team that was 3-13 last year. I think I would mind my ps and qs. The Vikings org on a whole has been very patient with Percy Harvin. He’s been given time to work out his Migraine isues and now his shoulder injury. I am thinking even if he is unhappy to play out you this year prove your worth then ask for a trade. No one is jumping all over the FAs on this team. If he truly wants to leave then get the best possible value for him. We don’t need this kind of distraction.

  50. By iaVIKE on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    Mike B – Are you really from Denmark?

  51. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    I was in Denmark once.

  52. By RichardA1 on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    Vikes would be fool’s not to give him money or work through the contract with him, we can’t afford to give up on our talent. We need spirit, pride, get our “Can of Woop Ass” woking for us. This could potentially be a poison to the rest of the team, like Moss’s attitude. Now back to the ship yard, we must get the ship’s ready for battle.

  53. By Vikingsfool on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    I just read an article that hinted, the vikings and the eagles may be in talks about a trade for harvin. The real kicker (literally) is that the trade may be Harvin for Henry (a freakin punter), and a few future draft picks. I’m ok with trading for draft picks, but if the only immediate return on a trade for Harvin is a freakin punter, then I am going to cross the line from Vikings enthusiast, to Vikings skepticist.

  54. By vikingbob136 on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    If Percy isn’t going to give it 100%, then trade him for someone who will. Everyone knows we need lots of players just to be competitive. He probably is facing the fact that we aren’t going to the playoffs for at least 2 more years and he can’t handle it. Don’t get me wrong.The guy has major talent but no one wants
    a cancer on their team.I think i am getting a migraine.

  55. By iaVIKE on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    I doubt there’s any truth to that rumor, we have one of the best punters in the league in Kluwe, and Philly just resigned Desean Jackson…

  56. By Vikingsfool on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    I hope your right iavike. What would Bud do? Would he appease Percy, or send him packing?

  57. By Mike B. on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    No South Dakota

  58. By iaVIKE on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    ha vikefool i think Percy would have a boot in the rear if it were up to Bud Grant

  59. By Vikingsfool on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    Bud Grant Probably would have never had this problem to start with. A quote from Tark, “if you couldn’t play for Bud Grant, you couldn’t play period.” Basically stating that Grant was the kind of coach you wanted to play for. We Miss you Bud!!!

  60. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    I was in South Dakota twice, I think.

  61. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    Anyone see what happened in Duluth overnight? Really bad flooding!!! Mayor wants to declare state of emergency for federal funds. Zoo animals drowned in their enclosures– streets caved in, neighborhoods under water…

  62. By megakrab on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    “I’m going to be honest with you guys. I’ve been watching tape, but it’s just working on things from last year,” Harvin said when asked about the offense. “I’m into it, but like I said, I’m not happy with things, so I haven’t really been in tune to [personnel] and stuff right now.

    “Overall, just watching game film and breaking down quarterbacks, breaking down myself, defenses I may face that I faced last year, things like that.”

  63. By iaVIKE on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    Yah Titus, sounds bad. Some coworkers of mine have been trying to reach family in Duluth and can’t get through.

  64. By megakrab on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    Am i on time out?

  65. By Vikingsfool on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    What is with this team? Why does the other shoe always have to drop after the future starts looking brighter? It must be the curse. The curse of the Viking.

  66. By megakrab on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    hmm well i cant give the source site for that quote…

  67. By Rogerthevikefan on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    No chance in He11 that Harvin will be traded. He is just airing greviances. It will all work out for the best and Harvin will be a Viking for many years.

  68. By sunnyazvike on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    Harvin wanted a new contract. Came to Ota’s claiming he was the reason for 98 percent of the showing. He was all smiles, thinking his leadership would speak as actions for a future contract. Rick said we only re-work contracts in the last year of your current contract like we did with peterson, greenway. Percy felt betrayed and feeling there was no way to vent, he choose the media out of passion. Percy will be a Viking. I have that feeling though a team could throw in an offer. I’m not sure I would want Percy to leave for anything less than a Patrick Peterson …. which I know will never happen

  69. By sunnyazvike on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    ha!!! ***Patrick Willis.

  70. By joe on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    yeah we should trade Harvin. he’s barely healthy and and jarius wright is good enough. he is not like Percy but Percy barely plays in way so heck with him. get a first round pick for him and maybe a second rounder or a receiver or safety and be done with him if he doesn’t shape up.

  71. By rocksalt on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    Send well wishes to Duluth! they need it….

  72. By Beach Viking on Jun 20, 2012 | Reply

    Percy just tweeted that it is not about money

  73. By RichardA1 on Jun 21, 2012 | Reply

    Well you know, he is a outstanding talent, exciting to watch. Did he just come up with this attitude out of know where? it’s not the money? someone as good as him he does’nt want to compete with? doe’s he know something we don’t, as in the team sucks and he wants out? Coach telling us everything? we should’nt let it turn into the virus, cancer Moss was, trade now for defensive lineman or defensive backfield.

  74. By likejoeybrowner on Jun 24, 2012 | Reply

    These are not real fans Percy…the real fans were trying to encourage you to say…why would you try to trade a top 6 or 7 Viking WR (all-time)…Sammy White, Ahnad Rashad, Anthony Carter, Chris Carter, Randy Moss, Percy Harven, maybe Rice.

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