Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier beat most of his coaching staff and players to Mankato on Thursday as the Vikings reported to 2012 Verizon Vikings Training Camp on the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato. This is Frazier’s sixth training camp with the Vikings, but he enters this season with a renewed sense of enthusiasm for a variety of reasons.
“It’s great to be back in Mankato,” Frazier said. “It was great for our football team to have an offseason to be able to put some things in place before we came back.”
Last year as this time, NFL teams embarked on compressed training camp schedules plus plenty of unfamiliarity because of the work stoppage that eliminated offseason programs. This year, though, offseason programs resumed, which was beneficial to all teams but especially to teams featuring young QBs and young rosters in general.
“We have a lot of work to do, as well all know,” Frazier said. “We have a lot of new faces that are going to be on our football team that are going to be starting for us and playing for us, so as a staff one of the things we’ve talked about and leading up to training camp some of the things we’ve talked about were developing the young players on our football team and trying to get those guys to be ready for that Jacksonville game and to help us throughout the season.
“And then just working to improve throughout training camp. That’s the goal, to try to improve every single day in some phase. If we can do that, we’re hoping everything can come together and we can get off to a good start and have a good football season. We have a lot of work to do, but we’re excited to be down here to kickoff the 2012 season.”
Frazier was quick to credit Vikings fans, the city of Mankato and the University for their support of the team each year during training camp.
“This is my sixth year coming down here, and the fans have always been great,” Frazier commented. “We’ve always had great participation and the people here in Mankato have been just tremendous in their support. We had a chance to get to know some of the people here on campus as well, and they’ve been so supportive.”
Frazier said the Vikings will take care of administrative duties, operational issues and physicals with the players today, followed by the first team meeting later this evening. The Vikings will hold a walk-thru Friday morning and then their first practice will be on Friday at 2:45 p.m. CT.
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