Monday’s Top Plays

Posted by Mike Wobschall on July 30, 2012 – 7:57 pm

The energy level picked up a notch at 2012 Verizon Vikings Training Camp on Monday, as the Vikings donned pads for the first time and guys were flying around making plays. With 90 players and roughly 120 minutes of practice time, it’s hard to catch all of the best action. But here’s a quick review of the top plays I saw on Monday…

– We’ll begin at the end of practice, where the Vikings offense and defense went toe-to-toe in a goal line drill. The situation was 1st and goal from the 1-yardline with 8 seconds remaining on the clock and the offense needing a touchdown to win the game. The best action came when the third teams were on the field. QB Sage Rosenfels took the snap and lofted a pass to the back corner of the end zone for rookie Jarius Wright, who made an acrobatic catch over CB Corey Gatewood and tried to tap both feet in bounds before being shoved out of bounds. The official signaled touchdown, which prompted a celebration from the offense and heavy protest from the defense, all in good fun. The best protest – or at least the most comical protest – came from DE Jared Allen, who wasn’t involved in the play. “This is not college! This is not college! This isn’t high school,” Allen bellowed with a huge smile on his face. “You gotta have two feet in!” Allen was in the official’s face as if he were a baseball manager arguing a call with an umpire, and the entire display was a moment of levity to conclude what was the team’s most intense practice of camp so far.

– The Christian Ponder-to-Kyle Rudolph connection was as strong as ever on Monday, with Rudolph being a popular target of Ponder’s yet again. Midway through practice Ponder rifled a pass down the middle of the field to the goal line, leading Rudolph perfectly and putting the pass just out of the reach of LB Chad Greenway. Despite a gamely attempt by Greenway to deflect the pass, Rudolph was able to haul in the reception for a TD. “Kyle’s got like four or five inches on him in height, let alone wingspan. If you just get the ball up, he’s going to get it.”

– WR Devin Aromashodu is good for a flashy play or two each practice, and that was the case on Monday. Aromashodu ran a go route down the left sideline and made what turned out to be an excellent back shoulder reception while leaping over a defender. The pass came from QB Joe Webb.

– LBs Jasper Brinkley and Everson Griffen delivered a couple big-time hits. Brinkley met RB Lex Hilliard near the line of scrimmage during the second-to-last team period of practice and came out on top of the confrontation. Griffen saw FB Ryan D’Imperio make a reception in front of him and then saw fit to end the play abruptly by putting a big hit on the FB.

– Veterans Chris Carr and Tyrone McKenzie combined to force a turnover during a 7-on-7 drill. Carr tipped a pass and McKenzie, playing middle LB, got underneath the deflection to collect the INT and run the other way with a convoy of blockers in front of him.

– RB Jordan Todman flashed his greatest asset – speed – during the second-to-last team period of practice. Todman took a handoff that appeared to be designed to go inside and bounced out wide left. Todman gained the edge on the defense and raced down the left sideline for what would’ve been a TD run of at least 65 yards.

– Rosenfels displayed some athleticism near the end of practice during a team period. On the play, Rosenfels sprinted right after feeling pressure from his left and bought just enough time to hit rookie receiver Greg Childs near the sideline. Childs tapped both toes in bounds to complete the play, making up for a drop on a deep pass he had earlier in the day.

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36 Responses to “Monday’s Top Plays”

  1. By Tman on Jul 30, 2012 | Reply


  2. By Tman on Jul 30, 2012 | Reply

    Good to see that the 2nd and 3rd stringers are getting reps, but I hope that the first team is showing a lot of flash too. They are a group that still needs to gel together as a team.

    What position of LB is Griffen playing?

  3. By Spencer on Jul 30, 2012 | Reply

    Other than Cook and Winfield, which Corners have stood out so far?

  4. By billbobagons1 on Jul 30, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks for the updates Mike and really looking forward to the season as the team developes in training camp. SKOL VIKINGS fro Indonesia and still have purple blood !!!!!

  5. By sandiamond on Jul 30, 2012 | Reply

    slide #46 is a pic of the wright/gatewood play. He’s out of bounds! good play by both
    Wobs the stream is not working out to well. about an hour each day with the camera behind O line drills

    Missed all the action!

  6. By PurpleNation on Jul 30, 2012 | Reply

    Before Fred Jones gets to ask this question, how did the Kalil vs. Allen battle go today?

  7. By Spencer on Jul 30, 2012 | Reply

    Amen sandiamond- that was an absolutely horrendous camera angle! Nobody wants to see offensive linemen hitting sleds.

  8. By sandiamond on Jul 30, 2012 | Reply

    Everson is slotted at the will linebcker. Big Hoss way down the depth chart ( new position)

  9. By ponderthefuture on Jul 30, 2012 | Reply

    ponder to roudolph all day

  10. By PurpleNation on Jul 30, 2012 | Reply

    Any other offensive linemen or defensive back that really stood out that us fans should get psyched about if/when we get to see them in preseason games? Anyone that could steal the show from behind the scenes and win a starting job?

    Anything other than the coaching staff choosing their pets over talent!

    Ex: Chilly siding over T-Joke time and time again especially after Sage Rosenfels and Randy Moss had the guts to admit how incompetent chilly was when it came to coaching and making “Team” based decisions.

  11. By rogerthevikefan on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    Bad Wobby very bad. You nearly sent me in to a state of shock with your Peterson went to the hospital. Glad to hear S. Burton is back from his foot injury.

  12. By rogerthevikefan on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    Mikey Whats with DeMarcus Love’s injury? Word is he is likely to miss a week or two.

  13. By Immure on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    Why do people still ask Wobs questions on here? He very seldom answers them.

  14. By Spencer on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    Just for the he|| of it.

  15. By Wobblehead on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    Your right Immure Wobschall doesn’t give a flying SH IT about Viking fans. Why else does he ignore question pertaining to the wellbeing of are players. Wobschall MAN UP. Tell us what is going on with are guys. Something along the lines of while Love was out Kalil took the extra reps would have been nice.

  16. By Wobblehead on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    Wobschall will you ever tell us why you put the timeouts in place? Or the more likely outcome will you sit in the dark and laugh about how powerful you think you are? Admit what you have done that is the first step of MANNING UP. Followed by MAKING IT RIGHT. You can do it Wobschall. Restore what you destroyed.

  17. By Wobblehead on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    We are waiting Wobschall. DO tHE RIGHT THING!

  18. By Wobblehead on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    Did you remove the timeouts because people started saying they wanted you fired? Admit what you did then make it right. Tell everyone you are sorry. Make it official.

  19. By Spencer on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    He already did…in a way.

  20. By LloydSantee on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    Sounds like a great practice. Keep up the intensity and hard work as it will really payoff down the stretch. SKOL VIKINGS!

  21. By Bluebird7 on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    Lets see some more rep’s from Todman, Just in case Peterson is laid out ,due to injury. We need an extra fast runner ready.

  22. By MIke B. on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    Liked the vid on with the QBs coach and explaining the strengths of each QB. It clearly shows what has been said all along, but giving the possibility that Joe Webb could be an eventual starter in the NFL in the future. I am ok with that and back off my previous comments about him not being a NFL starting QB. I will agree with the QB coach that the tools are there, so more experience is need. It is great though that we have such an athelete as our backup.

  23. By MIke B. on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    Hope AP is doing well afer his reaction to the food last night. Eating something and finding you are alergic is no fun. Hope you are better today.

  24. By vikesgirl on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    wtf, u all need to get it togrther

  25. By VegasVike on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    Maybe Moss was right about the caterer all along..

  26. By Deer Tracks on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    Pray tell, Vikesgirl, just what do we have to “Get together)?

  27. By Frederick Jones on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    @Mike B.,

    I liked your post on Webb.

    The Vikings do not seem to have the money to go out and get another QB, and if they did that might ruin Webb.

    Webb has a strong arm (even if he misfires sometimes, perhaps someday he’ll be in control of it), he runs well, and seems to pick up the offense well. He is a threat, but is behind Ponder in playing time.

    Jones likes the idea of keeping him ready, AND LETTING HIM HAVE SOME REPS WITH THE FIRST TEAM. I doubt they give him many reps with the first team.

  28. By Frederick Jones on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply


    I like the idea of Mike Wobschall explaining what happened with the Time Outs.

    Unfortunately, most people would not do that if they were in his position. He does not have to explain anything to us, unless management steps forward and makes him do it.

    Don’t get Jones started on management!!!

  29. By Frederick Jones on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply


    WHO are you talking to, and about WHAT?

  30. By Frederick Jones on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply


    It has never occurred to Jonesie to ask how one player does vs. another player, because there are many occasions where they do not run into each other.

    Kalil will have to block some DTs, LBs, and DBs in addition to Jared Allen.

    Fred is not saying that J. Allen vs. M. Kalil is not a matchup worth watching, he just thinks of football as a team sport with play depending on one’s teammates.

    Ponder will not p.a.s.s. well, without the OLine doing a bang up job, is the best example of this concept.

  31. By Frederick Jones on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply bloggers,

    A common saying that you hear in high school, college, and NFL lockerrooms is that “it was the defense’s fault,” or “it was the offense’s fault.”

    Football games are lost by teams, not individuals or units!!!
    They are also not won by individuals or units. That is why football is such a great sport, it is the ultimate TEAM game!!!

  32. By Deer Tracks on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    Fred, I asked vikesgirl the same question.

    BTW I like your posts, always have but would like to know one thing.

    Where do you buy your soap? I would like to get a box, to stand on.,

    Agree with you on Mike B. comment on Webb. Maybe others will follow.

  33. By puckertrucker on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    Looks like things may come together for the Vikes this Year, Lets consentrate on more that three wins. and 22 sacks by Jared, this year maybe a championship for the Vikes. The One and Only PuckerTrucker!!!Skol Fans

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