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Defense Dials It Up; Notes From Monday’s Practice

Posted by Mike Wobschall on August 6, 2012 – 5:19 pm

There is a natural ebb and flow to training camp practices – some days the offense is better, some days the defense stands out. The Vikings offense got off to a fast start at 2012 Verizon Vikings Training Camp and capped off a good first 10 days with a sound showing in Saturday night’s practice.

Come Monday, though, the defense jumped up. After a day off on Sunday, the Vikings returned to the practice fields for their customary morning walk-thru followed by an afternoon practice, working under hot and windy conditions that did nothing to help the offense’s cause.

DE Brian Robison was a standout performer for the defense, providing a steady pass rush off the edge in the base 4-3 defense and then sliding inside on occasion to play DT in the nickel package. Robison teamed up with a fellow lineman twice during a drill versus the offensive linemen to execute an effective stunt. On the first play, Robison lined up on the outside and stunted inside, with Kevin Williams looping outside. The maneuver was enough for Robison to slip inside past a pair of offensive linemen. On the second play, Robison used a similar stunt in tandem with fellow DE D’Aundre Reed to create a pressure.

During the team’s live goal line period, LB Chad Greenway and DT Letroy Guion teamed up to halt the first-team offense on the initial snap, and second-team middle LB Tyrone McKenzie also burst through the line later in the period to make a splash play. McKenzie was another player who stood out during Monday’s practice. He takes care of a leadership role on the Vikings second-team defense and also possesses the athleticism to be a productive linebacker in nickel packages.

LB Marvin Mitchell and S Mistral Raymond each tallied INTs at various points in the practice as well. Mitchell has run with McKenzie at times in the second-team nickel package while Raymond has spent most of his time with the first team and second team at safety.

A few other notes…

Childs has knee surgery Monday
The road to recovery for Greg Childs after he tore the patellar tendon in both knees Saturday night has begun. Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier said Childs was to undergo surgery on Monday.

“So, we don’t know what the long-term prognosis is, but we are all hoping for the best,” Frazier said. “But our players, it was hard for them, obviously it is hard for Greg and his family. We’re all pulling for him through this situation.”

Gerhart looks good
Toby Gerhart is the Vikings starting RB and Frazier says the third-year pro has looked good so far in camp. Gerhart will likely get the start in Friday’s preseason game at San Francisco, but don’t expect him to get too many carries.

“He’s been looking well,” Frazier said. “He’s practicing well, has great confidence in what we’re doing, what we’re asking of him. He doesn’t seem like a guy who is ready to settle for being a backup running back, which is a good thing.”

Who will handle return duties?
At this point in training camp, charting the guys who are included in the kickoff and punt return rotation is nearly a full-time job. On Monday, I saw WR Stephen Burton, CB Chris Carr, DB Reggie Jones, CB Josh Robinson, CB Marcus Sherels, WR Kerry Taylor, WR Bryan Walters and WR Jarius Wright all take turns in the punt return rotation.

“We are going to make sure that we use the right guys and the guys that we think have the best chance,” Special Teams Coordinator Mike Priefer said. “If a guy is on the bubble, will he make it (the roster) because he is a good punt returner or kickoff returner? That will be key Friday night (preseason game vs. San Francisco). Hopefully we can make them punt a few times and we’ll go out there and get some reps for our guys.”


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61 Responses to “Defense Dials It Up; Notes From Monday’s Practice”

  1. By PurpleNation on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    First!

  2. By PurpleNation on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    Great practice too! We’ve been begging them for years to get more creative and or exotic on the defensive side of the ball as well!

  3. By PurpleNation on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    They need to get out of the usual boring base cover 2 defense in a hurry.

  4. By xxvikings4lifexx on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    so does this mean were going to keep childs and give him a chance to re-hab as a viking??? I really hate he got hurt so much potential…

  5. By Duty Bound on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    Keep Childs? Nope, they will get rid of him just like they did Rich Gannon and Brad Johnson (Both Superbowl winners for other teams) What makes you think anything has changed?

  6. By Carl K on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    The Vikings cut Childs today. Rookies must be waived before they can be put on injured reserve. If no team wants him, the Vikings can then put him on IR.
    I believe that is the plan.

  7. By rogerthevikefan on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    Childs made it through waviers and has been placed on IR.

  8. By rogerthevikefan on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.twincities.com/vikings/ci_21249856/minnesota-vikings-harrison-smith-everson-griffen-get-first
    Harrison finally got first team reps.

  9. By rogerthevikefan on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    Hope Raymond continues to show he should star across from Smith.

  10. By rogerthevikefan on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    http://vikingsfootballblog.com/
    Its awesome. Join in and maybe HCG will let you write your on articles.

  11. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    Four days till San Fran. A little over a month till the opener. Finally. Getting tired of all the conjecture looking upside down, inside out, outside in, backwards front flipped forward, somersault future with a spiral underneath peek, and toss in a microscopic magnifying glass to accentuate the opinions. Reality is about to show its real head. The new division champs are here, in purple and gold. Mark the words of Titus. You heard it here first.

  12. By Woodboat on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    10th!!!

  13. By Woodboat on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    Brad Johnson and Rich Gannon? Really, you are going to bring them up? Brad Johnson won a ring because his coach new the other teams playbook. Rich Gannon SUCKED as a Viking, only turning into a decent QB YEARS later.

  14. By Woodboat on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    Yeah, we heard it there first, Titus. Your prognostications have lost some of their credibility after listening to the same overly-optimistic silliness last year. I HOPE the Vikes win it all this year… but it ain’t gonna happen. Green Bay is the best team in the division. Can the Vikes vie for 2nd? Maybe, but I would shy away from saying that we are better than the Lions, and definately wouldn’t claim to be better than the Bears.

    I am looking forward to our team making great strides this year, however. I have personal wishes that they get it done this year as I have a loved-one that might not get the chance to see them play much longer. I don’t know…. I guess let’s hope that Titus is right and I’m wrong.

  15. By Spencer on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    Wow I cant believe it. Someone on Bleacherreport ranked us at the 21st best team!!! Thats highest anyone has ever ranked us since 2010!

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1283323-power-ranking-every-nfl-team-after-week-2-of-training-camp/page/13

  16. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    Woodboat, settle down.

  17. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    There is no way Green Bay wins the division this year– pure psychology. That team is damaged goods right now and may barely win 10 games.

  18. By Spencer on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    C’mon Titus…lets be realistic.

  19. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    The dreamers who have made greatness in this world were always told– let’s be realistic. Come on man, BE REAL! Nonsense.

  20. By Spencer on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    You honestly believe the Vikings have a better shot at winning the division over the Packers?

    Would you bet your life savings on that??

  21. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    I honestly believe it— Packers will struggle this year. Mark my words.

  22. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    Belief must always come before victory.

  23. By Spencer on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    You’re blinded by purple…

  24. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    Show me one championship team or individual who ever said going for gold– oh, gee, we thought the opponent was better. We thought, be realistic, we cannot win. Most of the world doesn’t understand that– but a few do.

  25. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    Listening to a little Paul Weller– now he is a legend.

  26. By Spencer on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    Who has the better year Rodgers or Ponder?

  27. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    Rodgers will be hurt and not play the whole season. Then again, Ponder may as well. Ponder will have the better year.

  28. By Spencer on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    …..Hate to say it but Titus you’re delusional.

  29. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    Well, Spencer, we shall see.

  30. By Spencer on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    Whose the better quarterback, Rodgers or Ponder?

  31. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    Right now? Rodgers.

  32. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    And I think you meant who’s.

  33. By Spencer on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    Don’t correct me…

    Titus, you really disappoint me sometimes.

  34. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    I am not correcting anyone. Just informing.

  35. By xxvikings4lifexx on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    random question…were can i find this awesome jersey to purchase or are these not available to fans??? @ 1:34 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2FCOr-dtg4

  36. By ponderthefuture on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    vikes should get mike williams from the free angency.

  37. By Mark B on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    Anyone want to take a stab at the 53 man roster?

  38. By PurpleNation on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    Yes on grabbing Mike Williams, a serviceable veteran at minimum

  39. By sandiamond on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000046574/article/terrell-owens-seattle-seahawks-agree-on-contract?module=HP11_hot_topics

  40. By sandiamond on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    Free agent Wr’s : released from camp exempt from non 3-day-practice rule

    http://www.nfl.com/freeagency

  41. By Mark B on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    Anyone else notice that on the updated depth chart there is no one listed at the RT spot?? Loadholdt isn’t THAT bad!

  42. By sandiamond on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    Terrell “cyborg” Owens signs for 750k. what highprice old wr’s is wobs talking about?

  43. By Tark on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    Titus-you have been drinking waaaayyyyy too much purple kool-aid.

  44. By Frederick Jones on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    @Spencer,

    A much better question would be: Who is the better quarterback Rodgers or Titus?

  45. By Frederick Jones on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    @Titus,

    Your attitude is great, as long as it is you playing QB for the Vikings, or if you are biking in the olympics, or lifting a heavy weight. When making predictions you have to rely on other people, and consider human nature.

    One of my brothers also predicts the Vikings to finish 16-0 every year. He’s been crushed the last two years.

    This is a year where choosing the middle ground is a good prediction for the Vikings.
    8-8… you’ve been hearing me say it since 2011 for sure.

    8-8 is NOT WHAT I WANT FOR THE VIKINGS. It is my prediction.

    There is a difference.

  46. By KoN on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    In response to Mark B’s challenge to create a 53-man roster for Week 1
    Disclaimer: Subject to change after the preseason.
    Note: This list was finished before looking at the updated depth chart, any similarities to depth charts past or present are completely coincidental.
    Offense: 24
    QB: Ponder, Webb, Rosenfels
    RB: AP, Toby, Hilliard
    WR: Percy, Jenkins, Wright, Burton, Arceneaux/Walters
    FB: Hilliard, Ellison
    OL: Kalil, Johnson, Sullivan, Fusco, Loadholt, Berger, Schwartz, Love, DeGeare
    TE: Rudolph, Carlson, Ellison, Reisner
    Defense: 26
    DE: Allen, Robison, D’aundre Reed, Griffen, Guyton
    DT: Williams, Guion, Evans, Ballard, Guyton
    LB: Greenway, Henderson, Brinkley, Cole, McKenzie, M i t c h e l l
    CB: Winfield, Cook, Robinson, Carr, Jones
    S: Smith, Raymond, Blanton, Sanford, F r a m p t o n
    Special Teams: 3
    LS: Loefler
    K: Walsh
    P: Kluwe

    PS: 7-8 (this is a s s u m i n g all last on waivers)
    CB: Felder, Sherels
    WR: Whichever one of Arceneaux/Walters that doesn’t make the initial roster and liekly both once Simpson returns (unless it’s Walters and he proves himself to be a good punt returner)
    OL: Quentin Saulsberry
    QB: Bethel-Thompson
    RB: Todman
    LB: Elimimian

  47. By KoN on Aug 6, 2012 | Reply

    Everson Griffen should have been listed as not only a DE but also an LB.

  48. By Parody on Aug 7, 2012 | Reply

    KoN – Check your numbers. Your list counts Guyton twice (DE and DT), so there’s one extra roster spot to be used.

    I’d expect that final spot to go to a WR/CB, depending on who wins the PR job. I also think that 5-safeties is too many. I’d prefer to see 6 CBs and WRs. There’s rarely more than 2 safeties on the field at once, but often times a team uses 4 of the other two groups at once, so it would be nice to see a couple of extra beyond that number on the roster.

  49. By Parody on Aug 7, 2012 | Reply

    Ellison is listed twice as well (FB and TE). So that’s two extra openings on the roster. As I said earlier, I’d also roll a safety out to bring a CB in. So I’d remove the two duplicates and one Safety, adding a WR, CB, and a DL.

  50. By Parody on Aug 7, 2012 | Reply

    Now I think I’m getting tired – I trusted the count to be accurate (24O, 26D), but found that both lists (offense and defense) have 26 names in them. Remove the duplicates to make them 25 each. So then I’d just pull a safety in favor of the player who wins the PR job.

    I’ll try to figure out if I made any more false assumptions after a nap.

  51. By Duty Bound on Aug 7, 2012 | Reply

    The coach “new” the playbook? The fact that Brad Johnson was always a good QB had nothing to do with winning a Superbowl?

    Rich Gannon become a great QB years later? Just proves my point that good Viking players are always thrown under the bus before given a real chance!

    I do believe your boat has sprung a leak, Woodboat..

  52. By KoN on Aug 7, 2012 | Reply

    I put them in the spots that I expect them to play Parody, that is why there are doubles. I expect Ellison to play FB and TE, I expect Hilliard to play HB and FB, I expect Guyton to play DE and DT, and I expect Griffen to play LB and DE. However, you were correct that I miscounted on the defense, I’d probably take both Arceneaux and Walters (right now I’m thinking he will be the punt returner, if he isn’t, I’d probably add another CB/LB) and then move Jorden to the Practice Squad. As for the safeties, from looking at past rosters, it appears that the Vikings usually keep five, besides I don’t know who to get rid of on the list. Smith and Blanton are almost automatically on the team, then you have Raymond who is stil developing and has a good shot at one of the starting positions, after that comes Sanford; he is (unfortunately) the only veteran of the group and he is a pretty good special teams player, finally you have Frampton. He has made the roster every year since coming here in 2007, so he must be exceptional on special teams.

  53. By N A on Aug 7, 2012 | Reply

    Reply

    In response to Mark B’s challenge to create a 53-man roster for Week 1
    Disclaimer: Subject to change after the preseason.

    Offense: 24
    QB: Ponder, Webb, Rosenfels
    RB: AP, Toby, Hilliard
    WR: Percy, Jenkins, Wright, Burton, Arceneaux/Walters
    FB: Hilliard, Ellison
    OL: Kalil, Johnson, Sullivan, Fusco, Loadholt, Berger, Schwartz, Love, DeGeare
    TE: Rudolph, Carlson, Ellison, Reisner
    Defense: 26
    DE: Allen, Robison, D’aundre Reed, Griffen, Guyton
    DT: Williams, Guion, Evans, Ballard, Guyton
    LB: Greenway, Solomonn, Henderson, Brinkley, Cole, McKenzie, M i t c h e l l
    CB: Winfield, Cook, Robinson, Carr, Jones
    S: Smith, Raymond, Blanton, Sanford, F r a m p t o n
    Special Teams: 3
    LS: Loefler
    K: Walsh
    P: Kluwe

    PS: 7-8 (this is assuming all last on waivers)
    CB: Felder, Sherels
    WR: Whichever one of Arceneaux/Walters that doesn’t make the initial roster and liekly both once Simpson returns (unless it’s Walters and he proves himself to be a good punt returner)
    OL: Quentin Saulsberry
    QB: Bethel-Thompson
    RB: Todman
    LB: Elimimian

    Note: This list was finished before looking at the updated depth chart, any similarities to depth charts past or present are completely coincidental.

  54. By Bluebird7. on Aug 7, 2012 | Reply

    I like the way you put this together, KoN.

  55. By Bluebird7. on Aug 7, 2012 | Reply

    Looks good, N A.

  56. By sandiamond on Aug 7, 2012 | Reply

    PS
    CB Felder,Burton,Sherels need them all!

  57. By KoN on Aug 7, 2012 | Reply

    The problem with that Sandiamond is that you can only have 8 players on the PS, so it would be hard for the team to justify using nearly half of them on a single position.

  58. By sandiamond on Aug 7, 2012 | Reply

    2 out 3 clearing waivers ain’t bad. One might make the team!! great comp

  59. By Michael on Aug 7, 2012 | Reply

    I have been hearing from a couple of sites and heard it on NFL network that Joe Webb is playing better than Ponder.

  60. By ponderthefuture on Aug 7, 2012 | Reply

    @N A why isn’t aromashodu among the wide recievers

  61. By Richard1A on Aug 8, 2012 | Reply

    I made up a song…..guitar strum, where the H-ll is more info on Solomon Elimimien…hummmmm

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