Morning rain gave way to clear skies and warm temperatures on Saturday as the Vikings put in another full day’s work at 2014 Verizon Vikings Training Camp. The Vikings defense looked good on Saturday and they are the source of most of Day 2’s highlights…
Defense bounces back in blitz period
On Friday, the Vikings first team offense performed very well during the blitz period, with
The cynical part of the audience will fret the two sacks given up by the offense line. But the other side is that the first two days of blitz periods yielded exactly what you want to see – balance.
It was easy to see one of the Vikings rookies flash on Saturday. It was easy to see because the rookie who flashed plays an important position and the victim of the outstanding play was a very big player who’s had a very good spring and summer with the Vikings.
The rookie who flashed on Saturday is defensive end Scott Crichton. He displayed explosiveness at right defensive end, but also showed excellent speed-to-power transition when he beat fellow rookie
On the snap following Crichton’s win over Richardson during the blitz drill, though, it was another rookie – offensive guard
A few corners getting extra looks
While speaking with reporters after practice on Saturday, Zimmer mentioned
Munnerlyn talkin’ shop
Munnerlyn may not be playing, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t participating. Despite not being able to participate in practice, the six-year veteran is constantly communicating with teammates while they’re on the field and on the sidelines. He’ll yell certain words during pre-snap alignment to help out defensive teammates, he’ll encourage guys after a play as they’re coming off the field, and he’ll talk technique with defensive teammates in between their reps. Today, for example, Munnerlyn demonstrated a specific press coverage technique with Shaun Prater.
-- Zimmer went out of his way after practice to compliment
-- The Vikings will practice in pads tomorrow, which will give everyone a better look at both the defensive line and offensive line.