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Musgrave On How Patterson Has Impressed, Pistol Offense and More

Posted Aug 1, 2013

Vikings Offensive Coordinator Bill Musgrave

Good morning. We have another goal line, short yardage scrimmage today, full live tackling and blocking so we want to better than we did a day ago and want to improve in a lot of areas as we start off here on August 1.

Jerome Simpson

Q: It seems like Jerome Simpson is a little quieter and more focused during this camp than last year, do you see a change?

A: I would agree with that assessment. He is more focused, more comfortable and playing at a high level right now. He’s doing a very nice job.

Q: Bradley Randle has been taking more and more snaps as time goes on, would you talk about that?

A: Well we are rotating everybody through at this time of the year, but Bradley gets his share and when he is in there he’s made some good plays. He has really excelled in pass protection. He’s not the tallest guy, but he has shown that he is not afraid to stick his face in there.

Q: Any other parts of his game that you particularly like?

A: He has got great quickness and so we are looking forward to continuing to work with him and have him show what he can do not only in practices but also the preseason games.

Q: What has struck you the most about Cordarrelle Patterson?

A: I think we were very familiar with him when we drafted him. I don’t think we really knew how skilled he was at catching the ball. He is a very natural hands catcher and has made a number of catches from the first day that he has showed up in that rookie mini-camp after the draft to yesterday in which he made eyebrow raising catches.

Q: Would you say Rhett Ellison was the biggest surprise out of the draft class last season?

A: Rhett was crucial to last year’s success. He contributed on special teams and did a nice job for us both with tight end jobs and fullback jobs. There is another player that we were very familiar with. I think we knew what to expect when we drafted Rhett and he came through and exceeded those expectations.

Q: You have ran some pistol formations, is that a new wrinkle for you?

A: Well we are looking at a lot of things this time of the year to try and make us more diverse and more difficult to defend and that is definitely one of them.

Q: Is there any reason the pistol is unique?

A: There has been a lot of research done on it and I think teams have done it over the years. I know we have been in the formation over the years but haven’t really majored in it and a lot of teams do employ it because it provides a lot of options.

Q: What was the most disappointing thing for you in the goal line situational work?

A: I know we walked off of the field thinking that we put our best foot forward. I don’t know that we were disappointed, but that is part of practice. Sometimes you get it handed to you and sometimes you have success. I know we turned a couple of linebackers loose in the backfield, which we never want to do. We want to give our running backs a fighting chance to, number one get back to the line of scrimmage, and do their thing and converting on short yardage.

Q: Does Phil Loadholt still have the drive to work on the pad leverage that he had before he renewed his contract?

A: Most definitely, most definitely. He’s had a good first few days. His knee I think feels better, from my perspective it looks like Phil is moving better than he has the last two years and he’s one of our leaders so he definitely has that drive and determination no matter what his contract status is.

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