It’s official: 2014 Verizon Vikings Training Camp is underway. Head Coach
The Vikings worked for roughly two hours on the beautifully maintained outdoor practice fields on the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato. As Zimmer mentioned in his press conference on Friday morning following the walk-through, the first few practices of training camp will be more like Organized Team Activities than actual training camp practices, but it was still a great beginning to camp for the Purple.
Here are a few highlights from Practice No. 1…
First team offense handles blitz period well
The coaching staff wasted no time getting after it on the field, holding a blitz period on the first day of practice. The quarterback is off limits, the team isn’t in full pads and there are contact restrictions, so it’s not exactly a fair and thorough evaluation, but coaches can still glean quite a bit from their players in terms of how well they understand assignments and learn from mistakes.
The offense was solid in this period, with
Executing situational football
Early in practice, Zimmer set the stage for a situational football period in which the offense was faced with a 4th-and-1 situation while in field goal range and trailing by three. The first teams had three snaps versus each other, with Cassel using a hard count to try and draw the defense offsides. The defense didn’t budge, then Cassel fumbled a snap on a quarterback keeper on the second snap, and the third snap was also a keeper but netted a 1st down. The second team, with
The punt return rotation
This is not breaking news and it should be taken with a grain of salt because it’s only the first practice, but the punt return rotation for Practice No. 1 included Kain Coulter, Eric Lora,
Thielen makes catch of the day
It’s almost like clockwork – Adam Thielen makes some kind of “wow” catch every practice. He did so once again on Friday, even eliciting praise from some of his defensive teammates. The play came in one of the final periods of practice and the pass came from Bridgewater. Thielen dove and was completely outstretched when he made the catch, and in going to the ground he was not touched by a defender. He regained his feet and finished the play by sprinting down the middle of the field while the crowd cheered him on.
Be our guest
Several special guests were on-hand to take in the first practice of camp, including FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer, former Vikings long snapper Mike Morris and