The Vikings conducted Practice No. 8 in front of a packed house of 9,300-plus at Blakeslee Stadium on Saturday evening, providing those in attendance with a taste of real football just days in advance of the preseason opener. The lights were bright, the pads were on, and the action was intense as 2014 Verizon Vikings Training Camp continued.
It was only appropriate that in a practice conducted in the evening it was the team’s stars who stood out. Cornerback
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Best play of camp?
There have been plenty of outstanding plays during camp. But Saturday night’s practice may have seen the best one to date, and it was courtesy of Xavier Rhodes. The play came during the early portion of practice in a team period, with Rhodes in
Hot start for defensive backs
The Vikings secondary was off to a hot start in Practice No. 8. Captain Munnerlyn closed quickly on Greg Jennings as the veteran receiver made a catch during the no huddle period. As Jennings darted for the sidelines, Munnerlyn got his hands on the football and raked it from Jennings’ possession. The fumble turned out to be immaterial to the play, but the forced fumble is yet another illustration of Munnerlyn’s scrappiness and of the kind of play Vikings Head Coach
During one-on-ones, rookie
It wasn’t all defense, all the time early in practice. Patterson caught a deep in-cutting route right in front of
Blair Walsh wowed the crowd during the first special teams period of Saturday night’s practice. He lined up for eight field goals, beginning with a 37-yarder and concluding with a 53-yarder. All eight were good, as Walsh booted kick-after-kick straight through the uprights and with plenty of distance to spare, even on the 53-yarder.
No way past Greenway
Teddy Bridgewater took his turn with the first team during a red zone period. Things were moving along swimmingly as the offense drove closer and closer to the goal line. But enough was enough for Chad Greenway, as he displayed an impressive vertical and tremendous hands by leaving his feet to snare an interception off of the rookie quarterback. Greenway wasn’t done there, as he gained the edge of the field after securing the interception and may have taken it to the house in a game situation.
Bridgewater got the last laugh during the two-minute drill period of practice, though. He threw a dart to receiver
The Vikings first team defense stopped the first team offense in the two-minute drill period. After beginning the drive at their own 40, Cassel drove the offense down the field with five completions in his first six attempts. The Vikings defense held from there, though, forcing two incompletions as the clock expired.