Rain showers that pestered Minnesota for much of Memorial Day weekend persisted on Tuesday morning in Eden Prairie, forcing the Vikings to move Organized Team Activity #1 indoors. But the soggy conditions outside didn’t prevent the Vikings from a crisp start to this year’s OTAs.
As is typical for Leslie Frazier-led Vikings teams, the attendance rate is high (so far) at OTAs, and that will only assist the team as it prepares for the 2013 season. Before we get to a few highlights from OTA #1, here’s a quick refresher of what is and is not permitted on the field during OTAs:
Permitted: Helmets, team offense vs. team defense, kicking team vs. returning team
Not Permitted: Live contact, individual offense vs. defense
Here are a few highlights from OTA #1…
After peppering the defense with crisp, timely throws toward the sidelines to out-cutting receivers during the early portions of practice, Ponder found a sprinting
Cassel connected with an outstretched
The passing offense didn’t steal the show entirely. The Vikings pass defense collected its victories, too, and it was one of the secondary’s newcomers who collected more than anyone else. Tuesday was a great day for CB
Lacey broke up a pair of passes in impressive fashion during practice. The first was a pass from
Spring back in his step
We mentioned Jerome Simpson a few paragraphs before this, but it’s worth noting that the 6-year veteran has the spring back in his step after an injury sapped some of it during his first year with the team. Simpson put that spring on display when he ran underneath a high and deep pass from Ponder, catching up to a pass that seemed destined to fall incomplete as an overthrow. Credit to Ponder for judging Simpson’s speed accurately and credit to Simpson for executing the play’s design and getting behind the defense on the play.