Mini-Camp Practice No. 1: Quick Takes

Posted Jun 18, 2013

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The Vikings kicked off their mandatory mini-camp on Tuesday, working under mostly sunny skies and warm temperatures in front of a full media contingent and a group from the Minnesota National Guard.

It was business as usual for the Vikings, with Tuesday’s workout looking very much like the team’s 10 Organized Team Activities (that’s a good thing). The team’s intensity during OTAs was noticeable, and the squad carried that demeanor into mini-camp. It’s important for the Vikings to take advantage of this 3-day mini-camp because it’s the final tune-up before a 6-week break that separates the offseason program from training camp.

Here are several quick takes from Tuesday’s practice…

-- Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier met with the media after practice and seemed pleased with his team’s performance.  Make use of the video embed to the right to watch the presser.

-- Rookie LB Michael Mauti, also rehabbing a knee injury, participated in position drills as well.

-- Taking reps at punt return on Tuesday were: Stephen Burton, Cordarrelle Patterson, Marcus Sherels, Jerome Simpson and Jarius Wright.

-- CB Josh Robinson made an impressive INT during the first team period, leaping high to grab a pass from the air that was intended for TE John Carlson.

-- Speaking of Carlson, he was one of the top standouts during OTAs and continued to look sharp during the first mini-camp practice.

-- WR Greg Childs, rehabbing a serious knee injury since last August, was on the field participating in position drills. We caught up with him after practice to gauge his reaction to being back on the field with his teammates.

-- Another standout during the first mini-camp practice was WR Adam Thielen. He’s a product of Minnesota State-Mankato, and will be heading to his old stomping grounds when the Vikings report to Mankato for training camp. Thielen made an impressive leaping grab at one point in practice and otherwise looked solid as the day is long, the same way he performed during the rookie mini-camp and during OTAs.

-- CBs Chris Cook and Roderick Williams both registered impressive pass breakup (PBUs). On both plays, the intended receiver (LaMark Brown vs. Cook and Stephen Burton vs. Williams) had possession of the ball and the CBs were able to rip the ball to force the incompletion.