Improving the passing game is a high priority for the Vikings in 2013. Practice No. 1 of 2013 Verizon Vikings Training Camp may be just one step in that process, but it also offered a glimpse of what Offensive Coordinator Bill Musgrave and quarterback
Practicing under mostly cloudy skies, in cool temperatures and against a wicked wind, the Vikings went through their first full training camp practice on Friday afternoon. They didn’t work in pads – that will come on Monday. But the tempo of practice was clearly at an uptick even compared to what was a solid offseason program this spring.
And even with the increased pace of practice on Friday, the Vikings wide receivers were able to flash.
"Yeah, those guys stepped up and made some plays, especially the young guys," Vikings RB Adrian Petereson said. "That's what we need. We need our passing game to step up. To see those guys come out and start getting into a rhythm is exciting for us."
The highlight-caliber plays from the receivers came in bunches on Friday.
As we mentioned on Thursday, continuing to develop rapport and rhythm is top of mind for Vikings quarterbacks and receivers during this year’s training camp, with both Christian Ponder and
Other notes from Friday’s practice…
-- There was a great back-and-forth between the Vikings offense and defense in the 7-on-7 drill. The defense opened the drill by forcing an incompletion or stopping a reception short of the first down on the first 5 snaps. But the offense responded, converting 9 of the next 11 tries thanks in large part to a 3-for-3 performance from Ponder.
-- Speaking of Ponder, he had a solid effort in practice. He completed 5 of 6 passes to open the first team period and was exceptional at spreading his passes around to different receivers. It’d be easy for Ponder to funnel a bunch of check-downs to
-- I counted 10 players in the punt return rotation on Friday. As the practices progress and that number is narrowed, we’ll begin to detail the competition a bit. For now, though, just know that Special Teams Coordinator Mike Priefer is being thorough and inclusive in whom he allows into the mix for that position battle.
-- Rookie punter
-- The cool moment of the day came when Jennings dropped to the ground to recover a fumble. He beat all defenders to the ball, but as defenders will do during training camp, they continued to rake and pull at the ball Jennings had secured in his arms. Linebacker