EAGAN, Minn. — The gang was all there Saturday afternoon as the Vikings held their first full-team practice of Verizon Vikings Training Camp.
The team practiced in helmets and shorts for more than two hours on a picturesque afternoon at Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center.
Minnesota is scheduled to hold a walk-through from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Sunday, followed by practice from 2:45-5 p.m. The first padded practice is expected to be Monday
Here are three observations from Saturday’s session:
1. Waynes wins it
Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer has made a habit of throwing his team into late-game situations in recent years.
He did so again Saturday, and cornerback Trae Waynes delivered immediately. The first-team offense had the ball facing fourth-and-3 on the defense’s 42-yard line with 46 seconds left.
Quarterback Kirk Cousins looked for a short out pattern from wide receiver Stefon Diggs, but Waynes quickly broke toward the sideline and deflected the ball away.
The second-team offense promptly ran out the clock after Waynes effectively sealed up a win.
2. O-Line combos
The Vikings announced Saturday morning that Clancy Barone and Andrew Janocko will be co-offensive line coaches following the sudden passing of Tony Sparano on Sunday.
With center Pat Elflein on the PUP list and not practicing, Nick Easton manned the center spot with the first team.
From left to right, the first-team offensive line mainly consisted of Riley Reiff, Tom Compton, Easton, Mike Remmers and Rashod Hill.
The second-team offense consisted of Aviante Collins, Danny Isidora, Josh Andrews, Cornelius Edison and Brian O’Neill, who also saw a few reps with the first team at right tackle.
The third-team offensive line was Dieugot Joseph, Cedrick Lang, J.P. Quinn, Colby Gossett and Storm Norton, who also saw second-team reps when O’Neill moved up to the top line.
3. Hill impresses in individual drills
The competition was flowing early as Vikings wide receivers and tight ends went up against defensive backs in individual drills Saturday.
Rookie cornerback Holton Hill had perhaps the strongest showing in that session, as he forced incompletions on both of his reps.
The former Texas Longhorn broke on an in route by wide receiver Cayleb Jones to not allow a catch, and later tipped away a pass intended for wide receiver Korey Robertson.
The best route of the day came from wide receiver Tavarres King, who used a double move to break free from safety Jayron Kearse for a long gain.