EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Vikings wrapped up the second of three mandatory minicamp practices on Wednesday morning at Winter Park.
The outdoor session was approximately 90 minutes as the Vikings practiced in helmets and shorts in sunny conditions.
The Vikings will hold their final minicamp practice on Thursday before getting some time off before training camp, which opens on July 28 in Mankato.
Here are three observations from Wednesday's practice:
1. Maximizing every minute
With time running out of the offseason program, the Vikings have been hard at work to make sure they get as much accomplished as possible. On Wednesday, that meant very little standing around. When special teams were the focus of practice, offensive and defensive linemen each did individual drills. Later on, the quarterbacks partook in conditioning drills during a lull in the action.
2. Sly on special teams
Vikings Special Teams Coordinator has been busy during minicamp and organized team activity (OTA) practices, as every session has included at least one special teams drill. Wednesday's edition was a sneaky one as Minnesota's punt coverage team practiced against fake punts. Rookie wide receiver Laquon Treadwell lined up as the scout team punter and fired pass attempts against the defense.
3. Missed opportunities
Although Terence Newman is entering his 14th season, the Vikings cornerback showed Wednesday that he isn't above punishment. The 37-year-old has 40 career interceptions but put himself through punitive push-ups when a would-be interception bounced off his hands in team drills. Fellow cornerback Captain Munnerlyn then had a ball sail through his hands at the end of practice. Munnerlyn's momentum carried him up a hill hear the sideline as he feigned disbelief at his missed pick by tumbling to the ground. He, too, did push-ups when he returned to the sideline.