EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Inclement weather forced the Vikings indoors for Wednesday’s organized team activity practice, their second of the offseason.
Players participated in the non-contact practice in helmets and shorts for approximately 90 minutes in a session that was open to the media.
Here are three quick observations for Wednesday’s session:
1. Trae turns some heads
Second-year cornerback Trae Waynes looked sharp during practice in both individual drills and when going against wide receivers. Waynes, the 11th overall pick in 2015, showed great quickness on multiple occasions, batting away a deep ball down the sideline before breaking up another pass a few moments later. Waynes was a standout on special teams and backup last season. He is looking to expand his role this season.
2. A blend of speed and power
Non-contact practices tend to favor the defensive line since offensive linemen can’t fully block a pass rusher. Even so, the Vikings speed and power along the defensive line was noticeable. Second-year defensive end Danielle Hunter looked especially quick while the defensive line likely would have stopped a handful of running plays for little or no gain.
View images from the second of ten OTA practices.
3. Pruitt progressing at tight end
Tight end MyCole Pruitt made a few splashy plays Wednesday, including a catch on a wheel route that would have gone for a large gain up the left sideline. Pruitt, who also had a nice snag on a catch over the middle, is operating under a new position coach in Pat Shurmur and was on the field with fellow tight end Kyle Rudolph on some plays. Pruitt seemed to progress well during last season’s rookie campaign, finishing with 10 catches for 89 yards.