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3 Observations from Vikings 3rd OTA Practice

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. —The Vikings wrapped up their third and final organized team activity (OTA) practice of the week Thursday morning at Winter Park.

The team practiced outside in near-perfect conditions for approximately 90 minutes, going through a variation of individual and team drills.

The Vikings have three more OTA practices next week and will hold four more the following week.

Here are three observations from Thursday's session:

1. Give and take

The constant battle between the Vikings offense and defense was in full view Thursday, with quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and the offense having the early edge. The ball rarely touched the ground during 1-on-1 passing drills before Bridgewater lofted a beautiful deep ball down the middle to wide receiver Stefon Diggs.

But the defense had their say, especially toward the end of practice during a red zone drill. Cornerback Xavier Rhodes had near perfect positioning on an interception at the goal line before linebacker Chad Greenway recorded a pick on the next play. Rhodes then knocked away a pass in the end zone before linebacker Emmanuel Lamur nearly had an interception of his own.

Trae Waynes also recorded an interception of Shaun Hill to cap a two-minute drill.

Both sides will likely make their share of plays as we continue with OTAs and into training camp.

2. Coaching them up

Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer and Defensive Coordinator George Edwards bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to Minnesota's coaching staff. The pair put that on full display during a quick break in Thursday's practice.

Moments after the Vikings first-team defense lined up in a nickel package, Zimmer chatted with defensive end Brian Robison while Edwards spent a few minutes with cornerback Captain Munnerlyn. The players have a combined 16 years of experience but are each always willing to learn.

3. All hands on deck

Rookies are required to stay after practice for extra work on specific position drills. While most veterans head off the field at the conclusion of practice, the entire Vikings wide receiver group stuck around for additional drills. Some caught passes from a machine while others just played catch and worked on their footwork.

Veteran Terence Newman guided undrafted rookies Keith Baxter and Tre Roberson through a session. First-round pick Laquon Treadwell was the last to leave the field after spending extra time with the JUGS machine.

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