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3 Observations From Vikings 6th OTA Practice

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

Minnesota practiced for approximately 90 minutes outside in helmets and shorts.

The Vikings are scheduled to have four OTA practices next week before the team holds a mandatory minicamp June 14-16.

Here are three observations from Thursday's session:

1. Perfect under pressure

The Vikings put kicker Blair Walsh in the spotlight midway through the practice, incorporating a drill where they had no timeouts and the clock was ticking down at the end of the half. Walsh calmly stepped up and drilled a pair of field goals, one from 35 yards out and the other from 37 yards. The drill forced Walsh to deal with a bit of pressure as both of his successful kicks came with less than 10 seconds left on the game clock.

2. Practicing the long ball

The Vikings ran seven-on-seven drills near midfield early on in Wednesday's practice. The deep ball was a point of emphasis as quarterbacks Teddy Bridgewater, Shaun Hill, Taylor Heinicke and Joel Stave each took some shots toward the end zone. Bridgewater and wide receiver Terrell Sinkfield connected on a score as Sinkfield made a tumbling catch just past the goal line.

3. Always improving

Much like they've done in recent practices, the Vikings worked on special teams again for a portion of the session. Although tight end Kyle Rudolph and defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis weren't called upon for the special teams drills, the duo kept working. Ellis worked on his footwork and hand placement with defensive line coach Andre Patterson on the sideline, while Rudolph fine-tuned his route running and caught passes from tight end coach Pat Shurmur.

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