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3 Observations From Vikings 7th OTA Practice

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. —The Vikings began their third and final week of organized team activity (OTA) practices Monday morning at Winter Park.

The team is scheduled for four OTA practices this week and will hold a mandatory minicamp next week.

The Vikings practiced outside for approximately 90 minutes outside in helmets and shorts in windy weather. 

Here are three observations from Monday's session:

1. Humming along

Simply put, the Vikings offense looked sharp. With the third week of OTAs underway, receivers and running backs seem to have found a rhythm in the passing game with quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Every receiver had multiple catches, the highlight being Charles Johnson's 55-yard touchdown catch down the right sideline. Another strong point for the offense was ball security, as the Vikings offense didn't throw an interception for the first time during OTAs.

2. Sideline snags

The Vikings spent a portion of 7-on-7 drills working on catches near the sideline. Johnson and wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson had impressive catches near the white lines before wide receiver Jarius Wright made a tiptoe grab that forced players to move out of the way as he barreled out of bounds. 

3. Swirling conditions 

The wind added a challenge during the special teams portion of practice, especially for punt returners. Marcus Sherels, Stefon Diggs, Troy Stoudemire and Adam Thielen each fielded all of their punts successfully, but had to battle the wind to do so. The ball was moving every which way as returners tried to track the punts from a machine.

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