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3 Observations: Michael Floyd Shines for Vikings

MANKATO, Minn. — The Vikings put on full pads for the second straight day, working through a variety of situations and drills for approximately two hours on Sunday.

It was the eighth straight day of camp for Vikings rookies and select veterans, while the rest of the veterans were hard at work for the fourth day in a row.

Minnesota will hold a walk-through Monday from 10:30-11:30 a.m., followed by practice from 2:45-5:10 p.m. Tuesday will be the Vikings first day off this camp. 

Here are three observations from Sunday's session:

1. The Floyd factor

There was no question who stood out at practice on Sunday.

Vikings wide receiver Michael Floyd showed off the talent that made him a first-round pick by Arizona back in 2012.

Floyd's first big catch came in the red zone when he made a leaping, one-handed grab from quarterback Case Keenum for a touchdown that drew a large ovation.

The former Notre Dame standout then connected with Keenum on a deep pass down the right sideline during 7-on-7 drills that likely would have been a 55-yard score.

Floyd then capped off his monster day by making a play in the clutch. With the clock running down in a late-game scenario, Floyd twisted his body and made a falling back-shoulder grab from quarterback Taylor Heinicke for a score in a crowd of defenders.

"So far, he's made some big-time catches," said Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer. "He's got some good speed and physicality.

"That last play in the end zone there, he kind of bodied the guy up and made a hell of a catch," Zimmer added.

2. Sam slings it

Sam Bradford talked Sunday morning about taking more deep shots down the field.

He backed up his word in the afternoon practice.

Bradford and the Vikings opened practice with a unique drill in which three skills players and the quarterback try to go against four defenders (usually a linebacker and three defensive backs) in a passing drill.

Bradford wasted no time showing off his accuracy, pinpointing a perfect pass to wide receiver Stefon Diggs as linebacker Anthony Barr, cornerback Trae Waynes and safety Harrison Smith lurked nearby.

Bradford then aired it out, as he hit wide receiver Jarius Wright on a deep route past cornerback Xavier Rhodes and safety Andrew Sendejo.

The quarterback then wowed the crowd with a perfect pass to Diggs later in a team drill. Waynes and Sendejo were in solid position, but Bradford's throw was only where Diggs could haul it in.

3. Keeping up with kickoff returns

The Vikings trotted out a trio of players at kick returner Sunday, with Marcus Sherels, Rodney Adams and Isaac Fruechte taking turns returning live kicks under the watchful eye of Vikings Special Teams Coordinator Mike Priefer.

Jerick McKinnon, who is coming off an injury, stood in the end zone but watched the drill.

Priefer also threw different situations at his kickoff return team, but they were alert and attentive.

Linebacker Ben Gedeon made a heads up play by smothering an onside kick, and defensive tackle Shamar Stephen corralled a pooch kick and rumbled up the field.

View images from the Vikings training camp practice on Sunday, July 30.

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