3 Observations: Moss, Rashad Take in Minicamp Practice

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Vikings continued their mandatory minicamp on Wednesday morning at Winter Park, practicing in helmets and shorts approximately two hours. 

Minnesota has one final day of the mandatory minicamp on Thursday.

After this week, the next time the Vikings will take the field will be for training camp in Mankato next month. 

Here are three observations from Wednesday’s practice:

1. In the presence of legends

The Vikings announced Wednesday that former wide receivers Randy Moss and Ahmad Rashad will be inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor during the 2017 season.

The duo turned heads when they watched about half of Wednesday’s practice, along with Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf.

Moss and Rashad both spoke to the team at the conclusion of practice, while Moss also caught up with some familiar faces in Vikings defensive line coach Andre Patterson and former teammates Everson Griffen and Alex Boone.

2. Friendly competition

Minnesota’s quarterbacks took part in a friendly but important competition during a special teams portion of Wednesday’s session. 

Sam Bradford, Case Keenum, Taylor Heinicke and Wes Lunt each took snaps in an end zone before shuffling forward and trying to land a roughly 45-yard pass in a trash can down the left hash marks.

While none of the quarterbacks were able to hit the trash can, the drill allowed the group to engage in a fun challenge.

View images from the first of three minicamp practices at Winter Park Tuesday morning.

3. Red zone repetition

The Vikings spent one of the final parts of Wednesday’s practice in the red zone, as they look for success inside the 15-yard line.

But with every play being third down, the offense was trying to pick up first downs in addition to scoring.

Both sides of the ball had notable plays.

Wide receiver Jarius Wright and tight end Kyle Carter had touchdown catches. Cornerback Trae Waynes and linebacker Edmond Robinson provided solid coverage to prevent completions.

Safety Tommy Armstrong ended the session by preventing a possible touchdown catch at the goal line.

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