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3 Observations: Rhodes Takes a Gamble, But Diggs Hits Pay Dirt

EAGAN, Minn. — A thunderstorm forced the Vikings Friday morning walk-through inside, but the sky cleared in time for their afternoon practice.

The Vikings spent a considerable amount of time on the goal line and in the two-minute offense during a situational period involving a different scenario for the first, second and third teams.

Minnesota is scheduled to practice at TCO Stadium at 7 p.m. Saturday, weather permitting. Vikings.com will provide updates on plans for Saturday.

Here are three observations from Friday's session:

1. Taking a chance

All-Pro cornerback Xavier Rhodes has been one of the best in the business at closing roads for opponents.

He took a chance on Friday, trying to jump a shallow route by Stefon Diggs, but Kirk Cousins was able to zip the ball by the corner for a completion. Nothing but grass remained on Diggs' path to the end zone. The crowd cheered the 69-yard catch-and-run touchdown instead of a pick six.

2. Looking at 1-on-1s

Vikings defensive linemen and offensive linemen squared off in a round of 1-on-1s.

Everson Griffen and Riley Reiff started the pass rush/block drill in which defenders try to get to a small cone that is standing in the pocket. Griffen and Reiff had a nice pair of battles before Minnesota worked its way down the line.

Danielle Hunter had a lightning-quick crossover move against Rashod Hill.

Longest-tenured Viking Brian Robison went up against rookie Brian O'Neill before Head Coach Mike Zimmer briefly spoke with Robison about the drill.

3. A free play and no penalty vs. penalty

The Vikings practice was officiated by an NFL crew that is out to get back in rhythm.

Cousins capitalized on a "free play" by drawing the defense offsides and took a shot down the field with a pass to Laquon Treadwell, who made a catch against Trae Waynes for a nice gain.

Waynes got up and lobbied for an offensive pass interference call.

Later, on the other side of the field, Rhodes was flagged for illegal contact on Treadwell.

The League has instructed officials to make illegal contact a point of emphasis this season, so players might need to continue to adjust as they see how the rule is applied during preseason games.

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