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3 Observations: Sam Bradford Return Includes Quick TD

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Vikings on Wednesday pushed tempo in their third of four Organized Team Activity practices this week.

The efficient session was expedited in comparison to the previous practices that have been about 90 minutes apiece so that Vikings players and coaches could make their way over to The Meadows at Mystic Lake for the team's annual charity golf tournament. In addition to raising money for charity, the golf outing allows team-building away from Winter Park.

The Vikings will conclude their OTA practices on Thursday and have a minicamp next week before a break until the team reports to training camp in July.

Here are three observations from Wednesday's practice:

1. Bradford back in action

The Vikings rested Sam Bradford because of some muscle tightness on Tuesday, a session that was open to the media.

The quarterback was back in action on Wednesday and struck early. He found Kyle Rudolph for a touchdown on a post route on a play that began at the 5-yard line.

Bradford also delivered a nice ball that Adam Thielen collected to move the chains on a third-and-10 later in the day.

Other offensive players also made a few nice plays on Wednesday. Isaac Fruechte nabbed a touchdown on a short route to the front corner of the end zone.

Case Keenum connected with Jarius Wright on a corner route and with Michael Floyd on a deep toss in a 1-on-1 against Jabari Price.

2. A Legend returns

Vikings Legend Robert Smith, the second-leading rusher in team history (6,818 yards), attended Wednesday's practice.

While some faces around the facility are new, Smith enjoyed walking down memory lane with long-timers like equipment manager Dennis Ryan and defensive line coach Andre Patterson, who was with the Vikings (1998-99) during part of Smith's eight-season career.

Head Coach Mike Zimmer, who was a defensive assistant and defensive coordinator in Dallas during all of Smith's career, has made it a priority to connect Legends with current players and strengthen the Purple connection across generations.

After kickers Kai Forbath and Marshall Koehn each drilled 43-yard field goal attempts, Zimmer called for the all-up and invited Smith to speak to the team.

Players were attentive during Smith's comments, and rookie Dalvin Cook connected with him after the talk.

3. Soaking it up

Coaches and rookies usually work together for an additional 30 minutes or so after each OTA, but that was not part of Wednesday's schedule.

A handful, however, stayed on the field to continue to work on hand placements, explosive first steps and hand-eye coordination.

One of the most interesting pairings was 38-year-old Terence Newman and 23-year-old Tommy Armstrong. Newman, who is preparing for his 15th pro season and third in Minnesota, worked with Armstrong, a former Nebraska quarterback who is trying to transition to safety, on backpedaling.

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