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3 Observations: Vikings Defense Shines During 2nd OTA Practice

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. —The Vikings are off and running for Organized Team Activity practices, as the team held its second session of the week on Wednesday morning at Winter Park.

Minnesota will have 10 practices throughout OTAs, which run over the next three weeks. The Vikings will then hold a mandatory minicamp from June 13-15.

The Vikings practiced in helmets and shorts for approximately 90 minutes. The practice was open to the media.

Here are three observations from Wednesday's session:

1. An opportunistic defense

The Vikings defense showed Tuesday why it ranked sixth in the NFL in points allowed (19.2) in 2016.

The unit nabbed four interceptions, including one by defensive end Brian Robison off a batted pass in a red zone drill. 

Cornerback Xavier Rhodes later stepped in front of a Sam Bradford pass intended for tight end Kyle Rudolph and raced the other way, while cornerback Tre Roberson also had a nice interception along the sideline.

Linebacker Kentrell Brothers would have had a pick-6 as he corralled a pass that was tipped by safety Anthony Harris. Brothers secured the ball and had nothing but green grass in front of him.

2. Looking for the long ball

The Vikings offense also had its moments Tuesday, especially down the field.

Bradford connected with wide receiver Laquon Treadwell on a deep pass over the middle during a full team drill. Treadwell made a strong adjustment in front of Rhodes.

Bradford then hit Jerick McKinnon down the left sideline for a roughly 35-yard gain after the running back outran linebacker Eric Kendricks.

3. A perfect pair

Both of the Vikings kickers were perfect on Tuesday.

Kai Forbath and Marshall Koehn are competing for kicking duties, but both showed their worth by nailing four kicks apiece during a special teams portion of practice.

Forbath and Koehn each made a pair of field goals from 33 yards, the same distance as an extra point. They each then connected from 40 yards out before moving back to 43 yards, where both kicks sailed through the uprights.

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