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3 Observations: Vikings Endure Split-Squad Practice in Driving Rain

EAGAN, Minn. — Well, that was a wet one.

The Vikings held a split-squad practice Monday afternoon without any expected starters, who instead went through a session in the morning.

But the non-starters who practiced for a little more than an hour Monday endured rainy conditions.

Receiver Jeff Badet and cornerback Mike Hughes did not participate.

Hughes, who was removed from the PUP list Monday, went through warmups with the team before working on a side field.

Tackle Aviante Collins and Brian O'Neill did not participate in team periods.

Here are three observations from Monday afternoon's session:

1. Rain, rain, go away

The less-than-ideal conditions led to a sloppy practice at times, with multiple botched snaps and dropped passes as players sometimes struggled to keep their balance on the grass.

Even special teams were affected, as holder Chad Beebe had a snap slip through his fingers on one attempt.

Kaare Vedvik handled the kicking duties Monday and made three of six attempts during team periods.

He was wide right from 33 yards before making a 37-yarder, but pushed his 41-yard attempt to the left.

Vedvik later came back for three more field goals, but his 36-yard attempt hit off the left upright. The first snap on that attempt was a redo since Beebe couldn't hang onto the snap in the rain.

The specialist finished strong, however, with successful kicks from 42 and 45 yards.

2. Trio of picks

A cluster of young defensive backs should see plenty of action Thursday against Buffalo.

A handful of those players made notable plays Monday as cornerbacks Bene Benwikere and Nate Meadors had interceptions, as did safety Derron Smith.

Smith had the first takeaway of the day with an over-the-shoulder catch on a deep pass from Kyle Sloter to Davion Davis in team drills.

Meadors then picked off Sean Mannion as he tried to hit Davis on a deep crossing pattern. Benwikere capped off the day with an interception off Mannion in the left flat; the turnover occurred after Mannion bobbled the snap from Brett Jones.

3. Looking at the OL

The Vikings currently have 16 offensive linemen on their roster, but the current starting five didn't practice in Riley Reiff, Pat Elflein, Garrett Bradbury, Josh Kline and Rashod Hill.

O'Neill is the starter at right tackle but is working his way back from an injury. He and Collins were limited participants on Monday.

That left nine linemen to fill two units, and it was Dakota Dozier who pulled double duty.

Dozier was the left tackle for the second-team line Monday, and was joined by Danny Isidora, Jones, Dru Samia and Storm Norton.

The third-team line consisted of, from left to right, Nate Wozniak, John Keenoy, Cornelius Edison, Dozier and Olisaemeka Udoh.


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