3 Observations from Final Minicamp Practice: Cousins, Diggs End Spring With TD

EAGAN, Minn. — Next stop … training camp.

The Vikings wrapped up their offseason program Thursday morning by holding the third and final mandatory minicamp practice this week.

The team practiced for just over an hour in helmets, shells and shorts outside on a pristine day at Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center.

The session wrapped up the last of 13 spring practices between Organized Team Activities and minicamp. The team now have a break before training camp begins late next month.

Here are three observations from Thursday morning’s session:

1. 14 + 8 = 6

Kirk Cousins’ final throw of the spring was a gorgeous touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs.

Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer put his team in a lengthy situation drill in which Cousins and Minnesota’s first-team offense started at its own 25-yard line down 18-13 with 10 minutes left.

Cousins hit Diggs for 18 yards and Chad Beebe for 17 yards to jumpstart the drive against the Vikings first-team defense, and Kyle Rudolph later moved the chains with an 11-yard grab on third-and-11.

That set up a 36-yard connection from Cousins to Diggs on a corner route as the offense capped the spring with an exclamation point of a nine-play, 75-yard scoring drive.

Ameer Abdullah added the 2-point conversion on the ground for a 21-18 lead, but Sean Mannion drove the second-team offense 75 yards for a late 32-yard field goal by Dan Bailey to knot the score.

The situation ended with a 21-21 draw as the third-team offense couldn’t get on the scoreboard in the final few minutes.

2. Have a day, Davion Davis

The final day of minicamp belonged to Davion Davis.

The undrafted free agent wide receiver out of Sam Houston State made three dazzling catches on the day.

Davis began his big day with a leaping snag over the middle when he high-pointed a Kyle Sloter pass with multiple defenders around him. The incredible catch drew plenty of loud cheers from the offensive players on the sideline.

During the team session mentioned above, Davis helped Mannion lead the scoring drive by snagging a 41-yard reception over his shoulder down the right sideline as he managed to stay in bounds. Davis then drew a 20-yard pass interference call on the next play.

But the 22-year-old wasn’t done, as he might have saved his best for last. With the third-team offense on the field late in the final situation, Davis snagged a tipped pass with his fingertips just inches from the turf.

Davis had 40 touchdowns in his college career for the Bearkats.

3. Gedeon goes the distance

The best play for the defense Thursday came from linebacker Ben Gedeon, who intercepted Jake Browning for a 55-yard pick-six in a team drill.

Gedeon picked off the low pass and scooted untouched down the left sideline as Browning and the offense gave chase.

The third-year linebacker was joined in the end zone by Anthony Barr, Everson Griffen and Xavier Rhodes — played who were on the sideline when the play started but who wanted to be part of the celebration.

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