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3 Observations: Vikings Rest Bradford; Keenum, Heinicke Take 1st-Team Reps

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Vikings continued their third and final week of Organized Team Activity practices on Tuesday morning, going in helmets and shorts for approximately 90 minutes at Winter Park.

The practice was open to the media.

The Vikings are scheduled to have two more OTA sessions this week and will then hold a mandatory minicamp from June 13-15.

Here are three observations from Tuesday's practice:

1. An opportunity for the quarterbacks

Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford was limited in Tuesday's practice with muscle tightness.

Quarterbacks Case Keenum and Taylor Heinicke filled in for Bradford as each took reps with the first-team offense.

Keenum was signed as a free agent this offseason. Heinicke spent most of last season on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury List. He was elevated to the 53-man roster in November but is yet to appear in a regular-season game.

2. Crunch time

The Vikings offense tied for 18th with a third-down conversation rate of 38.03 percent in 2016, while Minnesota's defense was 14th as they held opponents to a 38.83 conversation rate. 

Minnesota placed an emphasis on third down Tuesday as the Vikings spent the latter portion of practice working on all sorts of down and distances in the crucial situation.

Cornerback Terence Newman made a great play when he batted down a pass on a blitz, and linebacker Edmond Robinson had a handful of strong plays in coverage.

Rookie running back Dalvin Cook showed some athleticism by taking a swing pass for a long gain, and Keenum fired a strike to wide receiver Stefon Diggs between a handful of defenders that would have moved the chains.

3. Kicking battle continues

The position battle at kicker added another chapter as Kai Forbath and Marshall Koehn each had three tries between 40 and 48 yards on Tuesday.

Koehn was successful from 43, 46 and 49 yards out, his first perfect day during team drills during OTAs so far. He has made 10 of 12 tries in team drills so far this spring.

Forbath made both of his 40-yard attempts but pushed his 43-yard try just right. He has been successful on 12 of 14 field goals in team drills during OTAs.

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