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3 Observations: Vikings Wrap Up Mandatory Minicamp

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — That's a wrap on the Vikings mandatory minicamp.

Minnesota concluded its three-day session on Thursday morning at Winter Park with a quick practice in helmets and shorts.

The Vikings will now turn their attention to training camp, which begins next month in Mankato.

Here are three observations from Thursday's practice:

1. Short and sweet 

A year ago, Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer surprised his players by cancelling the final minicamp practice.

That wasn't the case Thursday, but the Vikings rolled through a quick one-hour practice that featured individual drills, in-game situations and red zone work.

Players will now have some time off to rest and recover before the grind of training camp and the season hits.

2. Plenty of catches

Tight end Bucky Hodges was among the offensive players who made notable grabs Thursday morning.

The rookie tight end's practice was highlighted by a sliding grab near the sideline that put the Vikings offense inside the 5-yard line in a team drill. Hodges was also a popular target over the middle later in practice.

Wide receiver Laquon Treadwell made an athletic catch early on in practice, and wide receiver Jarius Wright showed nifty footwork hauling in a pass in the back of the end zone.

3. Welcome back!

Hall of Famers John Randle and Randall McDaniel walked the sidelines, and so did Chad Greenway, the newest member of the Vikings alumni.

Additionally, Bill Brown, Greg Coleman, Ron Groce, Neal Guggemos, John Henderson, Ben Leber, Leo Lewis, Stu Voigt, Gene Washington and Rickey Young attended.

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