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3 Observations: Osborn's Splash Play Highlights WR's Recent Progression

EAGAN, Minn. — Training camp is off and running with the Vikings second day of practice in the books.

Minnesota isn't in full pads yet — that will come Monday — but the team was still able to get in a solid two hours of work at Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center.

Kicker Riley Patterson and offensive linemen Christian Darrisaw and Cole Cabral did not participate for the second straight day. Patterson is on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform List and cannot practice until taken off that list. Jeff Gladney was not in attendance.

Michael Pierce, Dede Westbrook and Bashaud Breeland didn't partake in full team drills.

The Vikings are scheduled to hold an afternoon practice Friday before hosting the annual Night Practice at TCO Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

View photos of Vikings players from 2021 U.S. Bank Vikings Training Camp practice at the TCO Performance Center on July 29.

Here are three observations from Thursday's session presented by Minnesota Eye Consultants, the Proud Ophthalmology Partner of the Minnesota Vikings:

1. Cousins, Smith trade wins in team drills

Kirk Cousins is entering Year 4 in Purple, and looked every bit like a veteran quarterback Thursday.

That included a few eye-popping throws, including one to one of his favorite targets in Adam Thielen. Cousins drifted to the right of the pocket to avoid pressure and lofted a perfect pass that was both behind Harrison Smith and in front of Xavier Woods. The pass that split the safeties gained about 25 yards.

Cousins later hit Tyler Conklin on a slant route under heavy pressure to pick up a first down on third and roughly seven yards to go.

Cousins didn't get the last laugh, however, at the end of practice. With the ball at the 10-yard line and 18 seconds left on the clock, the offense trailed by six points.

Cousins hit Conklin for five yards, and the offense barely got another player off, but his final pass was picked off by Smith in the end zone.

2. Osborn continues to make strong impression

Wide receiver K.J. Osborn has drawn praise from multiple coaches of late, mostly for his strong showing in the team's offseason program.

Osborn continued his recent surge Thursday, as he hauled in a 50-yard catch from Cousins deep down the middle of the field. The wide receiver beat fellow second-year player Cameron Dantzler on the play.

Osborn's splashy play came a few feet in front of Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman.


U.S. Bank Stadium Practice

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3. Joseph perfect to close out practice

With Patterson on the Active/PUP list, Greg Joseph is the only healthy kicker on the Vikings roster.

He gave himself a bit of a leg up by making all five of his field goal attempts near the end of Thursday's session.

Joseph was good from 33, 30, 35, 42 and 45 yards out, with Britton Colquitt as the holder. Andrew DePaola was the long snapper for the first three attempts before Turner Bernard took over for the final two reps.

In another special teams note, Osborn and rookie Ihmir Smith-Marsette practiced catching kickoffs from Joseph after practice ended Thursday.