EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. —Last week after an organized team activity (OTA) practice, Vikings defensive end Brian Robison said his career in the NFL has taught him to be a smarter player.
At the Vikings 10th and final OTA practice Thursday, Robison showed he still has plenty of moves, too.
With the 10-year veteran wired with a microphone, Robison dominated the practice with his rush moves during team drills, drawing praise from Vikings defensive line coach Andre Patterson.
"That was outstanding in that 2-minute drill," Patterson said. "B-Rob took it over and attacked their protection.
"There was no way they could pick it up," he added. "We have to keep building on that. This team is going to go as far as we go."
The affable Robison played his solid day up to the cameras, joking that they should definitely air Patterson's speech.
"That looked real good," Robison joked with his coach. "I appreciate you giving me all that (love) on the (microphone)."
Robison and Patterson also exchanged banter earlier in Thursday's practice when the coach mentioned that training camp was less than two months away.
"I don't like how you mentioned Mankato this morning in the meeting," Robison quipped to Patterson. "It's way too early for that, man.
"You don't mention Mankato until we get to Mankato."
The 33-year-old Robison, who has 48.5 career sacks in 86 career starts, said he is impressed by the Vikings work ethic this offseason.
"We work really hard every single day," Robison said. "We're doing things the right way, and everyone is trying to come out here and make improvements every single day.
"It's impressive to see," he added. "The only way you can become better is by consistently putting good practices together."
Robison and running back Adrian Peterson are entering their 10th season with the franchise, second only to linebacker Chad Greenway, who will play his 11th season in purple this year.
Robison said the trio realizes the importance of spending a decade or more in one city, and that they are driven to bring success to Minnesota.
"Anytime you can play in the league as long as we have, that's something special, especially to do it with one team," Robison said. "This place is always going to have my heart, and it's a place I want to bring a championship to.
"When you look around and see the young guys and realize you are the old guy on the team … you definitely take every day as a blessing and come out here and give it everything you've got," he added.
Just as he did on Thursday.