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3 Observations: Vikings Offense Strikes in Red Zone at 5th OTA Practice

EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings put in another solid day of work Tuesday as they completed their fifth Organized Team Activity practice of the spring.

The session, which lasted about 90 minutes, was the second OTA practice open to Twin Cities media members.

Harrison Smith, Ihmir Smith-Marsette, Timon Parris, Ryan Connelly, Nate Stanley and Blake Proehl did not practice.

View photos from the Vikings OTA practice which took place on May 24 at the TCO Performance Center.

1. Offense finds success in red zone

The Vikings spent a good portion of practice working in the red zone, and the first-team offense was dialed in.

Kirk Cousins and the offense converted twice through the air on third downs inside the 20-yard line, with the quarterback finding Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson on back-to-back plays to move the chains.

Jefferson then hit pay dirt, catching a 6-yard score in the back left corner of the end zone.

The Vikings defense was able to force an incompletion on the fourth and final play of that particular period.

Myron Mitchell later caught a touchdown pass from Sean Mannion when the second-team offense was on the field.

2. Joseph, Brkic get their kicks

O'Connell had his offense jog through a 2-minute drill near the end of practice, with the unit down by two points and 80 seconds on the clock.

Cousins helped guide the offense into field goal range before Greg Joseph hit a 39-yard field goal as time expired for the hypothetical game-winner.

Joseph then stayed on the field with long snapper Andrew DePaola and holder Jordan Berry for the first full-team kicking drills of the spring.

Joseph made five of his six kicks in that drill, which took place with a swirling breeze. Joseph was true from 33, 39, 43, 47 and 54 yards out, but his final 56-yard attempt was wide to the right.

Joseph made 33 of 38 field goals this past season, with seven from 50-plus yards.

Brkic, a rookie from Oklahoma who signed earlier this month, hit all three of his attempts. He was good from 33, 39 and 43 yards away.

The operation on Brkic's attempts consisted of DePaola snapping while Ryan Wright was the holder.

3. Mannion, Mond split reps

Mannion and Kellen Mond took second-team reps with the offense Tuesday.

Cousins took the majority of the practice snaps, of course, but Mannion and Mond rotated in with the next group.

Mannion was Minnesota's backup in 2021, starting one game in place of Cousins.

Mond, a 2021 third-round pick who was the third-stringer and inactive for nearly all of 2021, played three snaps as a rookie when Mannion was sidelined for a bit at Green Bay.