EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer has been described as a straightforward and blunt communicator during media sessions.
That description gained traction Wednesday in a presser that followed the Vikings second organized team activity practice.
Zimmer was asked about the absence of Adrian Peterson from OTAs and when the running back might return to Minnesota.
"Adrian, he's really got two choices: he can either play for us or not play," Zimmer said. "He's not going to play for anybody else and that's just the way it's going to be."
Zimmer pointed out the 2012 NFL MVP hasn't attended all OTAs in years past and said he's focused on the 88 of 89 players on the roster who are at Winter Park. That's not just coachspeak.
Here are additional highlights from pressers with Zimmer and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater:
The first day that Mike Wallace visited Winter Park, less than 24 hours after he was acquired in a trade, the receiver told Vikings.com he wanted fans to know he was a guy who was "coming to work."
It's early in the offseason program, but Zimmer and Bridgewater have already seen that quality in Wallace, who has had at least 60 receptions in each of the past five seasons.
"He's a dynamic receiver. He's been doing a great job of working," Zimmer said. "He's a guy that works very, very hard. He's been catching the ball well, learning the playbook. All these things are different for him, but he's looked good."
Bridgewater said Wallace is a "great addition" and always doing extra work after practice to help the transition to the Vikings.
"He's over there on the Jugs Machine catching passes now," Bridgewater said. "It's just putting in that little extra work that's going to help you do it that next day and it's just going to continue to help me."
BIGGER, STRONGER, LOUDER TEDDY?
Zimmer was asked about what he wanted to see from Bridgewater, the 2014 first-round pick who rose from No. 3 on the depth chart a year ago to starter and successfully grew as the season progressed.
"It's hard never to be not pleased with Teddy because he's such a strong worker," Zimmer said. "We wanted him to get bigger and stronger, and he looks a little bigger to me."
Zimmer also mentioned he's seen Bridgewater be more vocal in communication with receivers, and the quarterback said he's been "extremely comfortable" doing that so far.
RIGHT TO LEFT
The Vikings opened OTAs by shifting a healed-up Brandon Fusco from right guard to left guard so they could insert fourth-round pick T.J. Clemmings in at right guard.
We'll have more on Fusco's reaction to the move in today's roundup, but Zimmer said the decision was made for multiple reasons, but a primary consideration was with Clemmings in mind. He played the final two seasons of college at right tackle.