EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings went for a Sunday jog-through.
After two consecutive days of padded practices, Head Coach Kevin O'Connell opted to put players through multiple types of scenarios for a considerable amount of the non-padded practice.
Scenarios included third-and-20-ish, mayday (one play then hurrying to line up for a field goal) and Hail Mary that can all show up in a 2-minute drill.
The first-team offense and defense jogged through on one field, and the second-team offense and defense participated on another, allowing the Vikings to cover plenty of material.
View photos of players during 2022 Vikings Training Camp practice on August 6 at the TCO Performance Center.
The practice was a bit different than most would expect from a training camp session, but operations were more normal Sunday than the previous day when Minnesota worked around inclement weather and a couple of power outages at Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center.
The intensity is likely to ramp back up Monday when the Vikings host their annual night practice at TCO Stadium.
Right guard Jesse Davis underwent a workout instead of fully participating. It also appeared that Patrick Peterson and Harrison Smith had reduced workloads, but the two were on the field during the jog-through sessions. That trio was issued vet days on Aug. 2, the last time Minnesota was not in full pads.
Receiver Blake Proehl and linebacker Ryan Connelly remain on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list.
Here are three observations from Sunday's session presented by Minnesota Eye Consultants, the Proud LASIK Partner of the Minnesota Vikings:
1. Conditioning period not punitive
Nope, the wind sprints were not a punishment.
Minnesota's players went through part of practice and then were instructed to join on one field.
The offense lined up on the goal line and sprinted, and the defense followed. The units continued this for a few more sequences to build up their conditioning.
Several coaches also opted to do sprints on an adjacent field during the practice period.
2. Breaking up drill
Linebackers Eric Kendricks and Jordan Hicks are forming quite the duo for the interior of the Vikings defense.
Sunday they paired up in a drill on the sideline while teammates were working on special teams.
Kendricks lined up and faced Hicks in close proximity as an assistant tossed passes toward Kendricks. The passer adjusted locations, and Hicks tried to break up each pass with his back turned to the football by reacting to wherever Kendricks' hands went.
3. Putting the OL in SKOL
Rookie offensive linemen Ed Ingram, Vederian Lowe and Josh Sokol helped lead a solid crowd in the SKOL Chant near the start of practice.
Ingram, who filled in for Davis with the first-team offense, was particularly animated with his arms.
The three rookies also stayed after practice to sign autographs and spend an extended period of time speaking with several Vikings Kids Club members.