Skip to main content

News | Minnesota Vikings –

Transcript: Zimmer Addressed the Media Friday

I don't have much for you today, but it is good to get back out here with these young guys and get a chance to look at them. We didn't do much this morning so I won't be able to give you a detailed scouting report, so fire away.

Q: What are you looking for in this first weekend as you get guys in?

A: That is a good question, what we are really trying to do is get them acclimated to how we do things, get them into the weights, how we practice, watch them a little bit, see athletic ability. You draft guys but you never really know exactly until you see them with your own eyes, how they learn, things like that.

Q: How was your first look at Laquon Treadwell?

A: It was really a low key thing, but he is quick and sudden, catches the ball well.

Q: Is it a big deal he hasn't signed his contract before camp?

A: It is not my worry.

Q: Is it too soon to make a judgement on work ethic for the young players?

A: We hear about their backgrounds, but it is probably too early to find out some of that stuff. We will find out some more this afternoon when it is a real practice.

Q: Do you put players in different spots or keep them where they are accustomed to?

A: We try to put them in one spot and leave them alone. The worst thing to do is take a guy and try to evaluate him on having to learn a new position or two or three positons. It is just hard to do. We are not trying to mess with them mentally at all, just have them do what they have been doing. 

Q: With injuries that have happened in minicamps, has that affected how you treat these practices?

A: It is important for me to see them and I want to see them. I understand that some teams are not doing anything, but I don't think you can be scared. You have to do what you want to do and I like watching them on the field in practice. We are going to continue to do that and hope we don't get anybody hurt.

Q: With Mackensie Alexander's height, do you see him as a nickel cornerback?

A: I see him as a defensive back, a corner and a nickel cornerback. Maybe there is a misinterpretation of size, but 5-10 ½ is prototype and he is 5-10.3 so he is not a little guy, he is a smaller defensive back compared to some of the 6-footers. Terrance Newman is 5-10.4. 

Q: How do you evaluate Moritz Boehringer in this rookie mini camp?

A: Just kind of watching how he learns, how he moves. From what I saw today, he's a pretty good athlete. Obviously he's going to have to learn – the biggest thing for these guys is learning terminology. That's hard right from the start, but that's not any different from him or anybody else. I evaluate him the same way and just look at him and watch their athletic skills – the way he catches the ball, the way he runs routes.

Q: What were your impressions of Jayron Kearse during the pre-draft process?

A: He's a big athlete that moves well. I think he had an up-and-down season honestly, but I'm excited to work with big athletes.

Q: Why do you think he fell to the seventh round?

A: He probably didn't play as good, I don't know.

Q: Were you surprised he was still there in the seventh round?

A: We did have him higher on the board than where we took him, but I don't think I've ever heard a coach say he hasn't. But we did honestly.

Q: Is it a challenge for a lot of these guys to make the roster given the talent you have coming back next year compared to other years?

A: I hate to assume anything, but we do have a more talented team now than when I first got here. But even then, last year six rookies made a big contribution. We had two undrafted free agents make the team. I think it's good competition. We talked about it with the offensive line, trying to create more competition here. Maybe some of these guys will send some other guys home, I don't know.

Q: Was Mortiz Boehringer able to do everything today given his visa situation?

A: Yeah.

Q: Now that you have a week to absorb all of that with him, how great of a story do you think this is?

A: I want to kind of end the story to be honest with you. I want him to be here playing football and not being a celebrity. I've given him a hard time already about being on TV shows and stuff like that. It's football now and it's time to work. The feel-good story is over.

This article has been reproduced in a new format and may be missing content or contain faulty links. Please use the Contact Us link in our site footer to report an issue.