MANKATO, Minn. — Time is ticking down on 2015 Verizon Vikings Training Camp, which is scheduled to break Thursday.
Before returning to Winter Park Friday and continuing final preparations for hosting Tampa Bay at 7 p.m. Saturday at the University of Minnesota, the Vikings aired it out at the Wednesday afternoon session.
The shiniest display of speed was provided by Mike Wallace against Xavier Rhodes down the sideline. Wallace hit another gear and gained what might be the most separation from Rhodes that a receiver has had all camp by using straight acceleration. Teddy Bridgewater gave Wallace the opportunity to go get it.
The most impressive display of concentration occurred moments before when Adam Thielen dived to reel in a deep one down the other sideline from Bridgewater.
Defenders did have their revenge, particularly during work in the red zone where Gerald Hodges, Terence Newman and DeMarcus Van Dyke nabbed passes. Van Dyke added another one, and Marcus Sherels also recorded a pick.
GREENWAY GREETS GUESTS
Chad Greenway has welcomed countless fans to training camp, his 10th on the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato.
On Wednesday, the linebacker was able to join Head Coach Mike Zimmer in welcoming four-star Gen. Wesley Clark.
Clark, the valedictorian at West Point in 1966, served in the U.S. Army more than 30 years, including time as Supreme Allied Commander and Commander in Chief of the U.S. European Command.
Greenway also took time to welcome former Vikings tight end Jim Kleinsasser (1999-2011), and the teammates enjoyed a harmonious moment for South (Greenway) and North (Kleinsasser) Dakota.
MORE IN MANKATO
The Vikings announced Wednesday a three-year extension to continue training camp at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
"Announcing this extension with Minnesota State University, Mankato, is a perfect way to celebrate our 50 years together," said Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf. "Vikings training camp is a great tradition for the team and our fans, and we look forward to this continued partnership with both the university and the City of Mankato."
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