Mike Wobschall makes a living by being one of the Vikings biggest cheerleaders in writing and in front of the camera, so you won’t get much of the disappointing news from his stuff at Vikings.com, but he is also one of the best in the business. Plus, when other media outlets are not allowed access to practices or other events, he is right there to make sure he keeps us informed.
Through the first two days of Minnesota’s OTA’s, Wobschall has been there to keep us updated on everything. Here are some highlights, accompanied by links, as to how the first two days have been going.
DAY ONE OBSERVATIONS: Wobschall tells us that cornerback Antoine Winfield looks to be 100% this offseason and describes him as “spry,” while wide receiver Jerome Simpson showed his capabilities stretching the field, receiver Bryan Walters looked very sharp. More notes about which players looked good can be found at this link, too.
IMPROVEMENT ON OFFENSE: The offense, led by quarterback Christian Ponder, is bound to take their lumps as the installation process progresses. As noted by both Wobschall and Ponder, however, the offense showed marked improvement from day one to day two.
DAY TWO OBSERVATIONS: Cornerback Chris Cook made one of the best plays of the session and it could have been a defensive score, defensive coordinator Alan Williams is making a Frazier-like impression on his players, middle linebacker Jasper Brinkley is bound and determined to show his critics that he can defend the pass, undrafted cornerback Bobby Felder is a name to keep an eye on as a sleeper candidate, while fullback Matt Asiata turned some heads by making a diving catch way down field.
Leslie Frazier press conference on Wednesday: LINK
Christian Ponder press conference on Wednesday: LINK
Adrian Peterson and Percy Harvin continue their rehabilitation by pushing each other: LINK
An NFL Network report from Minnesota’s OTA’s: LINK