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Vikings Territory staffer Drew Mahowald was on hand for the Aug. 3 Minnesota Vikings training camp practice and delivers his takeaways.

August in Mankato. The visual image likely popping into your head is one that includes sweat, humidity and heat.

However, such image was a completely inaccurate description of what Thursday’s practice was for the Vikings. The temperature fluttered in the mid-50s and the wind was steady around 20 miles per hour. It was a wonderful retreat from the typical uncomfortableness that comes with Vikings training camp.

Below are major takeaways from Thursday’s practice.

David Morgan dominates

Second-year tight end David Morgan turned in a dominating performance on Thursday. He was an unstoppable force as a run blocker, particularly in red zone drills. During one play, he practically de-cleated linebacker Emmanuel Lamur and drove him across the field and opened a hole for Dalvin Cook.

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The Minnesota Vikings first preseason game is only eight days away!

Vikings at Buffalo Bills. Thursday, August 10th @ 6pm CT

The Vikings have had six days of full team practices in Mankato. The good news is the team has avoided major injury, plus two playmakers on defense have been locked up long-term. The bad news is there have been minor, but potentially nagging injuries to report.

Let’s recap the team news that has come out of training camp since our last Loose Ends take.

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Cracking a 53-man roster as a rookie late-round draft pick will always be an uphill battle in the NFL.

Players of this variety have very little room for error, as they typically enter the league with very low expectations. As a result, 5th-, 6th- and 7th-round selections must often force their new coaches to pay more attention to them — and Minnesota Vikings rookie Stacy Coley certainly appears to have accomplished this task.

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Vikings Territory staffer Drew Mahowald presents the second edition of his brand new segment for the 2017 season, the Skol Scale.

Football has begun.

It’s August, which means Minnesota Vikings training camp is underway. It also means the Skol Scale meter has begun fluctuating.

For readers who aren’t familiar, the Skol Scale acts as a measuring device for the optimism I feel about the Vikings on a 1-10 scale. It considers everything that could impact the team’s success, from injuries to off-field issues to scheme and personnel changes.

The inaugural calculation of the Skol Scale spat out a score of 6.5 factoring in several good and bad factors that took course throughout the offseason.

Through eight practices in Mankato, several new storylines have already begun to form. How have they impacted the Skol Scale?

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This is the third installment of our Opposing View series, in which we gauge the league-wide perception of the Vikings by talking to bloggers from around the NFL. For each post, I’ll seek out a writer for a team on the 2017 Vikings schedule, and ask them a few short questions about the way they view our squad from afar. 

This installment is a fun one, as I chatted with Zachary Jacobson of Cheesehead TVThe Vikings play Green Bay in Weeks Six and Sixteen. 

Check out the previous posts here:

Q&A With Steelers Writer Alex Kozora
Q&A With Bears Writer Jeff Hughes

VTTop of your head, give me the first things you think of with the Minnesota Vikings going into 2017.

Zachary Jacobson: When I think of the 2017 Minnesota Vikings, I think of the real challenger to the Packers’ NFC North crown. And, no, I’m not just saying that because I’m talking to a Vikings writer; this is something I’ve been preaching all off-season. The Bears are the Bears and the Lions don’t impress me outside of Matthew Stafford. I think the Vikings will get back to their 2015 form and really give Green Bay a run for their money.

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