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Norv Turner started today's press conference with a 545-word statement praising Teddy Bridgewater: Here it is: pic.twitter.com/Il4idpfPVi
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The Vikings look like a team plenty capable of putting points on the scoreboard. The first two preseason games under Norv Turner have been encouraging, Adrian Peterson will be ready to do his thing in Week One, and Cordarrelle Patterson will once again be returning kicks.
Actually, that last part is speculation at this point, and an item worthy of debate.
As a rookie, Patterson established himself as the NFL’s most electric kick returner last season, and regularly gave the Vikings offense an advantage via stellar field position. He ended up returning 43 kickoffs for 1,393 yards (32.4 yard average) and two scores.
Patterson hasn’t been returning kicks in the preseason, as it is one of the quickest ways to get a player injured in the modern NFL, but Mike Zimmer said last month that he was still the guy. Given Patterson’s increased role and prominence in the offense, however, some might argue that his usage on special teams should be restricted.
Thus, our “Poll of the Week” will hopefully lead to some interesting debate in the comments section.
I returned to Mankato this morning for the team’s first practice in full pads. The intensity of the afternoon session was certinally taken up a notch and you can start to see some players starting to stand out.
I’ve summarized some of the major talking points that I think will continue to evolve through out camp.
Mike Zimmer Press Conference:
These guys are competing against everyone in the league for a spot. We’re looking at the waiver wire.
All in all, I think today’s practice carried the type intensity Zimmer is looking to carry through out camp and I expect we’ll be hearing plenty after tomorrow’s practice. I will be heading back to Mankato next Saturday for the teams under the lights scrimmage and I’ll have plenty of talking points after.
The 2014 Minnesota Vikings are coming together. Well, as much as possible for the 2nd day of training camp. I’ve tried to summarize the major talking points from today’s practices.
Norv Turner Press Conference
“We want to pick up first downs on 1st and 2nd down. We want to be a team that runs a lot of plays” Turner noted.
I found this pretty telling. Since drafting Adrian Peterson, the Vikings have traditionally run the ball on 1st and 2nd down. I sounds like Turner wants to keep defenses on their toes.
Despite being stuck in the dumpster fire that was the 2013 Cleveland Browns, wide receiver Josh Gordon was easily one of my top five favorite players to watch last season. With Norv Turner as offensive coordinator, it didn’t matter who was the latest starting quarterback in Cleveland, Gordon was going to be a hell of a lot of fun to watch each Sunday.
Gordon has always had struggles when it came to staying clean. The result was getting kicked off a team, sitting out a year, and having to enter the NFL via the supplemental Draft. The Browns took a gamble, giving up a second rounder to get him, but it looked like a gamble that would pay off if he could stay clean.
Apparently that “if” was just too big.
1. Because Sid is a big fan.
Sid Hartman, the ever popular and widely read sport columnist that started covering the Vikings at the Star Tribune way back before face masks were invented (ok, that might be a stretch but it’s been a long time), thinks Christian Ponder could start game one.
The 5th wide receiver position on the Minnesota Vikings depth chart, and ultimately a spot on the 53 man roster, is up for grabs this preseason. The Vikings signed undrafted free agent wide receivers Kain Colter and Erik Lora this offseason from a deep pass catching 2014 talent pool. Both have more than a dark horses chance to compete with Vikings’ practice squad incumbents Rodney Smith, Adam Thielen, Kamar Jordan and recently signed veteran free agent WR Josh Cooper.
How does, Colter stack up against Lora?
Both have similarities in size and speed but were uniquely different in styles and roles as football players at the collegiate level.