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
- Turner spoke extensively about wanting the Vikings to have an explosive offense. Of all the words Turner used in his 20 minutes at the podium, explosive was likely used the most. There is no doubt that he intends to stretch the field and this offense will look very different from years past.
“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.
- Turner also mentioned he thinks Peterson can hold his own not only catching the ball out of the backfield, but also in pass protection. Turner did note, however, that defensive ends are bound to give any running back trouble in terms of pass protection.
- On that topic, Turner went to great lengths to explain that Matt Asiata has really shown what he can do not only catching the ball, but also in pass protection. Turner added, that Asiata is a great athlete and can be a running back who can really “pound it.”
- Turner noted that the Vikings want to be a physical football team, and that will extend to the offense. Full back Jerome Felton is going to ‘block, block, block’ Turned commented and added that he will get Felton carries as well. Something Felton saw very little of in Bill Musgrave’s offense.