Vikings Training Camp Live 2016: Day 4 Practice

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Things were a little different during the Minnesota Vikings first padded practice yesterday. Today’s practice should be similar in terms of intensity. The team has a day off tomorrow, so do not be surprised if the coaching staff pushes the players a little harder today.

As always, we will have the latest updates from camp as they happen.

Let’s go!

2:40pm – Practice is just about to get underway and it could be a little wet out there today in Mankato.

2:50pm – Day four of Vikings training camp is now underway. Wide receiver Cordarelle Patterson is a non-participant once again while the status of running back Adrian Peterson is uncertain for today.

2:55pm – Apparently the Vikings are not interested in playing in the rain today as the team is moving indoors. Practice is currently suspended until the rain passes by. Should resume within the next half hour depending on the weather. (What is this? Golf?)

3:05pm – The players are waiting inside for a little bit for the rain to pass by, but it seems as though Peterson will not be practicing in pads once again today based on his lack of padding in this clip. 

3:10pm – Team now making their way back to the field. Do not be surprised if practice is a little sloppy today due to the rain. 

3:20pm – Camp practice has now begun with Vikings players participating in individual drills. Some players to watch for today include Trae Waynes, Matt Kalil, and Jayron Kearse.

3:25pm – The play of the backups in camp so far has been a bit underwhelming (trying to be nice here). Minnesota must feel strongly about Shaun Hill’s mentoring abilities because it is pretty apparent that he is not with the team for his skills on the field.

3:35pm – From everything that has been written so far about camp, Moritz Böhringer has been pretty impressive. He still has had some obvious bumps in the road, but players and coaches have been raving about his eagerness to learn each day.

3:40pm – The offensive line is not the only Vikings unit that needs to improve their blocking abilities in 2016. A bunch of sacks were also given up last season by Minnesota’s running backs (figures the guy who needs the most help is not practicing today…). 

3:45pm – Running back Jerick McKinnon being checked on by a trainer on the sideline. Does not seem to be anything serious but not a player Minnesota can afford to lose to an injury with Peterson already nursing an injury. 

3:50pm – With McKinnon and Peterson both out for now, Matt Asiata is seeing most of the first team reps at running back. This may his best chance to remind coaches why he has made the team in each of the past three seasons.

4:00pm – The intensity in practice has definitely picked up today. First with the goal line drill and now rookie wide receiver Laquon Treadwell has had himself a “Welcome to the NFL” moment.

4:05pm – Rookie safety Jayron Kearse has been tremendously impressive in camp so far and he is having another good day so far. Of course it is easier to play well when Minnesota’s backup quarterbacks are lobbing balls to defenders.

4:15pm – With Patterson out of action again today, some different players are getting an opportunity to return kicks in practice. Hard to imagine Patterson’s job as a returner is in jeopardy though, given that he has four kickoff returns for touchdowns in the past three seasons. It also seems as though McKinnon is back to the practice field now.

4:25pm – Offensive lineman T.J. Clemmings getting an opportunity to work with the first team today in camp. However, it does not seem like he will be part of the starting line up come opening day this season.

4:30pm – Seems like the Vikings wide receivers are having an easier time getting open than they were yesterday. The battles between the receivers and the defensive backs has been one of the more intriguing position group matchups in camp so far this year. 

4:40pm – Football is back and so is Mike Zimmer giving his players his an earful. Have to appreciate the fire Zimmer brings to the Vikings. He does it for their own good. 

4:45pm – Minnesota’s defense not playing as well as they were yesterday. Still making plays, but the offense has definitely stepped up their game today.

4:50pm – A new addition to Minnesota this past offseason, Emmanuel Lamur is getting plenty of opportunities to challenge for a starting spot on the team’s defense during camp so far. Veteran linebacker Chad Greenway’s days as a starter on this defense may be coming to an end sooner than people have thought.

4:55pm – Minnesota’s starting offensive lineman seem to be playing pretty well in camp so far. Much different story for their backups however. It could be another rough year for Teddy if anyone gets injured on the offensive line this season.

5:00pm – The Vikings coaching staff has been trying to convince the media that their offensive line is much better this year. But apparently, they forgot to tell that to their lineman today…

5:05pm – That is all for today from Vikings training camp in Mankato. The team has tomorrow off and will resume camp activities on Wednesday morning with their walk-thru at 10:30am (central time).

As always, we will have live coverage of everything relating to Vikings training camp each and everyday.

See you Wednesday!