Training Camp

Vikings Training Camp Live 2016: Day 9 Practice

With only two practices remaining, the Minnesota Vikings time in Mankato is already coming to a close. After the team’s practice today, the team will have a final practice first thing tomorrow morning at 8am (central time).

Like this morning, we will have live coverage of today and tomorrow’s events in Mankato. So follow along and keep up with the latest from Vikings camp…

Right now!

2:40pm – This afternoon’s practice is about to get underway in Mankato, but for now take a look at the Vikings first depth chart of the preseason that was released today.

2:50pm – Wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson will be practicing today, however defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (who sat out this morning’s walk-thru) will not be participating this afternoon. Surprisingly, cornerback Terence Newman will also not be participating in practice today due to an injury.

3:05pm – Minnesota begins today’s practice with some special teams drills. Everyone on the roster is present today, just not everyone is necessarily participating in practice. 

3:20pm – New offensive line coach Tony Sparano continues to be one of the Vikings most valuable additions to the team this offseason. Hard to imagine that Minnesota’s offensive line will not improve from last season.

3:30pm – Whenever the Vikings do drills that involve the wide receivers and defensive backs facing off it always makes for an entertaining watch and today is no different. Wide receiver Jarius Wright seems to have left the field with an apparent injury. We will keep an eye on his status for sure.

3:45pm – Minnesota does not seem to be in any rush right now to put Patterson in harms way as he is doing very little in the team drills today.

3:50pm – Head coach Mike Zimmer has not been happy with his team’s play at all today. He was on their case this morning and it seems like it is more of the same this afternoon. Possibly a bit rusty after their day off yesterday?

4:00pm – Rookie Moritz Böhringer was listed toward the bottom in the wide receiver portion of the Vikings preseason depth chart that was released today. His performance in practice today is not going to help his current status heading into the season. 

4:10pm – A bit of Minnesota related breaking news to mention as the the team has reportedly agreed with long snapper Kevin McDermott on a four-year contract extension.

4:20pm – Now the fun part of the day has started as the Vikings are beginning to do some 11-on-11 work. Most of Minnesota’s exciting plays in camp have come in these types of scenarios.

4:30pm – The defensive backfield seems to be getting the best of the offense in today’s practice. Xavier Rhodes showing off his usual lockdown skills while rookie Mackensie Alexander has been performing rather well also. 

4:35pm – Minnesota’s backup quarterback situation continues to be a train wreck during this training camp. Hill and Stave are throwing at everything and everyone that is not a Vikings receiver.

4:40pm – A special shout out goes to the readers of VT for helping us reach over 8,000 followers on Twitter! Without each and every one your support, we would not be able to bring the latest and greatest on the Vikings. Thank you! 

4:45pm – Minnesota closing out today’s practice with some work on their punt coverage. Take a closer look and see that a certain Vikings defensive end is lining up as one of the punt team’s outside gunners. 

4:55pm – Today’s practice is coming to an end. The Vikings will have one final practice in Mankato tomorrow morning at 8am CT before they head to Cincinnati for a couple joint practices with the Bengals prior to their preseason meeting on Friday.

We will be up bright and early tomorrow to provide the latest from Vikings camp in Mankato! As always…

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Adam Patrick

Adam has been rooting for the Vikings ever since he saw Randall Cunningham win NFC Special Teams Player of the week in 1997. Since his career sports highlights include 3rd place at 5th Grade Golf Camp and catching a ball during a soccer game (he was not playing goalie), Adam turned to writing. He considers himself a 'Vikings Realist' as he does not shy away from criticizing the purple and gold if necessary. He will not always write about the popular topics, but his goal is to provide readers with content they cannot find anywhere else. Follow him on Twitter @Str8_Cash_Homey

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