Training Camp

Training Camp Diary: August 14

The most important notes and key takeaways from Tuesday's training camp practice.

Welcome to the Minnesota Vikings Training Camp Diary! Here, you’ll find everything you need to know about the Vikings’ training camp practice on August 14 in an easy-to-read bullet form.

Injury updates

  • Stacy Coley and Jalyn Holmes were both present at walk-through this morning after leaving practice yesterday with injuries. They did not participate in any of the action today.
  • Those two, along with Brandon Zylstra, Mack Brown and Tashawn Bower did not participate in the afternoon practice. Bower had his right knee wrapped.
  • Everson Griffen was again absent from practice Tuesday. According to a report by Ben Goessling of the Star Tribune, it is not related to a football injury. He’s expected to be back to practice in a couple of days.
  • Rashod Hill was also missing from practice today.
  • Brian O’Neill took first-team reps at right tackle with Hill out.
  • Stefon Diggs returned to practice Tuesday. He was a full participant in the morning walk-through and was in pads for the afternoon session as well.

No cameras allowed

  • Speaking of the afternoon practice, players were not in full pads and the media was not allowed to take photographs or video during the 11-on-11 drills.

  • During 11-on-11 drills the offense had a tough go of things. On three separate occasions there were either botched or fumbled snaps, leading to an outburst by offensive coordinator John DeFilippo. He screamed “Stop with the wasted plays! Let’s go!”
  • Diggs was overthrown on a deep pass by Kirk Cousins and later had a fastball go right through his hands on a button hook route. The pass was right into his chest. It happens.

Rookie phenom?

  • Rookie cornerback Mike Hughes was already looking good, but he appears to be getting better. Diggs had a tough time getting any separation from Hughes during team drills.

  • Mackensie Alexander also looked solid. During 11-on-11’s he undercut a Siemian pass for an interception. Alexander took second-team reps as Hughes spent time with the starters.
  • Wide receiver Tavarres King had an impressive day. He ran crisp routes, caught everything that was thrown his way and showed off his speed in the open field.
  • The same can be said for Chad Beebe, who is a sharp route runner and looks to be in complete control of his body at all times.
  • Quarterback Trevor Siemian struggled again today. Many of his throws were wildly off target and for whatever reason he had trouble receiving the snap and hanging onto the ball. That’s not all on him but that’ll need to be fixed with one of the league’s top defenses coming into town tomorrow.
  • Laquon Treadwell made the most of his opportunities in red zone drills and made multiple plays throughout the day. Cousins is definitely developing a rapport with the 23 year-old wideout.

  • Both Kai Forbath and Daniel Carlson went 6 for 6 in an impressive display of field goal kicking today. The wind was sailing from right to left and into the players’ faces. It’s clear that neither one of the kickers wants to give up an inch in this competition, and up to this point neither of them has.
  • The joint practices with the Jacksonville Jaguars begin tomorrow. Stay tuned to VT and Sean Borman’s twitter account for updates.
  • We’ll leave you with this:

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Sean Borman

Sean Borman is a writer with Minnesota roots that's still somehow an optimist. He was an intern with the Vikings during college and is an IT nerd by day. You can find Sean on the golf course and on Twitter @SeanBormanNFL.

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  1. Big thanks for the camp today ~ A lot sounds good ~

    I remember that there was talk that Case might not be the #2 around this time in 2017 ~ I do have to say I don’t remember Case worrying me as much as Trevor does this year ~ I bring this up because I can’t remember how Case looked after the first preseason game last year and his start for the Broncos this past Saturday was not a sight to behold ~

    Your thoughts ~ I believe Sloter is the better QB at this time ~ Am I wrong ~ ???

      1. Not yet, but if Siemian’s struggles deepen while Sloter keeps improving, the coaches would be doing the team a disservice not to give Sloter a look w/the 2’s. Keep in mind that Siemian is playing against a really good defense.

    1. You’re welcome Gordon!

      You know I didn’t see much of Case last year (in camp) so I can’t speak much of that. As far as Siemian, it’s weird because he looked pretty good in camp last week as well as the game Saturday, aside from a couple poor throws.

      Right now it’s tough for me to make the jump and say Sloter is better because Siemian is playing against the 2’s (and some 1’s) whereas Sloter is against the 3’s. I don’t think there’s any question Sloter has more potential as a game-changing QB, but currently, I believe Siemian is a better game manager.

      1. Thanks Sean for the reply ~ I remember reading over on ESPN1500 ((( I think ))) were Case looked so bad it wasn’t even a sure thing for him to make the 53 man roster and bam 13~3 and I know it wasn’t near all Case ~ But he played so much better than I heard coming out of TC ~ That’s kind of how I feel about Siemian now ((( Not showing enough ))) but my hope he comes around before it counts ~ I like Sloter a lot but hope he can kind of set back for one more year with no pressure and learn ~ JMHO based off what I saw last year in the Denver highlight reel and what I have read and saw this year the kid has a future ~ But what do I know ~ LOL

        1. I agree. One more year for Sloter would be beneficial. I could see him being the backup next season.