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Training Camp Diary: August 15

The most important notes and key takeaways from Wednesday'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 15 in an easy-to-read bullet form.

Mystery solved! Injury updates

  • We finally know why Everson Griffen has been absent from practice this week thanks to Ben Goessling of the Star Tribune. He still has a chance to play on Saturday, but it’s unlikely he’ll suit up.

  • Brian Robison has been filling in at first-team DE during Griffen’s absence.
  • Rashod Hill (ankle) was back at practice today after missing yesterday’s session due to a rolled ankle that he suffered Monday. He did not take part in either practice session.
  • Jalyn Holmes (undisclosed) and Tashawn Bower (knee) were both present for morning the walk-through. Bower still has a wrap on his right knee. Neither participated in the padded portion of practice with Jacksonville. Stacy Coley (leg) and Brandon Zylstra (hamstring) were also held out.
  • Mike Remmers (ankle) was in pads for the afternoon practice but did not do much as he’s being eased back into action.
  • Running back Mack Brown (leg) returned to the field this morning. He suffered an injury during the game in Denver. He took part in the AM walk-through but did not suit up for the afternoon practice.
  • Tight end Josiah Price was carted off the field during the mixed portion of practice with Jacksonville. No word yet on his status.

Bring on Jacksonville

  • Tight end Tyler Conklin spent some time with the first-team offense during 2 TE sets in the morning walk-through. He went on to shine in the afternoon practice as he got open with ease and showed off a surprising burst of speed.
  • The solid play of Vikings rookie cornerback Mike Hughes carried over into today’s practice.

  • As did the play of running back Roc Thomas.

  • Stefon Diggs and Harrison Smith stood out all day. Diggs left a Jaguars DB in the dust with a route that would make a cheetah jealous. The defender’s feet were so tangled his momentum carried him towards the sideline as Diggs (already 10 yards away) caught the pass on a post route running in the opposite direction. Smith was equally impressive, nearly picking off two passes in red zone drills.
  • Also making the day tough on Blake Bortles were Anthony Barr and Terence Newman. Each made plays on Jacksonville’s quarterback with Barr swatting down a pass and Newman collecting an interception.
  • Trevor Siemian had a bounce-back day. He made a couple beautiful throws and seemed to embrace playing against a different defense.
  • Brian O’Neill held his own against the monstrous Calais Campbell.

  • Jake Wieneke made an impressive leaping catch on a pass from Kyle Sloter. No doubt it would have gone for six. Well, probably.

Reflection

  • The atmosphere at the Vikings practice facility with the Jaguars also present was electric. A SKOL chant broke out in the crowd, there were national media swarming around like bees, and the energy was off the charts. I wouldn’t be surprised if this becomes an annual tradition in Eagan.
  • I’ll leave you with this comical moment from the sidelines that made my day.

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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 previously wrote for Rant Sports. You can find Sean on the golf course and on Twitter @SeanBoarMan.

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  1. Thanks for the update Sean ~ Sounds like a lot of good things coming from this workout with the Jags ~

    O’Neill seems to be proving Spielman~Zimmer~DeFilippo and most importantly Tony Sparano right so far ~

    Siemian had a bounce-back day ~ I’m really glad to hear this ~

    Roc Thomas having a good day vs the Jags defense ~ I really like the sound of that ~

    Hughes keeps showing why he was the right pick at 30 ~

    I hope Price is OK ~

    Conklin showed off a surprising burst of speed ~ I thought I remembered hearing speed was his downfall coming out of college ~ I must have hard that wrong and I am thankful I was wrong ~ !!!!!

    1. You’re welcome! You’re right about O’Neill, guy looks very solid so far.

      And yeah I was surprised by Conklin’s speed. Saw it on multiple occasions. Hope it translates to games, he could be a sneaky deep threat.

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