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Vikings Training Camp Diary: July 30-31

A recap of important notes and key takeaways from the Minnesota Vikings' last two practices.

Welcome to the Minnesota Vikings Training Camp Diary! Here, you’ll find everything you need to know about the Vikings’ training camp practices on July 30 and July 31 in an easy-to-read bullet form. 

July 30

  • Laquon Treadwell shined throughout Monday’s practice, particularly in red zone drills. According to Daniel House’s notebook over at Vikings Corner, “He started the day by smoothly cutting out of his break to make a tip-toe grab on the sidelines vs. Terence Newman. He was gaining separation in the drills against Trae Waynes, Mackensie Alexander and Xavier Rhodes, too. In fact, his most notable rep came during the red zone 7-on-7 drill. He ran a beautiful corner route to the back of the end zone. Treadwell was able to gain separation at the stem with a little physicality to make the contested grab.” Below is a video of Treadwell’s catch in the end zone against Rhodes.

  • Mike Boone has impressed with his change-of-direction and acceleration traits. He was known for his explosiveness at Cincinnati and it is showing in Eagan. The job for the third running back is open and, with a solid preseason, Boone could earn a roster spot.
  • Rashod Hill was not in pads for the afternoon practice while recovering from an illness. Pat Elflein (ankle, shoulder rehab) and Stacy Coley (groin) also did not dress in pads.
  • Marcus Sherels recorded his second interception in as many days, jumping another slant route and picking off a pass from Kyle Sloter. It appears as if Sherels is making several plays in the secondary with many questioning his spot on the 53-man roster.

  • Both Kai Forbath and Daniel Carlson were a perfect 5-for-5 in the special teams portion of practice.
  • Rookie tackle Brian O’Neill stepped in at right tackle for Hill along the first-team offensive line in 11-on-11 drills while also serving his role on the second team.
  • Anthony Barr continues to hang around the defensive line group as if he is bound to rush quarterbacks this season.

  • Mike Hughes continues to receive high praise for his ability to hold his own against the likes of Thielen and Diggs out of the slot. Mackensie Alexander and Hughes could be in a real battle for the nickel cornerback role this season, and the loser of that battle will probably be the most talented cornerback in the NFL not playing consistent snaps.

July 31

  • The biggest headline from Tuesday’s practice is the injury to starting offensive lineman Mike Remmers. The use of a golf cart and a walking boot is not an encouraging sign for Remmers.

  • Rashod Hill returned to full practice Tuesday after recovering from an illness. Stacy Coley remained sidelined with a groin injury that has kept him out of every practice thus far.
  • Daniel Carlson missed a 36-yard field goal in the special teams portion of practice. Missing wide left has been an issue for him in camp, according to Chris Tomasson. This should end well.

  • Mackensie Alexander reportedly intercepted a pass from Kirk Cousins that was underthrown, countering the terrific start Mike Hughes has put together in their battle for the nickel cornerback job.
  • Diggs and general manager Rick Spielman addressed the media following the afternoon practice to discuss Diggs’s contract extension.


NOTE: The Vikings are off on Wednesday and will return to the practice field on Thursday. I will be out at the field on Thursday and have a first-hand review of practice for the next edition of the training camp diary.

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Drew Mahowald

Drew Mahowald is the No. 1 Jim Kleinsasser fan and No. 1 Little Caesars pizza enthusiast on planet Earth. That about sums it up.

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Gordon Guffey
2 years ago

Thanks for the recap Drew ~ Looking good so far in a lot of areas ~ FG kicker is my one question mark ~ I haven’t read anything about Carlson’s wide left issues ~ I must have missed it ~ Wouldn’t be the first time ~ LOL ~ Or is it Tomasson ??? Either way I can’t find anything about Carlson wide left issues ~ I hope he just mistyped ~ Hopefully it is a good competition with the best kicker easily winning the job ~ I want lie Forbath worries me after missing 5 extra point last year to go along with his 6 missed FG’s ~ If Carlson is having issues and with Forbath past hopefully someone cuts a better kicker then either of these two ~

PUBLISHED: July 30, 2018 at 8:05 pm | UPDATED: July 31, 2018 at 12:48 pm


The Vikings held the first kicking competition of training camp between veteran Kai Forbath and rookie Daniel Carlson.

((( Neither missed a kick, ))) with Forbath going 5 for 5 and Carlson 4 for 4. Forbath figures the battle could go down to the wire.

“It always does,” Forbath said. “At least in my situation it’s never been a decision after a few weeks.’’

Last year, Forbath beat out strong-legged kicker Marshall Koehn in camp. That said, the Vikings used a fifth-round draft pick in April on Carlson, and it would seem he has the inside track at making the team.

Not that Forbath is wishing any ill will on Carlson.

“It’s a small community of specialists, so I want the best for him,” Forbath said. “That said, obviously we’re competing for a job. He’s got a bright future ahead of him, and I’m going to help him become the best kicker he can be while also focusing on myself at the same time.”

Link ~

Gordon Guffey
Reply to  Gordon Guffey
2 years ago

PS ~ Hopefully Remmers injury isn’t anything bad ~ But Easton {{{ should }}} take back his left OG spot with one of the following Andrews~Compton~Gossett~Isidora taking over at right OG with Isidora being my best guess at this time ~

Gordon Guffey
2 years ago

Thankfully it must have been a mistype by Tomasson ~ Or thats my hope ~ I can find anything dealing with him having issues wide left unless he is talking about OTA’s ~ And I don’t remember anything from then either but I could be wrong ~ So please fact check me on this ~

3. A rare sight

That’s something you don’t see every day.

The Vikings held a late-game situation Monday that gave rookie kicker Daniel Carlson the chance to tie up a 20-17 game with a 35-yard field goal.

Winds suddenly picked up on an otherwise muggy day, and Carlson’s kicked went left before slapping against the orange flag on the top of the left upright.

{{{ It was the first miss in front of the media ))) in training camp for Carlson, a rookie from Auburn who hit on all four of his attempts yesterday.

2 years ago

Hey Drew is the whole ATL podcast thing dead? Hasn’t been one published on stitcher in ages