Vikings Training Camp Diary: July 28

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Welcome to the Minnesota Vikings Training Camp Diary! Here, you’ll find everything you need to know about the Vikings’ training camp practice on July 28 in an easy-to-read bullet form.

Injury updates

  • WR Jeff Badet (undisclosed) did not practice for the third consecutive day
  • DT Jalyn Holmes (leg) did not practice after leaving yesterday’s session with an injury
  • DT Linval Joseph (upper body) was in pads today but again was a limited participant in practice


  • According to Darren Wolfson of KSTP the Vikings reportedly have interest in free agent RB Theo Riddick who was released by the Detroit Lions on Saturday
  • Sunday’s practice was the team’s first in pads
  • DT Armon Watts was a forced to be reckoned with on 1-on-1 drills
  • Garrett Bradbury looked strong and held his own during his reps against the defensive linemen
  • During 11-on-11 drills the Vikings tights ends stood out today – Tyler Conklin saw reps with the 1st-team offense and even lined up as a wideout – he hauled in every pass that came his way and has really impressed so far in camp
  • TE Cole Hikutini hauled in multiple acrobatic catches, including the one below in the Highlights section
  • Kicker Dan Bailey had a bounce-back performance, hitting 5-of-6 field goal attempts
  • WR Chad Beebe didn’t have a great day but he looks to be securing his hold on the WR3 job
  • After head coach Mike Zimmer called out his young wide receivers this morning, they seemed to step up in the afternoon practice
  • WR’s Davion Davis and Bisi Johnson consistently won their 1-on-1 battles and were able to create separation – still, all the rookie receivers need to refine their fundamentals in order to make the final 53

Holder competition?

  • Adam Thielen, who took a few snaps at holder yesterday, held once for Bailey during live kicks today – it was his only miss (wide right from 33 yards)

Punt return posse


  • Adam Thielen ladies and gentlemen… I’m not at all afraid to say he could be getting better, even at age 28

  • Not to be outdone, here’s the other member of the best WR duo in the NFL… Stefon Diggs

  • RB Alexander Mattison was another standout today, as he hit his cutback lanes with conviction…

  • Gotta give the offensive line credit for this one…

  • As mentioned earlier, your Cole Hikutini highlight – titled “Oh, wow”


  • Although the offense is still well behind the defense in terms of talent and production, the unit seemed to take a big step forward today – will be interesting to see if that trend continues throughout the remainder of camp
  • After a somewhat uneventful practice on Saturday, Sunday’s session was full of intensity and highlights – the fans who arrived an hour early and stuck it out in the light rain were treated to some gems
  •  The Vikings are scheduled to practice from 2pm-4:45pm tomorrow (Day 4)