Vikings Training Camp Diary: July 29

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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 29 in an easy-to-read bullet form.

Injury updates


  • WR Laquon Treadwell took some snaps with the 1st-team offense for the first time all camp
  • DT Jaleel Johnson shined in 1-on-1 drills and made his presence felt during the 11-on-11 sessions
  • CB Duke Thomas, a former AAF signee, made a couple nice pass breakups with the 2nd-team defense today
  • DT Hercules Mata’afa continues to work with the first-team defense alongside Jaleel Johnson
  • Danny Isidora has impressed the last couple of days in team drills – he’s used his powerful base to help create running lanes for running back Alexander Mattison

Kick Return Candidates

Special teams coordinator Marwan Maalouf had the following players return kicks at the beginning of practice:

The competition appears to be wide open at this point. In fact, the only specialist positions NOT in question appear to be kicker and punter.


  • QB Sean Mannion appears to be gaining rapport with his receivers after missing some throws during the first couple days of camp – Mannion threw an accurate ball to WR Chad Beebe on the sidelines despite a stiff breeze and hit WR Jordan Taylor in-stride on a long strike

  • RT Brian O’Neill received praise from offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski earlier in the day for showing up to camp in great shape – he proceeded to put together some impressive pass-blocking reps against one of the best pass rushers in the business, DE Danielle Hunter


  • After the offense stepped up in a big way during yesterday’s practice, the defense rebounded on Monday and showed the offense which unit is boss
  • The players have the day off tomorrow (Tuesday) but will be back in action on Wednesday
  • I’ll leave you with this tweet from Ryan Donaldson, KFAN’s program director that had me rolling…

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