Monday, July 31, 2006
Not surprisingly, the offense is off to a sluggish start. Don't worry, though. That's usually the case, given the timing needed to execute on offense.
There have been too many bad passes and a fair share of drops too.
Best play so far was made by cornerback Dovonte Edwards. He made a great break on a pass from Tarvaris Jackson to Chris Jones.
Defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin ran over to Edwards and padded the top of his helmet.
Pat Williams not practicing
It is unclear why, but starting nose tackle Pat Williams is running and stretching with a Vikings staffer.
He does not have a uniform on, and his unit is working with their helmets on.
I have an inkling why he's not practicing but I don't want to speculate.
Sunday, July 30, 2006
Pimp My Bike
The players were issued nice mountain bikes. But the most distinctive bike belonged to cornernack Fred Smoot, who had a small dirt bike, replete with spinning rims.
Moving day winner
The undisputed winner for most stuff packed was safety Darren Sharper. He needed at least three trips to his SUV, and he packed one of those fancy hyperbolic chambers.
"I got a lot of stuff, don't I," sharper said as he carted in a load.
He also brought what appeared to be an air purifier, but I could be mistaken.
Good thing the Pro Bowl veteran doesn't have a roommate.
Brad Johnson arrives
The Vikings quarterback arrived a little after 2 pm. He chatted at his car with Vikings owner Zygi Wilf, who came by after a mini-vacation in Colorado.
Brad also was upbeat about the season but declined to talk about his contract status.
Having a ball
Sadly, that was the highlight of the morning session. I can't wait until Tuesday, when training camp officially starts, at least in my mind.
For now, I'll look forward to the veterans arriving later this afternoon.
He also barks out constant commentary on players' execution, sometimes insisting they repeat the drill.
He also is very hands on, taking the snaps as a quarterback and seeing how his players execute plays.
One of his favorite lines so far to the linebackers: "You got to have violent hands."
Saturday, July 29, 2006
In addition, despite temperatures consistently in the high 90s, there does not appear to have been any cases of heat-related illnesses.
Once they get through Sunday morning, though, the Vikings will welcome the rest of the team, and the real practices will start in earnest Tuesday morning.
Do you guys know you're allowed here at practices? Sure doesn't seem like it. Its Saturday, and there are maybe 30 fans here.
Are you guys waiting for the vets? Angie's kettle corn?
Because Viking fans haven't been too present here so far.
Friday, July 28, 2006
That player was Chad Greenway, the Vikings first-round pick.
Asked if he was trying to make an impression, Greenway said, "That's what I try to do every day, I guess.
"You want to get out here and you want to be in the right place when practice starts," he said. "It's maybe the first day jitters a little bit too. No matter what you do, it's the first day and you are going to be a little bit nervous and a little bit excited. That's definitely what I was. You are supposed to be the first one out here and the last one off, right?"
Is this guy for real? He tells his agent to make sure to get him to camp on time, AND he's the first player on the field for practice and the last one to leave.
Maybe this is the honeymoon stage.
Maybe fans were discouraged by the confusion about the start of camp. Questions of whether fans could watch these first few practices were resolved earlier this month. But there have only been a smattering of fans so far. I count less than 20, in fact.
The Vikings and Mankato hope this is not an indication of days to come.
Be careful what you wish for...
Before leaving for Mankato, a lot of people said, "you're so lucky."
Its about 97 degrees, and I'm watching players - most of whom won't make the roster - basically stand and listen to coaches talk.
The only thing keeping me sane is the sliver of shade provided by a mobile film tower and a solid breeze.
Good news is, this will make me appreciate when the veterans show up and the real practices begin.