Updates From Vikings Training Camp
With or without Brett Favre, the Minnesota Vikings are still conducting training camp in Mankato, Minnesota. Various news outlets desperately attempt to report on something other than Favre, and some simply give up and write the Favre story that will drive up their page views. An outlet that falls into the former category is the Vikings.com blog. One of the site’s authors, Mike Wobschall, is providing some thoughtful insight and analysis. With already 4 non-Favre posts today, he has noted the progress of rookie Chris DeGeare, offered praise for wide receiver Bernard Berrian, and provided some general observations from the practice field.
In what has certainly become one of the feel good stories of Vikings’ camp, Wobschall writes that E.J. Henderson has been “breaking up plays” and causing “disruption” all over the field. E.J. broke his femur during a week 13 tilt with the Arizona Cardinals last season, but, miraculously, seems to have not missed a beat after his 7-month absence from the field.
Rookie 5th-round draft choice Chris DeGeare is catching the eyes of many Vikings’ coaches. DeGeare is getting some reps with the first-team offense when veteran left guard Steve Hutchinson is given a rest. Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN – Twin Cities notes that DeGeare’s play is “jumping out” at coaches when they review tape.
Another young player that has been shining on the practice field is wide receiver-turned-running back Darius Reynaud. Unfortunately, the 3rd-year player out of West Virginia was carted off the field today. Chip Scoggins of the Minneapolis Star Tribune wrote that Reynaud’s “show was off his left foot.” Hopefully, the cart is just a precaution and he will be back practicing before we know it.
Another player who is sitting out is Adrian Peterson. He has been held out of practice due to “stiffness” in his left leg, but Peterson contends the injury would not keep him out of a regular season game. It sounds like the Vikings are playing it safe with their All Pro running back.
Speaking of Peterson, he spoke to radio personality Paul Allen on KFAN today. Allen asked Peterson about his contract, and his response was…well, interesting. Peterson said he would like to “at least talk about it.”
He went on to reassure Vikings fans that his contract will not be an issue during the year. “I’ll let those guys [The Vikings and Peterson’s agent] handle that and I just do what I’ve got to do and that’s get myself ready to play this season and get to the championship.”
The Vikings have a “Special Teams” practice this evening before they continue full team practice at 9:00 a.m. Thursday morning.