Jun 19, 2012; Eden Prairie, MN, USA; A general view as Minnesota Vikings defensive linemen work on drills with a blocking sled at Vikings minicamp at Winter Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-US PRESSWIRE
After a hectic Saturday and Sunday, Monday's camp was relatively uneventful. We have a small debate over the wide receiver depth chart after Greg Childs, as well as a bit of a medical discussion about the nature of his injury. Still, football moves on, and we will as well. Quick hits, injury report, media review, and developments with our second and third teamers.
- Ponder was 10/17 in 11s with a rotating receiver corps. He also threw one interception and took two "sacks." That puts him at 51/82 for the offseason, and 62%. There is a degree of consensus that he's been improving over the course of camp (and a large consensus that he's improved significantly more than last year).
- There was nothing particularly notable about the first lineup of padded practices and walkthrough—Percy Harvin, Jerome Simpson, Toby Gerhart, Kyle Rudolph, Mickey Shuler, Christian Ponder, Matt Kalil, Charlie Johnson, John Sullivan, Brandon Fusco, Phil Loadholt. Don't read too much into Shuler's inclusion, that spot is the most uncertain; the Vikings are still looking into who will replace John Carlson in the preseason.
- We've now seen a number of reps with Toby split out wide, and these have generally been two tight end packages.
- Simpson stayed out of team drills, part of the Vikings' plan of reducing his reps as the season approaches in order to prepare for his absence for the first three weeks.
- Harrison Smith finally got a shot at first team reps, although it was with the first team nickel package. Still, coaches must be liking what they've seen to move him up and replace Mistral Raymond on nickel plays in walkthroughs and padded reps.
- Naturally, as soon as Raymond was back with the ones in the 7s, he picked off Christian Ponder in short yardage installation. This was reported to be the worst pass Ponder has thrown in camp.
- In 11s, Letroy Guion did a good job of penetrating against RG Fusco to make a tackle on Gerhart in the backfield
- Some of the goal line work finally favored the offense, as Gerhart ran in a touchdown and Ponder passed to Michael Jenkins for another
- Still, each of the defenses—first, second and third—were massively ahead of the offenses, with good stuffs at the line and an occasional interception. This was a bigger problem for the run game than the passing game.
- In particular, Erin Henderson and Chris Cook stood out to journalists at camp, and they both had excellent positioning in padded practices.
- The no-huddle installation went well for Ponder, according to observers.
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- Greg Childs (knees) went in for surgery today. We at the Daily Norseman wish him well, even if that means no longer having a career in football. More on the story below.
- John Carlson (knee) was seen jogging, but clearly has "a hitch in his gait," according to Tom Pelissero at ESPN1500. He's currently wearing a knee brace and is still targeting a return well before Week 1.
- Robert Blanton (hamstring) also resumed jogging, but has no clear timetable
- Both Jordan Todman (ankle) and Pat Brown (knee) were in pads, but got very light work in team drills, if any. They are day-to-day.
- DeMarcus Love (shoulder/pectoral) does not need surgery, but will need over a week to return to strength
- Kamar Jorden (wrist) was not in pads, and stayed on the sidelines. He is expected to be day-to-day.
- Josh Robinson (hamstring) was in pads and took a few reps, although still not very many. He's progressing well.
- Adrian Peterson will remain on the Active/PUP list for at least another week, according to Frazier. He was not at practice in order to attend a court hearing.
- They lead with Greg Childs, who consumes most of their time.
- There's no likelihood of getting a veteran FA, but just opening up possibilities for current receivers on the roster. They discuss the pros and cons of three or four receivers.
- Some discussion on Adrian Peterson, nothing new.
- Don't expect too much "Vikings football" on Friday against the 49ers; we'll see a lot of our 3rd, 4th and 5th backs.
- Joe Webb had a poor day and threw 6 for 14 and had one interception. That leaves him 49 for 77 overall with a completion rate of 64%. He did, however, showcase his athletic ability once more and scramble after a broken play for a touchdown.
- He looked shaky in the no-huddle, and overthrew a number of out routes.
- Sage completed all three of his passes, but is still having a bad camp, with a total completion rate at 37% from a 23/63 performance.
- Conversely, McLeod Bethel-Thompson had a good day and connected on 6 of his 8 thrown balls. That puts him at 16/28 overall and a completion rate of 57%
- During the morning walkthroughs, Jarius Wright was the only one taking punt returns, but once the pads came on, we saw Marcus Sherels, Stephen Burton and Bryan Walters in the mix. All four will take punt and kickoff return duties against the 49ers on Friday, with Harvin getting the day off of returns.
- The second team starting reps went to Lex Hilliard, Michael Jenkins, Rhett Ellison, Mickey Shuler, and Stephen Burton, but there was quite a bit of rotation at receiver. As it stands, Jenkins and Burton are the current 3rd and 4th receivers—although this could easily change by Friday.
- 3rd team install had a number of wide receivers, with Emmanuel Arceneaux, Jarius Wright, Bryan Walters, Devin Aromashodu and Kerry Taylor taking the large proportion of the reps (leaving the beleagued A.J. Love and injured Kamar Jorden without some reps).
- Derrick Coleman was the 3rd team RB.
- Trevor Guyton was promoted to the second string in drills, and Marvin Mitchell and Larry Dean solidified their spots as the backup linebackers. Mitchell made the most of his time on the second string with the lone interception of Joe Webb during the no-huddle drill.
- Speaking of, Harrison Smith finally got some first team work in, mostly with the nickel package, replacing Mistral Raymond. He still didn't take the majority of the snaps here, but is getting a serious look.
- Tyrone McKenzie has been great, according both to what I've seen and what the reporters have seen. He made a number of plays, including a good tackle in the backfield of Hilliard and great stops in goal line situations.
- Everson Griffen is still very raw at linebacker, and has made some clear mistakes. Nevertheless, he has great potential here, and nearly intercepted MBT (the pass deflected... for a completion). The Vikings will continue to rotate him in at a defensive end position during play, but not during practices. He and D'Aundre Reed are definitely the primary backups of Allen and Robison.