Yesterday was the first day of Phase 3 of OTAs for the Vikings, and since it was not open to the media, Vikings.com had the only coverage of the practice. There wasn't a whole lot released, and it's never wise to read too much into a practice, but here are some of the highlights.
First off, check out these brief interviews (wish I could embed the videos, but you'll just have to click the links) with Cordarrelle Patterson, Adrian Peterson and Christian Ponder. Ponder says the practices were "good, but not great." Peterson likes what he's seeing out of the young guys and gives Cordarrelle Patterson "the nod". Patterson seems flattered by that, and generally looks like a kid in a candy store.
You should also check out this short highlight video. Since there is no live contact, it's hard to take much away from it, but the most interesting parts might be Ponder working with a few wide receivers. You can see him throw passes at every level to Joe Webb, Jerome Simpson, Greg Jennings and Cordarrelle Patterson. There might even be one to Stephen Burton. Simpson has a long bomb thrown to him where he catches it on his finger tips. It looks like Simpson is continuing where he left off last year with impressive moves and plays in practice...hopefully it translates during an actual game...last year it sure didn't.
Mike Wobschall also has a couple of write-ups on the practice here and here. He mentions some nice pass breakups by former Lions corner Jacob Lacey, although they appeared to be against 2nd and 3rd teamers, so I'm not sure if that says much.
The passing offense didn’t steal the show entirely. The Vikings pass defense collected its victories, too, and it was one of the secondary’s newcomers who collected more than anyone else. Tuesday was a great day for CB
Jacob Lacey, a fellow we introduced you to late last week and a player who may be one to watch this spring and ultimately this summer when the Vikings head to Mankato for training camp.
Lacey broke up a pair of passes in impressive fashion during practice. The first was a pass from McLeod Bethel-Thompson heading to WR Erik Highsmith and the second was more impressive and came just moments later on a sideline pass from James Vandenberg to Rodney Smith – Lacey registered the PBU after making a diving attempt at the ball.
In the second article, Wobschall breaks down the corners for the Vikings, and again mentions Lacey as a day 1 standout at OTAs. Both articles are worth a read.
Since today's practice is open to the media, expect a LOT more speculation and information to come pouring out of the media outlets today. Yay for somewhat real Vikings news!