With so many other teams starting to conduct workouts for their players while the lockout continues, the Minnesota Vikings have decided to get in on the act as well.
Christian Ponder, the quarterback selected by the Vikings with the 12th pick of the 2011 NFL Draft, has been getting in touch with the Vikings' skill position players, and they will be having workouts at the University of South Florida from May 30 to June 2. Playing the role of host for this little party will be another rookie, Mistral Raymond. Raymond, who was one of Minnesota's four sixth-round selections in April, played his college ball for the University of South Florida, and sought permission from Bulls' head coach Skip Holtz to let his future teammates use the USF facilities for their practices.
On one hand, it's nice to see these two rookies taking this level of initiative when it comes to getting their teammates together to work out while none of the coaches are available to organize things. On the other hand, I'm not sure what to make of the fact that two rookies are organizing these things and the more veteran Vikings are just sort of hanging back and watching.
The article from ESPN 1500 also states that this workout could end up being the first in a series, although that hasn't been determined yet.