The Friday morning walk through at Blakeslee Stadium was your typical walk through—jerseys, shorts, and half speed. It’s been mentioned before, but worth repeating, that’s it’s tough to evaluate player performance, obviously, but we were able to glean a bit of information regarding injuries, and who might not might not be first team.
Yesterday, both WR Adam Thielen and LT Riley Reiff left practice early due to injuries. This morning, Thielen was back on the field, in full rotations with the first team offense. He was wearing a sleeve on his left knee, but was cutting and running with no issues. He looks good to go.
Jerick McKinnon got a minor ding yesterday, and was limited for the rest of the afternoon, according to what I saw. He practiced this morning, but was again somewhat limited, it appeared.
Reiff, on the other hand, did not practice this morning. As of this post, his status has not been updated by the team.
Minus Reiff, the Vikings first team offensive line was:
LT- Rashod Hill
LG- Alex Boone
C- Nick Easton
RG- Joe Berger
RT- Mike Remmers
Sam Bradford was QB 1, and it looked like Dalvin Cook got a majority of the work as RB1. Stefon Diggs, Laquon Treadwell, and Thielen were the top three receivers, with Kyle Rudolph as TE1. No real surprises, other than maybe Cook getting more work with the first team than I would have expected. But with Jerick McKinnon getting a bit of a tweak yesterday, that could have been just as much precautionary on his part, than anything Cook has done so for. Time will tell.
On defense, not a lot of real surprises, either. The first team in the base looked to be:
DE- Danielle Hunter
DT- Tom Johnson
DE- Everson Griffen
Hunter got most of the first team reps over Brian Robison, but again, don’t read too much in to that in terms of snap percentages as we head toward the season. That could very well have been resting the vet Robison.
Your 4-3 LB’s were Anthony Barr, Eric Kendricks, and Edmond Robinson.
In the secondary, Trae Waynes and Xavier Rhodes were the base corners, with Harrison Smith and Andrew Sendejo the safeties. When the Vikings went to their nickel defense, Robinson came out, and Mackensie Alexander was the slot nickel. Interestingly, Terence Newman replaced Waynes, and Newman/Rhodes/Alexander were the CB’s.
That’s all for the morning walk through. We’ll be back this afternoon for the PM practice.