After a full day at training camp and night practice, a few observations to note...
Bishop Sankey stood out several times, and he had the two biggest runs of the day. Sankey saw some time with the twos, but he made decisive cuts. He found the hole on numerous occasions and created a few creases when the offensive line could not. Sankey created yards and spent little time dancing in the backfield.
Trae Waynes is improving, but still has a ways to go. The training wheels are off with Waynes and he is getting full time duties on the outside. His best play of the day was when showed a bit of physicality versus Kyle Rudolph and broke up the intended pass. He is also showing better assignment recognition, as he passed of his man to the safety and broke up a pass to Diggs in the flat. If he can find some consistency, the Vikings secondary will be reliable in games against pass heavy offenses.
The Vikings’ Goal line offense is evolving and becoming more creative. After getting stuffed a few times with goaline runs, the Vikings ended night practice with a play action fake to David Morgan in the corner of the end zone.
Stefon Diggs and Danielle Hunter are in for big years in 2017. It was hard not to be mesmerized by these two players. One play in particular Diggs put a double move on Rhodes and streaked down the field. If Diggs was Bradford's main read it would have been a go ahead touchdown. Hunter flashed numerous times on plays that would have resulted in sacks. Zimmer is starting to move Hunter around more, which can only be bad for opposing offenses.
Rashod Hill looked good before injury, and it was tough to see him go down. He will provide excellent depth for the Vikings if Riley Reiff has to spend significant time off the field.
Tight end Kyle Carter is a better choice than CJ Ham. The Vikings will some tough decisions and one of them will be whether to carry a full back or another tight end. Carter would be the best choice as he flashed quite a bit.
Michael Floyd is better than advertised, but don't count out Jarius Wright. Both players made spectacular catches during Saturday's scrimmage. Wright caught a deep pass from Bradford, and Floyd made an adjusted catch in the seam. If Floyd wasn't suspended not only would he be contending for the third wide receiver spot, but he could even contend for number two.
Rodney Adams didn't pop out enough, and that is worrisome. Adams appeal was his ability to create explosive plays down field, but he has neither gone down the field or been explosive. Adams looks uncomfortable in his role and doesn't quite seem eager to grab the sixth wide reciever spot.
Offensive Line did a good job to create holes for running backs. Pass protection still has a ways to go, but Dalvin Cook is showing improvement in this area. He will clearly be the day 1 starter against New Orleans.