Today marks the end of an era as the Minnesota Vikings held their last training camp in Mankato. The past 52 years brought a lot of fond memories for the team, but they will be looking forward to their new practice facility that will open in Eagan next year. While it is bittersweet to move on, let’s review the practice at Mankato State.
The afternoon practices went on but without wide receiver Laquon Treadwell, defensive end Brian Robison and linebacker Kentrell Brothers. Riley Reiff was in full pads this afternoon and looked good as he went through drills. He moved with ease and looked like he was in no pain.
The offensive line did well today. Seeing them hold up in pass protection is hopefully a good sign of things to come. Especially seeing the way Bradford has been able to throw the ball deep and with accuracy.
And speaking of Bradford he had a strong two days. His throwing ability is getting stronger. His accuracy has been pretty on point in camp. Bradford threw to Jarius Wright with Mackensie Alexander running step for step with him. Wright had a tight window to catch, but he was able to pull it down. Bradford was also able to hit Stefon Diggs with accuracy as Marcus Sherels was a half-step behind him.
While Bradford did shine, the biggest play of the day goes to the defense and Xavier Rhodes. Bradford threw to Adam Thielen but it was perfectly intercepted by Rhodes.
The dueling backups had a decent day. Case Keenum did okay. He does better with shorter passes, but that is something that could be worked on throughout the season if he stays. Taylor Heinicke had a rougher morning. While he did have some decent time to pass, he looked nervous, almost as if he was pancaking to figure out where and who to throw it to. He looked calmer and a little sharper in the afternoon, but he has to shake those jitters if he plans on being around long term.