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Training camp Day 3 quick hits: Bishop works with second team

Notes and observations from Day 3 of Vikings training camp

• Linebacker Desmond Bishop, who was signed last month after being let go by Green Bay, lined up with the second-team defense and Marvin Mitchell took his place as the starting weak-side linebacker on Monday as the Minnesota Vikings conducted their first practice in pads. Bishop said he would be ready if the Vikings asked him to start tomorrow: “I’ve been spending extra time with the coaches, picking their brains as much as I can,” Bishop said after practice.

• First-round pick and cornerback Xavier Rhodes intercepted third-string quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson, but got burned on a touchdown to Jarius Wright in team drills. Rhodes said his confidence doesn’t waiver either way: “You’re going to win some, you’re going to lose some. That’s football,” Rhodes said. “I expect to win every one, but you’ve got to be realistic.”

• On top of taking 20 to 25 snaps from defensive tackle Kevin Williams, first-round pick and defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd lined up with the field-goal protection team among other duties.

• Receiver Stephen Burton impressed all day, catching touchdowns from both quarterbacks Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel — grabbing a 30-yard loop from Ponder in between two defenders and a 40-yard touchdown catch to beat reserve safety Mistral Raymond to the end zone.

• Seventh-round pick Travis Bond lined up at both the left and right guard in the second-team offense on Monday; sixth-round pick Jeff Baca lined up at left guard in the second team.

• Starting safety Jamarca Sanford had a pass interference call against him when trying to defend a deep pass to receiver Jerome Simpson. “All I had to do was turn around and the ball was there to make a play,” Sanford said. “Instead I panicked a little bit. It’s plays like that you have to learn from.”

• Seventh-round pick and linebacker Michael Mauti put on pads for the first time since tearing his ACL for the third time in his career and lined up as the third-team nickel linebacker with fourth-round pick Gerald Hodges.

• Cornerbacks Josh Robinson and Chris Cook lined up as the team’s starting base corners with Rhodes working in the second team. Robinson’s instincts seem to be improving, as he jumped a Simpson route to deflect Ponder’s pass in team drills.

• Nose tackle Letroy Guion returned to the field wearing a brace on his right elbow after leaving Saturday’s practice. Guion had a magnetic resonance imaging test on the arm on Sunday and the results came back negative.

• Fullback Jerome Felton missed practice Monday so he could attend to a personal matter, according to coach Leslie Frazier.

• Hit of the day went to rookie running back Bradley Randle, who lit up reserve cornerback Greg McCoy on the sidelines as the pair were heading out of bounds. Randle tweeted before afternoon practice (from @VIKINGS_Rebel): “Man oh man feels like my B-Day even better its Pads Day.”
by Andrew Krammer

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