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Training camp Day 15 quick hits: Two one-handed catches end camp

•The Minnesota Vikings 2013 training camp came to a close with probably the two best catches of the entire program.

Receiver Cordarrelle Patterson stuck his left arm out and around cornerback A.J. Jefferson as he was 30 yards downfield, snagging a one-handed grab from backup quarterback Matt Cassel. Jefferson was in position, but was […]

Training camp Day 14 quick hits: Turnovers are a continued emphasis

•Minnesota Vikings safety Jamarca Sanford snuck up behind running back Adrian Peterson and attempted to poke the ball out of his hands during Tuesday’s team drills.

Peterson was already 20 yards downfield and the play was over, but Sanford’s effort is a microcosm of the Vikings’ defensive plan for 2013 — force turnovers and create […]

Training camp Day 10 quick hits: Defensive injuries building up

Notes and observations from Day 10 of Vikings training camp

• The Mankato air is heating up, as the Minnesota Vikings are three days removed from their first preseason game.

Among other scuffles in the past week, receiver Jerome Simpson and linebacker Chad Greenway got into a shoving match after Simpson caught a pass from […]

Training camp Day 8 quick hits: Ponder, offense solid in scrimmage

Notes and observations from Day 8 of Vikings training camp

• The Minnesota Vikings held their annual scrimmage in front of an announced crowd of 12,000 fans at Blakeslee Stadium in Mankato, Minn. on Saturday night, just in time for the injury bug to hit.

Linebacker Desmond Bishop (groin), cornerback Xavier Rhodes (hamstring), safety Mistral […]

Josh Robinson begins task of filling Antoine Winfield's shoes

MANKATO, Minn. — In a Minnesota Vikings’ secondary chock full of question marks, there is none bigger or more important than new nickel cornerback Josh Robinson.

In his second year, Robinson is tagged with the task of replacing veteran Antoine Winfield, who utilized his 5-foot-8, 180-pound frame to slam into opposing running backs as if […]

Training camp Day 7 quick hits: Vikings break out two-minute drill

Notes and observations from Day 7 of Vikings training camp

• The Minnesota Vikings began practicing their two-minute drill on Friday, running one series each with the first three quarterbacks.

Backup quarterback Matt Cassel found the most success in the drill, securing a couple of first downs against the second-team defense before stalling off a […]

Training camp Day 6 quick hits: Erin Henderson sits for brief period

Notes and observations from Day 6 of Vikings training camp

• Minnesota Vikings linebacker Erin Henderson briefly sat out during Thursday’s practice because of a sore groin, according to coach Leslie Frazier. “We’ll go back and take a look,” Frazier said. “We don’t want him to aggravate it depending on how sore it was, but […]

Vikings rookie corner Xavier Rhodes expected to be a quick study

MANKATO, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings rookie cornerback Xavier Rhodes tripped over his own feet and the Mankato training camp crowd briefly held its collective breath as he remained on the ground for five seconds.

Rhodes popped back up to applause as he jaunted off the field only to return a few plays later and deflect […]

Training camp Day 5 quick hits: A good and bad day for Joe Webb

Notes and observations from Day 5 of Vikings training camp

• Minnesota Vikings quarterback-turned-wide receiver Joe Webb dropped a couple of passes, but made an impressive one-handed grab from rookie quarterback James Vandenberg as he ran toward the sideline.

Quarterback Christian Ponder on Webb: “Joe has made a heck of a transition, it’s tough going […]

Training camp Day 4 quick hits: No timetable on Greg Childs’ return

Notes and observations from Day 4 of Vikings training camp

• Coach Leslie Frazier set no timeline and said “it’s hard to say” if receiver Greg Childs (PUP), who is rehabbing two torn tendons in both knees, will make it onto a Mankato practice field before training camp ends on August 14. Frazier said linebacker […]