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Finally, the Vikings are breaking out the pads.
The first two days of Camp Zimmer felt like a couple of spring workouts with the players in shells doing non-contact drills. But things will heat up in Mankato today with the first full-padded practice of Zimmer’s tenure. We in the media are certainly excited to see some contact, and that anticipation pales in comparison to what the coaching staff is feeling. During his news conference yesterday, Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards pointed out at least a half dozen times that he couldn't draw too many conclusions about players and competitions until he saw them in pads.
That doesn’t mean there will be huge hits left and right. Zimmer -- who must walk the line between running an aggressive, physical camp and keeping his players healthy -- said he wants it to be “thud” contact only, not tackling to the ground. Oh, and "Adrian won't get tackled,” he added.
Still, with the players in pads starting today, we’ll start to see guys distinguish themselves.
WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
--- Whether he is saying it publicly or not, Teddy Bridgewater is preparing to be the guy.
--- Adrian Peterson’s pass protection is being praised by the new staff.
--- Captain Munnerlyn keeps proving doubters wrong.
--- The offense struck back during yesterday’s training camp practice.
TWEET OF THE (YESTER)DAY
Zimmer doing some quality cussing today. Sopranos-quality. Just pulled Rhodes aside.— Jim Souhan (@SouhanStrib) July 26, 2014
AROUND THE NFC NORTH
--- Bears DE Jared Allen had some interesting things to say about his time with the Vikings.
--- Packers WR Jordy Nelson got his big day, but will there be any left for WR Randall Cobb?
--- Lions QB Matthew Stafford is entering a new phase in his career.
TODAY’S VIKINGS SCHEDULE
The Vikings will hold their walkthrough from 10:30 until 11:30 a.m. Practice will run from 3 to 5:10 p.m. Zimmer is scheduled to speak with the media for the first time since Friday morning.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
Continuity is important on the offensive line, and, yes, talent is kind of important, too. Still, it’s pretty noteworthy that the Vikings return all five starting linemen from the 2012 and 2013 seasons. How many other teams can say that? One, maybe two. The Patriots have definitely started the same five guys. The 49ers have not, but their current starting five have been on their roster at least that long.