Vikings day at camp: Thursday

  • August 2, 2012 - 11:10 PM
Ball hawk Cook puts on high heat

Cornerback Chris Cook had two eye-opening interceptions during Thursday's practice. The first came in 11-on-11 work on a throw up the right sideline made by Christian Ponder, intended for Percy Harvin. Cook made an athletic grab and raced the other way. Later, with the defensive backs matching up against receivers in drill work, Cook made up ground fast on speedy rookie Jarius Wright and delivered another nifty pick of a Sage Rosenfels pass.

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Don't sleep on Reggie Jones as a dark horse to make this team. The 26-year-old cornerback, who joined the Vikings' practice squad for the final eight weeks of 2011, continues to flash. His energy and ability to break on the ball have been impressive. In a secondary in which opportunities to shine are open, Jones is taking advantage of his.


Nick Reed

Position: Defensive end

The skinny: A seventh-round draft choice by Seattle in 2009, Reed has spent time with the Seahawks, Bears and Buccaneers but has been a role player throughout. Last season, in seven games with Chicago, he made six tackles.

Did you know? While with Seattle, Reed had a 79-yard fumble return touchdown in 2009 against Jacksonville.

Chances of making the team: Reed is slotted behind Jared Allen at right defensive end. And with new defensive coordinator Alan Williams vowing to use an eight-man rotation on the line, the 24-year-old Reed may have a shot at landing on the roster. He will certainly face competition from Jeff Charleston.


"It was a tough deal because he's been a great kicker in this league for a long time. I just thought for the future of this team kickoff-wise and even field goal-wise, I thought it was the best move."

-- Special teams coach Mike Priefer, on releasing kicker Ryan Longwell


•OT Pat Brown suffered an knee injury and is awaiting test results.

•RB Jordan Todman sprained his ankle and left practice.

•TE John Carlson remains out (MCL sprain).

•RB Adrian Peterson (knee) remains on the physically-unable-to-perform (PUP) list.

•CB Josh Robinson (hamstring) has not been cleared for full practice.

•DB Robert Blanton (hamstring) is still out.

•OL Demarcus Love (shoulder) is still out.

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