Vikings running back Adrian Peterson
Elizabeth Flores, Star Tribune
Vikings day at camp: Peterson thrilled with being on Wheaties box
- Article by: DAN WIEDERER and MARK CRAIG
- Star Tribune staff writers
- August 14, 2013 - 12:09 AM
Following Tuesday’s practice, General Mills’ newest spokesman was asked to name his favorite cereal. “Wheaties,” Adrian Peterson said with a wide smile, his image now on limited editions of that box to honor his MVP exploits and charity work. But Peterson’s savvy as a pitch man was coupled with his admirable honesty. “And Froot Loops,” he quickly answered, paying little mind to the reality that Toucan Sam works for Kellogg’s. Still, Peterson called the Wheaties tribute one of his greatest accomplishments, recalling the boxes of Walter Payton and Michael Johnson from his youth. “I always used to tell myself, ‘Hey, one day I want to be on the cover of that Wheaties box,’ ” he said. “So it’s pretty cool, man.”
Offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave didn’t need long to break down the first-team offense’s effort from Friday’s loss to Houston. Only two plays, including an off-line throw by Christian Ponder that went off Jerome Simpson’s hand and was intercepted. “We had an issue there with protection,” Musgrave said. “Christian had a couple of different options to throw to, either strong or weak, it just got away from him a little bit and when that happens the receiver is always going to try to catch it. Sometimes it can turn into a tipped ball, which is a gift for the defense. So glad that happened in August and not in January or February.”
From the podium
Chris Cook: 18 NFL starts. Josh Robinson: six. Xavier Rhodes: brand spanking-new rookie. That’s the pecking order at cornerback for the Vikings right now with little established depth behind that trio. So it’s no wonder coach Leslie Frazier wants to focus in these next two games on seeing how the Cook-Robinson-Rhodes combination can function, fully aware that the youth and experience there is in danger of being exposed. “That secondary, these next two games, it will be very, very important to find out where we are and what we are trying to do improve before we play that first game,” Frazier said. “It is a key area for us to get a feel for coming out of this preseason.”
“The day we check out and turn our bikes in.” — Linebacker Chad Greenway, when asked what his favorite part of training camp is.
• CB Jacob Lacey (knee) will remain out for two to four weeks.
• DT Christian Ballard (personal reasons) missed practice.
• LB Michael Mauti (knee) missed practice.
• WR Greg Childs (knees) remains on the physically-unable-to-perform list.
Three days out
Wednesday: 10:30-11:30 a.m. walk-through, 2:30-4:45 practice.
Thursday: Off day.
Friday: Preseason game at Buffalo, 6 p.m.
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