• Cornerback Trae Waynes, the Vikings’ first-round draft choice from Michigan State in 2015, didn’t play much as a rookie, but defensive coordinator George Edwards said Waynes is doing a good job in the offseason and has recalled a lot from last year. Edwards added that Waynes continues to work on fundamentals and techniques and hopes he takes the next step.
• Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner was asked how nice it is to have two good centers in Joe Berger, who was outstanding last year, and John Sullivan, who seems to be back in Pro Bowl form after having to sit out 2015 because of injuries. “Getting Sully back is big. A veteran player who is really a good player,” Turner said. “And we all know Joe stepped in and played extremely well last year. Obviously we made other additions in the offensive line, so I think it’s an area we can improve greatly, and I think it will show up for the entire team.”
• Vikings safety Harrison Smith said he knew he could play in the NFL as a rookie. “I didn’t know if I was right or not, but I think you need to have some level of confidence whether you are kind of ignorant or whatever you are,” he said. “I think having that confidence at least allows you to go to compete at a high level and know you can make the plays. I think I have always had that, and I‘ve just tried to get better from that point.”
• Twins President Dave St. Peter was asked about pitching coach Neil Allen, who has been suspended indefinitely after being arrested for drunken driving. “Neil is getting the support that he needs, so I can assure you that is our sole focus, and it will be in the days and weeks to come,” St. Peter said.
• With Joakim Noah a free agent, there have been rumors about the former Bulls center teaming up with his old coach Tom Thibodeau. Bill Duffy, who represents Noah, told the Chicago Tribune: “Joakim and I speak on a daily basis about his future. There has been zero indication from him that he doesn’t wish to return to the Bulls.”