Mankato notes: Kalil looks like he was built to play left tackle

  • Updated: July 31, 2012 - 7:19 AM

First down ...

Matt Kalil not only looks as if he was built to play left tackle, it seems he might also be able to do it at a high level in the NFL. That's the initial reaction after Day 1 of the much-anticipated Kalil-Jared Allen matchup passed with a fizzle because Kalil held his own for the most part.

Unlike last year, when Allen ran circles around Charlie Johnson on Johnson's first practice, there were no glaringly dominant plays one way of the other between Kalil and Allen.

"Good matchup," coach Leslie Frazier said. "Looking forward to watching that over time. It looked like Matt held his own for the most part. There were a few times that Jared got around him. But that's to be expected for the most part."

When asked to judge his performance, Kalil, the fourth overall pick in this year's draft, said: "It was a good first day. There's always something I can improve on. I was rusty on some things. You only get better at those things by practicing in pads. I'm looking forward to getting better every day."

Second down ...

During the afternoon practice, it was announced that former Vikings linebacker Matt Blair will become the 20th member of the team's Ring of Honor. He'll be inducted at halftime of the Oct. 25 game between the Vikings and the Buccaneers at Mall of America Field.

"It's an honor, for one thing, to be inducted into the Ring of Honor," said Blair, a six-time Pro Bowl selection. "It's one of those things that you'll look back in a lifetime and [while] you work hard, you don't get there because of yourself. You get there because of your teammates. The guys I played with, the Purple People Eaters, that was huge."

Blair, who ranks second in team history in tackles (1,452) and first in blocked kicks (20), now spends his time in the Twin Cities doing two of the things he loves most, playing golf and taking photos. He'll be playing in Tuesday's 3M Championship pro-am at the TPC of the Twin Cities in Blaine.

Third down ...

The transition from defensive end to weak-side linebacker is not going to happen overnight for Everson Griffen. He's still one of the best young defensive talents on the team. But he's also trying to do something incredibly hard, so he's going to have days like he did Monday. He's going to get out of position and get flattened in space by a third-string center named Quentin Saulsberry. He's going to be a step slow trying to get to his assigned guy, fullback Ryan D'Imperio, on a pass to the right flat that went for a touchdown near the goal line. If anyone can make that transition at this size, it's Griffen. Just don't expect it to be a smooth one. That's why Griffen likely will be stuck on the third team for a while, and could end up back at defensive end at some point.

Fourth down ...

It was assumed that Frazier would give both Brandon Fusco and Geoff Schwartz at least one preseason start apiece as they compete for the starting right guard job. Turns out that's a false assumption, said Frazier, who added that their starts will be determined by how they practice. Fusco is slightly ahead of Schwartz in a battle that's still likely to include Fusco starting the first preseason game and Schwartz starting the second one. ... In the only transaction of the day, the Vikings added Chris Stroud, a rookie cornerback from Webber International, after placing rookie cornerback Nick Taylor on the waived/injured list. Taylor will have major shoulder surgery and is done for the season. Stroud worked out for the Vikings and was at the team's rookie minicamp in May.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Pittsburgh - LP: F. Liriano 0 FINAL
Cincinnati - WP: J. Cueto 4
Tampa Bay - LP: J. Odorizzi 0 FINAL
Baltimore - WP: M. Gonzalez 3
Chicago Cubs - LP: J. Hammel 0 FINAL
NY Yankees - WP: M. Tanaka 3
St. Louis - LP: J. Kelly 1 FINAL
Milwaukee - WP: W. Peralta 5
NY Mets - WP: D. Gee 5 FINAL
Arizona - LP: B. McCarthy 2
Atlanta - WP: J. Teheran 1 FINAL
Philadelphia - LP: C. Lee 0
Chicago Cubs - LP: T. Wood 0 FINAL
NY Yankees - WP: M. Pineda 2
Cleveland - WP: Z. McAllister 3 FINAL
Detroit - LP: A. Sanchez 2
Washington - WP: D. Storen 6 FINAL
Miami - LP: M. Dunn 3
Seattle 2 Bottom 9th Inning
Texas 1
Boston 1 Top 8th Inning
Chicago WSox 3
Kansas City 4 Bottom 7th Inning
Houston 4
Toronto 0 Postponed
Minnesota 0
Oakland 0 Bottom 2nd Inning
LA Angels 0
Colorado 1 Bottom 2nd Inning
San Diego 1
Los Angeles 0 Top 2nd Inning
San Francisco 0
Chicago 86 FINAL
Charlotte 91
Indiana 101 FINAL
Orlando 86
Atlanta 111 FINAL
Milwaukee 103
Dallas 93 1st OT
Memphis 93
Detroit 111 FINAL
Oklahoma City 112
Houston 100 FINAL
New Orleans 105
LA Lakers 113 FINAL
San Antonio 100
Brooklyn 85 FINAL
Cleveland 114
Philadelphia 100 FINAL
Miami 87
Utah 125 2nd OT 3:01
Minnesota 122
Washington 118 FINAL
Boston 102
Toronto 92 FINAL
New York 95
Golden State 9:30 PM
Denver
LA Clippers 9:30 PM
Portland
Phoenix 9:30 PM
Sacramento
Montreal 5 FINAL(OT)
Tampa Bay 4
Columbus 3 FINAL
Pittsburgh 4
Dallas 0 1st Prd 6:49
Anaheim 2
Philadelphia 1 FINAL
Red Bull New York 2

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Grade the Timberwolves season

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close