Vikings Day@Camp: Day 1

  • Article by: MARK CRAIG , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 28, 2012 - 1:11 AM
Ponder, tight ends off to a good start

Quarterback Christian Ponder had a good first training camp practice, completing 11 of 12 passes during the three 11-on-11 portions of Friday's non-padded workout at Minnesota State Mankato. In coordinator Bill Musgrave's tight end-friendly offense, it's no surprise that Ponder was especially sharp connecting with the big fellas, especially Kyle Rudolph, who caught several passes, including a deep ball between the No. 1 safeties.

"Tight ends are a quarterback's best friend," Ponder said. "So they're going to catch a lot of balls this year. I've built up a lot of chemistry with Kyle. I think we just click. He finds ways to get open, and I have a lot of confidence throwing to him."

Meanwhile, backup QB Joe Webb struggled with his accuracy during a shaky first day with the second unit.

Catch me if you can

The Vikings leaned on the 22-year-old legs of Jordan Todman quite a bit during Friday's practice. That gave the second-year pro ample opportunity to display the speed and quickness he hopes will land the No. 3 running back job.

On one particular play, Todman broke free and decided to keep sprinting 80 yards as veteran cornerback Zack Bowman tried -- and failed -- to catch him. After running through the end zone, Todman quickly jogged back as Bowman used a reporter's shoulder to lean on while trying to catch his breath.

"He's fast," Bowman said of Todman. "He was fresh. I was fresh. Now, I'm not so fresh anymore."

CAMP PROFILE

Bryan Walters

Position: WR

The skinny: A 6-foot, 190-pound slot receiver who can return punts, Walters has played only four NFL games since joining the Chargers as an undrafted free agent out of Cornell in 2010. The Vikings signed Walters as a street free agent in April.

Chances of making the team: He's a long shot, at best. The team has 12 receivers on the roster and will likely keep just five.

INJURY REPORT

RB Adrian Peterson (knee) physically-unable-to- perform list.

TE Mickey Shuler (heel) non-football injury list.

WR Stephen Burton (toe) NFI list.

CB Josh Robinson (hamstring) left Friday's practice and did not return.

CAMP CHATTER

"There's nothing friendly about it. I'll win that any day of the week."

-- Jared Allen, when asked if he has a "friendly" sack competition with fellow defensive end and close friend Brian Robison.

SCHEDULE: THREE DAYS OUT

Today: 10-30-11:30 a.m. walkthrough; 2:45-5 p.m. practice (no pads)

Sunday: off

Monday: 10:30-11:30 a.m. walkthrough; 2:45-5 p.m. practice (pads)
 

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