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."


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.


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.


"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.


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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Cincinnati - LP: S. LeCure 7
Atlanta 0 Postponed
Philadelphia 0
Chicago Cubs 0 Postponed
NY Yankees 0
Tampa Bay 0 Postponed
Baltimore 0
Cleveland 0 Postponed
Detroit 0
Washington - LP: S. Strasburg 2 FINAL
Miami - WP: T. Koehler 11
Pittsburgh - LP: G. Cole 5 FINAL
Cincinnati - WP: M. Leake 7
Seattle - LP: B. Beavan 0 FINAL
Texas - WP: R. Ross Jr. 5
St. Louis - WP: S. Miller 6 FINAL
Milwaukee - LP: M. Estrada 1
Boston - LP: B. Badenhop 1 FINAL
Chicago WSox - WP: D. Webb 2
Kansas City - WP: Y. Ventura 4 FINAL
Houston - LP: L. Harrell 2
Toronto - WP: A. Loup 9 FINAL
Minnesota - LP: P. Hughes 3
NY Mets - WP: J. Mejia 9 FINAL
Arizona - LP: B. Arroyo 0
Oakland - WP: J. Johnson 10 FINAL
LA Angels - LP: Y. Herrera 9
Colorado - WP: J. Nicasio 3 FINAL
San Diego - LP: R. Erlin 2
Los Angeles - LP: B. League 2 FINAL
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Brooklyn 98
Denver 105 FINAL
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2013 preseason     
Aug 9 - vs. Houston 7 pmX27-13
Aug 16 - at Buffalo 6 pmX20-16
Aug 25 - at San Francisco 7 pmX34-14
Aug 29 - vs. Tennessee 7 pmX24-23
2013 regular season     
Sep 8 - at Detroit NoonX34-24
Sep 15 - at Chicago NoonX31-30
Sep 22 - vs. Cleveland NoonX31-27
Sep 29 - vs. Pittsburgh (in London) NoonX34-27
Oct 6 - Bye
Oct 13 - vs. Carolina NoonX35-10
Oct 21 - at. NY Giants 7:40 pmX23-7
Oct 27 - vs. Green Bay 7:30 pmX44-31
Nov 3 - at Dallas NoonX27-23
Nov 7 - vs. Washington 7:25 pmX34-27
Nov 17 - at Seattle 3:25 pmX41-20
Nov. 24 - at Green Bay Noon26-26
Dec 1 - vs. Chicago NoonX23-20
Dec 8 - at Baltimore NoonX29-26
Dec 15 - vs. Philadelphia NoonX48-30
Dec 22 - at Cincinnati NoonX42-14
Dec 29 - vs. Detroit NoonX14-13




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