Vikings notes: Frazier views camp as a success

  • Updated: August 15, 2012 - 10:00 PM
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Staff writers Mark Craig and Dan Wiederer blog at Access Vikings on startribune.com. Here is Mark and Dan's report from Wednesday:

MANKATO - After 15 practices over 21 days, goodbye, Mankato.

"We feel like it's been a successful training camp," coach Leslie Frazier said. "A lot of the things we set out to do are being accomplished."

Such as?

"We have some goals for what we want our offense, defense and special teams to look like," Frazier said. "We're taking on the characteristics we like to have as a team. We want be a tough team. We want to be a smart team. We want to be a disciplined football team. We're seeing that in the way we're practicing. I saw some of it in the San Francisco game. Now, it's a matter of are we talented enough to go out and do the things we have to do on Sunday. But I think the foundation is being laid to do it the right way. The rest of it has to come over time."

The Vikings leave town after Thursday morning's walkthrough, which isn't open to the media or public. They play Buffalo in a preseason game Friday at Mall of America Field and resume training camp practices Sunday at Winter Park.

Still no touching AP

Touching Adrian Peterson remained a big practice no-no, but there was some incidental contact at the line of scrimmage when he had to sidestep fallen left guard Charlie Johnson on his first carry in 11-on-11 team drills.

Peterson ended up getting three more carries and one swing pass thrown his way. He bobbled the pass and dropped it as he fell hard to the ground and popped back up.

"He's not afraid to be out there, which is a good sign," quarterback Christian Ponder said. "He's not hesitating to cut. He's not hesitating to do anything out there."

Frazier said the no-touch rule could be lifted soon, although Peterson still won't be tackled to the ground in practice.

Peterson will not play Friday. Meanwhile, Frazier said the healthy scratches from last week's preseason opener -- Percy Harvin, Kevin Williams, Jared Allen and Antoine Winfield -- will play against the Bills.

Jenkins agrees to pay cut

Receiver Michael Jenkins, who turned 30 in mid-June and had his 2011 season ended by a torn meniscus in his knee, wants badly to stick around with the Vikings. And the coaching staff feels he can be a veteran presence for an otherwise green receiving corps.

At full strength, Jenkins could provide a reliable target for Ponder. He is, after all, entering his ninth NFL season and seems to have a grasp on offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave's system.

But Jenkins has had several things standing in his way as he fights to make the roster. One of those -- a $2.5 million salary for 2012 -- was taken care of when Jenkins agreed to have his deal restructured. And now, according to NFLPA records, his base salary for 2012 has dropped to $1 million, a pay cut that could allow him a better chance to hang around.

A year ago, the Vikings worked through similar renegotiations with receivers Bernard Berrian and Greg Camarillo and both ended up making the team with significantly lower salaries than they were originally due. But keep in mind, neither player produced much in 2011 either (they combined for 16 catches for 212 yards).

Jablonski visits

Jack Jablonski, the former Benilde-St. Margaret's hockey player who suffered a paralyzing spinal cord injury during a hockey game in December, was a sideline guest Wednesday. He will also blow the Gjallarhorn before Friday night's game.

"I hadn't seen him in a while, so it was good to see how far he's come," said Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway, who had visited Jablonski in the hospital. "It was cool to see him out here and to see him happy and moving and doing well. It's incredible."

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