Vikings Day at Camp: Patterson working into WR mix

  • Article by: MARK CRAIG , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 31, 2013 - 11:54 PM

The first-round draft pick is poised to move up in the pecking order.

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Practice snapshot

Five days into training camp, the pecking order at receiver remains in deference to the veterans. Running a majority of three-receiver sets, the Vikings have stuck with Jerome Simpson, Greg Jennings and second-year pro Jarius Wright in the slot. Rookie first-round draft pick Cordarrelle Patterson appears to be the fourth receiver, although his size and skill level suggests that will change. When is the question, not if.

Because the Vikings do a good job of mixing and matching receivers with quarterbacks, all the top receivers get ample opportunities to work on their timing with both Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel. One of the highlights Wednesday came during one-on-one drills when Patterson leapt high in the air against starting cornerback Chris Cook and showed the concentration to make a falling catch of a Ponder deep ball.

Preparing for victory

Talk about confidence and attention to detail. The Vikings practiced their victory formation Wednesday. As far as we could tell, no fans old enough to remember 1998 were harmed while watching the Vikings practice the art of taking a knee.

From the podium

A year ago, left tackle Matt Kalil’s one-on-one matchups with Jared Allen were a storyline that was picked at daily throughout training camp. This year, Kalil often walks past reporters without a single request to stop and be interviewed. In the world of left tackles, drawing little to no attention is golden. That doesn’t mean last year’s No. 4 overall draft pick isn’t motivated to improve upon a rookie Pro Bowl season. “Matt wants to be the best left tackle in the National Football League,” Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said.

Camp chatter

– Ponder, when asked after Joe Webb’s transition from quarterback to receiver this offseason.

Injury report

• WR Greg Childs (knees) is on the physically-unable-to-perform list.

• LB Nathan Williams (ankle) is on the PUP list.

Schedule: Three days out

Thursday: 10:30-11:30 a.m. walk-through; 2:30-4:45 p.m. full pads.

Friday: 10:30-11:30 a.m. walk-through; 2:30-4:45 p.m. full pads.

Saturday: 10:30-11:30 a.m. walk-through; 7-9 p.m. Practice at Blakeslee Stadium.

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