Vikings day at camp: Peterson thrilled with being on Wheaties box

  • Article by: DAN WIEDERER and MARK CRAIG , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: August 14, 2013 - 12:09 AM

Camp snapshot

Following Tuesday’s practice, General Mills’ newest spokesman was asked to name his favorite cereal. “Wheaties,” Adrian Peterson said with a wide smile, his image now on limited editions of that box to honor his MVP exploits and charity work. But Peterson’s savvy as a pitch man was coupled with his admirable honesty. “And Froot Loops,” he quickly answered, paying little mind to the reality that Toucan Sam works for Kellogg’s. Still, Peterson called the Wheaties tribute one of his greatest accomplishments, recalling the boxes of Walter Payton and Michael Johnson from his youth. “I always used to tell myself, ‘Hey, one day I want to be on the cover of that Wheaties box,’ ” he said. “So it’s pretty cool, man.”

Quick review

Offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave didn’t need long to break down the first-team offense’s effort from Friday’s loss to Houston. Only two plays, including an off-line throw by Christian Ponder that went off Jerome Simpson’s hand and was intercepted. “We had an issue there with protection,” Musgrave said. “Christian had a couple of different options to throw to, either strong or weak, it just got away from him a little bit and when that happens the receiver is always going to try to catch it. Sometimes it can turn into a tipped ball, which is a gift for the defense. So glad that happened in August and not in January or February.”

From the podium

Chris Cook: 18 NFL starts. Josh Robinson: six. Xavier Rhodes: brand spanking-new rookie. That’s the pecking order at cornerback for the Vikings right now with little established depth behind that trio. So it’s no wonder coach Leslie Frazier wants to focus in these next two games on seeing how the Cook-Robinson-Rhodes combination can function, fully aware that the youth and experience there is in danger of being exposed. “That secondary, these next two games, it will be very, very important to find out where we are and what we are trying to do improve before we play that first game,” Frazier said. “It is a key area for us to get a feel for coming out of this preseason.”

Camp chatter

“The day we check out and turn our bikes in.” — Linebacker Chad Greenway, when asked what his favorite part of training camp is.


Injury report

• CB Jacob Lacey (knee) will remain out for two to four weeks.

• DT Christian Ballard (personal reasons) missed practice.

• LB Michael Mauti (knee) missed practice.

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


Three days out

Wednesday: 10:30-11:30 a.m. walk-through, 2:30-4:45 practice.

Thursday: Off day.

Friday: Preseason game at Buffalo, 6 p.m.

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Atlanta - LP: A. Wood 0 FINAL
Philadelphia - WP: A. Bastardo 1
Cleveland - LP: D. Salazar 5 FINAL
Detroit - WP: J. Verlander 7
Toronto - LP: R. Dickey 0 FINAL
Minnesota - WP: K. Gibson 7
Seattle - LP: J. Beimel 6 FINAL
Texas - WP: P. Figueroa 8
Los Angeles - WP: H. Ryu 2 FINAL
San Francisco - LP: M. Bumgarner 1
Colorado - WP: F. Morales 3 FINAL
San Diego - LP: I. Kennedy 1
St. Louis - WP: A. Wainwright 8 FINAL
Washington - LP: T. Jordan 0
Milwaukee - LP: R. Wooten 2 FINAL
Pittsburgh - WP: E. Volquez 11
NY Yankees - WP: C. Sabathia 10 FINAL
Tampa Bay - LP: D. Price 2
Toronto - LP: S. Santos 5 FINAL
Minnesota - WP: C. Fien 9
Boston - WP: J. Lester 3 FINAL
Chicago WSox - LP: R. Belisario 1
Kansas City - WP: J. Shields 5 FINAL
Houston - LP: S. Feldman 1
Philadelphia 1 FINAL
NY Rangers 4
Chicago 3 FINAL(OT)
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Date/Opponent Time W L Score
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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