On most mornings, we walk you through what’s going on with the Vikings.
WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
— The Vikings starters only made a brief appearance in last night’s 14-3 win over the Steelers in the preseason opener, but they looked sharp.
— Top pick Trae Waynes struggled in his unofficial NFL debut, but coach Mike Zimmer thought it was important to leave the rookie corner in.
— Reflective as he visited the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Adrian Peterson believes he will be enshrined there some someday “if God’s willing.”
— In the first installment of Master Tesfatsion’s “Making the Cut” video series, veteran cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke is profiled.
AROUND THE NFC NORTH
— The hype machine for Lions rookie Ameer Abdullah continues to whirr. Detroit defensive coordinator Teryl Austin sure seems impressed.
— The Packers are digging deeper into their offensive playbook.
— The Bears drafted Kevin White to pair with receiver Alshon Jeffery, but they are also pretty excited about the addition of slot man Eddie Royal.
TODAY’S VIKINGS SCHEDULE
The Vikings have the day off after last night’s game. They will be back on the field in Mankato on Tuesday morning. Camp breaks Thursday.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
I’d be willing to wager that there is at least a little concern in Vikingsland about the play of Waynes last night, specifically the penalties. But let’s try not to overact to one exhibition game. For starters, Zimmer said shortly after the Vikings drafted Waynes that he was a little “grabby” in college and that it was going to take some work to get that straightened out. And let’s not forget that another prominent Vikings cornerback was a little grabby as a rookie, too. That would be Xavier Rhodes, who led the Vikings in penalties as a rookie despite not being a starter until midseason. Waynes isn’t going to be a star player overnight, and I liked that Zimmer kept Waynes in the game last night so that he could try to work through his mistakes.