On most mornings, we walk you through what’s going on with the Vikings.
WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
— The Vikings, even their old-school coach Mike Zimmer, are embracing virtual reality to help make practice plays more realistic in the film room.
— Harrison Smith says that he and the Vikings won’t be negotiating a new deal until after the season, and he’s not a fan of the fifth-year option.
— The Vikings feel Mankato is still their best option for camp after a half century here, so they are in talks to extend their contract.
— For some reason, Teddy Bridgewater is getting little love in offseason quarterback rankings. But Norv Turner thinks his QB is “top-flight.”
— Monday’s camp practice was highlighted by a big catch from Cordarrelle Patterson and a heated moment between a pair of notable starters.
— Find it concerning that four players have injured pectorals in the past year? So do the Vikings, which is why they are changing things up.
— What do the team’s three new defensive ends have in common? Length.
AROUND THE NFC NORTH
— Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy, who went wing-walking on a biplane in March, is now posting pictures of himself sledding down volcanoes.
— Get ready to groan. “The Packers haven’t had to use a first-round pick on a wideout since Javon Walker in 2002 because they keep hitting home runs and never striking out,” writes Bob McGinn of the Journal Sentinel.
TODAY’S VIKINGS SCHEDULE
The Vikings are sticking to their usual schedule, with the walkthrough at 10:30 a.m. and practice running from 2:45 p.m. to approximately 5 p.m. But today is the day the pads come on, so practice will have extra oomph. Well, assuming they still practice outside. It’s a wet one in Mankato this morning.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
Spinning off of what McGinn wrote for the Journal Sentinel, the Packers have drafted three 1,000-yard receivers in the past decade in Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and our old friend Greg Jennings. Another Packers pick, James Jones, scored 14 touchdowns one season. The Vikings, meanwhile, have drafted just one, and that guy, Sidney Rice, only topped 1,000 yards once. But while the Packers are arguably the NFL’s best at finding receivers, they also have Aaron Rodgers going for them, which is nice. The Vikings’ QB situation has been far less stable, but if Bridgewater turns out to be as good as Turner says he is, it will be easier for them to develop good receivers.