On most mornings, we walk you through what’s going on with the Vikings.
WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
— Mick Tingelhoff. Jim Marshall. Even Brett Favre. The Vikings have been blessed to have ironmen whom they could count on to play every game.
— Teddy Bridgewater threw a pair of picks during last night’s practice.
— Defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd and offensive lineman David Yankey were injured last night after some other notable players sat out practice.
— The Vikings have seen that Audie Cole can make plays “when the lights come on.” But now he is trying to do that consistently in practice, too.
— Top pick Trae Waynes spent his Fourth of July weekend training in Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s Las Vegas gym. He has yet to meet the champ, though.
— For a week or so, Mike Priefer doesn’t mind being the second-best special teams coach in Mankato. The top dog in that department? His dad.
AROUND THE NFC NORTH
— Lions star wide receiver Calvin Johnson will turn 30 next month, but he remains in “a class of his own,” according to one of his teammates.
— Clay Matthews has missed the past two practices with a sore knee. That has created opportunities for some of the Packers’ young linebackers.
— Mike Martz is still a believer in embattled Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, but we’re guessing that his old offensive coordinator is in the minority.
TODAY’S VIKINGS SCHEDULE
Players have today off. They will be back on the field here tomorrow.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
If you need more proof that the Vikings are one of the younger teams in a league made up of 32 teams that are always looking to be the youngest, just take a gander at their 90-man roster. The Vikings have more than three times as many players who are 23 or younger (26) than players who are 30 or older (eight). And it’s not like those young guys are here just to get water for the veterans. That group includes Bridgewater, linebacker Anthony Barr, running back Jerick McKinnon and several other players who could play meaningful roles this season. And who says youth can’t be served? Last year’s Patriots were the youngest team to ever win the Super Bowl. Whose record did they break? If you guessed the 2013 Seahawks, you’re right.