Daily dispatch from Mankato
Setting the scene
Winds up to 26 miles per hour swept across the practice fields, blowing footballs off tees, wobbling the video platform risers that tower over practice and even swiping the hat off the head of coach Mike Zimmer at one point. One of the ball boys had to retrieve it as it fluttered away.
Even with Adrian Peterson sitting out during the goal-line period, the first-team offense scored on two of three attempts from the 1-yard line. Running back Matt Asiata scored too easily on the first two attempts, both dive plays. Tight end MyCole Pruitt caught a pass in the end zone on the third play, but it didn't count because he stepped out of bounds while being tightly covered by safety Robert Blanton.
No. 2 defense gets revenge
The tide turned when the second units met in the goal-line drill. The defense won two of three plays on stops that had at least one media member checking numbers on his roster. Chigbo Anunoby, a 6-5, 320-pound tackle, tossed aside an offensive lineman and buried running back Jerick McKinnon. End B.J. Dubose also made an overpowering stop. The other snap saw Shaun Hill throw a touchdown pass to tight end Chase Ford.
Bridgewater shows some zip in the wind
Backup quarterbacks Hill, Mike Kafka and rookie Tyler Heinicke struggled with the wind as the Vikings threw against it or with a cross wind for most of practice. Meanwhile, starter Teddy Bridgewater handled the wind much better. He threw tighter spirals with some zip, particularly on a couple of passes to Charles Johnson and Kyle Rudolph. The pass to Johnson was about a 20-yard out pattern.
"Can we get security over here?"
— Linebacker Chad Greenway after former Viking "Benchwarmer Bob" Lurtsema yelled out to linebacker Audie Cole during an individual drill.
Knock on wood, but the Vikings appear to have made it to their first off day Thursday without any additional injuries of note. CB Josh Robinson (pectoral muscle), who has yet to practice, remains the only player sidelined.
Thursday: Players are off
Friday: 10:30-11:30 a.m. (walk-through) and 2:45- 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10:30-11:30 a.m. (walk-through) and 7:15-9:15 p.m. at Blakeslee Stadium.
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