SETTING THE SCENE: Temperatures were again in the mid-80s for the second day of camp, but a midafternoon string of large clouds kept practice from getting too steamy. Players were again in shells. They will be in pads for the first time Tuesday, and coach Mike Zimmer is excited about that.
TEDDY PICKS IT UP: Second-year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was a little rusty on the first day of camp. He fared better on Monday, spreading the ball around to wide receivers Charles Johnson, Mike Wallace and Jarius Wright. One of the day’s biggest plays came when Bridgewater threw a perfect deep ball up the numbers to Johnson, who split cornerback Terence Newman and safety Harrison Smith to come down with a long reception.
PATTERSON FLASHES: Wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson is still with the second-stringers, but he is putting himself in position to make big plays. Early in practice, he fended off cornerback Marcus Sherels to make a leaping grab of a deep ball from backup Shaun Hill. Late in the afternoon, Patterson broke free again and made a nice adjustment along the sideline, but the ball went through his hands and clanked off his shoulder pads.
BROUHAHA BREWING?: For the second straight day, tensions rose between left tackle Matt Kalil and defensive end Everson Griffen. On this day, Griffen put rookie right tackle T.J. Clemmings on his butt with a bull rush. Kalil then came out of nowhere to shove Griffen hard in the face mask. The two didn’t take it any further and Zimmer ended that practice period prematurely to let them cool down, but there is plenty of camp remaining.
FINDING HIS NICHE: Jerick McKinnon has looked natural running routes in third-down situations and is elusive in the open field, but the second-year back will have to impress in pass protection to secure a regular role. The coaches will have a close eye on him Tuesday when the pads come on.
IF HE HAD A NICKEL…: Rookie linebacker Eric Kendricks may be behind Audie Cole when it comes to the base defense, but he was out there with the first-stringers next to Chad Greenway in the nickel period. That may be because Anthony Barr isn’t in practice-ready shape. But Kendricks seems to have the cover skills to contribute on passing downs right away.
CAMP CHATTER: “When he comes out and I watch him, he’s way ahead of everybody else.” — offensive coordinator Norv Turner on whether running back Adrian Peterson has any catching up to do.
INJURY REPORT: No new injuries to report. Corner Josh Robinson, nose tackle Shamar Stephen and wide receiver DaVaris Daniels remain sidelined.