SETTING THE SCENE: It was a beautiful night in Mankato as the Vikings held their second and final night practice of camp. Temperatures were in the low-70s before dipping into the 60s by the end of the night. The stands weren’t crammed like Saturday night, but there was a decent turnout. Players were in full pads as Norv Turner filled in for coach Mike Zimmer.
TEDDY TWO PICKS: Second-year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater had a rough practice that included a pair of poor interceptions. In one team drill, he appeared to be targeting tight end Kyle Rudolph but threw it directly to middle linebacker Audie Cole, who was sitting in zone coverage and easily ran the interception back for a TD. Late in practice in the two-minute drill, Bridgewater tried to lob one into the end zone to wideout Mike Wallace, but cornerback Xavier Rhodes was all over it for another pick.
SPEAKING OF RHODES: We haven’t written much about Rhodes in these first 10 days of practice, but he is having a strong camp. He’s a big reason why we haven’t had much to say about Wallace recently, either. Rhodes is playing with confidence whether he is in press-man or off coverage, and he has been getting the best of his battles with Wallace, the speedy newcomer.
GOAL TO GO: The Vikings, conscious of the threat of injury, have done limited goal-line work in camp. But they did a little of that tonight. Peterson scored on both of his goal-line attempts. During the second one, fullback Zach Line made a good block on safety Robert Blanton to seal the right end. Bridgewater’s lone pass was a perfectly-placed floater to Rudolph for six.
WHIFFIN’ ON GRIFFEN: Left tackle Matt Kalil hasn’t had the best camp, but it certainly doesn’t help that he is constantly lining up against a pretty good defensive end in Everson Griffen. In the two-minute drill, Griffen beat Kalil at least twice on nine dropbacks, continuing an early theme in camp.
MR. MANKATO CANDIDATE: Rookie tight end MyCole Pruitt has fared pretty well this summer, and he made a couple of big plays today. The one that stood out most was when he fooled veteran corner DeMarcus Van Dyke on a wheel route and broke free down the right sideline. Mike Kafka hit him in stride for a long gain that could have resulted in a touchdown.
HEY, WE NEED THOSE: In an individual receiving drill early in practice where the wide receivers had to move laterally to catch a few passes in succession, Cordarrelle Patterson showed off a little bit by tossing one football over his shoulder into the crowd and then quickly flipping another there after his next catch. The fans in that section ooohed and aaahed, but one of the ball boys had to go retrieve the footballs from the crowd.
CAMP CHATTER: “I’m going to [sleep] as long as I can, probably to about [9 a.m.]. Then I’m going to Pancake House.” — Wallace on his off-day plans.
INJURY REPORT: Defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd and offensive lineman David Yankey were knocked out of practice with injuries. Outside linebacker Anthony Barr, defensive end Scott Crichton, defensive tackle B.J. DuBose, wide receiver Gavin Lutman and cornerback Josh Robinson sat out practice.