Published August 09, 2006 01:05 am

On his first carry, Chester Taylor ran to the left, found a hole and burst through for 31 yards. On the next play, he went right and scrambled for 22.

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Free agent back recovered from groin injury


By Shane Frederick
The Free Press


MANKATO —
On his first carry, Chester Taylor ran to the left, found a hole and burst through for 31 yards. On the next play, he went right and scrambled for 22.

Upon returning to team drills Tuesday, the Vikings’ No. 1 running back sure didn’t seem to show any ill effects from the sore groin that has limited him to individual work the last couple of days.

“You saw Chester Taylor back today,” coach Brad Childress said. “I thought he made a couple of good reads, a couple bursts.”

Taylor’s big runs came during live scrimmaging between the No. 1 offense and No. 2 defense in Blakeslee Stadium.

“He had a tremendous day and got off to a great start,” quarterback Brad Johnson said. “He got nicked up a couple of days, came back today and made a couple of tremendous runs.”

Childress also extended credit to the Vikings offensive line. “(Taylor) showed you some live legs and a couple moves,” the coach said. “But I’ll say this, there were some pretty good holes to run through as well.”


Henderson the hitter

Linebacker E.J. Henderson continued to have a hard-hitting camp with a couple of good sticks, including one memorable one on Mewelde Moore, during full-team work.

“He’s been an active guy this camp, without a doubt,” Childress said. “He’s probably as good a key-and-diagnose linebacker as we have.”

Childress said Henderson, who has played both weakside and middle linebacker seems to be best suited for the Will spot.

“He shows up at the football and doesn’t take a long time to get there,” Childress said. “He’s down in weight so he’s moving fast, and he has great strike ability. He’s playing good football right now.”


Man in the middle

Childress said he’s glad to have defensive tackle Pat Williams off the physically unable to perform list and on the practice field again.

Williams practiced with the team for the second day and was disruptive during goal-line and short-yardage work. He was also back to being loud and talking trash.

“He loves to play the game. He brings a certain stew to it,” Childress said. “That fast talking, people kind of feed off that.”

Childress refuted reports that Williams, who is listed at 317 pounds, didn’t pass his conditioning test and, in fact, didn’t even run it. Instead, the coach said Williams’ cardiovascular condition was the concern.

“The mix of weight, (Williams’) age and the heat is a bad mix,” Childress said. “I’m going to use discretion to when he practices ...”


Catch of the day

Wide receiver Marcus Robinson made the most impressive catch of the morning session, going up high between a pair of defenders to haul in a 50-yard pass from J.T. O’Sullivan.

Robinson held on as cornerbacks Tony Beckham and Dustin Fox took him to the turf and then popped up and spiked the ball.


Vikings notebook: RB Taylor bounces back