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    Reports From Vikings Training Camp

    This thread is for news and observation from the Minnesota Vikings' Organized Team Activities (OTA's) and training camp.

    A few observations from Monday’s OTA, posted May 24.

    The short article features, among others, a few observations on newly acquired kicker Rhys Lloyd, and the young running back group featuring rookie linebacker-turned-fullback Ryan D’Imperio and receiver-turned-halfback Darius Reynaud.

    Feel free to post more news!

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    Additional news from OTA #5:
    Veterans “Get The Wheels Going Again” During OTA #5, posted May 24.

    The OTA's are voluntary and many of the Vikings starters are established veterans, but several veterans who didn’t participate last week were on the field Monday, including Pro Bowlers Jared Allen, Bryant McKinnie and Kevin Williams.

    Also, here's an Offense Exclusive OTA #4 Observation, posted May 21.

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    Thanks HEY for drawing our attention to this. Good read.

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    I watched Lloyd work today during the early part of practice and I was impressed with what I saw. He would take about a step and a half and boot the ball off a tee from the 35-yardline to the goal line. Lloyd’s leg strength is obvious and it’ll be interesting to see how his addition impacts the Vikings special teams unit.
    Thats going help STs a lot and hope it helps them pin teams that much deeper in their half. I can live with using a roster spot for a kickoff specialist if that's the results we'll consistently get.
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    Mike Wobschall's live blog from the OTA's

    Looks like Chris Cook is doing fine.
    the 6-2, 212 CB had a great day on the field. During 1 on 1 drills with the WRs, Cook forced a fumble and then on his next turn he registered an INT. On his 3rd go-round, Cook tipped a pass and forced an incompletion.

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    AngloVike wrote:
    I watched Lloyd work today during the early part of practice and I was impressed with what I saw. He would take about a step and a half and boot the ball off a tee from the 35-yardline to the goal line. Lloyd’s leg strength is obvious and it’ll be interesting to see how his addition impacts the Vikings special teams unit.
    Thats going help STs a lot and hope it helps them pin teams that much deeper in their half. I can live with using a roster spot for a kickoff specialist if that's the results we'll consistently get.
    His stats in domes the last two years show a 44% TB rate. Should really take the starch out of other teams. Instead of 4 games in a dome he will have 10! Should put him right at the top of the league.

    I am wondering if we see him take some short field punts from Kluwe as well. Kluwe is near the bottom of the league at keeping it out of the endzone...anybody have any college stats on Lloyds Touchbacks and Downed Punts inside the 20?
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    bsmithberkley wrote:
    AngloVike wrote:
    I watched Lloyd work today during the early part of practice and I was impressed with what I saw. He would take about a step and a half and boot the ball off a tee from the 35-yardline to the goal line. Lloyd’s leg strength is obvious and it’ll be interesting to see how his addition impacts the Vikings special teams unit.
    Thats going help STs a lot and hope it helps them pin teams that much deeper in their half. I can live with using a roster spot for a kickoff specialist if that's the results we'll consistently get.
    His stats in domes the last two years show a 44% TB rate. Should really take the starch out of other teams. Instead of 4 games in a dome he will have 10! Should put him right at the top of the league.

    I am wondering if we see him take some short field punts from Kluwe as well. Kluwe is near the bottom of the league at keeping it out of the endzone...anybody have any college stats on Lloyds Touchbacks and Downed Punts inside the 20?
    huh? If there's one thing Kluwe does well its pinning it down inside the 20. In 73 punts he has 24 inside the 20, good for 16th in total.

    Of the people ahead of him, all but Zastudil, Koch, Sepulveda and McBriar have kicked more punts, 9 having more than 80 punts last year.

    He's not teriffic, but he's not near the bottom. About middle of the pack.

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    i_bleed_purple wrote:
    bsmithberkley wrote:
    AngloVike wrote:
    I watched Lloyd work today during the early part of practice and I was impressed with what I saw. He would take about a step and a half and boot the ball off a tee from the 35-yardline to the goal line. Lloyd’s leg strength is obvious and it’ll be interesting to see how his addition impacts the Vikings special teams unit.
    Thats going help STs a lot and hope it helps them pin teams that much deeper in their half. I can live with using a roster spot for a kickoff specialist if that's the results we'll consistently get.
    His stats in domes the last two years show a 44% TB rate. Should really take the starch out of other teams. Instead of 4 games in a dome he will have 10! Should put him right at the top of the league.

    I am wondering if we see him take some short field punts from Kluwe as well. Kluwe is near the bottom of the league at keeping it out of the endzone...anybody have any college stats on Lloyds Touchbacks and Downed Punts inside the 20?
    huh? If there's one thing Kluwe does well its pinning it down inside the 20. In 73 punts he has 24 inside the 20, good for 16th in total.

    Of the people ahead of him, all but Zastudil, Koch, Sepulveda and McBriar have kicked more punts, 9 having more than 80 punts last year.

    He's not teriffic, but he's not near the bottom. About middle of the pack.
    look at the ratio of TBs/DOWN IN 20, its a better indicator of a Punters ability.
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    OTA #10 Observations, posted June 2.

    Some stuff on some of the new less-know guys:
    The other highlight-caliber play came from QB Tarvaris Jackson and rookie 7th round TE Mickey Shuler. Jackson took a 5-step drop and rifled a pass to Shuler down the right seam. Shuler, who’s made some impressive catches during OTAs, hauled in the pass and continued down the field.
    My impression was that this kid was just another blocking tight end, but it seems like he can catch too. Great!

    Players were made available to the media following practice and one of the most popular interviews was WR Logan Payne, a former University of Minnesota Golden Gopher. Payne was signed this offseason after spending time with a few different NFL teams. A few interesting comments from Payne: 1) He said even as a guy whose made an NFL roster in the past, there isn’t much room for error for him and he’s making the most of this opportunity, 2) He had a few other teams interested in bringing him in this offseason but he took a look at the Vikings team and coaching staff and felt comfortable being with the Vikings, and 3) As he comes back from an injury, he feels as fast as he’s ever been during his career.
    I like this kid! He has the potential to make the roster if he can get rid of that injury.

    While we’re on the topic of former Golden Gophers, I spent a few minutes after Tuesday’s practice with DL Cedric McKinley. He joined the Vikings this offseason as an undrafted rookie free agent and he told me that after playing mostly DE in college he’s been playing a lot of 3-technique here with the Vikings. He also went on to explain that he’s been watching a lot of Kevin Williams’ film and he’s also been impressed with the work ethic Williams has. “I’m having a great experience so far,” McKinley said, “and it’s really a blessing to be a part of this team right now.”
    Don't know this kid, but I always welcome rookies from Minnesota plus he seems to have his head in the right place.

    OTA #11 Observations, posted June 3.

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    HEY wrote:
    OTA #10 Observations, posted June 2.

    Some stuff on some of the new less-know guys:
    The other highlight-caliber play came from QB Tarvaris Jackson and rookie 7th round TE Mickey Shuler. Jackson took a 5-step drop and rifled a pass to Shuler down the right seam. Shuler, who’s made some impressive catches during OTAs, hauled in the pass and continued down the field.
    My impression was that this kid was just another blocking tight end, but it seems like he can catch too. Great!

    Players were made available to the media following practice and one of the most popular interviews was WR Logan Payne, a former University of Minnesota Golden Gopher. Payne was signed this offseason after spending time with a few different NFL teams. A few interesting comments from Payne: 1) He said even as a guy whose made an NFL roster in the past, there isn’t much room for error for him and he’s making the most of this opportunity, 2) He had a few other teams interested in bringing him in this offseason but he took a look at the Vikings team and coaching staff and felt comfortable being with the Vikings, and 3) As he comes back from an injury, he feels as fast as he’s ever been during his career.
    I like this kid! He has the potential to make the roster if he can get rid of that injury.

    While we’re on the topic of former Golden Gophers, I spent a few minutes after Tuesday’s practice with DL Cedric McKinley. He joined the Vikings this offseason as an undrafted rookie free agent and he told me that after playing mostly DE in college he’s been playing a lot of 3-technique here with the Vikings. He also went on to explain that he’s been watching a lot of Kevin Williams’ film and he’s also been impressed with the work ethic Williams has. “I’m having a great experience so far,” McKinley said, “and it’s really a blessing to be a part of this team right now.”
    Don't know this kid, but I always welcome rookies from Minnesota plus he seems to have his head in the right place.

    OTA #11 Observations, posted June 3.

    [img size=400]http://prod.static.vikings.clubs.nfl.com/assets/images/imported/zip/2010/06-June/ota22/ota30--nfl_medium_540_360.jpg[/img]
    I just love the fact that we're bringing in some Minne boys in. I really liked Payne as a Gopher. Too bad we couldn't have gotten Decker though.

    It sure seems to me that over the past 6 years or so, that Denver really likes Minnesota boys too.

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