OTA Notebook: June 8th
Last Update: 6/8/2007 12:35:25 PM
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Today marked the final OTA that we the media get to see, and it turned out to be the most interesting. With the two minute drill in play and the energy high it was the defense that once again came out on top.
-Linebacker Dontarrious Thomas, right tackle Ryan Cook and defensive end Kenechi Udeze were all on hand for the workout but none of them participated. They were held out for undisclosed reasons.
-While it is only June and there was certainly some mixing and matching of the units, the most interesting development came today at wide receiver.
During all the sections of practice which included group install, 7-on-7 and full team work the first team receivers were Bobby Wade, Troy Williamson and rookie Sidney Rice. The second team meanwhile consisted of Billy McMullen, Martin Nance and Jason Carter.
Obviously it's far too early to draw any solid conclusions, but it is worth noting that the trio of receivers stayed fairly constant on both the first and second teams to begin each segment of practice.
-Former NFL quarterback Rich Gannon was out again today working with the quarterbacks on, among other things, their mechanics.
-One of the better plays made during 7-on-7 was a ball caught by rookie Aundrae Allison that was tipped by at least three defenders before reaching him.
-Tight end Visanthe Shiancoe had an up and down day making several good grabs but also fumbling and having to be told to hustle off the field at one point by head coach Brad Childress.
-Like yesterday it was another learning experience day for receiver Todd Lowber who had to repeat several individual drills because of drops or faulty technique. Lowber also dropped a ball right in his chest during 7-on-7 drills.
-Rookie cornerback Marcus McCauley got a pat on the back from safety Dwight Smith on a few occasions for correctly diagnosing a play. The Fresno State grad is really showing signs that the Vikings got a steal in the third round.
-Another solid day for Troy Williamson who is catching just about everything he has a legit shot at. He nearly had a touchdown during full team work on the two minute drill, but a great recovery by Dwight Smith caused the pass to be broken up.
-As noted, the emphasis today was on two minute and limited time situations. It was fun to see the first, second and third teams go up against one another.
The defense came up with three straight stops to start the full team work. The first team stopped the drive at the 40-yard line with no time remaining, while safety Mike Doss came up with an INT in the endzone vs. the second team and cornerback Charles Gordon ended the third team's bid with an interception of rookie QB Tyler Thigpen.
The second go around for the first teams was lowlighted by a scuffle between defensive end Ray Edwards, center Matt Birk and left guard Steve Hutchinson.
At first Edwards and Birk were getting into it a little bit when Hutchinson stepped in. Hutch turned his back to walk away when Edwards shoved him from behind. The situation was quickly put to rest by Childress and Edwards did not work the rest of the day.
The lone touchdown from the offense came courtesy of the second team and WR Martin Nance who made a nice grab in the end zone on a quality ball by Brooks Bollinger. The score came on the heels of another catch by Nance which put the ball inside the five yard line.
Finally the third team was unable to get in the end zone when rookie defensive end Brian Robison ended the drive by slapping the ball out of QB Drew Henson's hand. The third team offense was in position to score however thanks to a great diving catch inside the five yard line by tight end Stephen Spach.
No more open workouts are scheduled until training camp, however the team will continue to workout next week. Be sure to keep an eye out in July for KFAN dot com's training camp page where we'll break down each position and get you ready for all things Purple.