Vikings workouts begin in Florida

Several Vikings players started their own minicamp this week in Florida, with many of the skill-position players on offense, including Christian Ponder and Joe Webb, present.

Following the lead of other NFL teams, about a dozen Vikings players are starting to work out today in Florida, including all three quarterbacks under contract.

QBs Christian Ponder, Joe Webb and Rhett Bomar are among those participating in three days of practice this week at the IMG Madden Football Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

The other players expected to participate are all offensive players, including tight ends Visanthe Shiancoe and Kyle Rudolph, running back Lorenzo Booker and wide receivers Sidney Rice, Percy Harvin, Greg Camarillo, Jaymar Johnson and Emmanuel Arceneaux.

During the brief window of opportunity that teams were able to talk to players when the lockout was lifted for about 24 hours, some of the players were able to get playbooks that lay out the team's new offense. Expect to see those players trying to incorporate Bill Musgrave's offense Tuesday afternoon for the first time.

Whether the offensive players will be able to simulate what they would do at a minicamp – not easy given that no defensive players and only one offensive lineman will be part of the picture – or not, at least there is some progress that players are working out in hopes of being ready when (or if) the 2011 season begins.


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    John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.

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