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Developmental Camp Notes: Day One

Head coach Mike Tice is big on work ethic, and the dedication of his players showed today with the first of 11 voluntary developmental camp practices. Only three players were missing, each with a legitimate excuse, and a few of the injured players from earlier this month were competing in drills.

At this point in Mike Tice's rebuilding of the Vikings and after the major portion of free agency and the draft, there aren't many battles for starting positions on the depth chart. Players are always challenged, but this year the starters -- probably on both sides of the ball -- are as talented as secure as the starters have been in the last four years. Most of the positions that needed an... Recommended Stories

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