>Vikes know what they’ll get with Taylor
One of the things head coach Brad Childress shared in his media briefing on Tuesday is how he is looking for a consistent level of performance he can count on from his players week in and week out. Nobody epitomizes that more than running back Chester Taylor. “Yeah, I know what I am going to get from him,” Childress said. “That is the biggest thing about this camp, overall, when I say what is different this time around. There are certain guys that have been here that I know exactly the standard of performance that I can anticipate from those guys and that is what it's all about. That is what we are trying to learn from all the newcomers, what is the standard of performance that I am going to get from you each and every time you come out. With [Chester, you get] a day's work for a day's pay. He doesn't know how not to go hard.”
>Birk excels as leader of the line
All-Pro center Matt Birk is content that most of the attention has been elsewhere during training camp this season after struggling with injuries in the past. “I guess it is kind of nice to really not have any distractions or recurring questions,” Birk said in this Pioneer Press story. “It's nice to be able to just focus on football.”
>Shiancoe finding a rhythm with Vikings
You can see at practices this week that tight end Visanthe Shiancoe is getting more and more comfortable with the offense. Things are starting to click for him and you can see his confidence rise. “I'm starting to get comfortable in the offense,” Shiancoe said in this Pioneer Press story. “They're being patient with me. I mean, it takes time to learn a new offense and get used to it. But once you get used to it, it's like butter.”
>Thomas can fill in at all three LB spots
Dontarrious Thomas has emerged as the No. 1 backup at all three linebacker spots, despite what the official team depth chart says. Thomas’ understanding of and his fit for the team’s defensive scheme are the key. “I've seen strides," linebackers coach Fred Pagac said in this StarTribune article. “He's quicker to read ... he's building confidence. I think that's one that once he thinks he’s as good as he is, he'll be a lot faster.”
>Griffin brings physical style to secondary
An already physical player, cornerback Cedric Griffin has added some weight to handle the toll of a 16-game season better. “I feel comfortable with my speed and my weight right now,” he said in this Mankato Free Press story. “Any time you have a little more muscle on you and still can play fast and play with the same mentality, you are going to be a little more violent out there and that’s my game.”
>Is Peterson a home run hitter for Vikings?
The one thing that rookie Adrian Peterson brings to the Vikings offense is the ability to go the distance just about anytime he touches the ball. “The biggest thing we saw in him was the ability to hit the home run,” says coach Brad Childress in this USA Today story.
>Henderson back home in the middle
E.J. Henderson’s return to the middle linebacker position has gone smoothly after a breakout season on the weak side last year. “I try to open it up a little bit, try to make a conscious effort to be a little more vocal,” he said in this AP report. “It's what I've been doing since I played football, so it's not new to call the huddle, set the front and communicate.”
>Mozes officially placed on IR
Rookie free agent center Dan Mozes was officially placed on injured reserve after suffering a torn ACL in his right knee during this weekend’s scrimmage with the Chiefs. Mozes was out on the practice field with the help of crutches to observe much of Tuesday morning’s workouts.
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