By Scott Taylor
MANKATO, Minn. — After a couple of days at Minnesota Vikings training camp, here are 10 things we’ve learned:
- Adrian Peterson doesn’t look 30. He might not be the back he once was, but if used properly, he’ll be as exciting this season as he ever was. I doubt he will get a touch in the pre-season.
- With a year under his belt, Teddy Bridgewater should be ready to become a good NFL quarterback. He’s not a Top Tier QB, at least not yet, but he’ll be better this year than he was last year and that means the Vikings could make the playoffs.
- Mike Wallace might be in a Vikings uniform, but Charles Johnson looks like Teddy’s favorite target – still. Bridgewater has no fear throwing the ball up to Johnson when he’s in traffic. Teddy Pigskin isn’t quite that confident
- If AP can’t go at any time or he needs to rest that 30-year-old body, Jerick McKinnon looks like a keeper. McKinnon runs hard and it will interesting to see if offensive coordinator Norv Turner can work him into the offence with any regularity.
- Marcus Sherels will return punts while Cordarrelle Patterson will return kickoffs. Until further notice.
- Throughout camp, oft-maligned left offensive tackle Matt Kalil has had problems with Everson Griffen. Griffen is good, but not great. Kalil must be better this season or Bridgewater will have more stress than he needs.
- CB Xavier Rhodes looks like he’s ready for a great season. But like every starter on this team, he must stay as healthy as a pro football player can stay.
- As a wide receiver, Cordarrelle Patterson had a tough year in 2014. However, he’s a had a good camp and it will be interesting to see how he performs in the pre-season. With Johnson and Wallace on the depth chart, Patterson is going to have play much better this season if he wants his share of reps.
- At middle linebacker, head coach Mike Zimmer said the team is looking at Audie Cole to be the starter. Cole has been working with the first team in the base defense at camp and doesn’t look at all out of place. Second-round pick Eric Kendricks and Michael Mauti are the backups and unless something unexpected happens during the first two weeks of the pre-season, Cole with be the MAC linebacker.
- Vikings fans aren’t going to learn a whole lot about their team this Sunday night when the Vikes open the pre-season in the Hall of Fame Game against Pittsburgh (7 p.m. CDT on NBC’s Sunday Night Football). However, it’s still NFL football and it’s almost here.
And don’t forget, Garry Shymko, the mastermind behind Shymer Tours has a tremendous schedule of 2015 Minnesota Vikings games lined up. tour schedule all set up and you’re invited to head to TCF Bank Stadium this season.
This year, games start at $359 per tour and that includes a ticket to the Vikings game, your bus trip to the Twin Cities and two nights accommodations at the Holiday Inn Express in Bloomington, just an eight-minute walk from Mall of America.
Here are the tours:
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