Day two of Vikings practice is in the booksMankato, MN (WDAY TV)-- Day two of Vikings practice is in the books, they had another walk through this morning, followed by a practice this afternoon.
By: Dom Izzo, WDAY
Mankato, MN (WDAY TV)-- Day two of Vikings practice is in the books, they had another walk through this morning, followed by a practice this afternoon.
Our own Dom Izzo highlights a group of guys hoping to make a big, make that huge impact again this fall for the purple.
Welcome back to Mankato and our continuing coverage of Vikings training camp. Now normally offensive lineman are known for all the wrong reasons, usually for allowing sacks. That's not the case here in Minnesota where this unit brings back all 5 starters. They allowed 17 less sacks last season and blocked the way for the league MVP.
Phil Loadholt- Vikings Right Tackle: "We definitely take pride in his accomplishments. We don't necessarily set goals for what we'd like him to do, but our goal every play is to give him the biggest holes possible because we know he's going to make a play out of it. We just go as hard as we can and let him make the plays from there."
Bill Musgrave- Vikings Offensice Coordinator: "It would be hard to ask them to be much better in the running game. They did a nice job
pass protecting last year. We'd like to minimize our sacks and stay out of those long yardage situations. It's a terrific group! It's fun to have John Sullivan back. He's really the stabilizer. Matt Kalil has fewer unknowns than 12 months ago. So, we're excited about that."
Matt Kalil- 2012 Pro Bowl Left Tackle: "It's a lot more comfortable, just knowing the system and having a camp under my belt. It's a lot less stressful, as well. I'm working on one thing every day and overall it accumulates to our overall effort. It's just about doing what we did last year, staying consistent, getting together as an offensive line and doing everything right."
Loadholt: "Just having 5 guys up there who's played together for a couple of years. The continuity between us is a major factor in our success. We'll just continue to build through that for camp and through the season."
One of the concerns staring to camp was if John Sullivan would be ready to go coming off knee surgery. Sullivan told me yesterday he feels fine, he's been practicing here already.
Through 2 days, there are no serious injuries to report. Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel were both intercepted today during team drills. Erin Henderson and Mistral Raymond had the takeaways.