The Vikings finished their morning walk through as they have each of the previous nine times. Without injury (which is good) and without much fanfare. Watching the hour long session and trying to dissect any storyline is difficult if not impossible. But as the team readies themselves for their first pre-season test on Friday night against Houston the attention to detail in all three phases is critical.
"For us, we're really concentrating on our team and our roster. This preseason game is important for different reasons; the primary reason it's important is it gives us a chance to evaluate guys in game situations, but from a win loss stand point, there's not a lot of credence in it so we're just doing the things that are necessary to evaluate our players. That doesn't mean that we're going to do less or more from the isolation stand point based on the fact that we have a game on Friday," said head coach Leslie Frazier. "So we're just going to according to our plan, what gives us the best chance to evaluate our guys and also puts us on track for our regular season. The Texans game is on our schedule, but it is not really on our radar other than the fact it is a preseason game and our players get a chance to get evaluated in front of some live action."
Frazier admitted that some starters will sit out of the game on Friday, but did not talk about specific names.
The team is working through what they term minor injuries especially on the defensive side of the ball. Linebacker Desmond Bishop has a groin injury and Frazier called him day-to-day. Rookie cornerback Xavier Rhodes is nursing a hamstring and A.J. Jefferson has a foot injury according to defensive coordinator Alan Williams.
A working theory is that the Vikings could break camp with two quarterbacks (Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel) and use wide receiver Joe Webb as the emergency quarterback to open up a roster spot. While that could be the case, the team likes McLeod Bethel-Thompson and let veteran Sage Rosenfels go last season as proof.
Griffen continues to dominate:
Frazier called his defensive end a "bright spot" and praised Griffen for his practice and attitude. "Really looking forward to watching how he develops over the course of this year, but so far so good," said Frazier.
Olsen showing versatility:
Guard Seth Olsen is showing some versatility working as the second team center while Joe Berger is away from the team dealing with a personal matter. The Vikings are in need of a flexible offensive lineman and Olsen who spent the past two seasons with Indianapolis could be the guy.