The Vikings started the final day of their Mankato leg of training camp the same way they had the prior three weeks. Without too much noise or big storylines. Like their head coach, the start to the 2013 season can be summed up by one word.
"I'm really pleased with the progress we've made as a team," said head coach Leslie Frazier. "Hopefully we can have a good day today, and just keep building."
Frazier didn't tip his hand too much as far as what the second preseason game against Buffalo would look like but quarterback Christian Ponder expects to see more playing time than the two plays he was in for during the home opener against Houston.
"Hopefully more than quadruple," said Ponder. "I don't know what the plan is, I think it's to play a quarter, we'll see."
With the analyzing of personnel a constant, the first team will likely see the first quarter of action this week and then play into the third quarter in the third game in San Francisco.
"We will talk a little more about numbers after this preseason game," said Frazier. "Try to get a feel of where we think our depth is and based on that, that determines if we are going to be heavier at one position versus another."
Frazier went on to say that talent would dictate if a player makes the 53 man roster, not if they need a certain number at each position.
How those spots break out will be the major question as the team readies itself for the regular season opener in Detroit on September 8th.
According to Forbes Magazine, Jerome Felton and John Carlson were listed first and second as the most overpaid NFL players for 2013.
Felton is coming off of a pro-bowl season blocking for Adrian Peterson during his MVP season a year ago. Carlson, signed a five year $25 million contract and was injured throughout his first season in Minnesota.
Final night in Mankato:
Fraziers final comment to the media was that his hope was that his players didn't "have anything planned" in their final night in Mankato. The team will break camp and meet at Winter Park tomorrow before flying to Buffalo in front of their Friday night game against the Bills.
MVP in action:
Frazier remained noncommittal about the reining MVP's participation in game action during the preseason.
"Between this week and next week, those would be the only two weeks that we would play him if we're going to play him in the preseason," said Frazier. "We have an idea of what we want to do but also want to talk about it after this practice. We want to get him something."
Frazier sees improvement from his third year quarterback with his ability as a leader of the whole team and not just the offense. Ponder feels that as well but admits he is still building his relationship with new receiver Greg Jennings. Ponder talked about the way Jennings runs his routes is different than the way others do and that reps and time will build a pretty strong connection.
With the exception of Christian Ballard and Jacob Lacy everyone will be available to play on Friday night.