Vikings rookie minicamp is underway at Winter Park, as the Vikings held a morning jog-through and an afternoon practice on Friday. With 60-some players, including 10 draft picks, there is a lot to cover and it can’t all be done in one day. But here are five quick observations from Day 1.
1. Bridgewater’s separation, quick release stand out
As is the case with all rookie quarterbacks, there are likely some mechanical issues
One of the Vikings undrafted free agent signings is tight end AC Leonard out of Tennessee State. The 6-4, 245-pound pass catcher is fluid in his route running and is a smooth hands catcher. He was a frequent target of Bridgewater and
3. A learning moment for CB
Seventh-round cornerback Jabari Price had a learning moment half-way through Friday’s practice. In one-on-one drills, receiver
The Vikings drafted Antone Exum in the sixth round and it sounds as if the plan, at this point, is to play him at safety. Exum has experience playing both cornerback and safety at Virginia Tech, but the Vikings thought his coverage skills would suit him and the defensive scheme well at safety. Well, the early returns are good because Exum nabbed an interception in Friday afternoon’s practice...
Exum wasn’t the only rookie defensive back to grab an interception. Bridgewater was clean and sharp for the entire practice and made just one bad throw on the day. Unfortunately for him, cornerback Kendall James was there to take advantage of it and grab an interception. It was more of a great play by James than a bad pass by Bridgewater, as James needed to register an impressive vertical leap to get his hands on the pass and bring it down with two feet in bounds.