Minnesota Vikings players and coaches will head to Mankato on Thursday for the start of a three-week training camp at Minnesota State University, bringing thousands of fans with them. Local businesses have amped up their employee rosters in anticipation of a potential surge in clientele.
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With NFL training camps starting in about a month across the country, the Minnesota Vikings announced their schedule on Tuesday.
Vikings players and team officials will report to training camp on Thursday, July 24. The team’s first practice will be Friday, July 25.
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Marcus Sherels has quietly made a name for himself, and turned into a veteran for his home state team. In his fourth year with the Vikings, he’s still not comfortable until he makes the roster.
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It’s now been more than a full week for the Minnesota Vikings at training camp in Mankato. The team got its first real test of competition with a passing scrimmage Saturday night at Blakeslee Stadium. The Vikings will have their first preseason game on Friday at the Metrodome as they host the Houston Texans.
Minnesota Vikings training camp is underway in Mankato and a lot of eyes will be on quarterback Christian Ponder over the next several weeks. Ponder was behind center for a team that finished 10-6 last season and made the playoffs, but much of the credit went to running back Adrian Peterson, who had an incredible season coming off major knee surgery.
The summer is officially over, at least for players and team officials with the Minnesota Vikings. The team reported to Minnesota State University, Mankato, for training camp on Thursday and held its first practice on Friday.
The first week of training camp is an adjustment for everybody, leaving that offseason mindset behind and focusing entirely on football. For the new guys on the team, that adjustment is even bigger. But two days in to training camp, Packer linebacker Desmond Bishop feels like he’s off to a good start. “It feels good. I never thought I’d look so good in purple,” Bishop said. “I think I look pretty handsome.”
Everything on Friday was the usual for Adam Thielen. He donned purple football gear and went out to practice on the very field – the Minnesota State University, Mankato – where he’d spent the last five years solidifying himself as one of the best Maverick wideouts ever. The one difference on Friday was, this time he did it as a pro.