Follow day eight of Vikings OTAs, Mike Zimmer and several players met the media to discuss progress both individual and team, their teammates and the process of learning new things, even as veteran players.

Xavier Rhodes focused largely on the steps rookies have made in the secondary, particularly their willingness to learn. He also remarked on the adjustment from college corner to NFL corner.

“There is no perfect football player,” Rhodes said. “There’s always room for improvements. I try to make myself better each and every year and each and every day.”

Kyle Rudolph then spoke on his process in returning from injury. Rudolph returned to practice from an ankle injury several weeks ahead of schedule. He also spoke on the process of learning John DeFilippo’s new offense.

“Offense is a lot like foreign language,” Rudolph said. “We’re all saying the same thing, just in a different language. Each OC has their own language.”

Zimmer covered all sorts of bases, from Rudolph’s recovery, to Dalvin Cook‘s progress, to the battles between the offense and defense.

As for Cook, he spoke on treating every day like another step in the recovery from ACL surgery. He said he has been feeling good, but getting on the field for practice is a milestone for him.

“It’s a long process,” Cook said. “I’ve got a long way to go so I’ve just got to keep working.”

You can watch the press conference in its near entirety (minus Cook’s segment) in the link below.

–Sam Smith is the Managing Editor for Full Press Coverage Vikings and Full Press Coverage NFC North. Like and

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