The Vikings returned to the practice field for more padless practices, this time for mandatory minicamp. There will be three practice sessions this week, all of which will be open to media presence. Head coach Mike Zimmer met reporters afterwards, focusing largely on the development of individual players.
On Dalvin Cook‘s recovery
“Number one, [Cook has] attacked this rehab really hard. Even when you joke around with him…I’ve heard him say he’s the same guy he was. He’s got a great attitude about it. I think he feels like he has something to prove. He’s got a little bit of a chip on his shoulder in the way that he’s attacking this rehab.”
On Latavius Murray and the running back competition
“[Murray] had a great spring. He looks way better than he did at the beginning of training camp last year. I was out there today. I said ‘you’re running the ball really good.’ He’s seeing things well, he’s making good cuts. I think there will be good competition.”
“So far, so good…[Treadwell has] done a nice job. He’s caught the ball well this spring. He’s still got some areas where he’s got to continue to improve…But he’s learning the offense as well.”
On John DeFilippo
[DeFilippo] is very detailed, very passionate about everything. We can have really open conversations. He listens to things I say that hurt defenses. It’s been really good. I think he’s done a great job with the offense when I sit in with the meetings with them. He’s done a great job of communicating exactly what he wants, detailed with the work and the plays, alignments and all the things that they’re doing…It’s really been seamless.”
On evaluating offensive line without pads
“There’s a lot of things technique-wise that you look at. Pass protection, a lot of certain things with the technique. In the run game, it’s a little bit tougher to evaluate those things because you’re not really coming off the ball. It’s always mental mistakes, going to the right guy, working together with the guy next to him, all those things.”
“We’ve been mixing him in some with the first group, some with the second group. He continues to get better. I went back and watched all his plays from the past season and when he was in he did a good job. We’ll just have to see how it shakes out when we get to camp.
Watch the press conference in its entirety here.
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