Minnesota Vikings: First Impressions from Training Camp

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Minnesota Vikings: First Impressions from Training Camp
Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press

The Minnesota Vikings training camp started with a fire alarm that was perhaps as metaphorical as it was literal on Friday morning.

As reported by CBSlocal.com, players awoke at 1:30 a.m. Friday morning and had to evacuate their dorms as a fire alarm blared. Literally, it turned out to be a false alarm, but metaphorically it was a fitting start for a team that's performed lethargically for the last four seasons.

There's a palpable excitement in the air in Mankato as things get underway in new head coach Mike Zimmer's first training camp. 

A new head coaching voice combined with plenty of tense positional battles should make for a very lively and compelling Vikings training camp. When your starting quarterback position is up for grabs and your best player is trying to prove he can have a bigger role, everyone in camp is on high alert and looking to put their best foot forward to impress the new coaches.

The Vikings' first two days of practice were in helmets and shorts, with the pads being put on Sunday. Here are some very early initial impressions from training camp and what they might mean moving forward.

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