Storylines In Vikings Training Camp

JP FrederickCorrespondent IAugust 6, 2009

ST PAUL, MN - JULY 12:   Minnesota Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress attends the 2009 Starkey Hearing Foundation 9th Annual 'So the World May Hear' Gala at the St Paul RiverCentre on July 12, 2009 in St Paul, Minnesota.   (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images for Starkey Hearing Foundation)

Harvin signed, kind-of

Rookie WR Percy Harvin has signed a five-year contract worth up to $14.5 million and $8.5 million guaranteed. The contract is currently in the process of being approved by the NFL due to some language problems in the contract.  However, Harvin can still train with the team.

Harvin has already taken snaps at QB-along with Chester Taylor-as the Vikings are working on a version of the wildcat offense. In addition to time at receiver and running back, Harvin has received punts. The Vikings need him to touch the ball as much as possible without taking too many touches away from Adrian Peterson. And while some expect Devin Hester part two, Harvin bringing something to the return game should be considered icing on the cake since he never returned punts or kicks in college.

Not saying he can't be Devin Hester part two, though.

About Harvin, safety Tyrell Johnson said, "He's a blazer. He's the fastest guy I've seen on the field yet."

Loadholt's job to lose

Second-round pick Phil Loadholt was presumably drafted to start at RT and every indication is that will happen. He has taken the majority of first-team snaps instead of incumbent Ryan Cook. Loadholt-and second-year center John Sullivan-need to perform at a high level in order for this offense to succeed, and that has traditionally been hard for young, inexperienced offensive lineman. They could be exceptions to the rule. Hopefully.     

E.J. is Back

MLB E.J. Henderson has returned from injury, and might not have lost a step. Head Coach Brad Childress has said, "I swear he's faster." At camp on Thursday, he made the defensive play of the day according to Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune. It might seem like this defense does not need E.J.; after all, they finished first against the run despite his season-ending injury in week two. But a healthy E.J. is vital to their success; he could've been the difference between fourth down and Brian Westbrook scoring off a screen pass.

The QBs

Tarvaris Jackson's sprained MCL has healed enough for him to return to practice. Sage Rosenfels is there, too. It'd be nice if one of them turned into a good quarterback, soon.

Sidney Rice—still here

Rice has added weight to his skinny 6'4'' frame. If he can begin to utilize his talent and body to his advantage (and stay healthy), Rice could sneak up on oppositions on the way to a big year. A common thought is that the third year is the make or break year for a receiver, and this is Rice's third year. A productive Rice would also ease some of the quarterback's burden, whoever that poor bastard ends up being.