Star Players Shine at Minnesota Vikings Training Camp

Nate ScacciaAnalyst IIIAugust 6, 2011

MANKATO, MN - AUGUST 4:  Donovan McNabb #5 of the Minnesota Vikings calls a play during training camp at Minnesota State University on August 4, 2011 in Mankato, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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The Minnesota Vikings added some new players to their roster this offseason and they also lost some familiar faces.

The most well-known addition is quarterback Donovan McNabb. Among the players who will not return in 2011 is lineman Bryant McKinnie who was cut from the team for weight and commitment issues.

With the shuffling of the roster, fans may be asking what the team’s chemistry and overall talent level will become the regular season. If training camp is any indication, the Vikings will be a good team this season.

The best day of training camp so far for the Vikings was Friday, August 5. It was this day in camp that has me excited to be a Viking fan. Running back Adrian Peterson impressed many in camp, which is no surprise, but the way he impressed is assuring.

Peterson shined in practice not only running the ball, but catching it as well. Head coach Leslie Frazier had this to say of Peterson:

"He wants to stay in on third down. In order to do that, you have to do what he did today—catch the football. So we'll see."

Peterson proved that he could catch the ball as he caught a few long passes. Peterson scorched the defense both running and catching the ball. If Peterson can become a dual-threat running back and play on all three downs, the Viking offense should be great.

But Adrian Peterson isn't the only star showing off in camp. Defensive end Jared Allen has been unstoppable thus far. He has shown more quickness and speed than in previous years.

Newly-acquired receiver Michael Jenkins is also proving that he can be a threat at receiver. He and McNabb have shown some nice chemistry and timing. Jenkins commented on McNabb's throws with positive words:

"He always puts it in a position where either you or nobody else is going to make the play," Jenkins said about McNabb. "That's all you can ask for, the opportunity to go and get it every time it is out there.

As a fan, I am still worried about the secondary of the Vikings. Antoine Winfield and a returning Cedric Griffin should handle the corner position just fine, but the safety positions are what worries me. With San Francisco wanting to trade safety Taylor Mays for such a bargain, the Vikings have the perfect chance to at least gain some talent and upside in their secondary.

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