July 31st, 2009 – 7:59 PM by Chip Scoggins
MANKATO — Pretty busy first day of training camp with lots of national media in town. The quarterback competition obviously received most of the attention but there were a lot of angles to follow.
Here are some quick thoughts as we wrap up the day:
- First-round pick Percy Harvin remains unsigned but one would think that the sides must be getting closer. Harvin’s arrival is certain to create a buzz around Mankato.
- It’s only one day but Tarvaris Jackson stood out more than Sage Rosenfels in the QB competition. Jackson looked more comfortable and in control running the offense. We’ll see if that changes tomorrow.
- Rookie Phil Loadholt worked primarily with the first team at right tackle and seemed to have a good day. He had one false start penalty but I’ll be shocked if he doesn’t win that job.
- E.J. Henderson said he feels great physically after missing most of last season because a foot injury. Henderson said he’s a step slow but he loved getting back on the field and can’t wait to put on full pads and tackle.
- Henderson said he believes the Vikings can finish No. 1 in the NFL in total defense. “I was looking in the huddle today,” he said. “I told the guys there’s a lot of familiar faces, a lot of football on that starting defense so the sky’s the limit. Of course we’re shooting to be that No. 1 defense.”
- Pat Williams said he’s not worried about his court case and whether his and Kevin Williams’ four-game suspensions will be upheld. “I’m just letting it play out as it plays out. Whatever happens, happens. That’s how I look at everything. I’ve blocked it out. I don’t control that. I’m just here having fun.”
- Jared Allen said he’s in “phenomenal” shape and hasn’t felt so good after the first day of training camp in years. Asked about the difference in Allen now versus his first camp with the team last year, Brad Childress said: “He’s a little spunkier, if you can believe that.”
- Marcus McCauley worked with the second team at cornerback along with Benny Sapp while free-agent newcomer Karl Paymah worked with the third team.
That’s it for now. First practice tomorrow is at 9 a.m.