Vikings Hold Annual Night Scrimmage
Justin Ekstrom | Aug 6, 2018 AT 10:10 am
(KNSI) - Despite early reports of rain, the Vikings still gave the fans their yearly night scrimmage in front of a sold out TCO Performance Center crowd.
Fans, coaches and players all seemingly enjoy the traditional night scrimmage that culminates in the announcement of the camp-roster and a speech from head coach, Mike Zimmer.
“You’re going to be awfully proud of them in February,” Zimmer said as the crowd roared emphatically.
During the scrimmage, the offense had a tough time moving the ball against a tight defense that has looked sharp all camp.
Other than a five-yard scamper for a touchdown from Trevor Siemian, the offense failed to score on the stingy defense.
Quarterback, Kirk Cousins admitted post-scrimmage that they didn’t push the ball downfield much.
“We didn’t really take any big shots and some of that’s coverage related.”
The defensive line had a field-day against a struggling offensive line that was missing Pat Elflein, Nick Easton and Mike Remmers.
Even during the one-on-one pre-scrimmage work, the offensive line was having trouble against tough spin moves from Danielle Hunter, Brian Robison and Jalyn Holmes.
Cousins did have a few nice plays, including a 15-yard run for a first down and a couple quick-hitting completions that made his arm strength quite evident.
Former Canadian Football League wideout, Brandon Zylstra continued to make his name known by making back-to-back outstanding grabs to keep the crowd cheering.
One of Zyltra’s catches came after Holton Hill tipped the ball into his hands and then he toe-tapped both of his feet along the sideline.
Zylstra and Hill continue to have great training camps and will receive long looks from the coaching staff when the team has to announce their 53-man roster.
Other than most of the starting offensive line, Dalvin Cook, Roc Thomas, Tavarres King and Chad Beebe were all held out of the night practice.
Cook was held out for the first time during training camp and the reason he did not participate was not disclosed.
The team’s intriguing kicking competition remains up for grabs as incumbent, Kai Forbath and rookie, Daniel Carlson were both perfect on the evening.
Carlson was drafted in the fifth round of this year’s NFL draft and is speculated to win the kicking competition but neither he nor forbath have done much to stand out.
After a player and personnel day off on Sunday, the Vikings continue training camp at TCO Performance Center in Eagan on Monday, August 6th.
The Vikings will then travel to Denver to take on the Broncos in their first preseason game of the season on Saturday, August 11th at 8:00 PM, Central Time.
The Vikings even gave the fans a fireworks display.