Vikings Moving Forward At Camp
Justin Ekstrom | Jul 26, 2018 AT 8:59 pm
(KNSI) - Although the passing of Tony Sparano has dampened the start to training camp, the Vikings and their new-look offense attempted to move on by working to improve.
New offensive coordinator, John DeFilippo expressed what Sparano meant to him and the team..
“Tragic deal not having one of our brothers out here today. [Tony] emulated everything you want in a person and a coach.”
DeFilippo begins his tenure as an offensive coordinator for the Vikings after winning the Super Bowl with the Philadelphia Eagles last season.
After quarterback Kirk Cousins expressed his condolences towards the Sparano family, he spoke on his hopes for the season.
“We want to approach this season and this camp with a work ethic and attention to detail that would honor [Tony] and hopefully put a great product on the field that would reflect well on him and his family.”
Most of the veterans are set to report Friday but Cousins relished being able to put in additional work.
“I know that I gotta be ready to go week one and being it’s a new system I can’t afford to miss out on opportunities and this is my job and I’m going to treat it as such and take advantage of every opportunity I get to be ready to go.”
Cousins was not the only non-rookie to report as second-year running back, Dalvin Cook returned and has practiced without his knee brace thus far.
Cook (pictured below) spoke about what it meant to him to be at training camp after a major injury.
“It’s another milestone for me, with this process its all about milestones and stacking up the days and putting it all together to lead up to week one.”
Cook then went on to speak about the next step in the healing process.
“Once we put pads on, that’ll be another milestone for me; I can’t wait until we put em on.”
Among the players putting in their time, rookie cornerback, Mike Hughes looked sharp when breaking up a pass late in the afternoon practice.
One of the adjustments Hughes will have to make when moving to the professional level will be adapting to the nickel cornerback position.
Hughes spoke about easing into the nickel role in Mike Zimmer’s defense.
“I feel a lot more comfortable. We are starting from the basics, things we went over in rookie mini-camp, to hear it again, it makes me feel a lot more comfortable.”
Other than his talent, Hughes made waves by fulfilling a promise he made to his mom by purchasing her a house with the money from his rookie contract.
“It was a dream come true, you know, she cried and it hit me; it felt good.”
The rest of the team is scheduled to report Friday night but training camp will resume on Saturday, July 28th.