EAGAN, Minn. (KMSP) - Tuesday marked the Vikings' first mandatory minicamp, a chance for stars to settle in and players sitting on the bubble to ultimately fight for a spot on the team.
It's the sort of atmosphere where competition and chemistry must develop side-by-side as the newest version of the Vikings begins to take shape, with guys like defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson saying this is the time of year to make improvements and adjustments before the stresses of the regular season taking hold.
"I've had a chance to play on a few different D-lines and this is definitely one of the better ones," the first-year Viking said. "I've been picking everyone's brains."
Mike Zimmer says Richardson is fitting in quite nicely with the current squad, and the same goes for quarterback Kirk Cousins, who was brought in earlier this year on an fully guaranteed $84 million contract.
"He does a great job of communicating what he wants and is detailed with the work and the plays," Head Coach Mike Zimmer said. "It's really been seamless."