Day two of Vikings training camp is still about getting into the groove, but the offense certainly showed off some of its prowess on Monday. Adrian Peterson was running hard and Teddy Bridgewater looked very comfortable with his wide outs.
A guy who was especially a star is wide receiver Charles Johnson, who made quite a few nice grabs, including a deep route for a touchdown.
This offense really found its groove at the end of the season, from Teddy Bridgewater's emergence as the “quarterback of the future,” to a guy like Johnson becoming a threat in the last 7 games. And now with AP back, you can see why expectations are high.
But second year Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner is taking it step by step on this long journey through camp.
"We have a lot of understanding of what we're doing, we practice faster and are a lot more efficient,” Turner said. “We are not real good right now, but we have a chance to be. Just have a lot of work to do."
The Vikings youthful receiving corps added a new veteran this season, bringing in wide receiver Mike Wallace who is entering his 7th NFL season. Wallace's athleticism may be beneficial to the Vikings' success -- but off the field, his mentoring ability might be just as important.
"I've always lead, I think I did a good job, but you have to keep growing as a man and a person,” Wallace said. “You have to take experiences and move on. Some are good and some are bad, and you have to build from that. I know mistakes I made, but I take the good and leave the bad."
Vikings wide receiver Jarius Wright said he’s taking advice from Wallace.
"He's helped teams get winning seasons, and that's what I'm trying to do here -- taking advice from Mike Wallace, he has nothing but good things to say,” Wright said.
And these older players know it's up to them to set the tone for how this defense will operate this season.
"That's the reality of the NFL in general, there are a lot fewer 30 year olds in the league,” Greenway said. “That's the way it is, I'm just excited to get into my 10th training camp, and can still run around with these guys!"
Camp kicks up another notch on Tuesday, when the Vikings will put on the pads for the first time.