MANKATO, Minn. (KMSP) - According to Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer, the team did not save their best practice for last at training camp on Thursday.
"That was a terrible practice,” Zimmer said. “It's not up to my standards. They better get better quickly, or there's going to be a lot of heck going on."
This one session of sub-par play is an outlier of what players see as a successful camp altogether.
"We definitely got some things accomplished that we wanted to get done down here,” quarterback Teddy Bridgewater said. “We started to build an identity down here, a team that wants to start fast and have that mindset and keep that identity throughout the season."
Camp conditioning might be over, but consistently improving continues as the preseason shifts into more of a regular season routine in Winter Park.
"The schedule gets shorter, now we focus on games, and getting ready for that first game of the year,” defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd said. “Everything changes a little bit, and we don't have to sleep in the dorms anymore!"
The Vikings have the day off Friday, but we will see them again on Saturday when they host the Buccaneers in their first preseason home game of the year.