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Vikings wake-up call: Day 11

MANKATO, Minn. -- Setting up the day at Minnesota Vikings training camp:

Today's schedule: The Vikings' final day of practice before their first preseason game will follow their normal schedule, with a walk-through from 9:30-10:30 a.m. ET (10:30-11:30 a.m. CT) and practice from 2-4:10 p.m. ET (3-5:10 p.m. CT) Coach Mike Zimmer is scheduled to address reporters after the morning walk-through.

More observations from Tuesday's practice:

  • The Vikings put Christian Ponder on the field against the first-team defense for much of his work on Tuesday, and that session served as a good reminder why Ponder isn't thought to be a serious factor in the quarterback competition. He completed just 3 of 7 passes against the first team, and had one intercepted by Captain Munnerlyn. His other three incompletions were all batted down, meaning he could have easily put himself in a position for an additional turnover. When he wasn't facing the first team, Ponder hit four of his five throws.

  • Linebacker Audie Cole was listed as the No. 2 middle linebacker on the Vikings' roster when the team released its first depth chart on Tuesday, and he's still fighting with Jasper Brinkley to reclaim the spot he held at the end of last season. Cole had gotten some work outside earlier in camp, but with Anthony Barr looking ready to start on the strong side, Cole could wind up back in the middle. "I like it in the middle," Cole said. "I don't know if that really matters what I like. But I like it in the middle; you're not really worried about receivers and re-routing people as it is on the outside. You're just going downhill."

  • In addition to safety Robert Blanton, the Vikings were still without cornerback Josh Robinson because of a hamstring injury, and tight end AC Leonard continued to sit out with a head injury.

What I'm watching: With Adrian Peterson likely to sit out on Friday night, Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon will get plenty of work at running back. The two players are still in a battle for the No. 2 spot. Asiata is currently listed as the No. 2 running back on the roster, but both players can serve different functions in the Vikings' offense. As the Vikings get into a live game situation on Friday night, Asiata and McKinnon will get to show how productive they can be.

They said it: "In college you saw what they used him for; you saw him dropping, you saw him rushing, you saw him playing on the end of the line of scrimmage, you saw him in a four down front rushing, playing the run and those kinds of things. The thing that stuck out is you saw him flash, you saw athleticism, you saw ability to be able to run and chase. He has pretty much come in and really concentrated on what it is to be a pro, as far as at the position and has done a good job which is what we expected out of him. Once you get him in here, you see how smart he is. Usually, if he messes up something, he comes back and cleans it up and he has got it. From that aspect of it, you are pleased of where he is at right now as we keep progressing." --Defensive coordinator George Edwards, on the progress of rookie linebacker Anthony Barr