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Saturday, August 2, 2014
Vikings wake-up call: Day 8

By Ben Goessling

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

Today's schedule: The Vikings will have their second night practice of training camp, and for all intents and purposes, their 7:30-9:30 session will be the biggest fan event of training camp. Vikings players will be introduced to the Blakeslee Stadium crowd after practice, and the team will hold fireworks after the introductions. The Vikings' morning walk-through will be from 10:30-11:30; head coach Mike Zimmer, as well as quarterbacks Matt Cassel and Teddy Bridgewater, are scheduled to address the media on Saturday.

More observations from Friday's practice:
What I'm watching: Linval Joseph has done an impressive job deflecting passes at the line of scrimmage, and seems like he'll be a good anchor in the middle of the Vikings' defensive line. As the Vikings work on more short-yardage situations, and get into their first preseason game next week, I'm curious to see the relationship develop between Joseph and Sharrif Floyd. The two could be a solid tandem in the middle of the Vikings' defensive line for years, and Joseph is the elder of the two at just 25 years old. If the Vikings can become formidable against the run once again, it'd be a major change from recent years and a welcome return to the days when their defense was at its best under Leslie Frazier.

They said it: "Eventually, it’s probably going to change. I’ve kind of accepted that fact. It’s going to be tougher for the northern cities that have the wind and the weather because a 33-yard field goal, to me, is still not a chip shot. Even the extra point, I know it’s 99 percent, but it’s something they want to change and if they want to do it, we have to embrace it like any other change on special teams. You’ve got to embrace it and change what we do a little bit and move on." -- Vikings special-teams coach Mike Priefer, on the NFL experimenting with a rule to move extra points back to the 15-yard line.