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Saturday, July 27, 2013
Vikings camp: Day 2

By Kevin Seifert

MANKATO, Minn. -- Our second day of training camp with the Minnesota Vikings is complete. The team will take Sunday off and then likely make the move to full pads Monday.

Many of you continue to ask about the progress of for the Vikings' passing game. I'll start off Saturday's observations with this rough transcript of a sequence witnessed during team drills at Minnesota State, Mankato:

Christian Ponder throws an interception, middle linebacker Erin Henderson snaring a pass intended for tight end Kyle Rudolph.

A fan in the stands yells, "Bring in [backup] Matt Cassel!"

Cassel misses a receiver badly.

Same fan: "Ponder!"

Ponder overthrows receiver Greg Jennings by several yards.

Same fan: "Cassel! Ponder! Someone else!"

Yes, that's the kind of practice it was. Ponder continued to mix competency with some poor throws that you hate to see any starter make in a non-contact setting. We've discussed the need for Ponder to even out his performances, and for whatever it's worth, he hasn't done that in the first two outings of training camp.

A few other thoughts before we point the NFC North blogmobile north: