Print and Go Back NFL Nation [Print without images]

Thursday, August 22, 2013
Vikings practice report: Hard work in heat

By Ben Goessling

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- For most of the time they were at Minnesota State in Mankato for training camp, the Vikings practiced under unusually mild temperatures. It might have been his Mississippi upbringing, or the time he spent playing for Mike Ditka with the Bears in the 1980s, but coach Leslie Frazier didn't like it.

"This new CBA (which limits practice time) and then you get weather like this? This is a player's dream," Frazier said on Aug. 12. "I like a little heat. I think it's good for our linemen to sweat a little bit."

With Minnesota temperatures finally in the 90s this week, Frazier has taken advantage.

He put the Vikings through their second straight padded practice of more than 2 1/2 hours on Thursday, continuing a regimented camp that new receiver Greg Jennings said was more rigorous than what he'd been used to in Green Bay in a radio interview this month. Frazier heard half-joking pleas from veterans like Jared Allen and Brian Robison this month to take a break from padded practices, too. He's kept pushing the Vikings, though, and this week, he has the weather to back him up.

"The guys know it's something we were hoping for, and I'm glad it's here," Frazier said of the heat. "It should help us in the long run. (The long practices) are more of a factor for the new schedule that we're on as much as anything. But it is good to have some sun and sweat."

Some other notes and observations from the Vikings' practice: