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July 31, 2013

Joe Webb still a fan favorite

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Indoor games

Wednesday morning’s walk-through was moved into MSU’s Myers Field House because of rain, not exactly an ideal practice facility for a football team.

“We’ve had a good start to training camp; we like direction that our team is going,” Frazier said, “We have a lot of work ahead of us. We need to be outside if we can be. We have a lot of things we need to get covered.”

The players didn’t like it much, either.

“It’s not as much fun as outdoors, that’s for sure,” quarterback Christian Ponder said. “There’s a lot less room.”

Second-year receiver Jarius Wright was one of the few Vikings who welcomed the move inside, especially considering the conditions.

“I like it, man,” he said. “It beats standing outside in the rain slipping and sliding around.”

Cassel lends experience

The Vikings added depth at quarterback by signing veteran quarterback Matt Cassel. He spent the past four seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs and was with New England before that.

Ponder said having Cassel around to share his experience has been a plus in training camp.

“It’s great having Matt, we have a good relationship, he’s a great guy on and off the field,” Ponder said. “He knows a lot, he obviously did well with the Patriots and played a few seasons in Kansas City.”

New security policy

Vikings officials explained the NFL’s new security policy regarding bags at stadiums on Wednesday. Starting with the first preseason games (for the Vikings, Aug. 9 at the Metrodome), severe restrictions will be placed upon the kinds of bags that fans bring into stadiums.

“There have been no isolated incidents,” said Jeff Anderson, Vikings director of corporate communications. “Ultimately, this is about fan safety and to expedite fan entry into stadiums.”

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