The Free Press, Mankato, MN


July 26, 2013

Frazier hopes players listen to alum Birk


Sullivan ready

Frazier said that Sullivan should be full strength at practice after having offseason knee surgery. Frazier did not include Sullivan on the physically-unable-to-perform list, though Sullivan's practice reps will be monitored.

"The fact that he can participate and not just stand on the sidelines, it's good for our young players and our entire offensive line, so we can continue to build that cohesiveness you need to have a good offensive line," Frazier said.

Sullivan said he's going to do as much work as the team allows, helping to build on the continuity that the offense line developed last season.

"I'm going to work hard every day," he said. "If anybody is 100 percent when the season rolls around, I want to be one of them."

Jennings encouraged

New receiver Greg Jennings likes what he sees from the young receivers, mixing in nicely with the veterans. He has seen improvement from offseason practices to the first day of training camp.

On Friday, Joe Webb, who is making the transition from quarterback, made a nice catch on a deep pass, and former Minnesota State receiver Adam Thielen made a couple of nice catches in traffic. Rookie Cordarrelle Patterson also had a couple of tough catches, though Jennings wasn't surprised.

He said that Patterson has a great combination of size, speed and hands.

"I'm glad I'll be able to say one day that I played with Cordarrelle Patterson," he said.


Frazier said the receiver Greg Childs and linebacker Nathan Williams were put on the PUP list. Childs is coming back from double knee surgery, while Williams, a rookie from Ohio State, is recovering from ankle surgery. ... Desmond Bishop, Marvin Mitchell and Gerald Hodges are rotating at the strong-side linebacker spot. ... Frazier said he was teasing running back Adrian Peterson that he wasn't in as good shape as he was last year at this time. "He looked at me and goes `we'll see.' " ... Today's practices run from 10:30-11:30 a.m. (walk-through) and 2:30-4:45 p.m.. The players are off Sunday.

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