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July 28, 2013

Webb is opening some eyes

MINNEAPOLIS — On an unusually cool and blustery day at training camp over the weekend, quarterbacks and receivers had an extra challenge to overcome in synching up their timing. But one of the highlights of the practices came when receiver Joe Webb hauled in a deep ball from Matt Cassel between solid coverage from Xavier Rhodes and Robert Blanton.

“A couple more of those and I’ll be good,” Webb said.

Webb continues to impress with his athleticism and hands as he continues his conversion from quarterback.

“He can catch the ball,” veteran Greg Jennings said. “And that’s the first hurdle. If you can’t catch, you can’t be taught.”

Webb admitted he still has plenty of work to do in refining his route running, learning to be smoother in and out of breaks while also correcting the motions that tip his routes.

But his understanding of the position seems to be growing.

“He’ll notice the little things without someone telling him,” Jennings said. “Which lets me know he’s willing to work to improve, to really home in on the skills that it takes to perform at a high level at this position.”

All Day some days

Adrian Peterson’s MVP surge in 2012 was preceded by a preseason in which he didn’t see game action as he worked back from a torn ACL in his left knee. The Vikings have certainly taken note that their star running back doesn’t need even a moderate preseason workload to be at his best when the games count.

Leslie Frazier said Friday that Peterson would see some preseason game action next month but likely not much.

“It’s not like we are not sure how he’s going to respond,” Frazier said.

Peterson is fine with that approach. And even though he didn’t join the team in training camp practices last year until Aug. 12, he said he has not forgotten what he was able to accomplish in his off-to-the-side rehabilitation workouts.

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