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August 14, 2013

Thielen, Brown enjoy return to MSU


"I try to focus on both aspects and don't favor one over the other", said Kalil.

Normally Kalil would line up against Jared Allen during practice, but this year he had reps with other players such as Everson Griffen. Kalil said, "I think it helps to line up against a few different guys during drills."

The most exciting thing about closing down camp in Mankato? Kalilgets to return home so he can lay in his own bed.

Wright maturing

Vikings receiver Jarius Wright is turning heads during training camp by asserting himself as a leader of a young group of receivers, Wright has been impressive in camp and it's not by accident.

"I've been working real hard since last year and hope it carries over to the season," he said.

Wright is expected to be the Vikings slot receiver as well as handle some punt return duties. "I actually did some punt returning work in college," he said.

Frazier gives thanks

Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier made a point to thank a lot of entities before his team broke training camp this week.

First and foremost he thanked the fans for there support and providing a good atmosphere for his players to practice in.

He also thanked the Mankato community for its warm welcome and continued hospitality and then thanked Minnesota State in particular for the accommodations in the new dormitory and the campus' first-rate facilities.

The last person he thanked was the weatherman. Conditions in Mankato during the team's two-plus week stay were ideal and enabled Frazier and the players to accomplish everything they set out to do in training camp.

"The weather has been terrific all the way through," Frazier said.

Quote of the day

When asked about the possibility of Adrian Peterson rushing for 2,500 yards this season, fullback Jerome Felton replied: "If I can just stay out of his way, he can get his 2,500."


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