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July 27, 2013

Locke getting plenty of reps as holder

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“I’m excited about those three,” he said.

Windy day

Priefer said he liked to put his kicker and punter through some adversity in camp, making them learn how to deal with blustery conditions. However, the 25-mph wind Friday and Saturday came a little soon in the process.

“It’s not ideal on the first day of camp, but you do like to have some days like that,” he said, “because you have to deal with different techniques and different fundamentals in that type of weather.”

Priefer said his kicker and punter will have to deal with wind at opposing stadiums as well as at the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium, which the Vikings will play in during the 2014 and ‘15 seasons as their new stadium gets constructed. The Vikings play eight outdoor games this season, four more than last year.

“Any time you have conditions like that you get something out of it; you just don’t want it Day 1,” Priefer said.

Locke agreed, but added that it was a good practice on Friday.

“It was interesting,” Locke said. “We had little bit of adverse conditions with the wind. I wasn’t hitting the ball like I wanted to going into the wind. It was kind of tough for me. But then in the team period I thought I hit the ball pretty well, so I was happy with that.”

Walsh, who set an NFL record last season by making 10 field goals of 50 yards or more, including a team-record tying 56-yarder, said he had to hit the football square just to get in from 35 yards on Friday.

“That was pretty tough,” he said.

Thielen gets noticed

There are plenty of new faces in the Vikings’ receiving corps, but former Minnesota State player Adam Thielen hasn’t been a wallflower early on.

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