MANKATO — Head coach Leslie Frazier has spoken — the Minnesota Vikings are ready for Friday's initial preseason game against the Houston Texans.
"We're looking forward to lining up on Friday night against another opponent. You can see it somtimes where the guys are getting a little feisty amongst themselves so it's probably about time we start hitting some other jerseys."
Frazier said the preseason games have become a very important evaluation tool for coaches because of the decreasing number of live practices teams have been having in recent years. The coach wants the team to have the right 53 players when it cuts down the final roster and the games are a major part of the evaluation process.
"As much as you try to simulate games in practices, it's a different feel," he said. "To be in that situation in front of fans at Mall of America Field for some of our young guys who have never been in that situation before, we'll learn a little bit more about them."
Henderson the student
Sixth-year veteran Erin Henderson, who is making the move from outside linebacker to middle linebacker this season, says Hall of Famer Mike Singletary is teaching him a lot about how to learn his new position.
"He's taught me how to really go about your business," Henderson said. "He's showing me how to take the steps to become the backer I know that I can be. How to focus on every rep."
Singletary talks with Henderson a lot about taking control on the field and the starting MLB realizes that's important. As the quarterback of the defense, Henderson knows he has to be in charge.
Henderson admitted his relationship with Singletary wasn't the smoothest when the coach first joined the staff two years ago.