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July 30, 2013

As pads go on, Allen feels as good as ever

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“We’ve got to find out about what (Robinson) does well, and we may have to cater to what he does well,” Frazier said. “Same with Xavier (Rhodes, first-round draft pick) on the outside.”

The new Patriots?

Newly acquired backup quarterback Matt Cassel spent the first four years of his NFL career with the New England Patriots — considered the gold standard of the league. He was asked after Monday’s practice to compare the Vikings organization to New England’s and gave a diplomatic response.

“I really haven’t been with Minnesota long enough to make that kind of comparison.” he said. “I like the coaching staff and they’ve had some success so they’re obviously doing some good things here. Overall I’d say the cultures are similar.”

It never gets old

Veteran defensive tackle Fred Evans, an eighth-year lineman who has played in every game the last two seasons, says motivation is not a problem, even when you start to get older.

“I remember when Brett Favre was here he said he still gets the jitters before that first snap,” Evans said. “That’s the way I feel, too. You’re always looking forward to that next game, that next series, that next play.”

Notes

Frazier said he expects DT Letroy Guion to be fine after injuring his elbow last week. ... During a full-team session in the afternoon, the highlight play was a 70-yard touchdown pass from QB Matt Cassel to WR Stephen Burton. Burton sprinted past safety Andrew Sendejo on the play. ... During red-zone work, QB Christian Ponder squeezed a TD pass in tight coverage to WR Jarius Wright. Rookie CB Xavier Rhodes was the defender. ... Former Vikings S Darren Sharper visited training camp Monday as an analyst for the NFL Network.

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