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Vikings minicamp ends, preseason camp starts at the end of July

No major injuries reported, Cousins sees progress every day

June 15, 2018 - 5:46 am

Vikings players now have five weeks to themselves.

Then, it'll be time to get busy.

The team wrapped up mandatory minicamp on Thursday at the new Vikings headquarters in Eagan.

"It was good to get finished up," said Vikings coach Mike Zimmer. "We finished up on a good note and we're excited about where this team has the opportunity to go."

The Vikings are coming off a 13-3 record, first place in the NFL North, an appearance in the NFC championship game, and were able to go through drills with new quarterback Kirk Cousins. 

"I do think we've made a lot of ground up, a lot of progress each day," said Cousins, who said he'll balance his time off before camp between studying the Vikings offense and relaxing.

"You have to pace yourself a little bit," he said. "I do need to be in it every day, but there also needs to be a health balance of getting away, catching your breath, getting a change in scenery, knowing that, when we come back in the end of July, we still have six more weeks before week one."

Zimmer said there were no major injuries during the three days of workouts. 

As always, the coach said he had his "typical goodbye speech" to the players, urging them to keep working out so they can come to training camp in good shape.

"Not just jogging shape," he said. "But in shape to plant, and drive, and break, and get in and out of stances, and things like that. Make sure the good citizens take care of each other."

Rookies are the first to report, checking in to the TCO Performance Center on July 24. Their first practice is the next day. Veterans are due in on July 27, with the first full team practice on July 28.