Heading into the first preseason game against Washington last week
“We have not run the ball as much as we wanted to in preseason and we made this week the week we’re going to come back and work on the run game quite a bit,” said head coach Chan Gailey.
The run game was a big focus more than once over the final week of training camp, so it’s anticipated that
“We’re all looking forward to having the opportunity to get more in our base offense than just working in the no huddle,” Gailey said. “So I think everybody is excited about that, but the running backs especially.”
The starters on both sides of the ball are going to get a bit more playing time in this second preseason contest at Minnesota than they did in the preseason opener.
“A little bit more,” said Gailey. “Maybe 20 (plays). We tried to go about 15 with them in the first game, and we’ll try to go about 20 with those guys.”
Ryan Fitzpatrick is aiming for the offense to have a more respectable performance than they did against Washington.
“I think we have that mindset that we’re going to come out and be more clean in terms of the pre-snap penalties and in terms of our execution and making sure we’ve got the right assignments, we’re blocking the right guys, we’re throwing to the right guy and running the right routes,” said Fitzpatrick. “And then we want to come out of it healthy. We want to get some momentum going into the season here so we expect to come out and be crisp.”
Young to roll with the twos
In the battle for the number two quarterback job,
“It didn’t happen last week,” said Gailey. “I think Tyler got 19 and Vince got 30. We’d like to stay at 20 and 20 if we can. With Fitz getting 20, you think a game is 60-something plays. Tyler may end up with a few more this week.”
Young has made progress through the course of training camp in terms of absorbing and executing the offense, but he feels there is still some ground to cover.
“I feel comfortable with some of the things that are being called, but at the same time I’m still working hard,” said Young. “Overall I’m still not where I want to be at so I’m going to continue to keep working.”
Gailey is hoping one of the two backup quarterback candidates makes a move to distance himself from the other.
“They’ve made it tough the whole time,” he said. “It’s going to be a tough decision for us.”
Starting right tackle
If Pears cannot go Glenn would start at left tackle with Hairston manning the starting right tackle spot. Then Hairston might get left tackle reps with the second unit.
The Vikings are coming off a 17-6 defeat at the hands of the 49ers. Minnesota quarterback Christian Ponder led the two field goal drives against the Niners vaunted defense going 4-9 passing for 80 yards without the services of top receiver Percy Harvin.
Bills rookie linebacker
“It always adds a little more excitement,” Bradham told Buffalobills.com. “You kind of trash talk because we know each other personally so it’s going to be exciting just to see each other again. I haven’t seen him since he left Florida State so it’s definitely going to be exciting for us to get out there and be on the field again and compete against each other again kind of like the old days of offense, defense.”
Defensively, the Vikings struggled against San Francisco’s power run game as they gave up 260 rushing yards in the game, almost 200 of which came in the first half. Minnesota’s defense was without three of their better players as DE Jared Allen, DT Kevin Williams and CB Antoine Winfield sat out of the preseason opener.
The Vikings will be without RB Adrian Peterson Friday night. The Pro Bowl back is coming off offseason ACL and MCL knee surgery and was just activated off the PUP list this past weekend. Starting nose tackle Letroy Guion is also out with a PCL knee injury and the Vikings will also be missing TE John Carlson with a sprained MCL. Rookie third-round pick CB Josh Robinson is probable coming off a hamstring injury.
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