After offseason knee surgery, there was some concern about the kind of shape Matt Kalil would be in once he reported to camp. But Kalil put all those worries to bed on day 1 in Mankato by declaring himself to be 100%.
The Vikings left tackle said he was medically cleared three weeks ago and everything is fine with the knee. When asked about the Vikings’ conditioning test scheduled for Thursday afternoon, he said he was not the least bit concerned.
So, all systems appear to be go for Matt Kalil. It’s good that he’s physically 100% because frankly he has some rebounding to do after that less-than-spectacular 2013 season.
Kalil took a step back in 2013, after a very strong rookie campaign. Health may have been part of it but I think Kalil lost a little edge last year too, either because of injury-related tentativeness or poor coaching.
With Mike Zimmer in place instead of the mild-mannered Leslie Frazier, hopefully Kalil will get back some of the mean streak he showed his rookie season, when he really seemed to enjoy punishing people.
The whole team could use a little more mean streak, if you ask me.