May 29, 2013; Eden Prairie, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder (7) passes in drills at the Minnesota Vikings OTA at Winter Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
There was drama aplenty on Thursday as camps opened around the NFL. Guys showing up hurt. Guys showing up overweight. Guys retiring prematurely. It’s enough to make a coach tear his hair out (assuming he actually has hair to tear out).
But while things were going wrong in places like Seattle and Baltimore, everything was going smoothly at the one place we care about around here. Mankato got hit with a sudden downpour early in the morning, forcing the media to scramble for shelter, but that was the extent of the drama in Vikingland. Otherwise it was smooth sailing.
A quick recap of the day shows only a few events of real note. In the morning the Vikes made it official with their three rookie first rounders, inking Sharrif Floyd, Xavier Rhodes and Cordarrelle Patterson to deals. Then it was all about waiting for guys to roll in (some showing off their sweet rides). Fans straining across barricades for autographs. Generic soundbites from players and coaches. The usual stuff.
In the end, everybody showed. Yes including Adrian Peterson who somehow managed to avoid the media crush and sneak into a meeting undetected. There were no surprises. Nobody reported overweight. Nobody showed up with an unexpected injury. The coach didn’t have to make any carefully worded statements about legal issues or hold outs or any other nonsense.
It has been mostly a calm offseason for the Vikings. And that calm continued to reign in Mankato at least for one day. I’m sure media people are hoping for drama and I’m sure there will be drama before it’s over. But let’s hope it’s the on-field drama that comes from guys fighting hard for roster spots and not the other kind of drama.
We traded that drama away for a reason.