Vikings Training Camp 2022: Top 5 takeaways from Day 1
By Adam Carlson
Tons of positive energy
If there was a vibe check at Minnesota Vikings training camp this year, it would definitely be unlike previous seasons. The super serious and hard-nosed approach to training camp under Mike Zimmer has made way for a lighter atmosphere when led by head coach Kevin O’Connell.
This new atmosphere isn’t something done by accident. Creating an environment where players aren’t fearful of making mistakes signals a culture shift in Minnesota that is welcomed by both players and staff.
Veteran cornerback Patrick Peterson connected on the excitement and energy of training camp while talking about how good it is to be back at Viking Lakes according to Chris Tomasson on Twitter.
Peterson wasn’t the only player at training camp to be excited about returning to Eagan this year. Defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson also spoke about being excited for the start of activities with the media.
Having a vibe of positivity and excitement surrounding the team will likely bring positivity to the team as a whole. If this can continue throughout training camp and into the preseason, there’s a good chance the Minnesota Vikings can change the culture of the team this season.
The only thing that would have made the day better would be if Nate Hairston, Blake Proehl, and Ryan Connelly were healthy enough to attend. The only other missing player was linebacker Jordan Hicks who was out with an illness.