The Minnesota Vikings put on the pads for the first time in the 2012 training camp in Mankato, Minnesota this afternoon after completing their 3-day acclimation period and a day off on Sunday.
All eyes have been on rookie left tackle Matt Kalil, matching up against defensive end Jared Allen, Adrian Peterson's knee rehab and Percy Harvin's attitude. Let's take a look at a few keys from the first practice in pads and the first few days of Vikings training camp.
Matt Kalil vs. Jared Allen
The Vikings drafted Kalil out of USC with the fourth overall pick to protect the blindside of QB Christian Ponder and all eyes where on the Kalil's match up with the best defensive end in the league, Jared Allen in the first full contact practice today.
Kalil will reap huge benefits in his learning curve by matching up with Jared in practice, but in his first practice he certainly wasn't able to manhandle the Pro-Bowl defensive end, but he did look solid throughout the practice...