Breaking news | Minnesota Vikings – vikings.comKevin O’Connell Compliments Timberwolves & Twins, Surveys Vikings

Breaking news | Minnesota Vikings – vikings.comKevin O’Connell Compliments Timberwolves & Twins, Surveys Vikings Rookie Minicamp O’Connell Offers Early Impressions of J.J. McCarthy, Dallas Turner and Other Rookies Eagan, Minn. – All Kevin O’Connell required was a Naz Reid towel — or tat.
The Vikings head coach was all grins taking after Minnesota’s to begin with day of rookie minicamp, and it’s clear that Wolves buildup has made its way to Eagan.
O’Connell recognized the Timberwolves postseason victory hence distant and opened his press conference by counting congrats and support for the group.
“I needed to highlight fair extreme fervor and compliments to the Minnesota Timberwolves,” he said. “How energized I know I am actually, and our folks in this building. It’s been talked approximately on a day by day premise.”
The Wolves are as of now within the moment circular of the NBA Playoffs and, as of O’Connell’s media session, driven the Denver Pieces 2-0 heading into Friday evening’s 8:
30 p.m. (CT) tipoff.
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“Those folks are rolling right presently, and the sky’s the outright restrain, and we’re right there with them each step of the way,” said O’Connell, who said he’s going to Sunday’s Diversion 4 at Target Center to “observe them clinch.”
O’Connell too gave a shout-out to the Minnesota Twins, who had won 15 of their past 17 diversions heading into Friday night’s challenge at Toronto.
“I haven’t been able to observe numerous of those recreations,” he said, “but dreadfully energizing from a point of view of the Twin Cities – and those folks setting the tone for, ideally, a hell of a calendar year of victory for all of us.”
Here are four other takeaways from O’Connell’s media session, which did not make say of a Domestic Run Frankfurter.
O’Connell was inquired how he and Hostile Facilitator Wes Phillips decide fair how much to put on rookie QB J.J. McCarthy’s plate early on.
O’Connell famous the coaching staff is “keeping it beautiful tight” for the gather amid the three days of rookie minicamp, but McCarthy does as of now have a leg up on learning the offense.
“J.J. is getting a little bit more – you know, a small bit additional here and there, a small bit of stackin’ a few things together for him,” O’Connell clarified. “This end of the week is truly approximately planning him to at that point step in with the complete [team] following week, and after that a week from there, we start our to begin with OTA with the total group.”
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He included McCarthy is “doing a extraordinary work of dealing with everything” and getting a charge out of the method rep-to-rep.
“[He’s] fair proceeding to construct on what we spent a part of time [on] together pre-draft, and one of the genuine benefits of that’s , in a part of ways, a parcel of things we’re talking about he’s not hearing for the primary time,” O’Connell said. “It’ll feel like a part at times to him, and that’s OK, and we fair kind of need to proceed to push him over the neck and after that when we get out here on the grass, it’s methods, essentials, beat, timing, all the things that go into playing quarterback in our offense. I’m energized. It’s fair fun to be out here with him on the grass.”
O’Connell nitty gritty the method of working with McCarthy, saying they’d survey the 7-on-7 reps from Friday’s hone, as well as person reps to “try to tie in a few teaching points.”
“You know, ‘Was he open sufficient throwin’ to his cleared out? Was he closed sufficient throwin’ to his right?’ ‘Hey, what did you see here pre-snap that made you anticipate making that toss, or why didn’t you anticipate making that throw?’ And after that we try to tie it all along side the different sees that we have. Add up to learning environment,” O’Connell said.
“I know a few people may be keeping track of completions and interceptor and things like that. As well early for that discussion, I can tell you that much,” he proceeded. “It’s all teachable. And that’s what makes this time of year so profitable not as it were for J.J. but [exterior linebacker] Dallas [Turner] on the other side. A lot of our players that were asking to come in here and have an affect.”
O’Connell said he wrapped the morning’s group meeting by appearing a clip of Vikings linebacker Ivan Pace, Jr., as an undrafted rookie at slightest year’s camp – and after that taken after it with a replay of Pace’s game-sealing interferences at Las Vegas.
“Each person guy’s attending to have his possess football journey within the National Football Association,” O’Connell said. “I feel like our work is to make them feel very fortunate it happened to come in Minnesota with us as a staff and that we’re planning to do everything we conceivably can to assist them.”
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McCarthy has acknowledged working with and learning from modern Vikings quarterbacks coach Josh McCown, who is coming off his moment week of working on-field with Minnesota’s veterans.
“We’ve been out there with the offense and the defense for the final couple of weeks, and … the finest thing Josh does is communicates in a way that’s so full of data and information,” said O’Connell of McCown, who played 16 NFL seasons some time recently transitioning to coaching. “Having been a guy that played as long as he did, he truly worked through a lot of perspectives of the position as a player, but he’s got an incredible angle of instructing, how he communicates things, how he can illustrate things, how he can permit a player to kind of get it and get it that the another rep is either going to solidify that or it’s progressing to give another opportunity to coach.”
O’Connell said McCown has “absolutely been great” since joining the Vikings coaching staff, where he’s worked closely with assistant offensive coordinator/assistant quarterbacks coach Grant Udinski.
“Give Udinski is a extraordinary youthful coach, and he’s made a difference me out so much for two years in a parcel more ways than just coaching a position or, truly, being my right-hand man,” O’Connell said. “So observing those two folks together and gel the way they have, it’s truly, really cool.”
Whereas Friday’s session was a moderate ramp-up for the new kids on the block, the excitement that Vikings coaches have for working with Turner’s physicality and flexibility remains high.
O’Connell famous early arrangements will center on Turner as an exterior linebacker in Minnesota’s 3-4 base defense.
“From there, once you’ll kind of construct that consolation, at that point you can start to push him snap in and snap out where he’s lining up in some different spots, doing a few diverse occupations depending on down and distance, who else is in the amusement with? I cruel, think almost Andrew Van Ginkel within the same way where there’s the flexibility to do different employments, and then you’ve got JG (Jonathan Greenard) that has the capacity to surge inside and out,” O’Connell said. “Presently, match those folks with a few insides surge as well, and you start to see a third-down bundle begin to materialize.”
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Vikings Defensive Facilitator Brian Flores started drawing up a few thoughts for Turner on the opening night of the draft after Minnesota was able to move up the board and select a player most anticipated to highlight top-10 talent with the 17th overall choose.
Turner said multiple points Flores emphasized covered with numerous of the messages he gotten whereas playing for Scratch Saban at Alabama.
“You’ll be able tell that he does not play recreations, he’s all about business and taking care of trade, and I’m around the same thing, as well,” Turner said. “The energy is fair colliding, and it’s exceptionally great energy for sure, I’m willing to be a wipe and learn anything I can from him and all the coaches.”

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