Mankato, MN - After nine days of training camp the Vikings depth chart continues to take shape. Today we honed in on the defensive alignment. The team's actual depth chart is unknown, but here's what the KFAN depth chart looked like on the defensive side of the ball Monday.
Right Defensive End 1. Jared Allen 2. Nick Reed 3. Jeff Charleston
Defensive Tackle 1. Kevin Williams, Letroy Guion 2. Trevor Guyton, Christian Ballard 3. Fred Evans, Anthony Jacobs
Left Defensive End 1. Brian Robison 2. D'Aundre Reed 3. Ernest Owusu
Outside Linebacker 1. Chad Greenway, Erin Henderson 2. Larry Dean, Tyrone McKenzie 3. Everson Griffin, Solomon Elimimian
Cornerback 1. Chris Cook, Antoine Winfield/Chris Carr 2. Brandon Burton, Zackary Bowman 3. Josh Robinson, Marcus Sherels
Safety 1. Mistral Raymond, Jamarca Sanford 2. Harrison Smith, Eric Frampton 3. Andrew Sendejo
Notes/Observations In a round of one-on-one blocking drills, the first-team offensive line successfully blocked the first-team defensive line four of five tries. The only lineman to lose his battle was center John Sullivan, who let Letroy Guion blow right by him.
During group installation, the Vikings offense sent out a five-wide set featuring Percy Harvin, Michael Jenkins, Devin Aromashodu, Kyle Rudolph and Toby Gerhart. Gerhart, for the record, was wide-left.
It could have something to do with the team preparing to be without wide receiver Jerome Simpson for the first three weeks of the season. Simpson was in pads but didn't take part in much of the team drills.
Harrison Smith worked with the first-team defense in the nickel package along side Jamarca Sanford. Mistral Raymond and Eric Frampton worked with the second-team.
Everson Griffin worked with the first-team as a defensive end in the nickel package. He looked scary-fast when rushing the quarterback.
Mistral Raymond intercepted Christian Ponder's first pass in 11 on 11 work. It was one of two interceptions by the defense. The second came late in practice when linebacker Marvin Mitchell picked off Joe Webb.
First-team defense did a great job stopping the offense in a goal line situation. Linebacker Tyrone McKenzie made a couple of big tackles for loss.
Tight end John Carlson is still out with a sprained MCL in his right knee. The team's biggest offseason acquisition did some light jogging during the two-hour practice. The hope is to get Carlson back in the fold before the September 9 opener against Jacksonville.
When asked why there haven't been any training camps fights yet, Jared Allen said, "We're all all tired." He said it's been more peaceful than usual because there are a lot of young guys on the team, and it's always the "old guys" starting fights.