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Access Vikings morning walkthrough: Smith looks to shine, Thielen in a good spot, Teddy's picks, more

Posted by: Matt Vensel Updated August 12th at 3:03pm 270887801

Every day On most days, our Vikings reporters walk you through what’s happening that day.

WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED

— Harrison Smith could be a top-tier safety in Mike Zimmer’s scheme.

— WR Adam Thielen is putting himself into position to make the team.

— Rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater threw three picks at practice last night.

— Veteran QB Matt Cassel should play more during Saturday night’s game.

— Interim special teams coordinator Joe Marciano has something to prove.

— TE Chase Ford is close to returning from a foot injury.

TWEET OF THE (YESTER)DAY

AROUND THE NFC NORTH

— Is there something to Lions DT Nick Fairley practicing with the second team?

— Star Packers WR Jordy Nelson is day-to-day with a hamstring injury.

— The Bears’ revamped defensive line has looked good so far.

TODAY’S VIKINGS SCHEDULE

The Vikings have the day off before reporting back to wrap up camp Wednesday and Thursday.

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT

The Vikings have six safeties who have started at least 10 games in the NFL, including Harrison Smith, who will start at one of the safety spots. Who will be at the other? The Vikings still have no idea. But I guess it can’t be a bad thing that whoever they pick — whether it’s Jamarca Sanford, Kurt Coleman, Chris Crocker or someone else — has been a starter in the league before.

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