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Distraction Free Day 1 For Vikings

July 27, 2012, 10:02 PM by Jim Madalinsky

Distraction Free Day 1 For Vikings
MANKATO, MN -

With training camp underway in Mankato optimism is pretty high for the Minnesota Vikings. Even with a young roster that hasn't changed any expectations for the upcoming season.

"With this league and the way things are set up with the salary cap there is no reason for anyone to come to camp and say we don't have a chance," Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier said.

"Nobody's going to expect us to do to much and we'd actually rather be in that position than we were the last two years or so when people expected bigger things from us, but we have one goal here and that's to win a championship and thats just the way it is," Vikings Linebacker Chad Greenway said.

Leading that inexperienced nucleus will be quarterback Christian Ponder. The 2nd year signal caller struggled in his rookie campaign tossing 13 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Numbers he hopes will get better with time.

"It's a huge difference. My 1st day last year compared to this was horrible and I didn't even get that many reps and this year I got all the 1 reps so I just feel so much more comfortable with my teammates, with the system so its much better," Ponder said.

Another big difference for Ponder will be the man protecting his blind side. Left tackle and 3rd overall pick Matt Kalil signed just days before camp began, but he knew the importance of being here day one.

It's definitely important to get signed and get in here. Everyday is going to be crucial for my development and crucial for my teammates so it was definitely important to get in here on time," Kaiil said.

And with the entire roster on hand and accounted for Head Coach Leslie Frazier is ready to work.

"We needed to have everyone here last night to hear that message. So its important to have everyone here and eliminate some of that drama that could be there when you don't have everyone here," Frazier said.

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