With the threat of the NFL lockout to end at any time, players need to find ways to stay sharp, while working on their game and staying in peak shape.
Led by quarterbacks Christian Ponder (rookie) and Joe Webb (2nd year), many of the Vikings offensive skill players are bringing their playbooks to IMG Academy for a series of on-field and speed and strength workouts, while mixing in some classroom film sessions.
After getting acclimated the past two weeks with the Minnesota Vikings playbook, first-round draft pick Christian Ponder and an estimated 10 to 15 teammates will hold a voluntary three-day "minicamp" beginning Tuesday at the IMG Academy football program in Bradenton, Fla.
Ponder will be joined by the Vikings' two other roster quarterbacks, Joe Webb and Rhett Bomar under the supervision of former NFL quarterback Chris Weinke, who is the director of football operations at the 400-acre IMG facility.
Webb and Ponder have been working privately with Weinke during the past two weeks, much of it focused on learning the terminology and concepts of the new Vikings offensive playbook. The players received their playbooks during the brief window in which the lockout was lifted by a federal judge.
The Vikings players also will be under the supervision of a full medical staff, as well as strength and conditioning coach Jeff Dillman and renowned speed coach Loren Seagrave.