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Updated: May 31st, 2011 3:09pm
Only seven Vikings in attendance as microcamp begins in Florida

Only seven Vikings in attendance as microcamp begins in Florida

by Tom Pelissero
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The Minnesota Vikings' microcamp is underway.

Quarterbacks Christian Ponder, Joe Webb and Rhett Bomar attended the first of three days of workouts on Tuesday at the IMG Madden Football Academy in Bradenton, Fla., where Ponder and Webb have been working out for weeks under the direction of the academy's director, St. Paul native and former NFL quarterback Chris Weinke.

According to multiple reports, receivers Greg Camarillo and Emmanuel Arceneaux, tight end Kyle Rudolph and center Brandon Fusco also were on-hand. Several notable skill-position players -- including receivers Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin, tight end Visanthe Shiancoe and halfback Lorenzo Booker -- are expected to join before workouts wrap on Thursday.

With such a small group and no defenders, the value of the on-field work is debatable. More important could be time spent in the meeting room with new Vikings offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave's playbook, a portion of which Ponder received during the 11 hours the NFL lockout was lifted last month.

Ponder, who organized the workouts along with Camarillo, told NFL Network he made copies of the playbook at Kinkos and planned to distribute them to teammates in Florida.

"You see all these other teams doing workouts, and we were one of the few teams that wasn't doing anything," Ponder said, per the Star Tribune. "Somebody had to get the ball rolling. I thought, as a quarterback, it was up to me to do it. A lot of the veteran guys I reached out to were all gung-ho and excited about it. Everyone was good to me."

Workouts are scheduled to continue with two sessions on Wednesday and one more on Thursday.

Arceneaux wrote on Twitter he had gotten in a few days work and was headed home to Louisiana on Tuesday night, while rookie safety Mistral Raymond wrote he'll join the workouts on Wednesday.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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