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Minnesota Vikings Offseason: Florida Workouts Start Today

According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, there are eleven members of the Minnesota Vikings that are going to be gathering at the University of South Florida for some workouts, the first organized activities by members of the Vikings since their final game of the 2010 season in Detroit back in January.

The workouts are being organized by rookie quarterback Christian Ponder. . .who, these workouts get underway, is the only player in the Vikings' organization with a copy of new offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave's playbook.  Receiver Greg Camarillo is helping Ponder to get things organized, and the players are being "hosted" by another Vikings' rookie, sixth-round pick Mistral Raymond, who played safety for South Florida.

Among the players that will be attending the workouts are receivers Sidney Rice (who could possibly be a free agent once the labor situation gets settled), Percy Harvin, Jaymar Johnson, and Emmanuel Arceneaux. Tight ends Visanthe Shiancoe and Kyle Rudolph will also be in attendance, as will running back Lorenzo Booker. Fellow quarterbacks Joe Webb and Rhett Bomar will be making the trip to Florida as well. Receiver Bernard Berrian will, apparently, not be making the trip, which makes sense. . .after all, with the amazing season that Berrian had in 2010, it's clear that he really doesn't need any extra work with his new quarterback or anything like that.

The players arrived in Florida on Monday, and are scheduled to have two workouts on Tuesday and two more on Wednesday, followed by a final workout on Thursday. No word yet on anything that could potentially be scheduled to take place after that time.

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