EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- A quick look at the highlights from the Minnesota Vikings' first open organized team activity session of the offseason on Wednesday:
1. Veterans sit out: The Vikings were without a number of starters on defense on Wednesday, as defensive ends Everson Griffen and Brian Robison, linebacker Anthony Barr and cornerback Xavier Rhodes sat out team drills. Robison had sustained a pectoral injury lifting weights earlier this month, although a source said at the time it wasn't serious. Coach Mike Zimmer said Barr's absence wasn't related to the left knee he had surgically repaired at the end of the 2014 season. Linebackers Gerald Hodges and Casey Matthews also sat out, and tackle Phil Loadholt, who is still returning from a torn pectoral muscle, didn't participate in team drills.
2. Waynes comes along slowly: Even with Rhodes out, the Vikings didn't have rookie cornerback Trae Waynes working out with their first-team defense or nickel package on Wednesday. Terence Newman and Josh Robinson were at the cornerback spots in the base defense, with Captain Munnerlyn playing inside. Waynes spent his time with the second-team defense, and Zimmer said the Vikings are trying to teach him both the outside and slot cornerback positions at the moment. "He’s got work to do, like all young guys do, like all of the guys do," Zimmer said. He shows flashes of really good stuff." It's something of a testament to how much the Vikings' secondary depth has improved, when they can put three veteran corners in front of Waynes even when their top cornerback is out.
3. Wallace debuts; Patterson with second team: Wide receiver Mike Wallace was lining up at the flanker position during Wednesday's practice, and it appears the Vikings will start with him there for now. Charles Johnson was at split end on Wednesday, with Jarius Wright as the next man up in a three-receiver set. So where was Cordarrelle Patterson? He was still working with the second-team offense, and as well as Johnson played at the end of last season, it appears Patterson will have work his way up the depth chart again. As for Wallace, he seems to think he'll move around the offense eventually. "Coaches said I have to be ready for all positions," Wallace said. "Right now, just trying to get one spot down pat."
4. Kendricks with second team: Like Waynes, linebacker Eric Kendricks got a gradual indoctrination into the Vikings' defense, lining up as the second-team middle linebacker. Audie Cole, who's played well in the middle in the past and stood out at outside linebacker late last season, was the first-team middle linebacker, with Chad Greenway on the weak side and Josh Kaddu filling in for Barr on the strong side.
5. Choice words from Blanton: Safety Robert Blanton started the day in the top safety pairing with Harrison Smith, and provided the most colorful moment of the practice when he dropped an interception after stepping in front of a receiver. In so many words, Blanton told himself he wasn't playing well, and it would be nice if he would catch the ball. The actual words were different, however, and they were not uttered quietly.
6. Faciane switches sides: Isame Faciane, who spent last season on the Vikings' practice squad as a defensive tackle, was working out at guard after the Vikings asked him to switch positions this offseason. Faciane isn't the only converted defensive lineman among the Vikings' group of guards and tackles; T.J. Clemmings made the switch to offensive line in college.