Typically, during the ebbs and flows of training camp, the offense will win one day and the defense will win the next. But to this point, the two sides have looked pretty even most days.
It’s too early to tell if that’s a good sign, but the defense consistently making plays should provide some optimism.
Among the players who stood out on Monday were rookie defensive linemen Al-Quadin Muhammad and Trey Hendrickson as well as second-year pro Justin Zimmer.
Muhammad, a sixth-round pick, had at least one sack and one tackle for loss in team drills. He’s going against backups, but any production for a rookie early in camp can help boost confidence for the eventual matchups against starters.
Hendrickson probably had the most impressive rush of the day in team drills. Lined up on the interior in a sub package, the third-round pick combined good footwork and a great swim move to quickly move past left guard Andrus Peat. Peat blocked Hendrickson easily on the next two plays, but it was still a good sign for the rookie.
Zimmer, meanwhile, continued his impressive camp with a sack on Garrett Grayson in team drills, which came one play after Muhammad’s tackle for loss.
Defensive tackle Tyeler Davison, technically a backup right now, also blew up one run play by Adrian Peterson.
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