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One tangible change has been in the style of strength training, a shift from machine work back to more-basic free weights.

The sessions are voluntary, according to the collective bargaining agreement, but coaches strongly urge all players to participate. One notable absence so far has been running back Adrian Peterson, who has often split his offseason training time between Minnesota and his native Texas.

“I thought they came in in shape. I think guys were excited about the changes,” strength and conditioning coach Evan Marcus said. “When a new staff comes in there’s always a certain level of excitement, so they want to prove themselves.”

NOTES: The Vikings signed TE Allen Reisner, returning a player who was here in 2011 and 2012 to the roster. He spent last season with Jacksonville. … The Vikings also claimed LB Terrell Manning off waivers from San Diego. He was drafted by Green Bay in 2012 in the fifth round. … Munnerlyn said he has a nickname for himself: “The Big Difference.” … Rudolph, who has entered the final year of his rookie contract, said he has not been approached about an extension. … OL Josh Samuda badly hurt his right ankle during a conditioning drill gone awry that was open to reporters.

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