Mike Zimmer recaps first padded practice, Irv Smith, and players coming back to Vikings

Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer spoke to the media on Wednesday afternoon at TCO Performance Center in Eagan.

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Zimmer recapped the Vikings first day of padded practice, what he sees in new quarterback Case Cookus and Danny Etling, his plan for special teams, Irv Smith’s improvements, defensive linemen lining up as linebackers, Armon Watts’ play in training camp, replacing Jeff Gladney, Jake Browning’s expectations, CJ Ham’s impact on the team, and why he thinks players who left for other teams have returned to the Vikings.