Photos: Mankato says goodbye to the Vikings


Fans clamor for autographs as veterans reported to training camp.
1 Fans clamor for autographs outside of Julia Sears Hall on the Minnesota State University campus in Mankato as veterans reported to training camp on July 26. 
The Vikings hold their last first-afternoon practice in Mankato on July 24.
2 The Vikings hold their last first-afternoon practice of training camp on the football field at Minnesota State University on July 24. 
Datone Jones, center, lines up with other defensive linemen.
3 Datone Jones, center, lines up with other defensive linemen during an afternoon practice. Jones is preparing for his fifth season in the NFL, after playing his first four years for the Green Bay Packers. 
Head coach Mike Zimmer shakes hands with running back Latavius Murray.
4 Head coach Mike Zimmer shakes hands with running back Latavius Murray as rookies check in to training camp on July 23. Murray, who previously played for the Oakland Raiders, was signed by the Vikings in the off-season as a free agent. 
Russell Smith, 4, looks at a freshly signed autograph from Dalvin Cook.
5 Russell Smith, 4, looks at a freshly signed autograph from Dalvin Cook as the team's rookies arrived July 23. Russell's mother said the family has been going to training camp every year and was sad that it was the last year in Mankato. 
Training for the new season: Antone Exum, Jr., left, and Moritz Bohringer.
6 Left: Antone Exum Jr. tries to strip the ball out of Kyle Carter's hands during practice at training camp. Right: Moritz Bohringer (81) waits for a pass thrown his way while being defended by R.J. Shelton. 
Stefon Diggs (14) jokes around with his Vikings teammates.
7 Stefon Diggs (14) jokes around with his teammates as they did their stretching exercises at training camp on Aug. 3. 
Ellie Hatlevig gets a signed helmet back from Sam Bradford.
8 Ellie Hatlevig, 7, from Prior Lake, who is attending her second training camp, gets a signed helmet back from Sam Bradford while sitting up high on July 26. 
Jaleel Johnson wears a Sprayground backpack, a popular brand with players.
9 Rookie Jaleel Johnson wears a Sprayground backpack as he signs autographs for fans on the opening day of training camp. The Sprayground brand has become popular with NFL players, featuring designs from Pittsburg Steelers' Antonio Brown and New York Giants' Odell Beckham, Jr. "I heard about it actually a while ago, because my roommate from college with the Colts has one," Johnson said. 
Left: Wide receiver Cayleb Jones makes a catch. Right: Adam Thielen.
10 Left: Wide receiver Cayleb Jones makes a catch while being defended at a Thursday afternoon practice. Jones was signed to the Philadelphia Eagles last season after being undrafted in 2016 and is trying out as a wide receiver for the Vikings. Right: Adam Thielen turns upfield after catching a pass. 
Second-round draft pick Dalvin Cook signs autographs for fans.
11 Second-round draft pick Dalvin Cook signs autographs for fans as rookies check in for the first day of training camp on July 23. Cook, a running back, was drafted out of Florida State as the 41st pick. 
Carol Jensen, or Queen Hellgah, from Austin, at the final day of camp.
12 Carol Jensen, or Queen Hellgah, from Austin, walks past other fans at the final day of training camp on Tuesday. "It's kind of a tradition, we love coming down here. We've been doing it for 20 years," Jensen said of training camp leaving Mankato but added, "Change is sometimes good." 
Tight end Kyle Rudolph waves to fans after a practice.
13 Tight end Kyle Rudolph waves to fans after a practice at training camp on July 29.