After their strong showing against the Tennessee Titans on Thursday, the Minnesota Vikings finished the preseason 4-0, the seventh time the Vikings have gone undefeated in the preseason during their 54 year history.
This preseason has illuminated some surprises, both good and bad, but has shown us what to expect out of the Vikings in the 2014 season.
Everson Griffen is the real deal
After receiving a huge $42.5 million deal this offseason, which some analysts believed to be a bit steep for an “unproven” defensive lineman, Everson Griffen has shown the NFL why he’s worth the money the Vikings will be paying him. Griffen ranked 3rd among all 4-3 defensive ends during the preseason, according to Pro Football Focus Preseason Grades.
During the time he got during the preseason, Griffen was consistently fighting off would be blockers, and wrecking havoc in the backfield– especially by getting to the quarterback. Griffen collected 1 sack, 3 quarterback hurries, and 4 quarterback hits in the 2 games he had su
Labor Day weekend means that the long offseason is almost over. With this being the last Sunday without professional football until February, there’s a good chance that a lot of you are relaxing and enjoying the long weekend. However, for those playing fantasy football leagues, this is the weekend that determines your happiness for the next four months.As you’re sitting down at the draft table, there’s a chance that you have a couple names from the Minnesota Vikings highlighted on your cheat sheet. With a new offensive coordinator and a (presumably) functioning quarterback, you could be tempted to try and pull the wool over your buddies’ eyes and take a Viking with some upside.This is where I come in to help. Not all Vikings are created equal in the fantasy football universe and where there’s promise, there’s also promise for a bust that can ruin your year. Target Adrian PetersonPeterson is getting up there in age as he turned 29 in March, but there are a couple other factors you ha…
The Vikings roster is still taking shape and we can officially welcome 2 new members. Minnesota was awarded both tight end MarQueis Gray and offensive tackle Mike Harris off waivers.
Gray is a familiar face around Minnesota as he was a Gopher from 2009 to 2012. The former Gopher has bounced around a bit from the 49ers to the Browns, last year he saw time on the Browns active roster as a tight end ending the season with 2 receptions for 8 yards.
The other new Viking is offensive tackle Mike Harris was an un-drafted free agent out of UCLA and has started 12 games over the past 2 years for the Chargers. While he has been inconsistent during his short time in the NFL he has showed enough promise to get a shot at adding depth along a Vikings line that is in need of depth.
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2013 was a pretty awful season for the Minnesota Vikings, especially on the road. The Vikings finished the season 5-10-1 and went 0-7-1 on the road. Despite bringing in Greg Jennings to give the team a playmaker, the passing game was a disaster. This was largely due to the fact that the Vikings used three different starting quarterbacks during the season, which included Josh Freeman. To hopefully fix this problem, the team used the 32nd overall pick in the NFL draft to bring in Teddy Bridgewater. However, Matt Cassel has won the starting job, but Bridgewater will be breathing down his neck all season. The Vikings should have a chance to put together a pretty decent offense in 2014. Adrian Peterson is the most feared RB in the game, and Cordarrelle Patterson is a nightmare for opposing defenses to figure out.#187465227 / gettyimages.comMatt CasselCassel started 9 games for Minnesota last season and played fairly well. He threw for 1,800 yards on 60% completion percentage, with 11 touchdowns and 9 interce
As of Sunday 8/31 8AM ET, Per NFL transaction wire, NFL.com: All teams down to 53 by Saturday 8/30 4PM.
OL Jeff Baca
DT Chase Baker
RB Joe Banyard
S Kurt Coleman
WR Kain Colter
S Chris Crocker
DT Fred Evans
DT Isame Faciane
TE Chase Ford
WR Donte Foster
LB Justin Jackson
CB Kendall James
OL Zac Kerin
CB Julian Posey
TE Allen Reisner
OL Mike Remmers
DE Justin Trattou
RB Dominique Williams
LB Mike Zimmer
Yesterday the Minnesota Vikings made their final cuts and trimmed their roster down to 53 players in anticipation of the start of the regular season. Now we know exactly who will be suiting up in purple and gold next Sunday.
Here are all the players who made the cut:
Quarterback: Matt Cassel, Teddy Bridgewater, Christian Ponder
Running back: Adrian Peterson, Matt Asiata, Jerick McKinnon
Fullback: Jerome Felton, Zach Line
Tight End: Kyle Rudolph, Rhett Ellison
Wide Receivers: Cordarrelle Patterson, Greg Jennings, Jarius Wright, Adam Thielen, Rodney Smith (Jerome Simpson starting the season on suspension)
Offensive Line: Matt Kalil, Charlie Johnson, John Sullivan, Brandon Fusco, Phil Loadholt, Joe Berger, David Yankey, Vlad Ducasse, Austin Wentworth
Defensive Line: Everson Griffen, Sharrif Floyd, Linval Joseph, Brian Robison, Corey Wootton, Shamar Stephen, Tom Johnson, Scott Crichton
Linebacker: Chad Greenway, Jasper Brinkley, Anthony Barr, Michael Mauti,Gerald Hodges,
We heard of a few players that were released, but we are still working on a complete list. This is from Vikings Corner DT- Fred Evans, (via Pro Football Talk) RB- Joe Banyard (via Tom Pelissero) TE- Allen Reisner (via Tom Pelissero) DT- Chase Baker (via Tom Pelissero) OT- Mike Remmers (via Ben Goessling) LB- […]
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With the final cuts in the books the roster appears to be set for rookie head coach Mike Zimmer and the Minnesota Vikings. Biggest surprises that stick out to me is rolling with 2 TE’s (for now), keeping 2 FB’s, and the cuts of Reisner, Crocker, and Coleman. While this won’t be the roster the Vikings end the season with it will surely be what they start the season with (barring some waiver wire pick-ups after all teams have their cuts in).
Matt Cassel, Teddy Bridgewater, Christian Ponder
Running back (3)
Adrian Peterson, Matt Asiata, Jerick McKinnon
Jerome Felton, Zach Line
Tight End (2)
Kyle Rudolph, Rhett Ellison
Wide Receivers (5)
Cordarrelle Patterson, Greg Jennings, Adam Thielen, Rodney Smith, Jarius Wright,
Offensive Line (9)
Matt Kalil, Charlie Johnson, John Sullivan, Brandon Fusco, Phil Loadholt, Austin Wentworth, Joe Berger, David Yankey, Vlad Ducasse
Defensive Line (8)
Everson Griffen, Sharrif Floyd, Linval Joseph, Brian Robison, Corey Wootton,…
Today the Minnesota Vikings started releasing players to get to 53. Their first cut was Fred Evans. @ProFootballTalk: Vikings’ decision to cut DT Fred Evans likely means DT Linval Joseph will be ready to go for Week One Vikings cuts: DT Fred Evans
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Pro Football Talk is reporting that the Vikings have released veteran DT Fred Evans on Saturday.
The Vikings brought Evans back on a one-year deal worth $1 million back in March, but it appears as though they prefer some of their younger options at interior defensive tackle.
Evans, 30, appeared in 14 games and totaled 20 tackles and a forced fumble for the Vikings in 2013.
According to Pro Football Focus, Evans graded out as the No. 46 defensive tackle in the league and was a solid run-defender.
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The preseason is officially in the books. With cuts due by Saturday we are on the cusp of seeing who will be representing the 53 man roster for the 2014 Vikings. Below is my final prediction … not gonna lie, it was painful cutting a few of these guys.
First Round Vikings of Cuts: CB Derek Cox, S Mistral Raymond, T Pierce Burton, S Brandan Bishop, WR Kamar Jorden, WR Erik Lora, T Kevin Murphy, DT Kheeston Randall, DE Tyler Scott, DE Jake Snyder, CB Robert Steeples, WR Ty Walker, TE Kory Sperry, and WR Andy Cruse.
Matt Cassel, Teddy Bridgewater, Christian Ponder
Notes: I’ve gone with 2 all preseason but at this point it is just to hard to see the Vikings flat out drop Ponder … while I would still be surprised if he lasted the season I think he is a Viking week 1.
Running Back (4)
Adrian Peterson, Jerick McKinnon, Matt Asiata, Jerome Felton
Notes: Although Banyard played well, I don’t think he can crack the top 4.
Wide Receiver (5)
Cordarrelle Patterson, Greg Je…
Adrian Peterson has enjoyed countless accolades for his incomparable individual achievements on the football field during his seven years as running back with the Minnesota Vikings, a still-relevant career that already has established him as arguably one of the greatest running backs of all-time. But he’d be willing to trade it all in, the awards, […] The post Adrian Peterson says he’d ‘give up everything’ to win a Super Bowl appeared first on Sportress of Blogitude.
With the preseason finally in the rearview mirror, the 2014 NFL season is officially right around the corner. The next time fans see the league’s star players it will be during games on opening weekend.
That means one thing: Fantasy football drafts are upon us.
In order to get a ready, it’s time to start putting together a draft board. To help the cause, cover32 will be ranking each position, with updates from now until the start of the regular season based on stories from camp, performances in preseason games and in-depth research.
To keep things rolling, it’s time to look at the defensive side of the ball a final time. To see the top 20 defenses in 2014, CLICK HERE.
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In a move that was suspected earlier this month, Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson has been suspended three games by the NFL. ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported the news on Friday, which was speculated to have happened when Simpson missed practice earlier this month. Vikings WR Jerome Simpson is being suspended 3 games, per […]