Minnesota Vikings

Thursday web roundup: Minnesota Vikings

Vikings preview: Make-or-break stretch ►
The Minnesota Vikings begin the season with a difficult stretch of games that could take them out of the running for a playoff spot early if their defense isn’t better than it was last year …

Three out for Thursday ►
Minnesota Vikings LB Anthony Barr (ankle), OT Phil Loadholt (ankle) and DT Linval Joseph (calf) will miss the team’s preseason finale Thursday …

The ‘new and improved’ Adrian Peterson ►
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Pair of rookie QBs may start preseason finale as Vikings, Titans try to finish up preseason ►
The Titans and Minnesota Vikings are just trying to wrap up the preseason safely, so they can turn their attention to the start of the regular season on Sept. 7 …

New Vikings Stadium: Magnet for Bird Deaths? ►
Minnesota’s Audubon Society asks the governor to help push for special glass panels on the new Vikings Stadium, a building the group fears will cause many …

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Vikings Injury Update : Anthony Barr, Linval Joseph

The Minnesota Vikings are having one hell of a preseason. Unfortunately, a perfect record doesn’t always mean all the wheels are turning properly. Anthony Barr, Minnesota’s ninth-overall draft pick, and Linval  Joseph, the Vikings new defensive anchor, have both sustained minor injuries that will keep them both out of the Viking’s preseason finale.#453417376 / gettyimages.comAccording to Ben Gosseling of ESPN NFL Nation, Anthony Barr has suffered a minor ankle sprain. The promising young rookie has impressed since he was drafted ninth in the 2014 draft, receiving praise from new head coach Mike Zimmer. Zimmer has even gone as far as to say there is a “strong” chance Barr will be a starter coming into the upcoming season.Linval  Joseph finds himself in a much different position. Per NFL.com’s Marc Sessler, the Defensive Tackle was shot in the calf on August 9th during a shooting at the Soundbar, a Minneapolis nightclub. The Vikings have deemed the injury “minor”, and …

Vikings roll out massive ’40 for 60′ burger

The Minnesota Vikings will spend the next two seasons playing at TCF Bank Stadium, the home of the Minnesota Golden Gophers, as their new billion-dollar stadium gets built on the site of the razed Metrodome. While some things invariably had to be scaled back related to the traditional “NFL Gameday Experience” given the team will […] The post Vikings roll out ’40 for 60 Burger’ that may have 40 to 60 fat grams, if not more (photo) appeared first on Sportress of Blogitude.

Vikings offense has Adrian Peterson excited; “The best offense I’ve Played In”

Norv Turner is in Minnesota and he is turning things up a bit.  One player that is super excited about the new offensive scheme is Adrian Peterson.  Peterson feels this is the best offense he has ever played in.  “This is going to be the best offense I’ve played in. This is the offense I’ve […] The post Vikings offense has Adrian Peterson excited; “The best offense I’ve Played In” appeared first on NFL Draft Diamonds.

Report: Vikings coaches won’t hesitate to bench Matt Cassel if he struggles

Even though Matt Cassel won the Vikings starting job,  they won’t hesitate to bench him if he struggles,  according to Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report.
The Vikings are being extremely careful with Bridgewater, which is smart. But from what I hear from coaches on that staff, the team won’t hesitate to use Bridgewater should Cassel struggle.

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Photo of new Vikings stadium going up

Looks like they’re making some good progress with the Vikings new stadium. A look at the MN Vikings stadium progress, taken today @caplannfl pic.twitter.com/lu9XhfUlvz — Matthew Schilken (@brandfixer) August 27, 2014 var ACE_AR = {Site: ’898551′, Size: ’468060′, CallType: ‘IFRAME’}; Loading… ZergNet The post Photo of new Vikings stadium going up appeared first on Pro Football Zone.

Peterson: ‘I work with the mindset of being the best ever’

The Minnesota Vikings are heading into yet another season where running back Adrian Peterson is expected to be one of the top backs in the league. Peterson has powered Minnesota’s offense for seven years already, and has amassed 10,115 yards and 86 touchdowns on 2,033 carries. Needless to say, he has put up big numbers on a Vikings’ offense that hasn’t had a good quarterback in quite some time. Peterson is ready to have another big season in Minnesota, and took to the media to talk about his goals. “I work with the mind-set of being the best ever,” Peterson told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “That, and my approach, set me apart. I have it in my mind that I’m doing things that nobody else is doing. You’re not just saying you’re going to be the best ever, you’re putting in the work to accomplish that.” “When I say I want to be the best, I’m not talking about just running backs,” he said. “I want to be the best player who ever played. I know I have a lot to do to get there. I know

Minnesota Vikings: Final preseason game against the Titans

For most teams in the NFL, the fourth and final preseason game involves their starters playing very few snaps, even they even see the field. This shouldn’t be any different for the Minnesota Vikings when they travel to Tennessee to take on the Titans on Thursday at 7 PM CT. Most of the starters will probably watch from the sidelines, letting the 2nd and 3rd string players get most of the reps in the most “meaningless” preseason game of them all.
However, as Norv Turner put it beautifully on Tuesday, “[the last preseason game is] probably the most important preseason game there is because these young guys get a chance to go play and get to show what they’ve been working on.”
Despite being seen as a throwaway game, the last preseason game is actually significant; as it gives young players like Jerick McKinnon, Anthony Barr, Teddy Bridgewater, and Shamar Stephen more playing time to prepare for the regular season. It also allows the coaches to get a closer look at them, giving them a better idea of h

Teddy Bridgewater takes out ad in Lousiville student paper to thank fans (photo)

Teddy Bridgewater may have moved on to the Minneapolis after being drafted in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings, but his heart still remains in Louisville. The rookie signal-caller took out a full-page ad in the latest edition of “The Louisville Cardinal,” the schools student newspaper, to thank the […] The post Teddy Bridgewater takes out ad in Lousiville student paper to thank fans (photo) appeared first on Sportress of Blogitude.

Minnesota Vikings move down in Power Rankings, fall out of top-25 spot

We know what we’re going to know. With training camps complete, three preseason games – including the “dress rehearsal” – in the books and veterans on the shelf until the regular season opener, the data needed to evaluate every NFL team prior to the start of the 2014 campaign is in the books.
Some look ready to go, while others have work to do. A few franchises have emerged as legit Super Bowl contenders, while a handful appear destined to be on the clock.
With that in mind, the editors at cover32 gathered to assemble this week’s Power Rankings, rating each NFL team from one to 32. To see the results, CLICK HERE.
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Predicting the Vikings 53 Man Roster | Version 2.0

With only 1 preseason game left and the first round of cuts in the books the roster is getting a tad clearer. Below is version 2 and the 2nd to last projection for the Vikings 53 man roster.
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.
Offense
Quarterback (2)
Matt Cassel, Teddy Bridgewater
Notes: I’m still sticking to the Vikings keeping 2 quarterbacks and both of these guys are locks.
Running Back (4)
Adrian Peterson, Jerick McKinnon, Matt Asiata, Jerome Felton
Notes: Nothing really changes here and barring an injury I can’t see it changing.
Wide Receiver (5)
Cordarrelle Patterson, Greg Jennings, Jerome Simpson, Adam Thielen, Jarius Wright
Notes: I’m still pretty confident on these 5, although don’t be completely shocked if they do decide to keep 6 and sneak Rodney…

Before drafting you need to see Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson’s fantasy ranking

With the preseason games that most teams use as a dress rehearsal now 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 one of the key positions in football a final time. To see the top 75 wide receivers in 2014, CLICK HERE.
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Vikings make a ton of roster moves; Release 12

Today the Minnesota Vikings cut Brandon Bishop, Pierce Burton, Derek Cox, Andy Cruse, Kamar Jorden, Erik Lora, Kevin Murphy, Kheeston Randall, Tyler, Jake Snyder, Kory Sperry, Robert Steeples and Ty Walker. The also cut Mistral Raymond and placed Chase Ford on the PUP List. @RavensInsider: Vikings waived-injured Mistral Raymond, activated Chase Ford from physically unable […]
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Vikings Cut 13 Players Including CB Derek Cox

 
Tom Pelissero of USA Today reports that the Vikings have begun to make their roster cuts and veteran CB Derek Cox is among them.

Pelissero adds that S Mistral Raymond has been waived/injured and
Other players cut include: G Pierce Burton, WR Kamar Jorden, WR Erik Lora, OT Kevin Murphy, WR Ty Walker, TE Kory Sperry, S Brandan Bishop, DT Kheeston Randall, DE Tyler Scott, DE Jake Snyder, CB Robert Steeples.

Cox, 27, was a bust of a free agent signing last year when the Chargers signed him to a four-year contract worth $20 million that included $10.25 million guaranteed.
However, the Vikings took a chance on him seeing as they could use some depth at cornerback. Cox signed just a one-year, $780,000 contract with Minnesota, so it won’t hurt them to part ways with Cox.
Last year, Cox appeared in all 16 games, but totaled just 38 tackles and an interception. Pro Football Focus rated Cox as the No. 104 cornerback in the league out of 110 qualifying players last year.
 
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Minnesota Vikings: Sleeper Team To Watch in 2014?

The offseason presents a ray of sunshine across the NFL landscape. Each team is presented with a clean slate and a golden opportunity to fill various holes through the draft and free agency. It’s no wonder that nearly every year about half of the teams that made the trip to the postseason the previous year fall short of returning to the NFL’s tournament. The Atlanta Falcons and Houston Texans came into 2013 widely regarded as legitimate Super Bowl contenders and finished the season with just six wins—combined. The Minnesota Vikings, Washington Redskins and Super Bowl XLVII champion Baltimore Ravens also managed just 16 combined wins after each making the playoffs with a 10-6 record in 2012. Meanwhile, San Diego (improved from 7-9 to 9-7 in 2013), New Orleans (7-9 to 11-5), Carolina (7-9 to 12-4), Philadelphia (4-12 to 10-6) and Kansas City (2-14 to 11-5) took their place as the five new teams to punch their tickets to the playoffs last season. So which non-playoff teams from 2013 wi…