Minnesota Vikings

Weekend web roundup: Minnesota Vikings

Kyle Rudolph Injury: Updates on Vikings TE’s Ankle, Knee and Return ►
The 2014 campaign has been an injury-plagued one for Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph, and things aren’t getting any better …

Dolphins, Vikings Searching For Motivation Sunday ►
Motivation can be difficult for teams out of the playoff chase, and that’s the challenge both teams face when the Dolphins play the Minnesota Vikings (6-8) …

Vikings vice president and wife donate $1 million to fight cancer ►
A Minnesota Vikings vice president and his wife have donated $1 million to children’s cancer care. Kevin Warren, who handles legal affairs for the team, and wife …

Felton unlikely to return to Vikings ►
This is a 2013 photo of Jerome Felton of the Minnesota Vikings NFL football team. This image reflects the Minnesota Vikings active roster as of Thursday, June 6, …

Rookie linebacker Anthony Barr to have minor knee surgery ►
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minnesota — Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr will have m

Dolphins versus Vikings pregame preview

Who are these Minnesota Vikings?
Coached by Mike Zimmer, this is a 6-8 blue collar, lunchpail toting, rookie quarterback throwing team.
Minus the running game featuring Adrian Peterson, the Vikings will attempt to out rush the Miami Dolphins with a little known stable of backs in Matt Asiata and well-known, but at bust status Ben Tate. Tate was dumped by the Texans recently and picked up by the Vikings to shore up the position.
Remarkably, Asiata has been more of a red zone, goal line back, with seven touchdowns, but has come up big in games versus Atlanta (20 rushes, 70 yards, 3 TDs) and Washington (10 rushes, 26 yards, 3 TDs). Asiata’s longest run has been 12 yards versus Atlanta.  What’s most interesting about Asiata? He has zero touchdowns on the road nor in stadiums with grass fields.
Since the Vikings play in TCF Bank Stadium, a turf field, their home field has been good to them with 4 wins at home.  Those 4 wins have resulted in victories versus the Falcons, Redskins, Panther…

Vikings will lose Anthony Barr for the remainder of season; Barr needed surgery

Minnesota Vikings won a game earlier this year when Anthony Barr stripped a ball carrier and returned it for a touchdown.  Well for the final two weeks of the season, the Vikings will miss their rookie first round pick. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer told reporters Friday that the outside linebacker will undergo “very minor” knee […]
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Fran Tarkenton: This is a new era for the Vikings

Former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Fran Tarkenton is feeling good about his old team as the move along the 2014 season.

According to Tarkenton now writing for TwinCities.com, he believes that rookie signal caller Teddy Bridgewater is the right guy for the job and though he thinks Adrian Peterson will not return, he said that that team has done a good job at restocking talent.

Tarkenton writes:

‘This is a new era for the Vikings. I think the Peterson era is over, and the team is well on its way to creating a new identity around a new core group that will help them compete and win for years to come. The Vikings won’t be in the playoffs this season, but I feel really good about this team. The front office this year has done a very good job of finding and committing to talented players. When Jared Allen left in free agency, the Vikings showed a lot of faith in Everson Griffen to replace him, and he has been outstanding rushing the passer this year. Matt Asiata went undrafted in 2011 and nobody expected

Vikings looking to get tougher, finish games stronger

Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer’s identity is squarely based on toughness and that was one of the reasons the team decided to bring him aboard.

In his first season, Vikings fans have witnessed in spurts the toughness; however, the fourth quarter is where the team wants to get better the next two weeks.

“That sign right up there [Tough teams win in the 4th quarter],” Zimmer said, via TwinCities.com.

“I don’t think that we’ve done that enough, yet. That’s kind of my message, is that part of the toughness mentality that I’m trying to bring is about the fourth quarter.”

“We’ve got to finish strong in the fourth quarters, the critical times of games,” said tackle Mike Harris. “As an offense, we’ve got to put up points and we’ve got to finish. We’ve got to finish games and put (opponents) away. That’s really what (Zimmer has) been talking about.”

 

What prospects need to know about the NFL Draft Process (Part 2)

Everything you need to know about the NFL DRAFT PROCESS for Small Schoolers PART 2 As you know, I came out with a part one in which I really wanted to focus on getting out the most important things you need to know.  We came out with an article similar for last years draft class, […]
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Former Minnesota running backs headline fantasy bust list in 2014

With two weeks left in the 2014 regular season, a lot of people are looking at how the fantasy football season has played out. While there have been a number of underachievers, two of the biggest ones once shared a backfield in Minnesota. Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart have both gone through dismal seasons, even if they were in totally different circumstances.

At the beginning of the year, Peterson was considered to be the safest bet at running back. After all, he has been durable, consistent and the main cog in the offense for the Vikings for years now. However, an off the field incident involving alleged child abuse ended his season. Fantasy football owners were left with nothing, and now some are wondering if he can ever get back into the swing of things in the NFL. He will be 30 years old next season, which is ancient by running back standards.

His former backup, Toby Gerhart, was looking forward to having his own opportunity to be a starter. The Jacksonville Jaguars knew they were going to strugg

Are any Minnesota Vikings rookies among the 10 most disappointing of 2014?

This year’s rookie class is loaded with talent; all over the league, first-year players are performing at a high level, demonstrating that they’re going to be stars for years to come.
But that’s not a 100 percent, across-the-board statement. Like in any draft, this year’s batch of newcomers has some players who haven’t been able to smoothly make the transition to the NFL.
While it’s way too early to label them as “busts” already, it is fair to start wondering about their futures. After all, nearly a full season is now under their belts; that’s plenty of time to adapt, learn, get on the field and shine.
With that in mind, here are the 10 most disappointing NFL rookies in 2014:
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10. Eric Ebron
Ebron hasn’t added much to the Lions offense
This extremely athletic tight end was supposed to bring a Jimmy Graham-like dimension to Detroit’s offense, providing a between-the-numbers threat to go along with Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate on the outside. But for a number of reasons, including so

Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson lead in 2014 athlete Google searches

The year of 2014 will long be remembered in the sports world. There was the retirement of Derek Jeter, the passing of Tony Gwynn and the return of LeBron James to his beloved Cleveland.
Then there was Ray Rice punching his fiancee and Adrian Peterson beating his child with a tree branch.
If Google searches are the indicator, those two ugly events will be the lasting memory, according to Caroline Sikes of the Sporting News.
Rice was the most searched athlete on Google in the United States, followed by Peterson, Richard Sherman, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony. Jeter comes in sixth, with Johnny Manziel, Russell Wilson, Gwynn and Tim Howard rounding out the top 10. It’s surprising Jeter was not higher on the list. Jeter is such a global icon and played in New York, giving you the perfect combination for massive search numbers.
Rice finished third globally among Google-searched athletes, only behind Columbian soccer player James Rodriguez and racecar driver Michael Schumacher. Michael Phelps landed ninth on

Do the Minnesota Vikings have the creepiest mascot in the NFL right now?

Chances are if you’re here it’s because you watch sports, which have been known to be pretty awesome from time to time.
One thing that’s not-quite-so-awesome about sports though are mascots.
Why do we need them? What’s the deal? I get it for a high school football team that needs to raise morale for the big homecoming game, but why do NFL teams representing millions of fans and billions of dollars still use them?
It seems silly, and if you ask me more than just a little bit creepy to have a grown man (or woman) dress up in costume and parade around the sidelines.
Which team has the creepiest mascot in the league? Let’s find out. Here are the top ten.
10. The Carolina Panthers

Got a chance to meet @SirPurr during the @Panthers Fan Fest. That’s one mascot to take a pic with off the list. pic.twitter.com/J0MJI0sgMm
— Aaron Quevedo (@Aqvd94) July 26, 2014

A grand new football tradition: letting a costumed Panther with giant pupils paw your back during a photo and then sharing it on social media lik

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater’s 1-32 quarterback ranking could be disputed

Every week, from now through the Wednesday before the Super Bowl, the editors at cover32 will gather to rank the NFL’s 32 starting quarterbacks. Depending on what’s happened the previous week, some will rise and some will fall, and even some of the names on the list will change. It’s a never-ending evolution, as the status of the league’s top signal callers is always in flux.
Fifteen weeks into the 2014 season, here’s how the starting quarterbacks in the NFL shake out:
1. Tom Brady – On a weekly basis, his team seems to put up 40 points en route to dismantling opponents. Nobody is better right now than Brady. (LW: 2)
2. Andrew Luck – He’s leading the league in most statistical categories, while helping his team win games; that’s what it’s all about. (LW: 3)
3. Aaron Rodgers - It might be time for another “Relax” speech after Rodgers laid an egg on the road in Buffalo, hurting Green Bay’s Super Bowl chances. (LW: 1)
4. Tony Romo – Battling back on the road against Philadelphia in

This room doesn’t have nearly enough Minnesota Vikings merchandise in it

What on earth is this?

This takes rooting for the #Vikings to a whole NEW level! #NFL #Christmas pic.twitter.com/wZEqT6fHPP
— Whistle Sports (@TheWhistle) December 15, 2014

It’s a nice room, but I’m not sure if there’s enough Minnesota Vikings merchandise in it.
No, definitely not enough.
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National Media holds nothing back in their confidence regarding the Minnesota Vikings

There are only 10 shopping days left until Christmas. And in the NFL, that means it’s crunch time; every week, nearly every game seems to have some sort of major playoff implications, shuffling the postseason deck depending on the outcome. Some teams become contenders; others fall back in the race.
What franchises fall into each category? This week’s Gut Reactions help provide an answer.
Fifteen weeks and 14 games into the 2014 season, here’s where each team stands, including an updated “confidence level” showing how the editors of cover32 feel about every franchise at the moment:
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Buffalo Bills – The Bills are legit… on defense. That has been evident the past two weeks, when Buffalo has made Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers – arguably two of the three best QBs in the NFL – look like marginal signal callers. The problem with Buffalo, however, is that their offense is anemic. They need special teams plays to have a shot, something that won’t happen week after week.Confidence level:

NFLPA Director Smith goes on offensive against NFL

Fresh off “independent” arbitrator Harold Henderson upholding the league’s suspension of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, the players association continues to throw shade at the NFL in a series of public remarks.
NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith lashed out at the National Football League and Roger Goodell in a strongly-worded statement to NBC Sports on Sunday.

The NFL owners had an opportunity to show leadership and vision in the wake of the embarrassing missteps by the League office,” Smith told  NBC Sports. “Limiting a Commissioner’s power who has repeatedly abused his discretion is a good start, but in light of the NFL’s wild inconsistencies and egregious mismanagement, it does not go far enough.

The new personal conduct policy, which was approved by all 32 owners around the league, allows Goodell to appoint an appeals officer from the league itself, in some cases individuals that work directly under the commissioner.
While the appointment of

Report: Adrian Peterson plans to play in 2015

It’s highly unlikely that Adrian Peterson will actually retire from football to pursue his dream of becoming an Olympic sprinter, despite recent reports that were circulating.
The Minnesota Vikings running back plans to play in the NFL in 2015, according to a report from Pro Football Talk.
Peterson will be filing a lawsuit as soon as Monday in an attempt to secure full reinstatement for the offseason. As it stands right now, he is not eligible for reinstatement until April 15…