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  Vikings | Marcus Sherels could return kickoffs    Sun May 28, 09:12 AM

Minnesota Vikings CB Marcus Sherels, who already serves as the club's punt returner, is a candidate to return kickoffs in 2017. Rookie WRs Rodney Adams and Stacy Coley are also under consideration for the job.

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  Vikings | Jerick McKinnon bigger, better in 2017?    Sat May 27, 06:03 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon trained with former teammate Adrian Peterson in Houston during the offseason and weighs 211 pounds, up from 200 a season ago. McKinnon is reportedly not only stronger, but faster as well.

Footballguys view: McKinnon is kind of the forgotten man in the Vikings backfield. With the addition of free agent Latavius Murray and rookie Dalvin Cook, McKinnon will have more competition for touches. We'll see how this RBBC shakes out in training camp, but most expect Cook to emerge as the leader at some time this season.

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  Vikings | Mike Zimmer not going anywhere    Fri May 26, 02:09 PM

Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer vowed Friday, May 26, his ongoing eye issues will not prevent him from continuing his coaching career. Zimmer had his latest eye surgery - his eighth - on May 17.

Footballguys view: He is expected to return to Minnesota on June 4 to visit with local doctors before a decision is made as to whether or not he will attend OTAs later that week.

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  Vikings | Three Vikings sign rookie deals    Fri May 26, 11:49 AM

Minnesota Vikings DT Jaleel Johnson, LB Ben Gedeon and OG Danny Isidora signed their rookie four-year contracts Friday, May 26.

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  Vikings | Michael Floyd contract info    Fri May 26, 02:37 AM

Minnesota Vikings WR Michael Floyd's one-year deal that contains no guaranteed money, according to ESPN's Ben Goessling. That means the team has no financial commitment to Floyd should he fail to make the final cut.

Footballguys view: The Vikings had to structure his deal this way. Floyd got bounced from the Cardinals after his "extreme DUI" last year and did nothing with the Patriots when they picked him up late in the season. Going back home to Minnesota should help him, but the team wasn't going to throw around money carelessly for a player with Floyd's backstory.

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  Vikings | Dalvin Cook fitting in    Thu May 25, 11:50 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook isn't working with the first-team offense yet but is fitting in nicely, according to offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur. 'He's a very instinctive runner,' Shurmur said. 'He'll get his foot down and gets up the field. He's actually pretty instinctive when it comes to who to block in pass protection and he catches the ball extremely well.'

Footballguys view: Cook runs a bit like Edgerrin James used to for the Colts back in the day. He needs to hang onto the rock as fumbling was a problem for him at Florida State. As a runner, Cook has the vision and instincts to creatively find running lanes in order to gash defenses. Don't be surprised if the rookie ends up being the top back in the Vikings revamped backfield. He's competing with free agent addition Latavius Murray for touches.

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  Vikings | Ifeadi Odenigbo inks deal    Thu May 25, 05:55 PM

Minnesota Vikings DE Ifeadi Odenigbo signed his four-year rookie contract Thursday, May 25. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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  Vikings | Rodney Adams signs contract    Thu May 25, 02:44 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Rodney Adams signed his four-year rookie deal Thursday, May 25. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Given how slowly young receivers move through the ranks in Minnesota, we're likely to hear from Adams in about eight years if ever. A speedster, Adams could be helpful if Stefon Diggs is injured.

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  Vikings | Laquon Treadwell impressing coordinator    Thu May 25, 02:36 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell is having a good offseason so far, according to offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur. Treadwell has been 'on point' from a mental standpoint. He has done well route-running, catching the ball and blocking, too. Shurmur said he's pleased with the progress Treadwell has made from a year ago.

Footballguys view: All this is great and we're happy to hear it. However, as Han Solo would say (and we're paraphrasing, so pardon us) but good in shorts and a T-shirt is one thing. Good against the living? That's something else. We're looking to see him perform against actual defenses before we get too carried away. Add in the fact that he has to claw past Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen and we're thinking Treadwell's impact could remain on the low side.

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  Vikings | Laquon Treadwell running with the first team    Thu May 25, 12:36 AM

Minnesota Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell has reported the run with the first-team offense alongside Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen during OTAs, according to Minneapolis Star Tribune's Matt Vensel.

Footballguys view: The Vikings brought Treadwell along slowly, and they could do that because Diggs and Thielen were so good. It's going to be hard for Treadwell to push his way into the mix but we like what he brings to the table but he has to show more consistency and better execution than he did last season and now has Michael Floyd to compete with as well.

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  Vikings | Teddy Bridgewater meets with doctor    Wed May 24, 05:09 PM

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (knee) recently had a positive meeting with his doctors and has received clearance to progress in his rehab and start moving from side-to-side.

Footballguys view: Bridgewater was dropping back and throwing in drills this week for the Vikings. It seems like he's making good progress as he comes back from the horrific knee injury that eliminated his entire 2016 season. Even in a best case scenario, Bridgewater is likely to only be a reserve behind Sam Bradford.

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  Vikings | Teddy Bridgewater update    Wed May 24, 10:49 AM

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (knee) has a doctor's visit Wednesday, May 24, to see if he can increase his work.

Footballguys view: Bridgewater participated in some drop back passes during OTAs on Tuesday with his knee in a huge brace. He'll want to do more, but the Vikings will likely be cautious with the young quarterback as he continues to recover from this horrific leg injury.

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  Vikings | Teddy Bridgewater throws at OTAs    Tue May 23, 06:42 PM

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (knee) participated in some drop back passes during organized team activities Tuesday, May 23.

Footballguys view: It's a step in the right direction, but Bridgewater's status for 2017 is in question as he recovers from the severe knee injury suffered last year. Bridgewater's injured knee was in a brace and as he continues to rehabilitate from surgery.

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  Vikings | Mike Zimmer away for recovery    Mon May 22, 10:22 AM

Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer will not be at the start of organized team activities to recover from eye surgery.

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  Vikings | Mike Zimmer undergoes more surgery    Mon May 22, 02:28 AM

Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer underwent another right eye surgery, his eighth one since suffering a detached retina in November.

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  Vikings | Michael Floyd will adjust quickly    Sun May 21, 10:34 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Michael Floyd won't have any issues picking up the offensive system, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.

Footballguys view: Fantasy owners shouldn't get too excited here. Floyd did nothing with the Patriots after they picked him off the scrap heap in 2016. A fresh start is what he needed, and perhaps going back home to Minnesota will pay off for him. Floyd is trying to earn a role behind Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen.

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  Vikings | Michael Floyd to practice soon    Thu May 18, 09:49 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Michael Floyd will begin practicing next week after having the remainder of his 96-day house arrest transferred from Arizona to Minnesota, according to a league source.

Footballguys view: Floyd is back home in Minnesota, and it might be the answer after hitting rock bottom last year with this "extreme DUI" that caused him to be under house arrest. If healthy and motivated, Floyd can push for a role behind Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen.

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  Vikings | Will Sutton signed by Vikings    Wed May 17, 09:48 AM

Free-agent DT Will Sutton (Bears) signed with the Minnesota Vikings on an undisclosed deal Wednesday, May 17. DL Toby Johnson was waived.

Footballguys view: A third-round pick in 2014 by the Bears, Sutton has spent his entire career in Chicago. He didn't fit Vic Fangio's 3-4 defense with the Bears, but he's back in a 4-3 front with the Vikings. Sutton will compete for a spot on the 53-man roster and is no lock to make the team.

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  Vikings | One signed by Vikings, one cut    Tue May 16, 11:35 AM

Undrafted free-agent OG Freddie Tagaloa (Arizona) was signed to an undisclosed three-year deal by the Minnesota Vikings Tuesday, May 16. DL B.J. Dubose was waived.

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  Vikings | Minnesota expecting committee backfield    Wed May 10, 10:39 PM

Minnesota Vikings RBs Latavius Murray and Dalvin Cook are expected to engage in a 'heated competition' and, eventually, forge an established committee to replace Adrian Peterson, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Andrew Krammer.

Footballguys view: Cook is the more naturally talented runner and receiver out of the backfield, but the Vikings made an investment in Murray in free agency. They paid him a three-year, $15 million contract earlier this year then went out and moved up to select Cook in the second round of the 2017 NFL draft. Murray is likely to be second fiddle in this RBBC, and it doesn't help he is missing most of the offseason due to ankle surgery.

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  Vikings | Minnesota adding Michael Floyd    Wed May 10, 03:17 PM

Free-agent WR Michael Floyd (Patriots) agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings Wednesday, May 10, according to sources. The deal is worth $1.5 million, but Floyd could make as much as $6 million based on incentives.

Footballguys view: The Vikings were the only team interested in Floyd this offseason after his brief stint with the Patriots last year. Floyd will not be able to report to the team until June as he's still under house arrest for his DUI. He's from St. Paul Minnesota, so perhaps going home will be the fresh start he needs after a tumultuous 2016. Floyd is not a lock for the 53-man roster.

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  Vikings | Jack Tocho moving to safety    Sun May 7, 10:29 AM

The Minnesota Vikings are planning to move DB Jack Tocho to safety. He played cornerback at North Carolina State.

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  Vikings | Dalvin Cook makes early impression    Sat May 6, 11:44 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook has impressed head coach Mike Zimmer during rookie minicamp. 'He showed acceleration, good feet, good vision, a lot of the same things we saw on tape,' Zimmer said.

Footballguys view: Cook should be making a positive impression, so long as he holds onto the rock and stays healthy. As a runner, Cook has good vision outside of the tackles and burst to make plays in a little amount of space. Injuries, fumbling problems and off-field concerns caused him to fall in the 2017 NFL draft. If he stays on the right track, Cook could make an immediate impact for the Vikings offense. His current ADP is RB48 (10.12) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Vikings | Coach optimistic about Teddy Bridgewater    Fri May 5, 06:06 PM

Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said he is more optimistic than in the past that QB Teddy Bridgewater (knee) will be able to return eventually. Bridgewater has been rehabbing at the team's facilities this offseason.

Footballguys view: We're glad Zimmer is optimistic, but it's hard to be there with him at this point. There's a chance that Bridgewater never takes another snap in a game for the Vikings. His availability for this year is a huge question mark, and Bridgewater is set to be a free agent in 2018.

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  Vikings | Minnesota noncommittal about starting RB    Fri May 5, 03:01 PM

Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer did not shed any light on the identity of his team's starting running back - expected to be a two-man battle between Latavius Murray and rookie second-rounder Dalvin Cook - when asked about it Friday, May 5.

Footballguys view: Cook is the more dynamic back, and he could win the job eventually even if Murray begins the season as the starter. The rookie from Florida State will need to show that he's adept at protecting the quarterback if he wants to see the field. Cook also needs to do a better job of hanging onto the rock as fumbling was a problem for him with the Seminoles.

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  Vikings | Teddy Bridgewater posts workout    Thu May 4, 11:34 PM

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (knee) posted a video of himself going through agility drills Thursday, March 4.

Footballguys view: Bridgewater is one his way back from the horrific knee injury suffered last year, but there's no guarantee that he even gets on the field in 2017. A free agent in 2018, Bridgewater's future in the NFL is very much up in the air.

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  Vikings | Vikings interested in Michael Floyd    Thu May 4, 07:36 PM

The Minnesota Vikings are 'highly, highly interested' in free-agent WR Michael Floyd (Patriots).

Footballguys view: Floyd has gotten zero interest on the open market after his short-lived stint with the Patriots last year. He was with the Pats for their Super Bowl run last year, but Floyd did nothing to write home about. Floyd hit the open market in March, and teams just weren't that interested. The Vikings don't have great depth at the receiver position, and that may be why they're 'highly, highly interested' in the big-bodied veteran.

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  Vikings | Two Vikings waived    Thu May 4, 05:42 PM

Minnesota Vikings DT Sterling Bailey and OT Marquis Lucas were waived Thursday, May 4.


  Vikings | Minnesota cuts ties with Cedric Thompson    Wed May 3, 10:31 PM

Minnesota Vikings S Cedric Thompson was waived Wednesday, May 3.

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  Vikings | Minnesota signs several free agents    Mon May 1, 05:22 PM

The Minnesota Vikings signed undrafted free-agents DE Tashaun Bower (LSU), DT Dylan Bradley (Southern Mississipi), OT Aviante Collins (TCU), OT Nick Fett (Iowa State), DE Caleb Kidder (Montana), QB Wes Lunt (Illinois), DE Sam McCaskill (Boise State), RB Terrell Newby (Nebraska), TE Josiah Price (Michigan State), CB Horace Richardson (SMU), WR R.J. Shelton (Michigan State), LB Shaan Washington (Texas A&M) and LB Eric A. Wilson (Cincinnati) Monday, May 1.Terms of the deals were not disclosed.

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  Vikings | Anthony Barr's option exercised    Mon May 1, 03:53 PM

Minnesota Vikings LB Anthony Barr's fifth-year option was picked up Monday, May 1, according to a source.

Footballguys view: A top-10 pick in 2014, Barr is now under the Vikings control through 2018. Barr had two fine seasons to begin his pro career, but he struggled in 2016 and was called out by head coach Mike Zimmer. We'll see if Barr can get things back on track this year.

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  Vikings | Teddy Bridgewater's option will be declined    Mon May 1, 03:47 PM

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater's fifth-year option will not be picked up, according to a source.

Footballguys view: We're not surprised by this decision. Bridgewater is expected to begin the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list and will be reevaluated in October. His horrific leg injury suffered last year may prevent him from ever playing up to his potential as a pro. The Vikings QB situation past 2017 is up in the air as Sam Bradford (like Bridgewater now) is in the final year of his contract.

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  Vikings | Minnesota searching for return man    Sun Apr 30, 11:59 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Rodney Adams and WR Stacy Coley are two candidates to handle kickoff return duties in 2017. 'Both of them are very explosive athletes, have excellent speed,' general manager Rick Spielman said.

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  Vikings | Minnesota selects Pat Elflein    Fri Apr 28, 09:56 PM

The Minnesota Vikings selected C Pat Elflein with the 70th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Friday, April 28.

Footballguys view: A very solid offensive lineman, he makes up for his middling athleticism with tremendous technique. He can play center and either guard which should help the Vikings who need bodies everywhere on the offensive line.


  Vikings | Minnesota selects Dalvin Cook    Fri Apr 28, 07:56 PM

The Minnesota Vikings selected Florida State RB Dalvin Cook with the No. 41 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Friday, April 28.

Footballguys view: We knew they weren't in love with Jerrick McKinnon's production last year so this is a solid pick. There are some off field concerns about Cook, but he's an exciting player. Now they just need someone to block for him.


  Vikings | Teddy Bridgewater's option likely passed on    Wed Apr 26, 09:43 AM

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (knee) is unlikely to have his fifth-year option exercised by the May 2 deadline, according to sources. The Vikings could still re-sign Bridgewater, but they do not appear willing to guarantee his 2018 salary for north of $11 million for injury when the quarterback is still trying to make it back from a catastrophic knee injury that has derailed other NFL players' careers.

Footballguys view: This is another strong sign that we won't see Bridgewater on the field this year. His career isn't over, but there's no guarantee he'll play another down in the NFL either.

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  Vikings | Teddy Bridgewater still without timetable    Tue Apr 25, 03:37 PM

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (knee) remains without a timetable as he continues to recover from a torn anterior cruciate ligament and dislocated knee. General manager Rick Spielman did say that Bridgewater had a great first week of offseason activities.

Footballguys view: There's a chance that Bridgewater doesn't play in 2017. He just started running in a pool about a month ago, and Bridgewater still has a long way to go. Sam Bradford is the team's starter this year, and Bridgewater's future is a huge unknown.

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  Vikings | Stefon Diggs working on health    Tue Apr 25, 02:57 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (hip) blames himself for the health issues he went through last year.

Footballguys view: He said he's taking steps this offseason to try to prevent himself from missing time again this year after missing three games in 2016.

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  Vikings | Sam Bradford extension not discussed    Tue Apr 25, 02:22 PM

Minnesota Vikings QB Sam Bradford has not talked about a possible contract extension with the Vikings yet. Bradford added that he's not going to sweat his current status.

Footballguys view: The Vikings are in a helluva predicament at the quarterback position. Both Bradford and 2014 first-round pick Teddy Bridgewater are in the final years of their contract. The Vikings are unlikely to use the fifth-year option on Bridgewater because of the horrific knee injury suffered last year that will forever impact his football career. Bradford is in the final year of his deal, and there's no telling if he's a long-term option for the team.

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  Vikings | Latavius Murray without a timetable    Tue Apr 25, 01:09 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Latavius Murray (ankle) said there's no timetable for his return, but he's hoping to be ready for training camp.

Footballguys view: The Vikings added Murray in free agency with the idea that he could be a key piece in their RBBC with Jerrick McKinnon. We'll know more about his status as we get closer to the start of training camp.

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  Vikings | Brian Robison likely to retire after 2018    Sat Apr 15, 11:03 AM

Minnesota Vikings DE Brian Robison has two years remaining on his contract and stated Friday, April 14, he expects to retire when his deal expires.

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  Vikings | Zac Kerin re-signs     Thu Apr 13, 05:11 PM

Minnesota Vikings restricted free-agent OG Zac Kerin re-signed Thursday, April 13.


  Vikings | Laquon Treadwell still learning    Thu Apr 6, 11:45 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell has the basics down but still needs to learn 'some of the subtleties' of playing receiver in the NFL, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.

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  Vikings | Alvin Kamara meets with Vikings    Thu Apr 6, 08:13 AM

Updating previous reports, Tennessee RB Alvin Kamara met with the Minnesota Vikings Wednesday, April 5.

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  Vikings | Ryan Quigley signs with Vikings    Mon Apr 3, 05:23 PM

Free-agent P Ryan Quigley (Cardinals) signed an undisclosed deal with the Minnesota Vikings Monday, April 3.

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  Vikings | Emmanuel Lamur could start in 2017    Sun Apr 2, 05:27 PM

Minnesota Vikings LB Emmanuel Lamur is expected to be a candidate to start at weakside linebacker next season.

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  Vikings | Mike Zimmer met with Joe Mixon    Sun Apr 2, 05:13 PM

Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon met with Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer at his pro day.

Footballguys view: Mixon didn't get to attend the Scouting Combine because of his domestic violence incident from back in 2014. Zimmer likely met with the controversial running back to get a feel for what kind of person he is. The Vikings signed Latavius Murray in free agency, but Mixon would be an upgrade. With this controversy around him, Mixon is likely a second-round pick in the 2017 NFL draft even though he has first-round talent.

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  Vikings | MIN to meet with Alvin Kamara    Sun Apr 2, 09:50 AM

Tennessee RB Alvin Kamara is scheduled to meet with the Minnesota Vikings this week.

Footballguys view: The Vikings added Latavius Murray in free agency this year as they move on without Adrian Peterson in 2017. They should be considering Kamara in the 2017 NFL draft as well. The Vikings don't have a first-round pick (due to the trade for Sam Bradford), so they'd have to take Kamara in the second or move back into the first to get him. He's a TD hog and has good vision outside the tackles. Kamara runs inside like his eyes are closed at times. He's a sure-handed receiver and has the capability of being a full time back at the pro level.

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  Vikings | Harrison Smith ahead of schedule    Sat Apr 1, 07:01 PM

Minnesota Vikings S Harrison Smith (ankle) is expected to be 'full speed' by training camp, according to a source.

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  Vikings | Mackensie Alexander must trust coaches    Fri Mar 31, 11:02 PM

Minnesota Vikings CB Mackensie Alexander needs to trust his coaches more and understand his assignments better in order to win the starting nickel corner job, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.

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