Vikings | Chris Cook wants to shadow top receivers Sun May 19, 03:06 PM
Minnesota Vikings CB Chris Cook said he would like to shadow opponents' top receivers this season.Link to story
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Vikings | Joe Webb fine with position change Thu May 16, 03:38 PM
Minnesota Vikings WR Joe Webb said he is fine with moving from quarterback to wide receiver but expects it to take some times to get comfortable at the position. 'I'm doing real good. I still have a long ways to go, but I'm getting better every day and that's all you can do. I just take it one step at a time, one day at a time, one play at a time, and hopefully it can turn out as a success,' Webb said.
|Footballguys view: Of course Webb is fine with the move. He failed to impress as a QB and if he wants to stay with the team then a position change was necessary. The Vikings need playmakers at the position and Webb is incredibly athletic. He needs to prove that he's learned how to be a better route runner with increased concentration.|
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Vikings | Cordarrelle Patterson will be given opportunity to start Thu May 16, 12:45 PM
Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson will be given an opportunity to earn a starting wide receiver spot across from WR Greg Jennings this year, according to head coach Leslie Frazier. WR Joe Webb will be insurance in case Patterson doesn't pan out.
|Footballguys view: We wouldn't consider Webb any sort of insurance in this situation because of his struggles as a receiver. Patterson should win the starting job and can make an impact for this team in 2013. He's fantastic with the football after the catch and the team could use him on underneath routes similar to what they used to do with Percy Harvin (Seahawks). Patterson is strong, fast, and physical but struggles with concentration from time to time.|
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Vikings | Joe Webb moves to WR Thu May 16, 08:11 AM
The Minnesota Vikings have moved QB Joe Webb to wide receiver.
|Footballguys view: Webb tried his hand at WR during the Senior Bowl in 2010 but struggled with catching passes. That's kind of important for a WR so we'll see if he's improved in that area before getting excited about this position switch. He's incredibly athletic, big, strong, and can fly down the field.|
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Vikings | Three draft picks signed Wed May 15, 09:30 PM
The Minnesota Vikings announced the signings of OG Jeff Baca, OG Travis Bond and P Jeff Locke Wednesday, May 15. Terms of the deals with the draft selections were undisclosed.Link to story
Vikings | Not pursuing Brian Urlacher Wed May 15, 09:52 AM
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said the team isn't pursuing free-agent MLB Brian Urlacher (Bears) right now. They plan to give LB Erin Henderson every opportunity to win the middle linebacker job. 'Brian has been a great player in our league for a long, long time,' Frazier said. 'He was a thorn in our side for many years. At this point we want to look at the guys on our roster, give them a chance to compete for the middle linebacker position then we'll see where it takes us.'
|Footballguys view: With both the Broncos and Vikings uninterested in Urlacher he'll have to wait longer to find a new home. We could get to training camp before Urlacher gets an opportunity.|
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Vikings | Sign three draft picks Tue May 14, 03:57 PM
The Minnesota Vikings signed DT Everett Dawkins, LB Gerald Hodges and LB Michael Mauti Tuesday, May 14. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.Link to story
Vikings | Make roster moves Mon May 6, 03:47 PM
The Minnesota Vikings have signed undrafted free-agent WR Adam Thielen (Minnesota State-Mankato) and free-agent Brandon Keith (Cardinals). Terms of the contract were not disclosed. The team also waived WR Nicholas Edwards.Link to story
Vikings | Chris Kluwe officially released Mon May 6, 03:17 PM
The Minnesota Vikings have officially released P Chris Kluwe.Link to story
Vikings | Chris Kluwe on way out Mon May 6, 11:53 AM
Minnesota Vikings P Chris Kluwe thanked fans on his Twitter account for his time in Minnesota, which means he's likely to be cut.
|Footballguys view: One of the most active NFL players on Twitter, Kluwe broke the news via social networking. Set to make $1.4MM this year his play wasn't worth that price. Kluwe should be able to latch on somewhere else by training camp. The Vikings selected Jeff Locke (155th overall) in the 2013 NFL draft to be their punter.|
Vikings | Not signing Duron Carter Mon May 6, 09:27 AM
The Minnesota Vikings will not be signing undrafted free-agent WR Duron Carter at this time, according to a source.Link to story
Vikings | Michael Mauti expects to be ready for camp Sat May 4, 01:07 PM
Minnesota Vikings LB Michael Mauti (knee) said his goal is to participate once training camp begins. He has been able to do some sprinting and light agility drills this offseason. He will not be able to participate in any offseason workouts because of his rehab.Link to story
Vikings | Rookie WR Patterson struggles catching deep passes Fri May 3, 07:18 PM
Vikings first-round WR Cordarrelle Patterson struggled catching deep passes last year in college. On passes 15 yards or more downfield Patterson only snared nine of 31 targets for two touchdowns. Patterson also only caught 51.7% of his targets, the lowest of any Volunteers receiver.
|Footballguys view: Patterson's game is all about his elite run after the catch ability. He's a physical WR who can wrestle away contested catches from defenders. Patterson would often misjudge deep passes in the air, or simply drop them. He'll have to work on that if he wants to play up to his potential as a pro.|
Vikings | Chris Kluwe to meet with GM Fri May 3, 04:01 PM
Minnesota Vikings P Chris Kluwe will meet with general manager Rick Spielman Monday, May 6, to discuss his future with the team. The two sides have agreed to a quick release if the team prefers to go with P Jeff Locke.Link to story
Vikings | Not ready to make decision on MLB spot Fri May 3, 02:13 PM
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said the team will wait until after their rookie minicamp to decide who will line up at middle linebacker with the starting defense once offseason workouts begin. Frazier mentioned LBs Erin Henderson, Audie Cole, Tyrone McKenzie and Michael Mauti as possibilities for the job.Link to story
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Vikings | Joe Web willing to move to WR Fri May 3, 01:24 PM
Minnesota Vikings QB Joe Webb said the team has not told him what position he will play during offseason workouts but will be willing to move to wide receiver if asked. 'Yeah, I'm comfortable,' Webb said. 'Whatever it is to help the team. I'm a team player. So, as long as I get on the field. I'm excited to get on the field this year. Hopefully, we can make that happen. But in the meantime, whatever they ask me to do, I'm going to do it.'
|Footballguys view: Webb tried to play WR at the Senior Bowl when he came out of college in 2010. He struggled during that week and may not have the natural receiving skills to be effective as a pro. Webb is incredibly athletic and a swift runner in the open field.|
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Vikings | Adrian Peterson sets lofty goals Fri May 3, 11:22 AM
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said he has set out a goal to rush for 2,500 yards. 'I've got my bar set for 2,500. If I could go up to that the record is shattered,' Peterson said. In order to reach his goal, Peterson would have to average 156.25 yards over 16 games. He averaged 131 yards last season, topping 156 yards five times.
|Footballguys view: Don't ever count Peterson out. 2,500 rushing yards would be insane but if there's any RB who could do it, that's ADP.|
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Vikings | Joe Webb catching passes Thu May 2, 08:45 AM
Minnesota Vikings QB Joe Webb has been catching passes in anticipation for the team to ask him to switch to wide receiver. 'They're still figuring it out,' Webb said. 'But it looks like, if I am going to receiver, I'm doing a lot more work at it so I can work on my craft at receiver since I haven't been there since, what, 2010 when I first got drafted?'
|Footballguys view: Webb tried his hand at WR during the week of practice for the Senior Bowl in 2010 and struggled mightily. He's a phenomenal athlete but lacks the route running ability and concentration to be an effective receiver. We'll see if he has improved those areas in the preseason.|
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Vikings | Matt Kalil was ill late last season Thu May 2, 08:45 AM
Minnesota Vikings OT Matt Kalil (illness) admitted he suffered from pneumonia late last season and lost 15-20 pounds to 290-295 pounds for the final three games.Link to story
Vikings | No timetable for Greg Childs Wed May 1, 01:56 PM
Minnesota Vikings WR Greg Childs (knees) said there is no timetable for his return but is making progress in his recovery from two patellar tendon tears. He has been able to do some cutting, jumping and sprinting at this point but is not close to 100 percent yet. He said he will not rush back and is not sure if he will be ready for the start of training camp.
|Footballguys view: Childs may never be the same again after two severe knee injuries over the last three years. His dynasty stock is all but done.|
Vikings | Christian Ponder had MRI Wed May 1, 11:08 AM
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder (elbow) had an MRI on his elbow after it flared up several weeks after the season. He said it's fine now, though.
|Footballguys view: It's a make or break year for Ponder in 2013. He needs to stay healthy and show the team he can develop into a consistent and effective starter. If he struggles this year (or gets banged up) the team could turn to veteran Matt Cassel.|
Vikings | Erin Henderson bulks up Wed May 1, 09:52 AM
Minnesota Vikings LB Erin Henderson bulked up to 248 pounds and expects to play middle linebacker.
|Footballguys view: Last year's middle linebacker Jasper Brinkley signed with the Cardinals this offseason. Henderson has played on the weakside during his pro career but had to bulk up if he's expected to patrol the middle of the field.|
Vikings | Nick Taylor cut Tue Apr 30, 09:47 AM
The Minnesota Vikings waived DB Nick Taylor.Link to story
Vikings | T.J. Conley waived Mon Apr 29, 03:13 PM
The Minnesota Vikings waived P T.J. Conley Monday, April 29.Link to story
Vikings | Several could to be candidates at RG Mon Apr 29, 03:02 PM
Minnesota Vikings OG Brandon Fusco, OT Troy Kropog, OG Seth Olsen and OT DeMarcus Love could be candidates to compete for the starting right guard position. Fusco likely will be given the first opportunity to win the job since he started at the position last season.Link to story
Vikings | John Sullivan expected to miss majority of workouts Mon Apr 29, 02:59 PM
Minnesota Vikings C John Sullivan (knee) likely will miss most of the offseason workouts because he is recovering from microfracture knee surgery.Link to story
Vikings | May be open to listening to offers for Toby Gerhart Mon Apr 29, 02:58 PM
The Minnesota Vikings likely will be willing to listen to trade offer for RB Toby Gerhart once training camp begins.
|Footballguys view: Gerhart is a stout RB with surprising speed in the open field. Running Back is a devalued position and we're not sure there would be many teams lining up for Gerhart on the trade block. Perhaps if injuries hit at the position then some team would be willing to give up a mid-round pick for Gerhart.|
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Vikings | Not ruling out Brian Urlacher Mon Apr 29, 02:40 PM
Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman indicated the team will not pursue free-agent LB Brian Urlacher (Bears) at this point but did not rule out the possibility later in the offseason.
|Footballguys view: Wouldn't it be fitting for a division rival to pick up Urlacher? He's drawn little interest on the free agent market to this point and may have to wait until training camp to sign with a new team.|
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Vikings | Jacob Lacey signs Mon Apr 29, 11:52 AM
The Minnesota Vikings signed free-agent CB Jacob Lacey (Lions) to an undisclosed deal.
|Footballguys view: The Vikings met with Lacey two weeks ago but didn't feel a need to get any deal done until after the draft. Lacey has been a spot starter throughout his career. He could fill the spot vacated by free agent Antoine Winfield (Seahawks).|
Vikings | Jerodis Williams signs Sun Apr 28, 09:44 PM
The Minnesota Vikings signed undrafted free agent WR Jerodis Williams (Furman) Sunday, April 28.Link to story
Vikings | Son of former great signs Sun Apr 28, 09:44 PM
The Minnesota Vikings signed undrafted free agent WR Duron Carter Sunday, April 28. He is the son of former Viking and Hall of Fame WR Cris Carter.Link to story
Vikings | Michael Mauti to compete for MLB job Sun Apr 28, 02:37 PM
Minnesota Vikings LB Michael Mauti (knee) will compete for the starting middle linebacker job once he is completely recovered from his knee injury.
|Footballguys view: Mauti would have been one of the first inside linebacker off of the board in the draft if he hadn't suffered three torn ACLs in the past. He could pan out and overcome the odds, so track him in your deep dynasty IDP leagues.|
Vikings | Gerald Hodges could see time at MLB Sun Apr 28, 02:33 PM
Minnesota Vikings LB Gerald Hodges is expected to be used at outside linebacker but could also see time at inside linebacker.Link to story
Vikings | Xavier Rhodes could start Sun Apr 28, 02:32 PM
Minnesota Vikings CB Xavier Rhodes is expected to compete for one of the starting cornerback jobs during offseason workouts and training camp.Link to story
Vikings | Marcus Sherels signs tender Sun Apr 28, 02:29 PM
Minnesota Vikings exclusive rights free-agent CB Marcus Sherels has signed his tender offer. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.Link to story
Vikings | Brian Urlacher could be option Sun Apr 28, 02:28 PM
The Minnesota Vikings could still consider pursuing free-agent LB Brian Urlacher (Bears) because they did not take a middle linebacker in the early rounds of the draft.
|Footballguys view: Urlacher might not have much left, but the NFC North has a history of teams getting something out of a former cornerstone for a rival on their way out of the league. Urlacher would go back to having marginal IDP value if he can land in Minnesota.|
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Vikings | Two UDFAs added Sat Apr 27, 11:02 PM
The Minnesota Vikings signed undrafted free agents WR Nicholas Edwards (Eastern Washington) and FB Zach Line (Southern Methodist) Saturday, April 27.Link to story
Vikings | Chris Kluwe ready to compete for job Sat Apr 27, 05:50 PM
Minnesota Vikings P Chris Kluwe said he is ready to compete with P Jeff Locke for the team's punter job. 'If they don't know my character by now, then they're probably not ever going to figure it out,' Kluwe said. 'I am here to compete. I'm here to do the best job that I possibly can. It doesn't matter if they draft someone or they bring someone in or whatever. I'm here to do my job to the best of my ability.'Link to story
Vikings | Not trading back into second or third rounds Fri Apr 26, 03:34 PM
Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said the team is not going to move back into the second or third rounds of the NFL Draft.Link to story
Vikings | Lawrence Jackson signed Fri Apr 26, 12:20 AM
The Minnesota Vikings signed free-agent DE Lawrence Jackson (Lions) to a one-year contract Thursday, April 25.Link to story
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Vikings | Cordarrelle Patterson selected 29th overall Thu Apr 25, 11:16 PM
The Minnesota Vikings selected Tennessee WR Cordarrelle Patterson with the 29th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: Patterson has very good run after the catch ability, which the Vikings need in a post-Harvin world. With Greg Jennings on the other side and Adrian Peterson in the backfield he will have the opportunity to succeed. Two problems- first he's very raw and still rounding off the rough edges. Secondly, he's got Christian Ponder throwing him the ball. This is a make or break year for the Vikings quarterback and with the new additions to the offense, he has no excuses.|
Vikings | Xavier Rhodes selected 25th overall Thu Apr 25, 10:53 PM
The Minnesota Vikings selected Florida State CB Xavier Rhodes with the 25th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: Theft number two for the Vikings, who needed a corner to replace Antoine Winfield and get an outstanding cornerback in Rhodes-a guy some argue was one the top corner in the draft. In the NFC North and NFC you have to stop the pass and Rhodes is going to help keep things close for the Vikings this season.|
Vikings | Sharrif Floyd selected 23rd overall Thu Apr 25, 10:42 PM
The Minnesota Vikings selected Florida DT Sharrif Floyd with the 23rd overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: The precipitous drop of Floyd ends in Minnesota as the Vikes add one of the top players in the draft. A big, solid middle of the defense guy, this is going to help a defense which became a sieve last season against the run.|
Vikings | Pat Williams to retire as member of team Thu Apr 25, 05:32 PM
The Minnesota Vikings will sign free-agent DT Pat Williams (Vikings) to a one-day contract so he can retire as a member of the organization.Link to story
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Vikings | Want Manti Te'o Thu Apr 25, 11:19 AM
The Minnesota Vikings would like to find a way to draft Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o in the first round of the NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: The Vikings need help at the LB corps. Te'o has high football intelligence, can scrape and flow to the football, plus he's improved his coverage skills.|
Vikings | MLB a draft need Wed Apr 24, 08:51 AM
The Minnesota Vikings figure to address the middle linebacker position in the NFL Draft; however, LB Erin Henderson could be asked to play in the middle if the team does not draft a prospect.Link to story
Vikings | Draft trade talks heating up Wed Apr 24, 08:42 AM
Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said he is open to trade offers and that the team's phone lines have been buzzing. The Vikings own the No. 23 and No. 25 picks in the NFL Draft. 'I'm telling you, it's been the most active it's been in a while,' Spielman said. 'Because of where we're picking. And I don't know the reason why, but there are a lot of teams that potentially are jockeying from the top of that second round and there are some teams jockeying potentially in the bottom of the first round to come up to one of our picks.'Link to story
Vikings | Unlikely to move up in the draft Tue Apr 23, 02:33 PM
The Minnesota Vikings are unlikely to move up in the NFL draft, according to general manager Rick Spielman. Spielman did note that could change though.
|Footballguys view: Anything can happen in the NFL draft. The Vikings have two first-round selections (23, 25) as they traded WR Percy Harvin to the Seattle Seahawks for the 25th pick this year.|
Vikings | Still interested in Lawrence Jackson Mon Apr 22, 05:35 PM
The Minnesota Vikings are still talking with free-agent DE Lawrence Jackson (Lions) but have not made a contract offer to him at this point.Link to story
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Vikings | Interested in Chris Burnette Mon Apr 22, 04:20 PM
The Minnesota Vikings have shown interest in Old Dominion DL Chris Burnette.Link to story