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Some players taken in the late rounds of the NFL draft are available there because of off-the-field concerns. The extra baggage Brandon Fusco brought to the Minnesota Vikings was his alma mater.
Slippery Rock University is no slouch. The Rock, as the program is informally known, has annually been a top-tier team in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, with a handful of NCAA Division II playoff appearances on file. But that's just it: Slippery Rock is Division II, where plenty of players with professional-caliber skills struggle to attract attention and get those precious opportunities to make an NFL team.
''I feel like I always have that chip on my shoulder,'' Fusco said. ''I always have to prove to these people that I can play.''
Fusco then knocked over the small-school stereotype like he was firing out of his stance across the line to send a middle linebacker falling to the turf.
''It doesn't matter where you come from,...
BEST OF MAXIM
MANKATO, Minn. New Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Alan Williams has tried to not come in with any hard opinions on his new players, instead using training camp and the upcoming preseason games to evaluate his defense.Minnesota opens the preseason Friday on the road against the San Francisco 49ers, but cornerback Chris Cook is already making an impression on his new coordinator...
MANKATO, Minn. Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson's last month has been filled with intense training sessions, legal issues and a surprise trip to the hospital.
Through it all, Peterson has continued to grind through his rehab from knee surgery and is hoping he can finally focus on being with his teammates and eventually practicing with them as well.
The Minnesota Vikings are hoping wide receiver Greg Childs can recover fully from his freak injury, a ruptured patella tendon in both of his knees that ended his rookie season before it began.
Coach Leslie Frazier said Childs was having surgery Monday. The fourth-round draft pick from Arkansas was hurt Saturday at the end of a scrimmage, when he tried to jump for a pass. The Vikings...
The Minnesota Vikings will be without offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz for four to six weeks, a relatively short recovery period for a sports hernia surgery.
Schwartz had the procedure Tuesday in Philadelphia. Coach Leslie Frazier said the team might be able to get him back by the regular season opener Sept. 9. Schwartz was competing with Brandon Fusco for the starting right guard...
PAINT THE FENCE
Just came across this photo on Reddit under the title “Feuding Neighbors.”
I’d say so.
Originally posted in r/minnesota by u/twentyfifthhour.
A commenter at Reddit had a great suggestion:
I can’t be the only one thinking it’d be the greatest crime ever to go out in the middle of the night, say once a week, and paint purple over 2 more fence posts. See how long...
Adrian Peterson was due in Harris County Criminal Court for a pretrial hearing Monday, but prosecutors agreed to push back the date of his second appearance until Sept. 27. Attorney Rusty Hardin said prosecutors requested more time to analyze evidence and talk to witnesses. The Vikings play the Detroit Lions on Sept. 30, Week 4 of the regular season. The Vikings' running...
Rookie kicker Blair Walsh showed just how powerful his leg is at the end of Tuesday’s practice. Plus, Kevin Williams isn’t done yet, as the second half of last season showed, and the Vikings dealt with a number of minor injuries, as well as two not-so-minor surgeries.
Two days after Greg Childs tore the patellar tendon in both knees, the Vikings placed him on the waived-injured list, likely setting him up for injured reserve.
Antoine Winfield says age is overrated and he is planning as big a role as ever in the Vikings defense. It’s a bit of a reversal from his statement in May.
The Vikings offense struggled Monday, or the defense dominated. However you want to look at it, the offense didn’t move the ball very effectively. Plus, Everson Griffen responds to the challenges at linebacker, Jared Allen is hoping to have reduced snaps in the preseason and other notes from Monday afternoon’s practice.