Found August 08, 2013 on Fox Sports North:
MANKATO, Minn. -- As a homegrown, Minnesota youngster, Adam Thielen spent hours trying to replicate Cris Carter's sideline-tightrope skills, stretching for receptions from his father and tumbling into a large beanbag chair at the family's Detroit Lakes house. LaMark Brown, meanwhile, used the youth fields of suburban St. Louis to work on emulating former Rams star Isaac Bruce and his field-stretching abilities. Years later, both circumstance and a common willingness to navigate a humble path brought them both to a mutual proving ground. This NFL preseason, the Minnesota State stars-turned-Vikings wide receiver hopefuls find themselves united at the same destination once again. And while the training camp existence of a fringe professional prospect can be a lonely, isolated one, Thielen and Brown feel right at home in Mankato, where their old stomping grounds' signage and architectural trim match their purple Nike practice jerseys. "Coming into pro football, its ...

Rookies Shine in Vikings Loss to Texans

Final: Vikings 13, Texans 27 Overall a pretty decent game for the Vikings considering it was the 1st preseason game of the year. They looked to escape any serious injuries, although Floyd gave us all a scare in the 2nd quarter. The rookies shined early and continued to be a force even in the 2nd half with guys like Mauti and Hodges playing well. While we would have all liked to...

Jared Allen, Harrison Smith return quickly after injuries

MANKATO, Minn. -- The scare the Minnesota Vikings might have gotten from Tuesday's rash of injuries turned out to be fleeting. Defensive end Jared Allen, safety Harrison Smith, linebacker Erin Henderson and defensive tackle Christian Ballard all returned to practice Wednesday after missing or leaving practice early on Tuesday. Minnesota also got linebacker Desmond Bishop and...

Lawsuit has Minnesota governor concerned with Wilfs, stadium

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Vikings ownership issued a statement Thursday in hopes of reassuring their political business partners and Twin Cities citizens that a judge's decision against them won't have any adverse effects on the construction of the team's near-billion-dollar stadium. Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton doesn't appear convinced. "I am deeply concerned...

Greg Jennings: Packers brainwash their players

What would another day be without Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings complaining about his time with the Packers.  Now he claims they brainwash their players. “When I came over here, I was kind of brainwashed,” he said, via Pro Football Talk, via Black Sports Online. “There’s no ‘kind of’ to it. Being over in Green Bay, you’re brainwashed to think anyone in the division...

Vikings stadium deal once again in question

The Vikings just can’t put their stadium situation behind them. Minnesota governor Mark Dayton is “deeply concerned” about the findings of a New Jersey judge, according to KSTP-TV. The judge found that the Wilfs committed fraud in the form of inaccurate accounting with a partnership that built and maintained an apartment complex in New Jersey. “I would urge the [Stadium...

Vikings: Lawsuit won't affect team or stadium plan

The Minnesota Vikings say a civil lawsuit against some members of their ownership group will not affect the team's finances or plans for a new stadium. Brothers Zygi and Mark Wilf and their cousin, Leonard, committed fraud, breach of contract and fiduciary duty, and had violated New Jersey's civil racketeering law, a judge ruled on Monday in a 21-year legal battle. The...

Jeff Locke's Aussie punting style different but effective

MANKATO, Minn. -- It didn't take Minnesota Vikings rookie punter Jeff Locke long to show how he's different from Chris Kluwe -- and it's not in his tweeting habits. Early in training camp, Locke displayed a punting technique that is growing in popularity in the NFL but wasn't used by Kluwe, Minnesota's punter for the last eight seasons and the franchise leader...

Game Thread: Texans vs. Vikings Pillow Fight

Woohoo! Football is back! And I don't even care that it's the preseason. You better believe I'll be at this game tonight YELLING at the stupid refs for giving the Vikings crap calls and doing their damnedest to make sure the Texans win. BIASED!!  Of course, the outcome of this game doesn't matter. Nerdy sports writers will tell you that this preseason is the...

Patterson, Hopkins highlight in Texans win

DeAndre Hopkins and Cordarrelle Patterson highlighted their team’s offensive performances in a 27-13 Houston win over the Vikings in the preseason NFL debuts for both receivers.

Break-Out RB’s for 2013

​With the innovation of the read-option offense, the movement towards a pass-heavy league, and the implementation of the two running back system, it seems that the running back position is getting devalued, even though it shouldn’t.  Adrian Peterson, widely considered the league’s best running back, carried the Vikings to the playoffs without a strong quarterback or receiving...

Brian Hall's Vikings mailbag

The Minnesota Vikings open the preseason Friday with a home game against the Houston Texans trying to make the playoffs after last year's seven-win improvement, 10-6 record and Wild Card playoff berth. This season we'll be doing a mailbag to answer your questions about the Vikings. Mailbags will appear twice a week during the preseason and weekly during the regular season...

Greg Jennings says he was 'brainwashed' in Green Bay

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Key matchup: Whose debut will be better?

The Vikings don’t care much about their opponent. They are focused on themselves, and the debuts of Sharrif Floyd and Cordarrelle Patterson will be closely followed by coaches and fans alike.

Texans 27, Vikings 13

DeAndre Hopkins and Cordarrelle Patterson both showed off their first-round talent. Hopkins caught a 34-yard touchdown pass for the Houston Texans in a 27-13 preseason victory on Friday over Minnesota. The Vikings also showcased their rookie wide receiver, too, during a flashy first half by Patterson. Hopkins, the 27th overall pick in the draft, had four receptions for 52 yards...
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