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Some rookies get a baptism by fire. Vikings left tackle Matt Kalil has been thrown into the bowels of a blast furnace. He’s regularly facing defensive end Jared Allen, the 22-sack bright spot on a generally bad defense in 2011. Allen, who would be holding the single-season sack record but for Brett Favre’s hook-slide gimme [...]
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Matt Kalil was the Vikings’ first-round pick (No. 4 overall) in April’s draft, and he’s wasting no time trying to prove his value. The former USC offensive lineman apparently has been going after sack master Jared Allen pretty hard in practice, even frustrating the defensive end, according to Tom Pelissero.
Allen is entering his ninth season in the league and told PFT Live...
Viking rookie Matt Kalil is doing a great job thus far of living up to the lofty status that comes with being a USC left tackle and fourth overall pick in the 2012 draft.
Kalil is impressing everyone so far in Vikings camp and driving all pro Jared Allen crazy in the process, which is a compliment in itself.
Pro Football Talk is reporting that Kalil is holding his own in his...
MANKATO, Minn. One of Alan Williams' plans since taking over as the Minnesota Vikings' defensive coordinator has been to implement a rotation along the defensive line, keeping the group fresh throughout a long season and ready to attack within games.
Williams has referenced the sports culture in Minnesota, likening the rotation to a hockey lineup with the ability to change...
Lost in the will-he-or-won’t-he Percy Harvin saga last week, the news about the recovery of Adrian Peterson got little attention. That may be the case come training camp as well. Judd Zulgad of 1500ESPN.com said there are signs the Vikings running back could open training camp on the physically unable to perform list. Peterson tore the ACL and MCL in his [...]
Ahhh, the opening of NFL training camps. It’s a time where optimism and expectations rule the day. Every team has expectations about the upcoming season. And of course, some expectations are more realistic than others. Take for example Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf’s expectations for this season. They’re completely unrealistic. Despite his team coming off a 3-13 and in...
MANKATO, Minn. Antoine Winfield is entering his 14th NFL season at age 35 and is still considered, in many ways, the Minnesota Vikings' top cornerback.
He's certainly their most experienced. With 181 games under his belt, he leads a group of corners in which only Chris Carr has played more than three NFL seasons. The other 10 cornerbacks in training camp for Minnesota have...
(Eds: With AP Photos.) Jared Allen is happy to help out the younger Minnesota Vikings, answering questions, giving advice or critiquing their performance.
But be clear about this, young fellas: You're getting paid to play, so the expectations are just as high as they are for the veterans.
''This isn't high school or college,'' said Allen, who is beginning...
The Minnesota Vikings offered very little last year from a fantasy football perspective with inconsistent performances and injuries. This year though, there are a few diamonds in the rough and some sneaky picks that could help elevate your team if you are have the guts and the gumption to make the moves.
All-Day shredded his knee in Week 16 last year against...
The importance of the defensive line to a stout defensive unit cannot be understated in the NFL, and the Vikings coaching staff is well aware of that fact. At training camp, both head coach Leslie Frazier and defensive coordinator Alan Williams have spoken about using a rotation system -- Williams calling it hockey style since they were in Minnesota -- that platoons the defensive...
How do we know Donovan McNabb is at the end of his NFL career? It’s late July and the former Super Bowl QB was spotted this week at the San Diego Zoo and not throwing passes as a backup QB. There have been rumors of McNabb to the 49ers and even the Eagles.
Instead, the guy who was supposed to be making a comeback is instead spending time with the kids pretending to enjoy watching...
Jared Allen has a mean streak not easily matched, even in the NFL. And on Tuesday, the hot-headed defensive end's temper could be heard from all over the Minnesota Vikings practice field. After being stonewalled on two consecutive plays by Vikings rookie Matt Kalil, the eight-year NFL veteran, Allen, blew up and began viciously cursing, according to 1500ESPN.com. Although the...
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(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. With AP Photos.) By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer The Minnesota Vikings have a cautious plan for cornerback Antoine Winfield's playing time.
The 35-year-old has dealt with his share of injuries in recent seasons, and the Vikings would rather limit his snaps in both practice and games to make sure he's around the whole time. Coach Leslie...
MANKATO, Minn. One of the biggest focus areas of the offseason for the Minnesota Vikings was upgrading an offensive line that had aged and slumped last season.
A week into training camp, those changes are being tested as depth and competition has eroded due to injuries.
The latest concern is Geoff Schwartz, a former 16-game starter for the Carolina Panthers who was signed to a...
Defensive ends Brian Robison and Jared Allen are solid in their starting positions, but they are willingly lending a helping hand to increase the quality of depth behind them. They each talked about that task. Plus, plenty of injury and practice notes from a busy, hot Friday afternoon.