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Earlier we took a look at the defensive line heading into camp and as promised, we now take a look at the other half of the defensive front: the linebackers.
Most of the linebackers who will comprise the back end of this 4-3 defense fared better than their comrades on the defensive line did. Of course, in some respects, that’s like saying they died slightly more slowly.
There’s a lot of talent here, even before you add the upside of rookie Anthony Barr, so Zimmer has a ton to work with.
Let’s see where things stand prior to training camp.
Safe: Anthony Barr (R), Jasper Brinkley, Chad Greenway, Audie Cole
It goes without saying that a first round draft pick is generally safe—especially one in the top ten. Barr has some rawness to his game. With just two years of experience on the defensive side of the ball for UCLA (he had been a running back prior to the switch), you can see the issues with his game, but also the upside.
Barr has tremendous acceleration off the snap, recovers quic...
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One of the great things about the NFL is that nearly every team can make a case for the upcoming season being “their year.” That’s because every campaign sees plenty of worst-to-first turnarounds, where non-playoff teams from the year before suddenly find themselves in postseason contention down the stretch.
Conversely, that also means that there are plenty of franchise that...
The defensive line was pretty below average last season, with just Brian Robison and Everson Griffin playing well enough for positive grades by Pro Football Focus. The line was poor against the pass and miserable against the run.
Enter new head coach Mike Zimmer, who had excelled with the Cincinnati Bengals. Zimmer was especially good at wringing every last bit of productivity out...
LaKendrick Ross the 6’5, 365 pound defensive tackle that is entering the Supplemental Draft can fly according to several of his former teammates and coaches. Ross has ran a 4.51 forty yard dash at 360 pounds. If the Virginia Lynchburg big man can run that fast at his pro day, he could hear his name […]
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Cordarelle Patterson finished the 2013 season on a mission. The former Tennessee Volunteers wide out showed off his skills in the passing game as well as dominating the return game paving the way to the Pro-Bowl. Patterson was a jack of all trades rushing for 3 touchdowns, catching 4 touchdowns and scoring 2 touchdowns on […] The post How much better can Cordarelle Patterson get...
Is there anything better than watching a Minnesota Vikings game, and seeing just a huge, crushing sack? Just a sack that comes out of nowhere, hits someone right in the face, and drops ‘em low? That’s my favorite. Just a bunch of sweaty guys, looking for sacks.
Chances are, that’s what your girlfriend likes about football, too, and might be the only thing she likes about football...
The Minnesota Vikings have big plans for WR Cordarrelle Patterson; offensive coordinator Norv Turner has devised around ten extra plays for the impressive second year player.
Many look at Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon as prime example of they type of jump Patterson could make in his sophomore campaign.
Patterson's size and athletic ability is a good fit for Turner's...
Today, in an interview with Fox Sports North, Viking’s offensive coordinator Norv Turner was very applauding of what he has seen in his rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Turner was quoted as saying “One of the things that has been the most impressive to me is, I knew he’d be very accurate, I knew he’d make great decisions, quick decisions, but he’s...
Madison Avenue long has adored NFL quarterbacks, and Teddy Bridgewater figures he has what it takes to get some of that love.
The Vikings rookie knows he will have to perform on the field to have long-term success in marketing. If that happens, he says, he has the charisma to put up a good Q Score, the measurement used by advertisers.
"Of course, I feel I can be that guy,...
The Vikings lost a reliable backup running back this offseason when Toby Gerhart signed with the Jaguars as a free agent, but it doesn’t sound like Adrian Peterson is too worried about who will be spelling him this season.
Minnesota drafted Jerick McKinnon out of Georgia Southern in the third round in this year’s draft and says that he’s been “learning from the best in the...
Cordarrelle Patterson insists he still has some tricks up his sleeve after a big rookie season with the Minnesota Vikings.
The outspoken receiver isn't sure how he will follow-up on a first NFL season in which he became the league's most dangerous kickoff returner with a Pro Bowl appearance and progressed as a receiver and returner. But Patterson, never shy, knows he'...
Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson has dramatically improved his route running and defense recognition, according to quarterback Matt Cassel.Fantasy Spin:Patterson should be the star of the passing game and may not need gadget plays to get the ball. The multi-talented Patterson had three rushing touchdowns, two kick return scores and four TD receptions last year, but may be able...
Welcome to the SECOND GREATEST HOLIDAY DURING THE YEAR!
Wait, what? Second greatest holiday? Well of course. Right after the first official Minnesota Vikings game of the year, a game in which they win, naturally. If they play the first game of the year and they lose, then I guess 4th of July is probably the best holiday of the year.
But whatever. As is, enjoy this holiday. Know that...
New OC Norv Turner Pass/Run Ratio Last 5 Seasons: 2013(CLE): 681/348 2012(SD): 528/411 2011(SD): 582/436 2010(SD): 544/457 2009(SD): 519/427 With SD: 2173/1731 (55.7%/44.3%) Total: 2854/2079 (57.9%/42.1%) Projecting 481/493 Split for 2014 Workhorse Back Workloads Under Turner: Ricky Williams (2002): 383 rushes, 47 receptions (16 games) Ricky Williams (2003): 392 rushes, 50 receptions...
Brian Urlacher and Donovan McNaab were among the participants of a roundtable, taking place last Wednesday on Fox Sports, and when discussing Minnesota Vikings running back, Adrian Peterson’s eye-popping career numbers; Urlacher pointed out just how amazing the feat was considering he “hadn’t had a quarterback in four years”. The hilarious part of that: the gentleman sitting...
So over the past couple of days, some rumors have come out that former NFL wide receiver Hank Baskett has…
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