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(Eds: Updates with quotes, details.) By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer The Minnesota Vikings need a new man in the middle of their defense.
Jasper Brinkley has inherited the job, as long as he can stay healthy. Doing his homework, though, might be the most important part.
Brinkley missed all of 2012 after surgery on the hip he injured during the preseason, but the Vikings believed enough in the ability of their fifth-round draft pick from 2009 to let free agent E.J. Henderson, their starter at middle linebacker for most of the last decade, go unsigned. Henderson is still available in case Brinkley gets hurt or stumbles badly.
The 27-year-old is learning as much as he can about playing this critical position to make sure that doesn't happen.
''I just have to continue to be a pro, man. Go in and study. Pick up on little keys, things somebody else might not see,'' Brinkley said. ''Definitely got to go into the film room and devote more time to studying. ...
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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...
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...
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...
In order to keep all-pro defensive end Jared Allen fresh during games, Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier plans on reducing his snaps this season.
“We’re going to make a concerted effort to try to get him off the field at times,” Frazier said, per the Pioneer Press. “Without hurting the team. We don’t want to hurt the team. He’s our best pass rusher...
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...
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...
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...
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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...
(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...
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.
Despite the release of Ryan Longwell, special teams coordinator Mike Priefer says rookie kicker Blair Walsh has plenty of challengers. They are scattered throughout the league on training camp rosters and free-agent lists.