Found June 20, 2013 on Pro Football Zone:
The Minnesota Vikings cut punter Chris Kluwe back in May and many believed that it was due to Kluwe’s use of the 1st Amendment. Apparently that’s not the case says Vikings’ special teams coordinator Mike Priefer. Priefer says it was more due to performance reasons via KSTP-AM. It was more consistency and productivity,” Priefer said in a response to a question about what factors, statistical or otherwise, contributed to the decision. Asked if Kluwe could have improved his production, Priefer said simply, “I just felt like we needed to make a change there. Clearly there was some dislike on Priefer’s part against Kluwe if he didn’t even want to give him a chance to compete, though there was reports to the contrary. In fairness to Priefer he does say he respects Kluwe. A lot of people like to write and report that he and I didn’t get along,” Priefer said. “I have a lot of respect for (him). I think, based on what he’s done in his career, as a man and as an athlete, and for anybody that stands up for what he believes in like Chris did, I have a lot of respect for guys like that I think it’s time for both parties to move on. At the end of the day, no matter how entertaining Kluwe may be (to some), he is just a punter. Need NFL Tickets? The post Vikings cut Kluwe for performance reasons appeared first on Pro Football Zone.

Vikings' assistant Mike Priefer pushed for new punter

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Chris Kluwe's time with the Minnesota Vikings was on borrowed time almost from the minute last season ended, and it was his position coach pushing for the change. Minnesota's special teams coordinator, Mike Priefer, said he "very strongly" pushed for an upgrade from Kluwe in the postseason report he filed with head coach Leslie Frazier and...

JaMarcus Russell looking slim (Photo)

TEST Football tweeted out the photo below of JaMarcus Russell, he’s looking very slender. @JamarcusRussell is UNDER his pre-draft weight of 265 lb (from 315), just like we at @TEST_Football said he would be — Ato Boldon (@AtoBoldon) June 16, 2013 Need NFL Tickets? The post JaMarcus Russell looking slim (Photo) appeared first on Pro Football Zone.

LB Desmond Bishop will make his choice after Kansas City visit

According to Mike Garafolo of USA Today, free agent linebacker Desmond Bishop who was released by the Packers on Monday and visited with the Vikings on a two day visit. Bishop worked out for the team on Tuesday and Wednesday before going to Kansas City on Thursday  to meet with the Chiefs. Bishop most likely will make a choice between the two teams after his meeting in Kansas...

Michael Mauti's long road to recovery nearly complete

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Rookie linebacker Michael Mauti was on the Minnesota Vikings' practice field Tuesday as he has been many times during the past few weeks, but Tuesday was different.Instead of working on the side with athletic trainers, Mauti had a helmet for the first time in practice since he was drafted by Minnesota in the seventh round. Mauti, recovering from another...

JaMarcus Russell slimmed down quite a bit

If there's anything former Raiders draft bust QB can take from his attempted comeback, is that he's healthier now and it'll presumably add a few more years to his life. As for signing with an NFL team, that's another story. Russell has been getting into shape and looking to latch onto a team in 2013, but isn't drawing much interest. He did have a much publicized...

Adrian Peterson says he’s going to “crank” up his workouts before training camp

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JaMarcus Russell lost 51 pounds

JaMarcus Russell is thin! (sort of)

Few have ever questioned JaMarcus Russell's talent and ability. Instead, it's always been about his approach to the game and his work ethic. That's why Russell didn't cut it in Oakland and was out of football only three years after he was drafted first overall. But Russell seems to have his head on straight as he makes an aggressive, public attempt at a comeback...

Oakland Raiders Interested in Former Packers LB Desmond Bishop?

The Raiders are already set at linebacker, but the team could be thinking about adding another player to its LB corps. Who might that be? #Raiders are deep at linebacker right now, but it’s still possible that they make a run at released Packers LB Desmond Bishop. Solid player. — Steve Corkran (@CorkOnTheNFL) June 17, 2013 Bishop was released by the Packers on Monday. Obviously...

In pursuit of Brett Favre’s records

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Mauti on the mend, discusses progress

Rookie linebacker Michael Mauti continues to work further into the practice routine as he recovers from knee surgery. Mauti discussed where he is at in his recovery and what he’s able to do, and the Vikings see a determined player.

Erin Henderson maintains his status as Vikings' man in the middle

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. With reports swirling about the Minnesota Vikings' interest in recently released inside linebacker Desmond Bishop, Erin Henderson offered a reminder following the first day of the team's mandatory minicamp. "I'm playing the Mike," Henderson said. It's Henderson who moved from his starting spot as weakside linebacker for the past two...
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