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No Guts, No Glory:
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 a division that some believe to be the toughest in the NFL, he expects nothing short of a division title.
“I expect to be (NFC North) division champs,” Wilf said Tuesday as the Vikings went through an afternoon practice. “I want to be able to fight for the division, as we always did every year, and get better for years to come. That’s always been our goal and it’s been the goal since the first day I came here.”
“Leslie’s been working very hard, together with Rick,” Wilf said. “The first time for a long time, I’ve seen a coordination between both personnel director, a general manager as we’ve named him, and Les
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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...
MANKATO, Minn. The Minnesota Vikings brought tight end John Carlson in to add another facet to their offense. Now they will have to wait a few weeks before they get the chance to see how he can develop.
Carlson, signed in the offseason from the Seattle Seahawks, suffered a knee injury in Tuesday's afternoon practice at training camp and coach Leslie Frazier said he could be...
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...
MANKATO, Minn. Adrian Peterson loves seafood and had just finished some jambalaya in the dorm cafeteria at training camp on Monday before going upstairs to his room.Peterson felt fine, and was resting when things started to go terribly wrong. Peterson was having an allergic reaction to something he had eaten at lunch.Feeling much better Tuesday, and after he returned to practice...
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.
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Minnesota Vikings tight end John Carlson sprained his knee in practice on Tuesday, and it could keep Carlson out of action for several weeks, 1500ESPN.com reported. The preliminary diagnosis is a sprained medial collateral ligament, but Carlson was scheduled to have an MRI performed to pinpoint the problem. "If that (sprained MLC) is what it turns out to be, you don'...
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The Minnesota Vikings put on the pads for the first time in the 2012 training camp in Mankato, Minnesota this afternoon after completing their 3-day acclimation period and a day off on Sunday.
All eyes have been on rookie left tackle Matt Kalil, matching up against defensive end Jared Allen, Adrian Peterson's knee rehab and Percy Harvin's attitude. Let's take a look...
(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...
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.
Percy Harvin is starting to see the ball more in the passing game as camp progresses, but he said coaches have started talking about expanding his role in other areas, too. Plus, Zygi Wilf’s bold prediction, Antoine Winfield’s age is factoring in, Erin Henderson gets a little too aggressive and other notes from Tuesday.