Found May 29, 2012 on Fox Sports:
Blair Walsh says he would've enjoyed meeting Ryan Longwell. He surely would've benefited from learning from the 16-year veteran, too. But the Minnesota Vikings rookie is on his own now. And that, he says, is a humbling honor. The Vikings began spring practice Tuesday - known around the league as organized team activities - but Walsh said being on top of the depth chart didn't feel any different to him. Longwell was let go earlier this month in a cost-cutting move by the rebuilding Vikings, who have handed this important job to the sixth-round draft pick out of Georgia. Walsh is a former soccer prodigy who became burnt out on that sport and switched to football in high school.

Allen, 24, informs Vikings hes retiring

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. The Minnesota Vikings brought in several new players to help their defensive secondary this offseason. They didn't expect to lose one of their holdovers so early. Cornerback Asher Allen, a third-round draft choice by the Vikings in 2009 who started nine games last season, has retired, according to coach Leslie Frazier on Wednesday at the second day of organized...

Walsh honored to follow Longwell

Rookie kicker Blair Walsh said he would have liked the chance to learn from Ryan Longwell, but the Vikings made the decision to go with the younger leg. Now Walsh has the task of living up to that trust and fitting in with a kicking unit that had been together a long time.

Asher Allen abruptly retires from Vikings

Minnesota Vikings cornerback Asher Allen has retired from football. Coach Leslie Frazier announced on Wednesday that the fourth-year cornerback came into his office last week and told Frazier of his decision. Frazier says he was surprised, but did not get into the specifics of their discussion. Allen started nine games and appeared in 12 last year, but missed some time due to a...

Percy Harvin not ready, should the Vikings worry?

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Minnesota Vikings receiver, Percy Harvin, was present for the first day of organized team activities, but was unable to participate in drills. Just last month Harvin disclosed on Twitter that he needs shoulder surgery to remove bone spurs.

Progress will take time in loaded NFC North

As the Minnesota Vikings convene at Winter Park today for the start of organized team activities, they are trying to erase the stigma of a 3-13 record that tied the franchise mark for futility in a 16-game season. The NFL presents rags-to-riches stories every season. Though the players and coaches won't publicly acknowledge the obvious, Minnesota isn't so concerned with...

Vikes' Harvin 'feels great' after shoulder surgery

Percy Harvin says his surgically repaired shoulder ''feels great'' and he hopes to join the Minnesota Vikings for optional practices as soon as next week. The receiver watched from the sideline Wednesday while the Vikings held a workout. He did some conditioning drills, including running a hill with star running back Adrian Peterson, who is recovering from knee surgery...

QUICK HITS: 2012 NFL Draft-or-Bust Off on Robert Blanton

Welcome to Purple Jesus Diaries' 2012 NFL Draft-or-Bust Off where we cover all items related to the 2012 NFL Draft as pertains to the Minnesota Vikings. At this point in the year, we will continue reviewing this crop of draft picks. We've already looked at Matt Kalil, Harrison Smith, Josh Robinson, Jarius Wright, Rhett Ellison, and Greg Childs, so today we start to...

Percy Harvin not ready to participate in OTA’s

Getty Images According to Jeremy Fowler of, Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin hasn’t been participating in OTA’s after undergoing minor offseason shoulder surgery. Harvin isn’t expected to miss a lot of time, but he was only limited to team meetings during Tuesday’s session.  There’s no indication as to when he will participate on the field, at this point.

Frazier: Vikings need Ponder’s leadership

Christian Ponder is expecting to improve the more time he gets in the Vikings offense, but Leslie Frazier is also looking for Ponder to take on more of a leadership role. Frazier sees an increase in Ponder’s confidence and wants to see him “in charge.”

CB Asher Allen informs Vikings of retirement

Cornerback Asher Allen has retired from the NFL after three seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, the team announced Wednesday.

Winfield doesn’t discount reduced role

Antoine Winfield has missed six games or more two of the last three years and admitted father time is catching up with him. Could a reduced role be good for his future? Possibly, he said, and expanded on his thoughts.
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