Found August 07, 2013 on Fox Sports:
(Eds: With AP Photos.) By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer Cordarrelle Patterson and fellow rookie wide receiver Adam Thielen are training camp roommates with the Minnesota Vikings. Patterson was a first-round draft selection from Tennessee, a player the Vikings coveted enough to trade four lower picks to move up and get. Thielen came from Division II Minnesota State and didn't land on the roster until after a weekend minicamp. But Patterson hasn't bought into the notion his new buddy has a lesser stature because he's from a small school and working without a guaranteed contract. ''I love him to death, not only as a teammate but as a friend. I hope he makes this team. He's a great guy,'' Patterson said. ''I could see him playing with me. If he would've come to Tennessee, he was guaranteed to play there.'' Minnesota State was Thielen's only scholarship option out of Detroit Lakes, Minn., where he grew up rooting for the ...

Greg Jennings says the Packers ‘brainwashed’ him

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings has more to say about his former team, the Green Bay Packers. This time, Jennings didn’t single out quarterback Aaron Rodgers. “When I came over here, I was kind of brainwashed,” Jennings told Paul Allen and Ben Leber of KFAN radio, via  “There’s 

Vikings want DE Everson Griffen on the field more in 2013: ‘we have got to make sure that we have a plan to get him on the field’

Minnesota Vikings DE Everson Griffen is officially a backup, but he's flashed dominant pass-rush ability whenever given the opportunity to play. Griffen racked up eight sacks, a forced fumble, and a pick six in 2012, coach Leslie Frazier and defensive coordinator Allen Williams wants his role to expand for the up coming season. "With a guy like that, you have to be careful...

Brett Favre on INT vs. Saints: I choked

Brett Favre apparently had a pretty blunt reaction to throwing away a good chance at the Super Bowl against the Saints in 2010.

Depth on Vikings' defensive line may lead to rotation

MANKATO, Minn. -- Jared Allen has heard for the past several years that the Minnesota Vikings hope to limit his snaps during the regular season to make him more effective over the course of a long season and late in games. Kevin Williams, entering perhaps his final season with Minnesota, is hearing some of it this season. The two proud veterans have combined for 11 Pro Bowls and...

Jamarca Sanford trying to talk the talk and walk the walk

MANKATO, Minn. -- Watch enough of the Minnesota Vikings practicing and often you'll hear safety Jamarca Sanford before you see him. Sanford likes to talk. Just ask him and he'll tell you. He's loud and doesn't apologize for being boisterous. Sanford doesn't want to be known as just a big talker though. He knows he has to be able to back up his talk with his...

Favre told teammate: 'I choked'

If you're into NFL lore, strap in, because it doesn't get a lot more lorey than this. You probably already remember the NFC Championship Game between the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints in January, 2010. Quarterback Brett Favre, at 40-years-old, had come out of retirement and played one of the best seasons of his Hall of Fame career. He threw for 4,200 yards, 33...

NFL doesn't see new crown of the helmet rule causing major change

MANKATO, Minn. -- The NFL has used Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson prominently in its videos to demonstrate the new league rule regarding hits using the crown of the helmet. In a video shown to on-field officials, players and coaches as a teaching tool, there is Peterson running against the Chicago Bears in a game last season, lining up his target and lowering his...

Greg Jennings says he was 'brainwashed' in Green Bay

MANKATO, Minn. -- Greg Jennings can't escape his connection with the Green Bay Packers. The eight-year veteran receiver traded in his Green Bay green for the Minnesota Vikings' purple this offseason. Unfortunately, he's received as much attention for his comments on his former team as it has his association with Minnesota. He added another chapter on Wednesday. Asked...

Notebook: Jared Allen exits with ankle injury

Vikings defensive end Jared Allen left Tuesday’s practice with an ankle injury that will required further evaluation.

Back to health, receiving options deeper

With Jerome Simpson, Jarius Wright and John Carlson back to health, the Vikings believe Christian Ponder will have more consistent receiving options at his disposal.

VIDEO: Frazier, Robinson discuss camp

Leslie Frazier talked about his philosophy leading up to the preseason opener and Josh Robinson talked about the time training camp affords for developing techniques.

Jennings: I was 'brainwashed' in Green Bay

Minnesota Vikings receiver Greg Jennings has been running his mouth a lot during the offseason about his former team the Green Bay Packers. Last month Jennings questioned Aaron Rodgers’ leadership and suggested the Packers quarterback was more about himself than the team. Jennings later apologized for those comments and reportedly was told by Vikings coach Leslie Frazier to keep...

VIDEO: Ponder, Frazier anticipate opener

Christian Ponder and Leslie Frazier talk about the preseason opener, building WR chemistry: “It’s time for us to make plays in the passing game.”

Hey, Greg: Shut Up Already

Ignoring his new coach, Greg Jennings just can't keep his mouth shut about his former team and teammates. Now, the Packers apparently "brainwash" their players. Our W. Keith Roerdink weighs in on the Vikings' diva receiver who remains obsessed about all things green and gold.

Key matchup: Whose debut will be better?

The Vikings don’t care much about their opponent. They are focused on themselves, and the debuts of Sharrif Floyd and Cordarrelle Patterson will be closely followed by coaches and fans alike.
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