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Minnesota Vikings Training Camp Report: August 1, 2014

It’s August 1st, which means NFL preseason games are closing in. To me, that’s when football “officially” starts. The Minnesota Vikings were kind enough to allow Sportsnaut in to the “media family” for an up-close look at Vikings training camp. What did I learn in the morning walk-through? A lot. Within minutes, it was clear things are different with the Mike Zimmer lead...
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Linval Joseph and Sharrif Floyd forming bond in middle of defense

Minnesota Vikings veteran Linval Joseph and second -year player Sharrif Floyd are forming a bond in the middle of the team's defensive line. Joseph came over from the New York Giants in the offseason and said his first move was to seek Floyd out to tutor him, and Floyd was already on the same page in wanting to learn from the veteran. "Once I heard we signed him, I got...
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Inside the War Room Outside Linebacker Edition

In this week’s Inside the War Room I take a look at the top senior outside linebackers, give a report on the Minnesota Vikings rookies, name our Player of the Week, and much more. Top Senior Outside Linebacker This year’s outside linebacker class is led by players who played different positions in college, and would […] The post Inside the War Room Outside Linebacker Edition...
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Vikings secondary will rely heavily on versatile cornerback Captain Munnerlyn

The Minnesota Vikings invested heavily on their defense this offseason and the top acquisition cornerback Captain Munnerlyn is expected to help turnaround a porous pass defense. Labeled as a slot corner, Munnerlyn said that he's comfortable playing inside or outside, and even more comfortable in leading the team's secondary. "I'm definitely a leadership kind...
Via 60 Max Power O
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Vikings’ RB Adrian Peterson ranked 2nd best in NFL, full top-30 revealed

When cover32 released its list of the top 10 running backs in the NFL today, there were plenty of people angry about their favorite team’s workhorse not making the list. It made for a spirited debate in the “Comments” section below the article. The second batch of RBs, Nos. 11-20, generated a similar response. The next logical step in the ranking of the game’s running backs...
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Adrian Peterson: I wasn’t happy about being in Minnesota last season

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson wasn’t happy that head coach Leslie Frazier was fired last year, and was leery about playing for his third coach in eight years. But that all changed when the Vikings hired Mike Zimmer and offensive coordinator Norv Turner. “I wasn’t happy. I wasn’t feeling good about being here in Minnesota at the end of last season,...
Via Sports-Glory
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Minnesota Vikings’ Cordarrelle Patterson named top-5 underrated player in the NFL

Last week, I provided my annual list of the 10 most overrated players in the NFL. As expected, it caused an uproar, mostly from people who can’t take off their team-colored glasses and deal with the truth. For a good time, read the “Comments” section below the article; it’s pure gold and classic examples of denial. In the spirit of showing that it’s not all negative on...
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Mike Zimmer says Cordarrelle Patterson isn't 'cocky' and 'not like a couple of guys we had in Cincinnati'

Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmers took a shot at his old team while expressing the point that he doesn't feel second-year receiver Cordarrell Patterson is 'cocky,' instead he feels the pass catcher is 'confident and respectful.' The Bengals in the past had Chad Johnson and Terrell Owens, two of the biggest personalities on the roster over the years. ...
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Zimmer compares Cordarrelle Patterson to T.O., Chad Johnson

TweetIf you asked Minnesota Vikings versatile wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, he’d tell you that he’ll be one of the top-5 playmakers in the NFL this season and Sports Illustraded apparently agrees, naming him one of their “Rising Stars”. Patterson himself relishes the praise. “If they say it, of course I’m going to agree with them,” Patterson said Wednesday at...
Via Los That Sports Blog
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Christian Ponder nothing more thank camp spectator for Vikings

getty images The Minnesota Vikings have moved on from the 12th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. While Christian Ponder remains on the Vikings roster, he is third on the depth chart and has rarely been seen in training camp. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has Matt Cassel and 2014 first round pick Teddy Bridgewater competing for the starters spot. Ponder still has one-year left on his...
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Albert Breer: Teddy Bridgewater might be closing gap on Matt Cassel

Albert Breer of the NFL Network believes that rookie Teddy Bridgewater is closing the gap on Matt Cassel who’s currently projected to be their week one starter. … The coaches cut Ponder's reps, and gave Bridgewater reps with the 1s. My sense for it is Cassel still leads, but Teddy's closed the gap. — Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) July 31, 2014 Theres no doubt in my mind...
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Norv Turner: Vikings will divide QB reps differently

The Minnesota Vikings have a trio of quarterbacks competing for the Week 1 starting job.  But offensive coordinator Norv Turner has narrowed his focus to two quarterbacks receiving the most snaps in training camp. “I am pleased with the four days, the progress they have made and where they are at, and obviously, you cannot work three (quarterbacks) for a long time, so the reps...
Via Sports-Glory
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Norv Turner explains what makes Teddy Bridgewater special

Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner did an interview with The Star Tribune and explained to them just how special rookie Teddy Bridgewater is. The first thing Turner talked about is Bridgewater’s quick release. “Look at this one,” Turner says. “The tight end is running an 18-yard out. Teddy drops. One, two, three, four, five and, bam, the ball’s out. See how quick...
Via Pro Football Zone
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Vikings training camp position battle undergoing

It’s about to get bloody at Minnesota Vikings’ training camp. Sure, camp can be light-hearted when you’re guaranteed a spot, but what happens when you’re fighting for your livelihood? Everyone’s conversation is about the quarterback battle, but the fiercest battle is the one for quarterback of the defense. Before digging deeper into the “Mike” linebacker position, let’s...
Via The Penalty Flag
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Vikings Who Need To Make An Impact In 2014 No. 5 Xavier Rhodes

#5 | Xavier Rhodes Number 5 on the list goes to cornerback Xavier Rhodes.  Rhodes overcame a tough start to his rookie season to finish arguably as the Vikings top cornerback.  Early in the year he was often flagged for pass interference as he was too physical in coverage.  As the season progressed, Rhodes’ technique was much more refined and he started seeing less laundry...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss
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