Rick Spielman: Cordarrelle Patterson has made “tremendous strides”

Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson said recently that he didn’t always work as hard as he could have or should have during his first three years in the NFL, but the guy who made Patterson a first-round pick in 2013 seems to think that wasn’t an issue this offseason. General Manager Rick Spielman called Patterson…
Via Pro Football Talk
40 minutes ago

Vikings Can Sign Three Players Before Camp

Hey, everybody. I’m not sure if everyone’s entirely aware of this or not, but in about 48 hours or so, the Minnesota Vikings (and a lot of other teams that don’t matter nearly as much) will be reporting to Mankato to get Training Camp started for 2016. I know, I didn’t think we’d ever get here after January, either, but here we are. Oh, and to clarify, they won’t all...
Via The Daily Norseman
2 hours ago

Tony Dungy Pens Memorial of Dennis Green

Plenty of heartfelt memorials have poured in since former Vikings Head Coach Dennis Green passed away Friday at the age of 67. Former Minnesota defensive coordinator Tony Dungy wrote a moving trib...
2 hours ago

Thank You, Big Phil

All good things must come to an end, they say. It’s certainly true in the case of Phil Loadholt’s Vikings career. The big-time blocker, a veteran of nine NFL seasons, announced his retirement on M...
3 hours ago

Norse Code Podcast Episode 140: The Short Goodbye

This week, Arif and Dusty briefly stop Pokemon hunting to pay tribute to the late great Denny Green and say goodbye to Greg Jennings and Phil Loadholt. Featuring one mailbag question that gives a pretty clear picture of the Vikings starting offensive line for 2016, this is the final episode before Arif leaves for training camp, and your last chance to finish your offseason with the...
Via The Daily Norseman
4 hours ago

Vikings Offensive Line Should Provide Camp Battles

Perhaps the best position battles to watch during the 2016 Verizon Vikings Training Camp will be along the offensive line. The Vikings were the only team in the NFL to start the same five players ...
5 hours ago

Report: Peterson likely entering last season with Vikings

Adrian Peterson proved last season that he is still capable of carrying a full load and being one of the best running backs in the league even on the wrong side of 30. If he is just as productive this season, will that be enough to convince the Minnesota Vikings to keep him on the books for $18 million in 2017? Charley Walters of the Pioneer Press recently wrote that he expects...
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Vikings Superheroes Series (Part 2) - Meet Minnesota's Wolverine

Earlier this week we kicked off a series entitled “Vikings Superheroes” comparing the similarities between the Caped Crusader himself, Batman, and Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith (click here to check that out). Today we continue our nonsensical journey forged out of summer boredom with another superhero comparison. This time we dive into the character of Wolverine from the X-Men.
Via Vikings Journal
22 hours ago

Vikings OT Phil Loadholt retires after seven seasons in NFL

Minnesota Vikings offensive tackle Phil Loadholt is hanging up his cleats, pads and helmet for good after spending seven years in the NFL. Matt Vensel of the Minnesota Star Tribune first reported this news, with Ian Rapoport of NFL Media confirming it about an hour later. #Vikings OT Phil Loadholt has officially informed the team that he’s retired. He met with GM Rick Spielman...
Via Sportsnaut
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Former 49ers OL: Gabbert will likely start over Kaepernick

All signs point to Blaine Gabbert winning the starting quarterback job for the San Francisco 49ers this summer over Colin Kaepernick, and someone who might know more about the situation than the average person believes that will be the case. Offensive lineman Alex Boone, who spent the first six seasons of his career with the Niners before signing with the Minnesota Vikings, recently...
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Vikings open U.S. Bank Stadium with ceremony, fireworks

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings opened their new $1.1 billion stadium with a bang on Friday.The Vikings held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new indoor stadium, and fireworks were shot off after Gov. Mark Dayton did the honors. It was the culmination of 31 months of construction that forced the Vikings to play for two seasons at the University of Minnesota's stadium across...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Vikings installing massive horn in new stadium

The Minnesota Vikings continue to polish up their brand new stadium in time for the start of the 2016 NFL season. Among the new features of the stadium is one giant horn. The Vikings have installed a massive Gjallarhorn, which has typically been used before each game by an honorary captain before the home team takes the field, in the new gigs, and the first images of it give you...
Via The Comeback
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Former NFL coach Dennis Green passes away

Some really sad news to report from the NFL world. According to multiple media reports, former head coach Dennis Green has passed away at the age of 67 after suffering cardiac arrest. Former Vikings and Cardinals coach Dennis Green died early this morning after suffering cardiac arrest, per friend Ray Anderson. He was 67. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 22, 2016 Green...
Via Sportsnaut
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Minnesota Vikings install enormous new Gjallarhorn at new stadium

The Minnesota Vikings now have a Gjallarhorn worthy of the $1.1 billion U.S. Bank Stadium that will serve as the team's new home starting this season.On Wednesday, the mammoth horn, which in Norse mythology was sounded to announce the arrival of the gods, got hoisted into position at the stadium. The effort kind of resembles a whale rescue. Take a look (and go here for a large gallery...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

The 'Bang 8' Route Made Famous By Michael Irvin Could Be a Major Weapon for Vikings Rookie Laquon Treadwell

NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin's signature Bang 8 route, also known as a Skinny Post, was tough to stop during the 1990s. The Dallas Cowboys used the route to ignite their offense, and it helped them win three Super Bowls. Though Irvin's famous route is not as popular with NFL teams as it once was—the Arizona Cardinals still use it often—it could make a comeback...
Via Stack
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Are the Vikings phasing Adrian Peterson out of their offense?

In order for the Minnesota Vikings passing game to improve under third-year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, the team is reportedly planning on him taking more snaps out of the shotgun this season. With a new plan of attack, this could lighten up Adrian Peterson’s workload. The future Hall of Fame running back has struggled running out of the shotgun throughout his career. He...
Via Sportsnaut
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Adrian Peterson using unorthodox methods to deal with fumbling issues

Adrian Peterson is unquestionably one of the most dominant running backs to ever play in the NFL. But that does not mean there isn’t some shortcomings to his overall game, one of those being an issue with fumbles. As he has done every offseason, the Minnesota Vikings running back is putting forth the effort to improve as an all-around back. But this time around, Peterson is...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Vandal breaks street-level window at Vikings’ U.S. Bank Stadium

A currently unidentified vandal broke a street-level window at the new U.S. Bank Stadium, only two days before the official grand opening of the Minnesota Vikings $1 billion-plus pro football mecca. The damage caused by the rock left an opening in the window large enough for a person to crawl through, but a shield is installed behind the lower-level rows of windows which would...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
5 days ago  |  Discuss

This photo could give Blair Walsh nightmares

Minnesota Vikings kicker Blair Walsh may want to avert his eyes away. This sardonic photo of a 27-yard field goal from the left hash at Minnesota’s new U.S. Bank Stadium could give him nightmares: This is what a 27-yard field goal from the left hash looks like in the new place. — Sam Ekstrom (@SamEkstrom) July 19, 2016 Walsh famously missed a kick...
Via The Sports Daily
6 days ago  |  Discuss

The Vikings' new $1.1 billion stadium might have a huge bird problem

The new home of the Minnesota Vikings will open in one week but a big concern remains about the risk of collisions outside the stadium involving migratory birds. Environmentalists have noted that U.S. Bank Stadium's glassy exterior might attract and confuse birds, causing them to crash against the building and die. Vikings vice president Lester Bagley said that stadium workers...
Via Fox Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Jared Allen says he told Brett Favre to ‘stay retired’ in 2010

Jared Allen tried to tell Brett Favre to stay retired before the 2010 season, but he wouldn’t listen. Vikings owner Zygi Wilf sent Allen, Steve Hutchinson and Ryan Longwell to Mississippi to convince Favre to come back, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Hutchinson and Longwell carried out the owner’s orders. But Allen, ever the maverick, told Favre it would be OK if...
Via The Sports Daily
11 days ago  |  Discuss

New Vikings stadium to be subject of $300,000 bird fatality study

The Minnesota Vikings’ first regular season game at U.S. Bank Stadium is about two months away. And while the Vikings are breaking in their new home, the glass panels that make up the exterior of the new stadium will be under heavy watch. The team and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority will each contribute $150,000 to a two-and-a-half year study that will basically...
Via The Comeback
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Reports: Berry, Chiefs ‘unlikely’ to strike deal before deadline

Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry may end up playing the 2016 season under the one-year franchise tag. According to Rand Getlin of NFL Network, the Chiefs and Berry are “unlikely” to come to an agreement on a new long-term deal before Friday’s deadline for franchise-tagged players. Absent a significant shift in the next two days, I’m told the #Chiefs and Eric Berry...
Via The Sports Daily
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Adrian Peterson sees 'greatness’ in Teddy Bridgewater’s eyes

The Minnesota Vikings took a significant leap forward last season by going 11-5 and winning the NFC North division title. While being heralded as a team on the rise, questions remain concerning Teddy Bridgewater, who will enter his third season this fall. But to hear it from Adrian Peterson, it’s only a matter of time before Bridgewater -- who he once compared to Tom Brady...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Adrian Peterson still runs a sub-4.5 40-yard dash

Adrian Peterson is a freak of nature. You already knew that after watching him return from a torn ACL and rush for a career-best 2,097 yards in 2012. So maybe this story about him won’t surprise you, but that makes it no less impressive. ESPN’s Ben Goessling wrote a feature on Peterson’s offseason workout routine that was published on Tuesday. All Day may be 31 years old,...
Via Larry Brown Sports
13 days ago  |  Discuss

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