Minnesota Vikings LBs Have Case of Offseason Deja Vu

One year ago, the Minnesota Vikings knew they needed a changing of the guard along the defensive line. Once a dominant unit that helped the team make a NFC Championship appearance in 2009, Father Time had scored another victory against once great players.As a result, Kevin Williams was sent packing and headed to Seattle. Jared Allen also was shown the door as he went to the rival...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Vikings Have To Get This Offseason Right

View image | Despite the Vikings finishing the 2014 season with a 7-9 record, the potential for a better future was evident throughout. They had the 5th youngest team out of the 32 franchises, with the average age of 25.58. Several rookies played important roles throughout the year, most notably the fan-voted Pepsi Rookie of The Year, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Recapping the Minnesota Vikings Haul in PFS Mock Draft 1.0

On Wednesday, February 4th, the writers of Pro Football Spot took to Twitter to run their first mock draft of the season. While the full results won’t be released until Monday, February 9th, we can give you a sneak peak at who the Minnesota Vikings were able to add in an effort to take a step toward the playoffs.Round 1 (11th Overall): [RandyGregory], DE/LB, NebraskaTo say that...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Vikings: A Look Back at the 2014 NFL Draft

On the eve of May 8th, 2014, Johnny "Football" hype was at an all-time high. The flashy Texas A&M quarterback had put on a show at his pro day in March, completing 61 of 64 passes in front of representatives from 30 NFL teams.He donned a helmet, shoulder pads, and camouflage shorts, avoiding brooms from quarterback guru George Whitfield Jr. in a showing that left many scouts...
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January 26, 2015  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Draft Grade A Day | Minnesota Vikings

With the NFL season winding down it’s time to look at each team’s draft class and grade them on a PRODUCTION ONLY basis.  Let’s see what teams had first year success and which ones are hoping for better in year two. POINTS SCALE Round 1: 0-5Round 2: 0-4Round 3: 0-3Round 4: 0-2Round 5: 0-1Round 6 & 7:  Same system as undrafted. Points only awarded if player was productive...
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January 23, 2015  |  Discuss

The 2014 Minnesota Vikings: By the Numbers

The 2014 NFL season is one that the Minnesota Vikings and their fans will remember for a long time. There were ups - hiring Mike Zimmer, drafting Teddy Bridgewater and Anthony Barr - and oh boy were there downs - Adrian Peterson was suspended if you have not heard.Statistically, it was not one of the Vikings best years. Still, Minnesota's players and coaches were able to put their...
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January 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Minnesota Vikings defense and special teams dominated their division this year

The Minnesota Vikings are unquestionably headed in the right direction. The latest evidence comes from the genius nerds at Pro Football Focus, who named seven Vikings to their all NFC North team. Six of them play on defense and special teams. Check out more of the Top 30 Special Team Photos of 2014 here: — Andy Kenutis (@AndyKenutis...
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January 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Don’t Count Cordarrelle Patterson Out of Vikings Future

The 2014 season was a year of ups and downs for the Minnesota Vikings. Some highs for the team includes the emergence of new young talents on the roster such as Teddy Bridgewater, Anthony Barr, Xavier Rhodes and Sharrif Floyd, and a team progression in the win column improving from five wins in 2013 to seven wins this past year.On the other hand 2014 had many setbacks for Minnesota...
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January 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Minnesota Vikings: Top Five Plays of 2014: #5

In Week 1 of the NFL season, the Minnesota Vikings visited the St. Louis Rams in what was expected to be a battle of two underachieving teams. That September day, the Vikings overachieved and started the year off with a bang, beating the Rams 34-6 in convincing fashion. We dive deep into Harrison Smith's fourth quarter interception, the exclamation point on an emphatic win and the...
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January 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Minnesota Vikings: Building Blocks, Question Marks, and Cuts

The Minnesota Vikings recently wrapped up their 2014 season. While record wise it wasn’t one to remember, they did have plenty of young talent step up and show they belong in this league.  The Vikings also had some players who took a step back this season and now have futures that are anything but clear.  There are also a handful of veterans who have likely played their last...
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January 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Minnesota Vikings: PFS 2014 Season Awards, Part I

MVP Chris - HC, Mike ZimmerHow in the heck can a coach be considered MVP? I's most valuable player, right? Well, look at what the Vikings had to go through. They lost their star running back, their pass catching corps turned out to be abysmal, their offensive line got ravaged by injury with Matt Kalil regressing for another season, and Zimmer still led the team to a 7-9...
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January 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Vikings add LB Josh Kaddu to active roster

Very thin at linebacker heading into Sunday's season-finale at home against the Chicago Bears, the Minnesota Vikings signed Josh Kaddu to their active roster on Saturday. Kaddu, 24, spent the last 14 weeks on Minnesota's practice squad. To make room on the active roster for Kaddu, the Vikings placed rookie linebacker Anthony Barr on injured reserve. Barr had already been declared...
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December 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Vikings rookie Barr to have minor knee surgery

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr will have minor surgery on his knee to address an injury that has kept him out of the last two games. Coach Mike Zimmer said Friday that Barr won't play again this season. The first-round draft pick from UCLA was an immediate starter at the strong side spot, finishing with 99 tackles, four sacks, 13 quarterback hurries...
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December 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Vikings Rookie Anthony Barr Undergoing Knee Surgery, Done For Season

The Minnesota Vikings announced Friday that rookie OLB Anthony Barr will undergo knee surgery and miss the team’s final two games of the 2014 season. Barr has missed the last two games due to his knee injury, so this really isn’t all that surprising given that Minnesota is no longer playing for a playoff spot. The Vikings used the No. 9 overall pick on Barr back in May and...
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December 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Vikings' Barr Out Sunday, Possibly for the Rest of the Season

For the second straight week, the Minnesota Vikings have ruled rookie linebacker Anthony Barr out of a game due to injury. An injury Barr sustained to his knee in the Vikings' Week 11 loss to the Chicago Bears is what kept him out last week against the New York Jets and what will also keep him sidelined against the Detroit Lions on Sunday. Until his injury, Barr was among the favorites...
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December 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Vikings rule 4 injured starters out vs. Lions

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Vikings have declared four starters out for Sunday's game at Detroit. Strong safety Robert Blanton, left guard Charlie Johnson, defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd and linebacker Anthony Barr were each ruled out Friday to face the Lions. None of them practiced with the team at all this week. Blanton hurt his ankle and knee last week against the...
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December 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Linebacker Barr out for Vikings vs. Jets

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr is out for the game against the New York Jets. Barr missed practice all week with a knee injury and was listed as doubtful. The rookie leads the Vikings in tackles, forced fumbles and fumble recoveries. This is his first absence this season. He's replaced in the lineup by Gerald Hodges. Also inactive for the Vikings are...
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December 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Vikings RB McKinnon out, LB Barr doubtful vs. Jets

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon has been ruled out for the second straight game, and linebacker Anthony Barr has been listed as doubtful to play against the New York Jets. McKinnon has a lower-back problem. Barr hurt his left knee at Chicago on Nov. 16. He played through the injury until it became too painful at halftime last Sunday against Carolina...
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December 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Vikings rule McKinnon out, list Barr as doubtful

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon has been ruled out for the second straight game, and linebacker Anthony Barr has been listed as doubtful to play against the New York Jets. McKinnon has a lower-back problem. Barr hurt his left knee at Chicago on Nov. 16. He played through the injury until it became too painful at halftime last Sunday against...
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December 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Vikings RB McKinnon out, LB Barr doubtful for Sunday against Jets

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Facing one of the league's top running teams, the Minnesota Vikings are going to be without their own leading rusher. Rookie Jerick McKinnon, who already was filling in for suspended running back Adrian Peterson, has been declared out for Sunday's game against the New York Jets. Minnesota could also be missing two other valuable rookies on Sunday. Linebacker...
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December 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Vikings rookie class paying immediate dividends

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- For the third straight year, the Minnesota Vikings made the splash of the first round of the NFL Draft in May by trading into the first round, securing two-first round picks to build their roster. Anthony Barr, the early pick at No. 9 overall, was an exciting blend of athleticism and projection. Only Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer knew how Barr would be unleased...
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November 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Robert Griffin III avoids injury after being bent backwards on sack

Washington Redskins fans held their collective breath in the first quarter after quarterback Robert Griffin III’s right leg was awkwardly bent while being sacked by Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr. That’s the same knee in which Griffin tore his ACL and LCL during his rookie season in 2012. Thought the RGIII hit looked worse in appearance than reality. Still, not what...
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November 02, 2014  |  Discuss

5 things to watch: Vikings at Redskins

Thanks to Anthony Barr, the Minnesota Vikings returned home this week feeling good and not having to discuss another late-game collapse. Minnesota is 3-5 and has one game left before the bye to really begin a stretch of positive feelings. The Vikings host Washington (3-5) on Sunday. Here are five things to keep an eye on during Sunday's game: 1. Questions for the quarterbacks Entering...
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November 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Anthony Barr Makes a Case for “Black Jesus Diaries”

Personally, I don’t think it has quite the same ring to it as “Purple Jesus Diaries”, but with Anthony Barr becoming such a defensive, young stud for the Vikings, and with Adrian Peterson preferring to only beat up young studs like his children, it would make more sense to name a Vikings blog after Anthony Barr than it would Adrian Peterson right now. And, the only “{blank...
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October 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Brian Hall's Oct. 30 Vikings mailbag

A win sure changes the mood around the Minnesota Vikings, and in submissions to our mailbag. Minnesota's 19-13 overtime win at Tampa Bay, thanks to rookie linebacker Anthony Barr's big play, has the Vikings 3-5 halfway through the season and with one week to go before the team's bye. Here's what's on your mind after last Sunday's eventful finish: Question: What about Kyle Rudolph...
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October 30, 2014  |  Discuss
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