Minnesota's Harrison Smith is a top-50 player, per Pro Football Focus

Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith just barely slipped into the better half Pro Football Focus' ranking of the top-101 players of the 2014 season, coming in at No. 49. Smith, a first-round pick in the 2012 NFL draft, was unranked by PFF the year before.The PFF analysis team explained why Smith was ranked 49th in this year's installment."Smith continued his ascent to being one...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Former Cavalier Anthony Harris could start for Minnesota Vikings at safety

Never mind the fact that former Virginia safety Anthony Harris went undrafted this spring, the Minnesota Vikings still think highly of him. In fact, Harris is in the mix to start beside Harrison Smith, ESPN's Ben Goessling reports.Harris' biggest competition for the job is Antone Exum, a 2014 sixth-rounder who played in 15 games last year but started none. Harris is still recovering...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Vikings Defense is Set to be Good for Years to Come

The Minnesota Vikings were ranked 31st overall in defense during the 2013 season, before jumping to 14th last season. Could they be in the top 5 this season? Maybe not, but they should be pretty close barring major injuries. Harrison Smith is entering his fourth season and is one of the best safeties in the league. Xavier Rhodes is coming off a very good season. Anthony Barr looked...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Vikings exercise contract options on Harrison Smith, Kalil

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Vikings have exercised the fifth-year options on the contracts for safety Harrison Smith and left tackle Matt Kalil. The Vikings announced the decisions Monday, ensuring that both first-round picks from the 2012 draft will remain under team control through 2016. Smith's option was considered a no-brainer. He was the 29th overall pick and has emerged...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Vikings Pick Up Fifth Year Options For LT Matt Kalil & S Harrison Smith

Alex Marvez of FOX Sports reports that the Vikings are picking up the fifth-year options for LT Matt Kalil and S Harrison Smith. The deadline to do so was Sunday, so they would have already needed to exercise the options on these players. The Vikings are looking at paying Kalil $11.096 million and Smith $5.278 million for the 2016 ...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

The Legend of "Slick" Rick Spielman - The 2013 NFL Draft

It was late April in 2013 and the Minnesota Vikings were a team on the rise. After making the playoffs sooner than expected, general manager Rick Spielman needed to look for pieces that could help the team take another step forward and acheive their ultimate goal: The Super Bowl.Fans had gotten a taste of Spielman’s draft strategy the year before as he added Matt Kalil and Harrison...
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April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

The Vikings and Spielman Have Found Gems in the Late Rounds of the Draft

Since Rick Spielman became a member of the Minnesota Vikings franchise in 2006, he has played a part in the Vikings drafting the likes of running back Adrian Peterson, wide receiver Percy Harvin, cornerback Xavier Rhodes, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, and safety Harrison Smith.All of these players have one thing in common, they were all selected in the first round of the NFL Draft...
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April 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Vikings and Spielman Have Drafted Some Late-Round Gems

Since Rick Spielman became a member of the Minnesota Vikings franchise in 2006, he has played a part in the Vikings drafting the likes of running back Adrian Peterson, wide receiver Percy Harvin, cornerback Xavier Rhodes, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, and safety Harrison Smith.All of these players have one thing in common, they were all selected in the first round of the NFL Draft...
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April 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Vikings Staying Patient, Adding Depth and Potential this Offseason

View image | gettyimages.com Patience is always a virtue when it comes to Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman’s off-season plans, especially during the free agency period. His philosophy is to re-sign current Vikings who may due for an extension, and let the initial waves of big spending between the other 31 NFL franchises occur before extending offers to the players...
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April 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Minnesota Vikings Plan of Attack for the 2015 NFL Draft

With the Draft just over the horizon, it’s time to take a detailed look at each team’s acquisitions and losses and gauge a plan of attack for how they should approach the first three rounds of this year’s draft.  We’ll start with the lowly Tampa Bay Bucs and work our way all the way up to the Super Bowl Champs in New England.  My beloved Minnesota Vikings kick off week...
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March 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Former Vikings Hope To Attract At 2015 Veteran Combine

This weekend on March 22nd is the NFL’s first “Veteran Combine“, an event that basically will make veteran NFL players feel like second class citizens fighting for their livelihood after poorly managed NFL franchise with terrible coaches likely ran their careers into the ground. So now, potentially decent players have to go through a horse-and-pony show in order to convince...
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March 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Do the Minnesota Vikings Have the Best Defense in the NFC North?

In the midst of a hectic free agency period, the crew at TopSportsReport decided that it was time to take a deep look at the roster shifts occurring and determine which teams are getting better and which teams are getting worse.  To present these opinions, I have decided to write a defensive power rankings article.  In this article, I go team by team and discuss each teams’...
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March 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Minnesota Vikings Free Agent Bargain Bin

Free agency isn’t always about the bigname players. Sometimes some of the best signings come at a bargain after the free agency storm settles down. The Vikings are already being rumored to be set on sitting back and waiting free agency out. Below are a handful of guys that could be on the Vikings radar, who might now wow you, but could make an impact for the purple in 2015. Leonard...
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March 06, 2015  |  Discuss

The Hitman Cometh: Harrison Smith's Rise to Elite Status

On a defense that seesawed up and down in its performances in 2014, Harrison Smith’s play shone brightest for the Minnesota Vikings. Despite the Pro Bowl snub, after the great season he had, he should enter the discussion as not only the best player in Minnesota, but also one of the league’s best safeties.Coming out of Notre Dame in 2012, Smith was a sought-after prospect. Minnesota...
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March 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Vikings Have To Get This Offseason Right

View image | gettyimages.com 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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February 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Fifth-year option decisions looming for Vikings on Kalil, Smith

One was vilified by the public and analysts for the failings of the Vikings offensive line last season, the other was perhaps the most valuable player on Minnesota's defense. The perception regarding left tackle Matt Kalil and safety Harrison Smith couldn't be any different heading into an important offseason for the two former first-round NFL Draft picks. The Vikings will have to...
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February 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Minnesota Vikings: Free Agent Target — Devin McCourty

Devin McCourty made a splash in 2010 after the New England Patriots drafted him 27th overall out of Rutgers. The 5’10”, 186-pound cornerback finished his rookie season with 60 tackles, one sack, and 7 interceptions, surprising many along the way.Even more surprising, then, was his switch to free safety in 2012. Bill Belichick has always been known as a creative defensive mind...
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February 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Harrison Smith Has “No Intentions” Of Playing For Anyone Other Than Vikings

Vikings S Harrison Smith recently mentioned that he has “no intentions” of playing for another team when asked about potentially signing a long-term extension with Minnesota. “That’s all I’ve thought of doing,” Smith said, via Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “I have no intentions of going anywhere else. I’ll just let [my agency] handle it. I’m just...
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February 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Vikings' defensive turnaround in Year 1 with Zimmer provides hope for more

The Cover-2 defense had run its course in Minnesota. Once one of the consistent defensive philosophies, the scheme had become a predictable shell for the Minnesota Vikings, who slipped to one of the worst defenses in the NFL over the past several seasons. Quarterbacks like Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers had strong, accurate arms to exploit the zones, and often would know where he was...
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January 29, 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: http://t.co/RRpuHxiHEK pic.twitter.com/AOQYiYHw8e — Andy Kenutis (@AndyKenutis...
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January 21, 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: PFS 2014 Season Awards, Part II

Comeback PlayerChris - S, Harrison SmithAfter 2013 was lost to an agressive case of turf toe, Smith was back with a vengeance in 2014. He was third in the NFL among safeties with five interceptions and PFF graded him behind only Eric Weddle at the safety position. The Vikings secondary has received a bad reputation, but Smith and the emergence of Xavier Rhodes could mean that a full...
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January 05, 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 mean...it'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

Three storylines to follow in Lions-Vikings

The Detroit Lions play their regular-season home finale Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings in a game that has been pushed back to a 4:25 p.m. start time. Here are three storylines to follow plus a prediction: --- When you have a history like the Lions, it's not surprising that a good season like this one leads to a lot of "first time ever" and "first time since" opportunities....
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December 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Vikings 7 Round NFL Mock Draft | December Edition

While it is only December, we couldn’t contain ourselves to start rolling out the monthly 7 round predictions for the Vikings 2015 draft. With the season not even over yet and free agency not even in sight this is about as raw of a mock as you can get, so lets not get overly riled up over the results. Round 1 – Landon Collins S, Alabama As of now the Vikings appear to be selecing...
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December 10, 2014  |  Discuss
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