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How Good is the Young Vikings Defense?

Below is an excerpt from Jake Schyvinck’s NFL Defensive Power Rankings article.  Minnesota Vikings Power Ranking: 13 Click here to see full rankings The Vikings showed a drastic improvement last year on defense, and they’ll continue to show promise this year.  The biggest perk for Minnesota is with Peterson returning, the defense will be on the field less often. Minnesota...
Via TopSportsReport
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Vikings decide to wait on re-signing team's top safety

The Minnesota Vikings will not try re-signing safety Harrison Smith, who is in the next to last year of his rookie contract. According to Ben Goessling of ESPN, the team will hold off extension talks with the 2012 first-round pick until the 2016 league year. Smith is scheduled to earn $1.36 million in 2015 and the team triggered their 2016 option Harrison earlier this offseason...
Via 60 Max Power O
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Minnesota Vikings won't talk Harrison Smith extension until 2016

The Minnesota Vikings are tabling discussions for a Harrison Smith contract extension until the 2016 offseason, according to ESPN's Ben Goessling. Smith, a first-round pick in 2012 (29th overall), had his fifth-year option picked up by the Vikings in May. Smith's current deal pays $1,363,437 in 2015 and $5.278 million in 2016, now that the team has picked up his option.  Although...
Via Fox Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Vikings Have No Plans To Discuss Extension With S Harrison Smith Until After The Season

Ben Goessling of ESPN.com reports that the Vikings have no plans to discuss a long-term extension with S Harrison Smith until after the season has concluded. Goessling add that Minnesota isn’t in a rush to get a deal done with Smith any time soon given that they have already picked up his fifth-year option for the ...The post Vikings Have No Plans To Discuss Extension With S Harrison...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Vikings: Three Undrafted Rookies That Could Make The Team

Every year, often the most fascinating part of OTA’s and training camp is watching the undrafted players fight to make a final roster spot and a living in the NFL. This year the Minnesota Vikings have 11 undrafted rookies currently on the roster as competition for spots start to heat up. Here are three UDFA rookies that I think have a chance to make the final roster for the 2015...
Via isportsweb.com
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Is the 49ers’ Blaine Gabbert really the worst backup quarterback in the NFL?

What is the worst scenario that you can possibly imagine for the San Francisco 49ers to begin their 2015 campaign? For my money, it goes something like this: on the first snap of their first drive of the Monday Night Football season debut against the Minnesota Vikings, Colin Kaepernick drops back, reads the left side of the field and sees Torrey Smith streaking open… Kaepernick...
Via cover32
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Ten Vikings Who Could be on the Bubble | #7 Andrew Sendejo

Sendejo has been a mild fan favorite with his big arms and no holds barred type of play. For some reason it feels like he has been around forever but the undrafted safety is still only 27 years old. During his 4 years with the Vikings he has started 3 games (all in 2014) and has been a key player on special teams. It’s pretty clear Sendejo won’t be a solution to pair up as a...
Via DraftSeason
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Weekend web roundup: Minnesota Vikings

Minnesota Vikings' Josh Robinson sends thoughtless tweets There's not going to be many clamouring to get Josh Robinson's name on the back of their Vikings' jersey. The Minnesota cornerback will have made few fans ... Minnesota Vikings: Big Test Early in 2015 The Minnesota Vikings have a difficult schedule in 2015. The Vikings are facing their usual division foes twice, the...
Via 60 Max Power O
June 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Minnesota Vikings starting strong safety job is up for grabs

The Minnesota Vikings released veteran safety Taylor Mays this week, as the main competitors rev their engines for a wide-open battle at strong safety. The top candidates to start opposite free safety Harrison Smith, according to Master Tesfatsion of the Star-Tribune, are Robert Blanton, Antone Exum and Andrew Sendejo. Blanton got the first-team reps during Tuesday's minicamp practice...
Via Fox Sports
June 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Mike Zimmer says S Harrison Smith continues to improve

Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is an old school type who like his players rugged and rough, making plays, and versatile. Zimmer says all those traits apply to the team's 2012 first round pick safety Harrison Smith, who is entering his fourth season as a top five player at his position, but works as if he's in danger of making the roster. "Honestly, the thing I've been...
Via 60 Max Power O
June 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Despite being a top five safety, Harrison Smith continues to improve

Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is an old school type who like his players rugged and rough, making plays, and versatile. Zimmer says all those traits apply to the team's 2012 first round pick safety Harrison Smith, who is entering his fourth season as a top five player at his position, but works as if he's in danger of making the roster. "Honestly, the thing I've been...
Via 60 Max Power O
June 15, 2015  |  Discuss

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...
Via Fox Sports
May 20, 2015  |  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...
Via Fox Sports
May 13, 2015  |  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...
Via Pro Football Spot
May 08, 2015  |  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...
Via AP on Fox
May 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Reviewing the Best First-Round Picks In Vikings History

The draft is now just one week away. Excitement continues to grow. Who will the Minnesota Vikings take in the first round draft? Will that player or players help the Vikings improve in 2015? Here is a look at some of the best first round selections in Vikings history:1964- Minnesota Defensive End Carl Eller (6th overall)From 1964-1978, Eller was a six-time Pro Bowler and named first...
Via Pro Football Spot
April 24, 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...
Via Pro Football Spot
April 18, 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...
Via Pro Football Spot
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...
Via TopSportsReport
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...
Via DraftSeason
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...
Via Purple Jesus Diaries
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’...
Via TopSportsReport
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...
Via DraftSeason
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...
Via Pro Football Spot
March 03, 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...
Via Fox Sports North
February 11, 2015  |  Discuss
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