In-depth look at linebacker options for the Miami Dolphins in free agency

The Miami Dolphins will head into free agency in less than two months and they will have a lot of work to do. While it’s not ideal to build a team through free agency, the Dolphins have no choice but to fill a lot of their holes through this method. This is because there simply isn’t a lot of impact players at various positions in this year’s draft class. One position where...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Vikings vow to fix struggling defense, close out strong vs. Bears

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- By nearly every measure, the Minnesota Vikings' defense has been transformed under coach Mike Zimmer this season, recovering from one of the league's worst units in 2013 to being a middle-of-the-pack performer this year. Appreciating the overall improvement is difficult in the week-to-week grind of the NFL season, especially after Minnesota allowed season-highs...
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December 22, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Vikings return two blocked punts for touchdowns

Savor this, Minnesota. It doesn't happen often. The Vikings did something special Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, blocking a pair of punts and returning them for touchdowns. Let's look at both plays. 1. Adam Thielen blocked this Brad Nortman kick in first quarter, then took it in himself. 2. A quarter later, the Vikings struck again as Nortman was blocked by Jasper Brinkley...
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November 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Brinkley, Blanton tabbed as final two starters on Vikings defense

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Mike Zimmer decided to head off the questions in his opening statement Wednesday, but his announcement of Jasper Brinkley as the team's middle linebacker and Robert Blanton at strong safety didn't come with ringing endorsements. Zimmer ended the speculation about the final two starting spots on his remade defense, only confirming expectations and Minnesota...
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September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL Notes: Bengals, Cardinals, Eagles, Lions, Redskins, & Vikings

  Bengals TE Tyler Eifert expects to play in Sunday’s game, despite missing the last three preseason games with a shoulder injury. (Coley Harvey) Cardinals The Cardinals signed former Buccaneers CB Anthony Gaitor to their practice squad Wednesday. (Practice Squad Tracker) Eagles DC Billy Davis mentioned that first-round OLB Marcus Smith will have a “limited role” this...
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September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Five Things to Watch in Minnesota Vikings' Preseason Opener

Five Things To Watch For In Minnesota Vikings Preseason Opener By Chris Schad Preseason games usually don’t mean that much to the casual football fan. With the Minnesota Vikings giving their franchise a makeover during the offseason, Friday’s preseason opener has a little more importance than usual. Their first game comes up Friday when the Vikings host the Oakland Raiders...
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August 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Saturday Night Scrimmage

Why didn’t I read through last year’s “Family Fun Day” post before agreeing to cover this years? Haha… Actually the night scrimmage is a great chance to see some actual competition between the offense and defense. The crowd was just packed! People wandered looking for seats. Even 30 minutes early I had no chance of finding a decent spot. I lucked out, settling in on the...
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August 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Vikings Who Need To Make An Impact In 2014 No. 6 Middle Linebacker

#6 | Middle Linebacker Number 6 on the list goes to an entire position once again and that is Middle Linebacker. The Vikings have had a rotating door at the middle linebacker position since EJ Henderson broke his leg back in 2010. They’ve had players like Jasper Brinkley and Erin Henderson who have been serviceable.  They’ve also tried young guys like Audie Cole.  While...
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July 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Head to head: inside linebackers

As we hurtle towards training camp (Minnesota starts it’s festivities on July 24th, a little over a week from now), it’s worth looking more closely at some of the training camp battles. We’ve gone a little broad at the linebacker position before, but this week we’re going to punch in on some specifics—mainly the inside linebackers. These days a middle linebacker has to...
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July 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Vikings training camp preview: Linebackers

  This is the seventh in a series of 13 previews leading up to the Minnesota Vikings' July 25 start of camp. TODAY'S POSITION: LINEBACKERS Rating (1-to-10 scale): 4 Projected starters: Chad Greenway (ninth year), Jasper Brinkley (sixth year), Anthony Barr (first year) Backups (asterisks indicate players expected to make the roster): *Audie Cole, Larry Dean, Dom DeCicco, *Gerald...
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July 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Vikings training camp preview: potential disappointments

Last week I looked at the players who could surprise some people during training camp. Besides unexpected players who stand out, there are always those players that fizzle out. Some may lose their starting job and others may get cut all together. Who might be this year’s training camp disappointments?   Jasper Brinkley, MLB Jasper is back with the Vikings after a short and disappointing...
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July 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Vikings camp preview: linebackers

Earlier we took a look at the defensive line heading into camp and as promised, we now take a look at the other half of the defensive front: the linebackers. Most of the linebackers who will comprise the back end of this 4-3 defense fared better than their comrades on the defensive line did. Of course, in some respects, that’s like saying they died slightly more slowly. There...
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July 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Greenway accepting challenge of learning new spots in Zimmer's defense

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The names have changed, the players come and gone. Chad Greenway has been the one constant on the second level of the Minnesota Vikings defense. The scenario won't change this season. Erin Henderson is gone now. Jasper Brinkley is back for a second round. First-round pick Anthony Barr will try to work himself into a starting role. Greenway is still the leader...
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May 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Greenway accepting challenge of learning new spots in Zimmer's defense

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The names have changed, the players come and gone. Chad Greenway has been the one constant on the second level of the Minnesota Vikings defense. The scenario won't change this season. Erin Henderson is gone now. Jasper Brinkley is back for a second round. First-round pick Anthony Barr will try to work himself into a starting role. Greenway is still the leader...
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May 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Mike Zimmer Signs Self to Play Defense

It only took three days of rookie mini camps in new Minnesota Vikings’ head coach Mike Zimmer’s first year to decide that the defense he was working with just wasn’t good enough. Too many young players, too many mistakes, too many break downs in pass and run coverage to prove to the new, defensive minded coach that this team was going to be able to stop anything from a heavy...
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May 20, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Vikings draft preview: Linebackers

  FOX Sports North's Brian Hall provides complete coverage of the Vikings and the 2014 NFL Draft in his 14-part preview. Today is the ninth day of his Vikings draft previews. You can find the entire series here. TODAY'S POSITION: LINEBACKERS Importance (1-to-10 scale): 8 On the roster The only certainty for Minnesota is veteran Chad Greenway, who has led the team in tackles each...
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May 02, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Vikings draft preview: Grading the 2009 draft

  Today is the first day of two weeks of Minnesota Vikings' coverage leading up to the May 8 beginning of the NFL draft. April 22: A look back at the 2009 draft April 23: Quarterbacks position preview April 24: Running backs/fullbacks position preview April 25: Offensive tackles position preview April 28: Guards/centers position preview April 29: Tight ends position preview April...
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April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Brinkley returns to Vikings where it 'feels like home for me again'

Little more than one year passed in the time Jasper Brinkley was gone from the Minnesota Vikings. He returned for the team's offseason workouts last week and the changes were abundant. Brinkley would see familiar faces as he walked the halls at Winter Park, such as general manager Rick Spielman, who re-signed him after one year in Arizona. There are still plenty of familiar teammates...
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April 18, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Vikings Draft: Building Draft Board Priority

As the 2014 NFL Draft continues to draw near (finally!), we continue to break down the Vikings current team needs and idea on how to best turn this flaming turd train around. We’ve already taken some time to break down draft priority based on team position looking at offensive needs and defensive needs, and we’ll use that today to recap and set our draft board priority. Of course...
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April 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Vikings and NFL free agency: Day 2

The Minnesota Vikings remained quiet on day two for free agency, choosing to let Eric Decker and Darrel Revis go without much effort at bringing them to the purple. Other then grabbing Linval Joseph and bringing Jasper Brinkley back on day one, the Vikings have focused on their in house free agents. While the Joseph pick was a very good pick, the Vikings have so many holes on the...
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March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Grading the Vikings Signing of Japser Brinkley

Career Stats: 6 Years in league | 174 tackles | 4 Forced Fumbles Brinkley is a familiar face and has played his entire career for the Vikings except for last year when he took his talents to Arizona. With the Cardinals experiment ending with is release the Vikings didn’t waste much time in bringing him back on a 1 year deal. The former South Carolina linebacker is still only 28...
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March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Vikings Offseason Plan Becoming Clear

As the news continues to filter in about free agents coming to terms on agreements with NFL teams, the Minnesota Vikings plan becoming clear. The Vikings have agreed to terms with with Matt Cassel and Everson Griffen agreeing to new pacts with the team. Now the priorities in free agency are giving us a better understanding of who general manager Rick Spielman and new head coach Mike...
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March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Vikings agree to terms to bring back Jasper Brinkley

The Minnesota Vikings weren't interested in a lazy Sunday. Minnesota was busy during the NFL's three-day negotiating window before Tuesday's official opening of free agency and locked in a starting defensive end and possible starting middle linebacker. Less than an hour after agreeing to re-sign defensive end Everson Griffen, FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo reported Minnesota had also...
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March 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Vikings Sign Former Cardinals’ LB Jasper Brinkley

  Mike Garafolo reports that the Vikings have signed former Cardinals’ LB Jasper Brinkley to a one-year contract. Brinkley reportedly visited with the Vikings before meeting with the Bills last week. Minnesota has already locked up DE Everson Griffen, so they appear to be moving fast in regards to available free agent targets. Brinkley, 28, totaled 27 tackles over the course...
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March 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Free Agent ILB Jasper Brinkley Visiting With Bills Thursday

The Buffalo Bills announced that they are hosting free agent ILB Jasper Brinkley on Thursday. This news comes just a day after they met with former Ravens ILB Jameel McClain who is now meeting with the Giants. Brinkley, 28, totaled 27 tackles over the course of 15 games for the Cardinals last season.  
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March 06, 2014  |  Discuss
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