Cowboys add pair of linebackers in Brinkley, Gachkar

IRVING, Texas (AP) The Cowboys have signed linebackers Jasper Brinkley and Andrew Gachkar after losing a couple of starters in free agency. Brinkley spent five of his first six years with Minnesota after the Vikings drafted him in the fifth round in 2009. He played in 48 games, with 19 starts, over four seasons. The 29-year-old Brinkley's best season came in 2012, with 100 tackles...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Weekly Rewind: The Dallas Cowboys fill some needs with FA

Rather than the usual “Weekly Rewind”, we are doing a rewind of the free agent signings that the Cowboys have done since day one of the frenzy, March 10th. Prior to the first day of free agency, Dallas agreed to terms with Keith Rivers to a one year, $660,000 deal.  Rivers previously played with the Buffalo Bills.  He started out his NFL career as a first round draft pick of...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

The Dallas Cowboys claim CB off of waivers

The Dallas Cowboys continue to fill their roster needs.  This time, they hit the waiver wire and claim Corey White, formely of the New Orleans Saints. White was drafted by the Saints in 2012 with the 162 overall pick in the fifth round of the NFL Draft.  In his time in New Orleans, he had 126 tackles, 1 sack, and 4 interceptions.  He played mostly at the cornerback position,...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Dallas Cowboys, LB Jasper Brinkley agree on deal

  Jasper Brinkley, formerly of the Minnesota Vikings, is joining the Cowboys to help fill the voids left by departed free agents Justin Durant (Atlanta Falcons) and Bruce Carter (Tampa Bay Buccaneers). Brinkley is a seven-year veteran who plays mainly inside linebacker.  He made 74 tackles last season.  He has played much of his career in Minnesota, albeit he played one year with...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Cowboys Reach Agreement With LB Jasper Brinkley On A Two-Year Deal

Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas reports that the Cowboys have reached an agreement with linebacker Jasper Brinkley on a two-year deal. Dallas needed to find some help at linebacker after they lost Justin Durant to the Falcons) and Bruce Carter to the Buccaneers in recent days. Brinkley, 29, is a former fifth-round pick of the Vikings. He spent the first ...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Predicting the Fate of the Vikings Current Free Agents

The Vikings don’t exactly have a loaded class of free agents for 2015, in fact, it’s a mildly gross group of guys. BUT, that doesn’t mean some of them won’t be coming back. Below is a quick breakdown of each free agent and our prediction if they will return in purple in 2015 or if their services will be taken elsewhere. Christian Ponder, Quarterback Years with the Vikings...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

NFL News: Minnesota Vikings Off-Season Preview

We here at Point Blank had such a good time working on our Super Bowl predictions with up-and-coming UTNSports.com writer Dan Morris that we thought we’d do it again. But bigger. So we’re teaming up once more to bring you the offseason needs of all 32 NFL franchises (according to us) to better prepare you for what to expect when it comes to your team. We’ll tell you how much...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Which Vikings Free Agents Will be Back in 2015?

    The Minnesota Vikings have 13 players from the 2014 roster that could hit the open market in free agency (8 unresticted, 5 restricted) in 2015. The list of players includes two players who were starters in the season opener, reserves that were forced into starting roles during the season due to injuries and suspension, and players who were not able to find playing time during...
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February 02, 2015  |  Discuss

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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January 19, 2015  |  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...
Via Fox Sports North
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...
Via Fox Sports North
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
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