Minnesota Vikings Training Camp Report: August 1, 2014

It’s August 1st, which means NFL preseason games are closing in. To me, that’s when football “officially” starts. The Minnesota Vikings were kind enough to allow Sportsnaut in to the “media family” for an up-close look at Vikings training camp. What did I learn in the morning walk-through? A lot. Within minutes, it was clear things are different with the Mike Zimmer lead...
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Adrian Peterson Says Mike Zimmer Restored His Faith in Vikings

Adrian Peterson wasn’t happy at the end of last season. The team hasn’t been very good while he has been there and he was vocal about not liking the firing of Leslie Frazier. Now his tune has changed and everything is all good now that Mike Zimmer and Norv Turner are around: “I wasn’t happy. I wasn’t feeling good about being here in Minnesota at the end of last season,”...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Norv Turner explains what makes Teddy Bridgewater special

Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner did an interview with The Star Tribune and explained to them just how special rookie Teddy Bridgewater is. The first thing Turner talked about is Bridgewater’s quick release. “Look at this one,” Turner says. “The tight end is running an 18-yard out. Teddy drops. One, two, three, four, five and, bam, the ball’s out. See how quick...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Will the new coaching staff really make a difference?

Tis the season where every NFL team seems to be oozing with hope. Optimism is in the air and fans feel like Lloyd Christmas in Dumb and Dumber when he uttered the words “so you’re telling me there’s a chance!” The Vikings are no different. With a new coaching staff, significant free agent signings, and a seemingly more talented roster, what’s not to like? I too have been...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Buy or Sell: Kyle Rudolph

Kyle Rudolph missed half of the 2013 season with a broken foot. During the two seasons previous, he’s shown signs of stardom, but also has disappeared for significant chunks of time. Was he the victim of poor QB play and unimaginative coaching? Or is he just a fair-to-middling player? The Vikings seem to think he’s going to step it up a notch. The team just signed him to a lucrative...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Rudolph rewarded, now ready for big season under Turner

MANKATO, Minn. -- From his considerable film work to returning from a broken foot and losing 15 pounds, Kyle Rudolph dedicated himself this offseason to getting ready for Norv Turner's tutelage. Rudolph, 24, saw the potential with Turner coming in as the Vikings' new offensive coordinator. Minnesota saw the potential in its big tight end, too. The two sides hope the offseason...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Peterson: Vikings more aggressive

Now that offensive coordinator Norv Turner has arrived, bringing what should be a more aggressive scheme to the Minnesota Vikings, running back Adrian Peterson said he's playing in the offense he's "been looking for for the past seven years." And in the process of talking about Turner, Peterson admitted just how staid he thought the Vikings had become. "Let...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Norv Turner wants a 'physical presence' at fullback

Should Jerome Felton expect a different or decreased role with Norv Turner running the offense? It’s a fair question considering the Browns, whose offense Turner coordinated last season, used two-back formations on just 5.2 percent of their snaps in 2013, according to Pro Football Focus. That was one of the lowest figures in the league, though the Browns didn’t exactly have...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Adrian Peterson may sit out entire preseason

With the Minnesota Vikings under new leadership and coaching, Adrian Peterson is being catered to. Speaking on the new offense, Peterson called it “versatile” under head coach Mike Zimmer and offensive coordinator Norv Turner. This is the type of offense, the “right offense” according to Peterson, that he’s been searching for the past seven years. […]
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Peterson won't play much in preseason but 'excited' about Vikings' new offense

MANKATO, Minn. -- Adrian Peterson has proven he doesn't need much of a dry run to be ready for the NFL season and he likely won't get much of one this season as he adapts to a new offense with coordinator Norv Turner. Peterson, who missed the preseason in 2012 following reconstructive knee surgery, went on to win the MVP award that season and rush for the second-most yards...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Notebook: Zimmer proud of forcing change on offenses

MANKATO, Minn. -- Norv Turner is assessing the entire Minnesota Vikings' offense as the team's offensive coordinator, and one vital position group is becoming harder to play and judge. Turner noted the difficulty playing offensive line in the NFL and matching up against exotic defensive alignments and defenses utilizing unique ways to keep offenses off balance. Minnesota...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

5 Things to Watch at Vikings Training Camp

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Teams all around the country are reporting to training camp and the new NFL season is almost here. The Vikings have once taken the hour drive down 169 to Minnesota State – Mankato. This may be one of the most anticipated camp in years. For any fans planning on making the drive themselves, here are five things to watch for at Vikings training...
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Vikings hope Peterson has larger role in passing game

MANKATO, Minn. -- Mike Zimmer was on the sidelines for Adrian Peterson's first regular-season NFL game in 2007, watching from the opposing sideline as Peterson took a short swing pass 60 yards for his first touchdown. Zimmer was the Atlanta Falcons' defensive coordinator at the time. He's able to appreciate such a play a little more these days as Peterson's coach...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Vikings receiver Patterson day-to-day with foot injury

MANKATO, Minn. -- Cordarrelle Patterson is hard to miss at training camp. He was even easier to spot Friday with his multi-colored dreads hanging out of a bucket hat instead of a helmet. Patterson, the electric second-year receiver and returner, missed practice as the Minnesota Vikings opened training camp at Minnesota State University on Friday. Patterson was held out and is considered...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Vikings: Norv Turner says Teddy Bridgewater Should Have Been a Top-10 Pick

The Minnesota Vikings knew they needed a franchise quarterback, so they traded up in the NFL Draft to select Louisville gunslinger Teddy Bridgewater with the final pick in the first round (No. 32 overall). So far, so good for the Bridgewater experiment. Norv Turner was brought in this offseason to led the Vikings offense, and he’s loving what he’s seen from his young quarterback...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Norv Turner: Teddy Bridgewater Should Have Been Top-10 Pick

It seems the Minnesota Vikings are beyond pleased with their draft day acquisition of Teddy Bridgewater.  According to the teams official website, Vikings offensive coördinator Norv Turner believes the organization got the steal of the draft when Bridgewater slipped to the final pick in round one. “I think he probably should’ve gone in the first 10 picks,” Turner said...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Norv Turner: Teddy Bridgewater should have been drafted in the top-10

Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner told the Vikings official site that he believes Teddy Bridgewater should have been drafted in the top-10. “I think he probably should’ve gone in the first 10 picks,” Turner said, per “He probably should’ve gone at least in the first half of the first round, and then we’re sitting there with an opportunity to get him...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Norv Turner: Bridgewater Should Have Been Top-10 Pick

It seems the Minnesota Vikings are beyond pleased with their draft day acquisition of Teddy Bridgewater.  According to the teams official website, Vikings ffensive coordinator Norv Turner believes the organization got the steal of the draft when Bridgewater slipped to the final pick in round one. “I think he probably should’ve gone in the first 10 picks,” Turner said...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Vikings OC Norv Turner More Than Happy With Teddy Bridgewater

It's been awhile since new Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner has worked as just the offensive coordinator. When Minnesota hired the team likely hoped that one thing would happen--that he could replicate the success he saw with the Cowboys way back in the day with he Vikings.That depends. Does he have all the pieces he needs?@Vikings/TwitterAdrian Peterson is...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Kyle Shanahan, Miracle Worker? While We’re Waiting…

It’s Monday, Monday, gotta get down on Monday…. I’m trying to not get excited. Last year at this time, we were discussing the merits of Norv Turner’s offense and how it was going to be night-and-day compared to that of Pat Shurmur. Gone was the West Coast; here was the vertical game that included the tight end to a larger degree. And while Jordan Cameron and Josh Gordon were...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Norv Turner has big plans for Cordarrelle Patterson

Ben Goesling of says Vikings first-year offensive coordinator Norv Turner has some big plans for wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson. Turner also has big plans for second-year receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, whose emergence late last season made many wonder why the Vikings waited so long to make him a big part of the offense. Patterson, who played mostly at split end last...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Norv Turner plans on using Adrian Peterson differently

According to Ben Goessling of,  new Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner plans on using Adiran Peterson more as a receiver in 2014. At age 29, Adrian Peterson is intent on cruising along with his career at a time when most running backs his age start to break down. In Norv Turner, Peterson has a new offensive coordinator who is intent on using him differently. Peterson...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

NFL News & Notes: Pass On All Day?

  Get into our FREE Readers’ Leagues and Win Prizes! Norv Turner seems intent on getting Adrian Peterson more receptions this season and he would be the man to do it. We’ve heard similar talk from coaches in the past regarding All Day, but Norval does make his mark on an offense when he gets his chance and he’s always thrown the ball to running backs, while Peterson’s biggest...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Early Breakdown of the Vikings Tight End Depth Chart

Below we breakdown each tight end on the current Minnesota Vikings roster. While Rudolph and Ellison are locks to make the team it will be an all-out battle among the other 3. Viking fans shouldn’t take the battle lightly, this will be a very important position in 2014, regardless of who the quarterback is they will be looking at their tight ends early and often in 2014. Kyle Rudolph...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Ron Jaworski Says Matt Cassel is Worst Starting QB in NFL

Former NFL quarterback and famed NFL analyst, Ron Jaworski is kicking off his annual ranking of the league’s 32 quarterbacks, and first up on the list is Minnesota Vikings signal caller Matt Cassel. In this case however, being first really means Cassel is the worst of the bunch, according to Jaws. “My 32nd rated quarterback entering the 2014 season is Matt Cassel,” Jaworski...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss
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