Jarius Wright has played in all of seven games and has just 22 catches in his young career. On the young and revamped Minnesota Vikings receiver corps, that practically qualifies him as a grizzled veteran and he’s acting like one.
Marcus Sherels has quietly made a name for himself, and turned into a veteran for his home state team. In his fourth year with the Vikings, he’s still not comfortable until he makes the roster.
Cordarrelle Patterson and fellow rookie wide receiver Adam Thielen are training camp roommates with the Minnesota Vikings. Patterson was a first-round draft selection from Tennessee, a player the Vikings coveted enough to trade four lower picks to move up and get.
The Minnesota Vikings have signed linebacker Stanford Keglar, starting his second stint with the team this summer. To make room on the 90-man roster Tuesday, the Vikings waived linebacker Nathan Williams.
It’s now been more than a full week for the Minnesota Vikings at training camp in Mankato. The team got its first real test of competition with a passing scrimmage Saturday night at Blakeslee Stadium. The Vikings will have their first preseason game on Friday at the Metrodome as they host the Houston Texans.
This time last year in training camp, the offensive line was one of the Vikings biggest question marks. They had a rookie at left tackle and a couple holes to fill elsewhere. But a year later, that offensive line has proven to be one of the team’s bigger strengths.
When Minnesota took Philip Nelson’s redshirt off at midseason, Gophers fans howled about the potential waste of a year of eligibility for a well-regarded recruit. The upside to his earlier-than-expected experience is the extra confidence he can take into his sophomore year.
At midnight this Wednesday, Minnesota becomes the 12th state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage. It’s been a lifetime struggle for many, including one Minneapolis couple who are believed to be the first gay couple in the United States to be married – 42 years ago. The demonstrators who fought to legalize gay marriage in Minnesota owe a debt to this Minneapolis couple who now shun publicity, but who once shocked the nation into awareness.
John Hines talked about Vikings training camp in Mankato with Mike Max on Monday morning.
Minnesota Vikings training camp is underway in Mankato and a lot of eyes will be on quarterback Christian Ponder over the next several weeks. Ponder was behind center for a team that finished 10-6 last season and made the playoffs, but much of the credit went to running back Adrian Peterson, who had an incredible season coming off major knee surgery.
The summer is officially over, at least for players and team officials with the Minnesota Vikings. The team reported to Minnesota State University, Mankato, for training camp on Thursday and held its first practice on Friday.
Desmond Bishop’s first practice with the Minnesota Vikings was also his first in almost a year. The recently signed linebacker missed last season with Green Bay because of a torn right hamstring, an injury he suffered in an exhibition game. The Packers cut him last month, and he joined the rival Vikings soon after.
Everything on Friday was the usual for Adam Thielen. He donned purple football gear and went out to practice on the very field – the Minnesota State University, Mankato – where he’d spent the last five years solidifying himself as one of the best Maverick wideouts ever. The one difference on Friday was, this time he did it as a pro.
For the Minnesota Vikings, bettering last season will be a challenge. Another seven-win improvement? That’s impossible, since they went 10-6 last year and there are only 16 games to play. Yes, unpredictability abounds in the NFL, but on the surface their schedule has the potential to be more difficult.
Minnesota’s football frenzy began Thursday as players and team officials with the Vikings reported to Mankato for training camp on Thursday. The team will hold its first practice of the 2013 training camp on Friday.