It feels like the Minnesota Vikings’ coaches are just waiting for someone to unseat Robert Blanton, who started 13 games last season largely because they felt he was the best of some not-great options. If they are waiting to be wowed, maybe Antone Exum Jr. just needs another game.
The Minnesota Vikings are missing a couple of key backups to injuries.
If nothing else, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has one thing going for him right now: He’s a career 6-0 in preseason games. Minnesota beat Tampa Bay 26-16 Saturday night in the Vikings’ first of two preseason games at TCF Bank Stadium. There are still three more preseason games left and plenty can change in the next month, but here are seven takeaways from Saturday’s preseason victory.
Terence Newman is the oldest player on the Vikings roster, at a position usually reserved for the young.
Adrian Peterson did not practice again on Thursday because of a bruised thigh. To hear coach Mike Zimmer describe his team’s final practice of training camp in Mankato, none of his other players did, either. An angry Zimmer cut practice short on Thursday morning.
Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has often spoke glowingly about his father, Bill, and the influence the beloved old football coach had on his son choosing to walk the same path.
Training camp isn’t usually such a tough place for competition among the special teams, but Cullen Loeffler says he understands and accepts the challenge.
Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has returned to training camp with the team after visiting his ailing father. The Vikings held their walk-through Thursday inside the Minnesota State University athletic complex, and fans gave Zimmer an ovation.
Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is expected to rejoin the team soon. Zimmer missed practice Tuesday to be with his father, Bill, who has been in declining health.
Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer’s father is ailing. Zimmer told reporters Monday that he will miss practice Tuesday because his father is “not doing well.” Offensive coordinator Norv Turner will supervise the team in his absence. The Vikings have a scheduled day off from practice Wednesday.
An old adage about people is they’re always harder on the ones they love. This fits Mike Zimmer and Minnesota’s cornerbacks.
Entering his 14th NFL season, Hill has returned to where it all began, as a backup for the Vikings. He was an undrafted free agent out of Maryland in 2002 and spent his first four seasons with the Vikings learning valuable insight despite appearing in just one regular season game in 2005 for a couple of kneel-downs.
Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer likes big guys. On defense, that means people who can stop the run. Sharrif Floyd is a 300-pound defensive tackle that they want to just that.
The strategy and style of Minnesota’s coaching staff under Mike Zimmer is no longer new.
One reason the Vikings drafted Trae Waynes in the first round is that they think he’s a smart football player, but he also needs to be a versatile one. Though it’s been a baptism by fire, so far Waynes hasn’t been burned.
These weren’t common football injuries, all these torn pectoral muscles, so the Minnesota Vikings took a closer look. Right guard Brandon Fusco (13 games missed) and right tackle Phil Loadholt (five games missed) each needed season-ending surgery after theirs occurred while blocking during games last year.
Terence Newman has started his 13th season in the NFL a little bit like a rookie. This is the veteran cornerback’s first year with the Minnesota Vikings and, thus, his first time attending professional training camp on a college campus.
The Minnesota Vikings have placed linebacker Casey Matthews on injured reserve, ending his first season with the team before it started.
The purple-clad crowd of autograph-seeking Vikings fans gathered at the annual reporting day saved the loudest cheers for a 30-year-old running back who played in only one game last season, formally welcoming the once-marooned Peterson back to Minnesota State University as players moved into their dorm rooms for training camp on a sunny Saturday.
The Minnesota Vikings announced Tuesday that they have released defensive back Taylor Mays. Mays was entering his sixth NFL season and had previously played for three seasons under coach Mike Zimmer with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Training camp may still be a month and a half away, but the new addition to the Vikings offense, Mike Wallace, is working on fitting in here during OTAs.
Mike Zimmer was Adrian Peterson’s coach for one offseason plus one regular season game, before the star running back went on hiatus.
The Minnesota Vikings held their organized team activities (OTAs) on Wednesday
It was a beautiful day for football practice and a sense of optimism was in the air.
Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer says Adrian Peterson has two choices: He can either play for the Vikings or he cannot play at all. The star running back has missed the first two days of optional team practices and is not expected to attend any of the optional workouts this summer.
Adrian Peterson’s future with the Minnesota Vikings still seems to be up in the air. Organized Team Activities, or OTAs, began Tuesday with no sign of Peterson, and he has made it no secret that he wants out of Minnesota.