The Minnesota Vikings were not competitive in their loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday, but head coach Mike Zimmer sees it as a way to find something out about his team. They also announced a pair of personnel was reinstated to the team. Special teams coach Mike Priefer had his suspension reduced from three to two games after undergoing sensitivity training. Running back Adrian Peterson will be active for the Vikings going forward.
The Vikings hold a title the team doesn’t celebrate – the most players arrested in the NFL. According to USA Today, 45 Minnesota Vikings have been arrested since 2000. That’s double the league average.
For as long as he’s been in the NFL, Adrian Peterson has been one of the most popular and most marketable stars in the league, an approachable superstar with the kind of inspirational comeback story that made him an endorser’s dream.
Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman said Monday that the decision to play Peterson has nothing to do with him as a football player.
Monday evening, Radisson said it’s suspending its limited sponsorship of the Vikings while it evaluates the facts and circumstances of the case.
The Adrian Peterson child abuse case is not the first time a Viking player has been in trouble. But how the Vikings are handling this case is a bit different. Vikings players have been arrested 45 times since 2000 for crimes ranging from assault, to drunk driving, to disorderly conduct.
Plenty of No. 28 purple jerseys showed up for Sunday’s Minnesota Vikings home opener. None were worn by the face of the franchise.
The Minnesota Vikings have a long tradition of having very good defensive tackles. They drafted Sharrif Floyd in the first round of the 2013 draft in hopes that he can continue the trend. He learned a lot of from former teammate Kevin Williams and slimmed down in the offseason to reach his full potential. This season should be the beginning of the Floyd era in Minnesota.
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Jerick McKinnon was the last of Minnesota’s 10 draft picks to sign his rookie contract. That’s about the only race he wouldn’t win. The Vikings selected McKinnon in the third round out of Georgia Southern, using a pick acquired from Seattle in the Percy Harvin trade the previous year.
The Vikings have addressed needs at quarterback, linebacker, defensive line and running back through the first two days of the draft. They enter the final day Saturday with four more picks and a glaring need for depth in the defensive backfield. The Vikings have two choices in the fifth round and one each in the sixth and seventh rounds.
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Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman says he can’t afford to let his spotty history when it comes to quarterbacks deter him from taking one in the first round this year if he believes the right player is available. Spielman addressed the media on Tuesday, two days before the first round of the NFL draft.
The Minnesota Vikings need a young quarterback to ride into the future, and with the eighth overall pick in this draft they’ll have plenty available. For all the headlines generated at the top of the class by Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles and Teddy Bridgewater, though, the Vikings could find the guy who fits them the best after the first round.