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.
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The Minnesota Vikings have moved into the home stretch of their search for a head coach and Cincinnati defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer has emerged as a favorite.
The Minnesota Vikings had higher expectations than the 5-10-1 record the team finished with in the 2013 season. The Vikings pass defense was abysmal in 2013 with five game-tying or game-winning scores in the final minute of the game. The team used three starting quarterbacks, including Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel for small stretches twice. The team fired head coach Leslie Frazier very early Monday morning.
General manager Rick Spielman says he’s confident the Minnesota Vikings will solve their quarterback problem. But Spielman also acknowledged Monday he has yet to “get it right” in regard to evaluating the position, at a news conference after coach Leslie Frazier was fired.
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Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier talked with to the team about his job status Tuesday morning. He believes that could have been reason the team lost focus in last week’s blow out loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. The Vikings will have a ceremony to say goodbye to Mall of America Field.
The Minnesota Vikings hope to have a decision on their starting quarterback when practices begin on Wednesday. Josh Freeman is expected to be named the starter after Christian Ponder’s latest bad outing. The Vikings lost cornerback Josh Robinson and center John Sullivan during the loss to the Seattle Seahawks, but wide receiver Greg Childs is expected to return to practice for the first time since training camp in 2012.
While three straight blowout losses have turned up the heat on Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier and his staff, general manager Rick Spielman says the organization stands firmly behind its head coach and is optimistic things will turn around this season.
The Minnesota Vikings have no players expected to miss Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers due to an injury. Christian Ponder’s ribs, whether they have heeled completely or not, remain a topic of discussion. Two players missed practice Thursday while six others were limited or full participants.
The Minnesota Vikings signed quarterback Josh Freeman . Freeman had issues in Tampa Bay, but the Vikings are not concerned by what happened. The Vikings need to make a move on the roster with a couple options involving incumbent starter Christian Ponder and third-stringer McLeod Bethel-Thompson. Freeman will not play Sunday and could make his Vikings the following week.
The boys lacrosse state tournament starts Tuesday, and Eden Prairie is expected to win it.
Chad and Sid are joined by Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman. Rick talks about the busy first round of the NFL Draft and the trade that brought them back in the draft.
Pat Williams has signed a one-day contract so he can officially retire as a Minnesota Viking.