The Minnesota Vikings’ 22-year-old first round draft pick has been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week after his game-winning performance Sunday. Rookie linebacker Anthony Barr recorded eight tackles, a sack, one pass defended, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and a fumble return touchdown for the overtime win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Minnesota Vikings have been singing Anthony Barr’s praises ever since they drafted him ninth overall last spring. The speedy linebacker has been living up to the expectations halfway through his rookie season. Barr has been one of the bright spots for an up-and-down team through the first eight games.
The Minnesota Timberwolves announced Wednesday they’ve signed second round draft pick Glenn Robinson III to a contract. Robinson III, a 6-6 forward from Michigan, was drafted by the Timberwolves back in June with the 40th overall pick.
Vikings rookie defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd will have an MRI on his injured left knee. Minnesota coach Leslie Frazier says Floyd will have the MRI because of soreness and to “err on the side of caution” after the first-round draft pick out of Florida was injured in the second quarter of a 27-13 preseason loss to the Texans on Friday night.
The third time’s a charm for the Minnesota Vikings rookie kicker Blair Walsh, who has been named the NFC’s Special Teams Player of the Week.
Minnesota Vikings strong safety Harrison Smith won’t be punished further for his shove of an official that drew a 15-yard penalty and automatic ejection from Sunday’s game against Tennessee.
One is “the rookie” to watch in the NFL. The other is growing into his high-profile role in his second year as the Vikings quarterback.
Training a dog is just as much about the owner as it is about the dog. And we could probably all use a little training – and that’s where the Game Fair at the Armstrong Ranch Kennels, west of Anoka, comes into play.
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio was named the NBA Western Conference rookie of the month for January.
Christian Ballard kept tumbling down the draft board in April, with teams passing on the physically gifted defensive lineman two, three, even four times.