Vikings Training Camp
Cullen Loeffler never dreamed he’d still be snapping a football when he was 34. When he started, Loeffler thought it might derail his dream of playing professional football, but he sees now that coaches usually know best.
An old adage about people is they’re always harder on the ones they love. This fits Mike Zimmer and Minnesota’s cornerbacks.
Everson Griffen broke into the NFL as one of the youngest players in the league, and he can now say that everything came a little too fast for him at the start. The money, the game, the attention, it was a lot to handle for a 22-year-old who left USC a year early, and it caught up to the Minnesota Vikings defensive end in the winter following his rookie year.
One of the iffiest positions on Minnesota’s roster is at strong safety. The question mark was big enough that the Vikings signed 12-year veteran Chris Crocker more than a week into training camp. Crocker has had to work his way back into game shape, but he wasn’t behind in the competition. That’s because he’s played in coach Mike Zimmer’s defense for several seasons with Cincinnati.
A perfect example of doing what it takes to make the team is wide receiver and special teams player, Adam Thielen. Thielen is right at home in Vikings training camp, as he went to college at Minnesota-State Mankato.
The Minnesota Vikings signed tight end Kyle Rudolph to a $36.5 million contract. That’s a price tag that used to be reserved for top running backs. In a pass-happy NFL, Adrian Peterson could likely be the last running back standing when it comes to big contracts.
Long snapper Cullen Loeffler is the longest-tenured player on the Minnesota Vikings, with 11 years in Minnesota under his belt. Loeffer took some time to chat about his experience, and the upcoming season, with WCCO’s David McCoy.
The heat is on at the Vikings’ training camp for the quarterback position as it is every year. You could make a case for any three on the roster getting a shot to start at some point.
The Minnesota Vikings have placed cornerback Captain Munnerlyn, safety Andrew Sendejo and tight end Chase Ford on the physically unable to perform list to start training camp. The other player held out of the first full practice on Friday was wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, who watched wearing a bucket-shaped fishing hat because of a minor foot injury. The team announced his status as day to day.
The Minnesota Vikings got an early wake up call at training camp Friday morning, but it was earlier than normal — and it was a false alarm. The team was forced to evacuate their dorms after a fire alarm went off at 1:30 a.m. Friday.
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.
Harrison Smith’s rookie season was marked by hard-hitting play, three interceptions and two defensive touchdowns. His intense style gave the secondary a big boost. It also yielded one ejection and a $21,000 fine. But Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said he never saw his young safety back down from the pressure of being a starter on a playoff team.
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.
As the Minnesota Vikings begin their annual training camp in Mankato, the city and the team are working to extend their agreement for future camps.
Chris Cook’s promising start to his rookie season with the Minnesota Vikings was derailed by knee problems — namely the same injury to each one.
A Minnesota Vikings player was arrested early Sunday morning by Mankato Police for allegedly driving while intoxicated.
Ten years ago, tragedy struck on the fields of Minnesota Vikings Training Camp in Mankato with the passing of Korey Stringer.
Thousands of football fans are expected to visit Mankato in the coming weeks to watch the Minnesota Vikings at training camp.
It has been a big week of football news in Minnesota and, as a result, there’s a lot of hype in Mankato this week as the community prepares for the 46th annual Vikings Training Camp.