Every year, Marcus Sherels shows up to Minnesota Vikings training camp with his roster status firmly on the bubble. He’s a 5-foot-10 cornerback in a league full of 6-foot-3 receivers. He was an undrafted free agent who made the team on a tryout in a league that caters to high draft picks.
An old adage about people is they’re always harder on the ones they love. This fits Mike Zimmer and Minnesota’s cornerbacks.
Free agent cornerback Terence Newman has visited Minnesota, considering the possibility of reuniting with Vikings coach Mike Zimmer. The Vikings confirmed Tuesday that Newman met with team officials.
The Minnesota Vikings are coming off a 7-9 season, and if things go right, could threaten for a playoff spot next season. A lot of it depends on how their young draft picks develop. We all like to have fun and poke at a team when their draft choices fail. When you look at the Vikings, there have been plenty of them over recent years.
The Minnesota Vikings outlasted the Chicago Bears for a 13-9 victory Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium. The Vikings finish the season with the third best record in the NFC North, despite winning just one inter-divisional game. The Vikings’ good, but not great, performances from the offense, defense and special teams units helped bring the win home.
The Minnesota Vikings promising rookie Anthony Barr will see his first season in the NFL get cut short early. The first round draft pick will have a “very minor procedure” that will keep him out of the final two games. The Vikings list 12 players on their injury report while the Miami Dolphins have 13 listed on theirs.
The Minnesota Vikings jumped out to a 14-0 lead before surrendering 16 unanswered points to fall to the Detroit Lions Sunday at Ford Field. The Vikings got early touchdowns from Matt Asiata and Greg Jennings, but a pair of Teddy Bridgewater interceptions turned the game around. The Vikings failed to get points the rest of the game, including a blocked field goal and missed field goal attempt in the second half.
The Minnesota Vikings defeated the New York Jets 30-24 on an 87-yard touchdown catch by Jarius Wright in overtime Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium. The Vikings scored a touchdown on the first and last play of the game. The Vikings offense was slightly better than average, while the defense was slightly below average. Teddy Bridgewater saved the Vikings in the game and may be the franchise quarterback they have sought now for some time.
Cordarrelle Patterson had limited playing time in Sunday’s winning over the Carolina Panthers. The second-year receiver failed to catch the one ball thrown his way and his he was on the field for just three plays on offense. Charles Johnson, who was claimed just before the season started from the Cleveland Browns, had the most playing time of any receiver on Sunday. On the other side of the ball, Xavier Rhodes is becoming one of the league’s best cornerbacks.
The Minnesota Vikings used two big special teams plays to defeat the Carolina Panthers 31-13 Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium. Adam Thielen and Everson Griffen returned a pair of blocked punts for touchdowns in the first half. Teddy Bridgewater threw a pair of touchdown passes to help the blowout. The defense struggled to stop the run, but made plays in the second half when they needed to.
The Minnesota Vikings are thin on healthy running backs with Matt Asiata out and Jerick McKinnon banged up. McKinnon is expected to play with a lower back issue, but the team claimed Ben Tate off waivers as insurance. Sharrif Floyd’s status is the biggest question mark of any injury on the team. He banged knees with a teammate and was held out of practice because of it. The Vikings list 13 players on their injury report and the Green Bay Packers list eight on theirs.
The Minnesota Vikings fell into a tie for last place in the NFC North Division with a 21-13 loss to the Chicago Bears Sunday at Soldier Field. Teddy Bridgewater threw a touchdown pass to Rhett Ellison in the first quarter, but threw an interception late in the fourth to seal the loss. The best Vikings unit were the special teams, but they were so-so.
The Minnesota Vikings stalled in the red zone and the Buffalo Bills scored in the final seconds for the game-winning score. The Vikings fell to 2-5 with a 17-16 defeat Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Vikings defense was very good, with the exception of a few plays and the game’s final drive. The offense was a disappointment again and Bridgewater is still a work in progress. The special teams were below average.
The Minnesota Vikings defeated the Atlanta Falcons 41-28 on a big fourth quarter. The Vikings offense was as good as ever, the defense came up big plays in the fourth quarter, the special teams had their moments as well and Teddy Bridgewater looked like a future star. The Vikings improved to 2-2 with the win.
Linebacker Chad Greenway suffered a broken hand in the Minnesota Vikings Week 2 loss to the New England Patriots. The team believes he will be able to play Sunday against the New Orleans Saints in the Superdome. Greenway was the only player to miss Thursday’s practice. They had eight players injured players that were either limited or full participants Thursday.
The Minnesota Vikings were blown out by the New England Patriots 30-7 Sunday in the team’s home opener at TCF Bank Stadium. The Vikings scored first, but surrendered 30 straight points to lose. There is nothing positive to say about the game. Every aspect of the game was bad for the Vikings.
The Minnesota Vikings listed nine players on the injury report, eight injured players and one non-injury related absence. Sharrif Floyd and Brandon Watts did not participate because of injuries and Adrian Peterson sat out for an undisclosed reason. Mike Harris, Charlie Johnson, Zach Line, Michael Mauti and Xavier Rhodes were limited in practice. Jabari Price was a full participant.
The Minnesota Vikings have listed two starters, cornerback Xavier Rhodes and defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, as questionable for their game against New England.
The Minnesota Vikings are still trying to turn the national perception of the team, but head coach Mike Zimmer doesn’t care. He only cares about what the team can control. Zimmer is optimistic that almost all injured players will be available to practice this week. The Vikings re-signed offensive linemen Brandon Fusco the day before beating the St. Louis Rams. The team made a roster move by reaching an injury settlement with Jamarca Sanford.
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.
Sure, this is only the preseason. Still, Teddy Bridgewater’s first game with the Minnesota Vikings is kind of a big deal.
Xavier Rhodes showcased his skills in the passing scrimmage Saturday during Minnesota Vikings training camp in Mankato, Minn. What he wants is simple: Be consistent, be good. Vikings Defensive End Brian Robison says Rhodes is a natural athlete.
Reigning MVP Adrian Peterson expects to play in the final game ever at Mall of America Sunday against the Detroit Lions. The running back played in the Minnesota Vikings loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, but lasted just one offensive play into the second half. His backup, Toby Gerhart, is unlikely to play and cornerback Xavier Rhodes could return after missing two weeks. The Vikings had four players list as non-participants, seven as limited participants and four as full participants in Thursday’s practice.
The Minnesota Vikings are likely to have their top two running backs back for Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Vikings listed four players as non-participants, four players as limited participants and four players as full participants in Thursday’s practice.
It was another eventful year in local sports with three local professional teams making the playoffs, a high profile coach getting dismissed and a football team having a turnaround season.