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Vikings and Dignitar Jimmy Graham Packers Jersey ies Celebrate TCO Performance Center Ribbon-Cutting

June 16th, 2018

EAGAN, Minn. – Giant scissors snipped a purple ceremonial ribbon, triggering the pop of purple and gold streamers to celebrate the grand opening of Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center.

The Vikings moved into their new headquarters in early March, but the team hosted an official ribbon-cutting ceremony of the state-of-the-art facility on Friday afternoon.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was among several guests of honor for the day’s festivities.

“When I walked around this facility early this morning, the last time I was here was at the groundbreaking just under two years ago, and to see what has been created here, to see the vision, I salute obviously [Mayor Mike Maguire] for his vision and the work that [he] did, and of course [Twin Cities Orthopedics CEO] Troy Simonson for the work that he’s done … to make this a very special place – not just for the Vikings but for the community,” Goodell said from a stage in the Indoor Practice Facility. “I know the players are going to love this, the coaches are going to love it, the entire organization’s going to love this. And I believe this community is going to rally around this type of development, this type of center.

“And what makes this community special, among many other things, is the way this community pulls together and achieves great things,” Goodell added. “It’s a thrill to be here, and I congratulate everyone for this great success, this great vision.”

Vikings Chief Operating Officer Kevin Warren welcomed special guests, family members, media, and Vikings Legends, executives and staff members to the ceremony. Among attendees were youth from the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Paul; Vikings Legends Bud Grant, Paul Krause, Chuck Foreman and Ahmad Rashad; and the late Head Coach Dennis Green’s wife, Marie, and daughter, Patti.

As part of the program, Warren presented Vikings game balls to Goodell, Simonson and Mayor Maguire in recognition of their efforts and support that enabled the dream of Twin Cities Orthopedics Center to become a reality.

When it came time for the official ribbon-cutting, defensive end Everson Griffen and tight end Kyle Rudolph represented the 2018 Vikings team on stage. The Pro Bowlers were joined by Goodell, Simonson, Mayor Mike Maguire, Vikings Owners Zygi, Mark and Lenny Wilf, General Manager Rick Spielman and Head Coach Mike Zimmer.

Zygi Wilf called it an honor to be a “steward of such a great franchise” and reflected back to 2005 when he, his brother, Mark, and their cousin, Lenny, led a group that purchased the franchise. At that time, in addition to establishing the Vikings as a world-class organization, building a new stadium, hosting a Super Bowl and bringing a Lombardi Trophy to Minnesota, the Wilfs aimed to construct a new headquarters.

“I have to say that one of the things that truly struck me as most important was that we always do business together as a family. And I always felt that the Vikings were an extended family,” Wilf said. “And what family needs most is a great home. And I’m very proud that we were all able to put together our new home here at TCO Performance Center.”

Below are highlights from speeches of other esteemed guests at Friday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Owner/Vice Chairman Lenny Wilf

“Besides playing football games, one of the Vikings primary goals is to engage and to impact the community. TCO Performance Center is designed to be both accessible and impactful for the community, as much as possible.”

Vikings COO Kevin Warren

“It takes partners to work together. We’re very thankful that Troy Simonson, who leads Twin Cities Orthopedics … decided to come together and work together with us to become our partner. To see this come to reality, from the groundbreaking in August of 2016, is truly a magical day.”

Vikings GM Rick Spielman

“I’d just like to thank Mark [Wilf] and the rest of our Ownership Group for providing us with tremendous resources to try to accomplish winning championships here. Facilities are very important. It’s important to our day-to-day operations, it’s important to how we continue to develop and grow this roster. As Zygi stated, Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center gives us a huge competitive advantage by the resources that are provided here – to our players, to our coaches, as we continue to try to strive to get better.”

Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer

“We’ve been in this facility since March; the players have loved every bit of it, being in here – all of the [amenities] that they have to get better as football players, to get better as a team, to work together as one. It’s been great.

“We’ve got a lot of great people in this organization,  Jimmy Graham Jersey a lot of great football players that are good men, that come in here to work, that work together. One of things we were talking about the other day is how guys – Kyle Rudolph from Cincinnati, Ohio, and Everson Griffen from Arizona – two different types of people come together in one locker room to be brothers, to take care of each other, to love each other. And that’s the family that we have here and the kind of structure that the Wilfs have built.”

Eagan Mayor Mike Maguire

“The Wilfs and the Vikings organization have made a first-rate investment with these facilities, and it’s reflective of their commitment not just to the players, coaches and employees of the organization but to Minnesota and its relentless pursuit of excellence. We are grateful for your investment in the future of Eagan. As one of just 32 National Football League headquarter cities in the nation, you have helped make Eagan a destination. And we look forward to being the destination for a celebration para Men’s Nike Green Bay Packers Ha Ha Clinton Dix Elite Team Color Jersey Cheap de welcoming the Minnesota Vikings first Super Bowl Lombardi Trophy right here to Eagan.”

TCO CEO Troy Simonson

“Twin Cities Orthopedics is very honored to serve as the Vikings sports medicine and orthopedic partner, and thank you to the TCO physicians and staff who dedicate an unbelievable amount of time to the Vikings. It’s been very impressive to watch the TCO Performance Center come to life. I don’t think there is any question that the vision the Minnesota Vikings and the facilities that have been established here are creating a new model [for the] future of the NFL.

“The TCO team and I have had the privilege to work with the Vikings world-class leadership team, and we could not be more excited to partner with two Minnesota-grown organizations that have an unrelenting desire for excellence.”

Owner/President Mark Wilf

Mark Wilf also spoke about future plans for the campus near TCO Performance Center:

“Overall, Viking Lakes includes over 200 acres of development, of which the team headquarters and practice facility make up 40 acres. On the rest of the campus, we’re working hard to develop a 4-star hotel and conference center, and a residential development as well as commercial, medical and retail investments. All of this will be interwoven with green space, lakes and trails for the community. The future is great for the Vikings brand, Viking Lakes and for our partners. Thank you again for being here today and for your ongoing partnership.”

Vikings Dedicate Sid Hartman Interview Room Jimmy Graham Packers Jersey at TCO

June 16th, 2018

EAGAN, Minn. — Sid Hartman and Bud Grant — two Minnesota icons — have enjoyed interconnected lives since first crossing paths on the campus of the  Ha Ha Clinton Dix Jersey For Sale University of Minnesota in 1945.

Their paths that were close in proximity, then far, then close again, always have been marked by a sincere friendship.

Now, they’ll share a connection inside Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center, the Vikings sparkling, modern headquarters that celebrated its ribbon-cutting on Friday.

The Vikings made sure to include a permanent office for Grant inside TCO Performance Center, and the Hall of Fame coach is regularly at the facility — except when the ducks are calling — enjoying the retro-styling of his space and continued relationship with the club as a consultant more than 30 years after hanging up his coach’s whistle.

Hartman, 98, covered the Vikings offseason program this week and was back at the building Friday when the team dedicated the Sid Hartman Interview Room on the media level.

Grant, Goodell and Vikings Owners Mark Wilf and Zygi Wilf spoke as part of the dedication, which was also attended by Head Coach Mike Zimmer.

“It’s great to be here with an old friend,” said Grant before quipping, “The older we get, the better we were. I’ve got more accolades now than I ever did before.”

Grant, who turned 91 last month, said he was pleased to see the recognition for Hartman.

“Sid and I go back a long way,” Grant said. “We’ve been down the road together, and now our roads come together again, Sid, in this great facility.

“Thank you to the Vikings for allowing me to have an office because if you don’t have any place to go, life isn’t worth it,” Grant added. “The Vikings have been very gracious. I have an office now, and Sid, you have joined me.”

Goodell said Hartman has had an important impact on the Vikings and the NFL.

“Sid, I’m so happy to be here to be part of this special day because you’re such a big part of the NFL,” Goodell said. “Your integrity, your character, your values, the way you’ve done things, are an example for so many. You have meant so much to our league.

“You happen to be the same age as our league, which is a great thing, 98 years old,” Goodell continued. “We’re going to celebrate our 100th birthdays together in a couple of years, but I want you to know what an honor it is to have known you before I became Commissioner. You treated me the exact same way you do today, and you have been such an instrumental force not only for the Vikings but the NFL.”

The Wilfs said that Hartman has played an instrumental role to their family since they became stewards of the franchise in 2005.

Mark Wilf said: “Sid is truly a legend and a national icon, having served sports fans in this market for more than 70 years. Sid wrote his first column for the Minneapolis Daily Times on Sept. 11, 1945.”

Zygi Wilf added: “Given the significance of Sid’s astonishing career and what he has meant to the Minnesota Vikings, today we are dedicating the Sid Hartman Interview Room at the TCO Performance Center media center.

“On a personal note, every time I see you, you remind me of how strong you are in this community,” Zygi said. “Thank you so much for what you’ve done for this franchise and helping our family be part of the community. Thank you, Sid.”

Hartman said he was “lost for words” from the dedication.

“I didn’t expect anything li Green Bay Packers Jimmy Graham Jersey ke this,” Hartman said. “It’s unbelievable, but the Vikings have been a big part of my life. When there was a lot of talk about them moving, I fought the battle with a lot of other people [to] keep them here.

“The Wilfs have been fantastic owners for this team,” Hartman added. “The National Football League has been a good part of my life. … I want to thank everybody connected with the Wilfs. I want to thank Bob Hagan and Tom West, too, for always helping me in my coverage. They’ve been two great assets for me. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

Hartman told that someone counted 22,000 bylines during his career and emphasized his appreciation to a caregiver named Lacey, who often accompanies Hartman at practices.

“I try and get along with everybody, but at the same time, when they deserve criticism, they get it,” Hartman said of his approach. “The Viking operation has been unbelievable.

“Coach Grant calls me his best friend, and he’s as good of a friend as I’ve got in this world,” Hartman added. “He and I have been very close from the time he enrolled at the University of Minnesota, all through his Winnipeg days and then here.”

Grant said “it’s great to have a best friend.”

“Sid, we’ve been together a long time, we’ve gone down many roads,” Grant said, “and as one man can love another, I HaHa Clinton Dix Jersey  love Sid Hartman.”

Vikings Alumni Jimmy Graham Packers Jersey Reconnect in 1st BBQ at TCO

June 15th, 2018

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EAGAN, Minn.– Head Coach Mike Zimmer invited special guests to the final minicamp practice.

Vikings Legends gathered to watch practice and enjoyed some BBQ afterwards. During the press conference with Twin Cities media, Zimmer shared his thoughts on  Men’s Nike Green Bay Packers Ha Ha Clinton Dix Elite Team Color Jersey Cheap how he feels about the players and coaches who came before him. He explained his appreciation for how they paved the way for his team.

“I think it’s important,” said Zimmer. “A lot of [current players] have pretty good lives and pretty g HaHa Clinton Dix Jersey ood careers because of those guys. If those guys wouldn’t have done the things they did, then these guys wouldn’t have the opportunities that they have. I think it’s important that we honor the guys that came before us. Not only with the Vikings but in the entire NFL.”

Not only is it important to Zimmer to pay respect to the players and coaches who came before him, but current players value them as well.

After practice, Adam Thielen told reporters, “It’s great. Obviously those guys are the reason why we’re here. We owe a lot to those guys because we wouldn’ Green Bay Packers Jimmy Graham Jersey t be able to play this game for a living if it wasn’t for them, the guys before us. It’s always great to meet those guys and hear their stories.”

For many of the Vikings Legends, Thursday was their first time visiting the new team headquarters, Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center. The players said they were impressed by the facility.

“I think that it is really amazing,” said former cornerback John Swain (1981-84). “I am just struck in terms of just how beautiful the facility is. It’s so impressive, and I am so glad I got the opportunity to come out today.”

Former wide receiver John Henderson (1968-72) added: It’s heads and shoulders above what we had 40 years ago. To compare that to what we have now here is just 180 degrees from what we used to have. I am just awestruck at the beauty of this place.”

During the BBQ, Legends were able to enjoy fellowship with each other and share memories.

“We are always tight,” said former running back Chuck Foreman (1973-79). “I might not see some of these guys for a year or so, but when we see each other, it’s like we just saw each other yesterday. It’s a special and unique group, and it’s a privilege to be a part of it.”

The annual Alumni BBQ is a tradition that likely won’t go anywhere  Ha Ha Clinton Dix Jersey For Sale any time soon. The Legends are continuously encouraged to come back, especially while the Vikings are under the leadership of Zimmer.

“I think he’s been good for the Legends,” Henderson said. “Coaches have different styles, and Coach Zimmer has embraced the Legends because he knows that many of the Legends helped build the foundation for the Vikings, and so he welcomes us and he encourages us to come. He values many of the Legends and the history of the organization, and I think we as Legends, appreciate that.”

Notebook: Remmers Jimmy Graham Packers Jersey Relying on Versatility, Will be ‘Ready for Anything’ on O-Line

June 15th, 2018

EAGAN, Minn. – Mike Remmers has spent most of his time at guard throughout Organized Team Activity and minicamp practices, but he’s remaining at the ready to play tackle.

Remmers started all 12 games he played in last season, including the Division round playoff game against New Orleans. He primarily played right tackle but also made a start at right guard. He started at left guard in playoff games against New Orleans and Philadelphia.

Now looking ahead to his second season in Purple, Remmers is more concerned about helping the team than he is about position.

“I’m just going to do whatever they want me to do. When I go home, I’ll do guard and tackle stuff to be ready for anything,” Remmers told media members on Thursday after the final of three minicamp practices. “You never know what’s going to happen in the season, so I’m just not worrying about that right now. I’m going to train as much as I can at both positions.”

When asked if he approaches the guard and tackle positions differently, Remmers cracked a smile.

“No, you’ve gotta have the same mentality,” Remmers said. “It’s football, and we’re on the offensive line – everyone’s gotta have the same mentality down there.”

Rashod Hill started nine total games in 2017, including both postseason contests. He lined up at right tackle for six of those starts and primarily played that spot throughout the Vikings spring practices.

Hill emphasized the importance of adaptability on the offensive line and said Remmers’ versatility is extremely valuable.

“It’s good that Remmers can play … three positions,” Hill said on Wednesday, adding that the line is working to fill the shoes of right guard Joe Berger, who retired in March. “We’re just trying to fill in the spots and build a better chemistry with each other. We all had a chemistry already, but this is a new year.

“We’re learning off each other, me and Mike, and we’re getting better at that. The chemistry’s getting better,” Hill added. “We love being around each ot Ha Ha Clinton Dix Jersey For Sale her. That’s what I love about this team – we’re like a brotherhood.” 

Remmers echoed Hill’s comments about a new season and pointed to the learning curve that comes with adjusting to a new offensive coordinator in John DeFilippo.

“With the playbook, kind of had to start from square one there, a little bit. [But] I think that everyone learned and adapted really quickly to the new scheme,” Remmers said. “I thin Jimmy Graham Jersey k this time of year was really, it’s going to be critical for our success this year.”

Hughes leaning on vets, playbook as comfort level increases

Cornerback Mike Hughes’ first NFL minicamp is in the books, and he’s “pretty pleased” with his first spring in the big leagues.

The first-round pick said he has lots of work left to do, though.

“It’s just all about learning the playbook, knowing where you’re supposed to be, those things that help you be around the ball,” Hughes said. “I’ve just been dialed into my playbook and trying to feel as comfortable as I can so I can compete.

“I have a long ways to go,” Hughes added. “Some plays I know exactly where I’m supposed to be; other plays, I catch myself thinking. But the vets, they help me out with where I’m supposed to be, and they help me compete and feel as comfortable as I can.”

Hughes said that “pretty much everybody” on the Vikings top-ranked defense has been helpful to him as he learns the ropes.

Harrison Smith is among vets in the secondary who have lent some guidance to Hughes. The All-Pro safety reflected for media members on the experience of a young player starting out in the pros.

Smith pointed out that it’s one thing to learn the plays, but rookies are faced with more than that.

“There’s things as far as studying and just your mindset, the way you prepare for training camp and what you do in this time from now until it’s time to show up. Those are things that those guys don’t know,” Smith said. “You’ve been in college for three, four or five years, and they kind of have a regimen for you, and [you’re] in summer school. Now we’re kind of turned loose, so you have to have a plan in place mentally to be ready to go in July.”

Added Smith: “That rookie year is long, coming from the last year to the combine to training, so you have to know how to balance it and get ready to go all the way through the season.”

As Hughes heads into the next five weeks before reporting for training camp in late July, he’ll be focused on better learning the nickel spot. Stressing that he’s ready to play “wherever they want me,” Hughes explained that he’s more accustomed to playing on the outside but has enjoyed receiving reps in the slot.

“[Outside corner] is something that I’ve [played more recently], so just learning the nickel position, getting comfortable and just doing everything they tell me to do,” Hughes said.

Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer said he was pleased with Hughes’ progress so far.

“I HaHa Clinton Dix Jersey  thought he did a nice job. Still a learning experience for him,” Zimmer said during his session with media members. “I thought the way he handled himself, the way he tried to learn and listen and all those things – I thought it was good.”

Reflecting on fatherly advice

With Fathers’ Day just around the corner, several Vikings were asked to share and reflect on a piece of parental advice that they’ve valued. 

Minnesota native Adam Thielen said that it was a mentality, rather than a verbal message, that he learned from his father growing up.

“I think the biggest thing that he did was just lead by example,” said Thielen, who now is a father himself to Asher. “He went to work every day, grinded and tried to provide for his family, and that’s something that I’ll never forget and something that I’ve taken with me through my life.”

Kirk Cousins, who also has a young son, Cooper, values a Bible verse that his father has encouraged him with.

“Proverbs 3:5-6 – ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Don’t lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your steps,’ ” Cousins recounted. “I’ve really built my life on that, and it’s proven true so many times throughout my [faith journey].

“He also said, ‘Kirk, when you make good decisions, good things happen. And when you make bad decisions, bad things happen,’ ” Cousins added with a laugh. “His point was that there are consequences in life, and you got to factor that in when you make decisions. Whether that was choosing to come to Minnesota or choosing to throw an interception in the red zone, I’ve got to live with those decisions. I’ve learned that from a young age, and that law has proven true from when I was young to now.” 

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June 14th, 2018

EAGAN, Minn. — It was a day of highs and lows for Kirk Cousins.

The Vikings quarterback hit on a pair of deep passes in the Vikings minicamp practice on Wednesday, but he also threw a pair of interceptions HaHa Clinton Dix Jersey  in the red zone late in the session.

Cousins was a bit miffed with himself in his post-practice podium session with the media, but also cautioned that he’d prefer to make mistakes now rather than in three months when the action is a bit more meaningful.

“Third downs in the red zone were the emphasis of that period, and they’re going to be a big emphasis for us all season,” Cousins said. “Our backs are against the wall a little bit, but on the first one, I just couldn’t get all the way through the throw, so the ball died on me. The second one, I was testing things a little bit and trying to see what I could get away with, and I learned pretty quickly that I can’t get away with that throw.

“Some of the beauty of [minicamp] is that you can test and experiment, you can try things without the ramifications that you would have during the season,” Cousins added. “You’ve just got to learn from them and use them and bank those reps, so that come the season, you’re making good decisions in those critical situations.”

Cousins will wrap up his early tenure in Minnesota on Thursday, when the Vikings hold their third and final minicamp practice.

The Vikings will open training camp in Eagan at Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center for the first time in late July.

Cousins previewed his summer break on Wednesday and said he’ll take lessons learned from previous seasons as to how he will approach the time off.

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Something Cousins won’t do, he explained, was go full force with his studying and preparation.

And, as Cousins mentioned multiple times Wednesday, he’ll still have more than six weeks to keep getting acclimated to his teammates and the Vikings Offensive Coordinator John DeFilippo’s offense before the season begins on Sept. 9.

“It’s a balance for me, and I’ve had to learn this after playing the last few years,” Cousins said. “Last year [in Washington] we got to li Ha Ha Clinton Dix Jersey For Sale ke Week 2, and because of how much I was grinding all camp and even in the summer, I felt like we were in Week 12. I couldn’t believe that we were only in Week 2 because I had treated July and August like it was game day.

“You have to pace yourself a little bit. Because I feel a little behind the 8-ball and am learning the offense, I do need to be in it every day, but there also needs to be a healthy balance of getting away, catching your breath, and getting a change of scenery, knowing that when we come back at the end of July we still have six more weeks before week one,” Cousins added. “I’m trying to find that balance, getting better at it each year, but to answer your question, I’ll definitely get away, relax, and also just stay in it every day for a few minutes so I don’t lose what I’ve gained.”

When Cousins does choose to switch his mind to football each day, he’ll likely try to refresh his memory from the past few months rather than cram new material into it.

“I think the more important level of communication will be between me and the coaches, talking about some philosophy things and how I want plays to be designed,” Cousins said. “I’ll have my iPad with me as I go home, and I’ll spend time every day going back.

“It’s a bit like drinking through a firehose right now, I need to use the five or six weeks of the summer to go back. I’ll the stuff I didn’t catch, go back through and see that I had starred this, I had check marked this as something to go back to when we had time rather than take time when we were so busy,” Cousins added. “I’m going to go back, I’ll make a list, probably get on the phone with Coach DeFilippo or give (Vikings quarterbacks coach Kevin) Stefanski an email and just go through it all to get each question answered over the summer.”

For now, Cousins has one last minicamp practice to finalize his crash course on his first few months in Minnesota.

And you can bet he wants to end the spring on a high note before the intensity really kicks up as the 2018 season approaches.

“I think right now I was pretty salty walking off the field, I’m really frustrated,” Cousins said about his turnovers. “I do not want to walk into the summer with a bad taste in my mouth about practice, so hopefully we can finish really strong [Thursday] and be feeling good going in to the summer.

“Even one bad decision in practice kind of bothers me all afternoon, and I can be a bit of a grouch when I go home, so that one bothered me,” Cousins added.

Notebook: Details, Dialogue Important for Install of Jimmy Graham Packers Jersey Vikings Offense

June 14th, 2018

EAGAN, Minn. — New Vikings Offensive Coordinator John DeFilippo has tried to make the most of this time during the Vikings offseason program.

 From time in meetings to every rep on the practice fields, DeFilippo had a considerable to-do list for a new scheme led by starting quarterback Kirk Cousins and backup Trevor Siemian, both of whom signed this offseason.

In addition to quarterbacks, receivers, running backs, tight ends and offensive linemen, many meetings were attended by Mike Zimmer. DeFilippo’s style in those meetings and other conversations has impressed Zimmer, the head coach said Tuesday.

“He’s very detailed and very passionate about everything,” Zimmer said. “We can have really open conversations, and he listens to the things that I say would hurt defenses. It’s been really good. I think he’s done a great job with the offense. 

“When I sit in the meetings with them, he does a great job with communicating exactly what he wants,” Zimmer added. “He’s detailed with the work, the plays and alignments, all the different things that they’re doing. We talked about adding more screens, and we ran quite a few more [Tuesday], so that’s been good. It’s really been seamless.”

The Vikings held their second of three minicamp practices this week on Wednesday and will wrap their offseason program on Thursday.

DeFilippo participated in a media session and was asked about Zimmer’s assessment.

“I appreciate Coach saying that, and I take a lot of pride in trying to make this offense look how Coach wants it to look and spend a lot of time doing that. The fact that he said that means a lot to me.

“Coach and I have a tremendous relationship,” DeFilippo added. “We enjoy talking football. We’re both football junkies. They ran through us on a RPO [run-pass option] a couple of practices ago. We made a blocking adjustment and went over there and talked about it. He and I have very open dialogue and football conversation.” 

Cousins on Wednesday said he has been “pleasantly surprised with the rapport” in the two-way conversations with DeFilippo.

“There was a fair amount of carryover from what I’ve done in the past, so that was a good first step,” Cousins said. “Whenever I did suggest something, he’s just been a great listener, he’s been a great communicator, and I love his passion for the game.

“I feel like although we’ve never crossed paths in the past, we do have similar backgrounds, and a lot of times we’re coming from a similar perspective,” C Green Bay Packers Jimmy Graham Jersey ousins added. “I’ve really enjoyed working with him, and I can’t wait to build reps and build experience with him, such that we have a rapport and a dynamic and a reputation around the league.”

One call away

Cousins explained that he’ll try to strike a balance between continuing to memorize the offense and unwinding, saying that he put so much prep work in during July and August of last season that Week 2 felt like Week 12. 

Therefore, he plans to have his digital playbook with him and spend some time going back over items and communicating with DeFilippo and quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski when questions arise.

“It’s a bit like drinking through a firehose right now; I need to us HaHa Clinton Dix Jersey e the five or six weeks of the summer to go back,” Cousins said. “The stuff I didn’t catch, I’ll go back through and see that I had starred this, I had check marked this as something to go back to when we had time rather than take time when we were so busy. I’m going to go back, I’ll make a list, probably get on the phone with Coach DeFilippo or give Coach Stefanski an email and just go through it all to get each question answered over the summer.”

Double the competition

Marcus Sherels has cemented himself as arguably the top punt returner in history. He has team records for punt return yards (2,171) and touchdowns (five). 

Sherels also has returned kickoffs in his career. This offseason, Sherels has had company in the form of first-round pick Mike Hughes

Hughes returned 20 kickoffs a total of 635 yards, taking two all the way back for scores and ranking fourth in FBS with an average of 31.8 yards per runback in 2017 at UCF. He also returned 14 punts for 233 yards and a score. 

“I think they’re both going to compete for both [spots],” Special Teams Coordinator Mike Priefer said. “I think you need to have at least two guys back there competing.” 

Priefer said that Hughes is “ver Ha Ha Clinton Dix Jersey For Sale y natural catching the ball” on kickoffs and has “come a long way since rookie minicamp” on punts.

“He’s never really been taught how to track a punt, how to catch a punt,” Priefer said. “We do a lot of film work, a lot of close up film work that we go over with Mike and all our returners for that matter, to try to hone those sk Men’s Nike Green Bay Packers Ha Ha Clinton Dix Elite Team Color Jersey Cheap ills. He’s done a really nice job. He’s come a long way. He’s a great athlete, a fast learner, the sky is the limit for Mike. I think he’s going to be a very good returner on both punts and kickoffs.”

Seattle Mariners Custom Jersey Presser Points: Zimmer Evaluates Offensive Linemen, Recaps Isidora’s Debut

June 13th, 2018

EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings offensive line won’t truly take shape until training camp, which is when the pads come on and the intensity cranks up.

But Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer can somewhat get a feel for how the big boys up front are doing this spring, even if they’re in just helmets and shorts.

“There’s a lot of things technique-wise that you look at,” Zimmer said of his evaluations of the offensive linemen. “Pass protection, a lot of certain things with technique. In the run game, it’s a little bit tougher to evaluate those things because you’re not coming off the ball and all that. 

“It’s always mental mistakes, going to the right guy, working with the guy that’s next to him. It’s all those things,” Zimmer added.

From left to right, the Vikings lined up Riley Reiff, Danny Isidora, Nick Easton, Mike Remmers and Rashod Hill on Tuesday.

That won’t be the starting combination in Week 1 as center Pat Elflein is currently rehabbing from an injury but is expected to be ready for training camp.

Easton made 12 starts in 2017 (including 11 at left guard), but has slid over a spot to take Elflein’s place this spring.

That opened up an opportunity at left guard, which has recently been filled by both Isidora and Tom Compton.

Zimmer praised Isidora’s development after the Vikings first minicamp practice Tuesday.

“We’ve been mixing him in some with the first group and some with the second group,” Zimmer said. “He continues to get better.

“I went back to watch all his plays from the past season, and when he was in, he did a good job,” Zimmer added. “We just have to see how it shakes out.”

Isidora appeared in seven games in 2017 and started at left guard in Minnesota’s win over Cleveland in Lon Seattle Mariners Custom Jersey don. 

Here are four other takeaways from Zimmer’s podium session Tuesday:

1. The Minnesota mentality

The Vikings won just five games and ranked dead last in points allowed per game in 2013, the season before Zimmer was hired.

Minnesota’s defense has since evolved into one of the league’s best, and Zimmer has helped lead the Vikings to a pair of NFC North titles over the past three seasons.

While an influx of talent has certainly played a role in that success, Zimmer said Tuesday that having a mix of strong camaraderie and selfless players help create a winning culture.

“It makes it easier when you’ve got good guys. It’s not like pulling teeth all the time,” Zimmer said. “You get guys that come out here and want to work. They want to get better, they’re good teammates in the locker room.

“Honestly, that part, for me, has not been that difficult,” Zimmer said. “We’ve got the right kind of guys here.”

2. Morgan more involved

David Morgan had a limited role as a rookie in 2016 before taking a step forward in 2017.

The tight end caught his first career touchdown pass this past season, and finished with 10 total receptions for 95 yards.

And that doesn’t even take into h Women’s Houston Astros Majestic Home White Custom Baseball Jersey is clutch long-snapping abilities.

As Morgan enters his third season in the NFL, Zimmer said he likes what he has seen from him so far this spring. 

“It’s hard to say big leap, but he’s become a lot more involved with the offense,” Zimmer said of Morgan’s progression. “I don’t know if he’s going to have a 100 catches. That’s not really his game, but the rest of the stuff, I see him a lot more involved in the offense, yes.”

Zimmer also noted it’d be inaccurate to just label Morgan as a blocking tight end.

“There’s some routes that he runs well as well,” Zimmer said. “I think that he’s probably not going to be in too much on third down. That’s just not who he is.”

3. Tracking Treadwell 

Laquon Treadwell turned some heads Tuesday by making a handful of snags during practice.

The former first-round pick has mixed in with the first-team offense for most of the spring as the unit learns Vikings Offensive Coordinator John DeFilippo’s offensive scheme.

Zimmer said before the 2017 season that Treadwell was almost working too hard at times, whether it was extra drills or workouts on top of the usual practices.

But that hasn’t been the case much in 2018, Zimmer said.

“So far, so good,” Zimmer said. “I happened to see him last Friday, and I asked him what he was doing that day. He said, ‘just getting some treatment.’ Hopefully that’s improved, that part of it. 

“He’s done a nice job, he’s caught the ball well this spring. He’s still got some areas where he’s got to continue to improve,” Zimmer added. “He had a false start out there today, and he had one wrong route, but he’s learning the offense as well.”


4. Commending Cook

Dalvin Cook talked last week about his rehab from a torn ACL the running back suffered last October, noting he feels like the same player he was before the injury.

Zimmer chimed in on Cook’s attitude in recent months and had nothing but compliments for the former second-round pick.

“Number one, he’s attacked his rehab really, really hard,” Zimmer said. “Even when you joke around with him, I’ve heard him say he’s the same guy that he was. I say, ‘Well, that’s cause you’re young, if Custom Mariners Jersey  it was me it’d be a lot harder.’

“He’s got a great attitude about it,” Zimmer added. “I think he feels like he still has something to prove, he’s got a little bit of a chip on his shoulder in the way that he’s attacking this rehab.”

Cook had 354 rushing yards and two touchdowns in three-plus games before getting injured.

Noteb Seattle Mariners Custom Jersey ook: Vikings Offense on the Move is All Right with Kendall Wright

June 13th, 2018

EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings offense has shown a proclivity of pre-snap shifts and motions in Organized Team Activity practices open to the media and Tuesday’s first day of a three-day minicamp.

With new Offensive Coordinator John DeFilippo and quarterback Kirk Cousins in their first offseason program, multiple players have been on the move.

That’s quite all right with receiver Kendall Wright.

“We have a lot of pre-snap movements, and it’s for the betterment of us,” Wright said. “The more we learn those things, the better it is for us as an offense and the easier it is for us to get the defense” to make changes.

Wright also is comfortable playing multiple receiver positions, Women’s Houston Astros Majestic Home White Custom Baseball Jersey  lining up on the outside or in the slot.

“I would rather do that than stay in one spot all of the time,” Wright said. “If you stay in one spot all of the time, everybody will know what you’re doing, so us being able to move around to different spots helps everybody. You can put anybody in a different position and run different routes instead of running the same things from the slot.”

The free-agent signee has been surrounded by changes in his pro career.

Wright played for three different head coaches (Mike Munchak, Ken Whisenhunt and Mike Mularkey) and fou Custom Mariners Jersey r offensive coordinators (Chris Palmer, Dowell Loggains, Jason Michael and Terry Robiskie) in his five seasons with Tennessee.

He reconnected with Loggains last year in Chicago with John Fox as the head coach of a Bears team that was transitioning at quarterback. Mike Glennon started the first four games of the season before Mitch Trubisky the final 12, the first and last of which were against Minnesota. Wright caught four passes for 46 yards in Chicago and five for 29 yards in Minnesota last year.

Wright said the amount of free time that he’s had this offseason leaves no excuse for not learning the offense.

“If you don’t study it as a young guy, you won’t be around,” Wright said. “So you have to study the plays, and the one thing I won’t do is not make the team for not knowing what I’m doing. I always know what I’m doing when I get out there.”

Wright said he’s learned that DeFilippo has a “unique offense.”

“I like it. This is my first time of being in an offense with some of those run-pass option things,” Wright said. “I think his offense is different and unique. We have a quarterback that learns it as fast as Kirk has and can go out there and switch things up and do some of the veteran things he does; I think it makes it that much better and harder to defend.”

Wright is excited for the opportunity to play home games at U.S. Bank Stadium this fall and practice against the Vikings defense the next two days and when training camp opens.

“I’ve definitely enjoyed it. It’s the number one defense in the NFL,” Wright said. “Any time you can practice with those guys and get better every day, I think it’s better for our offense.”

Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer said he is “getting a sense” of how Wright might fit into the offense, “but we won’t know until training camp.”

“He’s done a good job at all the positions we’ve lined him up at,” Zimmer said.

Detail oriented

Adam Thielen hasn’t changed pro teams — or even home states — for his  Custom Astros Jersey football career, but the Vikings have also had their fair share of offensive changes for a myriad of reasons.

Thielen was asked about working with Cousins and said developing the chemistry is a “work in progress like it always is” but keeps things “fresh” to learn a new quarterback’s approach and preferences.

“I think every quarterback in this league [has] different things that they like,” Thielen said. “Kirk, he’s just very detailed. He ge Houston Astros Custom Jersey ts the ball out quick, and he’s pretty good with where he wants to go with the ball and c Seattle Mariners Custom Jersey ommitting to it and throwing it. He’s a fun guy to work with, he loves the game of football, and that’s what you want.”

‘Fluke deal’

Zimmer confirmed on Tuesday that Hercules Mata’afa tore his ACL, saying it was “kind of a fluke deal.”

Lunchbreak: Predicts Cook as 2018 Viki Seattle Mariners Custom Jersey ngs MVP

June 12th, 2018

Dalvin Cook reminded Vikings fans and media members alike that he’s “still the same guy” that they saw rack up more than 300 yards rushing before su Women’s Houston Astros Majestic Home White Custom Baseball Jersey ffering a torn ACL in Week 4 season.

The rookie earned lots of attention before being sidelined for the remainder of the season, and all eyes are on the running back as he prepares to return in 2018. Dan Hanzus of recently predicted an MVP for each team, and he tabbed Cook for Minnesota. Hanzus wrote:

In a parallel universe, Cook’s knee doesn’t blow out last October, and he and Alvin Kamara are battling for Offensive Rookie of the Year honors down the stretch. It didn’t work out that way, of course, but Cook was on pace for Kamara-like greatness before disaster struck. All reports are overwhelmingly positive about Cook’s rehab, and he enters 2018 as the clear No. 1 option in the backfield for a Vikings team that will rely plenty on the ground game, even after paying Kirk Cousins funny money to be the “final piece” on offense. This nug from The Big Fish, Evan Silva: Cook was on pace for a whopping 340 touches before his ACL injury, a figure that would’ve put him in the top five among all tailbacks. That still feels possible, even with [Kirk] Cousins’ arrival.

Who did Hanzus highlight from the Vikings division rivals?

Quarterbacks took the cake in Detroit and Green Bay, with Hanzus pointing to Matthew Stafford and Aaron Rodgers, but he didn’t select QB Mitch Trubisky in Chicago. Rather, Hanzus predicted ‘clear-cut No. 1 receiver’ Allen Robinson, whom the Bears signed in free agency.

This is a time of optimism around the Bears, who might actually be – gasp! – fun to watch this season. Much of that has to do with an emerging young core on offense shepherded by first-year coach Matt Nagy, fresh off a stint building the Chiefs into a powerful attack under Andy Reid. […] Robinson is the clear-cut No. 1 receiver and – assuming his recovery from knee surgery goes according to plan – will be a focal point in an offense that will feature plenty of downfield passing.

The Vikings will first face the Bears on Nov. 18 when they travel to Soldier Field.

Smith unveiled on Pro Football Focus ‘Top 50’ List

While NFL Network has been posting its Top 100 list from the 2017 season, analytics site Pro Football Focus has unveiled its list of the “best 50 players in the game as we head into the 20 Houston Astros Custom Jersey 18 season.”

The players were selected by the PFF team and informed by “grading, statistics and schematic context.”

Vikings All-Pro safety Harrison Smith came in at No. 15 overall. PFF’s Sam Monson wrote:

In 2017, Smith didn’t just post the highest grade of any safety in the g Custom Astros Jersey ame (97.0), he posted the highest single-season grade we have ever seen from a player at that position since PFF has been grading every snap of every NFL game (2006). Smith graded well in all facets of the game and has a complete skill set that allows the Vikings defense to play any scheme they want on a play-by-play basis, knowing that they have the shape-shifting keystone on which to build the rest of the defense.

Smith was the second-highest-ranked NFC North player on PFF’s list, behind Rodgers at No. 10.

Join Brian Robison’s fishing tournament this weekend

Are you a Vikings fan who enjoys fishing for a good cause?

Brian Robison’s “Reel ‘Em In” Fishing Tournament is taking place in Wabasha, Minnesota, this weekend, and he posted on social media Sunday evening that spots remain for the open tournament.

Check out Robison’s foundation website to learn more about its mission and details for the upcoming event.

We are 5 days away from the #reeleminfoundation tournament weekend in Wabasha, Mn. There is still room for boats in our open tournament, so go sign up!!! Link is in the bio. #giveback #fishing #football #nfl #k9 @k9s4kids @k9s4cops

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Vikings Expansion of Progra Seattle Mariners Custom Jersey mming at TCO Studios to Include Live Studio Show

June 12th, 2018

EAGAN, Minn. — TCO Studios will enable the Vikings to connect with fans like never before, including through a new, live studio show that will launch later this year.

The prime space inside Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center will provide various settings for different types of content, an expansion of the already robust lineup of offerings from Vikings Entertainment Network and new content.

Vikings Vice President of Content and Production Bryan Harper said that VEN and the Vikings organization are excited about the content opportunities inside the state-of-the-art TCO Studios.

“Vikings fans have consistently eng Custom Astros Jersey aged with the inside access that VEN strives to provide, and we have a responsibility to continue to meet or exceed their programming demands,” Harper said. “With the opening of TCO Studios, we are excited about the new opportunities to deliver meaningful content to our fans.”

The TCO Studios 1,750-square-foot main studio space features four scenic arrangements.

1. The main desk is positioned in front of a 3X3 video wall for traditional broadcasts.

2. An informal area for more relaxed content is positioned in front of a 2X2 video wall.

3. A social/interactive area features an 86-inch touchscreen.

4. A stand-up area features three vertical screens that can be combined.

TCO Studios’ main space can connect with the auditorium that is used by the Vikings for team meetings by raising an operable acoustic wall. This versatility will create an incredible set-up for the live show and allow TCO Studios to operate as a stage for other special events. 

In addition to television programming that will continue to be produced in partnership with FOX 9 KMSP and Fox Sports North, Harper said fans can expect an increase in player-centric features, in-season daily streaming content, videos on social media and podcast offerings.

The live show planned for Thursdays this fall will join a television lineup that includes Vikings GamePlan, Vikings: Beyond the Gridiron, Vikings Connected, Vikings GameDay LIVE and Vikings Huddle. VEN and KMSP also partner for Vikings Preseason TV.

KFAN 100.3-FM will continue to be the Vikings flagship radio partner and already has broadcast programming from TCO Studios and TCO Performance Center. The radio studio is equipped for video streaming.

The completion of TCO Studios last month resulted from impressive teamwork. The main studio was designed, coordinated and project managed by Provost Studio, Inc.

Chicago Scenic Studios provided scenic fabrication & installation, Lighting Design Group handled the lighting design and infrastructure, and Primeview, Inc., provided on-set AV technology.

Eden Prairie-based Alpha Video & Audio provided design and integration of the control room that will operate TCO Studios and the video board at TCO Stadi Women’s Houston Astros Majestic Home White Custom Baseball Jersey um, as well as the equipment room, radio studio, interview studio and support spaces. 

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