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August 16th, 2017

 

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Are the Vikings looking for a “center fielder” to play safety or Customized Cincinnati Bengals Jersey will they continue the interchangeable free/strong safety approach?
— Paul S.

The beauty of having Harrison Smith on the team is he’s so versatile that it allows the Vikings to consider a wide variety of options next to him. If an “in the box” safety in the mold of Kam Chancellor earns a spot, then Smith is good enough in coverage to make it work. If a ball hawk in the mold of Earl Thomas comes along, then Smith is good enough in the box to make that work, too. Furthermore, the beauty of Mike Zimmer’s defensive approach is that he doesn’t confine himself to the rigidity of needing to have the traditional strong safety=free safety alignment; he just wants the best 11 players on the field for each particular situation. That’s why, ultimately, it’s been Andrew Sendejo in the other safety spot the past two seasons. Customized Cleveland Browns Jersey Sendejo knows the defense, he’s generally aligned properly and ends up around the ball and he has good synergy with Smith. Zimmer and the defensive staff value those characteristics as much as any others when trying to field the best possible defense.

 

Where do you see the upgrades on defense and how can we improve the overall defense to allow us to be as strong in the middle and end of the season as we seem to be right out of the gate?
— Larry Lujan

I love what the Vikings have going at defensive tackle right now. Even without Men’s Nike Carolina Panthers Custom Elite Team Color Black Super Bowl 50 Bound Jersey Sharrif Floyd, the Vikings are deep and good at both three technique and nose guard. Shamar Stephen, who filled in admirably at three technique last season when Floyd was out because of injury, seems to have shifted to be Linval Joseph’s backup at the nose; that makes for very good one-two punch in that spot. Then at three technique, the Vikings bring back Tom Johnson and have added draft pick Jaleel Johnson and free agents Datone Jones and Will Sutton, among others. This mix of players along the interior should give the Vikings a good chance to improve in two areas they’re aiming to improve – 1st down defense and forcing more negative runs.

 

Do you think Rodney Adams has a chance to be our  Custom Browns Jersey No. 3 receiver? I do.
— Curtis
Easton, PA

I won’t rule him out of earning this role at some point this season, but I wouldn’t make him the favorite. Laquon Treadwell has done nothing but impress since the offseason program began and I think he’s got a stronghold on the No. 3 spot. I also wouldn’t count out Michael Floyd as the receiver who sees the third most snaps and/or targets by the time we get to the home stretch of the regular
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Why do you think our players don’t get the same kind of ap Custom Panthers Jersey preciation as many other players in the League?
— Dylan Kimber

I don’t think that’s necessarily true. If your ultimate litmus test for this is the NFL Network’s Top 100 players list, then I can see why you might draw this conclusion. But that’s not the ultimate litmus test, to me, and it also just doesn’t matter. What the Vikings have accomplished under coach Zimmer since 2014 Custom Bengals Jersey, particularly on defense, has earned the team and a lot of players plenty of respect. But when you’re coming off an 8-8 season, you’re just not going to get a bunch of guys on the All-Pro team or on the Top 100 list.

 

Projections from numerous sports analysts have the Vikings right at 9-7 for this season. What are your thoughts on the Vikings surprising to take the next jump to an elite team and going deep in the playoffs?
— Andrew Pettit

It won’t surprise me if the Vikings make that jump. There is quality at the two most important points of the team – head coach and quarterback. That’s the most important thing. But secondarily, I believe they had a solid nucleus in place heading into the offseason, and then they’ve added several important
Men’s Nike Cincinnati Bengals Customized Elite Away White NFL Football Jersey pieces, particularly along the offensive line, that should help improve some deficiencies last year’s team displayed. Add in the fact that Sam Bradford and the rest of the offense should benefit from a full offseason working together, and I think there is plenty of reason for optimism about the 2017 Vikings. With that being said, there is still much work to be done heading into training camp. The offensive line is indeed a work in progress, the running game is being revamped and there are some fixes to be made on defense and special teams, too.

Vikings Offensive Custom Bengals Jersey Outlook for 2017

August 16th, 2017

 

As the Vikings get ready to kick off training camp in Mankato in less than three weeks, here’s a look at two positives and two areas to improve offensively during the 2017 season.

 

2 positives from 2016

1. After joining the Vikings via trade less than two weeks before his first start, Sam Bradford executed the transition almost seamlessly and played at a high level in 15 starts for Custom Browns Jersey Minnesota. Bradford was 395-of-552 passing for a career-high 3,877 yards. He had 20 touchdown passes and only five interceptions. He also finished the season with a career-high quarterback rating (99.3), and his completion percentage (71.6) broke the previous NFL record of 71.2, set by Drew Brees in 2011.

This year’s Vikings Training Camp is the final phase of Bradford’s first offseason
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2. The Vikings receiving game was a group effort in 2016.

Stefon Diggs had a solid performance in his second NFL season, Adam Thielen further established himself as a key offensive contributor, and Kyle Rudolph built on his strong Vikings career.

All three finished the season with more than 800 yards receiving. Thielen and Custom Panthers Jersey Diggs came in under 100 yards shy of 1,000-yard seasons. The trio combined for 15 touchdowns and accounted for 2,710 of
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2 Areas to Improve in 2017

1. After the Vikings finished the 2016 season with 1,205 rushing yards and averaged just 3.2 yards per carry, Head Coach Mike Zimmer said that improving the rushing game would be an offseason focus.

Jerick McKinnon is the only running back returning with the Vikings this season. In 2016, he led the team with 539 rushing yards, averaging 3.4 yards per carry,Customized Carolina Panthers Jersey and added a pair of touchdowns. Latavius Murray, who totaled 2,278 rushing yards over three seasons for the Raiders, joined the Vikings through Customized Cleveland Browns Jersey free agency. Minnesota also moved up in the draft from 48th to 41st to select Florida State running back Dalvin Cook.

In addition to new faces in the running backs room, the Vikings have a new-look offensive line in another effort to improve the run. Minnesota added tackles
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2. Another area of focus for Minnesota is increasing production in the red zone.

Bradford and the Vikings were often able to steadily move down the field but Custom Bengals Jersey struggled to capitalize with a touchdown once getting inside the 20. Minnesota ranked 29th in the league in red zone scoring percentage, getting into the end zone only 46 percent of the time.

Zimmer heavily implemented situation drills during Organized Team Activity practices and mandatory minicamp this spring, especially emphasizing red zone and third-down scenarios.

Linval Joseph’s Goal: ‘Always Be Better Than Last Year’

August 12th, 2017

 

When the Vikings host the Saints Sept. 11 on Monday Night Football, it will mark the first time Linval Joseph has opened a season at home since joining Minnesota as a free agent in 2014.

The Vikings last year opened their brand-new home against the Packers in Week 2. Thinking back to the electricity of that night, Joseph can’t wait to experience it this year in Week 1.

“I just feel like it’s going to be like starting in the brand-new stadium all over again,” Joseph said this spring. “Just like it was last year with the Packers – it was just loud, a lot of energy – I think it’s going to be that type of atmosphere again.”

Another difference for Joseph likely will be being on the field at the same time as Adrian Peterson, who signed with New Orleans as a free agent.

While it will certainly be odd playing against Adrian Peterson rather than sharing a locker room with him, Joseph isn’t losing sight of the end goal.

“It’s football,” Joseph said. “At the end of the day, it’s football. Adrian, it doesn’t matter who we’re hitting, we’re just trying to win the game.”

Beyond opening night, however, the 2017 season will hold a number of familiarities for Joseph, who’s now at home in Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer’s defensive system. There’s a striking number of similarities between this year’s schedule and the 2016 lineup, including another late-season trip to Green Bay.

 

Between his careers with the Giants and Vikings, Joseph has now faced the Packers nine times.

“I’ve been playing in Lambeau my whole career, and at the end of the season,” Joseph said. “So you just have to get your mind right. You know the field’s not going to be the best, you know it’s going to be cold. You just have to play your best football and try to come out with a win.

“Until you do it maybe two or three times, that’s Customized Carolina Panthers Jersey when you really settle down,” Joseph added. “Because it’s different playing out there.”

The defensive tackle feels confident facing any offense from within a Vikings defensive corps that’s changed very little in Joseph’s three seasons in Minnesota.

Especially on the defensive line, consistency has been key. Since day one with the Vikings, Joseph has often knelt beside Tom Johnson or Shamar Stephen, who rotated in at 3-technique when Sharrif Floyd missed all of 2016 with an injury. And on the ends, the line has been anchored by Everson Griffen and Brian Robison with increased contributions from 2015 draft pick Danielle Hunter.

Even outside the hash marks, Minnesota’s defensive linemen have formed a bond that will withstand tremendous pressure.

“We’re all brothers, and we all support each other no matter what – on and off the field,” said Hunter, who joined Joseph, Johnson and Griffen in Wabasha, Minnesota, this spring to support Robison’s foundation fishing tournament. “It’s like a big family. We have each other’s backs, and it’s just a brotherhood.”

Joseph expressed similar sentiments.

“We’re family,” he said. “Going on four years and being around the same guys every single day, just building that bond.”

 

Added Joseph: “They have my back, and I have theirs Custom Browns Jersey, too.”

At 6-4 and 329 pounds, Joseph is often capable of holding his own against opposing offensive linemen, however.

Hunter, a pillar of muscle himself, called Joseph the strongest person he’s ever seen.

“I think Linval could possibly be one of the strongest dudes to ever play nose,” Hunter said. “He’s a man down there. When he’s on the field, you don’t have anything to Customized Cincinnati Bengals Jersey worry about because he’s going to take care of his job.”

In 2016, Joseph recorded 100 total tackles (48 solo) by coaches’ tally, seven tackles for loss, 4.0 sacks, three forced fumbles and 36 quarterback hurries Custom Bengals Jersey.

As he looks ahead to his fourth season in Purple, Joseph has just one personal objective in mind: be better.

“At the end of the day, when you play this game, you’re always going to be Custom Panthers Jersey better or worse – you’re never going to stay the same,” Joseph said. “My goal is just to always be better than the last year.”

Lunchbreak: Waynes Custom Bengals Jersey Confident Heading Into 3rd Season

August 12th, 2017

 

Trae Waynes has seen his role evolve in each of his first two seasons in the NFL, going from a special teams standout to a reliable piece on Minnesota’s stingy defense.

Yet Custom Panthers Jersey as the Vikings cornerback enters his third season with the Vikings, Waynes said he feels ready for a bigger role in 2017.
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Waynes recently chatted with Tim Yotter of Viking Update and said his confidence is in a great spot as training camp approaches.

The 2015 first-round pick has bided his time, learning the nuances Customized Cleveland Browns Jersey of the game from (Vikings Head Coach) Mike Zimmer, defensive backs coach Jerry Gray and the veteran starter that has been in front of him the last two years, Terence Newman.

“He’s been there every step of the way. I’ve got to give him a lot of credit to helping me get to where I am now,” said Waynes, who credits Newman was teaching him “everything.”

 

“He’s been in this game for a long time so he knows it like the back of his hand. You’ve just got to try to learn from him as much as you can.”

Yotter noted that Waynes looks primed to play a crucial part for the Vikings defense in 2017.

If organized team activities and minicamp are any indication, Waynes is finally overtaking Newman for the starting job at left cornerback, opposite rising star Xavier Rhodes.

Waynes spent nearly all of the offseason practices as the starting cornerback on the left side of the defense, which could mean that the spoon-feeding of the past will turn into a full helping of defensive playing time in 2017.

“It’s great. I’ve just got to make the most of Customized Carolina Panthers Jersey it,” Waynes said. “I’ve just got to make plays and give the coaches more
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Waynes had 54 total tackles (according to coaches’tally) with three interceptions and a team-high 16 passes defensed last season.

 

Randle, Page and Millard rank among top DTs in NFL history

Opponents have long known that the heart of the Vikings defense has been patrolled by one playmaker after another.

From Alan Page to Keith Millard to John Randle, Minnesota has always seemingly had a stable of dominating defensive tackles at its disposal.

Gil Brandt of NFL.com continued a recent series by ranking his top defensive tackles of all time, and the aforementioned Vikings trio made the list.

Randle was the highest-ranked Viking at No. 9, as the Pro Football Hall of Famer wore Purple from 1990 to 2000.

An undrafted free agent out of college, Randle recorded 137.5 career sacks and
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Randle was a seven-time Pro Bowler and six-time First-Team All-Pro, and led the league in sacks in 1997 with 15.5.

Randle is also a member of the Vikings Ring of Honor, as is the 11th-best player on Brandt’s list — defensive tackle Alan Page.

 

Custom Bengals Jersey Page made history in 1971 when he became the first defensive player in league history to win the NFL MVP award.

He finished his career as a two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year and unofficially recorded 173 career sacks. (Sacks did not become an official stat until 1982).

Page played in 238 consecutive games, was a member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team in the 1970s and was inducted Custom Browns Jersey into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1988.

Fellow defensive tackle Keith Millard was a mainstay on Minnesota’s defensive line in the 1980s and ranked No. 24 on the list.

Millard played for the Vikings from 1985 to 1990 and was the 1989 NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

He made the NFL’s All-Decade Team in the 1980s and made two Pro Bowls and twice earned First-Team All-Pro honors.

Millard holds the NFL record for most sacks by defensive tackle in a single season (18), and had three double-digit sack seasons on his way to compiling 58 career sacks.

Danielle Hunter’s Surge Started by Being a Sponge

August 8th, 2017

 

Of all the descriptors that have been used for Danielle Hunter — a chiseled, 6-foot-5, 252-pounder who has another four months before turning 23 — “sponge-like” isn’t the most common.

But a look beyond impressive physique and athleticism Custom Panthers Jersey reveals the third-year pro’s receptive approach to soak up knowledge from coaches and teammates.

When Hunter arrived in Vikings defensive line coach Andre Patterson’s Custom Bengals Jersey office after being selected in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft, he brought a notepad.

Tips on techniques have stacked up like piles of opposing quarterbacks.

Hunter said this spring that he’s “up to six or seven” notebooks.

He’s also up to 18.5 sacks after just two seasons, fueled by a whopping 12 last season that included a game-changing safety of Cam Newton at Carolina in Week 3. Hunter also opened his second season by returning fumble 24 yards for a touchdown at Tennessee in Week 1.

He’s continued his commitment to find ways to improve his game.

“The thing that’s improved the most is understanding the game and the plays, snaps in my head now,” Hunter said. “We practice our technique every day and then just getting in the groove of things. You have the right mindset of knowing when to get in the groove of things.”

 

Hunter, Everson Griffen (8.0 sacks) and Brian Robison (7.5 sacks) gave the Vikings the NFL’s only trio of defensive ends with 7.5 or more. In addition to keeping the backfield barrage Customized Carolina Panthers Jersey going in a game, the closeness of the three players has enabled Hunter to learn from Griffen, who has 48 career sacks, and Robison, who has 56.

“B-Rob, he taught me a lot of stuff Customized Cleveland Browns Jersey to do with my hands and how to take care of my body. If it’s about taking care of my body, I go to B-Rob,” Hunter said. “If it’s about how to play or work off a move, I Men’s Nike Carolina Panthers Custom Elite Team Color Black Super Bowl 50 Bound Jersey go to Everson.

“They took me under their wings as soon as I came in here,” Hunter added. “I was willing to just sit down and listen.”

Griffen, who has been selected to two straight Pro Bowls and appeared in NFL.com’s “Top 100 Players” series for the first time, recently told Vikings.com that he’s still sharpening his own mental approach to prepare for his eighth pro season.

The 6-3, 273-pound Griffen said he’s been impressed by multiple things about Hunter.

“Man, if I were that Customized Cincinnati Bengals Jersey coachable when I was young … I still got an opportunity, but if I was that coachable at 23 years old, I wish I was like that at 23,” said Griffen, who became a starter in 2014 at age 26. “Everybody has their own journey and own plan, and I feel like my plan is right where it needs to be.

“For Danielle, he just needs to keep on doing what he’s doing, and we’ll compete,” Griffen added. “He’s going to push me, and I’m going to push him, just like everyone does on the D-line. He’s a physical freak … he has long arms,
Men’s Nike Carolina Panthers Custom Elite Team Color Black Super Bowl 50 Bound Jersey he can bend. He can be a great player. He just has to do it every single year, and that takes a lot of mental focus.”

 

Hunter credited Patterson and Defensive Coordinator George Edwards for helping the defensive linemen reach the right mindset and right position to make plays. After that, it’s the “ ‘want to’ we have in each one of us” to succeed and make the unit better.

Hunter recently joined teammates Linval Joseph and Kyle Rudolph on a #VikingHeritage trip to Iceland, capitalizing on a brief break between the Vikings offseason program and training camp, which opens in Mankato in less than a month.

Joseph, 28, the mammoth 329-pound defensive tackle, refers to Hunter as his
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He’s a good guy,” Joseph said. “He’s young, he’s humble, he wants to be great. And he’s not scared of coaching, so that’s a good thing.”

Lunchbreak: Customized Cleveland Browns Jersey Trio of Vikings DEs Ranked Among All-Time Best

August 8th, 2017

 

From the vaunted Purple People Eaters to the current stout group, the Vikings have been known to hang their hat on having a strong defense.

That has meant having a stable of relentless pass rushers, something Gil Brandt of NFL.com has taken notice of.

Brandt, who has spent more than six decades around the NFL, recently unveiled his top defensive ends of all time.

Minnesota was represented three times by Carl Eller, Chris Doleman and Jared Allen — players who starred in separate decades.

Eller was the highest-ranked Vikings player at No. 8.

The Pro Football Hall of Famer played in Minnesota from 1964 to 1978 and unofficially recorded 133.5 career sacks, which would rank No. 12 on all-time list. (Sacks did not become an official stat until 1982).

Eller, the 1971 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, made six Pro Bowls and was a
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A member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team in the 1970s, the durable Eller missed just three games in his Custom Bengals Jersey entire career and had seven seasons of 10-plus sacks.

Eller is a member of the Vikings Ring of Honor along with Doleman, the ninth-ranked player on Brandt’s list.

Doleman was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012 and made the NFL’s All-Decade Team in the 1990s.

He played 10 total seasons in Purple and made eight Pro Bowls and a pair of All-Pro teams in his career.

Doleman’s 21 sacks led the NFL in 1989, and his 150.5 career sacks rank fourth all time.

Allen was the first player mentioned on Brandt’s rankings as he slotted in at No. 30.

Allen played six total seasons with the Vikings and was the 2011 NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

His 136 career sacks rank 11th on the all-time list, and he tallied an NFL-record
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A five-time Pro Bowler and four-time First-Team All Pro Customized Carolina Panthers Jersey, Allen twice led the NFL in sacks.

 

Vikings have options on deep defensive line

The Vikings seemingly have plenty of options at defensive tackle, a good thing for a unit that likes to continually get after the quarterback and stuff the run.

Andrew Krammer of the Star Tribune recently took a look at the position heading into training camp, and said the unit has more hands on deck for 2017.

Shamar Stephen started all 16 games in 2016, and Sharrif Floyd continues to rehab from a knee injury, while Tom Johnson is also back for his fourth season in Purple.

But the Vikings brought in three fresh faces that could also contribute at defensive tackle.

Krammer noted that Datone Jones could make an impact after getting shuffled around while playing in Green Bay.

Signed from Green Bay, Jones is changing positions yet again with the hope of sticking as a defensive tackle for the Vikings. The former first-round pick was a rotational defender for the Packers, starting just seven of 67 games played with a career high of 3.5 sacks as a rookie in 2013. He can be a solid run defender, but when signed, the Vikings wanted Customized Cleveland Browns Jersey him to bulk up for the move inside.

Minnesota also drafted former Iowa standout Jaleel Johnson in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Krammer wrote:

The Vikings see more versatility potential with Johnson, the Iowa product taken with the second pick of the fourth round. He impressed the Vikings with
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Will Sutton is also an option at defensive tackle after spending the previous three seasons in Chicago.

The former Arizona State star could benefit from a change in scheme.

The Vikings don’t believe Sutton’s play for the Bears the previous two seasons, which includes 24 solo tackles and no sacks in 21 games, was indicative of the 25-year-old’s potential. Chicago moved to a 3-4 defense after his rookie season, shifting Custom Browns Jersey Sutton from the guard’s inside shoulder to his outside. The Vikings hope moving Sutton back closer to the football will create a surge for him, not unlike Tom Johnson when he resurrected his career by moving away from the Saints 3-4 defense.

Everson Griffen & Custom Jets Jersey Vikings Welcome Jimmy Butler to U.S. Bank Stadium

August 3rd, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS – Less than a week after arriving in Minnesota, Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler stopped in to check out his new neighbors’ digs.

Formerly with the Chicago Bulls, Butler was acquired by the Timberwolves via
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Butler, along with Timberwolves Head Coach Tom Thibodeau, visited U.S. Bank Stadium Wednesday morning. Everson Griffen swapped in his helmet to play tour guide, and the pair of athletes exchanged stories, experiences and a little bit of trash talk.

Griffen, ribbed the 231-pound Butler, who measures four inches taller but 42 pounds lighter than Griffen. When called “skinny” by the defensive end, however, Butler just laughed and countered that he’s built to play wide receiver.

“I can see myself playing wideout here, so if ya’ll need me, you can contact [Coach] Thibodeau,” quipped Butler as he stood on the field.

“I love football. I will be at so many of these games, I promise you that,” Butler added. “The atmosphere has to be crazy … when everything opens up, the noise, I gotta be a part of that.”

The group was accompanied by Lester Bagley, Vikings Executive VP of Public Affairs & Stadium Development, who answered questions and shared unique details about U.S. Bank Stadium, which is approaching the one-year anniversary of its grand opening.

 

 

Butler was given a behind-the-scenes look at several spaces inside the stadium,
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As he walked through the Thompson-Reuters press box, Butler smiled ear-to-ear when he caught a glimpse of the “Welcome Jimmy Butler” graphic displayed on the video boards on either end of the stadium.

The experience highlighted a transition to the Twin Cities that Butler said has gone smoothly.

“This is a big-time sports city. This town is always coming out and showing love and support for their respective teams,” said Butler, a native of Tomball, Texas. Customized San Diego Chargers Jersey “I’m a fan of these guys as much as anybody else is. I love when people want to be great at their craft – that’s so much fun to me.”

In full-Everson Griffen fashion, the defensive end had plenty of fun showing Butler around, even belting out an impression of the Gjallarhorn on the instrument’s platform.

“I like him already, man. We’re going to definitely get along,” Butler said of Griffen. “We’ll probably spend a lot of time with one another. I think he’s a great guy … and I thank him for taking time out of his busy schedule to walk with me around the stadium.”

Griffen equally appreciated the chance to meet Custom Saints Jersey Minnesota’s newest shooting Customized New York Jets Jersey guard.

Timberwolves fans have occasionally spotted Griffen courtside at the Target Center, and like so many of them, Griffen is thrilled to have Custom Jets Jersey Butler trading in red for blue-and-green.

“Man, he’s one of the best players in the NBA,” Griffen said. “He’s going to bring a lot of dynamics to the Timberwolves. We’re excited to see him with [Andrew] Wiggins and [Karl-Anthony] Towns … It’s going to be an exciting season for both
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Thibodeau, entering his second season with the Wolves, was grateful for the opportunity to finally step inside U.S. Bank Stadium.

He marveled at the ETFE roof and the individual design of each club, saying it gave the feel of a “fancy restaurant” for fans enjoying the Vikings game from the comfort of a suite.

“It was just incredible. I’ve heard so much about it, but to actually be here Custom Chargers Jersey [was fantastic],” Thibodeau said. “The Vikings were so gracious to show us around, and Everson’s tour was off-the-charts. We’re thrilled, and we certainly appreciate it.”

Bagley and Griffen capped off the tour with a walk through the Vikings locker room. Griffen pointed out his locker – currently empty – but Butler was most concerned with finding the receivers’ area of the room to snap a photo in front of.

“I got a football to take home with me and practice my secondary craft,” Butler
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He added: “This is my new home, and I’m going to support this city with all that I have.”

Griffen and Butler may play different sports, but they shared the same goal as they parted ways Wednesday.

“Let’s turn up this year,” Griffen said. “Let’s get that championship on both sides.”

 

 

Lunchbreak: Bud Grant Will Do Customized New York Jets Jersey’Whatever it Takes’ to Land Jim Marshall in HOF

August 3rd, 2017

 

The Vikings have quite the lineup – 11 players who spent most of their careers in Minnesota plus Head Coach Bud Grant and General Manager Jim Finks – in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

If you ask Grant, however, one highly deserving individual hasn’t yet received
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Mark Craig of the Star Tribune recently spoke with both Grant and Marshall about Marshall’s career on the gridiron, his life after football and what it would mean to receive those votes. Grant, who remains a consultant with the Vikings, said that Marshall’s absence from the Hall of Fame is “one of the big injustices of football.”

To Grant, Marshall is a cornerstone of Vikings football.

“There’s a picture of [Marshall] that I have that says it all,” Grant told Craig. “He’s standing on the football field. Everything’s all muddy. It’s snowing. And Jim’s got that look. He represented the Vikings better than any player we’ve ever had. He and Mick [Tingelhoff]. The absolute cornerstone of the Minnesota Vikings. That’s Jim Marshall.”

While Tingelhoff was inducted in 2015, Marshall isCustom Jets Jersey still patiently waiting to see if he might get the nod. Grant told Craig that he’s willing to do “whatever it takes” to put in a good word to voters for his former player.

“I love Jim Marshall,” Grant told Craig. “He’s one of the most unique guys I ever coached. When I talk about him, it won’t be a bunch of baloney, either. I haven’t done this a lot. I haven’t stepped up to this degree, so I think the credibility is there.”

While Marshall would certainly be overwhelmed with gratitude to be inducted, he said it’s not something he revolves his life around.

Marshall said that he saw the induction “change Carl Eller’s life” in 2004, but
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“I can’t figure out how in the world it would change my life other than it would be good for my grandchildren and great-grandchildren to see,” Marshall told Craig. “But it definitely would be a good thing and, surely, I would faint.

“When you see your name there and you have high hopes and then you don’t get in, of course it creates a lot of anxiety,” Marshall later added. “But I don’t particularly like giving in to that feeling. I’m a guy who loves life. I’m not mad. I love living.”

 

NFL.com tabs Vikings 2017 WR corps as ‘most underrated’

NFL.com writer Conor Orr started brainstorming after hearing a statement by a Bears receiver that Chicago has an underrated receiving corps. Orr wrote:

Which teams might actually boast the most underrated receiving groups in the NFL as we head toward training camp?

Orr listed five teams whom he believes fit this bill, with the Vikings topping the list.

He highlighted Stefon Diggs (84 catches, 903 yards, three touchdowns), Adam Thielen (69 catches, 967 yards, five touchdowns) and Laquon Treadwell (1 catch
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The Vikings led the league last year in cumulative catch percentage for a wide receiver. The intermediate air attack was definitely a contributing factor, but attributing that mark solely to the team’s dink-and-dunk system doesn’t fairly account for the fact that Diggs and Thielen (who caught 75 percent of the balls thrown their way) both adjusted to a new quarterback post-camp and a new offensive coordinator after just a few weeks Customized New Orleans Saints Jersey … With an entire offseason under his belt as OC, [Pat] Shurmur should be able to make the most of Treadwell’s first-round talent.

Following the Vikings on Orr’s list were the Chargers (Tyrell Williams, Travis Benjamin, Keenan Allen); the Colts (T.Y. Hilton, Phillip Dorsett, Donte Moncrief); the Custom Chargers Jersey Seahawks (Doug Baldwin, Tyler Lockett, Jermaine Kearse); and the Saints (Michael Thomas, Willie Snead, Brandon Coleman).

The Vikings are slated to host the Saints on Monday Night Football on Sept. 11 to open the 2017 season.

 

Taylor Heinicke looking to compete for QB 2 position

One of the several intriguing position battles that can be expected at training camp next month is the one for backup quarterback.

Taylor Heinicke is returning for the Vikings, and they signed Case Keenum in free agency.

Tim Yotter Custom Saints Jersey caught up with Heinicke, who missed all of last season with a foot injury. Yotter wrote:

With veteran Shaun Hill gone, Heinicke will be hoping for a roster spot and perhaps even trying to apply the pressure to free-agent signee Case Keenum for the backup spot below starter Sam Bradford.

“Every day I come in and do my best. I know [Keenum] does the same. I think what’s really cool about us two is we really learn from each other,” Heinicke told
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Vote For The 2017 MVC Custom Saints Jersey Calendar Cover Model

August 2nd, 2017

 

Who will be the next Cover Model for the 2017 Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders Custom Saints Jersey Calendar?

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Lunchbreak: Zimmer Ranked Customized San Diego Chargers Jersey Among League’s Top Coaches

August 2nd, 2017

 

Few coaches had to endure as many ups and downs during the 2016 season as Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer.

Minnesota was struck by an injury bug that Zimmer’s squad couldn’t avoid. The Men’s Nike Custom Made New York Jets Elite Green Team Color NFL Jersey Sale Vikings fell short of the postseason despite getting off to a 5-0 start.

Despite the roller-coaster season, ElliotCustom Jets Jersey Harrison of NFL.com held Zimmer in high regard for the work he did in 2016.

Harrison recently released his power rankings for NFL head coaches and had Zimmer slotted at No. 10.

Harrison wrote:

Although the Vikings went 8-8 last season, Zimmer did his job. Remember that the Vikings’ two most important players — Teddy Bridgewater and Adrian Peterson — were non-factors. Zimmer kept the ship afloat, even starting the season 5-0. While the slow finish was not optimal, without Zimmer’s panic-free New Men’s Nike Customized San Diego Chargers Elite Alternate Powder Blue Football Jersey attitude, it’s doubtful Minnesota would have finished at .500 in a division with two playoff teams.

Zimmer is entering his fourtCustomized New York Jets Jerseyh season as the Vikings head coach and is 26-22 during that span. He helped lead the Vikings to an 11-5 record and NFC North title in 2015.

Zimmer spoke this offseason of working to become a more well-rounded head coach as his career evolves.

“I’ve said this a million times, maybe not a million, but I’ve said, ‘There’s so many times you get to be a head coach and you’re a defensive coordinator and you come in trying to able to get the defense fixed. Then you get fired in a year or two years,’” Zimmer said last week. “So, you don’t learn Customized San Diego Chargers Jerseyhow to truly be a head coach. You’re just trying to put your fingers in different holes as much as you can. It takes a while to learn how
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Yary, Zimmerman listed among top tackles in NFL history

Gil Brandt of NFL.com has spent more than six decades in and around the league, meaning he’s seen thousands of players over time.

Brandt recently listed his top offensive tackles of all time in a photo essay, with a pair of former Vikings making the cut.

Gary Zimmerman was ranked No. 17 as the tackle played for the Vikings from 1986 to 1992 before finishing his career in Denver.

Zimmerman, who is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, was a nine-time Pro Bowler who made 169 consecutive starts.

Named as one of the 50 Greatest Vikings, Zimmerman was named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team in the 1980s and 1990s.

Another Vikings Hall of Famer Customized New Orleans Saints Jersey, Ron Yary, made Brandt’s list at 12th.

The first offensive tackle to be drafted first overall (Yary was the Vikings No. 1 pick in 1968 out of the University of Southern California), Yary played for the Vikings from 1968 to 1981.

A tough competitor who only missed two games Custom Chargers Jersey in his entire career, Yary was named All-Pro six consecutive times and All-NFC in eight consecutive seasons. He also is one of the 50 Greatest Vikings.

 

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