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Josh Donaldson Jersey Kentrell Brothers Looking to Seize Opportunity in 2017

May 22nd, 2017

Vikings linebacker Kentrell Brothers filled primarily a special teams role as a rookie in 2016, but he’s looking to make Josh Donaldson Jersey a step forward this season.

John Holler of Viking Update said that last year’s rookie class will be expected to make more of an impact in 2017, and he believes Brothers could end up being a significant contributor. Holler wrote:

Brothers was a dynamo in the SEC his final two seasons at Missouri, leading the conference with 273 tackles in 26 games and a guy who just made plays. If he was bigger, his measurables would have had him off the board long before he was.

Brothers also experienced a transition period in college when he entered as a freshman and didn’t see much game action.

“I thought I was ready to play right away, but it didn’t happen and I know now why it didn’t,” Brothers told Holler. “I was ready to contribute, but there were experienced guys in front of me and I had to wait my turn.”

While some think the 6-foot-1, 242-pound Brothers is undersized at the linebacker position, he hasn’t let that deter him from making a Josh Donaldson Women’s Jersey in the sport he loves, and he hopes to send that same message in the NFL.

Brothers told Holler that he was able to learn a lot while waiting his turn, and while he would like to play a bigger role in his second season with the Vikings, his ultimate goal is to succeed at whatever he’s asked to do.

“I just want to play, man” Brothers said. “I don’t care what role they want me in. I’m ready to do whatever [the coaching staff] wants to me to do to help this team win.”

Herschel Walker returns to Minnesota for charity

Former Vikings running back Herschel Walker returned to Minnesota on Thursday, this time donning leather rather than carrying it.

According to Clay Conover of the West Central Tribune, Walker participated in former NASCAR driver Kyle Petty’s 23rd annual “Charity Ride Across America.”

Petty’s charity, Victory Junction, is a North Carolina camp Josh Donaldson Youth Jersey or children dealing with disabilities and chronic diseases. The camp was started in honor of Petty’s son, Adam, who was killed in a racing accident in 2000.

Petty, Walker and other sports celebrities are riding motorcycles across the country from Portland, Oregon, to Milwaukee, Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey; one stop brought them to Apol’s Harley-Davidson in Raymond, Minnesota. Conover wrote:

Herschel Walker [is] a motorcycle and vintage car enthusiast. Walker collects motorcycles and vintage cars, and was happy to ride along.

“When you’ve got a kid who has been with his parents 24/7 and he gets the chance to go to Victory Junction camp, and they drop him off at camp and they come back, and he has a smile on his face, that’s special,” Walker told Conover.

Walker played for the Vikings from 1989-91, during which he had 551 carries for 2,264 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns. He added five receiving scores, as well. With his days on the gridiron behind him, Walker enjoys making a difference in the community.

“A great man said, if you take Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey something out of society, put something back in,” Walker said. “You’re not just riding a motorcycle, you’re giving back.”

Happy 90th Birthday to Minnesota Icon Bud Grant Blue Jays Josh Donaldson Jersey

May 22nd, 2017

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – If you’re an NFL fan, you’ve likely heard of Vikings Head Coach Bud Grant and his success in the league that led to his induction into the Pro Josh Donaldson Canada Day Jersey ball Hall of Fame.

If you hail from the Land of 10,000 Lakes, however, the name “Bud Grant” evokes even more than that.

He’s an icon. A personification of Minnesota who has impacted our heritage.

By the time I was born in Anoka – and long before I was old enough to understand the game of football and fall in love with the Purple and Gold – Grant was three years retired. His career had come to an end, but the hanging up of his coach’s whistle couldn’t erase Grant’s legacy.

It’s funny – I don’t remember an exact moment when I learned of Grant. I do know that my dad talked about him, in the same way that he taught me about Carl Josh Donaldson Women’s Jersey, Alan Page and the rest of the Purple People Eaters. It was impossible to tell those stories without Grant.

To my dad, who was 4 years old when the Vikings hired Grant in March of 1967, and others who watched him coach from the sidelines of Metropolitan Stadium, Grant was characterized by his ability to be seemingly unmoved by the moment.

“You couldn’t tell if they were winning or losing; he kind of just had this stoic look to him all the time,” Dad tells me now. “I kind of feel like he gave the team a sense of stability, because he never seemed to get too high, he never seemed to get too low, he never let his emotions get away from him.”

Whether Grant actually enjoyed the Minnesota winters or not, he wasn’t fazed by frigid winds and snow. For thousands across the state, he embodied the robust reputation that Minnesotans pride Josh Donaldson Jersey themselves on.

“Back then, it kind of gave us the, ‘We’re the tough guys that can handle the cold, play in the cold,’ ” Dad said. “I remember many players playing without long sleeves. Bud Grant himself, I can’t ever remember him wearing a stocking cap. I mean, he may have, but it seemed like he always had a ball cap on.

“Bud just seemed like somebody who was from the rugged North,” Dad added. “That kind of became our image.”

Vikings Senior Manager of Content Mike Wobschall had a similar experience. Born in 1983 in Waseca, he fondly recalls hearing about the storied coach from his parents and grandparents. And as his interest in the game grew, much like mine, Wobschall recognized how widespread Grant’s impact really was.

“Whenever you watched a game, or you watched the Hall of Fame [inductions], or you watched anything with the NFL, a lot of times the TV would show a graphic of Bud Grant or the Purple People Eaters,” Wobschall recalled.

Grant led the Vikings from 1967-83 and again in 1985 after returning from a one-year Ryan Goins Jersey retirement stint. During that time, he established a regular-season coaching record of 158-96-5. Grant led the Vikings to 11 divisional championships (1968-71, 1973-78 and 1980) and the 1969 NFL Championship.

The Vikings under Grant played in Super Bowls IV, VIII, IX and XI. Grant was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1994 and into the Vikings Ring of Honor four years later.

But it’s more than just the championships, stats or longevity that make Grant as memorable as he’s been over the past five decades.

Wobschall said he believes Grant drew the perfect balance with players and the outside world.

“Media and fans characterized him as a disciplinarian, a nose-to-the-grindstone type of coach. But if you talk to the players who played for him, they swear that he was a players’ coach,” Wobschall said. “So to those two groups of people, he was the ideal – but he was actually both. And so that’s why I think he’s so revered.

“Because fans view him as someone who got the players in line, wouldn’t take any grief from anybody, and players view him as the best coach he ever played for,” Wobschall continued. “When you can draw that Aaron Sanchez Jersey balance, I think you’ve created a perfect persona. And I don’t think he was interested in creating a persona; I think he was interested in being himself. But I think that’s why he’s so great.”

I first met Grant almost exactly three years ago, more than a year before I worked for the Vikings. Like most Minnesota fans, I saw his annual garage sale as an opportunity to come face-to-face with a legend. After purchasing an antique pocket knife for my dad and spending a few brief moments speaking with Grant at a card table in his driveway, I walked away feeling star struck for one of the first times in my life.

In 2015 I returned to the sale, this time as a writer for Vikings Territory and with a sit-down interview pre-arranged. The entire exchange lasted probably 15 minutes, but I could have listened for hours to Grant tell stories about Vikings lore.

Fast Darwin Barney Jersey forward one more year, and Wobschall and I made a stop at the sale – this time five months into my full-time position with the team – to deliver a card and cake for Grant’s 89th birthday. I remember the camouflage-style Vikings cap he wore, the nearly full smile he offered us – a rarity for Grant – and the way he eagerly lifted the cake box lid to investigate the frosting flavor.

Photo taken by Joe Lemke

I’ve since had a number of opportunities to speak with Grant in his Winter Park office, surrounded by various plaques, Vikings mementos and hunting paraphernalia.

He’s iconic for sure but is always personable to me.

Born May 20, 1927, in Superior, Wisconsin, Grant survived the Great Depression, starred at the University of Minnesota and made an impact in the fledgling NBA before beginning his legendary run on the football sidelines with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

After 10 successful Josh Donaldson Youth Jersey seasons there, Grant became the second head coach in Vikings history and was instrumental in one of the NFL’s most impressive runs by a franchise.

Fifty years since he was first hired, Grant still influences people in the organization.

Between moments at work and my fourth visit to Grant’s sale just this week, I appreciate each opportunity to learn as much as I can from the celebrated coach who defines Vikings football.

“The NFL has such a rich [past] and is so popular right now, that more and more history is being made all the time,” Wobschall said. “So the fact that Bud can remain a pivotal piece of history tells you how great he is.”

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May 18th, 2017

EAGAN, Minn. — If a Vikings player wants to recharge and recover after a
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But at the Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center, the Vikings new headquarters that is slated to open in March, players will have the option to spend about three minutes in cryotherapy at 180 degrees below zero to have the
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That’s just one of the benefits Vikings players will receive when the team relocates in March of 2018 from their current practice facility in Eden Prairie.

 

“First and foremost, we’re going to give our players the best possible environment to succeed,” Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf said of TCO Performance Center. “And that’s still our ultimate goal, to win Lombardi Trophies. … The facility is going to provide much needed modernization and upgrades that set the pace within the NFL and are critical in recruiting and
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One highlight of the Vikings new headquarters will be a practice facility that is almost 93,000 square feet. The indoor practice facility is nearly 100 feet tall and will allow the Vikings to actually punt inside the structure. The team is unable to do so indoors at Winter Park, where the indoor facility tops out at 73 Women’s Authentic Personalized New York Yankees Home White Baseball Jersey feet.

The 40-acre campus will have six fields in all — four outdoor on grass, a turf field inside TCO Performance Center and one turf layout inside TCO Stadium, a 6,500-seat venue that will house a variety of events.

 

There will be a sand pit and multiple incline areas for players to work on their fitness.

“We’re creating a very unique deal with many different incline areas,” said Steve Poppen, the Vikings Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer. “Players
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But there will also be behind-the-scenes elements that players will benefit from on a daily basis.

The locker room will be more than 2,000 square feet bigger and there will be an expanded and updated weight room.

The training room will jump from a 1,806 square-foot space to one that is 6,754 square feet and features 16 training tables.

TCO Performance Center will have a hydrotherapy room that is more than four times larger than the existing hydrotherapy facility at Winter Park. It will feature a treadmill pool, cold and hot plunge pools and four whirlpools for treating extremities.

“All of those things, we either don’t have them or have limited access to them at Winter Park,” Poppen said. “We’re going to be expanding that to where it’s state-of-the-art in this new practice facility.”

 

Twin Cities Orthopedics will also have its own 88,000 square-foot building Men’s Authentic Personalized Oakland Athletics Home White Baseball Jersey near the headquarters that will serve as an all-purpose medical center.

Twin Cities Orthopedics CEO Troy Simonson noted his organization already
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Simonson said the building will serve as a one-stop shop for any and all medical needs throughout the roster.

“Any imaging needs, surgical needs, can be done here,” Simonson said. “We’re working with the Vikings and (Vikings Director of Sports Medicine/Head Athletic Trainer) Eric Sugarman and others to make sure we’re coordinating services as well.”

The Vikings have been based at Winter Park since 1981. Their new headquarters, which includes administrative and staff offices, will have 277,002 square feet, which is twice the square footage of Winter Park.
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Custom Phillies Jersey 5 Things to Know About New Vikings DT Will Sutton

May 18th, 2017

The Vikings added defense tackle Will Sutton to their roster on Wednesday
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Sutton, who attended Arizona State, was a third-round pick by Chicago in 2014.
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Here are five things to know about Sutton:

1. A familiar face

The Vikings know a bit about Sutton, who played the first three years of his
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The defensive tackle has squared off against Minnesota in five games from 2014-2016.

2. Career stats

Sutton has played in 36 career games, making 18 starts. He has 60 career tackles and seven passes defensed.

3. Stud for the Sun Devils

Sutton earned plenty of accolades at Arizona State, where he played from 2009-13. He was twice-named the Pat Tillman Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year
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A two-time First Team All-Pac-12 selection, Sutton finished with 161 career tackles. His 45.5 tackles for loss rank eighth all-time at ASU and his 20.5 career sacks are seventh-most in school history.

4. Like father, like son

Sutton’s father, Mickey, played in the NFL for five seasons as a defensive back and punt returner.

Mickey Sutton was with the Los Angeles Rams from 1986 to 1988 before
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Sutton, who had five career interceptions, returned to the Rams for the 1990 season.

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Custom Mariners Jersey Harrison Smith Ranks 74th on NFL’s Top 100 List

May 9th, 2017

Harrison Smith made his second straight appearance on the NFL’s Top 100 list,
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It’s an accolade the Vikings safety expects of himself each and every year.

“I always see myself as being one of the best out there,” Smith said on the show. “That’s the confidence you have to have to play at this level and to play well.

“Things aren’t always going to go your way, but it’s how you respond and how
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The list is voted on solely by NFL players. Smith made the cut at No. 73 in 2016.
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Smith had 104 total tackles (according to coaches’ tally) and added four tackles for loss with 2.0 sacks and a fumble recovery in 2016. He played and started in 14 games.

Smith’s highlight reel featured a bevy of tackles for loss, including one against the Cowboys on Thursday Night Football this past season. He shot through the
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Former Vikings cornerback Captain Munnerlyn, who is now with the Panthers, broke down the play on film.

“Harrison just made a great run read,” Munnerlyn said. “He saw the linemen run block down and he knew.

 

“Harrison just shot down and made the tackle for loss,” Munnerlyn said. “I was like, ‘Wow.’ If you try to run the ball to Harrison’s side, he will track you down and stop you in your tracks.”

Munnerlyn said the former Notre Dame standout is one of the smartest players on Minnesota’s top-notch defense.

“He’s one of my favorite teammates I’ve ever had in football,” Munnerlyn said. “He’s a hard worker and a guy you can always count on to be there each and every day.

“He’s one of the best football players I’ve ever been around,” Munnerlyn later added. “He’s got a very high IQ, he understands coverages, understands
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That sentiment was echoed by one of Smith’s rivals in the NFC North.

“He’s a real smart, instinctive guy,” said Packers wide receiver Davante Adams. “He’s definitely caused us problems with disguises and things like that.

“(I have) a lot of respect for that guy,” Adams added.

Smith has made two straight Pro Bowls and is regarded as one of the best
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He isn’t afraid to punish opponents when he gets the chance.

“He hits hard,” Munnerlyn said. “We call him ‘Harry The Hitman’ for a reason … he brings everything he’s got.

“He’s 215 pounds, and he brings all of it every single play,” Munnerlyn added.

Smith was the second Vikings player to make the list in 2017. Defensive end
Website Everson Griffen was ranked No. 92.

Monday night’s show unveiled 10 players.

Free agent running back LaGarrette Blount kicked off the list at No. 80, and was followed by Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee and Titans linebacker Brian Orakpo.

Green Bay safety HaHa Clinton-Dix made the list at No. 77 while Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston and Titans tight end Delanie Walker were next.

Smith followed, while Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers was next at 73. Titans offensive tackle Taylor Lewan (72) and Patriots wide receiver Julian
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C.J. Ham Jose Bautista Canada Day Jersey Makes Switch to Full-Time Fullback

May 9th, 2017

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — C.J. Ham took the field at Winter Park last week for rookie minicamp as one of a handful of Jose Bautista Jersey players who spent part of 2016 with the Vikings but were eligible to participate in the three-day session.

But Ham didn’t work as a running back during team drills. He instead lined up as a fullback in front of Vikings rookie Dalvin Cook.

“I’m kind of playing a new position now,” Ham said. “(I want to show the coaches) that I can learn it and be accountable.”

The Jose Bautista Youth Jersey Minnesota native said he dabbled with fullback in his rookie season but mainly focused on being a running back as he spent the majority of 2016 on the practice squad.

Ham was promoted to the active roster for the final two weeks of the regular season, He didn’t see the field in Week 16’s road game against the Packers and was inactive for a Week 17 finale against the Bears, but the 23-year-old said the wheels were in motion to make the switch.

“Last year at rookie minicamp, I did running back and fullback,” Ham said. “This year not having a fullback on the roster, they told me it was possibly a position I could play.

“It’s still fairly new to me, but I have to be Jose Bautista Women’s Jersey an athlete and just roll with the punches a little bit,” Ham added. “If you make mistakes, learn from them and try to do it better the next time.”

Ham said he’s studied tape of Minnesota’s offense in 2016 to get a feel for his new position.

“Going back and watching film definitely helped me out,” Ham said.

Ham made a strong impression on the Vikings during the 2016 preseason when he led Minnesota with 44 carries for 140 yards and two scores.

He likely won’t see as many carries this preseason. Instead, he’ll be the one leading the way for those at his former position.

On Saturday, Ham managed to post a video of the first couple steps taken by his daughter, Skylar.

“Voice of the Vikings” Paul Allen commented on Skylar’s first steps and how C.J. did in his new role during http://www.ebluejaysshop.com/Jose-Bautista-Jersey practice.

 

 

Allen encouraged Ham to channel his inner Lorenzo Neal, who played 16 seasons, made four Pro Bowls and Jose Bautista Canada Day Jersey was named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s.

 

 

Lunchbreak: Custom Cardinals Jersey Polamalu Wants Cook to Join Group of Honored Vikings RBs

May 9th, 2017

The Vikings running back committee this season has a much different look than last.Men’s Authentic Custom Stitched St. Louis Cardinals Alternate Cream Jersey.

In addition to the door coming to a close on the Adrian Peterson era, the
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Kennedy Polamalu was hired as Minnesota’s running backs coach after Kevin Stefanski was moved from that position to quarterbacks coach. ESPN’s Ben Goessling spoke with Polamalu last week about his namesake, background and goals for the Vikings run game in 2017. Goessling wrote:

The way the Vikings use their running backs will inevitably change, as Offensive Coordinator Pat Shurmur implements a scheme that has typically employed backs as receivers. But [Head Coach] Mike Zimmer believes in a
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Polamalu was born the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated and named in
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“I’ve been really impressed with Kennedy in the short time [he’s been here],” Zimmer told Twin Cities media during his Friday podium session. “I got the chance to go on a couple visits with him and hear him talk to the players, talk to the coaches, his demeanor, the way he does it. He had, being in college, he recruited most of these guys anyway, but he’s very smart, hard worker. He has
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With his running backs, Polamalu said he preaches an attention to detail and an awareness of how one step can create leverage on the field – “In this league, it’s that tight, and it happens that fast,” he said. He also wants his players to be conscientious to better ensure a long career through good
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The coach mentions names like Robert Smith and Chuck Foreman when speaking of Vikings history, dating back to the teams Polamalu watched when he arrived in the U.S. in the 1970s. Peterson’s moniker is at the top of the ranks of great Vikings backs, and Polamalu – whose own name is imbued with history – wants to put Cook on that list.

 

Bucky Hodges part of historic TE draft class

In addition to telling Twin Cities media members at the start of rookie minicamp why he’s chosen to don jersey No. 84, Bucky Hodges also said the Vikings are getting a better player than the sixth-round selection may imply.

He may very well be right.

Hodges (picked 201st overall) was the 13th tight end taken off the board in the 2017 NFL Draft. Three were taken in the first round, and two were taken in the
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John Holler of Viking Update recently pointed out just how rare it was to see this kind of draft depth at the tight end position. He wrote:

The last time more than one tight end was taken in the first round was when two were taken in 2006 – Vernon Davis and Marcedes Lewis. The last time three tight ends were taken in the first round was in 2002, when Jeremy Shockey, Dan Graham and Jerramy Stevens were selected. The last time five tight ends were taken in the first two round was in 1995 – Kyle Brady and Mark Bruener in the first round and Christian Fauria, Ken Dilger and Kendall Watkins in the second round.

Holler opined that in another draft with fewer talented tight ends available, Hodges could have likely been a second- or third-round pick. Beyond the depth factor, Holler explained the uniqueness he sees in this particular class’s skill Men’s Authentic Personalized Tampa Bay Rays Alternate Royal Blue Baseball Jersey set.

What makes the 2017 tight end class so impressive is that most of them aren’t
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Monday Morning Mailbag customized Giants jersey Rookie Class’ Impact On Veterans?

May 9th, 2017

Do you have a comment or question? Send it to the vikings.com Mailbag! Every Monday we’ll post Custom Giants Jersey several comments and/or questions as part of the vikings.com Monday Morning Mailbag. Although we can’t post every comment or question, we will reply to every question submitted.

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Do you think this rookie class could be good enough to beat out some veterans on the team?
— Tony (@tony55744)
Chisholm, MN

This happens every year and I don’t see this year’s class being an exception. Everyone from last year’s class is still on the Vikings roster this offseason, but with 11 members I don’t think that’s a fair expectation to have for the 2017 class. All eyes will be on the first two picks – Dalvin Cook and Pat Elflein – to earn playing time right off the bat. I also expect several other draft picks, such as Rodney Adams, Ben Gedeon and Bucky Hodges, to push for playing time, if not a starting role, between now and the end of the preseason in August. As always, a big key for many of them customized New York Giants jersey will be demonstrating the ability to contribute on special teams. Kentrell Brothers and Jayron Kearse both did that last year and it was a big reason why they made the team.

 

I love the Vikings draft, especially the moving up to get Cook and Elflein. I am hoping this move now allows them to use Jerick McKinnon as a slot on some downs with Cook in the backfield. I am thinking this will make up for losing Cordarrelle Patterson in the short passing game.
— Roydon Richards

McKinnon certainly has the ability and skill set to be used in that manner, but I wouldn’t rule him out from being used regularly in a rotation at running back, as well. I wrote last week about three reasons Cook can make an instant impact, with the second reason being he’ll receive plenty of practice reps with free agent signing Latavius Murray out until training camp. The same holds true for McKinnon – he’ll also see a bunch of reps with the first-team and second-team while Murray is on the mend and Cook is assimilating with his new team.

 

Who on our team, if any, were undrafted free agents? Of the players this year who were signed as undrafted free agents have the best chance to make the squad?
— Mitch Nelsen
Milaca, MN 

By Customized NY Giants Jersey my count, the Vikings have nine current players on the roster who entered the League as undrafted free agents – TE Kyle Carter, WR Isaac Fruechte, FB CJ Ham, DS Anthony Harris, QB Taylor Heinicke, OL Zac Kerin and CB Tre Roberson. Most notable, of course, are Marcus Sherels (2010) and Adam Thielen (2013). It’s very difficult to identify at this early stage who has the best chance to make the roster among this year’s undrafted free agents, but two to keep an eye on just because of the position they play are OTs Aviante Collins out of TCU and Nick Fett out of Iowa State.

 

I never played football, so I don’t know how much it would take to learn a new position. But it seems to me that Elijah Lee is a bit too small to be a linebacker. With all of his pass breakups in college, could he transition to play defensive back?
— Larry
Turlock, CA

Listed at 6-2, 229 pounds, he is the lightest linebacker on the roster. But I watched him at this weekend’s rookie camp and he doesn’t look out of place as a linebacker. Plus, he packs a solid punch when running and tackling judging by some of his highlights from his days at Kansas State. Also keep in mind that teams do desire hybrid-type of linebackers to play in sub packages because they matchup better with some of the athletes personalized Giants jersey offenses send out in the passing game, and so Lee may find a niche in that way, too.

 

This has been a sneaky-good draft! I’m worried a bit with the trading back, but I absolutely love our picks! Rodney Adams is another Stefon Diggs-like receiver. Bucky Hodges was a steal. Good, solid B if not an A in my book. What do you think?
— Kyle
Texas

As always, time will tell on the quality of a draft class. I know a lot of people loathed the trading back on Day 3, but I loved how GM Rick Spielman went up and got Cook and Elflein on Day 2. That was aggressive and it continued a trend from free agency – finding ways to fix the running game; perhaps fifth-round pick Danny Isidora can find a way to help in that manner, too. With the Day 3 picks, the Vikings have a great chance to fill some of the voids left by players who departed via free agency. Adams, Stacy Coley and Hodges, are three players who will compete to help in the passing game, and Gedeon, Jaleel Johnson, Lee, Ifeadi Odenigbo and Jack Tocho are all candidates to compete for spots on special teams as well as on defense.

 

I like what we did in the draft and free agency! Fair to say Vikings fan have a reason to be optimistic this year. I enjoyed your recently posted interview with Moritz Böhringer, as you know I’m still rooting for him (pass that along to him if you don’t mind) and hope to see him on the field this year. Keep up the great coverage!
— Michael Hoffman
Sacramento, CA

Glad you enjoyed the chat with Böhringer. It was fun to catch up with him in that way just one year after he was taken in the 2016 NFL Draft. I’m rooting for him, too. You have to give him a lot of credit for making it as far as he has given the number of hurdles in his path, from the language barrier to the sophistication of the game compared to the level of play he experienced in Germany. He has been working hard here in http://www.ecustomfootballshirts.com/Customized-New-York-Giants-Jersey Minnesota the last 12 months and he’s improved along the way. He still has a lot of improvement to make but there’s no doubt his efforts have been commendable so far.

Personalized Texas Rangers Jersey Vikings Name Tina Holmes Chief of Staff & Strategic Advisor

May 9th, 2017

Holmes joins the team after spending the past four years as chief of staff at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota. In her new role with the Vikings, Holmes will
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“We are excited to have Tina join the Vikings organization,” said Warren. “She is a very bright woman of high character and integrity with a proven history of making strong strategic decisions that create positive organizational energy.
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May 9th, 2017

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Danielle Hunter has played a role in the recruitment of Tashawn Bower not once but twice.

The custom Saints jersey first time occurred when Hunter was at LSU and played the role of host during Bower’s official campus visit. The second time was more recently when Hunter told Bower about Vikings coaches and how it would be a good team for him to join if he had the option.

Bower joined the Tigers and played in 40 games across four seasons that he punctuated by recording 3.0 sacks of Heisman winner Lamar Jackson in LSU’s victory over Louisville in the Citrus Bowl. He went undrafted last weekend and opted to sign as one of 13 undrafted free agents who joined Minnesota this week.

“He was my host when I had my official visit there, and we’ve been friends since,” Bower said Friday after the first practice of Vikings rookie minicamp. “We’re very close, and I know he’s going to show me the ropes.

“He was definitely telling me how great the coaches are, how well they’ll teach you and craft you into a better d-end and help you be successful,” Bower added.

Hunter and other veterans are not on hand this weekend, allowing the rookies to take initial steps into the program and receive a substantial amount of reps.

“I think definitely knowing the customized New Orleans Saints jersey coaches that they had here and what they can do and help me with my game [influenced my decision],” Bower said. “Seeing what they did with Danielle was something that was appealing to me. I just know that they had a great tradition of d-linemen here, so I wanted to be part of it.”

Hunter had 6.0 sacks as a rookie and led the Vikings with 12.5 last season, blossoming under defensive line coach Andre Patterson and assistant Robert Rodriguez. Hunter returned a fumble return for a touchdown at Tennessee, forced a fumble at Green Bay and registered a pivotal safety at Carolina in the first three weeks of 2016.

“I knew he was going to come here and be a great player,” Bower said. “I knew he’s always had it. One day, it just came out of him and he hasn’t stopped. I don’t think he’s going to stop anytime soon.”

 

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As expected, second-round pick Dalvin Cook generated plenty of interest on Friday. In addition to having his first media session in a Vikings No. 33 jersey, Cook also worked with new running backs coach Kennedy Polamalu for the first time.

Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer was asked about Polamalu on Friday and said the longtime college and pro assistant has impressed him.

“I’ve been really impressed with Kennedy in the short time (he has been here),” Zimmer said. “I got the chance to go on a couple visits with him and hear him talk to the players, talk to the personalized Saints jersey coaches, his demeanor, the way he does it.

“[When he worked] in college, he recruited most of these guys anyway, but he’s very smart, hard worker,” Zimmer added. “He has got a really good personality. He has got a tough mentality, which is good, and … I better stop there. I was thinking something, but I shouldn’t say it. No, I like him a lot.”

 

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A universal understanding around Winter Park this offseason is how disappointing it was to finish Men’s Washington Redskins Nike 95 Jonathan Allen Team Color Red Elite Jersey 2016 at 8-8 and unable to garner a second straight postseason berth or defend the 2015 NFC North crown.

Zimmer has done a considerable amount of self-assessment and spoken to multiple head coaches across the league to glean more information to shape future decisions. One he mentioned on Friday is the possibility of extending a practice if it does not meet his expectation.

“Going into last season, part of my whole goal was I thought we had a pretty good football team, and I wanted to make sure we got to the first game healthy,” Zimmer said. “And so, maybe I was a little bit too cautious in some of those things. We’re going to get back to being the Vikings, and we’re going to be blue collar and do things the way things that got us to be when we played teams, that they respected the way that we played.

Asked if practices will be longer, Zimmer said, “Quite honestly, I don’t care how long practice goes. If the schedule says two hours, and http://www.ecustomfootballshirts.com/Customized-New-Orleans-Saints-Jersey I’m not happy about it, we’ll go 2:30. I don’t care. We’re going to do it until I feel good about it.”

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