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‘Best of Vikings Podium Sessions’ on Training Camp Move-in Day

October 11th, 2017


MANKATO, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings veterans are officially checked into the dorms.

Defensive end Everson Personalized Jaguars Jersey Griffen, tight end Kyle Rudolph, safety Harrison Smith, wide receiver Adam Thielen, quarterback Sam Bradford and general manager Rick Spielman all took to the podium to discuss a variety of topics at the onset of the final Verizon Vikings Training Camp in Mankato.

Here are the best quotes from each of the podium sessions on Wednesday morning:


Rick Spielman

The Vikings front office finalized the contract extension of Griffen on Wednesday.

While Griffen still had two years remaining on his contract, Spielman explained the decision to lock in the seven-year pro who was drafted and developed by Minnesota’s staff.

“It’s always been our philosophy for our young guys. We’ve been pretty aggressive trying to get those guys locked in. A lot of it is hand-and-hand on being able to draft players that come in, but also the coaching staff that we have and how they develop (our players). Personally you don’t want to spend all the time and energy trying to draft the right guys and Custom Jaguars Jersey then have your coaches develop them, and then four years later, you lose them. Our philosophy has always been to try and draft well and keep those guys together. If you can keep that nucleus together, it gives you an opportunity
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Everson Griffen

Griffen made national headlines by signing the contract extension to remain with the Vikings for the foreseeable future.

Griffen spoke about the confidence that the Vikings coaches and the front office have in him.

“I think I was fortunate to sit behind Jared (Allen) for four years so I don’t have all the wear and tear on my body like people that get thrown under the fire from the beginning,” Griffen said. “It shows that they have extreme confidence in me and that they believe in my abilities to go help this team win a championship because that’s our goal every year.”


Harrison Smith

Smith is entering his sixth season in the NFL and has earned more and more confidence from his head coach Mike Zimmer as the “quarterback” of the
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Reflecting back on 2016, Smith spoke about how his experiences have taught him not to take opportunities for granted.

“After a few years in the league, you understand how few of opportunities you get,” Smith said. “My rookie year, we went to the playoffs. That’s how I thought it was every year. That’s how we want it to be every year here, but there’s a lot of ups and downs and things that don’t always bounce your way and you have to overcome them, so that’s something as you get a few years under your belt, you understand when you have opportunities, you have to make the most of them.

“It doesn’t necessarily gnaw at me in a negative way,” Smith added. “I think it’s more, going forward, how can we turn that thing into a positive and not let things pass us by, take advantage of them now. It’s not ‘tomorrow.’ It’s not, ‘We’re good this year, next season we will be OK. That will be our shot.’ No, it’s
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Adam Thielen

Thielen has been reporting to Mankato for training camp for a decade combined as a Minnesota State Maverick and a Minnesota Viking.

“Mr. Mankato” spoke about how he plans to approach his last camp in his college town.
“This will be my 10th camp here including college, so it’s going to kind of be crazy not coming here,” Thielen said. “I’m going to enjoy this last one. I love seeing the people that watched me throughout college and now the NFL. It’s fun to see all of those people come out and say ‘Hey, I watched you in college (here)’. I’m going to take advantage of it.”


Sam Bradford

When Bradford was traded to the Vikings from the Eagles a few days before the 2016 season, he was tasked with learned Norv Turner’s offensive scheme.

Turner left the Vikings in the middle of last season, and Bradford was tasked with receiving play calls from a familiar face in Pat Shurmur.

Bradford Josh Donaldson Jersey spoke about the differences in Turner and Shurmur’s offenses and what he expects going forward.

“Just the way it’s called and the verbage in the huddle, the way plays were named or the number with Norv’s (offense),” Bradford said. “I think you saw last year as the season went on we got away from some of the seven-step drop stuff from under center and went to more of a quick game.

“Pat, he’s obviously based in a West Coast (offense) and obviously some influence of what we did (together) in Philadelphia,” Bradford added “I think it’s kind of his own offense. I think this year we can be a little more balanced with the quick game and some of the deeper shots down the field.”


Kyle Rudolph

This year marks Rudolph’s seventh time reporting to Mankato for training camp.

The oldest member of the tight end room said he could remeber a time when he Custom Vikings Jersey was the youngest.

“I remenber sitting in the back our meeting room when the rookies came into OTAs. When I got in this league I was in the front of that room and behind me heckling me and throwing stuff at me was Jim Kleinsasser, Visanthe Shaincoe and Mickey Shuler. Now I’m sitting in the back of the room and I look in front of me and I am five years older than the next closest Personalized Vikings Jersey guy. It’s exciting though. I have come to terms with being the oldest guy in that room and being the leader.”


Presser Points: Spielman on Griffen’s Extension, Future Signings, QB Status

October 11th, 2017


MANKATO, Minn. — With the full Vikings roster reuniting on Wednesday for Verizon Vikings Training Camp Custom Jaguars Jersey, Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman explained a front-office move designed to keep several core players together for the foreseeable future.

The Vikings signed two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Everson Griffen to a multi-year contract extension when he still had two years remaining on his second NFL contract.

Spielman often has implemented a draft, develop and avoid departure of key players approach. He said the extension will help give Minnesota some flexibility under future salary caps as the Vikings aim to retain other young players.

“I think what we’re doing is, you’re looking at players who are your core players, as we always have, we’ve cap-planned not only for this year but for future years,” Spielman said. “I know we have some significant contracts and significant young players coming up, so to, I don’t want to say get ahead of the curve, but to get some of this out of the way now is going to give us a lot more flexibility going forward into next year and future years, because I do think we have some very talented core players and we want to keep these players together as long as we can.”

When Spielman was asked if 2013 first-round pick Xavier Rhodes is next on the list, he said, “Well, I’ll anticipate and let you know if that comes true or not, but I’ll just say we’re working on extensions on a few guys.”

Here are four other topics discussed by Spielman:


1. QB status

Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater arrived on Wednesday to join early arrivals Taylor Heinicke, Case Keenum and Wes Lunt in the quarterbacks’ room.

Bradford is coming off his first season in Purple in which he started 15 games and threw for a career-best 3,877 Personalized Jaguars Jersey yards. Bridgewater is coming off a knee dislocation he suffered last August, which led for the Vikings to acquire Bradford, and Personalized Vikings Jersey continuing to rehab.

Spielman said quarterback decisions “will come in time.”

“I think we’re very fortunate to have two quarterbacks like [Bradford and Bridgewater] on our roster, and I know what Sam did was unbelievable for the circumstances he came in last year, and he’s had a great offseason,” Spielman said.

“I know Teddy and what he means to this organization and how hard he has Custom Jaguars Jersey worked in his rehab to get back on the field as quickly as he can, so I’d rather face those type of issues as we move forward,” Spielman added.

All players who arrived on Wednesday were scheduled to undergo physical Josh Donaldson Jersey examinations.


2. On different approach

Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer opted to have rookies and select players report to camp on Sunday, and that group participated in three walk-throughs and two practices before the whole team will come together Thursday.

“Coach Zimmer, I can’t recognize enough for some of the tweaks that he has made this offseason in a variety of areas that are going to pay huge dividends for us,” Spielman said. “One thing that’s definitely showed up is he decided to bring young guys and selected vets down early for an opportunity to get settled in, get the extra reps and practices that we haven’t done in the past.

“A lot of these young guys are going to be counted on to carve out some significant roles on our offense, defense and special teams,” Spielman added.


3. New offense

Spielman said he’s got a pretty good idea of where the Vikings defense is and is looking forward to seeing how the offense develops. The defense has improved in multiple categories the past three years under Zimmer and remained in-tact, but the offense is changing to Pat Shurmur’s system, and there are multiple new faces on that side of the ball.

“We have a lot of new pieces on the offense,” Spielman said. “And I think the key thing is you know, with Pat Shurmur having a full season now, a full offseason. We have a lot of new faces that are going to have to come and jell together. You can see that coming together through the offseason program and through OTAs and minicamps. And that is going to have to continue.

“I think we have some talented players on the offensive side,” Spielman added. “And just like anything, it’s going to be the first time a lot of these guys are going to be playing together but hopefully, we can keep them together and not lose as many guys as we did last year on offense and they can jell together and move forward. But, I know we’re looking forward to seeing these guys work together as one unit and growing together and coming together.”


4. Thank you to Mankato

With the Vikings entering their 52nd and final training camp hosted by
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“I’d like to recognize the city of Mankato, their community leaders and all their Custom Vikings Jersey community groups that put on these events in Mankato over the years,” Spielman said. “I’d especially want to thank the
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“In my opinion, this is one of the most prestigious universities in our state and to recognize Dr. [Richard] Davenport, Rick Straka, Shirley [Piepho] and people who probably go above and beyond the call of duty to make this, which has been such a great success and why the partnership has lasted as long as it has,” Spielman added. “We are excited, next year, heading into our state-of-the-art TCO Performance Center building. I think that shows you the commitment the [Wilf Ownership group has] in making this a world-class organization. With that
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Transcript: Teddy and Zimmer Custom Vikings Jersey Addressed the Media Thursday

October 11th, 2017


Vikings Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater

It’s great to be back out here. It’s been an eventful year for me. The support that I’ve had over these past 11 months from the fans has kept me motivated. I’m a pretty motivated guy, but just seeing their support just continues to motivate me. Hearing from the guys and being around the guys has been great. I’m sorry I haven’t been able to talk to you guys as much, it’s been a constant grind for me. It’s been all about trying to get better. We’re here now, and I’m glad to see all of your faces again. Let’s get things going.

Q: Do you think you’ll be able to play this season, and if so, when?

A: Right now I’m taking it one day at a time. I can’t look too far down the road, I have to live in the now. Like I said, I have to take it Custom Vikings Jersey one day at a time and approach each day with that mindset that I want to get better. That is the ultimate goal, but right now we’re here in Mankato, I’m here to get better, support the guys and be a better teammate.

Q: What has happened in the last few months while you’ve been gone?

A: I told myself that I wanted to do everything that I could to get better. No offense to you guys, but doing interviews and different phone calls doesn’t help me get better health wise. So everything that I did in the past couple of months has been for me, and I needed some time for myself to get better. I’ve been getting better and am going to continue to make progress.

Q: Were you concerned at any time that this would be a career ending injury?

A: No. I’ve always had faith, and faith has gotten me this far and is going to continue to take me even further.

Q: Can you take us through the play where your injury occurred?

A: It was just a play-action pass. I can’t even remember, it was so long ago, but I just remember being out there laying on the ground. The biggest thing I remember was the guys supporting me. As I was out there on the ground, different guys came up, holding my hand, praying for me. It just says a lot about the character of the guys we have around here. I’m thankful to be a part of this team.

Q: What went through your mind when you took that step and you knew that something wasn’t right?

A: I just knew that something didn’t feel right. It happened, but it made me a better person, I can say that much. It made me very appreciative to life. You never know when something you love can be taken from you within the blink of an eye. For me, like I said, it just made me appreciate the small things in life. Throughout the process, whether it was learning how to walk again or putting your pants on, just the little things you have to appreciate. I’m very appreciative.

Q: What was the message from the coaching staff throughout the process?

A: The coaching staff, they have been great. They understand and we all understand that it’s going to take some time, so that’s been the message. Continually just try to get better each day. Whenever my body knows it’s ready, whenever my mind says it’s ready, we’ll go from there, but the coaching staff has been great, very supportive.

Q: Can you talk about the emotional grind and the importance of staying positive throughout your recovery?

A: Man, it’s been one grind. But the best thing that I had going for me is that I’ve had an experience with having to fight. Watching my mom battle breast cancer, so I come from an amazing DNA where we’re fighters. So you have your days where you don’t see the progress, but it’s a long process. I’m in it for the long haul, and I want to be the best version of Teddy that I can be. It’s a roller coaster that you go on, but for me, I’ve had so much support that I’ve had more great days than I’ve had bad days. I’m very appreciative of that.

Q: Have the doctors told you that you will be able to be 100 percent someday?

A: That’s something I’d rather not talk about. When I visit the doctor, whatever Rick [Spielman] or Coach Zimmer discuss to you guys, I’ll leave it at that. For me, I’m focused on just getting better each day, one day at a time.

Q: Was there any contact on the play where the injury occurred, or just a bad twist?

A: It was no contact, probably just a bad step. I put a lot of force into the ground, and I’m pretty sure the knee just gave out.

Q: What are you able to do mobility wise right now from a football standpoint?

A: I’m taking my drops. You guys saw in the spring that I was throwing to the wide receivers and things like that. Each day it’s just about making progress.

Q: We’ve seen the Instagram videos of you throwing and practicing. How close is that to how you were prior to the injury?

A: I can’t even tell you. Right now, I’m still in the process of learning my body all over again. It’s been fun, because you learn new things about yourself that you didn’t know before. You find different strengths and weaknesses and you try to tweak everything so everything is a strength. Right now, I’m focusing on my overall body from head to toe. That is what is most important.

Q: How does the situation feel going forward with regards to whether this is your team or Sam Bradford’s?

A: Right now, I can’t even think long term. Like I’ve said, I have to take it one day at a time. Within a blink of an eye, it was taken away from me, so right now I just have to focus on Teddy. Trying to get healthy, and the rest will take care of itself.

Q: Is it frustrating to be on the PUP list right now, and do you have any expectations of coming off?

A: The good thing about it is that it just gives me more time to get healthy. That’s how I look at it. We have a great training staff here, and they’re going to push me and I’m going to continue to push them. We’ve been attacking this rehab with so much aggression that I think everyone is excited. So we’re going to take it one day and a time, continue to push each other, and try to get healthy.

Q: Has anyone reached out to you who has or has had similar injuries and given you any encouragement or talked about their experience?

A: Yeah, I’ve talked to numerous guys but the common theme is take your time. I’ve talked to some guys who came back too soon and I’ve talked to guys who took their time. The biggest thing is, I just have to know when my body is ready and I’ll be ready.

Q: Who were a few of those guys?

A: I’ve talked to Frank Gore, Willis McGahee, different guys who’ve had similar injuries to me. Those guys have been great mentors to me and kept me motivated.

Q: Were you able to learn anything from sitting out all last season?

A: Yeah, I got to learn different things about the game. It allowed me to reassess myself also as a player and I was able to study myself on some of the things I didn’t do well and how I could improve in those areas. I was able to watch our team play last year and those guys had a great season. Guys did some things well and I was able to take away from that and I want to try to apply that to my game.

Q: Were you ever in danger of losing your leg?

A: Probably, I don’t know. I just know that I was in the back of the truck and [Eric] Sugarman was back there with me and we had a conversation and I’m pretty sure both of us were pretty nervous about that conversation. I’m glad everyone reacted in a timely manner and we were able to save my leg, if that’s what you want to call it.

Q: Do you understand why the Vikings didn’t pick up your fifth-year option?

A: Yeah, I understand what’s going on. I try not to get into the contractual stuff. I leave Personalized Jaguars Jersey that to my agent. My primary focus is football and getting healthy and that’s what I’m here to talk about right now.

Q: Is this where you want to be long-term?

A: Yeah, I just want to continue to play football at the end of the day. It was taken away from me 11 months ago so to even be having this conversation about continuing to play football, that continues to motivate me right there. Knowing that I get to continue to live out my dream.

Q: Has your knee responded slower or faster to the rehab than you’ve expected?

A: I didn’t know what to expect. It’s something different and I’ve had rehabs for other injuries but the knee was something that was new to me. I’ve been feeling good and the sessions have been great and I’ve just continued to be motivated.

Q: Do you have a target date for a return?

A: I don’t know. Like I said, I am taking one day at a time. I’m not trying to look too far down the road each day the mindset is to get better and get healthy.

Q: What’s something physically you’re looking for in yourself to know that you’re back?

A: For me, it’s training myself that if I can do a movement one time I know that I can do it forever. That’s the thing, it’s a mental battle having to trust your body and having to trust being able to do different movements again. So for me, it’s knowing that if I can do something one time, I can do it forever.

Q: What’s been the toughest mental part of this process about not playing football?

A: It’s just not being out there with the guys. I eat, sleep and breathe football and when I’m on the sidelines having to watch those guys make big plays or have fun out there it does something to you in a good way. It motivates you to, “Hey I need get back out there so I can have some fun with those guys”.

Q: Has this all changed your career goals and expectations?

A: Not at all. If anything, it’s motivated me to want more out of this game and life.

Q: Throughout the rehab has it been all progress or any setbacks?

A: It’s been all progress. Some slow progress but slow progress is better than no progress. The thing that I like about it is that there’s some days you’re doing exercises where you’re like, “Man, I don’t see any gains”, but you won’t see every gain but you’ll wake up that next day and notice a difference and it’ll make you want to do more and more. I’m at that point where I’m going to continue to push Sugarman and his staff and they’re going to push me and we’re going to get the most out of this.

Q: Who have you relied on most to keep you focused?

A: I have a great supporting cast in my family. I’ve leaned on them and they’ve been very supportive throughout this entire process.

Q: Was there any predisposition that might have suggested this could happen?

A: No, it was just a freak accident, I guess.

Q: When they day comes, how do you step back onto the field and return to live action?

A: I think, like I said, that first initial hit or contact will tell me, ‘Hey, I can do this.’ Like I said, if I can do it one time, I know I can do it forever.

Q: From what doctors have told you, is there any chance that you won’t be able to resume your career?

A: No, not at all. That’s the good thing about all of this. I get to continue to live out my dream. We don’t know when it’s going to happen, but for me, I know it’s going to happen.

Q: How well are you able to run right now?

A: Pretty good. If you guys saw me in the spring, I did different exercise on the sidelines on the opposite field while the team was doing drills as a part of my rehab. I think I can run pretty good. I’d probably beat you in a foot race.

Q: How is your relationship with Sam Bradford?

A: Sam is great, he’s all about football. That’s what you want. A guy who is determined to get the best out of everyone in the room. Everyone in that room motivates each other. For Sam to do what he did last year, that was impressive. To come in as the season started and to do what he did was very impressive. I’m glad to be in the same room as him, I get to pick his brain, he gets to pick my brain. We get to challenge each other and that only makes the team better.


Head Coach Mike Zimmer


Q: How much of the determination and work that Teddy Bridgewater has put in carried over to inspire the team?

A: It’s hard for me to say how he inspires other people, but he inspires me by the way he goes about his business, the way he goes about his work, and the attitude that he carries every single day. I think everybody appreciates the work that he puts in.

Q: Is there a possibility that he can be taking snaps when training camp is over?

A: I don’t know. It is kind of the same question I was asked the other day. I don’t Josh Donaldson Jersey For Sale know when. It is all up to the doctors. When they say he’s ready, and he says he’s ready, then he’ll get out there.

Q: Why wasn’t Jarius Wright utilized last year and what does he need to do to get back in the mix within the offense?

A: I think part of the deal was we were using [Stefon] Diggs in the slot a little bit more, and Jarius is probably a little bit more of a slot guy. The thing that he did good though when he got in there, is he made some plays. We will just have to see how it goes. He is not a guy we have forgotten about or anything like that.

Q: When you talk to Teddy Bridgewater, is there anything that you try to say to him about where he stands with the team?

A: I don’t try to tell him anything about any of that stuff. I talk to Teddy about normal people stuff, not really football, so he knows how I feel about him, and how he feels about this team.

Q: CJ Ham is making a transition to fullback. Can you talk about his physicality, what he brings in that role, and how that transition is going for him?

A: He is doing a good job of knowing where to be and all of that stuff. The big question with him is how will he handle the physicality part of playing that position. I think he understands the right guys to get on, and he can carry the ball a little bit too since he has done that in the past. He has done a good job in protection when he was not a fullback, so it’s just going to be when he gets in there and when we get in on nine on seven, things like that, get the pads on, and he has got to go hit [Anthony] Barr and we will find out.

Q: With limited amount of line contact, how else can your offensive line gel and get used to each other with the action?

A: I don’t know. It is hard to say. The number one thing we want to do right now is work on getting solid fundamentals, getting a strong foundation down, and finally getting the right five guys in there so they can start working with some cohesion and working together, so I don’t know. It is hard to say. I think these guys are pretty smart guys. I think they’re pretty tough guys, so maybe a little bit sooner than later.

Q: Where ideally would you like to put Terence Newman this year?

A: Terence is a corner. That is where he is going to play, and if we need him at Custom Vikings Jersey nickel or safety or some other spot then we will do that, but he’s a corner.

Q: With these open positions on defense, how do you weigh all of these reps here at training camp, with more limited reps in the preseason games? How do you balance those two things while evaluating?

A: They’re being evaluated all of the time. I think there is probably a little bit more on the games because they don’t really know what’s going on, and you go against the offense every day. They see the plays over and over, so hopefully they are doing good in practice, and then when they get in the game, hopefully it carries over, but the game will have a little bit more. Each one of the games will have a little bit more, and then sometimes you have to go with what you believe.

Q: Are you confident that your offensive line is better? Or do you still need to see it?

A: I’m confident they’re better. I sit in the room with them a lot. I’m with those guys and I see the things that they are doing. But, the proof has got to be in the pudding. I thought we were going to be better last year and we, obviously, had a lot of different things happen. We weren’t anywhere where we needed to be. I do know the personalities of these guys and that’s kind of where I’m putting my belief in.

Q: What does Riley Reiff bring to the offensive line?

A: Well Riley, obviously, was a first round draft pick. He played left tackle last year and played right tackle. He’s a smart, veteran player that has a lot of physicality. I really like his demeanor. He’s going to try and hurt you, if he can hurt you. I think that’s going to bode well for us as we move forward.

Q: What are your thoughts so far on Teddy Bridgewater’s progress?

A: He’s really done a remarkable job. I never said what the prognosis was when he got hurt, but it was not good. And for him to come as far as he’s come… and we kind of knew it was going to be a long process and for where he’s at right now is really remarkable. It’s a testament to not only him, but his mom and the way he was brought up, the things he’s doing. I think he’s in a good place right now and I kind of think he sees the end-game now. Sometimes when you get into these long durations of rehab and you get some doldrums days.

Q: What else does Laquon Treadwell need to do to take that next step?

A: The biggest thing with Laquon is he needs to continue to build the confidence in himself. If he drops a ball, he needs to forget it, go on to the next play and go make a play. So, with him it’s just making plays and probably not being quite so hard on himself.

Q: What are the challenges of evaluating the young corners with the offseason limits?

A: Yeah well, for us because we like to play bump and run, it’s hard. But there is a lot of physical ability things we are looking for when we’re playing off. Understanding route progressions, the way they get in and out of cuts, the way they carry their shoulder pads in the breaks, the way their footwork is, there is a lot of those things you can evaluate. When you’re basically not competing against the other guy as much out there because you don’t want the collisions. We’ll find out all that stuff in the next few days.

Q: Have coaches tried to push back against that rule?

A: Yeah well, we get into those committees you know when you go to meetings you talk about a lot. The CBA is what it is and it’s going to be collectively bargained to whatever the players and the owners decide.

Q: At the end of last year, you said there were things you have wanted to change. How would assess those changes now going intoCustom Jaguars Jersey training camp?

A: How would I assess it? Let’s see how I can put things. Well, you know it’s really going back to everything we were doing, not only as a football team and scheme wise, and player wise but things that I was doing. Not so much some of the things that you all think about, but some of the things where we structuring some of the competitive things in practice. The way that we travel. I could probably be up here 20 minutes to talk about some of the different things.

Q: How is Rodney Adams fitting into being the kick returner?

A: Well, I don’t know that he’s going to be the kick returner. I mean he did a good job when he was at South Florida but you know we’re going to continue to look at guys. You know we’ll continue to look at guys who come available too. I mean that was one part of the game last year where we were able to make some points and get some yards and so, that is going to be important for us. But you know, you just move on.

Q: What are the challenges for Pat Elflein coming in as a rookie and playing the center position?

A: Number one, he’s got to make a lot of the calls. He’s a smart guy and has done a good job with that. Sometimes he will over think things and sees something late and change the call and some guys will get it and some won’t. That’s part of it. It’s really the different looks you’re going to get especially when it gets to game days. Around here at practice he’s got a pretty good idea of things he’s going to see. He’s going to be going against Linval Joseph these big strong physical guys. He’s a very good athlete, smart, tough, has good movement and uses his body like a wrestler almost.

Q: Do you want to see him strictly at center or is there a possibility of moving him around?

A: There is a possibility. We want to put the best five guys out there however we can do it. Maybe it’s him at guard, Nick Easton at center, or Easton at guard, him at center, and Joe Berger at guard. I don’t know. That’s why I say we have to find the right five guys. Right now we have to get the center and right guard thing squared away pretty quick.

Q: Do you have a date in mind that you would like move forward with five guys?

A: I want it to be right. I don’t really have a date. Sooner the better obviously. I don’t want to go through everything we went through a year ago.

Q: With Micheal Floyd being suspended the first four games, do you maybe get a longer look in the preseason of what you have or do you get a look at the guys who might be taking his roster spot?

A: We are going to give him a good look. He’s going to have to get in there and play. The good thing with the suspension is he can be in the meetings but just can’t be at practice or anything like that. He should be on top of things. He’s going to have to go out in training camp and these preseason games and get a lot of plays.

Q: You got some guys that you’re going to rely on like David Morgan and Mackensie Alexander, do you feel more pressure to adjust your game plan and how have they looked?

A: I don’t feel pressure to change the game plan. They have done a good job but the bullets aren’t hitting them. They aren’t being shot right now. We will be okay at the nickel position.

Q: Spending 52 years at Mankato, what has the city meant to you and the organization?

A: It’s been a great place. The facilities are unbelievable and the fields are in immaculate shape. The people in the town are always great and the fans coming have been fantastic. For me, the people I have had the chance to meet from the president, the dining hall, to the dorm people. They have all been great.

Bridgewater Placed on Active /Personalized Vikings Jersey Physically Unable to Perform List

October 11th, 2017


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Adam Thielen Setting High Expectations for His 10th Summer in Mankato

October 9th, 2017


MANKATO, Minn. – For 10 years now, Adam Thielen has been a recognizable face at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

From the summer before his redshirt Personalized Saints Jersey season with the Mavericks until now, training camp in preparation for his fifth season in Vikings Purple, the receiver has established himself as a hometown hero. No. 19 jerseys speckle the crowd, and Thielen’s name can be heard called by autograph-seeking fans.

Thielen brought a smile to the face of retired Army Colonel Milt Toratti, who said that he’s been in the receiver’s corner “since day one,” after reporting for camp Wednesday. After Thielen’s first walk-through practice of 2017 on Thursday morning, he stopped to visit with fans and sign autographs, cheerfully Custom Saints Jersey wishing a “Happy Birthday” to one young fan holding a handmade sign.

“I love seeing the people that have watched me throughout college and now through the NFL,” Thielen told media members. “It’s fun to see those people come out and say, ‘Hey, I saw your games in college.’ That’s definitely exciting for me, and I’m going to take advantage of it.”

Take a stroll through the college campus, and chances are high that you’ll see Thielen’s photo or name posted along the way.

It’s something his teammates have a little fun with.

Jarius Wright, a teammate of Thielen’s since the Detroit Lakes native signed with Minnesota as an undrafted free agent in 2013, said there’s plenty of ribbing among receivers when they return to Thielen’s old stomping grounds.


“I’m real good friends with Adam, and I mess with him all the time about being down here, and some of his posters are up there on the wall and things,” Wright said with a smile. “It’s funny just being down here and knowing that Adam went to school here. We give him a hard time about it all the time.”

Fielding quips from teammates and being a fan favorite aren’t anything new for Thielen, but he’s likely to take in the atmosphere a little more, as the 2017 Verizon Vikings Training Camp marks the team’s final summer session in Mankato. Next year, camp will be hosted at Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center in Eagan.

Thielen said he expects an even larger showing than usual of Vikings fans over the next two weeks.

“Even when I was going to college here, I think we maybe didn’t take advantage of having the Vikings right here, being able to go out to practice every day,” Thielen said. “I think people from the community will now take advantage of it, knowing that we’re not going to be here anymore. It’s such an easy opportunity to come and watch practice, which Custom Jets Jerseynot a lot of people can do, watch a NFL practice. I think a lot of people will be coming out for that reason.”

Training camp is readying to move locations, and Thielen’s role has transitioned from a special teams contributor to one of Minnesota’s key offensive weapons.

What hasn’t changed, however, even in the wake of a new contract is Thielen’s
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“I just want to keep doing the things that got me here,” Thielen said. “Every offseason I kind of have a goal to keep getting stronger, to keep getting faster, quicker, becoming a better all-around receiver, being able to block and being able to catch, and being reliable.”

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Minnesota’s 8-8 record in 2016 left the Vikings unsatisfied.

Now getting back onto the footbaCustom Saints Jerseyll field as a whole team and looking ahead to 2017, Thielen and his teammates have set high expectations for themselves.

“It doesn’t really matter who you’re playing, what week it is, how many wins you have at that point,” Thielen explained. “You’ve got to play every game the same
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“I think there’s a lot of hungry players on this team, a lot of guys who have been here for a long time,” Thielen said. “We want to win and we want to win now.”

Lunchbreak: CBS Tabs Hunter as Personalized Saints Jersey NFL’s Most Underrated Player

October 9th, 2017


Danielle Hunter might be the best-kept secret in the NFL Personalized Saints Jersey.

The Vikings defensive Custom Jets Jersey end racked up 12.5 sacks in his second season in the league, which tied for third among all defensive players in 2016.

The former third-round pick might be starting to gain national notoriety, but Pete Prisco of CBS Sports still believes Hunter is an underrated player.

In fact, Prisco recently tabbed the former LSU standout as the most Joe Carter Jersey underrated player in the entire league.

Prisco wrote:

Outside of Minnesota, you would be hard-pressed to find many fans or media members who know much about Hunter.

Here’s what you need to know: He might be the next great Vikings pass rusher.

Over their history, the Vikings have had plenty of dominant pass-rushing ends, Personalized Saints Jersey players like Carl Eller, Chris Doleman and Jared Allen. Hunter isn’t in that class yet, and he’s probably the second-best defensive end on his team to Everson Griffen, but the potential is there for him to be a 15-sack player with more playing time.

Prisco noted that Hunter could have even ore success if he earns more playing time in 2017.

But Hunter’s versatility and athleticism impress Prisco, who noted the defensive end has multiple ways to get to the quarterback.

Hunter doesn’t just get sacks with his speed. He has a great power move, knows how to use his hands and can attack the middle of an offensive lineman’s chest to win. He did that against D.J. Humphries of the Arizona Cardinals last year to get a sack. He is also athletic enough to win off the edge.

Against the Packers in Week 16, he had a sack when he beat tight end Jared Cook and chased down Aaron Rodgers, but earlier in the game he showed his athletic ability on a third-down play when he dropped out in a blitz and covered Cook to tackle him for a 2-yard gain. He looked like a linebacker on the play.

Add it all up, especially the fact he has only been a part-time player, and it’s why Hunter is the league’s most underrated player.


Heinicke ready to battle for roster spot

Taylor Heinicke arrived in Mankato a few days early in order to get extra reps on the practice field.

The Vikings quarterback is hoping it pays dividends and he’s able to secure a Personalized Jets Jersey roster spot by impressing coaches during training camp and the preseason.

Heinicke chatted with Mark Craig of the Star Tribune about seizing the opportunity after missing all of last year’s training camp with an injury.

With Teddy Bridgewater on the physically unable to perform list to start training camp, Heinicke is battling Case Keenum for the top backup spot behind Sam Bradford. Heinicke has yet to play in a regular-season NFL game, while Keenum has four seasons and 24 starts on his resume.

Keenum and Heinicke reported to camp with the rookies on Sunday. They’ll drift into the background a bit today as the Vikings’ full roster goes through a morning walkthrough and an afternoon practice without pads.

“Every rep counts, so it was good to be down here early,” Heinicke said. “You can learn something about what the defense is doing on every rep. It makes you better. It’s been good work.”

And even though Heinicke is aware he’s battling for a roster spot, the 24-year-old said he also tries to learn from his fellow quarterbacks.

Heinicke said he studies the guys up the depth chart to see how they got there.

“Sam is one of the most accurate quarterbacks ever,” Heinicke said. “It’s kind of unbelievable how he does it. I learn a lot from him. I also was fortunate to learn from Shaun Hill, who was in the league for 15 years. And Teddy has played well. And Case has been a starter, too. So I’ve got four starters that I can pick their brains.”Youth Nike Custom Made New York Jets Elite Green Team Color NFL Jersey Sale.

Bridgewater: ‘I’ve Had More Great Days Than Bad Days’ During Rehab

October 9th, 2017


MANKATO, Minn. — Whether it’s been learning to walk again or going Personalized Jets Jersey through the painstaking process of trying to put on his pants, Teddy Bridgewater has endured quite the grind over the past 11 months.

But the Vikings quarterback has remained steadfast in his resolve, even on days where progress might be tough to see.

Bridgewater met with the media Thursday at Verizon Vikings Training Camp, flashing his trademark smile and reiterating his passion and dedication for the game of Custom Jets Jersey football, noting his biggest mental hurdle was getting the game he loves taken away from him in the blink of an eye.

“Just not being out there with the guys (was the toughest part),” Bridgewater said. “I eat, sleep, breathe football.

“When I’m on the sideline watching those guys make big plays and have fun, it does something to you but in a good way,” Bridgewater added. “It motivated you to say, ‘Hey, I need to get back out there.’ ”

Bridgewater was injured on August 30 while dropping back on a play-action pass in a non-contact drill, less than two weeks before Minnesota’s season opener.

Bridgewater called the injury a “freak accident” and said his knee just gave out when put too much force on his knee as he planted.


The quarterback said he’ll always recall his teammates being by his side on the life-altering day.

“The biggest thing I remember is the guys supporting me when I was out there on that ground — different guys came up holding my hand, praying for me, things like that,” Bridgewater said. “It shows a lot about the character of the guys we have around here, and I’m thankful to be a part of this team.”

Bridgewater’s rehab process included dropping back while throwing to receivers at Winter Park this spring. The 24-year-old was placed on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list on Wednesday.

“We kind of knew it would be a long process,” said Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer. “For where he’s at right now, it is really remarkable.

“It’s a testament to not only him but his mom, the way he was brought up … I think he’s in a good place right now,” Zimmer added.

Bridgewater mentioned his mother, Rose Murphy, and her battle with breast cancer as a source of inspiration during his rehab.

“It’s been one grind. The best thing that I had going for me is that I’ve had an experience with this kind of fight watching my mom battle breast cancer,” Bridgewater said. “I come from amazing DNA, and we’re fighters.

“You have your days where you don’t see the progress, but it’s a long process,” Bridgewater added. “It’s a rollercoaster that you go on but for me, I’ve had so much support that I’ve had more great days than I have Personalized Saints Jersey bad days.”

Bridgewater helped lead the Vikings to an 11-5 record and the NFC North title in 2015 when he passed for 3,231 yards with 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions.


Bridge Custom Saints Jersey water’s last game action came in the third preseason game of 2016 against the Chargers.  He completed 12 of 16 passes for 161 yards and a touchdown pass to Kyle Rudolph. Bridgewater, who also had a 22-yard scramble, compiled a passer rating of 127.3.

Bridgewater put together a first-half scoring drive that spanned six plays and covered 78 yards in 70 seconds. He completed all four passes for 74 yards — with three straight completions of 19, 22 and 27 yards.

Bridgewater missed the entire 2016 season as the Vikings went 8-8 and missed the postseason.

“I got to learn different things about the game. It allowed me to reassess myself as a player,” Bridgewater said. “I studied myself and some of the things I didn’t do well and how I can improve in those areas.

“I was able to watch our team play last year. and those guys had a great season,” Bridgewater added. “Guys did some things well, and I want to apply that to my game.”

The Vikings acquired quarterback Sam Bradford four days after Bridgewater’s injury. Bridgewater said he and Bradford constantly push each other to help make the Vikings a better team.

“Sam is great. He’s all about football, and Joe Carter Jersey that’s what you want,” Bridgewater said. “He gets the best out of everyone in the room, and everyone in the room motivates each other.

“For Sam to do what he did last year, that was impressive,” Bridgewater added. “I’m glad to be in the same room with him. I get to pick his brain, and he gets to pick my brain, and we get to challenge each other.”


Bridgewater added he has spoken with other players — Frank Gore and Willis McGahee — who had serious knee injuries and received advice to make sure he was fully healthy before returning.

“The common theme is take your time,” Bridgewater said. “I talked to some guys who came back too soon and some guys who took their time. The biggest thing is I have to know when my body is ready, I’ll be ready.”

Bridgewater said Thursday that he does not have a target date to return to practice, the next step in his goal of playing football again.

But even if the process takes a while, Bridgewater said he is in this for the long haul.

“I get to continue to live out my dream,” Bridgewater said. “We don’t know when it’s going to happen, but for me, I know that’s going to happen.”

Datone Jones, Will Sutton Enjoy Nice Welcome to Minnesota Vikings

October 9th, 2017


MANKATO, Minn. — Datone Jones and Will Sutton are no strangers to the NFC North, but they were pleasantly surprised with the welcome to Minnesota that they’ve received from Vikings fans.

Jones played for the Packers the past four seasons after he was selected by Green Bay in the first Custom Jets Jersey round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Sutton was a third-round selection by Chicago in 2014 and played three seasons with the Bears before joining the Vikings as a free agent.

The defensive linemen arrived at Minnesota State University, Mankato with other vets on Wednesday for Verizon Vikings Training Camp and were greeted by a sea of fans outside Julia Sears Residence Hall.

Jones smiled as he became more accustomed to signing Purple and Gold memorabilia.

“When you go to a rival team, growing up, you’d never join sides with the rival team, but this is my family now,” Jones said. “I’m excited to be amongst this group, play with these guys and Joe Carter Throwback Jersey help push this team to championship capabilities.”

Sutton said the arrival scene was quite the contrast from his experiences with Custom Saints Jersey the Bears.

“We didn’t interact with the fans when we reported,” Sutton said. “It’s pretty cool pulling up and having the fans over here waiting. It’s pretty amazing.

“Everyone is telling me good luck and [that they] hope I make the team,” Sutton added. “I’m happy to be here and ready to get going.”


The next step for Jones and Sutton is trying to make the team that is chock-full of talented defensive linemen. Despite their amount of experience, Jones and Sutton arrived with the mindset that nothing would be given.

“It’s been a lot of hard work put in,” Jones said. “So I’m just more excited to come in and display my abilities and all of the hard work that I’ve been putting in over the summer, showcase to my teammates and prove to them that I’ve been working hard to make this team.”

Jones did, however, manage to capitalize on the convenient location of the ESPY Awards in Los Angeles to enjoy a little free time earlier this month.

“It was amazing,” Jones said. “I grew up watching the ESPYs, and to actually be able to get a ticket and walk the red carpet and see some of the best athletes across all professional sports and even the future kids, the ones in high school and college, ready to come up, to say, ‘Wow, I’m here. Now I’ve got a taste of the show, but what am I going to do to imprint my name on the ESPYs and take one home one day?’

“It was a great feeling,” Jones added. “My wife and my daughter were just having fun. That’s what it’s all about, and when you’re able to get a chance to do things like that, you’ve got to take advantage of it.”

Although Jones has enjoyed being a professional football player for four seasons, he allowed himself to become a little “star-struck” during the annual awards show.


“I think [Olympic swimming medalist] Michael Phelps is one of the guys that had me star-struck,” Jones said. “I call myself ‘The Black Fish.’ I love being in the water.

“I love swimming, jumping off diving boards, flipping, doing all of that crazy stuff,” Jones added. “To see a guy that has accomplished so much in his profession, especially one of the toughest in the world, that’s like, ‘Wow, how am I going to accomplish [the Personalized Saints Jersey equivalent of] some of the things he’s done on the gridiron?’ ”

Jones said he and Sutton have known Personalized Jets Jersey each other since high school and are excited to make the transition to the Vikings together.

That’s a great friend of mine. He’s also a great teammate,” Jones said. “We’ve got to do whatever we can to help each other and stay comfortable so we can help this team get to that playoff level.”

3 Observations: Vikings Air It Out in 1st Full Team Practice

October 9th, 2017


MANKATO, Minn. — The gang was all here Thursday as the Vikings Custom Saints Jersey held their first full team practice of training camp Joe Carter Jersey on the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Minnesota practiced in helmets and shorts for approximately two hours in the most upbeat session of camp so far.

The Vikings have a walk-through scheduled Friday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., and Joe Carter Throwback Jersey will have practice from 3 to 5 p.m.
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Here are three observations from Thursday’s session:


1. Going deep

The Vikings offense took to the skies during team drills Thursday, unleashing a handful of deep passes to stretch the field.

Wide receiver Cayleb Jones was on the receiving end of a pair of nice catches,
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Wide receiver Jarius Wright also had a clutch grab at the end of practice in a team session during a late-game situation. Personalize Jets Jersey

Quarterback Sam Bradford connected with Wright in the back of the end zone, leading to a regular-season like celebration from the offense.

“The game was on the line and he made the play,” said wide receiver Laquon Treadwell. “We all celebrated and had fun with it.”


2. Hill fills in

Left tackle Rashod Hill was thrown into the fire a bit Thursday as starter Riley
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Hill, who was signed by the Vikings off Jacksonville’s practice squad late in the season, was tested by edge rushers Everson Griffen and Danielle Hunter.

The 25-year-old out of Southern Mississippi produced a mixed bag of results but also held his own against the pair of defensive ends.


3. Youngsters step up

A pair of young Vikings cornerbacks made Personalized Saints Jersey a splash Thursday against the first-team offense.

Trae Waynes had one of the prettiest defensive plays of the day when he showed great closing speed to bat away a deep pass intended for Stefon Diggs.

Mackensie Alexander was beat deep by Michael Floyd in one-on-one drills but rebounded to corral an interception in front of Adam Thielen. He later broke up a pass near the sideline intended for Isaac Fruechte.

Presser Points: Zimmer Inspired by Teddy’s Personalized Jets Jersey Resolve During Rehab

October 9th, 2017


MANKATO, Minn. — Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer is a big fan of Teddy Bridgewater’s fight and attitude.

Bridgewater has been rehabbing and battling back from a devastating knee injury that he suffered 11 months ago prior to the 2016 season.

After Teddy spoke to the media for the first time since, his Zimmer took to the Personalized Jets Jersey podium and described Bridgewater’s demeanor.

“It’s hard for me to say what he inspires in other people, but he inspires me by the way goes about his business and about his work and the attitude that he carries every single day,” Zimmer said. “I think everybody appreciates the work he puts in.”

The Vikings placed Bridgewater on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list on Wednesday afternoon, and Zimmer was asked if he believed the quarterback would be able to participate in practice before the end of training camp.

“I don’t know when,” Zimmer said. “It’s all up to the doctors. When they say he’s
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Zimmer and Bridgewater have always had a strong relationship since Custom Saints Jersey they both arrived in Minnesota in 2014. Zimmer was asked if he’s discussed Bridgewater’s future status with the team.

“I don’t try to tell him anything about that stuff,” Zimmer said of Bridgewater’s rehab process. “I talk to Teddy about normal-people stuff, not really football. He knows how I feel about him, and I know how he feels about this team.”

With that being said, Zimmer has taken note of Bridgewater’s rehab progress.

“He’s really done a remarkable job,” Zimmer said. “I know I never said what the prognosis was when he got hurt, but it was not good. And for him to come as far as he’s come, we knew — you never really know, but we knew it was going to be a long process, and for where he’s at right now is really remarkable.”

Here are four other topics discussed by Zimmer during Thursday’s podium session:


1. Offensive line taking shape

When the Vikings took Blakeslee Field for the first time as a full team in 2017 the focus was on who would line up with the first team on the offensive line.

From left to right was tackle Riley Reiff, guard Alex Boone, center Nick Easton, guard Joe Berger and tackle Mike Remmers.

“The number one thing we want to do is work on solid fundamentals, getting the strong foundation down and finally getting the right five guys in there so they
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With the additions of Reiff and Remmers in free agency and center Pat Elflein in the draft, Zimmer spoke about his confidence in the Vikings new offensive line.

“I’m confident that they are better,” Zimmer said. “I sit in the room with them a lot. I see those guys and see the things that they are doing. But the proof has got to be in the pudding. I do know the personality of these guys, and that’s what I’m putting my belief in.”


2. Treadwell working on confidence

Vikings second-year wide receiver Laquon Treadwell had one catch in his rookie season. Heading into his second offseason program his teammates and coaches have noticed a more confident player and Joe Carter Throwback Jersey want that to continue to increase.

“You know the biggest thing with Laquon is he needs to continue to build the confidence in himself,” Zimmer said. “If he drops a ball, he’s got to forget about it, go on to the next play and make a play. With him, it’s just making plays and probably not being so hard on himself.”


3. Kick returner update

When the Vikings drafted wide receiver Rodney Adams out of South Florida, he instantly became a candidate to return kickoffs in 2017.

The Vikings lost 2016’s kickoff returner Cordarrelle Patterson when the wide receiver signed with the Oakland Raiders in the offseason.

Zimmer was asked to give an update on Adams’ progress at camp so far.

“I don’t know that he’s going to be the kick returner,” Zimmer said. “He did a good job when he was at South Florida, but we are going to continue to look at guys. We’ll continue to look at guys that come available, too. That was one part of the game last year where we were able to (score) some points and get some yards, so that’s going to be important for us.


4. Newman at corner

There’s been some speculation that the Vikings could move Terence Newman from corner to safety or nickel Joe Carter Jersey back if the team opts to start Trae Waynes opposite Xavier Rhodes at cornerback.

Newman started one game at safety because of injuries in 2015 and worked some at nickel, along with Mackensie Alexander, during the offseason program.

“Terence is a corner, and that’s where he’s going to play,” Zimmer said. “If we need him at nickel or safety, then we’ll do that, but he’s a corner.”

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