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May 14th, 2018

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Most of our draft picks have been labeled as projects, which with this talented of a roster is a great idea for the future. Which project players from the past few drafts are ready to break out this year?
— Nick Christian

Cornerback Mackensie Alexander, receiver Stacy Coley, defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson and defensive end Stephen Weatherly are four players I would put in this category. Alexander and Weatherly have earned part-time roles on defense, but their next step would be to “break out” and become more regular contributors. Coley and Johnson have been deep reserves so far but have an opportunity this offseason to take that next step if they can stave off players added to their position groups this offseason.

Also, remember that every draft pick is a project. I’ve never seen a kid come out of college and enter the NFL as a complete product. Even players who wound up being some of the greatest of all-time, such as Ray Lewis, Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson, came into the League with lots of room for development. It’s just that when a team is coming off a successful season, it is usually picking later in each round, which yields fewer household names during the draft. And fans are more willing to accept not know Blue Jays Custom Jersey Cheap ing the drafted players as well because they are coming off such a fun season.

Do you feel confident with our running back depth chart? Outside of Dalvin Cook and Latavius Murray at running back and CJ Ham at fullback, who else is projected on the team?
— Nicholas Balkou

Yes, the Vikings have a solid depth chart at running back and are relatively young at the position. The one-two punch of Cook and Murray is top notch plus the presence of Ham gives the Vikings some versatility because he is obviously an effective fullback but he’s a converted running back so he has those skills, as well. Mack Brown returns at running back from last year’s roster and then two undrafted free agents and a tryout player were added at running back, too – Mike Boone from Cincinnati, Johnny Stanton from UNLV and Roc Thomas from Jacksonville State. Boone, Brown, Stanton and Thomas will compete for positioning on the depth chart.

Why does the NFL have a 53-ma Women’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Flexbase Authentic Alternate Royal Blue Jersey n roster and then require teams to reduce it to 46 players on game day? Does dressing only 46 players on game day compel teams to keep key players on the active roster and force them to play through minor injuries? What is the impact to the players and the game of dressing all 53 players on game day?
— Rudy
Alexandria, MN

The idea of the 53-man roster being reduced to 46 on game day is definitely not about compelling players to play through an injury. It’s all about le Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey veling the playing field for teams dealing with more injuries than another team. In a world where all 53 players dress for a game, a healthy team would have a distinct and, in the minds of the League, unfair advantage over a team with a bunch of injuries. One team may have five players who are unable to play that week because of an injury, and if that team plays a team who has just one player who can’t play that week because of an injury, then it’s a game between a team with 52 players at its disposal and a team with only 48 players at its disposal. That creates an unfair advantage, and in fact that is the situation where a team may feel forced to make an injured player suit up. By forcing teams to declare 46 players active, it’s marginalizing the advantage a healthy team has over a team that has a lot of injured players.

I think the Vikings had another very good draft. I have read the criticism for taking Mike Hughes over an offensive lineman, but I think the Hughes pick was perfect. I predicted they would take a cornerback. I felt the offensive line had several options with Danny Isi Men’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Flexbase Authentic Alternate Royal Blue Jersey dora, Tom Compton, Josh Andrews, Rashod Hill and Aviante Collins, and now we are adding Bryan O’Neill and Colby Gossett. The cornerback situation did not have many options after Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes and Mackensie Alexander. That is concerning with the QBs the Vikings face this year. Thanks for everything you do.
— Doug A.
Watertown, SD

It is my pleasure! And thank you for coming to the website to check out our content. I liked what the Vikings did in this year’s draft, too. But not everyone agrees with us, Doug. We’ll see what happens. If you go back and read the press clippings after the 2015 draft, I don’t know that the Vikings were getting much pub for “winning the draft.” But if you look back now, I don’t know how the Vikings could’ve done much better than coming away with Trae Waynes, Eric Kendricks, Danielle Hunter and Stefon Diggs. Time will tell how the 2018 draft class pans out!

The Vikings had a 13-3 record in 2017 and have four prime time games in 2018. The Packers went 7-9 last year and have five prime time games? Please explain.
— Joe Kopecky
Mount Pleasant, WI

Four prime time games is a lot. I wouldn’t look at that number and accuse the League of underestimating your team. Plus, flex scheduling could well give the Vikings another prime time game or two. As for the Packers, despite your disdain for them you certainly must understand why they’re an attractive prime time team. They have one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history on their side and they are what you would call a “national” team because they have fans who live all over the country, just as the Vikings do. Also, putting teams in prime time slots is about projecting how they will be in the upcoming season; it’s not about how they did the year prior. While Green Bay had a down season in 2017, a lot of it was because they lost Aaron Rodgers. They’ll have Rodgers healthy to start 2018, so they project to be a quality team worthy of prime time consideration. One of the games I’m looking most forward to this season is the Week 13 Vikings-Packers showdown on Sunday Night Football at U.S. Bank Stadium, a place where the Packers have never won.

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May 12th, 2018

EAGAN, Minn. —The men in the middle of the Vikings defense are growing closer.

Vikings defensive tackles Linval Joseph and Sheldon Richardson explained how excited they are to work together to “Voice of the Vikings” Paul Allen on KFAN 100.3-FM’s 9 to Noon show from TCO Studios in a segment that aired Friday.

Richardson signed with Minnesota as a free agent in March and will play alongside Joseph, who has been to two straight Pro Bowls.

“I try to know a lot of great defensive linemen in the league and definitely knew about Linval,” Richar Toronto Blue Jays Custom Jersey dson said. “Actually coming here, working out with him and getting to know him, he’s put me through the ringer a little bit. It’s been awhile since somebody has pushed me like that.”

Added Joseph: “I knew he wa Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey s a very explosive player. He made a lot of plays when he was in New York. I was excited to get a young, 3-technique and just to see what he can bring to the table. He has the chance to be really great.”

Joseph led all Vikings defensive linemen with 93 tackles (coaches’ tally) and was a key factor in Minnesota ranking second in the NFL in rush yards allowed (83.6 per game). He also had 3.5 sacks and a fumble recovery.

He explained how the duo’s relationship has grown in recent weeks as the Vikings have jumped into their voluntary offseason workout program.

“At the end of the day, we have to work together. I want him to be the best he can be,” Joseph said. “I know if I help him and teach him what I know or show him what I see, it can make him be more fast and explosive.

“Every day, every week, every month, we’re getting to know each other more. Sooner or later we’re going to start doing more things … dinners and stuff like that,” Joseph later added. “I hang with all the d-linemen. We all spend time together, go out to dinner, and that’s how you bond on and off the field.” 

Richardson has started 70 of 73 career games played in five seasons, including 15 with Seattle in 2017 when he had Blue Jays Custom Jersey Cheap  44 tackles (27 solo), a sack, one pass defensed, two fumble recoveries and his first career interception.

The 2013 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year said he feels at home in the early stages of his time in Purple.

“For me, I wanted to go somewhere where I fit in the most with a good coaching staff and get along with everybody,” said Richardson, who signed a 1-year deal. “Make sure  Women’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Flexbase Authentic Alternate Royal Blue Jersey the system fit me and I can adjust quickly without having any kinks.

“Last year I got traded right before the season, so it was kind of hard to get adjusted. It’s different here though with [Vikings defensive line coach Andre Patterson] getting me right and redefining everything and making myself a better player,” Richardson added. “I’m getting there. It’s been a while since I could say I’m learning something [new] in this league.”

Both Joseph and Richardson chatted with Allen about already getting excited about the 2018 season.

Joseph was a key piece to a Vikings defense that finished first in the NFL in points allowed, yards allowed and third-down defense. He noted he’s been energized by training at Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center. 

“I take every year as a restart, a refresh,” Joseph said. “This year we have this beautiful practice facility, and it’s like another jolt of energy.”

Richardson, meanwhile, is looking for his first taste of the postseason.

“I hate to be a part of that … I didn’t like that at all,” Richardson of missin Custom Blue Jays Jersey g the playoffs this past season with Seattle. “That’s what I’m in this league for, to get my first shot in the playoffs. It was a learning experience.” 

Joseph and Richardson are ready to team together to try and help the Vikings reach another level after Minnesota went 13-3 and went to the NFC title game in 2017.

But they know they’ll have to work together to make it a season to remember.

“We all help each other, and that’s the best part and what I like about everybody here,” said Richardson, who quipped that Joseph can take up both A gaps on the defensive line. “No matter their success, they all know it’s about the team. It’s the unit that makes us as great as we are.”

Added Joseph: “It’s team ball. That’s all it is here. There’s no selfishness … it’s all together. At the end of the day, you count numbers, but to be successful and win games, you have to play together.”

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May 12th, 2018

Now that free agency, the NFL Draft and rookie minicamp are behind us, most teams have Toronto Blue Jays Custom Jersey  their 2018 rosters fairly set, save for the cut-down to 53-man rosters that will happen in three-plus months.

Looking at all 32 rosters as they currently stand, NFL.com’s Chris Wesseling recently ranked the top-10 best  Men’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Flexbase Authentic Alternate Royal Blue Jersey offenses and included Minnesota in his lineup. Wesseling wrote the following in his intro:

If the quarterback is running a truly dominant offense, he moves the chains with consistency in all situations, rather than requiring a strict formula for success. It’s no surprise that the list below reads like a who’s who of superstar quarterbacks, many enjoying a symbiotic relationship with a top-notch offensive mind dialing up the plays.

Wesseling assigned a letter grade to each position group within a team’s offense.

He ranked the Vikings offense at No. 9 overall and evaluated the position groups in the following manner, with Minnesota’s receiving corps – including tight ends – grading highest. (Note: Wesseling did not include every player in the position group)

Quarterback: B | Kirk CousinsTrevor Siemian, Kyle Sloter

Backfield: B | Dalvin CookLatavius MurrayMack Brown, C.J. Ham

Receiving corps: A- | Adam ThielenStefon DiggsKendall WrightLaquon Treadwe Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey llTavarres KingKyle Rudolph (TE), David Morgan (TE), Tyler Conklin (TE)

Offensive line: B- | Riley ReiffNick EastonPat ElfleinMike RemmersRashod Hill, Brian O’Neill, Danny IsidoraTom Compton, Colby Gossett

The NFC North made up three of Wesseling’s top 10, with the Packers and Lions coming in at No. 6 and No. 10, respectively.

Topping the list at Nos. 1-3 were the Saints, Patriots and Steelers.

Rookie free agent Craig James ready to do ‘anything that helps the team’

On Monday, the Vikings signed four undrafted free agents who impressed coaches as tryout players at last weekend’s rookie minicamp.

Among the four signees was cornerback Craig James, out of Southern Illinois. Matthew Kamp of The Telegraph caught up with James who, less than two weeks ago, “was working on an internship at Edwardsville High School” in Illinois.

“Honestly, the whole thing hasn’t really hit me yet. It’s unbelievable,” James told Kamp. “I’m grateful for the opportunity, but the situation hasn’t hit me yet.”

Kamp wrote the following of James, who had a Mi Women’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Flexbase Authentic Alternate Royal Blue Jersey nnesota connection prior to signing with the  Custom Blue Jays Jersey Vikings:

After graduating from EHS in 2014, James played for the Minnesota Golden Gophers for two seasons before transferring to Southern Illinois Carbondale.

[…]

James was named to the Missouri Valley Football Conference All-Newcomer Team after leading the Salukis with nine pass break-ups and three interceptions [during the 2016-17 season]. He also had 30 tackles in nine games.

This past season, James had 37 tackles, 11 pass break-ups, two interceptions, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in 11 games.

“Anything they need me to do, I’ll do it,” James told Kamp. “Anything that helps the team, I’ll do it.”

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May 10th, 2018

The Vikings went 13-3 in 2017, a record that was good enough for Minnesota to Women’s Toronto Blue Jays Kevin Pillar Majestic Scarlet Fashion Canada Day Red Flex Base Authentic Jersey  win the NFC North.

It was the second division title in the past three seasons under Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer, and one analyst believes another could be on the way soon.

Will Brinson of CBS Sports took a peak ahead to the 2018 season and said that Zimmer’s Vikings look like the most complete team in the NFC North. 

Brinson wrote that the backbone of Minnesota’s success is the Vikings defense, which ranked first in the NFL in yards allowed, points allowed and third-down percentage in 2017.

Brinson wrote:

The Vikings defense is just going to be a top-five unit in the NFL again this year. I can’t find any real logic why they would magically fall off a cliff, not with all the talent at the three levels on this roster. They added Sheldon Richardson to Linval Joseph, Everson Griffin and Danielle Hunter. That is filthy.

Eric Kendricks and Anthony Barr are excellent linebackers with different skillsets.  Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey Xavier Rhodes and Harrison Smith are elite talents in the secondary. Trae Waynes might blossom this year if Mike Zimmer’s history with defensive backs is any indication, and the team also picked up Mike Hughes just in case. Minnesota’s done a really nice job [of] creating a talent pipeline to ensure longevity and depth. 

Brinson added that the Vikings also have plenty of skill players on offense, including a new quarterback in Kirk Cousins.

On offense, if the offensive line is good and Dalvin Cook stays healthy for a full season, this should be an explosive unit again. Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen are underrated, and Cousins could take things to the next level.

Brinson pointed to a tough-three game road trip in 2017 that proved how tough the Vikings are, and why they could be the division’s top team again this upcoming season. 

I keep thinking back to the stretch of games after their bye last year when they almost beat the Lions, Falcons and Panthers in back-to-back-to-back weeks … on the road. This is just a mentally tough team who manages to grind people out with its defense. Zimmer’s a great coach who doesn’t fully get the recognition he deserves. If Cousins spikes this offense, the Vikings are going to win a lot of games.


Hunting for talents like Hunter

When the Vikings nabbed Danielle Hunter in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft, they were adding a defensive end who racked up just 4.5 total sacks in college.

But Minnesota saw something with Hunter’s athleticism and upside, and the move paid off as Hunter has 25.5 career sacks in three seasons in Purple.

Courtney Cronin of ESPN wrote earlier this week that the Vikings are hoping to use Hunter’s success story as a model for a handful of players taken in the 2018 draft.

Cronin wrote: 

At 6-foot-7, 297 pounds, second-round offensive tackle Brian O’Neill clocked a 4.82-second 40-yard dash, which was the fastest of all offensive linemen at the combine. Jalyn Holmes, a fourth-round defensive end who will move inside to tackle, has a near 82-inch wingspan. Fifth-round tight end Tyler Conklin has a 38-inch vertical jump. In the sixth round, Minnesota grabbed a guard who ranked fourth among all offensive linemen in the combine bench press (Colby Gossett). They also found a defensive end whose hand size, 40 time, vertical jump and broad jump all rank above the 93rd percentile (Ade Aruna). And they nabbed a linebacker who was on pace to contend for Pac-12 defensive player of the year before his season was derailed by an injury (Devante Downs).

Cronin added that while it remains to be seen what impact the trio can have going forward, the Vikings certainly know the formula for success is there.

The projections for how this group will pan out this season are all across the board. O’Neill’s length, build and footwork are undeniable, but everyone inside the Vikings organization — Spielman to O’Neill himself — has said that he has to get stronger to play right tackle. Meanwhile, Aruna’s explosive skill set could make him an early contributor.

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May 10th, 2018

EAGAN, Minn. — Roc Thomas is ready to roll.

The running back who joined Minnesota as an undrafted free agent on April 30 soaked up as much as he could at last weekend’s rookie minicamp.

He dived into the playbook and took notes, explaining in an interview that he loves to learn by doin Kevin Pillar Jersey g and isn’t hesitant to do a lot.

Thomas, who was named Alabama’s 2013 Mr. Football, began his college career at Auburn before transferring to Jacksonville State and becoming a multipurpose offensive threat for the Gamecocks.

He played running back, outside and slot receiver, earning more opportunities by his senior season when he rushed for 1,065 yards and 13 touchdowns on 178 carries and added 244 yards on 21 receptions. Thomas ranked 10th in FCS in rushing touchdowns and yards per carry (5.98) in 2017.

“I kind of put that on myself, to learn what the o-line was doing so I could know where I needed to be in my run game and stuff like that to know where I need to fit in,” Thomas said. “I got the playbook, wrote down the script and was immediately trying to figure out what the assignment was on each play.

“I would write it out three different times for memorization, but I do better when I’m doing it on the field, getting more reps and visualization,” he added. “Seeing it in film helps me out a lot, but that’s where it’s got to start, and I feel like that helped me out a lot.”

With Jerick McKinnon’s departure in free agency to San Francisco, the Vikings have an opening for a multitasking running back.

Minnesota is excited b Kevin Pillar Jersey For Sale y the way Dalvin Cook is progressing from a torn ACL, and Latavius Murray is back after making a substantial impact in his first season with the Vikings. Mack Brown played special teams in one game for Minnesota last season after signing on Oct. 30. C.J. Ham switched from running back to fullback a year ago.

“That’s the good thing about it,” Thomas said. “I get to come here and compete, knowing I have a chance to work with those guys in the future. It’s something that makes you work harder.”

In addition to Thomas, the Vikings also signed Mike Boone as an undrafted free agent before minicamp and brought in Johnny Stanton this week, a former quarterback at Nebraska and UNLV who is listed at fullback.

Vikings.com’s Lindsey Young recently checked in with Boone, who had a dazzling performance at Cincinnati’s Pro Day after not receiving a combine invitation.

Thomas ran the 40-yard dash in 4.56 seconds (13th among RBs at the combine), had a vertical of 35.5 inches (tied for ninth among RBs) and broad jumped 10 feet, 5 inches (fourth among RBs).

His competitive fire was stoked long ago when he was a candidate for Alabama’s 2012 Mr. Football, an award claimed by Jeremy Johnson that year and in the past by the likes of T.J. Yeldon (2011), Julio Jones (2007), Andre Smith (2005), JaMarcus Russell (2002) and Cadillac Williams (2000).

“I got beat out by Jeremy Johnson, who was an outstanding quarterback in high school,” Thomas said. “He’s a great guy. Big ups to him.

“I got the [2013] Mr. Football, and that kind Women’s Toronto Blue Jays Kevin Pillar Majestic Scarlet Fashion Canada Day Red Flex Base Authentic Jersey  of set me up,” Thomas added. “I already knew I was going to Auburn, so I was like, ‘OK, I’m in there, I’m going to go in, compete my [tail] off and try to win a starting spot. I got in there and everything was good.”

Thomas had 43 rushes in each of his first two seasons at Auburn, totaling 475 yards and three scores on the ground in a crowded backfield before transferring for an expanded role.

“The journey has been great. I wouldn’t take anything back, but it just wasn’t the place that I wanted to be and wasn’t the system I wanted to be in,” Thomas said. “I transferred and got into a better system where I was getting the ball more and I was [playing] more positions.

“I was just wanting the ball in my hands, not greedy, but, ‘I can make plays,’ type of stuff,” Thomas said. “You want to have the ball in the best players’ — plural — hands all of the time.”

 

Lunchbreak: Looking at Best-Case Scenarios for Vik Kevin Pillar Blue Jays Jersey ings Rookies

May 9th, 2018

The collection of Vikings rookies have quickly jumped into NFL life as they have completed rookie minicamp and now look ahead toward Organized Team Activity practices.

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Matthew Coller of 1500ESPN.com took a look at all eight Vikings draft picks and laid out the best-case scenario for each, starting with Minnesota’s first-round pick, cornerback Mike Hughes

Coller wrote: 

If Hughes wins the nickel corner job, then the Vikings have a darn impressive young player on their hands. Not only would that prove he is up to the mental challenge that is required to be a great NFL player, it would also mean the Vikings wouldn’t have to rely on either Mackensie Alexander or Terence Newman to play slot corner.

And if second-round selection Brian O’Neill becomes an immediate starter at tackle, the Vikings will have snagged two starters in two picks.

If the former Pitt O-lineman takes big steps under Tony Sparano and adds the needed strength this offseason, he could force the Vikings to start him at right tackle with Mike Remmers moving inside to guard. Quick progress would be a very good sign considering O’Neill has an athletic profile similar to star tackles.

Coller wrote that defensive end Jalyn Holmes, a fourth-round pick, could carve out a role to spell the starters on the defensive line.

And he noted that the Vikings would be thrilled in fifth-round pick Tyler Conklin adds a different element to the passing attack.

If Conklin lives up to his skill set as a player with great leaping ability and strong hands, he could have a role in the Vikings’ passing game. John DeFilippo appears to have a great appreciation for the mismatches that good tight ends create, which could mean using all three in the passing game. Conklin could be anywhere from the practice squad to catching 20-30 passes next year.


CBS Sports: Aruna could have biggest impact among Vikings newcomers

The Vikings used their second-to-last draft pick on Ade Aruna, but some believe the defensive end could make an immediate impact in Minnesota.

Chris Trapasso of CBS Sports recently released his list of a rookie from each team who could contribute right away, as the former Tulane defensive end was his choice for the Vikings.

Trapasso wrote:

Going deep in the draft here with Aruna, a size/burst specimen at nearly 6-5 and 262 pounds who quietly ran 4.60 at the combine. Mike Zimmer will put Aruna in clearly defined, one-gap spots in sub-packages, and the former Tulane standout will be an important role player along the Vikings’ defensive line as a rookie. 

Aruna, who was born in Nigeria, played four seasons at Tulane. He appeared in 44 career games (with 34 starts). He recorded 107 total tackles (70 solo) with 19 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries during his time with the Green Wave.

He was one of the top standouts at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine as he had the top vertical jump (38.5 inches) and best broad jump (10 feet, 8 inches) among defensive linemen. Aruna also recorded the second-fastest 40-yard dash for players at his position with a time of 4.60 seconds.

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May 9th, 2018

Everson Griffen is known as one of the most vocal and energetic players on Minnesota defense.

The Vikings defensive end is also one of the most productive. He racked up 13 sacks during the 2017 regular season to set a new career best. 

Griffen, who has been named to three straight Pro Bowls, was recently recognized for h Women’s Toronto Blue Jays Kevin Pillar Majestic Scarlet Fashion Canada Day Red Flex Base Authentic Jersey is on-field exploits when he was ranked as the league’s fourth-best pass rusher by NFL.com analyst Willie McGinest.

McGinest is a former linebacker with the Patriots and Browns who holds the all-time postseason record with 16 sacks.

He wrote:

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Griffen started the 2017 season on a tear, racking up 10 sacks in the first eight games. After the team’s Week 9 bye week, though, Griffen was hampered by a torn plantar fascia (suffered in Week 8) and only recorded a total of four sacks the remainder of the regular season and through the playoffs. Now healthy, I expect Griffen to hit his stride in 2018 and once again lead the best defense in the league. Entering his ninth season in the fall, Griffen has great edge, nice lean and good speed. Coupled with good balance and hands, he’s a huge challenge to contain, even with help.

Griffen spoke to Twin Cities media members in late April and gave an update on his health, saying he feels great.

The former fourth-round pick has 61 career sacks, which ranks seventh all-time in Vikings franchise history.

Griffen became a full-time starter in 2014 and has flourished in Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer’s defense.

Griffen ranks fourth with 43.5 total sacks since 2014, trailing only Von Miller, Ryan Kerrigan and Chandler Jones.

McGinest’s full list can be found here.

Vikings slotted 5th in ESPN’s power rankings

Following the hustle and bustle of the 2018 NFL Draft, NFL.com released its post-draft power rankings and slotted the Vikings in the fifth spot.

Less than a week later, it was ESPN’s time to take their turn at putting the league’s top teams in order, and the Vikings also came in at No. 5 in ESPN’s power rankings.

ESPN wrote:

After dolling out $84 million guaranteed to Kirk Cousins in free agency, the Vikings opted to continue building up a defense that allowed the fewest points last season in the early rounds of the draft. Cornerback Mike Hughes (No. 30) and defensive end Jalyn Holmes (102) join a stacked unit.

Minnesota was slotted behind Philadelphia, New England, Pittsburgh and New Orleans on ESPN’s list.

The Vikings went 13-3 and won the NFC North in 2017 before advancing to the NFC title game.

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May 8th, 2018

EAGAN, Minn. – Getting a phone call from the Vikings was a life highlight for Mike Boone, but pulling on a Purple jersey and stepping foot on the practice field in Minnesota made the experience even sweeter.

Wearing No. 44, Boone flashed a warm smile beneath the Vikings helmet that he tipped up on his head following day two of rookie minicamp practice.

“It was crazy! Truly a blessing,” Boone said of suiting up at Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center. “As a little kid, you work so hard even for an opportunity like this. It just felt amazing, and I thank God for it.”

Boone did not receive an invite to the NFL Scouting Combine. He turned some heads at the University of Cincinnati Pro Day, however, where he recorded a vertical jump of 42 inches and a broad jump of 11 feet, 7 inches. Both would have ranked No. 1 among running backs at the combine.

Boone went through the NFL Draft without hearing his name, but he immediately received interest from the Vikings for a rookie free agent deal. He was surrounded by family members when he got the news.

“It’s just so amazing that I can make my mom proud, all of my family,” Boone said. “It’s just a dream come true for everybody.

“[My mom] was excited; I got a little emotional,” Boone added. “Everybody was there. My sister, my cousins, my uncles, my aunts. It was just amazing.”

The opportunity for Boone comes after a successful four-season run at Cincinnati.

Boone played as a true freshman in 2014 and led the Bearcats in rushing with 650 yards on just 101 carries. He scored nine touchdowns. His most impressive season statistically occurred the following year, when he racked up 749 yards and nine touchdowns on 104 attempts. As a junior in 2016, Boone suffered a foot injury after nine games that caused him to miss the rest of the season.

Boone finished his collegiate career with 420 carries for 2,250 yards and 24 touchdowns on the ground. He also added 65 catches for 596 yards and a receiving touchdown. In 2015 and 2016, he also contributed as a kick returner.

The 5-foot-10, 206-pound back played wide receiver at Baker County High School (Florida), and he credits his coaches, Joey and Ryan Sulkowski, for helping him develop the skill sets that allowed him to be a versatile scat back at Cincinnati.

“They helped put me in the position for where I am now,” Boone said. “They had me at receiver, so I’m able to catch the ball out of the backfield.”

When asked about the qualities that set him apart, Boone emphasized hi Youth Toronto Blue Jays Kevin Pillar Majestic Scarlet Fashion Canada Day Red Flex Base Authentic Jersey s versatility.

“I feel like I can line up at slot, anywhere from the backfield, catch balls, and I can also be a good running back. I just feel like I’m very versatile,” Boone added. “Not to be cocky at all.”

After two days of rookie minicamp practice, Boone told Vikings.com that he was getting the hang of things “pretty quick.”

“Coach P has been doing a great job of breaking it down to us where we can understand it,” Boone said of Vikings running backs coach Kennedy Polamalu. “I feel like I’ve been picking it up well and making good progress.”

Polamalu brought valuable experience to the running backs room when he joined the Vikings prior to the 2017 season. The former All-American has more than 30 years of coaching experience at various levels, most recently at UCLA where he was the running backs coach (2014-15) and offensive coordinator (2016).

Polamalu also previously spent six seasons coaching running backs in the NFL, during which he was with the Browns (2004) and the Jaguars (2005-09).

Boone grew familiar with Polamalu during his time in Jacksonville, which was just a 30-minute drive from Boone’s hometown of Macclenny, Florida.

“I also knew he coached Reggie Bush (at Southern Cal),” Boone added of Polamalu. “That guy, he’s great. He knows a lot, he has a lot of experience. He’s been helping me out tremendously already.”

The Florida native also paid attention to Dalvin Cook’s high school and college career before he was drafted by the Vikings in 2017.

Boon considers it “an honor” to have the chance to learn from Cook and Latavius Murray, among other older players in the Vik Kevin Pillar Jersey For Sale ings locker room.

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May 8th, 2018

Eagan, Minn. (May 7, 2018) – The Minnesota Vikings announce the following roster moves:

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Chad Beebe…………………. WR…………… R………………. Northern Illinois

Craig James…………………. CB…………… R……………… Southern Illinois

Johnny Stanton……………… FB…………… R……………………………. UNLV

Brett Taylor…………………… LB…………… R………………. Western Illinois

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Armanti Foreman………….. WR…………… R…………………………… Texas

Caushaud Lyons……. Kevin Pillar Jersey For Sale ……… DT…………… 2………………………. Tusculum

Kamryn Pettway…………….. FB…………… R………………………….. Auburn

All four new roster additions join the Vikings after participating in the team’s rookie minicamp this past weekend and will join the team’s offseason program in the coming weeks. The Vikings roster now stands at 90 players.

Beebe played in 44 games at Northern Illinois and led the team in 2017 with a 14.9 yards per reception average. The Buffalo, New York native totaled 64 receptions for 930 yards and 3 TDs during his collegiate career. He also contributed as a return man and ranks in the top-10 in program history in punt returns (48) and punt return yards (329 Kevin Pillar Canada Day Jersey ).

James finished out his college career at Southern Illinois, earning Mountain Valley Football Conference All-Newcomer Team honors in 2016, after two years at the University of Minnesota (2014-15). In 2017, he recorded two interceptions, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery while accumulating 37 total tackles.

Stanton, a quarterback in college, will transition to fullback with the Vikings. The Las Vegas native attended Nebraska out of high school before transferring to Saddleback College and eventually ending his career at UNLV. He earned junior college All-America honors while at Saddleback and helped the team to the California Community College Football Coaches Association State Championship game.

Taylor earned back-to-back All-American honors while finishing his career at Western Illinois and was named Phil Steele’s FCS Defensive Player of the Year. He led the Leathernecks with 162 total tackles in 2017 while racking up 13 TFL and 1.5 sacks.

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May 8th, 2018

EAGAN, Minn. — Garret Dooley spent the past three seasons working his way up from special teams contributor to a starting linebacker spot at the University of Wisconsin. 

All the while, Dooley focused on the three principles preached by the Badgers — being smart, tough and dependable. 

Those pillars could also apply to what Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer wants in Minnesota, where Dooley just wrapped up rookie minicamp with the Vikings this past weekend.

Although Dooley went undrafted in late April, he jumped at the chance to work with Zimmer and his son, Adam, the Vikings linebackers coach. 

“You know that they’re both really invested in the football team,” Dooley said of the father-son duo. “My agent told me they love guys who work hard, who are tough and dependable, and who want to play for the team and not themselves.

“I think that fits into what I’ve been doing for the last four or five years,” Dooley added.

Dooley redshirted in 2013 and did not play in 2014. He earned his first letter in 2015, playing in 11 games and helping primarily on special teams. The following season, Dooley played in all 14 Badgers games (two starts), working his way to a starter’s role last fall.

Only a few days into his NFL career, Dooley appears to have the right approach.

But he’s been plenty busy as he transitions to a different defensive role, albeit in the same position group he played with the Badgers.

Dooley started all 14 games at outside linebacker for Wisconsin in 2017, recording 41 tackles, 12.0 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks to earn Second-Team All-Big Ten honors from conference coaches and Third-Team All-Big Ten accolades from the media.

He still lined up at outside linebacker with the Vikings at rookie minicamp, but was a few yards off the line of scrimmage. Instead of surging around the edge each play, Dooley was tracking running backs and tight ends in the passing game while crashing down on run plays.

“This is a 4-3 defense, and I’ve been playing a 3-4 outside, so I was on the line of scrimmage most of the time. I was setting the edge and rushing the passer a lot,” Dooley said. “Here, it’s a little bit different, playing off the ball and getting different run fits and different schemes. I’m starting to get used to it.

“You kind of have a little bit more freedom to run around. You can cover, you can rush off the edge … that’s something I did a lot of at Wisconsin,” Do Kevin Pillar Jersey For Sale oley added. “You have a lot of different things you can do, so you have to be versatile. I think I bring that to table as well.”

Yet as he adjusts to a position change, Dooley said mastering the defense isn’t even his first priority. That would be in the third phase of the game, where an undrafted college free agent is most likely to contribute right away. 

Especially on a top-ranked defense that returns all three starters from its base defense a season ago. Dooley could follow the similar path to linebacker Eric Wilson, an undrafted free agent a year ago who played a key special teams role as a rookie in 2017.

“I think I can be a co Women’s Toronto Blue Jays Kevin Pillar Majestic Scarlet Fashion Canada Day Red Flex Base Authentic Jersey re special teams guy and contribute,” Dooley said. “As a linebacker at the next level, you need to be able to make it as a special teamer. That’s one of my main focuses … I want them to teach me what I need to get better at.”

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Dooley admitted to being a tad overwhelmed early on last week as he adjusted to his new surroundings and the blitz of information and schemes coming at him.

But by the time the weekend came around, Dooley had settled in and was ready for the upcoming grind of trying to land a job in the pros.

“It’s been great. This is something I’ve been dreaming about my whole life, so to finally be here is just a blessing,” Dooley said. “To be with these guys and get to know them and have new teammates … it’s a great experience. We’re flying around and having fun.”

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