Notebook: Defensive injuries popping upThe Vikings likely will be without several defensive players Saturday night because of injuries. Plus, get notes from the final full practice before Saturday’s game.
After Chiefs, Cassel turned career aroundEDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings were in the market for a veteran backup quarterback a year ago, believing they needed a steady alternative to Christian Ponder after their first playoff appearance in three years was short-circuited by a disastrous outing from Joe Webb. The Cleveland Browns were looking for the same thing, as new offensive coordinator Norv Turner sought stability behind young starter Brandon Weeden. Both teams set their sights on former Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel, who had needed just four years to go from the ranks of promising young starters to the discard pile.
VIDEO: Teddy trying to ‘chase perfection’Teddy Bridgewater talked about his preseason experience, learning to slow down and avoid overthinking, WR Rodney Smith and more.
Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel named as top-5 on the hot seat right now
Two games down, two to go – at least in the preseason. Yes, that means that the start of regular season is still two weeks away. But that doesn’t mean players and coaches around the league aren’t already on the hot seat; the NFL is a results-oriented organization, where performing at a high level is required at all times. If someone isn’t up to the task, and a better option is available, teams will make a change in an instant.
Who is staring down this possibility already? To see five on the hot seat this weekend, CLICK HERE.
Access Vikings: Cassel has ‘no ill will’ towards Kansas CityMatt Cassel looks forward to heading back to Kansas City even though he was cut by the Chiefs in 2013. Also, Adrian Peterson missed practice again on Thursday for personal reasons.
Kalil evaluates consistent issue from 2013Matt Kalil is back to full health after offseason knee surgery that caused him consistent trouble in the second half of the season. He discussed the difference nine months makes and his outlook now.
Adrian Peterson misses 2nd day of Vikings practice (The Associated Press)EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) -- Adrian Peterson missed Minnesota Vikings practice for the second straight day, but the team does expect the star running back to make the trip to Kansas City this weekend.
Jerome Simpson Not Worth the Headache, But Vikings’ Options Limited
With Jerome Simpson potentially facing his second season-opening three-game suspension in three years, it’s worth asking the question: Why do the Vikings keep bothering with this guy anyhow? It would be one thing if Simpson were a top-of-the-line receiver or even a consistently good one, but the deep stats on Simpson suggest he’s not even […]
Vikings Thursday practice reportEDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Some observations from the Minnesota Vikings' practice Thursday afternoon: The Vikings were still without running back Adrian Peterson, who missed practice again Thursday after being gone for personal reasons Wednesday. Peterson wasn't going to play in Saturday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs but is expected to travel to the game with the team. Defensive tackle Linval Joseph, who is still recovering from a bullet wound to his left calf, and linebacker Brandon Watts, who is out with a leg injury, weren't seen at practice.
Matt Cassel: 'I'm excited to go back to Kansas City'For the first time since he was cut by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2013, Vikings top quarterback Matt Cassel will return to the city where he experienced probably the highest and lowest points of his NFL career, along with a bunch of personal memories Cassel will always cherish. After Cassel’s breakout 2008 season in New England following a season-ending knee injury to Tom Brady, the Chiefs acquired him in 2009 and paid him big bucks to be their starter. A season later, the Chiefs won their division as Cassel had his only Pro Bowl season, tossing a career-high 27 touchdown passes with just seven interceptions. But the honeymoon didn’t last for much longer after that, and things got so bad for Cassel during his turnover-plagued 2012
VIDEO: Matt Cassel discusses preseasonMatt Cassel talks about his return to Kansas City, the preseason and the Vikings offense.
Peterson misses practice again, but is expected to be in Kansas CityVikings running back Adrian Peterson missed practice for a second straight day as he deals with a personal matter, but the expectation is that he will be at Saturday night’s game in Kansas City. That doesn’t mean Peterson will play against the Chiefs, though. Head coach Mike Zimmer said the other day he doesn’t feel the need to see Peterson in the preseason, so we probably won’t see him. Also missing today’s muggy morning practice or watching from the side were nose tackle Linval Joseph (calf), cornerback Jabari Price (arm/shoulder), and linebackers Brandon Watts (lower leg) and Gerald Hodges (knee). None of those four players are expected to suit up against the Chiefs. Outside linebacker Chad Greenway (wrist) did, as promised, practice fully today after being held out of team drills yesterday. And he delivered the highlight of an uneventful practice when he kicked the football into the woods after dropping a would-be interception near the goal zone. It was a pretty impressive punt, but consider Zimmer unimpressed. Zimmer told the veteran to not do that again, and moments later, Greenway emerged from the trees carrying not one, but two footballs.
Cassel: 'I'm excited to go back to Kansas City'For the first time since he was cut by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2013, Vikings top quarterback Matt Cassel will return to the city where he experienced probably the highest and lowest points of his NFL career, along with a bunch of personal memories Cassel will always cherish. After Cassel’s breakout 2008 season in New England following a season-ending knee injury to Tom Brady, the Chiefs acquired him in 2009 and paid him big bucks to be their starter. A season later, the Chiefs won their division as Cassel had his only Pro Bowl season, tossing a career-high 27 touchdown passes with just seven interceptions. But the honeymoon didn’t last for much longer after that, and things got so bad for Cassel during his turnover-plagued 2012
Priefer keeps focus on football when asked about Kluwe settlementVikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer didn’t say as much, but it doesn’t take a body language expert to deduce that he’s ready for the Chris Kluwe questions to disappear. Priefer met with reporters after today’s practice. This week’s settlement of Kluwe’s lawsuit against the Vikings was brought up when Priefer was asked for his opinion on the terms of the settlement and whether he was relieved to have the lawsuit behind him. “You know,” he started, “I’m really excited about playing the Kansas City Chiefs. I’ve been focused on them all week. It’s something that I really haven’t given it much thought. The bottom line is we got a game to play and a season to prepare for.” Priefer was suspended for the
Meet the Enemy: 5 Questions on the Kansas City Chiefs
Daily Norseman talked with SB Nation's Kansas City Chiefs blog, Arrowhead Pride, about Saturday night's preseason game in KC.
The game still doesn't count. But it counts the most out of all the games that don't count.
We're two days away from the kickoff of the all-important Game 3 of the NFL preseason. The starters play the longest, the bubble players do their best to survive the first round of cuts, and the fans read into the results even more than usual.
The Minnesota Vikings don’t need to call Tim Tebow, but these 10 teams should
He hasn’t been seen in awhile, at least on the football field. The only vision of Tim Tebow of late has been on the SEC Network, where he currently is filling the role of a college football analyst.
While that gig helps pass the time, and brings in a paycheck, the former Heisman Trophy winner still itches to get back in the game. The quarterback who electrified the league with his miracle comebacks during the 2011 season is staying in shape, waiting for his opportunity to play again.
It’s a bit mystifying why he hasn’t gotten a chance. After all, not a lot of quarterback in their prime who boast a lifetime record above .500 as a starter (albeit 8-6) can’t find work. And there are certainly plenty of teams who could
Minnesota Vikings Jerseys Flawed On Madden 15
For a game franchise that likes to claim that “It’s In The Game”, they seem to be overlooking one big thing that Minnesota Vikings fans might get a little frustrated with. While this is touted to be the most realistic game in the franchise, there is one glaring error when playing as the Minnesota Vikings. […]
Wide Receiver Battle: Smith, Thielen, or Both?
Early in training camp, it looked as though there would be no debate as to who would occupy the 5th wide receiver position. Adam Thielen was the best player in camp for the first two weeks, and his routes were (and still are) a thing of beauty.
Rodney Smith, who was considered in the mix at the beginning of the summer for the 5th spot, has reinserted himself into the race as of late.
The 2nd year receiver out of LSU went undrafted last year. He spent 5 weeks on the practice squad before moving to the active roster, but was only active for 4 games last year. Smith made noise last week when he caught the game-winning touchdown pass from Teddy Bridgewater against Arizona. In total, he caught 4 passes for 55
Access Vikings morning walkthrough: Greenway's wrist, Tingelhoff closer to the Hall and moreEvery weekday, our Vikings reporters walk you through what’s happening with the team that day. WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED — OLB Chad Greenway was limited in practice due to a wrist injury. — S Kurt Coleman almost quit football after paralyzing a teammate in college. — Former Vikings C Mick Tingelhoff is a step closer to the Hall of Fame. — Mike Zimmer is no cookie-cutter first-year head coach. — The plan is for Greenway to wear the green dot on defense this season. TWEET OF THE (YESTER)DAY Mick was my center, my roommate and my best friend. No one more deserving. @Vikings #HOF #LetMickIn #SKOL — Fran Tarkenton (@Fran_Tarkenton) August 20, 2014 AROUND THE NFC NORTH — Lions DT Nick Fairley says he wants to stay in Detroit. — The Packers are trying to figure out who their backup QB will be. — The Bears are trying to figure out who their backup QB will be. TODAY’S VIKINGS SCHEDULE The Vikings have an early practice today, as they take the field at 10:50 a.m. Afterward, defensive coordinator George Edwards and special teams coordinator Mike Priefer will meet with the media. So will quarterbacks Matt Cassel and Teddy Bridgewater. SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT Former Vikings head coach Brad Childress, who was here from 2006-2010, now works for the Kansas City Chiefs. His official position is Special Project Manager, whatever the heck that means.
Vikings climbing Forbes’ chart, up to 20thThe Vikings are ranked the 20th-most valuable team in the NFL with a $1.15 billion estimated value from Forbes.
Vikings At Chiefs: Things To Look For
It's the dress rehearsal for the starters, and the last chance for bubble players to impress
Next Tuesday, the 32 teams in the NFL have to make the first set of roster cuts, down to 75 players. For many guys, this is the last NFL game experience they will ever have.
For everyone else, especially the starters, it's one last tune up to get ready for the regular season. Mike Zimmer, in his first season as head coach, has run his regulars a little bit longer than normal in the first two games, but indications are he'll be a little more conventional for the third pre-season game against Kansas City.
As the Vikings head to Arrowhead, what are some things that you need to be paying attention to in this dress rehearsal
Minnesota Vikings News And links, 8/21
We are almost at the 3/4 point of pre-season.
The Minnesota Vikings get ready for their first road test of the pre-season at Kansas City on Saturday, and I'm still kicking around the idea of making the drive to go see them. Still don't know if I'm going yet, but KC barbecue is tempting. Since last we brought you an open thread:
The Best Running Back In Football will not play against the Chiefs. No one thinks this is a bad idea.
Forbes says Vikings worth $1.15 billionMINNEAPOLIS -- Forbes Magazine's annual valuations of all 32 NFL teams are in, and while the Minnesota Vikings still rank among the bottom half of the league, the franchise is once again estimated to be worth more than $1 billion -- and its value should continue to rise. The Vikings are projected to be worth $1.15 billion, ranking 20th in the NFL, according to Forbes. That valuation is up from the $1.07 billion figure Forbes gave the Vikings in 2013, and represents a $319 million increase since the Minnesota State Legislature approved funding for the Vikings' new stadium in May 2012.
Mike Zimmer looking to add 'exotic' schemes to defenseMinnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer's background is on the defensive side of the ball and he prefers not to run a vanilla defense. Zimmer likes multiple fronts, overloads, and overall putting as much pressure on the quarterback as possible, however, he understands that every scheme may not fit every player. "It's a little bit of, 'What can the guy do and still be effective?'" Zimmer said, via Ben Goessling of ESPN. "Once I feel like we have the fundamentals down and the techniques down, then you can worry about tricking somebody else or disguising. You don't always have guys like Griffen, Barr, Robison that can do a number of different things. Those three guys can stand up and drop, play outside linebacker and rush." "You don't want to hurt other guys by trying to fit some other guy in something he's not comfortable with," Zimmer said. "There's a cause and effect with everybody."
Vikings QB Christian Ponder Not Asking To Be TradedVikings QB Christian Ponder seemed to indicate that he was open to being traded, but he made it clear on Wednesday that he isn’t asking to dealt. “I’m not asking for a trade,” he said, per Chris Tomasson. “I’m learning so much right now. I do feel like it’s beneficial for me to be right here right now. As a competitor, though, you want to be the guy that’s out there playing. But I do feel like in the situation I’m in right now, I am getting better though I’m not playing.” Ponder has been relegated to working with the third-string offense as Matt Cassel and first-round pick Teddy Bridgewater take reps with the first and second-team units. The idea of the Vikings trading Ponder has come up in previous months, but the team has said that they have no plans to move him. Ponder, 26, hasn’t come anywhere the type of player the Vikings were hoping he could be when they used the No. 12 overall pick on him back in 2011. He’s entering the final year of his rookie contract and will ma
Predicting the Vikings 53 Man Roster | Version 1.0With 2 preseason games in the books and the roster still a bit foggy, here is my version 1.0 of trying to crack the Vikings 53 man roster. Even with quite a few question marks there are a few pieces that appear to be coming into place. With the first round of cuts set to be coming after the 3rd preseason game this Saturday below is a quick look at how I see the Vikings final 53 … as of now. Offense Quarterback (2) Matt Cassel, Teddy Bridgewater Notes: Big question here is if they actually opt to keep Ponder to be their number 3 …. Regardless of what they say I can’t see it. Running Back (4) Adrian Peterson, Jerick McKinnon, Matt Asiata, Jerome Felton Notes: I really wasn’t expecting the Vikings to keep Felton… but he has been getting run and it actually looks like they hang on to him, other guys are pretty much a given. Wide Receiver (5) Cordarrelle Patterson, Greg Jennings, Jerome Simpson, Adam Thielen, Jarius Wright Notes: I think the first 4 are locked, Wright is actually on the ...
Ex-Viking Tingelhoff is lone senior committee finalist for Hall of Fame
Vikings notes: Problematic wrist slows down Greenway at practice
Let's Get Mick Tinglehoff in the Hall of Fame
The Daily Norseman is loading up the longboats and setting off on a crusade to get Mick Tinglehoff into the Hall of Fame.
Today it was announced that Mick Tinglehoff was the lone "Seniors Nominee" for the 2015 Hall of Fame candidates.
There are two older era Vikings players that are deserving of being in the
Scoggins: For Vikings' Coleman, bond formed from a tragedyThe Vikings’ Kurt Coleman once tackled a teammate and left him paralyzed. Then they became friends.
Hartman: Tingelhoff nears getting into NFL Hall of FameThe durable former Vikings center never missed a game or practice in 17 years.
Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel drops down in 1-32 starting QB rankingsEvery week, from now through the Wednesday before the Super Bowl, the editors at cover32 will gather to rank the NFL’s 32 starting quarterbacks. Depending on what’s happened the previous week, some will rise and some will fall, and even some of the names on the list will change. It’s a never-ending evolution, as the status of the league’s top signal callers is always in flux. To keep things going and see how the starting quarterbacks in the NFL shake out after two weeks of preseason games, CLICK HERE. You may also be interested in:Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel drops down in 1-32 starting QB rankingsHow much is the Minnesota Vikings franchise really worth?Before drafting you need to see Vikings RB Adrian Peterson’s fantasy ranking
Purple People Podcast: EPISODE #113 – Raising Arizona
Welcome to the Purple People Podcast for the week of August 20th, 2014! Hosted by Kyle West, Adam Carlson and Kyle Smith! This week, we talk about the game against the Cardinals, preview the game against the Chiefs AND MUCH MORE! Join the active discussions in our official Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/PurplePeoplePodcast Or on Twitter at: […]
How much is the Minnesota Vikings franchise really worth?Last year the Minnesota Vikings won just five games and finished in the cellar of their division. That makes them one of the worst NFL teams in the grand scheme of things, but what if we determined how good a team is by something other than wins and losses? For example, what if we made it about how much a team’s real dollar value is? Bad news. If we go based on the money then the Vikings are still pretty bad. Mike Zimmer says @Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is likely to sit out the preseason: http://t.co/7BVnASwqD2 pic.twitter.com/zgjfXCSyfu — Sports Illustrated (@SInow) August 20, 2014 According to an article by Mike Ozanian in Forbes magazine, the team is worth a total of $1.15 billion, which is a lot of money, but only makes the Vikings the 20th most valuable franchsie in the league. The good news is that they brought in $250 billion in revenue last year and their new stadium should bump that number up considerably once it opens. Coming in at the top of the list were the Dallas Cowb...
Access Vikings: Greenway gets wrist checked outVikings linebacker Chad Greenway played much of last season with a broken wrist and former Vikings center Mick Tingelhoff is one step closer to getting into the Football Hall of Fame.
Vikings cautious with Greenway's wrist (The Associated Press)EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway has been bothered a sore right wrist, prompting coach Mike Zimmer to limit him in practice.
HOF senior panel tabs Tingelhoff as 2015 finalist (The Associated Press)Former Minnesota Vikings center Mick Tingelhoff has been nominated as the senior finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's 2015 class of inductees. Tingelhoff will join 15 modern-era finalists and two contributor finalists on the ballot, but the endorsement from the Hall of Fame's senior committee was a big step toward enshrinement for the six-time Pro Bowl pick. Tingelhoff went undrafted out of Nebraska in 1962, yet became a starter as a rookie and kept the job his whole career until retiring after the 1978 season.
NFC North has potential for plenty of points (The Associated Press)Green Bay's grab of the NFC North for the third straight season, giving the Packers seven of the 12 titles since the division formed, was predictable. Detroit was the only team with more victories than the previous year, but still had a losing mark and fired its coach. From stars Aaron Rodgers, Adrian Peterson and Calvin Johnson to up-and-comers Cordarrelle Patterson, Alshon Jeffrey and Eddie Lacy, with standouts like Reggie Bush, Brandon Marshall and Randall Cobb somewhere in between, the NFC North could probably field a Pro Bowl offense all by itself.
Vikings Wednesday practice reportEDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- A few observations from the Minnesota Vikings' practice on Wednesday afternoon: With Chad Greenway sitting out of team drills because of an injury to his right wrist, Michael Mauti got most of the work with the first team in Greenway's spot. Greenway had a brace on his wrist, but said he hoped to be back at practice on Thursday. The linebacker also will be in charge of the Vikings' huddle this season, coach Mike Zimmer confirmed on Wednesday; the job typically falls to a middle linebacker, but since Jasper Brinkley and Audie Cole aren't likely to be on the field on passing downs, the Vikings gave the job of relaying defensive calls to Greenway because he figures to be on the field most of the time.
Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel drops down in 1-32 starting QB rankings
Every week, from now through the Wednesday before the Super Bowl, the editors at cover32 will gather to rank the NFL’s 32 starting quarterbacks. Depending on what’s happened the previous week, some will rise and some will fall, and even some of the names on the list will change. It’s a never-ending evolution, as the status of the league’s top signal callers is always in flux.
To keep things going and see how the starting quarterbacks in the NFL shake out after two weeks of preseason games, CLICK HERE.