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Daily Norseman 2 hours ago
Minnesota Vikings News and Links, 7/28

Minnesota Vikings News and Links, 7/28

Happy Monday, ladies and gentlemen. . .or, at least, happier Monday, because we have Minnesota Vikings football to talk about! Since the last time we brought you an Open Thread. . . -Tight end Kyle Rudolph signed a new five-year contract extension with the team, and it's the sort of team-friendly deal we've become accustomed to seeing from the team's front office. -Ted has practice notes from all of the team's practices thus far. . .Friday morning, Friday afternoon, Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon, Sunday morning, and Sunday afternoon. -Arif has his notebooks from both Friday...
Daily Norseman 5 hours ago

Kyle Rudolph's Deal Another Team-Friendly One For Minnesota

We've said numerous times in this space before that Rob Brzezinski is the best salary cap guy in the National Football League. If he's not, he has to be near the top of the list somewhere. The new contract extension signed by tight end Kyle Rudolph on Sunday was another display of his prowess. On the surface, the contract is a five-year deal that could pay Rudolph as much as $40.5 million. However, when one delves deeper into the contract. . .as ESPN's Ben Goessling has. . .you can see that there isn't a whole lot of risk for the Minnesota Vikings. . . .they got a deal done that could pay...
Daily Norseman 9 hours ago

Minnesota Vikings Sign Kyle Rudolph To 5 Year Contract Extension

The third year TE out of Notre Dame just made some bank TE Kyle Rudolph, who is already 5th in team history for career touchdowns by a tight end, signed a five year contract extension late Saturday. According to the man with the coolest name in beat writer history, the deal is worth $36.5 million, with $19.4 million guaranteed. Rudolph, a second round pick out of Notre Dame in 2011, is one of the better tight ends in the NFL, and is having a very good training camp so far.  He looks to be a serious weapon that Norv Turner wants to utilize, and the Vikings were happy they could get him...
Daily Norseman 14 hours ago

Sunday Afternoon Practice Recap

It was the first practice with full pads, and we got a good look at the offensive and defensive lines. Also, Chad Greenway fist bumped Arif walking off the practice field. It was quite possibly the coolest thing ever. The afternoon practice was met with a lot of anticipation from players, coaches, and fans. The practice field bleachers were full of fans wanting to see the first semi-real football in months. Unfortunately, it started raining pretty hard, and said fans had to run for cover. It didn't last long, though, and by the time the team was done stretching, the rain had subsided....
Daily Norseman 21 hours ago

Vikings Training Camp: Sunday Morning Practice Notes

Highlight of the morning was the return of Cordarrelle Patterson to practice The Sunday morning walk through was probably the most laid back, atmosphere wise, of the practices I've watched so far.  Not a lot of changes to note, with one major exception. Offense: QB: No changes. Matt Cassel is still the top guy and has taken all the first team snaps.  He made some nice throws during 11 on 11, with a beautiful throw to Rhett Ellison, who was well covered by Gerald Hodges on the play.  Teddy Bridgewater managed to over throw a receiver so bad that hit hit Mistral Raymond in his back (team...
Daily Norseman 23 hours ago
Talking Teddy Bridgewater

Talking Teddy Bridgewater

A look at what other players and coaches think of Teddy Bridgewater as well as what he thinks of his role on the team. Adrian Peterson is the face of the franchise, Cordarrelle Patterson is an up and coming superstar, but everyone's attention is on first round draft pick Teddy Bridgewater.  Here are bits and pieces I've compiled to give an overview of what other players and coaches are saying about him and also what he thinks his role on the team is. Kyle Rudolph: "Teddy's a good kid.  Teddy came in right away after the draft.  He does nothing but work hard.  Doesn't say a whole lot....
Daily Norseman 23 hours ago
Minnesota Vikings Training Camp: Day 3 Open Thread

Minnesota Vikings Training Camp: Day 3 Open Thread

Hey, everyone. . .think we're just going to go with one Open Thread today. Once again, no GIFs in the Training Camp Open Threads. Here's the Twitter feed for our DN writers, particular those that are actually in Mankato observing everything that's going on. Tweets from https://twitter.com/DailyNorseman/lists/daily-norseman-bloggers If you missed anything from yesterday. . . -Arif has his notebook from Day Two of practice. -Ted has the recaps from both the morning practice and the afternoon session. -Ted and Di were on the Purple FTW Podcast once again. -Rookie running back Jerick...
Daily Norseman 23 hours ago

Minnesota Vikings 2014 Training Camp Notebook (Day Two)

More Vikings Training Cap news from Mankato A new head coach is always significant for a franchise, and for the most part there’s good reason: getting the old leader out of the way. Like any Vikings fan, I’m ecstatic to see Mike Zimmer in charge of the team I love and expect it to lead to some significant improvement. We won’t know the answer to this until a significant amount of the season is through with, but there is a good question to ask: will it really make a big impact? Teams for the most part are driven by talent and play design. Coaches rarely affect the talent on the...
Daily Norseman Jul 27, 2014

Minnesota Vikings Utilizing Google Glass In Camp

The Minnesota Vikings are looking for an edge as they head into the 2014 NFL season, and it appears that they're turning to the world of technology in order to gain it. Per the folks at Android Central, the team will be making use of Google Glass in their practices this summer. For the uninitiated, Google Glass is "smart eyewear" that can be used for any number of things. Here's a video from our friends at The Verge that might help to explain it a little more. There are a couple of applications that you could see for something like this in the world of football. For example, if a...
Daily Norseman Jul 26, 2014

Jerick McKinnon Is A Small School Kid Making A Big Impression

The third round pick from Georgia Southern is turning heads early and often in Mankato In the third round of the the 2014 draft, the Vikings selected little known player Jerick McKinnon from Georgia Southern. McKinnon, not really well known leading up to the draft, seemed to be somewhat of a surprise pick for the Vikings, but Rick Spielman was enamored with his athletic ability, and thought he could be a guy that could be a playmaker for the Vikings. If their first few practices in Mankato are any indication, Spielman is on to something.  The one thing that sticks out about McKinnon is his...
Daily Norseman Jul 26, 2014

Vikings Training Camp: Saturday Afternoon Practice Recap

Linebackers are shuffling, Cassel is in command, and what costs more, an NFL long snapper or a JUGGS Machine? When the morning practice ended, it was raning at a steady pace.  It looked like it might even push the afternoon practice indoors, but the sun came out about an hour before practice, and everythung went off without a hitch. Notes from Saturday afternoon. Offense: Quarterbacks: Matt Cassel still getting all the reps with the first team, and deservedly so. There's no question that Teddy Bridgewater has the talent, but he's not as consistent as Cassel. Bridgewater looks good with the...
Daily Norseman Jul 26, 2014

Minnesota Vikings Training Camp: Saturday Morning Practice Recap

Another walk through with a little rain to end the morning The Saturday morning practice was fairly uneventful, with individual unit walkthroughs, some 11 on 11, and special teams kick coverage to wrap things up.  Let's recap this morning's events, shall we? Offense: No changes to the offensive depth chart.  QB Matt Cassel took all the snaps with the first team offense, and Teddy Bridgewater took all the snaps with the second team.  The offensive line starting five remains the same, but I added the second team in behind them. Again, like everything else, keep in mind this is early and...
Daily Norseman Jul 26, 2014

Vikings Training Camp: Day Two Morning Practice Open Thread

The first full day of Minnesota Vikings' Training Camp is in the books, ladies and gentlemen, and our crew will be back on the scene for today's workouts in Mankato. As always, here's our Twitter feed of all the DN bloggers so you can more easily follow everything that's going on in near-real time. Tweets from https://twitter.com/DailyNorseman/lists/daily-norseman-bloggers If you missed anything since yesterday. . . -Arif and Dusty have put together a brand new episode of Norse Code previewing Training Camp. -Di got a chance to speak with new cornerback Captain Munnerlyn, which is...
Daily Norseman Jul 26, 2014

Vikings Training Camp: Kain Colter Making Push For Roster Spot

The former Northwestern star is trying to work his way up the depth chart as a wide receiver Kain Colter was a jack of all trades star at Northwestern--quarterback, running back, wide receiver, scoreboard operator, ticket sales guy, and usher.  Okay, maybe not the last three, but he was all over the field in Evanston, and it was that versatility that caught the eye of the Vikings, who signed him as an undrafted free agent this past spring. UDFA's historically have a very tough road to climb to make the final roster, but Colter seems to be making a strong push.  During yesterday's...
Daily Norseman Jul 26, 2014
Minnesota Vikings 2014 Training Camp Notebook (Day One)

Minnesota Vikings 2014 Training Camp Notebook (Day One)

The first day of training camp has concluded, which means we now have the opportunity to dissect every play we possibly can! The first day of training camp comes with a lot of anticipation and a little bit of hype. Obviously, the Vikings had a little bit more to overcome in Mankato than a typical team in terms of non-football distractions, but an aggressive strategy to resolve the issue has been at least partially effective. It will be some time before we get a full understanding of the coaching staff and how it differs from the previous regime, but the philosophical differences are...
Daily Norseman Jul 26, 2014

Norse Code Podcast Episode #041: Previewing Camp, After Camp Starts

Dusty and I started a camp preview, but for odd technical reasons could not get the episode up until today. Hopefully, it's still relevant! While that means part of this podcast isn't as up-to-date relevant as other parts might be, it's still a solid listen. Popular Football Internet Radio with Daily Norseman on BlogTalkRadio *****Download Link Here***** Because of how hasty everything has to be, no show notes or episode notes. Hopefully, the podcast can stand on its own without all of that! Again, we're proud to be brought to you by Audible, and you can support the show by heading over...
Daily Norseman Jul 26, 2014
Linval Joseph Played With Torn Labrum In 2013

Linval Joseph Played With Torn Labrum In 2013

Linval Joseph, the big defensive tackle that got a big contract from the Minnesota Vikings in free agency this past off-season, revealed on Friday that he played the entire 2013 season with a partially torn labrum. He also revealed that he never told his past employer, the New York Giants, of the injury. Joseph, who got a 5-year, $31.5 million deal from the Vikings back in March, was limited in the Vikings' off-season program because of the surgery he had to correct that injury. Now he's ready to go full speed, and according to the man in charge, he's looking pretty impressive. "(Friday)...
Daily Norseman Jul 25, 2014
Vikings Training Camp: Day 1 Afternoon Practice Recap

Vikings Training Camp: Day 1 Afternoon Practice Recap

If you're going to make me pick a day one 'winner', I'd take the defense The afternoon practice saw a little more action than the morning walk through.  It was a mix of individual drills, 11 on 11, and some 7 on 7.  Some observations from today's practice: Depth Chart: I didn't notice anything different from what I posted for the morning recap. Quarterbacks: I was asked on Twitter who was going to be the starter. It's just way too early to tell, other than it isn't going to be Christian Ponder.  Both Matt Cassel and Teddy Bridgewater have a pretty 'live' ball, and Bridgewater's arm...
Daily Norseman Jul 25, 2014
Cordarrelle Patterson Day-To-Day With Foot Issue

Cordarrelle Patterson Day-To-Day With Foot Issue

The Minnesota Vikings. . .and a lot of NFL experts. . .are expecting big things from wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson this year. And there's a very good chance that those big things are coming. But they're going to have to wait at least a few days. Zimmer on Patterson: "he's got a foot problem he's been dealing with. Nothing serious." Added he's day to day #vikings — Justin Gaard (@jgkfan) July 25, 2014 The rumor was going around earlier in the day that one member of the team had not passed their conditioning test, and that said individual would not be practicing. That someone...
Daily Norseman Jul 25, 2014

The Captain of the Secondary is Ready to Take Charge

Captain Munnerlyn talks about his new team and his new role with the Vikings. One of the more interesting off-season acquisitions the Minnesota Vikings have made is cornerback Captain Munnerlyn, formerly of the Carolina Panthers.  He was signed as an unrestricted free agent in March and is expected to be a veteran presence on this backfield that has had some major issues for several years running.  Munnerlyn is in his sixth season in the NFL, and with having played in 77 games, is the most experienced of the Vikings’ defensive backs.  Munnerlyn finished 2013 as the 11th-ranked corner...

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