9:24 AM EDT, Fri July 31, 2015

Vikings activate defensive tackle Shamar Stephen for training camp off injured list

By Chris Tomasson ctomasson@pioneerpress.com MANKATO, Minn. _ Vikings coach Mike Zimmer had said defensive tackle Shamar Stephen wouldn’t miss more than the first three days of training camp, and he didn’t. Stephen, who began camp on the active/non-football injury list with a sore knee, was restored to the roster Wednesday and took part in practice. Even better things are expected this year out of Stephen, a seventh-round pick in 2014 who started three games as a rookie. “For a rookie player, he was like a sixth- or seventh-year player,’’ Vikings defensive tackle Linval Joseph said...

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Minneapolis Star-Tribune 16 mins ago

Access Vikings morning walkthrough: Kalil healthy again, Hunter not as raw, a plug and more

On most mornings, we walk you through what’s going on with the Vikings. WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED — Matt Kalil is pain free — for now at least. That’s a good thing, because this could be a make-or-break season for the 26-year-old left tackle. — Speaking of offensive tackles, Babs, the Polish sensation, is working hard, but he admits that “there’s a long way for me to go” to stick around. — The Vikings are taking the long view with Cordarrelle Patterson, forcing him to become a real receiver. Randball thinks that’s the right approach. — Shameless plug alert: Check out...
Minneapolis Star-Tribune 9 hours ago

Vikings tackle Matt Kalil believes fewer aches will mean improved play

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Minneapolis Star-Tribune 19 hours ago

Teddy Bridgewater: Championships aren't won in July

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St. Paul Pioneer Press 19 hours ago

Vikings' offensive line focused on redemption, keeping Teddy Bridgewater safe

MANKATO, Minn. -- Right guard intrigue is not exactly a sexy storyline, but the open competition at that position is a portal into the Vikings' high-stakes transformation of their embattled offensive line.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune 20 hours ago

Cordarrelle Patterson's development tells us plenty about Vikings coaches

Cordarrelle Patterson was set up to fail by succeeding. As a rookie in 2013, Patterson busted a few big plays as a wide receiver, looked terrifying as a kick returner and was downright dangerous whenever he took a handoff in space thanks both to the element of surprise and his own gifts. His head coach that season, Leslie Frazier (along with Frazier’s staff) was in win-now mode. That’s not a bad mode to be in one season after making the playoffs (and with the interest of self-preservation in mind), but we can say with some certainty now that it was probably the worst thing for...
St. Paul Pioneer Press 21 hours ago

Vikings: Cullen Loeffler, Kevin McDermott in battle for long-snapper job

MANKATO, Minn. -- The battle for the long-snapping job between 12-year veteran Cullen Loeffler and third-year pro Kevin McDermott is among the fiercest in camp and must be resolved before the Vikings get creative in the preseason.

Vikings coach MIke Zimmer says rookie defensive end Danielle Hunter a lot less raw than thought

By Chris Tomasson ctomasson@pioneerpress.com MANKATO, Minn. _ The Vikings have an amendment to make on rookie defensive end Danielle Hunter. After Hunter was drafted in the third round last May, Minnesota general manager Rick Spielman called him “raw” and a “project that I know that we’re going to have to work with.’’ Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said on Wednesday that’s not fully the case. “He’s a lot less raw than we thought,’’ Zimmer said at training camp. “He’s really been impressive, honestly. That’s why I want to see him against some of the other competition....

Access Vikings morning walkthrough: Joseph puts 2014 behind him, CP84 impresses Zimmer and more

On most mornings, we walk you through what’s going on with the Vikings. WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED — After undergoing shoulder surgery and getting shot in the calf, nose tackle Linval Joseph never felt comfortable last season. He has put 2014 behind him, though, and the Vikings expect big things from him in 2015. — Cordarrelle Patterson has impressed Mike Zimmer, who says, “I don’t know that he’s turned the corner yet. But he’s definitely kind of rounding it.” Now how can he get on the same page with Teddy Bridgewater? — Speaking of Teddy, Zimmer thinks he looks a little...

Access Vikings: Cordarrelle Patterson working with second team

Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson has worked with the second team through the start of training camp, though coach Mike Zimmer has noticed improvement from the 2013 first-round pick.

Vikings nose tackle Joseph puts 2014 in the past

In his first year as a Viking, the nose tackle face adversity — including being shot in his leg.
St. Paul Pioneer Press Jul 29, 2015

Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater getting bigger as he gets better

MANKATO, Minn. -- Each year, Teddy Bridgewater has gotten a bit bigger.
St. Paul Pioneer Press Jul 29, 2015

Vikings: Cordarrelle Patterson 'rounding' corner, and that's a start

MANKATO, Minn. -- Three practices are a small sample size, but baby steps matter for Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, who is on notice during his third season to establish his NFL bona fides.

How's Teddy look? A little sturdier

Teddy Bridgewater isn’t to the point where he could start selling tickets to the gun show, but the second-year QB is noticeably a bit bigger this year, the long sleeves he wears under his practice jersey a little snugger. After Bridgewater tipped the scales at 208 pounds last season, the Vikings instructed him to hit the gym this offseason to pack some more pounds on his frame. They didn’t want him maxing out like an Olympic powerlifter. They just wanted him to pack a few more pounds on, not exceeding 215. “There were things we asked him to get into in the weight room to get bigger and...
St. Paul Pioneer Press Jul 29, 2015

Vikings: Linval Joseph thinking big, being 'more cautious' in Year 2

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