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Minnesota Vikings News and Links, 10 August 2022

Minnesota Vikings News and Links, 10 August 2022

Photo by AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP via Guess what day it is? Hey, everybody! Welcome to hump day here at your favorite Minnesota Vikings website! And yes, as quickly as it started, the purple are almost finished with Training Camp already. They have a practice today and then the only other offerings they have that are open to the public are next week’s joint practices with the San Francisco 49ers. Man, that was fast, wasn’t it? Since the last time we brought you an Open Thread. . . The Real Forno Show talks some more about Training Camp and, specifically, about Kellen...
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Dalvin Tomlinson tabbed as one of NFL’s most underrated players

Dalvin Tomlinson tabbed as one of NFL’s most underrated players

Interesting stuff On a few occasions this offseason, we’ve seen the name of the newly-acquired Harrison Phillips pop up among the most underrated players in the league. . .this before he’s even played a game for the Minnesota Vikings. Now, the guy that Phillips will (presumably) be lining up next to is getting hit with that label as well. Cynthia Frelund of NFL.com has compiled her list of the 10 most underrated players in the NFL, and nose tackle Dalvin Tomlinson checks in at #9 on that list. Interior D-line love coming up! In his five NFL seasons, Tomlinson has never had...
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Mond & Bradbury Disappoint

Mond & Bradbury Disappoint

Are all things well in Egan with the Vikings? Tyler & Dave of the Real Forno Show discusses it. What do you think Climbing The Pocket & Daily Norseman fans? Can enough improvement be made by week 1 of the NFL season? We’re now in week 3 of training camp, and the Minnesota Vikings are preparing to face the Las Vegas Raiders. Tyler has been riled up over fellow writer, Nate Davis of USA Today having the Vikes sitting at #17 on his preseason power rankings. Really?! Tyler and Dave think that ranking is way too low for an offense with such a capable group of weapons and an...
Aug 9, 2022
Minnesota Vikings News and Links, 9 August 2022

Minnesota Vikings News and Links, 9 August 2022

Training camp marches on Welcome to Tuesday, ladies and gentlemen, as Minnesota Vikings Training Camp continues on (although the Vikings have the day off today). Last night was the big “night practice” at TCO Stadium in Eagan, and I was really hoping that someone connected to the Vikings would have a stream of it for everyone to watch like they did last year. Unfortunately, they did not. I hope that some of you were able to make it out there to catch some of the festivities. Since the last time we brought you an Open Thread. . . ESPN’s has ranked the young talent on the...
Aug 8, 2022
Bill Barnwell identifies the Vikings’ “Achilles heel”

Bill Barnwell identifies the Vikings’ “Achilles heel”

Photo by Stephen Maturen/ It wasn’t a tough one to pick, I don’t think No matter how hard a front office works to construct a roster in today’s National Football League, there’s going to be a weakness. Sometimes they’re a little tougher to identify, but other times, much like the big, blinking red light on an old school video game boss, you can figure out what it is pretty easily. Behind the great E$PN paywall, our friend Bill Barnwell has taken a look at 14 NFL contenders and identified their Achilles heels. For our Minnesota Vikings, he’s chosen the...
Aug 8, 2022
ESPN ranks Vikings’ young talent in the middle of the NFL pack

ESPN ranks Vikings’ young talent in the middle of the NFL pack

Photo by Cindy Ord/ for SiriusXM Sounds about right, actually Over the past few years, the Minnesota Vikings have made an effort to get themselves to a much younger roster after leaning on veterans for much of the Mike Zimmer era. Have those efforts borne fruit? According to the folks from Bristol, Connecticut. . .kind of. Behind the great E$PN paywall, the folks from Football Outsiders have ranked all 32 NFL teams in terms of their young talent, which they define as any player under 25 years old. The Vikings are in the middle of the pack in this year’s rankings,...
Aug 8, 2022
Minnesota Vikings News and Links, 8 August 2022

Minnesota Vikings News and Links, 8 August 2022

Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports The week starts over again. Yay. Hey, everybody. It looks like the start of another week is here. Are you excited? I’m getting there. . .after all, we have Minnesota Vikings football (or a reasonable facsimile) on Sunday to look forward to, which is kind of nice. Since the last time we brought you an Open Thread. . . We’re a little more than a week away from the first of the NFL’s three preseason cutdown dates. Kellen Mond had a pretty crazy touchdown pass in practice last Friday. Well, I thought it was cool. Do the Vikings have a...
Aug 7, 2022
Pads On at Vikings Training Camp

Pads On at Vikings Training Camp

With the pads coming on, we got to hear about some hitting with my favorite linemen. Darren and Dave of Two Old Bloggers will hit on that ourselves along with the other happening this week. In addition, tennis might be the key to Kirk Cousins winning us the Super Bowl. SKOL! The Minnesota Vikings 2022 Training Camp is at the point that the pads are on and the hitting has started. This is so important to determine who can and cannot perform well enough in pads and full contact to make the 2022 team. You can only do so much evaluation in shorts and t-shirts. The O-line and D-line...
Aug 7, 2022
Updated Vikings 53-Man Roster Projection

Updated Vikings 53-Man Roster Projection

Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports As we get further into training camp, I thought I’d make an updated 53-man roster projection now that there is a little more info out there on apparent depth charts and player performance. I’ll skip the practice squad roster for now. Here it is: Quarterback (2) Kirk Cousins Kellen Mond Sean Mannion Neither Mond or Mannion has looked that good so far, and I expect there might be some discussion within the new regime about what that means going forward. But I don’t think that means they’ll keep two questionable backups instead of...
Aug 6, 2022
The Vikings apparently have a competition at center after all

The Vikings apparently have a competition at center after all

Garrett Bradbury’s YAC abilities might not help him hold the starting center job | Appleton Post-Crescent -USA TODAY NETWORK How much of a competition? Not sure, really. For most of the offseason, new Minnesota Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell made it pretty clear that four of the five spots on the offensive line were set, with only the right guard spot being up for grabs. After a couple of weeks of Training Camp, however, it appears that might not be the case any longer. O'Connell says there's still a competition at center. Says Bradbury has been good in the...
Aug 6, 2022
Video: Kellen Mond throws ridiculous TD pass in practice

Video: Kellen Mond throws ridiculous TD pass in practice

Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports It gives one a little bit of hope, doesn’t it? Usually we don’t get terribly excited about individual plays in Training Camp, but yesterday Minnesota Vikings’ quarterback Kellen Mond gave us a throw that we’re willing to make an exception for. You can see the throw courtesy of Will Ragatz from Sports Illustrated below. Here’s the crazy Kellen Mond deep ball to Albert Wilson while rolling to his left pic.twitter.com/e7gyRXo3mM— Will Ragatz (@WillRagatz) August 5, 2022 You can see Mond running full speed to his left. On the...
Aug 6, 2022
A brief reminder about this year’s NFL cutdown dates

A brief reminder about this year’s NFL cutdown dates

Photo by David Berding/ When the rosters need to be trimmed We’re just a week (and a day) away from the preseason opener for the Minnesota Vikings when they take on the Las Vegas Raiders. Not long after that, the Vikings and everyone else will have to start making cuts in their efforts to lock in their 53-man rosters. This year, there will be three cutdown dates in the National Football League. They all fall on Tuesdays, 48 hours after all of the preseason games for that particular weekend have been completed. Here are those dates and how far the rosters need to be...
Aug 6, 2022
Minnesota Vikings News and Links, 6-7 August 2022

Minnesota Vikings News and Links, 6-7 August 2022

It’s the weekend, everybody! Welcome to the weekend, everybody! In just one week. . .well, one week from Sunday, since the Open Thread covers both days of the weekend. . .we’ll be kicking back to watch the preseason opener for your Minnesota Vikings as they take on the Las Vegas Raiders. It’s gonna be so nice to have football back, isn’t it? Since the last time we brought you an Open Thread. . . Why did Brian Asamoah pick the number 33? It’s pretty simple, according to him. ESPN expects the Vikings’ offensive line to continue being good at run blocking and bad at...
Aug 5, 2022
Suh-Watch: Vikings reportedly nowhere near deal with free agent DT

Suh-Watch: Vikings reportedly nowhere near deal with free agent DT

Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports Okay, then When last we left the Minnesota Vikings and their pursuit of free agent defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, the two sides had reportedly had “multiple conversations” about the 35-year-old joining the Vikings for the 2022 season. While that may or may not be the case, if there have been multiple conversations, it doesn’t appear that they’ve amounted to much. According to Darren Wolfson of KSTP on a recent Skor North podcast, a deal between Suh and the Vikings is not only not imminent, it isn’t even close. “They would...
Aug 5, 2022
Vikings’ offensive line projected to be more of the same in 2022

Vikings’ offensive line projected to be more of the same in 2022

Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports Not a huge surprise as things stand right now Over the past couple of seasons, the Minnesota Vikings’ offensive line has been known as a pretty good run-blocking unit. Against the pass? Ehhhhhhhhh. . .not so good. According to at least one set of analytics, it seems that we should expect more of the same this year. Behind the great E$PN paywall, Seth Walder of ESPN Analytics has ranked all of the offensive lines for this season in terms of their projected pass block and run block win rates. The Vikings check in at #22 overall, but with a...