4:56 PM EDT, Sat May 25, 2019
7 hours ago
CLIMBING THE POCKET: EPISODE 151 [TOO YOUNG FOR THAT]

CLIMBING THE POCKET: EPISODE 151 [TOO YOUNG FOR THAT]

In this episode: Kyle Rudolph Draft Grades Prince – B Myles -B+ WR3? Game of Thrones Season Review Recent/Upcoming Projects Catch up on all the latest from CTP here. Just wrapped up a great interview with Florida State CB @LevontaTaylor. You don’t want to miss this! Out tomorrow. • iTunes: https://t.co/LR7pywXHJa • Stitcher: https://t.co/IysXN1Jnxjpic.twitter.com/tEvYuwqmQl — Jordan Reid (@JReidNFL) May 16, 2019
12 hours ago
Minnesota Vikings News and Links: May 25th and 26th, 2019

Minnesota Vikings News and Links: May 25th and 26th, 2019

Weekend Open Thread Good Morning! I hope you have a great start to your three or four day weekend! It’s time to catch up on the smoker, drink beer and fire up that grill. Today we’re going to have some deer from last year as burgers, and some sausage. For Sunday I got my youngest son to smoke a pork butt on the smoker, yes I can say butt up here. Speaking of which, your Game of Thrones fanpost thread will post as usual on Monday.....wait, what it’s over? Oh, well then never mind. Meanwhile we’ll catch up on our NFC North opponents and then carry on with our news and links...
22 hours ago
Let’s help David Morgan fulfill his modeling dreams

Let’s help David Morgan fulfill his modeling dreams

Yeah. . .it’s the offseason A lot of NFL players have hobbies or other pursuits that we generally don’t know a whole lot about. Today, I’ve learned about one such member of the Minnesota Vikings that has such a pursuit, and we can actually give him a hand with this. Tight end David Morgan is one of the finalists in a “Man Model” contest for a clothing line called Chubbies. The contest apparently started out with around 12,000 entries, and Morgan has made his way into the Top 20. Now, the voting for the top ten spots is underway, and we want to give #89 a hand in getting to the top...
22 hours ago
Hercules Mata’afa is, apparently, in the mix at defensive tackle

Hercules Mata’afa is, apparently, in the mix at defensive tackle

Or, at least, we can infer that from a tweet It was a little less than a year ago that Hercules Mata’afa tore his ACL during Organized Team Activities with the Minnesota Vikings. He was on track to become one of the more intriguing stories of the preseason for the purple, largely because nobody knew where, exactly, the team was going to play him. He started off OTAs working with the linebackers, but at the time of his injury had been shifted to work with the defensive line. Now, if we can infer anything from a tweet that he sent out earlier on Friday, the Vikings might have a different...
May 24, 2019
Dalvin Cook: He Can Shine - But Can He Stay On The Field?

Dalvin Cook: He Can Shine - But Can He Stay On The Field?

He’s had his share of injury problems in his first two seasons In the second in an occasional series on Vikings key veterans, I take a look at running back Dalvin Cook. It’s been two seasons now since Dalvin Cook was drafted to be the Vikings new feature back. So far, he’s done pretty well with the carries he’s had, but the problem has been that he’s not had enough of them to really make much of a difference. Dynamic, Deadly... But Can He Be Durable? Dalvin Cook has averaged 4.7 yards per carry over the past two seasons, which is right there with top running backs Ezekiel...
May 24, 2019
It’s Friday, so here’s Everson Griffen and Dalvin Cook cracking eggs on Kirk Cousins’ head

It’s Friday, so here’s Everson Griffen and Dalvin Cook cracking eggs on Kirk Cousins’ head

For a good cause, mind you Social media is weird. I don’t understand why 90% of the stuff that trends on social media trends on social media, but that might owe largely to the fact that I’m old and what not. However, the newest trend is one that happens to be for a good cause, and Minnesota Vikings’ quarterback Kirk Cousins has gotten involved in it. It’s called the “Crack Cancer” challenge, and its purpose is to raise awareness of and money for the fight against pediatric cancer. This all started with Kyle Brandt of the NFL Network taking part in the challenge on Good Morning,...
May 24, 2019
Minnesota Vikings News and Links: May 24th, 2019

Minnesota Vikings News and Links: May 24th, 2019

Weekend Eve Open Thread Good Morning! Not a lot of words of here no one reads, we’re creeping along towards training camp, meanwhile let’s carry on with our news and links open thread full of beer recommendations, nap strategies, crock pot and smoker recipes. Drop by for some fan wisdom, snark and have another cup of coffee. Around the DN since our last open thread: Minnesota Vikings OTAs: Is it possible Mike Hughes won’t be ready for Week 1 from Chris. Vikings news from other sources: From Vikings.com watch highlights from the third OTA of the 2019 offseason for the Vikings, which...
May 23, 2019
Minnesota Vikings OTAs: Is it possible Mike Hughes won’t be ready for Week 1?

Minnesota Vikings OTAs: Is it possible Mike Hughes won’t be ready for Week 1?

At least one well-placed source is raising that possibility A promising rookie season for Minnesota Vikings’ cornerback Mike Hughes was cut short in the team’s Week 6 victory over the Arizona Cardinals by a torn ACL. Now, just a few weeks after we got word that Hughes was, apparently, ahead of schedule in his rehab, a well-placed Vikings’ source is raising the spectre that Hughes might not be ready for the 2019 regular season opener. Paul Allen on KFAN said he would bet on #Vikings CB Mike Hughes NOT being active Week 1 against Atlanta.Hughes tore his ACL during a Week 6 win over...
May 23, 2019
Minnesota Vikings News and Links: May 23rd, 2019

Minnesota Vikings News and Links: May 23rd, 2019

Thorsday Open Thread Good Morning! I hope you’re having a great work week, from some of the comments it’s going really quiet here on Friday, this weekend and Monday as most of you are gearing up for a 3 or 4 day weekend. I’ll be around as this is my week off and I don’t have anything special planned other than throwing some cow or deer on the grill this weekend. Let’s carry on with our news and links open thread full of beer recommendations, nap strategies, crock pot and smoker recipes. Drop by for some fan wisdom, snark and have another cup of coffee. Around the DN since our...
May 22, 2019
Norse Code Podcast Episode 276: Hooray for Metaphors!

Norse Code Podcast Episode 276: Hooray for Metaphors!

Arif and James return to talk about the only real Vikings news of the last few weeks - the Eric Kendricks restructure, a potential O-Line configuration, Aldrick Robinson signing with the Panthers, and the contract woes of Kyle Rudolph. Featuring actual honest-to-God journalism from your boys at Norse Code (thanks Instagram)! James also rants about Game of Thrones and compares the final season to a Vikings player.  *****Download Link Here***** Episode Notes My piece on Irv Smith at the Athletic Rushing versus play-action effectiveness by Ben Baldwin It doesn’t matter how often you run...
May 22, 2019
Stefon Diggs missed a couple days of OTAs, and seriously who cares?

Stefon Diggs missed a couple days of OTAs, and seriously who cares?

They’re voluntary, after all With OTAs getting underway this week in Eagan, the Minnesota Vikings currently have 89 players on the 90-man roster in attendance for the voluntary workouts. The one absence from the voluntary workouts? Wide receiver Stefon Diggs, who is not at the workouts because. . .well, nobody knows why, and it doesn’t matter why. They’re voluntary workouts, after all. One guy that’s not worried about Diggs not being at the voluntary workouts? His coach. Mike Zimmer said he is not concerned that Stefon Diggs not at OTAs— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) May 22,...
May 22, 2019
Vikings Offensive Line: Garrett Bradbury starts OTAs at center

Vikings Offensive Line: Garrett Bradbury starts OTAs at center

With Pat Elflein at left guard Things are underway at the Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center in Eagan, with the Minnesota Vikings going through their Organized Team Activities. As it has been for. . .well, forever, it seems. . .the offensive line is going to be a focal point from now until the season starts, and it appears that we’ve gotten an answer to one of the big questions early on. As you can see in the picture above, and as has been reported by numerous sources on social media, the Vikings’ first-team offensive line got things underway with first-round draft choice...
May 21, 2019
Rick Spielman still high on the list in Rotoworld GM rankings

Rick Spielman still high on the list in Rotoworld GM rankings

Not quite as high as last year, but still up there Every year, the folks from Rotoworld put together their rankings of the General Managers across the National Football League, and this year’s list is now available. In what is likely going to come as a bit of a surprise to at least some portions of the fan base, Minnesota Vikings GM Rick Spielman is still pretty highly regarded when it comes to these rankings. Spielman comes in at #7 in this year’s rankings, which is actually one spot below where he was on last year’s list. Here’s what Patrick Daugherty, who does these rankings for...
May 20, 2019
More on Jayron Kearse possibly changing positions

More on Jayron Kearse possibly changing positions

Again, more opportunities for him to get on the field Not long after the 2019 NFL Draft, there was word circulating that the Minnesota Vikings were considering moving safety Jayron Kearse to the weakside linebacker position in an effort to get him on the field more often. Now, with a new round of OTAs starting in Eagan on Tuesday, the Vikings could be looking at a way to get Kearse on the field even more frequently. Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune is reporting that Kearse is one of a handful of players that will be looking to get some time as the nickel defensive back...
May 20, 2019
John Carney reached out to Vikings about kicking coach job

John Carney reached out to Vikings about kicking coach job

But the team wants a full-time coach Given the issues that they’ve hard at the position in recent years. . .and by “recent” I mean “for about 20 years or so”. . .it was no surprise when Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer mentioned during this offseason that the team was looking for a kicking coach. A report has surfaced that one of the NFL’s all-time great kickers reached out to the team about such an arrangement, but was rebuffed. John Carney, who is the fifth-leading scorer in the history of the National Football League and one of the few players to play in the NFL in...