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Minnesota Vikings training staff honored for assisting high school athletes – Scout


Minnesota Vikings training staff honored for assisting high school athletes
The Minnesota Vikings athletic training staff was recently given the Minnesota Athletic Trainers' Association Sports Medicine Enhancement Award for 2016. Over the past two seasons they have been teaming up with TRIA Orthopedics and NovaCare …
Vikings honored for athletic training workTwinCities.com-Pioneer Press

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Posted on 4 May 2016 | 10:54 pm

Adrian Peterson donating $100K to flood-relief efforts in hometown – ESPN


Adrian Peterson donating $100K to flood-relief efforts in hometown
MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is donating more than $100,000 to relief efforts in his hometown of Palestine, Texas, after flash flooding destroyed dozens of houses and killed six people there over the weekend. Peterson
Minnesota Vikings' Adrian Peterson teams with Salvation Army in relief efforts for flood-ravaged hometownFOXSports.com
Adrian Peterson donating $100000 to Texas flood reliefSports Illustrated
Character Counts Vikings RB Peterson to donate toward relief of TX flood victimsArizona Sports (registration) (blog)
TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press –Vikings Territory
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Posted on 4 May 2016 | 10:17 pm

Mackensie Alexander Signs Contract With Minnesota Vikings – Daily Norseman

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Mackensie Alexander Signs Contract With Minnesota Vikings
Daily Norseman
As has been their practice over the past couple of years, the Minnesota Vikings are signing their draft picks fast and furious. Mackensie Alexander, the cornerback out of Clemson who was the Vikings' second round pick in last weekend's draft (#54
Five players who have been put on notice by the Minnesota Vikings over draft weekendScout
Minnesota Vikings, rookie CB Mackensie Alexander agree on four-year dealUPI.com
Minnesota Vikings agree to deals with Alexander, KearseThe News-Press
Today’s Pigskin (blog) –The Viking Age –FOXSports.com
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Posted on 4 May 2016 | 6:11 pm

Minnesota Vikings’ Kentrell Brothers hopes to use small stature to advantage – FOXSports.com


Minnesota Vikings' Kentrell Brothers hopes to use small stature to advantage
… call with Minnesota reporters. "I'm able to stay low on long linemen. I'm able to hit low on running backs. I just don't see that as a disadvantage as a lot of other people do. I've worked well with it so far, and I think I can continue to do that

Posted on 4 May 2016 | 3:47 pm

Minnesota Vikings have too many offensive linemen to make the 2016 roster – Scout


Minnesota Vikings have too many offensive linemen to make the 2016 roster
With all the draft hype surrounding the Minnesota Vikings 2016 draft class, one pick that seemed to fly under the radar a little bit was the selection of offensive lineman Willie Beavers. A college left tackle at Western Michigan, Beavers was asked to
Comparing Beavers to Boone, FuscoVikings Journal (registration) (blog)

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Posted on 4 May 2016 | 3:35 pm

For Vikings, there’s more to speed than 40-yard dash – ESPN (blog)

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For Vikings, there's more to speed than 40-yard dash
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For all of his scrupulous data collection, during which the Minnesota Vikings general manager ranks prospects on a scale that goes to the fourth decimal point, Spielman seems to know that not everything about a player is quantifiable. His 2016 draft
Fifth Year Option – An Important Tool For SpielmanVikings Journal (registration) (blog)

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Posted on 4 May 2016 | 11:03 am

Minnesota Vikings – Today’s Pigskin (blog)

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Today’s Pigskin (blog)
Drafting Will Fuller will give Vikings much-needed deep threat. Last offseason, the Minnesota Vikings sent a fifth-round pick to the Miami Dolphins for Mike Wallace with the hope that the veteran… 22 DECEMBER 2013: Minnesota Vikings defensive end

Posted on 3 May 2016 | 11:56 pm

Willie Beavers brings versatility, consistency to Minnesota Vikings’ offensive line – FOXSports.com


Willie Beavers brings versatility, consistency to Minnesota Vikings' offensive line
Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was under siege last season, taking a whopping 45 sacks behind a battered line that eventually cost offensive line coach Jeff Davidson his job, and prompted the Vikings to bring in former San Francisco 49ers guard Alex …

Posted on 3 May 2016 | 9:41 pm

Moritz Böhringer Signs Rookie Contract With Minnesota Vikings – Daily Norseman

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Moritz Böhringer Signs Rookie Contract With Minnesota Vikings
Daily Norseman
Böhringer became the first of the 253 draftees from this past weekend to sign his rookie contract yesterday afternoon, inking his deal with the Minnesota Vikings. The contract is a four-year deal, $2.49 million pact. Böhringer's signing bonus as part

Posted on 3 May 2016 | 1:41 pm

Moritz Boehringer signs with Vikings for 4 years, $2.49 million – ESPN


Moritz Boehringer signs with Vikings for 4 years, $2.49 million
MINNEAPOLIS — On Saturday, Moritz Boehringer became the first player to go directly from Europe to the NFL when the Minnesota Vikings made him the 180th pick in the NFL draft. On Monday, Boehringer attached another first to his name. The 22-year-old …
The Minnesota Vikings And The NFL Score By Drafting German Moritz BoehringerForbes
Evaluation of the Minnesota Vikings' draft gradesScout
Unknown German talent drafted into NFL by Minnesota VikingsDeutsche Welle
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Posted on 3 May 2016 | 2:45 am

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The Atlanta Falcons and first-round safety Keanu Neal agreed to terms on a contract Wednesday. Neal, the 17th overall selection out of Florida, is the only first-round pick of the 2016 NFL Draft class so far to agree to terms on his contract. Neal, who turns 21 in July, will sign the slotted four-year deal, with a fifth-year option to be exercised by May 3, 2019.

Posted on 4 May 2016 | 11:07 pm

Adrian Peterson donating $100K to flood relief in hometown (The Associated Press)

Adrian Peterson grew up in Palestine, Texas, and has felt the support of its people as he rose to prominence in the NFL and when he endured the hardships that followed. Now, in his hometown’s hour of need, the Minnesota Vikings star is giving back to an area ravaged by flooding last weekend. Peterson is donating $100,000 toward relief efforts after six people died in Palestine when torrential rains pounded the working class Texas town.

Posted on 4 May 2016 | 10:33 pm

Wait, are the Jaguars really good now? They’re acting like it (Shutdown Corner)

Last week, after the conclusion of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ offseason conditioning program, linebacker Telvin Smith called a players-only meeting to remind his teammates not to settle for losing. What is going on here? An 8-24 team the past two seasons. A players-only meeting in late April. No, this is not the sound of panic; it’s one of optimism, but also one of demand. No more sitting around and taking the losing. “I think the not wanting to settle for what’s been happening sparked it, and just me being a competitor and wanting to win,” Smith told ESPN . “Losing … I’ve always said I’m not a loser, and I refuse to be a loser. So you cannot do this on your own and you have to make sure everybody’s on the same mindset. And that’s the biggest thing, making sure everybody’s on the same mindset.” Following a draft that was roundly praised by pundits, and piggybacking a free-agency period that saw them upgrade on defense (DT Malik Jackson, S Tashaun Gipson, CB Prince Amukamara), offense (RB Chris Ivory, OT Kelvin Beachum) and special teams (P Brad Nortman), the Jaguars are suddenly relevant. But are they good? Like good good. We believe so. This is an offense that showed some point-scoring potential in 2015 but one that started slowly and fizzled late. Two noticeable issues: running the football consistently and giving Blake Bortles time to throw. Beachum should help both, as he battles Luke Joeckel (whose fifth-year option was just declined) for the left tackle job. Ivory gives the Jaguars a 1-2 masher duo with T.J. Yeldon with which to thump defenses. But it’s that Jaguars defense everyone is really excited to see. Jackson is an instant upgrade. Health willing, 2014 first-rounder Dante Fowler Jr. and 2015 second-rounder Myles Jack are two exciting athletes who can be impact players this season. Jalen Ramsey has a chance to be the best Jaguars DB in franchise history, though let’s temper that a tad for now. Smith, Jack and Paul Posluszny are at linebacker, with Dan Skuta a good fourth option is Jack takes time returning to the field. It’s not as deep as you’d like, but the talent is good. Yet there’s incredible depth up front. If Sen’Derrick Marks returns to form, they have holdovers Jared Odrick, Roy Miller, Tyson Alualu, Mike Bennett, Chris Smith, Ryan Davis (given a high second-round tender) and others. Plus, you throw in Jackson, Fowler, third-rounder Yannick Ngakoue, fourth-rounder Sheldon Day, sixth-rounder Tyrone Holmes and seventh-rounder Jonathan Woodard. Can you say “Sacksonville?” The biggest issue really has been creating turnovers — only 18 forced (only five teams had fewer) a year ago. That, along with a sloppy offense (28 turnovers, tied for eighth-most), put the Jaguars in a compromising position. Throw in an uneven kicking game, and you clearly can see where they lost ground in a 1-5 start last season. Going 5-11 was bad enough, but it’s even more telling when they lose by double digits in their four games against playoff teams. That’s, um, not so good. This season’s schedule has a similar feel to the 2015 slate: a tough opener and only a handful of home games before late October. They begin with the Green Bay Packers in Jacksonville — oh, you think you’re good? Go stop Aaron Rodgers. The now-traditional London trip is even earlier this year, Week 4 against the Indianapolis Colts, and it’s a big proving-grounds game. Get through that slate at 2-2 or 3-1, and the softer middle portion can be where the Jaguars really step out. The closing quintet (vs. Denver Broncos, vs. Minnesota Vikings, at Houston Texans, vs. Tennessee Titans, at Indianapolis Colts) could define the season. Blake Bortles looks like a budding star, though one with much to prove. He has a better line we think, a beefier run game, two 1,000-yard receivers (Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns), a potentially good No. 3 in Rashad Greene and a healthy Julius Thomas. We’re not saying they’re this year’s Carolina Panthers, but a major jump in the standings would not be shocking. Owner Shad Khan believes this team will have a winning season. Head coach Gus Bradley probably needs it, frankly, to save his job. There’s still a lot of work to do, and first-year coordinator Todd Wash has to bring all this new, young talent together. But one thing’s for sure: There’s more optimism in Jacksonville now than there has been in almost a decade, and following an exciting offseason it’s really warranted. The hype, we believe, is legit. And if now, we have some excellent conspiracy theories to fall back on for why the franchise appears to be plagued. – – – – – – – Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm

Posted on 3 May 2016 | 2:17 pm

Vikings decline 5th-year option on WR Cordarrelle Patterson (The Associated Press)

The Minnesota Vikings have spent about a year sending gifted but flighty receiver and kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson messages that he needs to buckle down and come to training camp prepared to earn a spot. The Vikings declined to pick up the fifth-year option on Patterson’s rookie contract, casting his future with the team into doubt. On the same day the Vikings exercised the options for defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd and cornerback Xavier Rhodes – the other two members of the Vikings first-round class in 2013 – the team preferred not to commit to the $7.9 million Patterson would have been due in 2017.

Posted on 3 May 2016 | 2:41 am

The 2013 draft is looking more and more like a giant bust (Shutdown Corner)

Here’s some real talk for you, post-draft: Not all the first-round picks made last week are going to be NFL stars. We’re reminded of this now every year around this time when NFL teams must make decisions on the first-round picks they made a mere three years ago. Optimism was high then, even for what looks like a putrid draft now, but in many cases it’s back down to earth with news trickling in for which teams are picking up those players’ fifth-year options. In short: The 2013 draft was pretty awful. And right now, it’s really sinking in as teams are now having to admit to a lot of their mistakes. The 2011 CBA allowed NFL teams to sign first-rounders to four-year contracts with a fifth year at the team’s discretion (to be decided before the start of the fourth season). That salary is based off an average of the top players at their positions, with top-10 picks making a higher average. On Monday, the deadline to exercise fifth-year options for 2013 first-rounders, we found out that options were declined on several big-name players from that draft class, including Jacksonville Jaguars offensive tackle Luke Joeckel (No. 2 overall), Cleveland Browns pass rusher Barkevious Mingo (No. 6), Tennessee Titans guard Chance Warmack (No. 10), Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel (No. 16) and Minnesota Vikings receiver-returner Cordarrelle Patterson (No. 29). Other options declined: Oakland Raiders CB D.J. Hayden and Devner Broncos nose tackle Sylvester Williams, although you get the idea that both could still end up staying with their respective teams at less money. The Kansas City Chiefs picked up No. 1 pick Eric Fisher’s option, which was in some doubt. The San Diego Chargers picked up the fifth year for OG D.J. Fluker, the 11th pick that year. Typically, although not in all cases, a team declining a player’s option means it’s disappointed in their performance, and it’s giving him a one-year, make-or-break deal to prove themselves. Likewise, most teams that do pick up the option are happy with the player, and it can be a case of getting an extra year cheap out of a star player and preventing him from hitting the open market. Of course, there are always exceptions — Robert Griffin III being an excellent one. The Washington Redskins elected to pick up RG3’s fifth year and then ended up not even playing him this past season, likely for fear of him getting hurt, which would fully guarantee his 2017 money. Instead, they released him this offseason, and Griffin is now a Brown. Another fifth-year option that was exercised was that of the New York Jets’ Quinton Coples, but the team released him less than seven months later. On the flip side, Doug Martin was declined by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and he turned it into a franchise tag and some new money from the team. Also declined: Melvin Ingram by the San Diego Chargers, who later signed him to an extension. So it’s not a hard-and-fast statement of hatred when the fifth-year option is declined, nor is it love when it’s picked up, but it’s clear that Mingo, Warmack and Patterson are heading into prove-it years. For Warmack, who has played well of late, it might be more of a case of a top-10 guard who would earn $12 million in 2017, so perhaps an extension can be worked out with him. But unless injuries change the landscape, Manuel doesn’t appear to be getting much of a chance in Buffalo. The 2013 draft, of course, wasn’t a total wash. First-rounders Ziggy Ansah, Sheldon Richardson, Lane Johnson, Kyle Long and Star Lotulelei have become very good players, and there are a handful of other serviceable ones. After that, there were a handful of gems: Le’Veon Bell, Eddie Lacy and Jamie Collins in Round 2, Keenan Allen in Round 3 and a few more. But by and large, this is the worst of the draft classes in recent years. Let’s hope that the 2016 crop, less than 48 hours in the books, has a far brighter future than this one. – – – – – – – Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm

Posted on 2 May 2016 | 7:04 pm

Vikings undrafted rookies include Cockran, Stave (The Associated Press)

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have signed 10 undrafted free agents, including two area prospects: Minnesota defensive end Theiren Cockran and Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave.

Posted on 2 May 2016 | 6:53 pm

NFL Transactions Tracker (Rotoworld)

Nick Mensio keeps track of every offseason transaction for all 32 teams.

Posted on 2 May 2016 | 4:41 am

Draft 2016: NFC Draft Grades (Rotoworld)

Evan Silva unveils his 2016 Draft Grades for the NFC.

Posted on 1 May 2016 | 4:03 am

Raiders trade up to select QB Connor Cook in 4th round (The Associated Press)

Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie was schooled in the draft by Ron Wolf during his long tenure in the front office in Green Bay. McKenzie did just that Saturday when he traded up to select Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook with the second pick in the fourth round despite having an established starter in Derek Carr. Cook said he was surprised to end up on a team with a young starter like Carr, thinking he might end up in Dallas instead as the heir apparent to Tony Romo.

Posted on 1 May 2016 | 12:45 am

Vikings pick WR Boehringer, a European first for NFL draft (The Associated Press)

The Vikings made the 22-year-old German wide receiver the first player in league history to be drafted straight from Europe, taking the speedy Boehringer in the sixth round Saturday with the 180th overall selection. The 6-foot-4, 229-pound Boehringer put on a head-turning performance in March at Florida Atlantic’s pro workout day, running the 40-yard dash in 4.43 seconds. The Vikings included Boehringer in their 30-prospect pre-draft visit and after grilling him about the nuances of the game were satisfied with his ability to pick up a complex playbook.

Posted on 1 May 2016 | 12:06 am