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Andrew Krammer

Reporter | Minnesota Vikings
Location: Minneapolis
Other languages: None

Andrew Krammer covers the Vikings for the Star Tribune, entering his sixth NFL season. From the Metrodome to U.S. Bank Stadium, he's reported on everything from Case Keenum's Minneapolis Miracle, the offensive line's kangaroo court to Adrian Peterson's suspension.

Krammer, a 2013 graduate of the University of Minnesota's Journalism program, got his start covering local news through internships for the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press in St. Paul. Krammer was born on the east coast, raised on the west coast and ended up in the middle. He transitioned to his first love, sports, by taking over the Vikings beat at 1500 ESPN in Minneapolis prior to joining the Star Tribune's coverage in July 2016. You can find him at a local barbecue joint, Anytime Fitness or national park (during the Vikings' offseason).
Recent content from Andrew Krammer
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson had his pass swatted down by Armon Watts setting Anthony Harris up for an interception

Vikings rookie Watts making quick impression: 'The more I can do, the more they trust me'

Armon Watts' deflection of a pass led to a Vikings' pick-six against Seattle. "He's got a really good future," coach Mike Zimmer said.
Vikings running back Dalvin Cook

Cook says he can play despite pain; Zimmer says 'we'll see how it goes'

Vikings running back Dalvin Cook aggravated a shoulder injury he suffered Nov. 17 against the Broncos and although he said he wants to play coach Mike Zimmer said, "we're not going to play a guy that's hurt."
Vikings running back Dalvin Cook was tackled by Seahawks defensive back Quandre Diggs during the second quarter.

Cook injured on third-quarter fumble, but expects to play Sunday

Dalvin Cook called his exit "precautionary" and said he expects to be ready when the Vikings play Detroit in their next game.
Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr will play the role of spy often when facing Russell Wilson and the Seahawks on Monday night.

Vikings linebacker Barr practices 'I spy' skills for facing Seahawks, Wilson

Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr has gotten creative with how he practices "spying," or shadowing, mobile quarterbacks.
Vikings free safety Harrison Smith was limited in practice this week with a groin injury as the team prepares to play Seattle.

Depth at safety might be tested for Vikings on Monday vs. Seahawks

The Vikings' outlook at safety for Monday night's game at Seattle is uncertain with Harrison Smith and Anthony Harris limited by injuries. They have been "in and out" during 11-on-11 practice reps this week.
Xavier Rhodes (29) and Andrew Sendejo defended a Seahawks receiver during a 2013 game in Seattle.

Vikings coaches focus on improving pass defense

The secondary ranks in the bottom half of the league in three key categories.
The Vikings will need to figure out how to stop Russell Wilson to beat the Seahawks.

Vikings' pass defense needs quick fix to defeat Seahawks, Wilson

What was once a strength of this Vikings defense — its coverage — has lapsed while Minnesota surrendered more than 400 yards on average during the last three games before the bye.
Chad Beebe was carted off the field at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sept. 22 after injuring an ankle. Beebe had surgery and won’t return to the Vikings this

Vikings get Thielen back, but Beebe has surgery

Josh Doctson was cut on Tuesday as the team returned to practice following a bye week.
Minnesota Vikings' tight end Irv Smith Jr. celebrated his touchdown in the third quarter.

Thielen's absence means more snaps for rookie Irv Smith Jr.

Smith's first NFL touchdown showed growth from the 21-year-old tight end, who read the coverage and found the open space on an apparent option route.
Minnesota Vikings’ tight end Irv Smith made a grab in the end zone for a touchdown in the third quarter.

Hurry-up offense in second half got Vikings going

Offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski swallowed his pride and the Vikings' game plan when faced with a 20-0 deficit at halftime.
Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo intercepted a second-quarter pass. The Vikings claimed him off waivers earlier this month.

Vikings secondary has long day covering Broncos' Sutton

Broncos receiver Courtland Sutton had 113 yards Sunday — making him the second opponent to top 100 receiving yards in the Vikings' building — forcing the defense to put double coverage on him.
The Vikings' Everson Griffen (97) and Danielle Hunter (99) celebrate a sack of Dallas Cowboys' Dak Prescott during the second half last week.

Yin and Yang: Vikings' Griffen, Hunter create chaotic harmony

The strong seasons for Vikings defensive linemen appear likely to continue Sunday against Broncos quarterback Brandon Allen, who is making his second NFL start.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has been impressed by the decisions being made by quarterback Kirk Cousins, and the speed at which he's making those decisio

Zimmer: Playing smart and fast have been keys to Cousins' success

The Vikings quarterback also hasn't fumbled in the past five games, the best streak of his career.
Linval Joseph (98)

Vikings nose tackle Joseph sidelined by knee surgery

It isn't known how long Linval Joseph will be out of action, but it's worth noting the team didn't make a move to put him on injured reserve after the operation.
Minnesota Vikings' tight end Kyle Rudolph caught the ball in the end zone for a two-point conversion despite defensive pressure from Dallas Cowboys' c

Trash-talking Rudolph re-emerges as threat in Vikings attack

A microphone near the end zone picked up Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph adding insult to his two-point conversion catch in the third quarter of Sunday's victory.
Vikings running back Dalvin Cook

Running to the bank: Vikings' Cook, like Cowboys' Elliott, showing his worth

About 16 months away from free agency, Dalvin Cook is doing his part to defend the worthiness of the running back position. He's eclipsed 100 yards from scrimmage in 13 of his 23 NFL games.
Mike Hughes (21) just missed an interception on a deflected pass against Washington on Oct. 24.

Vikings corner Mike Hughes gets more action, now wants a pick

After returning for a serious knee injury, the second-year player is hoping for his first interception of the season.
Vikings running back Dalvin Cook broke a tackle attempt by Chiefs linebacker Reggie Ragland during the first half Sunday.

Zimmer critical of offensive line play

NFL rushing leader Dalvin Cook was limited to 71 yards in 21 carries against Kansas City.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) catches a 40-yard touchdown pass in front of Minnesota Vikings cornerback Trae Waynes (26) during th

Games of big plays leaves Vikings defense frustrated, deflated

Despite missing MVP quarterback Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City gained 377 yards, with 202 of them coming on four plays that led to the Vikings' 26-23 loss.
Vikings receiver Adam Thielen celebrated from the sideline with Bisi Johnson after a touchdown.

Thielen reinjures leg in first quarter; Diggs shut down with one catch

Coach Mike Zimmer provided no clarity on Adam Thielen's health, saying, "You'll have to ask him." Thielen was not seen in the locker room after the game.
Eric Kendricks has been celebrating tackles a lot this season, ranking tied for eighth in the NFL with 68 tackles.

Vikings' 'Little Fella' Kendricks outgrows label

Eric Kendricks coming up big despite his short stature. At 6 feet, Kendricks leads NFL linebackers with 23 run stops, paired with a career-high 10 pass deflections in just eight games.
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has been particularly effective against blitzing defenses this season.

Cousins has handled blitz well this season, and the Chiefs like to blitz

Kirk Cousins leads the NFL with a 130 passer rating against the blitz this season, according to Pro Football Focus.
Jayron Kearse (left) said he hasn't yet talked to Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer about the arrest.

Vikings' Kearse says he 'made a bad decision' before arrest

The 25-year-old safety apologized, a day after being released from custody at the Hennepin County jail.
Xavier Rhodes

Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes: 'I'm hurting my team'

After seven penalties in eight games, the rugged cornerback knows "it's up to me to change it."
Stefon Diggs (14) ran away from Washington players on a long gain in the second quarter Thursday night. Diggs finished with 143 yards on seven catches

With identical statistics, Diggs continues tear for Vikings

For the second week in a row Stefon Diggs finished with seven catches for 143 yards, and on Thursday broke a team receiving record held by Randy Moss.
Vikings defensive back Anthony Harris was congratulated by his teammates after he made an interception in the third quarter.

Harris' interception allows Vikings to breathe easier after failed fourth down

Two plays after Mike Zimmer OK'd a fourth-and-1 quarterback sneak from his own 34, which failed, Anthony Harris came down with an interception off Redskins backup quarterback Dwayne Haskins.
Kirk Cousins, left, and Case Keenum will face their old teams for the first time when the Vikings play host to the Redskins on Thursday night at U.S.

Not looking back: Cousins mum on old team, Keenum just wants 'normal game'

Kirk Cousins and Case Keenum will face their former teams for the first time on Thursday night. But based on what they're talking aboiut this week, the quarterbacks aren't caught up in reviewing the past.
Vikings fullback C.J. Ham scored his second career touchdown on Sunday. After playing 18% of offensive snaps in 2017 and 13% last year, he’s up to 3

Fullback Ham is doing a bit of everything for Vikings offense

C.J. Ham scored a touchdown, broke through the Lions defense for a 9-yard run to convert a short third down and helped pave the way for Dalvin Cook's 142 rushing yards on Sunday.
Vikings receiver Adam Thielen held his right hamstring as he walked of the field in the first quarter at Ford Field.

Thielen hurts hamstring in first quarter; severity remains unclear

Vikings receiver Adam Thielen said he felt the injury in his leg before colliding with the padded wall beyond a Ford Field end zone after scoring on a 25-yard touchdown.
Kyle Rudolph’s 15-yard touchdown reception gave the Vikings a 35-24 lead in the fourth quarter. It was the first touchdown of the season for Rudolph

Win over Detroit was big day for Vikings tight ends, too

Kyle Rudolph and Irv Smith Jr. combined for 10 receptions on Sunday for the Vikings.
Vikings coaches like the improvement Pat Elflein has shown since he transitioned from center to left guard.

Improving Vikings guard Elflein ready for whoever Lions throw at him

In his sixth start at left guard Sunday, Pat Elflein is preparing for a row of Lions "beasts" in Trey Flowers and defensive tackles Damon Harrison and A'Shawn Robinson
Vikings tackle Reiff expected to play against the Lions on Sunday

Vikings tackle Reiff expected to play against the Lions on Sunday

Riley Reiff, a former Lions takle, will make his 15th straight start for the Vikings. He was was sidelined Wednesday because of an ankle injury suffered against the Eagles but returned to practice Thursday.
Eric Kendricks, right, and Mackensie Alexander combined to sack Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz on Sunday.

Pro Bowl pace? More games like Sunday's could get Kendricks that honor

The veteran linebacker had 10 tackles, a split sack, two pass deflections and a forced fumble in the 38-20 victory over the Eagles.
Kirk Cousins completed a pass over Eagles linebacker Nate Gerry (47) in the third quarter Sunday.

Cousins uses 'aggressive, creative' plan to conquer Eagles, ignore noise

After leading his team to a victory in New York, Kirk Cousins on Sunday had a 138.4 passer rating vs. Philadelphia.
Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter celebrated a sack in the fourth quarter.

Hunter's sack keeps him on fast track in NFL history

Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter has the most sacks (46) of any player younger than 25.
Nose tackle Linval Joseph grabbed a fumble out of midair and rumbled 64 yards for a touchdown in the Vikings’ victory over the Eagles last season in

Joseph is Vikings' power source

Nose tackle Linval Joseph, who turned 31 years old on Thursday, remains a wrecking ball in his 10th NFL season because of a work ethic rarely matched, even in the Vikings' own weight room.
After a tumultuous week, receiver Stefon Diggs caught three passes for 44 yards vs. the Giants on Sunday.

Fined over $200,000, Diggs says he 'should have communicated better'

Wide receiver Stefon Diggs made the strongest endorsement of his future with the Vikings after doing little to dispel rumors last week that he wanted to be traded.
Vikings running back Dalvin Cook ran for a 41-yard gain in the third quarter.

Cook slices through Giants defense in Vikings victory

Vikings running back Dalvin Cook set career highs in yards from scrimmage (218) and receiving yards (86).
Giants coach Pat Shurmur will try to lead New York to a third straight win when it plays the Vikings on Sunday.

Shurmur says his Vikings' background won't help the Giants

In his second season in New York, Pat Shurmur will coach against the Vikings for the first time since being named the NFL Assistant Coach of the Year in 2017.
A fourth-quarter owuld-be touchdown pass attempt to Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph was out of his reach last November.

Vikings tight end Rudolph blocks out his dwindling catches

Kyle Rudolph is on pace for career lows in every receiving category through four games, but the team captain says he's embracing his role in a run-heavy offense.
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins made some good throws Sunday but hesitated on others, according to his coach.

Zimmer on Cousins: 'There are times you just have to pull the trigger'

An ineffective passing game against the Bears caused frustration for receiver Adam Thielen.
Vikings running back Dalvin Cook

Bears shut down Cook, who loses NFL rushing lead

Despite the Bears defense missing two stars in defensive tackle Akiem Hicks (knee) and linebacker Roquan Smith (personal reasons), Dalvin Cook had only 35 yards on 14 carries.
Bears outside linebacker Leonard Floy reached down to scoop up the ball after Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins fumbled in the third quarter.

Strip sack of Cousins continues quarterback's fumble issues

Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has fumbled 15 times in 20 games since joining the team last season.
Mackensie Alexander was injured in the season opener against Atlanta.

Alexander wants to return to Vikings lineup

Three weeks after dislocating his right elbow against the Falcons, cornerback Mackensie Alexander thinks he'll be ready for the Bears.
A fourth-quarter would-be touchdown pass attempt to Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph was out of his reach last November. He was covered by Bears inside

Field of screams: Vikings confront bizarre, cruel road history vs. Bears

For the Vikings, odd events and close losses have been the norm at Soldier Field. Four Vikings-Bears games in Chicago decided by last-minute drives since 2013
Marcus Sherels got his old job back Tuesday.

Sherels joins Treadwell as Vikings have 'reunion' day

Marcus Sherels was available after agreeing to an injury settlement with the New Orleans Saints, who signed the 31-year-old cornerback in free agency this spring.
Harrison Smith (22) celebrated an interception in second quarter on Sunday against the Raiders.

Despite disciplined style, Vikings are forcing turnovers

Coach Mike Zimmer doesn't want his players to gamble too much, so turnovers don't come easily.
Mike Hughes (21) stretched with his teammates prior to Sundays' game.

Cornerback Hughes returns, but isn't a fan of his knee brace

Hughes played with a knee brace and was a little rusty, but hadn't been in a game for 11 months.
Minnesota Vikings linebacker Eric Wilson (50) sacked Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) in the fourth quarter.

Injured Barr sits out for Vikings, but other linebackers stand tall

Eric Wilson led all defenders with 11 combined tackles, including two sacks; Eric Kendricks played a big part in shutting down Oakland's attempt at a run game.
Daniel Carlson lasted with the Vikings for only two regular-season games last year before getting released and ending up with the Raiders.

Vikings castoff Daniel Carlson returns: Isn't that just a kick?

The ousted 2018 fifth-round pick has landed on his feet with the Raiders.
Fire shot from the dragon during pregame introductions last season.

Vikings' pregame pyrotechnics temporarily extinguished by NFL

The Vikings say they are "exploring other special effects options."
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins had three turnovers (two interceptions and a lost fumble) Sunday in Green Bay.

Zimmer said Cousins, receivers need to communicate better

A completion percentage of .438 was the telling stat as the Packers forced three turnovers from the quarterback.
Dalvin Cook had a 75-yard touchdown run Sunday.

Big game, losing effort: Cook has 191 yards from scrimmage vs. Packers

Part of Dalvin Cook's big day at Lambeau Field was a career-high 75-yard rushing touchdown.
Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen.

Griffen shares mental-health lesson: 'It's OK to reach out'

Everson Griffen said he's "happy to be here, healthy" after two police incidents in September 2018 led to mental health treatment and his missing five games.
Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen wrapped up Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan for a sack in the second half Sunday.

Griffen impresses against run and pass in Vikings opener

Everson Griffen was credited with only one tackle — a third-quarter sack on Matt Ryan — but played a big role in other ways during the victory over Atlanta.
Minnesota Vikings defensive back MacKensie Alexander (20) was injured in the second quarter.

Cornerback Alexander suffers dislocated elbow in first half

Mackensie Alexander, the fourth-year slot corner, will undergo an MRI, according to coach Mike Zimmer, which will help determine the severity of his injury.
Anthony Harris of the Vikings intercepted a pass by Atlanta’s Matt Ryan in the third quarter Sunday.

Safety Harris proves himself to be a 'certified baller' once again

Anthony Harris, who starred in Sunday's victory over the Falcons, showed once again how well he works in the defensive backfield with Vikings star Harrison Smith.
Julio Jones of the Falcons and Xavier Rhodes of the Vikings battled during a 2015 game in Atlanta.

Falcons' Jones plans to play, will be shadowed by Rhodes

The two Pro Bowlers have battled three times, and the Vikings have won all three meetings.
Anthony Barr didn’t want to leave the Vikings after playing here for five seasons.

This Vikings defense sticks, and sticks together

The Vikings' defensive starters are referenced as "a brotherhood." The least experienced in the system is entering his third season; the other 10 enter their fifth season together.
The Vikings hope Garrett Bradbury, a 24-year-old center and first-round pick out of North Carolina State, will help patch up their offensive line.

Vikings rookie center Bradbury will butt heads anytime

Garrett Bradbury likes a good battle of wits, and his brains and brawn have served him well as he assumes a starting spot on the Vikings' revamped offensive line.
Britton Colquitt

Veteran punter Colquitt signs with Vikings

Kaare Vedvik was claimed by the Jets off waivers, preventing him from joining the practice squad.
Danny Isidora (63) and teammates jogged to a drill during Vikings training camp in 2018.

Vikings trade guard Isidora to Dolphins; Hollins, Wozniak among cuts

Danny Isidora was a fifth-round pick in 2017 out of the University of Miami. He played in 21 games over the past two seasons
Vikings kicker Kaare Vedvik tried for a field goal in the first half.

Vikings still vexed by Vedvik; Bailey makes two FGs in preseason loss

Kaare Vedvik handled placekicking duties in the first half and, after making an extra point, pushed a 37-yard field goal attempt wide right for his third straight miss of the preseason.
Vikings wide receiver Laquon Treadwell was lifted off his feet by Buffalo defensive back Abraham Wallace in the first half.

Cut day looms but it's 'Hakuna Matata' for Vikings' Treadwell

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has sent signals that receiver Laquon Treadwell is on the trade block.
Vikings wide receiver Olabisi Johnson caught a ball during practice at TCO Performance Center

Seventh-round pick may have Vikings receiver spot locked up

Olabisi Johnson, a seventh-round pick out of Colorado State, has caught five passes for 87 yards and a touchdown this preseason -- and has also caught the eyes of the coaching staff.
The Vikings' Kaare Vedvik attempted a field goal in the second quarter Saturday.

Vedvik's misses confound Vikings coach Zimmer

The Vikings' kicking competition took another turn Saturday as new addition Kaare Vedvik missed twice.
Vikings running back Mike Boone has piled up 181 yards in 26 touches in two preseason games.

Boone hopes to stand out in a deep Vikings backfield

Backfield depth is a welcome sight for a Vikings offense desperately trying to re-establish its rushing attack, and exceptional special-teams work might be Mike Boone's path to playing.
Kaare Vedvik kicked an extra point, kicked off and punted three times for the Vikings against the Seahawks on Sunday night.

Vikings let Vedvik do a bit of everything in kicking game

Kaare Vedvik, acquired last week via trade with the Ravens, handled kickoffs, booted away three punts and made one extra point.
Stephen Weatherly (91) waited for team introductions before a game last season.

Vikings' Stephen Weatherly, Hercules Mata'afa look to create interior pass rush

The defensive tackles need to demonstrate that they can apply pressure against mobile QBs.
Vikings kicker Dan Bailey on Tuesday.

Vikings day at camp: Buxton pays Diggs a visit

Byron Buxton was among the visitors to camp; it was a rough day for Dan Bailey.
Fullback C.J. Ham should be on the field more this season in the Vikings’ more power-oriented offense.

Focus on running game means more Ham for Vikings

Starting fullback C.J. Ham didn't see much playing time last season, but he's thrilled that fullbacks will be getting more work in the Vikings' revamped offense.
Outgoing Vikings executive Kevin Warren.

Vikings hire baseball executive as new chief operating officer

Kevin Warren is leaving the team to become commissioner of the Big Ten, and his spot will be taken by former Toronto Blue Jays vice president Andrew Miller.
Kaare Vedvik kicke a field goal for Baltimore on Thursday.

Special teams shake-up: Vikings trade for Ravens kicker Vedvik

Kaare Vedvik, a second-year pro from Norway, could end up handling both the kicking and punting duties for the Vikings, whose special teams remain in flux.
Shamar Stephen played for the Vikings in 2014-17. He returned on a three-year, $12.45 million contract.

Vikings tackles Stephen, Joseph create a 638-pound barrier

They may not be the "Williams Wall," the tackles that anchored the Vikings defense a decade ago, but Shamar Stephen and Linval Joseph are expected to provide a formidable presence in 2019.
Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Brian O'Neil (75).

Tackle O'Neill injures arm, won't be out 'too long,' Zimmer says

For the fourth consecutive August, the Vikings' starting five offensive linemen likely won't be together for the preseason opener.