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Andrew Krammer

Reporter | Minnesota Vikings
Andrew Krammer joined the Star Tribune in July 2016 after three years covering the Vikings for 1500 ESPN. He is a 2013 graduate of the University of Minnesota.
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Vikings coach Mike Zimmer took to the field during a mandatory Vikings three-day minicamp at the TCO Performance Center. ELIZABETH FLORES liz.flores@s

Zimmer's minicamp-ending message: Stay in shape, be good citizens

Coach Mike Zimmer said the Vikings stayed mostly healthy in the offseason program, a big bonus as minicamp concluded.
Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr

Picking up skills: Barr learning pass-rushing tricks from defensive ends

Anthony Barr is spending five or 10 minutes a day at practice working with the defensive line instead of the linebackers.
Defensive end Danielle Hunter took to the field for the first day of mandatory Vikings three-day minicamp at the TCO Vikings Performance Center, Tuesd

Quiet Hunter looking to make noise with a new Vikings' contract

Fourth-year defensive end Danielle Hunter has solidified himself as the long-term bookend Vikings' coaches envision opposite Everson Griffen for seasons to come.
Vikings center Pat Elflein ran offensive line drills in September.

Elflein says he'll be ready for Vikings training camp

Vikings center Pat Elflein said "everything's good" with his rehab schedule, which has held him out of drills during organized team activities
Minnesota Vikings defensive backs coach Jerry Gray.

Vikings trying to squeeze even more from their elite secondary

Jerry Gray, a four-time Pro Bowl cornerback for the L.A. Rams, has coached a treasure trove of high-profile cornerbacks and safeties over the years.
Kirk Cousins went through workouts with his new teammates at the Vikings' practice facility on Wednesday.

Cousins getting big dose of Vikings' intense focus on red-zone offense

Without shoulder pads or full contact in this portion of the offseason, it's essentially a passing camp for quarterback Kirk Cousins and his new teammates.
Vikings kicker Kai Forbath faces a challenge from Auburn rookie Daniel Carlson.

Forbath calls rookie's challenge to Vikings kicking job 'a little shocking'

Kai Forbath once again has competition for the Vikings job, this time from rookie Daniel Carlson. "I've fortunately never lost a competition," the veteran said.
Minnesota Vikings outside linebacker Anthony Barr (55) .

Linebacker Barr decides not to attend Vikings' voluntary workouts

Barr did not show up Tuesday when the Vikings began the first of 10 voluntary practices, known in the as NFL world as Organized Team Activities. He'd told coach Mike Zimmer on Tuesday.
Rookie mini-camp is underway this weekend in Eagan.

Vikings rookies at 3-day minicamp schooled in hard knocks

Young Vikings — 62 drafted, undrafted and tryout players — took to the outdoor Eagan practice fields Friday, the onset of a three-day rookie minicamp.
Appalachian State offensive lineman Colby Gossett at the NFL combine.

Vikings sign final four picks from last week's NFL draft

The Vikings signed half of their eight-man 2018 draft class Thursday, a day before rookies, undrafted free agents and other getting a tryout come to Eagan for rookie minicamp.
Trae Waynes has been extended through 2019.

Vikings extend cornerback Waynes' contract through 2019

The move gives the Vikings an additional year to keep Trae Waynes on the roster while potentially working out a long-term contract.
South Dakota State wide receiver Jake Wieneke got a text Saturday from Viking Adam Thielen. “Made my day,” he said.

Maple Grove's Wieneke among Vikings' undrafted crop

South Dakota State receiver Jake Wieneke was actually hoping not to be picked at the end of the draft so he could sign as a free agent with the Vikings.
Daniel Carlson (38)

Vikings' selection of kicker Carlson means competition for Forbath

The Vikings aren't settled with Kai Forbath after trading up in the fifth round of the NFL draft for Auburn kicker Daniel Carlson on Saturday at No. 167, the highest drafted kicker in Vikings history.
Pittsburgh offensive lineman Brian O'Neill, left, goes through a drill with fellow lineman Jaryd Jones-Smith during an NCAA pro-day

Vikings select tackle O'Neill in second round, trade out of third

Brian O'Neill, a 6-7, 297-pounder out of Pittsburgh, played both left and right tackle for the Panthers.
Fireworks are launched outside AT&T Stadium at the conclusion of round three of the NFL Draft

Vikings have seven picks Saturday to build up roster

Most of this year's draft class will come together Saturday in Rounds 4-7 after the additions of cornerback Mike Hughes (30th overall) and tackle Brian O'Neill (62nd).
Teri "Freyja" Hanson and Greg "Sir Odin" Hanson of Watkins, MN cheered after the Vikings selected Central Florida CB Mike Hughes in the first round

Offensive line remains on Vikings' agenda in Day 2 of NFL draft

GM Rick Spielman said Thursday night after Round 1 that the Vikings have lots of options remaining for the second two days of the NFL draft.
Dalvin Cook speaks to the media last season.

Vikings' Cook making fast progress through grueling ACL rehab

Dalvin Cook is expected to particpate in organized team activities on a limited basis as he continues to come back from an ACL injury.
Arkansas center Frank Ragnow (72), in action last season against New Mexico State, sits on the brink of his NFL dreams.

Ragnow's NFL draft journey, from Chanhassen High to the pros

Frank Ragnow, a talented offensive lineman from Victoria, is about to reach his NFL dream without his dad, Jon, who died of a heart attack in 2016.
Center Pat Elflein, right, selected in the third round by the Vikings in the NFL draft last year, is one of the few offensive linemen drafted by Gener

Vikings are taking hard look at offensive line help with 30th pick

With needs up front, Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman sounds willing to deviate from past trends with the 30th overall pick.
Vikings cornerback Trae Waynes broke up a pass intended for Packers wide receiver Michael Clark at Lambeau Field last December. The Vikings return to

Vikings 2018: Game-by-game analysis of one of the NFL's toughest schedules

The Vikings won't have time to ease into the season, with tough games on the schedule right away.
Kirk Cousins has reached out to his new teammates, but they will work out together officially for the first time Monday.

Cousins gets first chance to work with new teammates, coaches

On-field drills are prohibited until after the NFL draft. But Vikings coaches get their first chance starting today to go over the team's playbook with new quarterback Kirk Cousins.
Monster Energy AMA Supercross rider Jason Anderson

Anderson's breakthrough Supercross season comes after training with Dungey

Ryan Dungey retired after three straight titles, but the Minnesota native leaves AMA in good hands with Jason Anderson.
Case Keenum smiles during a news conference to introduce him as the new starting quarterback of the Denver Broncos

Vikings announce preseason opponents, starting with Keenum's Broncos

The Vikings could face Case Keenum when they play the Denver Broncos in their first preseason game.
Brazil’s Douglas Oliveira took his bicycle to daunting heights from the vert ramp outside U.S. Bank Stadium during the BMX finals in July.

ESPN, Minneapolis agree on two-year extension for summer X Games

The ESPN event will be staged at U.S. Bank Stadium through 2020.
Vikings defensive tackle Tom Johnson closed in on Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco in October.

Former Vikings Tom Johnson, Jeremiah Sirles land new jobs

Tom Johnson is headed to Seattle, while Jeremiah Sirles becomes the latest ex-Viking in Carolina.
Then-Bears guard Tom Compton (76) blocked for Jordan Howard in December.

For new Vikings lineman Tom Compton, there's no place like home

Tom Compton will play near home, with friend.
Minnesota Vikings kicker Kai Forbath (2) watches his 53-yard field goal lift the Vikings over the Cincinnati Bengals 17-0 in the second quarter on Sun

Vikings re-sign kicker Kai Forbath

The Vikings have agreed to re-sign kicker Kai Forbath, taking him off a free-agent market that was extremely limited, a league source confirmed.
Terence Newman turns 40 in September, but it remains to be seen if he will celebrate in a Vikings uniform.

Newman, Sherels, Forbath: Vikings look at keeping players who could leave

After a flurry of moves, including the additions of expensive free agents Kirk Cousins and Sheldon Richardson, the Vikings have about $20 million to manage the rest of their 2018 roster.
Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian has signed with the Minnesota Vikings to back up Kirk Cousins. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

Back-up Siemian joins Vikings as this year's version of Case Keenum

Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman compared the acquisition of quarterback Trevor Siemian to signing Keenum a year ago
Minnesota Vikings running back Latavius Murray. (Carlos Gonzalez, Star Tribune)

Murray restructures contract to fit Vikings' financial plans

Latavius Murray stood to be cut had he not renegotiated his previous contract.
Teddy Bridgewater was pressured by New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson in 2014.

Richardson would cost the Vikings a lot -- and come with baggage

It remains to be seen how much money free-agent defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson will want, and whether the Vikings will be able to afford him after signing Kirk Cousins
Case Keenum, Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater have reportedly agreed to terms with new teams.

Exodus: 2017 Vikings quarterbacks scatter around the NFL

Clearing the path for Kirk Cousins to come to Minnesota, quarterbacks Case Keenum, Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Bradford agreed to terms Tuesday with new teams.
Seattle Seahawks center Justin Britt congratulated defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson after he recovered a fumble vs. the Los Angeles Rams in Octobe

Ten potential free-agent targets for the Vikings who aren't named Kirk Cousins

It can't all be about the quarterbacks, right? So who else is out there for the Vikings as free agency opens Wednesday afternoon?
Running back Jerick McKinnon is a free agent this offseason.

Handicapping the Vikings' free agents

Indications are the Vikings want to retain at least half of their own free agents.
The Vikings hydrotherapy room includes a 1750-square-foot space that includes an underwater treadmill. Members of the media were given a tour of TCO P

Vikings' expanded new home gives them a leg up on others in the league

U.S. Bank Stadium stands out, but the TCO Perfomance Center is what could separate the Vikings on the field.
South Florida quarterback Quinton Flowers

NFL Draft prospect Flowers looks to Bridgewater for inspiration

The two have been friends and training partners since the Miami-area high school rivals played each other on the gridiron.
Notre Dame offensive lineman Mike McGlinchey vertical jumps during the NFL football scouting combine, Friday, March 2, 2018, in Indianapolis. (AP Phot

Vikings potentially turning to draft to help answer lingering O-line questions

The Vikings saw improvement last year on the offensive line, but they still lack depth.
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Laquon Treadwell (11) warmed up at the Mercedes -Benz Stadium Sunday December 3, 2017 in Atlanta, GA.] JERRY HOLT ï j

Vikings hopeful that Treadwell makes a 'jump' next season

Laquon Treadwell made improvement from his rookie year to last season, but the Vikings still want to see more from him.
Here are three tackles who could be on the Vikings’ radar at the NFL combine (from left): Texas' Connor Williams, Oklahoma's Orlando Brown Jr. and N

Scouting combine about to prepare Vikings for free agency, NFL draft

In addition to checking out the latest batch of prospects for this year's draft, the Vikings and other teams will kick-start the free agency process in Indianapolis.
Minnesota Vikings Case Keenum. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ ï - Philadelphia, PA - Lincoln Financial Field, NFL, NFC Championship game

Vikings have two-week window to put franchise or transition tag on quarterback Case Keenum

The team has until March 12 before other teams can begin negotiating with him.
U.S. Bank Stadium played host to the Super Bowl in February.

Vikings to raise season ticket prices an average of 7 percent

The team is coming off an NFC North title, a first-round playoff bye and a 14-win season.

Vikings' move to block Kevin Stefanski from interviewing elsewhere is common in NFL

In a move that is commonplace, the Vikings prevented quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski from interviewing to become the new offensive coordinator of the New…
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) caught a 1-yard touchdown pass from tight end Trey Burton near the end of the second quarter of Super B

NFC notes: Philadelphia tried a bit of everything, and it worked

When it mattered most, the Eagles offense rose to the occasion to help claim Philadelphia's first Lombardi Trophy in franchise history
Philadelphia Eagles running back Corey Clement (30) made a 22-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter of Super Bowl LII as Devin McCourty (32) and M

Eagles rookie Clement, ex-Patriot Blount come up big in victory

Corey Clement, the third fiddle in a deep Eagles backfield, led the way with a team-high 100 receiving yards.
Former Viking Nate Burleson was co-host of the red carpet arrival segment of the NFL Honors evening. Goldy was there, too.

Brady named NFL's MVP for third time

Rams' Gurley, Donald and McVay win awards, too.
Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long reaches for San Francisco 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard during an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 29, 2

Trading places: Eagles' Blount, Long bring Patriots intel to Philadelphia huddles

Former Patriots LeGarrette Blount and Chris Long are sharing secrets with their new Eagles teammates
Philadelphia Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins (27), Brandon Graham (55) and Nigel Bradham (53) tackle New York Giants’ Paul Perkins (28) during the second

Pass rush is Eagles' strength, but getting to Tom Brady will be a challenge

A path of heated QBsNo NFL defense pressured quarterbacks more than the Eagles, edging the Jaguars by 19 hurries with a total of 287 pressures…
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady signals to the sideline during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Tennes

The Patriots have every offensive situation covered

The Patriots offense hasn't fallen off despite a 40-year-old quarterback in Tom Brady and the loss of No. 1 receiver Julian Edelman before the start…
John DeFilippo

Vikings interested in Eagles QB coach as offensive coordinator

The Vikings want to interview John DeFilippo after Philadelphia plays in Sunday's Super Bowl, a league source told the Star Tribune.
A third quarter pass intended for Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen was just out of reach. ] JEFF WHEELER ï The Minneso

Thielen heading to Jamaica, not operating table, after back injury

Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen won't need surgery this offseason, which he says gives him a head start on 2018 preparations.
Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre speaks during the Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony in 2016. On Saturday, he'll speak t

Favre will give Eagles pep talk before Super Bowl vs. Patriots

Former teammates Doug Pederson and Brett Favre remain close pals, so Pederson has called in the Hall-of-Famer for a Saturday speech.
Fletcher Cox, right, is compared to Ndamukong Suh and Albert Haynesworth. “Those guys are similar in that they’re not one-trick ponies,” coordin

Cox is the pride of Eagles' defenseive line

All-Pro defensive tackle Fletcher Cox leads an Eagles front four that takes exception when their coordinator calls blitzes.
Philadelphia Eagles’ Nelson Agholor catches a pass during practice at the team’s NFL football training facility in Philadelphia, Thursday, Jan. 25

No coincidence Agholor led Eagles in catches

Third-year Eagles receiver Nelson Agholor tops them all in terms of talent, according to Torrey Smith, who has seen Agholor evolve from highly criticized top draft pick to a player nearing his potential.
Philadelphia Eagles' Nick Foles, right, hands off to Jay Ajayi during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Atlanta Fa

Stop the Eagles' run-pass option? Good luck, defenses

The Eagles' run-pass option offense may look simple, but it gave defenses fits during the Eagles' Super Bowl run.

Super Bowl notes: Patriots' Reilly to play among Minnesota family

Five members of the Reilly family will be in the stands at U.S. Bank Stadium to watch the Patriots and Eagles in the Super Bowl.
Medical staff checked on Connecticut quarterback Bryant Shirreffs during a 2015 game. Football’s safety, particularly when it comes to brain trauma,

Impact on the brain: Football trying to meet its toughest foe head-on

Brett Favre says he'd rather his grandchildren not play football. Vikings star Everson Griffen won't let his kids play until high school. Brain injuries are being studied on many fronts by those with an interest in the sport's future.
Minnesota Vikings Case Keenum. CARLOS GONZALEZ - Philadelphia, PA - Lincoln Financial Field, NFL, NFC Championship game, Min

Well-prepared Eagles didn't play like underdogs in thumping Vikings

After coach Doug Pederson outcoached Vikings coach Mike Zimmer, and his Eagles players outplayed the Vikings in Minnesota's latest playoff embarrassment, there was only chaotic and unbridled ecstasy in Philadelphia.

Thielen gives it his best for Vikings despite lower back injury

Adam Thielen, one of eight Vikings players to play more than 1,000 snaps in the regular season, gutted through a fractured back, according to the NFL Network
Shurmur declines to discuss Giants head coaching job after loss

Shurmur declines to discuss Giants head coaching job after loss

Pat Shurmur said after the Vikings' 38-7 NFC Championship Game loss he intended to fly back to Minneapolis and conduct exit interviews with players on Monday, which will be one of his last days at Winter Park.
The Patriots won it all last year without Rob Gronkowski, who had to leave Sunday after he was concussed on this hit by Barry Church.

Things to know about the upcoming Eagles-Patriots matchup in Super Bowl LII

The Eagles lead the all-time series 7-6 but lost their previous Super Bowl matchup with the Patriots. Here's more on the Super Bowl battle in two weeks at U.S. Bank Stadium
Minnesota Vikings offensive tackle Rashod Hill at Winter Park Wednesday December 13, 2017 in Eden Prairie, MN.] JERRY HOLT ï jerry.holt@startribune.c

Vikings stick with Hill at right tackle against Eagles despite late struggles vs. Saints

Mike Remmers, who played right tackle most of the season, will again play left guard with Rashod Hill holding down the tackle position.
April 2, 1982 Ahmad Rashad's 1980 'miracle catch' against Cleveland ranks among top memories. December 14, 1980 William Seaman, Minneapolis Star Tribu

Even Tommy Kramer says 'Minneapolis Miracle' trumps 'Miracle at the Met'

Circumstances of the two plays were eerily similar. Both drives started at their own 20-yard line with less than half a minute remaining in an important game.
Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes is familiar with Alshon Jeffery's work from his days with the Chicago Bears. Now as an Eagle, Jeffery is likely to ba

Matchup to watch: Will Jeffery get open or will Rhodes close him down?

The Vikings allowed only one 100-yard receiver during the regular season due, in large part, to the play of All-Pro cornerback Xavier Rhodes.
Eric and Mychal Kendricks

Kendricks vs. Kendricks: One brother will go to the Super Bowl

For the second consecutive year, the Kendricks brothers will stand on opposite sidelines. This time, after the Vikings lost a Week 7 game in Philadelphia last year, it's for a trip to the Super Bowl.
Trainers tended to Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo late in the third quarter after taking a blow to the head from New Orleans Saints receiver Michael Th

Vikings angry about hit that caused Sendejo's concussion

At the end of the third quarter, New Orleans' comeback attempt was sparked right after Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo was blindsided by Saints receiver Michael Thomas.
Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford was hoisted up by a jubilant Stefon Diggs after Diggs made a game-winning 61-yard touchdown catch on the last play of

Bradford is back on the sideline, but only wants to talk about Vikings win

Sam Bradford heaped loads of praise on the performance of Vikings' quarterback Case Keenum. As for his status? "I'm not going to talk about that."
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford (8) during practice at Winter Park. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ ï - January 3, 2018, Eden

Bradford progressing, but Bridgewater expected to back up Keenum on Sunday

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer says he think Sam Bradford could play if needed, but still has a 'ways to go' after just five practices.
Tight end Kyle Rudolph has started the Vikings’ past two games after the team initially planned to rule him out because of an ankle injury on Dec. 1

Bye week rest did wonders for tight end Rudolph

The Vikings are near full strength heading into Sunday's NFC divisional playoff game. That's the benefit of a bye week after the regular season, an ending Kyle Rudolph admittedly dragged his injured ankle through.
Minnesota Vikings kicker Kai Forbath (2) watches his 53-yard field goal lift the Vikings over the Cincinnati Bengals 17-0 in the second quarter on Sun

If there's a Vikings playoff curse, Forbath hopes to kick it away

A pair of infamous kicks still has Minnesota football fans fighting visions of wide-left attempts from All-Pros Gary Anderson and Blair Walsh in the 1998 and 2015 playoffs.
Vikings center Pat Elflein blocked for Jerick McKinnon on a fourth-quarter run against the Saints on Sept. 11.

Center Elflein returns, but Vikings offensive line still adjusting

Pat Elflein is back from a shoulder injury, but there are still decisions to be made about the Vikings' starting lineup against the Saints.
Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen celebrated his third-quarter sack over Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 11. T

Much-improved Saints get rematch with Vikings in NFC playoffs

A rejuvenated Saints team will come marching into U.S. Bank Stadium for the NFC divisional playoffs Sunday, when the Vikings can take revenge on behalf of one of Minnesota's more recent playoff heartbreaks: the 2009 NFC Championship Game.
Minnesota Vikings running back Latavius Murray runs from Los Angeles Rams free safety Lamarcus Joyner. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)

Rams? Saints? Panthers? Who should Vikings want to face?

No matter this weekend's outcomes, the Vikings' opening playoff game will feature a rematch of a game from the regular season
Xavier Rhodes (29) was called for pass interference on Dontrelle Inman (17) in the fourth quarter. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ ï - De

As part of playoff prep, Vikings will be glued to their TVs this weekend

Whichever opponent the Vikings face Jan. 14 at U.S. Bank Stadium, their preparation begins in earnest this weekend via the wild-card game television broadcasts, said cornerback Xavier Rhodes.
Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said he is staying “in the moment” with the Vikings, but NFL teams searching for a new coach already started kno

Vikings offensive coordinator Shurmur a hot coaching commodity

The Bears, Lions and Cardinals requested to interview Shurmur, the architect of the NFL's 11th-ranked offense, during Vikings first-round bye this week, a league source said.
The Chicago Bears' Bryce Callahan

Bears get return TD but Vikings' Quigley goes all season without touchback

Ryan Quigley became the first Vikings punter to end a season without a touchback (since touchbacks became a stat in 1991). He's just the second in NFL history after Washington's Sav Rocca in 2013.
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