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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
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.
Rookie tight end Irv Smith Jr. possesses a variety of skills, and Vikings coaches are throwing a lot at him to take advantage of it as quickly as poss

Vikings rookie tight end's versatility meets NFL's steep learning curve

Irv Smith Jr., the strong and speedy son of a former Saints tight end, has lofty goals — including surpassing his father's NFL statistics.
Phil Loadholt during the Vikings training camp in Mankato in 2015.

Ex-Viking Loadholt ramps up post-playing career

Phil Loadholt is taking a break from his day job helping coach the University of Central Florida's offensive line
Brian O’Neill worked through a drill at Vikings training camp in Eagan.

Bouncer among bullies: O'Neill looks to beef up Vikings offensive line

Second-year tackle Brian O'Neill is putting on weight and muscle after an up-and-down rookie season. His goal: Pushing the Vikings and their beleaguered offensive line to more wins.
The Vikings’ search for a new chief operating officer to replace Kevin Warren (pictured) will focus on the business side of the franchise, according

Vikings looking for business-oriented replacement for Warren

Kevin Warren, 55, will become the first black commissioner of a Power Five conference in September when he takes over for longtime Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany.
Vikings backup quarterbacks Kyle Sloter (1), Sean Mannion (4) and Jake Browning (3) gathered with quarterbacks coach Klint Kubiak to watch drills duri

Experience gives Mannion edge in back-up quarterback battle

Complexity of the quarterback's job is why veteran Sean Mannion is the frontrunner for the No. 2 spot behind Kirk Cousins.
Kirk Cousins has more new material and new personnel to learn entering his second season as Vikings quarterback.

Cousins, Stefanski working together to rebuild Vikings offense

Having been around each other for a year, quarterback Kirk Cousins and offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski speak a similar football language.
Vikings rookie center Garrett Bradbury

Vikings rookie center Bradbury gathers tips at linemen summit

Garrett Bradbury was one of 40-plus NFL offensive linemen who gathered to watch film, share notes and talk shop at a Texas training facility outside the Dallas Cowboys' headquarters.
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) hopes to have more time to find Adam Thielen (19) downfield.

Will offensive line be better? That's still biggest question with Vikings

A North Score Sunday debate: The most pressing question facing Vikings in training camp is ...
Offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski says second-year Vikings receiver Chad Beebe has been “making a name for himself” in spring practices.

Son of former Bills receiver makes own mark during minicamp

Offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski says second-year receiver Chad Beebe has been "making a name for himself" in spring practices.
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8), standing next to receiver Adam Thielen, worked on play-action passes a lot during Vikings minicamp at the TCO Pe

Cousins knows he's been a .500 QB, that he'll be judged by winning

The Vikings are looking for ways to move Kirk Cousins, in the second season of his three-year, $84 million deal, to "the next level," which means leading the team to multiple playoff victories.
Stephen Weatherly.

Zimmer expects Weatherly to play 'much larger role' on defense

Defensive end Stephen Weatherly proved himself to Vikings coaches last season, which is expected to lead to more playing time in 2019.
Vikings cornerback Mike Hughes

Vikings cornerback Hughes to remain sidelined until July

More than seven months removed from ACL surgery, Mike Hughes hasn't practiced with the Vikings and won't until at least training camp in late July, according to coach Mike Zimmer.
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins faded badly at the end of last season, but will he have the most to prove in 2019 or is it another player like Dalvin

Which Vikings player has the most on the line in the new season?

North Score: This is a "prove-it" year for the Vikings — one that could either reinforce the direction in which they are heading or lead to sweeping changes.
Minnesota Vikings new kicking coach Nate Kaeding, center, worked with kickers during practice at the TCO Performance Center, Wednesday, May 29, 2019 i

Upgrading Vikings kicking game challenge for new coach Kaeding

Former NFL kicker Nate Kaeding sold the Vikings on his commitment to work specifically with Dan Bailey and a field-goal operation that ranked last in the NFL in 2018.
Garrett Bradbury played center and Pat Elflein was the left guard as reporters got their first look at the revamped Vikings line Wednesday.

Diggs skips OTAs; Rookie Bradbury plays center, Elflein moves to guard

Pat Elflein, entering his third NFL season, is making the transition back to guard after 30 games as the Vikings center.
Defensive end Brian Robison spent 11 seasons with the Vikings.

Robison runs the gamut as he retires from Vikings

The defensive end, who spent all of his 11 NFL seasons with the team, shared laughs and tears with former teammates and coaches Wednesday.
Garrett Bradbury

Vikings sign top draft pick Bradbury after contract tweak for Kendricks

Still lingering is the uncertain status of tight end Kyle Rudolph, who said this week he'd like a resolution "sooner rather than later" to his contract situation.
Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph said he wants to remain with the team, but also wants to settle plans for the future season.

Rudolph wants contract situation settled 'sooner rather than later'

Kyle Rudolph reiterated his desire to stay with the Vikings and coach Mike Zimmer said he'd like the tight end to stay "but sometimes business gets in the way."
Elon (N.C.) University’s Oli Udoh was taken in the sixth round by the Vikings, who were impressed by the tackle’s size (6-5, 325) and agility.

Vikings draft pick Udoh is a mobile mountain on the offensive line

Oli Udoh's commitment to football helped him overcome the odds of making it to the NFL — and so did his size.
Jake Browning ran the offense during Vikings rookie mini-camp Friday.

Vikings went the extra step to sign quarterback Browning

Jake Browning sounds awfully happy for a guy who set national high school and major college passing records only to be criticized for a…
Jake Browning (3) will be looking for a job backing up Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins.

Tunnels of light: Rookies hope to find path to Vikings at minicamp

Look beyond a freshly spackled offensive line, new tight end and running back, and you can see some more openings to compete for Week 1 roles.
New Vikings quarterback Jake Browning, dropping back for a pass against Ohio State in the Rose Bowl, threw for 12,028 yards and 93 touchdowns in 52 ga

Diggs' brother, Pac-12 quarterback among Vikings undrafted free agents

The Vikings reunited two sets of brothers while signing a crop of undrafted free agents over the weekend. They also invited two state university players to the upcoming rookie minicamp.
Alabama tight end Irv Smith Jr. hits Georgia defensive back Tyson Campbell

'Perfect fit': Vikings take Alabama tight end Smith in second round

The Vikings traded the 81st overall pick to Detroit for the 88th pick and a sixth-rounder. They then picked up the Crimson Tide's single season record-holder for tight ends with seven touchdowns in 2018.
Irv Smith Jr.

Lots of options for Vikings on second day of draft

The Vikings' top need — offensive line — was addressed Thursday night. Now, the team can turn to the rest of the needs, defensive line and tight end, or maybe back to the offensive line.
Linebacker Blake Cashman, shown at Gophers pro day in March, had a breakout season as a senior.

Former Gophers linebacker Cashman climbs the NFL draft board

Blake Cashman's standout performance at the NFL scouting combine, where he proved to be among the most athletic linebackers in the 2019 class, led scouts and analysts alike to reconsider pre-draft rankings.
Iowa defensive back Amani Hooker, a former Park Center star, ran a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis in March.

Park Center's best ever: Amani Hooker ready for NFL draft call

Ambitious goals were set by the Hooker bothers and their friends in Brooklyn Park. They vowed to grow and out their hometown "on the map."
Kyle Rudolph and several teammates had news conferences Tuesday at the TCO Performance Center.

In final year of contract, Kyle Rudolph says he's entering 'prime of my career'

Veteran tight end Kyle Rudolph reported to the Vikings' offseason program at the TCO Performance Center wearing a sweatshirt that read "Lots of game left."
Everson Griffen was all smiles as he joked with media members Tuesday.

Griffen focused on becoming 'better man' after taking pay cut to stay

Three-time Pro Bowl player Everson Griffen missed five games last season when two September police incidents led to mental health treatment.
Josh Kline

Vikings sign free-agent right guard Kline

Josh Kline, a seven-year veteran, has played for the Patriots and the Titans. He received a three-year deal from the Vikings.
Vikings running back Ameer Abdullah (31)

Vikings re-sign Abdullah; Sendejo and Compton headed to new teams

Ameer Abdullah, who turns 26 in June, will provide depth in the backfield and on special teams after signing a new contract on Monday, the team announced.