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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 safety Anthony Harris had his first career interception on Sunday.

Film study pays off as Harris nabs first interception

The Cardinals were stopped on all 10 of their third down tries on Sunday, and Anthony Harris' pick was one of the big plays.
Minnesota Vikings cornerback Mike Hughes (21) is helped off the field after getting injured during the second half of an NFL football game against the

Hughes to have MRI today as Vikings fear he's done for season

Mike Hughes, the Vikings' first-round pick, went down in the fourth quarter on a play when he was covering Larry Fitzgerald Jr.
Latavius Murray of the Vikings got past Cardinals tackle Robert Nkemdiche (90) on Sunday.

What rushing problem? Murray piles up the yards in victory

With Dalvin Cook ruled out after a pregame workout, Latavius Murray had the team's best rushing day since the Adrian Peterson era.
Vikings safety George Iloka, above practicing at TCO Performance Center last month, could make his first start on Sunday since the team signed him on

Vikings safety George Iloka likely to start against Arizona on Sunday

The veteran has played only seven snaps on defense since joining the team in August.
Larry Fitzgerald looked on during a football camp he sponsored this summer at Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield.

Larry Fitzgerald Jr. still calls on life lessons learned from Vikings

While spending 15 years in Arizona and becoming one of the NFL's top wide receivers, Larry Fitzgerald Jr. knows how much he gained by being around the Vikings while growing up.
Kirk Cousins didn’t find himself in a clean pocket very often Sunday against the Eagles, getting hit 10 times in 37 dropbacks.

Vikings' quarterback Kirk Cousins a hit despite getting hit

The Vikings offense has a lot going for it. Quarterback Kirk Cousins is playing arguably the best football of his career. Receivers Adam Thielen and…
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins looked for a target in Sunday’s game against the Eagles.

Guarding the investment: Vikings line wants to protect Cousins better

Kirk Cousins was hit on 10 of his 37 passes in Philadelphia, including some game-defining completions that led to the victory. The offensive line wants to do better by its quarterback.
Vikings kicker Dan Bailey and holder Matt Wile celebrated after a 52-yard field goal in the fourth quarter gave the Vikings a 23-14 lead with 2:51 lef

'Why we brought him here': Bailey atones for misses with big kick late

Vikings kicker Dan Bailey said his confidence was not shaken after missing attempts from 28 yards and 45 yards in the first half before he was asked to seal the game late.
Adam Thielen

Glue guy: Everything ends up in Thielen's hands in win over Eagles

Before he sealed the result with an onside kick recovery, Adam Thielen made became the first receiver in the Super Bowl-era with at least 100 receiving yards in five consecutive games to open a season.
Xavier Rhodes.

Vikings DB Rhodes set to 'man up' covering Eagles' Jeffery

"We been going at each other for a while now," Vikings defensive back Xavier Rhodes said of his Sunday tilt with Philadelphia's Alshon Jeffery.
Dalvin Cook had 10 carries for 20 yards against the Rams on Thursday.

Cook still battling hamstring injury suffered vs. Packers

The injury limited Cook during last week's loss in Los Angeles, where he had 10 carries for 20 yards for the Vikings' lackluster rushing attack.
With Anthony Barr (55) trailing, Todd Gurley caught an 8-yard TD pass in the first quarter, the start of a rough day for Barr.

'Got to be concerned': Rams make Barr their victim

Two of Jared Goff's four first-half TDs were thrown over Anthony Barr's helmet in apparent mismatches created by the scheme of Rams coach Sean McVay
Everson Griffen

Vikings' Griffen vows to return as 'improved player and person'

Vikings veteran defensive end Everson Griffen was involved in police action on Saturday and was in treatment for mental health issues.
Vikings players Anthony Barr, from left, Andrew Sendejo and Harrison Smith sat on the bench aft the end of Sunday's loss to the Bills.

Short-week challenge: Straggling, struggling Vikings vs. high-flying Rams

The Vikings on Thursday head into the monstrous Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to face the Rams coming off one of the worst, and most unexpected, losses in franchise history.
Vikings center Pat Elflein has not started a game since he broke his ankle during January’s NFC Championship Game loss at Philadelphia, but he'll st

Elflein regains starting job as Vikings center

Elflein has not started since he broke his ankle during January's NFC Championship Game loss at Philadelphia.
Although Vikings running back Dalvin Cook, shown here in the season opener against the 49ers, didn’t play last week against the Bills, he expects to

'Good chance' Vikings' Cook will play against Rams

Running back Dalvin Cook said his hamstring "feels great at this point" after he was held out of practice last week and missed Sunday's loss to the Bills.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins was upended by the Bills’ Kyle Williams.

'You like that?' Cousins mocked by Bills cornerback after loss

Not many things went Kirk Cousins' way in the loss to the Bills, and one of the Bills rubbed it in during the moments after Sunday's loss to Buffalo.
Bills quarterback Josh Allen had a lot to celebrate, including after scoring a touchdown in the second quarter.

Vikings vs. Bills: As upsets go, this one was a whopper

The previous four upsets of 16 ½-point favorites all came by one score, so the Vikings' 21-point loss is by far the biggest drubbing of a heavy favorite since 1978.
CARLOS GONZALEZ • cgonzalez@startribune.com
Minnesota Vikings center Pat Elflein is expected to get some playing time against the Bills, his first s

Elflein won't start vs. Bills but Vikings 'have a role for him'

Pat Elflein, after offseason shoulder and ankle surgeries, hasn't seen live action since last season.
Vikings long snapper Kevin McDermott (right) and new kicker Dan Bailey are getting acclimated with one another.

While kickers, punters come and go, Vikings' long snapper remains a fixture

In his fourth season with the Vikings, Kevin McDermott has worked with five different kickers and four punters -- and is known for his constant enthusiasm.
CARLOS GONZALEZ • cgonzalez@startribune.com
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has been praised by offensive coordinator John DeFilippo for his impres

Cousins doesn't have to boast because teammates do it for him

Kirk Cousins eclipsed 400 passing yards against the Packers and threw four touchdowns, the first to accomplish that double feat since 2004.
Vikings new receiver Aldrick Robinson was acquired within hours after the tie game against Green Bay.

Vikings began revamping roster within hours after tie vs. Packers

First came the emotions. Then came the phone calls. A Vikings roster that began the season as the NFC's youngest soon had three veteran reinforcements
AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn
Tom Johnson was released by Seattle last week and will re-sign with the Vikings, where he played from 2014-2017.

Tom Johnson returns to Vikings after being cut by Seahawks

Defensive line depth would appear to be the least of the Vikings' concerns, but they're taking advantage of the opportunity to bring back a veteran who started 15 games for them in 2017.
Receiver Aldrick Robinson caught 19 passes for the San Francisco 49ers in 2017, including this 45-yard touchdown from C.J. Beathard in a 26-24 loss at

Vikings reach into Cousins' past, sign receiver Aldrick Robinson

The 29-year-old speedster, who played in Washington with Kirk Cousins, joins a Vikings receiving corps shaken by Laquon Treadwell's costly drops.
CARLOS GONZALEZ • cgonzalez@startribune.com
Vikings receiver Laquon Treadwell dropped a pass in the fourth quarter that resulted in a Packers interc

Treadwell 'owning up to' dropped ball that led to Packers interception

Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins continued to go to Laquon Treadwell, even after he dropped a critical pass against the Packers.
Dalvin Cook ran after a catch for a 24-yard gain in overtime.

Cook, Hill injuries not considered serious after both exited Sunday's game

Right tackle Rashod Hill and running back Dalvin Cook both missed time in the second half vs. the Packers but escaped serious injury.
Minnesota Vikings receiver Laquon Treadwell could be targeted for passes more frequently this season than he was a year ago.

Treadwell is building chemistry with Cousins, too

Kirk Cousins communicates with his receivers in ways that allow him to see things through his eyes.
New Vikings safety George Iloka got a few snaps in the preseason, but in the season-opener against the 49ers, he played only on special teams.

Iloka adjusting to a limited role on Vikings roster

George Iloka didn't play a single defensive snap for the Vikings, but as one of the team's newest acquisitions, he's not discouraged.
JERRY HOLT • jerry.holt@startribune.com
Minnesota Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes intercepted a pass intended for Green Bay Packers wide receiver G

Rhodes knows Rodgers can end Vikings' run of success vs. Green Bay

Star cornerback Xavier Rhodes has experienced both highs and lows against the Packers and star quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Harrison Smith sacked Jimmy Garoppolo in the 4th quarter on Sunday.

Vikings' Smith shows up when you're watching — and when you're not

Sometimes, Vikings safety Harrison Smith said, his best games happen when you don't notice him at all.
Vikings running back Dalvin Cook finished with 95 yards of total offense against the 49ers in his first game back since undergoing ACL surgery.

Fumble aside, Cook's comeback made complete in effort vs. 49ers

Dalvin Cook made his comeback vs. the 49ers with his uncle, a football player at Florida International now hospitalized, on his mind.
AP Photo/Mark Reis
Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson should make a big difference on the interior defensive line.

Vikings' Richardson ready to bolster an already-strong defensive line

The biggest improvement on the Vikings' defense could be provided by tackle Sheldon Richardson.
Minnesota Vikings rookie defensive back Mike Hughes.

Opportunity knocking: Hughes may jump right in as slot corner

Ready or not, Vikings rookie cornerback Mike Hughes' NFL debut is sizing up to be an active one Sunday against the 49ers.
Vikings receiver Brandon Zylstra, left, and team scout Jake Essler were high school teammates at New London-Spicer. They are living childhood dreams o

Big-time dream: Small-town Minnesota friends reunite as Vikings receiver, scout

The Zylstra and Essler families have long been intertwined through their children and sports at New London-Spicer High School. Now, the achievements of receiver Brandon Zylstra and scout Jake Essler have brought their community even closer.
Former Vikings defensive end Brian Robison (96) celebrated with Everson Griffen, who doesn’t believe Robison’s NFL career is over after 11 seasons

Will Robison continue to play? Griffen thinks so

Everson Griffen is betting on 35-year-old Brian Robison returning to the NFL on another team to continue his 12th NFL season — which Robison had said would be his last.
Matt Wile punted in four games for the Arizona Cardinals and two games for the Atlanta Falcons in 2016. He was on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ roster th

Vikings change punters, sign journeyman Wile

Matt Wile, 26, was waived by Pittsburgh and joins his sixth NFL team in the Vikings since he went undrafted out of Michigan in 2015. Punter Ryan Quigley was released on Sunday to make room for Wile.
No team in the league has two starting deep threats at wide receiver like the Vikings. Adam Thielen (left) averaged 14.0 yards per catch and Stefon Di

Pressure builds for a Diggs, Thielen repeat as NFL's best deep-threat tandem

Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs stand out, but the Vikings' line play will matter this season, too, in how far the duo threat can go.
Brian Robison appeared in 173 regular-season games and was tied for fifth in team history with 60 career sacks.

Vikings' Brian Robison gets released after 11 seasons with team

Run of 11 seasons was one of longest in team history.
Sheldon Richardson had only one sack last season for Seattle, but other statistics indicated the success he had at pressuring quarterbacks, and the Vi

Inside pressure: Sheldon Richardson's interior push could create a nastier Vikings' defense

Zimmer sought and bought pressure up the middle.
Receiver Jake Wieneke of Maple Grove will be waived as the Vikings cuts their roster down to 53 players.

Vikings waive 14 players, including receivers Wieneke, Jones

Receiver Jake Wieneke of Maple Grove is among the initial 14 players the Vikings plan to waive.
Wide receiver Chad Beebe (84) is trying to nail down a spot on the Vikings' roster.

Five Vikings questions still needing answers during final preseason game

The most intriguing competitions continue on offense, where the reserve running backs, receivers and offensive linemen have jockeyed all month for their place on the depth chart.
Vikings quarterback Kyle Sloter is behind Kirk Cousins and Trevor Siemian on the depth chart, but has made his mark in the preseason.

Zimmer: Vikings 3rd-string QB Sloter is a playmaker

Kyle Sloter has completed 30 of 41 passes for 236 yards and four touchdowns (one rushing) in three preseason games.
CARLOS GONZALEZ • cgonzalez@startribune.com
Kendall Wright could be the Vikings’ No. 4 receiver.

With the most career receptions, Wright's roster status more secure

Adam Thielen limped off the Vikings' practice field, giving Kendall Wright more reps in the Vikings offense. He's expected to be the team's No. 4 receiver this season.
Vikings kicker Daniel Carlson missed two field-goal attempts against the Seattle Seahawks.

Vikings' disappointing specialists get one more chance to rebound

Kicker Daniel Carlson, punter Ryan Quigley and the Vikings reserves on punt and kickoff coverage didn't play well last week against the Seahawks.
Mackensie Alexander is battling an ankle injury but is expected to start as the Vikings’ slot cornerback if healthy.

Hughes, Alexander entrenched in battle to be Vikings' slot cornerback

Mackensie Alexander's ankle injury, followed by an undisclosed injury to rookie corner Mike Hughes, sets up one of the most intriguing puzzles for the Vikings defense heading into the Sept. 9 season opener.
Vikings running back Dalvin Cook made a cut in the first quarter against the Seahawks

Vikings RB Cook clears a big hurdle in brief post-surgery debut

Dalvin Cook's preseason debut Friday against the Seahawks lasted only four snaps, but the Vikings running back says he's now passed every test he wanted to before the Sept. 9 opener against San Francisco.
Quarterback Kirk Cousins could have close to a full complement of starters at his disposal when the Vikings play the Seahawks on Friday at U.S. Bank S

Cousins finally to get better measure of Vikings' offense against Seahawks

Quarterback Kirk Cousins takes the Vikings into their "dress rehearsal" exhibition Friday night against the Seahawks, when the starters should play the entire first half.
Vikings offensive coordinator John DeFilippo monitored a recent practice in Eagan.

Cousins sees the 'mark of a great play caller' in DeFilippo

Even after what John DeFilippo called not his "best effort" in the loss to Jacksonville, quarterback Kirk Cousins said he is seeing positive early signs.
Vikings tackle Mike Remmers, right, ran drills during the Vikings three-day minicamp in June.

Remmers, Hill return to Vikings practice

Right guard Mike Remmers and right tackle Rashod Hill, both working back from ankle injuries suffered in training camp, took 11-on-11 reps - sparingly.
Minnesota Vikings kicker Daniel Carlson (7).

Rookie kicker Carlson says he's ready for the pressure

Fifth-round draft choice Daniel Carlson will be the third kicker in three seasons for the Vikings, who cut veteran Kai Forbath with two games remaining in the preseason.
Vikings’ defensive end Ade Aruna was greeted by teammates as he was taken off the field after an injury during the second quarter of the preseason g

Multiple Vikings suffered 'serious' injuries against Jacksonville

The Vikings entered the Jacksonville game with several players nursing injuries, and left with several more now sidelined.
AP Photo/Jim Mone
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 3 of 8 passes for 12 yards in a 14-10 preseason loss to Jacksonville

Kirk Cousins watch: A snapshot of the Vikings' QB's performance vs. the Jaguars

We take a closer look at Kirk Cousins' game versus Jacksonville.
Mackensie Alexander intercepted a pass during a Vikings practice.

Mackensie Alexander quietly making 'amazing jump' as Vikings cornerback

Veteran Terence Newman says Mackensie Alexander has upped his game considerably.
Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33).

Handling with care: Vikings still keeping Dalvin Cook under wraps

Dalvin Cook has all but been encased in bubble wrap by a Vikings athletic training staff that knows a thing or two about returning a running back to full health.
Vikings safety Harrison Smith, left, and cornerback Xavier Rhodes during a practice late last month in Eagan.

Vikings defenders punish themselves for missing practice pickoffs

Harrison Smith, the Vikings' first-team All-Pro safety, dropped two would-be INTs Wednesday. He then dropped for 20 pushups during the two-hour practice by direction of defensive backs coach Jerry Gray.
Vikings running back Latavius Murray took off for a big gain after shedding the tackle of Denver’s Brandon Marshall (54).

Vikings' ground game shows it could be a force again

The running game, which ranked seventh last season, showed no signs of slowing despite missing Dalvin Cook and three linemen who were expected to be starters.
Where will first-round pick Mike Hughes fit in with the Vikings? Preseason game No. 1 is Saturday night.

Five questions Vikings hope to answer vs. Denver

From the offensive line to special teams, the Vikings enter Saturday's game against the Broncos with plenty of question marks
One thing seems certain: Former first-round draft pick Laquon Treadwell, entering his third season, appears to be a lock as the Vikings’ No. 3 rec

Competition wide open for Vikings' backup receiver positions

The Vikings' most intriguing roster battle midway through training camp remains at backup wide receiver, where Laquon Treadwell is the only sure thing.
(Left to right) Vikings offensive linemen Nick Easton, Mike Remmers and Pat Elflein are all injured entering Saturday's preseason lid-lifter.

Off center: Improvised offensive line kicks off Cousins era Saturday

Having three of the five projected offensive line starters out of action for the Vikings' preseason opener at Denver isn't the way coach Mike Zimmer imagined how things would go.
Vikings rookie Daniel Carlson kicked during the first day of training camp July 25 in Eagan.

Vikings' Forbath in tough roster battle with Carlson's powerful leg

Veteran Kai Forbath and rookie Daniel Carlson are both expected to kick against the Broncos on Saturday, which will help the Vikings decide which kicker to keep.
Former Vikings offensive lineman Mike Harris, now coaching high school after retiring because of a brain ailment, reconnected at the Vikings’ traini

Brain ailment knocks ex-Viking Harris out of NFL but into coaching

A brain ailment took Mike Harris out of the NFL, but into a role sharing his wisdom as a high school coach.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) throws a pass during a night practice during training camp at TCO Performance Center in Eagan, Minn., o

Cousins and offense struggle against Vikings No. 1 defense

Quarterback Kirk Cousins and the Vikings offense struggled to move the ball against the NFL's reigning No. 1 defense during Saturday night's practice under the lights at TCO Stadium in Eagan.
Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) during Minnesota Vikings training camp at TCO Performance center Sunday July 29, 2018 in Eagan, MN.

Look for Cook to see game action at some point in Vikings preseason

Even though he didn't point to a specific game, coach Mike Zimmer indicated Dalvin Cook will 'get some reps' during the preseason in his comeback from a season-ending knee injury.
Defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson played only 41 snaps in five games in 2017 as a rookie out of Iowa.

Vikings' second-year defensive tackle now looks the part

Jaleel Johnson is positioned to play a key role on the Vikings defensive line as much-needed relief off the bench.
Clancy Barone gave instruction to Vikings linemen during a Saturday morning practice. He and Andrew Janocko are taking over for the late Tony Sparano

New Vikings offensive line co-coaches bring decades of experience

Clancy Barone and Andrew Janocko are taking over for the late Tony Sparano as co-offensive line coaches only five weeks before Week 1.
Mack Brown (31) was one of several running backs taking handoffs from quarterbacks Kirk Cousins down to Kyle Sloter, as the Vikings eased Dalvin Cook

Vikings' corps of running backs is kept in motion

Dalvin Cook donned shoulder pads for the first time since his ACL surgery, which he deemed a "milestone" in his recovery.
Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) ran a play during training camp at TCO Performance center Sunday.

'I feel comfortable, I feel good.' Cook back on field after ACL surgery

Running back Dalvin Cook has flashed his previous elusiveness in limited drills, giving Vikings' coaches, teammates and observers a glimpse into his potential for 2018.
Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer quarterback Kirk Cousins went over a play during training camp at TCO Performance Center on Saturday

Vikings open training camp with new faces, high expectations

A Vikings roster returning 19 of 22 starters from a year ago still underwent an evolution of key players during the offseason, and finally gathered Saturday for the first full day of training camp.
Vikings center Pat Elflein was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list after offseason ankle and shoulder surgeries.

Vikings center Pat Elflein starts training camp on PUP list

Center Pat Elflein is unavailable to start Vikings training camp because of ankle and shoulder injuries that have nagged him throughout the offseason.Elflein, the…
Nicole Hause of Stillwater pulled up for some air during one of her runs Sunday. Hause placed fifth in women’s Skateboard Park.

X Games organizers already looking to 2019

Organizers are looking at ways to improve events for the next two years here.
Vikings safety Harrison Smith, right, posed with Jackson Strong at the X Games on Saturday at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Vikings' Smith turns out to cheer Aussie dirt biker at X Games

Harrison Smith cheered on Australian rider Jackson Strong as he won a fourth gold medal during Moto X Best Trick.

Australian rookie Alex Hiam wins BMX gold medal at X Games

Alex Hiam, 22, nailed a double tailwhip, a move more spectacular than it sounds.
Twiggy, the water-skiing squirrel, performed Thursday, July 19, 2018 outside US Bank Stadium as part of X Fest. The squirrel, the 7th in a line of Twi

Final run: Twiggy the water-skiing squirrel retiring after X Games

Twiggy's first show was in Minneapolis in 1979. Now a run that has spanned 39 years, eight squirrels and even more hours of entertainment is coming to an end.
Defending Big Air gold medalist Elliot Sloan has a new trick — a kickflip 720 — he hopes to land in competition.

Daredevils in X Games keep pushing envelope in their events

The X Games annually offers a grand stage for skaters, BMX and motocross riders to showcase their own personal futures for action sports by unveiling never-before-seen tricks.
Nicole Hause skated with other kids at 3rd Lair Skate Park last month.

Stillwater's Hause among wave of women energizing the X Games

Stillwater-born pro skater Nicole Hause is happy riding her aggressive style through the crowds of boys populating skateparks everywhere.
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