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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 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.
Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr (55).

Zimmer defends Barr's worth: 'A guy that every team we play game-plans for'

When asked about Anthony Barr's role in Minnesota, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer defended the system and Barr.
Shamar Stephen is back with the Vikings after spending last season in Seattle.

Zimmer hints reacquired DT Stephen should slide into starting spot

The 6-5, 309-pound Shamar Stephen, a 2014 seventh-round pick by the Vikings, re-signed with the team on a three-year deal this week after spending last season in Seattle.
Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen

Right on time: Vikings, Griffen reach last-minute deal to restructure

The move keeps Everson Griffen with the Vikings in 2019 and frees up salary cap space.
Defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, who tied for third on the Vikings with 4.5 sacks, reportedly will sign with Cleveland.

Report: Vikings defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson expected to sign with Browns

Defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson is expected to sign with the Cleveland Browns when NFL free agency officially begins at 3 p.m. Wednesday, according to…
Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph (82) caught a Hail Mary touchdown against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on Sunday December 23, 2018 in Detr

Tight end Rudolph: 'No, I'm not leaving Minnesota'

Kyle Rudolph signed a five-year, $36.5 million extension in July 2014 and, along with his agent, said the Vikings have not approached them about a new deal or modifying his current contract.
Minnesota Vikings running back Roc Thomas

Vikings running back Thomas faces felony marijuana charge

A search warrant was carried out Jan. 16 around 2:30 p.m. at Thomas' Mendota Heights apartment, where officers said they found more than 143 grams of marijuana.
Linebacker Anthony Barr, a four-time Pro Bowl player, was not franchise tagged on Tuesday.

On their way out? Vikings don't tag Barr or Richardson

Other teams can legally negotiate with linebacker Anthony Barr and defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson starting Monday.

Heisman winner Murray won't throw at combine

But his height and hand measurements might be enough to satisfy scouts until Oklahoma's pro day later this month.
Mike Zimmer held a news conference at the NFL Combine on Thursday in Indianapolis.

Can Vikings afford Barr, Richardson and Griffen in 2019?

The Vikings face a few expensive decisions with their star-studded defense in the coming weeks.
Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman speaks during a press conference at the NFL football scouting combine, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, in In

Spielman sees Kubiak's system as a good fit for Cousins, Vikings

Offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski will call the shots, but Gary Kubiak's influence shouldn't be understated.
Kyle Rudolph caught a long touchdown pass for the Vikings against Detroit on Dec. 23.

Vikings earn three compensatory draft picks

The NFL handed them out as compensation for losing free agents.
The Vikings could take control of the contract of linebacker Anthony Barr, a four-time Pro Bowl player, on Tuesday, but it seems an unlikely action gi

No signs that Barr is close to signing with Vikings

The Vikings could take control of the contract of the four-time Pro Bowl player today by using their franchise tag on Anthony Barr, but it appears to be an unlikely solution.
Gary Kubiak’s final game as an NFL coach was on Jan. 1, 2017. He will join the staff of Vikings coach Mike Zimmer as assistant head coach and offens

Gary Kubiak joining Vikings as assistant head coach, offensive advisor

The major makeover of the Vikings offensive coaching staff has started with the addition of Gary Kubiak, the winning coach in Super Bowl 50 with Denver, and his son Klint, who will be quarterbacks coach.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer remembered his friend, the team’s late offensive line coach Tony Sparano, at Thursday’s news conference.

Sparano's death sent Vikings into 'downward spiral'

Tony Sparano, the team's offensive line coach, passed away two days before training camp started.
Latavius Murray, who had 578 rushing yards and a Vikings-best six rushing touchdowns as the No. 2 running back, wants an opportunity to start.

Latavius Murray 'not content' with backup role with Vikings

The running back is one of 13 players on the non-playoff team who are headed for unrestricted free agency.
Bears defensive end Roy Robertson-Harris (95) hit Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins late in Sunday’s game.

Vikings' offensive line might undergo big changes

The Bears defense throttled the Vikings twice this season by dominating at the line of scrimmage.
Laquon Treadwell

Treadwell could be nearing end of Vikings career

Laquon Treadwell, who has a career-high 34 catches for 295 yards this season, said he'd like to stay in Minnesota, but the Vikings can save more than $650,000 of salary cap space if he's cut after this season.
Vikings linebacker Eric Wilson prepared to stop the Lions' Jamal Agnew on a punt return Sunday, when Wilson had seven tackles on defense and two more

Vikings linebacker Wilson a real stalking stuffer

The second-year player has stepped in and performed well when filling in for Eric Kendricks or Anthony Barr.
Chad Beebe (left) and Laquon Treadwell

Treadwell sits out in favor of Vikings rookie Chad Beebe

What's clear is Treadwell, the third-year receiver, is becoming even less involved under interim offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski.
Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer late in the fourth quarter at Ford Field Sunday December 23, 2018 in Detroit, MI.

Zimmer up for Chicago challenge: 'Win and in. I'm OK with that.'

A Vikings win against the Bears, whom they've beaten six consecutive years at home, is the surest path to the postseason.
Eric Kendricks sacked Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill in the third quarter Sunday.

Eric Kendricks' ironman streak for Vikings will end

A hamstring injury will sideline the linebacker after he had made 40 starts in a row.
Clockwise from top left: Holton Hill, Stephen Weatherly, Eric Wilson and Anthony Harris have been solid - and affordable - backups put into key positi

Stepping up: Play by reserves has kept Vikings defense among best

With two games left in the NFL regular season, one number — 22 — reveals how much his fourth-ranked Vikings defense has overcome.
Dolphins receiver Danny Amendola missed a pass in the first quarter as he was defended by Vikings cornerback Mackensie Alexander on Sunday.

Unblocked Mackensie Alexander a home run blitzer for Vikings

His sack Sunday gave him four, tying the Vikings single-season record for sacks by a defensive back.
Vikings running back Dalvin Cook held up two fingers to signify his second touchdown of the game after his 21 yard scoring run in the fourth quarter.

Cook tells reporters: 'Y'all probably could've hit them holes'

Dalvin Cook's 20 touches on Sunday were the most since Week 1, and he made them count to the tune of 163 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
The Dolphins’ Leonte Carroo (88) caught Marcus Sherels from behind on a 70-yard punt return in the third quarter.

'It was close': Sherels was an ankle tackle away from return TD

Marcus Sherels' 116 punt return yards Sunday against the Dolphins trail only his record of 119 set five years ago. He nearly broke free for a touchdown on one return.
Mackensie Alexander

Mackensie Alexander's improvement boosts Vikings pass defense

A little lost in the shuffle of the Vikings offense is how well the pass defense has rebounded from early-season issues that saw four quarterbacks…
Kevin Stefanski employs a first baseman's glove to catch passes during warmups before a game against the Packers last season.

Next coach up: Stefanski asked to salvage Vikings' season

Kevin Stefanski becomes the team's fourth offensive coordinator in three seasons. The 36-year-old has led quarterbacks for the past two seasons.
Seattle's Bobby Wagner blocked a fourth quarter field goal attempt by the Vikings.

Blocked field goal leaves Vikings crying foul

Seattle's Bobby Wagner hurdled the line by putting his hands on teammates.The referee explained why a penalty wasn't called.
A pass intended for Stefon Diggs in the fourth quarter fell incomplete with the help of Seattle's Shaquill Griffin.

Diggs, Thielen again left out of major action

Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen combined for only nine catches Monday night against Seattle.
The Vikings’ defensive line of (from left) Linval Joseph, Danielle Hunter, Everson Griffen and Sheldon Richardson will be counted on to contain Seat

Elite Seattle defense gone; Vikings face challenge to stay together

Erosion happens. Stars get older. Young overachievers leave, trying to maximize paychecks in free agency. Injuries ruin plans. Can the Vikings navigate those traps?
Vikings fullback C.J. Ham took a selfie with a fan during training camp in July.

Hammer time: Vikings fans stuffing Pro Bowl ballot box for fullback Ham

The young fullback plays a behind-the-scenes role, but gets appreciation from teammates.
Vikings wide receiver Aldrick Robinson appealed for a call from field judge Jeff Lamberth after he missed a catch in the end zone in the fourth quarte

Despite struggles, Vikings still control their playoff fate

To maintain control, the Vikings need to do something they haven't done this season.
Dalvin Cook led the Vikings with 84 rushing yards, but he and the team’s ground game were destined to go nowhere with Minnesota playing from behind

Vikings again underuse run game, at least in Zimmer's eyes

Mike Zimmer has the same idea for how the Vikings offense can improve after putting up 10 points Sunday.
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins, seen tossing around the football during pregame on Sunday at New England.

Tracking Cousins: He dinked, dunked and has been much better

We will track quarterback Kirk Cousins all year long in his inaugural season as the Vikings' signal caller.
Vikings' cornerback Trae Waynes

Waynes suffered concussion that forced him out vs. Patriots

The Vikings secondary suffered a key loss, and Xavier Rhodes was already hampered.
Holton Hill

Vikings might be shorthanded at cornerback against Patriots

Two of the Vikings' three primary cornerbacks are listed as questionable to play Sunday in New England, leaving the secondary possibly shorthanded against Patriots quarterback
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