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Heading into the Vikings' final two games of the preseason, the challenge before the team's young defensive backs is this: They must improve on their uneven play.
The Vikings were on offense for more than two-thirds of the game in the 25-19 victory over Seattle that featured 11 third-down conversions in 18 tries. "I thought we moved the ball well," coach Mike Zimmer said.
Kirk Cousins says improvement can't be judged yet at this point of the preseason.
In his fifth season with the Vikings, Anthony Harris will join the starting line-up, teaming up with All-Pro safety Harrison Smith in the secondary.
Coach Mike Zimmer said he plans to take a look at all three players in the Vikings' second preseason game against Seattle on Sunday.
Trading for Kaare Vedvik leaves the Vikings with another round of decisions to make about their specialists — long an enigma on the roster — as the preseason plays out.
In his nine plays in Friday night's 34-25 preseason victory over the Saints, quarterback Kirk Cousins provided a taste of what he hopes to do this season.
The Vikings covered 76 yards in eight plays with the first-team offense, with a 34-yard Kirk Cousins-to-Adam Thielen connection providing the early highlight of Friday night's preseason opener in New Orleans.
Defensive tackles Shamar Stephen and Linval Joseph, as well as offensive tackle Brian O'Neill, were among nine players who did not dress for the Vikings' opening preseason game.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer explained to Mackensie Alexander in 2016 that there were two paths to take. The cornerback, eventually, took the correct one.
Bene' Benwikere's arrival extends a seemingly annual tradition of acquiring a veteran for the secondary late in the offseason
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer called the team's defense complacent, lacking in grit equal to the offense. He added that players they better regain their competitive swagger in practice.
Kyle Rudolph stood out in Wednesday's practice with several contested catches that had quarterback Kirk Cousins saying he needs to trust the tight end more.
Injuries to starters have forced players such as tackles Jaleel Johnson and Hercules Mata'afa to take extra snaps, which can be both an invaluable and humbling experience.
Coach Mike Zimmer gave a pointed review of how the candidates to be the team's third receiver have done during the first few days of training camp.
Only reserved seats remain for the first three open practices this weekend as well as the night practice in on Aug. 3. Overall, nearly 72,000 of 80,000 available tickets for the 16 open sessions are sold.
If the Vikings' window to win with their largely homegrown collection of talent isn't closing, it's unlikely to get any wider. The 2019 training camp, then, is about moving on from the letdown of 2018.
Shortly after Kevin Stefanski filled out his first staff as the Vikings' permanent offensive coordinator, one of his first moves was to give away a piece of his newly acquired influence.
The offense is bring overhauled, the defense will continue working on new schemes. Coach Mike Zimmer sat down for a Q&A session about what needs to be done to return the Vikings to the playoffs.
WISE Ventures will field a team in the Activision Blizzard group.
Ahead of their second training camp at their practice facility in Eagan, the Vikings announced several changes in how the sessions will be run in July and August.
As players departed the team's practice facility in after the conclusion of Minnesota's mandatory minicamp, it was clear the offense has work to do.
During his first training camp with the Vikings in 1982 as a seventh-round tight end out of Brown, Steve Jordan found himself lined up…
With no fully guaranteed money in the deal beyond this season, however, there remains the possibility the Vikings could still decide to move on from Kyle Rudolph after 2019.
The added four years are worth $36 million, according to an NFL source, and tight end Kyle Rudolph will make $9 million in 2019, which is fully guaranteed.
The team is seeking to build depth behind Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. One of the possibilities is Colorado State draft choice Bisi Johnson.
As Peterson tossed footballs to campers Sunday in Hopkins, he seemed at peace with his relationship to the state where he achieved his greatest NFL moments to date.
Kevin Warren played a key role in the construction of U.S. Bank Stadium and the Vikings' training complex in Eagan. The official announcement is scheduled for 11 a.m. today.
The Vikings, as part of a new deal, could easily lower Kyle Rudolph's 2019 salary cap number by taking a similar approach to the one they used with Eric Kendricks last week.
It remains to be seen if running back Roc Thomas will face additional discipline from the NFL as the result of his guilty plea.
A move affecting veteran tight end Kyle Rudolph's status might be among the more obvious possibilities for the Vikings, but it's certainly not the only one.
Laquon Treadwell set career highs in receptions, yards and touchdowns last season, but he was phased out of the offense under coordinator Kevin Stefanski.
The Vikings will likely ask several members of the class to play big roles quickly, especially on the offensive line.
For the first time since 1965, the Vikings used their first four picks on offensive players. "That's where we needed the help," GM Rick Spielman said. They didn't select a defender until the fifth round
Time will tell how long a partnership the Vikings will have with their newest offensive lineman. But in the initial stages of the relationship, Bradbury appeared to be right at home.
Vikings GM Rick Spielman was eager to accumulate picks Friday, even if coach Mike Zimmer was not.
Six-foot-3, 305-pound offensive lineman Garrett Bradbury of North Carolina State was an All-America last season and won the Rimington Trophy as the nation's outstanding center.
Vikings GM Rick Spielman and coach Mike Zimmer had their contracts extended recently through the 2020 season. But one or both could be on the hot seat if the team doesn't return to the playoffs this year.
This year's deep NFL draft gives the Vikings more than one chance to address its biggest needs. The Vikings have invested a lot of time scouting the offensive line.
A look at seven players who might be available for the Vikings to select on Thursday night.
The Vikings will have prime time games against Dallas, Washington, Seattle, the Los Angeles Chargers and Green Bay during the 2019 season.
Adam Thielen took a deal that might have been bigger in a year, casting his lot with a Vikings team that first bet on him in 2013. "I don't know if there has ever been a success story like Adam Thielen," GM Rick Spielman said.
Despite the nice raise, Adam Thielen's new contract only delivered a $5,000 hit to the 2019 salary cap.
Adam Thielen's new deal could be worth up to $73 million — and keeps the receiver in Minnesota through the 2024 season while resolving questions about his immediate future.
Starting with Kyle Guy's last three on Saturday night and continuing through Monday's game, the Cavaliers made 23 of their final 26 free throws in the tournament.
A day after addressing his favorite college basketball team, Michigan State grad Cousins was a VIP in a familiar stadium.
The Red Raiders held the Spartans to 31.9 percent shooting overall.
Vikings star shunned his hometown Super Bowl, but not Final Four festivities
A human slingshot slam, an undefeated champion who makes up dunks as he goes along and a sharpshooter who hit 14 threes in a row were highlights for a thrilled crowd.
Like coach Mike Zimmer, Rick Spielman's deal will run through the 2020 season.
Dan Bailey, who resigned for $1 million this week, said he had a kicking consultant during his first two NFL seasons with Dallas and wasn't opposed to the idea of the Vikings adding one this year.
Ex-Titans lineman Josh Kline plans to help and be helped.
His deal includes just $250,000 of guaranteed money, meaning the Vikings could make a kicker switch with few financial ramifications.
They paid big to maintain the defense but ignored big issues of the offense.
The move keeps Everson Griffen with the Vikings in 2019 and frees up salary cap space.
The Vikings still don't know whether defensive end Everson Griffen will accept their offer for a restructured deal that should reduce his $11.75 million cap number for 2019.
"It's been a crazy couple days, but I'm where I want to be," Anthony Barr wrote on his Instagram page. "I believe in our locker room. I love my guys! Back to work!"
Linebacker Anthony Barr reportedly agreed to a deal with the New York Jets, where he'd likely get a chance to work primarily as a pass rusher.
The Vikings find themselves facing a pressing set of tasks, and an unusual set of financial constraints within which to accomplish them.
The Vikings are projected to have around $5 million in salary cap space to start the 2019 league year, putting it among the NFL clubs with the least money to spend once free agency starts March 11.
After missing the playoffs, partly because of offensive issues, the team seeks to improve on the line.
Field goal tries missed by Daniel Carlson and Blair Walsh "affected the organization."
The Vikings left little doubt about what their identity will be in 2019, assembling a group of longtime West Coast offensive minds.
He gets the chance to put his stamp on the Vikings offense after having his interim tag removed.
Priefer's contract expired on Tuesday, and he decided to start anew in Cleveland. Issues with kickers and punters proved to be an ongoing problem
Sources told the Star Tribune the Browns have asked Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski what his staff would look like if he was hired by Cleveland.
Mike Zimmer's offseason to-do list after 2018 sounds fairly similar to the one that faced him after 2016: He must make a decision on an offensive coordinator, and figure out how to help his team re-establish its footing.
Both the Vikings coach and GM Rick Spielman have contracts that expire after next season.
With a chance for 'win and in,' the Vikings trailed the Bears all game Sunday and were dominated by the NFC North champions. A season after reaching the NFC championship game, there will be no playoffs.
He faces the Bears on Sunday with a wild-card berth at stake for Vikings.
Beating Detroit 27-9 while Philadelphia won its game on the final play means that next Sunday's games, which were moved to late afternoon starts, will determine whether the Vikings, who face the Bears, or the Eagles get the final wild-card spot in the NFC.
Management and players have worked together to address the complex social justice issues that affect their lives.
Facing a Lions team resigned to another non-playoff season after six losses in eight games, the Vikings have every reason to take care of business on Sunday and keep themselves in strong playoff position.
Danielle Hunter was one of four Vikings named to the 2018 NFC team, joining linebacker Anthony Barr, safety Harrison Smith and wide receiver Adam Thielen.
A look at the Vikings hurrying up, Anthony Barr and the offensive line.