Matt Vensel is in his first year at the Star Tribune after covering the Ravens for the Baltimore Sun for six years. He is a Pittsburgh native and a Penn State grad. Follow him at @mattvensel.


Mark Craig has covered the NFL for 23 years, and the Vikings since 2003 for the Star Tribune. He is one of 44 Pro Football Hall of Fame selectors. Follow him at @markcraignfl.


Master Tesfatsion is the Star Tribune’s digital Vikings writer. He is a 2013 graduate of Arizona State and worked for mlb.com before arriving in Minneapolis. Follow him at @masterstrib.


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Access Vikings morning walkthrough: Spielman, Crocker, depth and more

Posted by: Matt Vensel Updated: August 5, 2014 - 7:41 AM

Every day On most days, our Vikings reporters walk you through what’s happening that day.

WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED

--- GM Rick Spielman has made this roster young again.

--- Chris Crocker's arrival is not a good sign for the team's safety depth.

--- The Vikings activated S Andrew Sendejo from the PUP list.

--- Here's our best guess at what Mike Zimmer's depth chart would look like.

TWEET OF THE (YESTER)DAY

AROUND THE NFC NORTH

--- Brett Favre is "truly honored" to be heading into the Packers Hall of Fame.

--- Marquess Wilson, the Bears’ No. 3 WR, fractured his clavicle in practice.

--- Lions RB Reggie Bush is determined to stay productive.

TODAY’S VIKINGS SCHEDULE

The Vikings are back to their normal routine, with a 10:30 a.m. walkthrough and a padded practice that starts at 3:30 p.m. Coordinators Norv Turner and George Edwards are scheduled to talk.

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT

As the folks at Football Outsiders pointed out in this recent ESPN piece, at least one team has gone from worst to first in its respective division in each of the past 11 seasons. So what are the odds the Vikings can do it in 2014? Based on their simulations, Football Outsiders says they have a 12.9 percent chance, the third-worst odds among the eight last-place finishers from 2013. Of course, as their projections show, anything is possible. Even the Raiders winning the Super Bowl.

Access Vikings morning walkthrough: August 4

Posted by: Matt Vensel Updated: August 4, 2014 - 7:11 AM

Every day On most days, our Vikings reporters walk you through what’s happening that day.

WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED

--- After years of turbulence, the Vikings are all rowing together.

--- Rookie G David Yankey is trying to play catch-up.

--- OLB Chad Greenway taught rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater a lesson.

--- Check out this photo gallery from Saturday night’s practice under the lights.

TWEET OF THE (YESTER)DAY

AROUND THE NFC NORTH

--- Former Packers (and Vikings) QB Brett Favre will have his number retired in Green Bay.

--- Former Minnesota S Brock Vereen has climbed the Bears’ depth chart.

--- Lions RB Theo Riddick has impressed in camp, but he has a lot of competition.

TODAY’S VIKINGS SCHEDULE

After getting yesterday off, Vikings players will be back on the field at 10:30 a.m. for today’s morning walkthrough. This afternoon, the Vikings practice at 3:30 p.m., and they’ll be in pads.

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT

Last season, with Norv Turner coordinating their offense, the Browns ranked fifth in the NFL in offensive pace of play, according to Football Outsiders. The Browns ran one offensive play every 24.96 seconds of game time. That pace trailed only the Eagles, Bills, Patriots and Broncos. The Vikings, meanwhile, ranked ninth last season in offensive pace at 26.22 seconds per play.

Vikings make Wootton signing official

Posted by: Mark Craig Updated: March 21, 2014 - 11:04 AM

The Vikings have made it official. The guy who bounced Brett Favre's head off the ice at TCF Bank Stadium in the Vikings' last and only game at TCF Bank Stadium will be wearing purple the next time the team plays a game at TCF Bank Stadium.

Former Bears defensive end Corey Wootton has indeed signed his one-year deal. He's the fifth defensive lineman the team has signed or re-signed since the start of free agency.

Wootton, a five-year veteran who was a fourth-round draft pick of the Bears, comes in as the experienced backup defensive end that the team lost when Everson Griffen was re-signed to replace Jared Allen as the starter at right end.

Wootton has 11 sacks in 45 NFL games. The first sack of his career was the last play of Favre's career. It came Dec. 21, 2010 at TCF Bank Stadium.

The Vikings were forced to play there because of the Metrodome roof collapse. Favre was ruled out of the game earlier in the week, but ended up playing anyway. He leff the game with a concussion after the Wooten sack, didn't play the following week in the season-ending game at Detroit. And, as of 10:29 this morning, he remains retired.

The Vikings will play the next two seasons at TCF Bank Stadium while their new stadium is being built.

Ex-Bear Wootton will join Vikings

Posted by: Mark Craig Updated: March 20, 2014 - 9:48 PM

Defensive lineman Corey Wootton, who was with the Bears the past four years, agreed to a one-year contract with the Vikings on Thursday.

Both Wootton (@coreywootton) and his agent, Mike McCartney, tweeted that Wootton would be coming to Minnesota. Fox Sports reported the deal was worth $1.5 million with incentives worth another $500,000.

Wootton, 6-6 and 270 pounds, started 15 games last season with one sack.  The 26-year-old had arthroscopic hip surgery following the season.

Wootton, a fourth round pick out of Northwestern in 2010, was the Bear who sacked Brett Favre, giving Favre a concussion at TCF Bank Stadium in a 2010 game that marked his final NFL appearance. The sack was Wootton's first in the NFL.

What Brett Favre told Greg Jennings about joining the Vikings

Posted by: Updated: May 30, 2013 - 7:16 PM

Greg Jennings had questions. After seven seasons in Green Bay, the proven receiver knew he was in the mood for a change of atmosphere, for something new and different. And he was seeking to join a team where he would not only be able to produce big numbers but where he would also feel wanted.

But Minnesota? Becoming a Viking? It was a hard thing to envision at first. Ya know, the whole flipping sides in an intense rivalry factor.

Yet as Jennings headed to the Twin Cities in mid-March for his free agent visit, he made the obvious phone call. To Brett Favre.  Who would know more about the Packers-to-Vikings transition than Favre?

So what exactly did Favre tell Jennings about what to expect with the Vikings? That’s what CBS Sports Network’s Jim Rome asked Jennings this week on his TV show “ROME.”

Jennings’ response: “He told me the pros and the cons. Obviously I asked him how it was over here. And he told me some of the things that I would like and dislike. But one of the things that caught my attention was what he said about the people. He said that I would love the organization, I would love the people within the organization. He said the facilities weren’t the best but the people were great. The facilities are what you make of it. That doesn’t make or break my decision and didn’t make or break my decision. But the people would definitely make or break a decision. And the moment I stepped off that plane and met some of the staff, met Mr. Spielman, Coach Frazier, some of the other guys, Coach Musgrave, they were open arms. They were great. They were genuine, they were authentic and it drew me right in.”

So here we are. Jennings is a Viking, almost certain to emerge as Christian Ponder’s top receiver in 2013. And in his visit with Rome this week, Jennings also discussed his desire to feel wanted, his confidence in his new quarterback and his expectations for the team this fall.

Enjoy the video.

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