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Teddy Bridgewater's goal is to complete more than 70 percent of his passes.
Gerald Hodges, a backup at both outside linebacker positions, will get the start at middle linebacker in the Vikings’ preseason game in Dallas on Saturday.
The Vikings aren’t ready to announce their starting middle linebacker for the fourth preseason game, but second-round draft pick Eric Kendricks hasn’t hurt his chances of ultimately securing the job for the Sept. 14 season opener.
No one’s quite sure how long it will take to polish Cordarrelle Patterson’s raw ability, so, he appears to be a role player without much of a role behind Charles Johnson, Mike Wallace and Jarius Wright.
Phil Loadholt and Carter Bykowski are out due to season-ending injuries and T.J. Clemmings is the starter at right tackle. David Yankey and Tyrus Thompson are the new men trying to be the next man at tackle.
As the Vikings showed vs. Bucs, proper positioning is the key to improvement.
Wide receiver Adam Thielen, whose fate in 2015 is up in the air, made the roster last season after making the practice squad in 2013.
What stood out most about the Vikings on Saturday was the speed with which quarterbacks Teddy Bridgewater and Shaun Hill played both mentally and physically.
Clemmings didn’t look crisp, but he also didn’t appear to make any glaring errors in Saturday's preseason game.
Brian Peters won’t be a Hall of Famer. But he’d settle for being the next Heath Farwell, an undersized linebacker who went from undrafted rookie to Pro Bowl special teamer
Bill Zimmer passed away Tuesday night in Naples, Fla., at the age of 84.
We all could take a deep breath, tone down the hype and admit we don’t know how the Vikings will do this year.
Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is confident his tight end will be in the right place at the right time.
Fleet feet weren’t the only reasons behind Stefon Diggs’ 62-yard punt return during the Vikings’ 14-3 victory over the Steelers in Sunday night’s Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio.
Both starting units played only one series as a group before turning things over to backups that made enough plays to silence a pro-Steelers crowd . Teddy Bridgewater threw six passes, completing five.
As Sunday's Hall of Fame Game looms to kick off the Vikings' season, Adrian Peterson vows to be best player in NFL history.
A 1 minute, 14 second NFL Hall of Fame acceptance speech was handled by Mick Tingelhoff’s presenter, Vikings Hall-of-Fame quarterback Fran Tarkenton
The 75-year-old skipped a media event Friday as the week caught up to him.
Vikings great Mick Tingelhoff finally donned the gold jacket of a Hall of Fame member.
The Vikings have been blessed with a number of players who have put together long streaks of consecutive played games, which aren't expected to be as common anymore.
NFL’s iron menThirteen NFL players have started at least 200 consecutive regular-season games, and five have played for the Vikings. A look at those 13:
Jarius Wright is thankful for his NFL career, especially because his best friend Greg Childs, the former Vikings and Arkansas receiver, has suffered another injury setback in the CFL.
Pass protection is really, really hard for an NFL running back. So hard that even Adrian Peterson isn’t great at it. But keeping Teddy Bridgewater upright will be vital to the Vikings success.
The durable, tenacious center finally gets his day in the football sun as he prepares for Canton.
The Vikings tried Gerald Hodges in the middle "just to see what he’s like in there.”
A daily dispatch from Mankato:
Third-year receiver Cordarrelle Patterson has mostly worked with the second team during training camp but has impressed coach Mike Zimmer.
Shaun Hill has built a name for himself heading into his 14th NFL season. That wasn’t the case during his first go-round with the Vikings.
“The contract stuff doesn’t really come into my mindset when I step on the field,” Smith said. “When I’m on the field, I want to go make plays. End of story.”
The new contract makes Blair Walsh the fourth-highest paid kicker in the NFL.
The Vikings are a trendy playoff pick with Adrian Peterson here.
The Vikings have been under Wilf ownership since 2005.
On Tuesday, a ball was snapped on the first play of Adrian Peterson’s first on-field football activity since last September. “Everybody knew Adrian was getting the ball,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said.
Although he admits it could benefit struggling left tackle Matt Kalil, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said the decision to move Brandon Fusco from right to left guard had nothing to do with that.
Intercepting the opposing quarterback can be a wonderful, game-altering experience. The Vikings should try it more often.
Among the things to 'like' about this year's NFL draft: The Vikings' Rick Spielman keeping Adrian Peterson and ignoring agent Ben Dogra’s unprofessional behavior
The Vikings took UCLA linebacker Eric Kendricks, then added LSU defensive end Danielle Hunter.
Jameis Winston goes No. 1, but others fall down the board.
Look for the other NFC North teams to address some beefy needs over flashy skill players
If history is a guide, GM Rick Spielman has a bit of draft-day razzle-dazzle up his sleeve.
Managing the organized chaos that takes place after the NFL draft concludes takes a team effort by the coaching and scouting staffs.
Richard Ross is an Old Dominion basketball player and aspiring NFL tight end who hasn’t played a down of football since Week 1 of the 2009 Texas high school season.
Appeals could delay payment as many are dissatisfied.
Settlement of the concussion lawsuit is near, but even those who are accepting it aren’t sure how much they’ll benefit.
McCombs got what he wanted in top-10 pick, starting linebacker — but deal didn’t pay off for Vikings
The days are dwindling before NFL GMs must choose their next crop of promising players.
Too bad there isn’t a combine drill that measures heart, passion and how a young man will react to the pressure, the riches and the…
The NFL ended Adrian Peterson's seven-month exile, but pressing questions remain for the future of the Vikings' running back.
Upcoming ’16 showdown at Hazeltine is looking good for the U.S.
NFL spokesman says eligibility decision might not come Wednesday.
The Vikings were interested in Michael Johnson last year, but he’s suddenly available now.
The Vikings have a core philosophy that doesn’t mesh with the frenzy of free agency and the modern NFL fan’s insatiable appetite for new signings…
With so many moving parts during NFL free agency, it can be difficult to keep up with all the changes. Here are some of the…
A Vikings' fifth-round pick fetched receiver Mike Wallace, who appeared to wear out his welcome in Miami.
There are plenty of general managers with cap space to spare who are ready to roll the dice.
NFL teams can talk to all free agents beginning Saturday and start signing them at 3 p.m. on Tuesday. Must-have players will fill holes ahead…
At some point, the battle between Adrian Peterson, the NFL and the Vikings will end. For now, at least the talking can begin.
Tom Lehman said he’s had a soft spot for Hazeltine National Golf Club for most of his adult life.“There was a time in my life…
Tom Lehman was announced Tuesday as one of four vice captains who will assist 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III when the prestigious biennial match-play event makes its Minnesota debut at Hazeltine National Golf Club.
With four Lombardi Trophies in six tries, the Patriots coach shows no signs of slowing down, even at age 62.
The Patriots’ legacies were pumped up by big plays down the stretch.
Former Viking’s stop could have been game-winner .
Once upon a time the Patriots fired Pete Carroll to hire Bill Belichick. Sunday they meet as head coaches in the Super Bowl.
In his 32nd year of eligibility, former Vikings center Mick Tingelhoff is in the NFL Hall of Fame
Former Vikings center Mick Tingelhoff is in his 31st year of being eligible for the pro football’s greatest honor. This could be the year.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame could add as many as eight members Saturday.
Teddy Bridgewater said he wants to play at his next Super Bowl.
Special-teams standout thought his days were numbered in Seattle, but they made him a ‘coach.’
The Pats’ 6-6, 265-pound mismatch is hard to keep up with either way.
Fans of the ’76 Steelers or ’85 Bears might disagree, but the stingy Seahawks defense is on the verge of a best-ever season.
Brandon Browner isn’t saying, but he’s played with — and been impressed by — Darrelle Revis and Richard Sherman.
Five interview booths and a much greater distance in terms of social maturity separated teammates Marshawn Lynch and Kevin Williams during Tuesday’s Super Bowl Media Day session.
New England's Tom Brady and Bill Belichick took Media Day’s best shots in stride Tuesday.
The Patriots coach has proved himself, but little things still concern him.
Five Super Bowl story lines that have nothing to do with “Deflategate.”