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Mark Craig

Reporter/Columnist | Vikings/NFL
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Mark Craig covers the NFL and the Vikings.
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Craig: Undrafted safety Harris can intercept passes — a Vikings' need

Craig: Undrafted safety Harris can intercept passes — a Vikings' need

Intercepting the opposing quarterback can be a wonderful, game-altering experience. The Vikings should try it more often.
Craig: Lots to like/dislike in NFL draft

Craig: Lots to like/dislike in NFL draft

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
Vikings add Kendricks, Hunter to defense on Day 2 of draft

Vikings add Kendricks, Hunter to defense on Day 2 of draft

The Vikings took UCLA linebacker Eric Kendricks, then added LSU defensive end Danielle Hunter.
Craig: Character issues key story line at draft

Craig: Character issues key story line at draft

Jameis Winston goes No. 1, but others fall down the board.
Chart: First-round projections for Packers, Bears, Lions

Chart: First-round projections for Packers, Bears, Lions

Look for the other NFC North teams to address some beefy needs over flashy skill players
'Trader Rick' Spielman a master of the draft-day deal

'Trader Rick' Spielman a master of the draft-day deal

If history is a guide, GM Rick Spielman has a bit of draft-day razzle-dazzle up his sleeve.
After NFL draft, it's hectic looking for undrafted gems

After NFL draft, it's hectic looking for undrafted gems

Managing the organized chaos that takes place after the NFL draft concludes takes a team effort by the coaching and scouting staffs.
Vikings, others intrigued by college basketball player Ross

Vikings, others intrigued by college basketball player Ross

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.
Judge OKs $1 billion settlement for NFL players' lifetime injuries

Judge OKs $1 billion settlement for NFL players' lifetime injuries

Appeals could delay payment as many are dissatisfied.
Feb. 22: For NFL players, concussions leave legacy of pain, uncertainty

Feb. 22: For NFL players, concussions leave legacy of pain, uncertainty

Settlement of the concussion lawsuit is near, but even those who are accepting it aren’t sure how much they’ll benefit.
NFL Insider: Moss trade looked good for Vikings, at first

NFL Insider: Moss trade looked good for Vikings, at first

McCombs got what he wanted in top-10 pick, starting linebacker — but deal didn’t pay off for Vikings
Draft season means venturing into the great unknown

Draft season means venturing into the great unknown

The days are dwindling before NFL GMs must choose their next crop of promising players.
Chart: Five up, five down in the NFL draft

Chart: Five up, five down in the NFL draft

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…
Peterson cleared to rejoin Vikings, but will he?

Peterson cleared to rejoin Vikings, but will he?

The NFL ended Adrian Peterson's seven-month exile, but pressing questions remain for the future of the Vikings' running back.
Masters foretells Ryder Cup intrigue

Masters foretells Ryder Cup intrigue

Upcoming ’16 showdown at Hazeltine is looking good for the U.S.
Adrian Peterson's fate remains uncertain

Adrian Peterson's fate remains uncertain

NFL spokesman says eligibility decision might not come Wednesday.
Vikings pursuing defensive end Michael Johnson

Vikings pursuing defensive end Michael Johnson

The Vikings were interested in Michael Johnson last year, but he’s suddenly available now.
Craig: Vikings make safe, splashy move for Wallace

Craig: Vikings make safe, splashy move for Wallace

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…
Chart: Moving week in the NFL

Chart: Moving week in the NFL

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…
Vikings trade for talented, turbulent receiver Wallace

Vikings trade for talented, turbulent receiver Wallace

A Vikings' fifth-round pick fetched receiver Mike Wallace, who appeared to wear out his welcome in Miami.
Craig: In NFL free agency, it's buyer beware

Craig: In NFL free agency, it's buyer beware

There are plenty of general managers with cap space to spare who are ready to roll the dice.
Chart: NFL free agents to take or leave

Chart: NFL free agents to take or leave

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…
Craig: Peterson, Vikings need face-to-face talk

Craig: Peterson, Vikings need face-to-face talk

At some point, the battle between Adrian Peterson, the NFL and the Vikings will end. For now, at least the talking can begin.

Hazeltine is a special course for Lehman

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…
Ryder Cup captain Love adds Lehman to staff

Ryder Cup captain Love adds Lehman to staff

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.
Craig: Belichick will retire. Someday. Maybe.

Craig: Belichick will retire. Someday. Maybe.

With four Lombardi Trophies in six tries, the Patriots coach shows no signs of slowing down, even at age 62.
Brady, Butler catapult Patriots to fourth Super Bowl crown

Brady, Butler catapult Patriots to fourth Super Bowl crown

The Patriots’ legacies were pumped up by big plays down the stretch.
Kevin Williams' big play was all for naught

Kevin Williams' big play was all for naught

Former Viking’s stop could have been game-winner .
Pete Carroll, Bill Belichick tethered in time

Pete Carroll, Bill Belichick tethered in time

Once upon a time the Patriots fired Pete Carroll to hire Bill Belichick. Sunday they meet as head coaches in the Super Bowl.
Long wait is over: Tingelhoff elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame

Long wait is over: Tingelhoff elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame

In his 32nd year of eligibility, former Vikings center Mick Tingelhoff is in the NFL Hall of Fame
Mick Tingelhoff on verge of finally making NFL Hall of Fame

Mick Tingelhoff on verge of finally making 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.
Pro Football Hall of Fame finalists

Pro Football Hall of Fame finalists

The Pro Football Hall of Fame could add as many as eight members Saturday.
Bridgewater wins fan-vote rookie of the year; eager to play in Super Bowl someday

Bridgewater wins fan-vote rookie of the year; eager to play in Super Bowl someday

Teddy Bridgewater said he wants to play at his next Super Bowl.
Former Viking Farwell turns injury into internship

Former Viking Farwell turns injury into internship

Special-teams standout thought his days were numbered in Seattle, but they made him a ‘coach.’
Craig: Gronkowski is a big man on a big stage

Craig: Gronkowski is a big man on a big stage

The Pats’ 6-6, 265-pound mismatch is hard to keep up with either way.
Craig: Seahawks defense bids to be the best

Craig: Seahawks defense bids to be the best

Fans of the ’76 Steelers or ’85 Bears might disagree, but the stingy Seahawks defense is on the verge of a best-ever season.
Revis? Sherman? Who's the fairest cornerback of all?

Revis? Sherman? Who's the fairest cornerback of all?

Brandon Browner isn’t saying, but he’s played with — and been impressed by — Darrelle Revis and Richard Sherman.
Ex-Viking Williams soaks in the Super Bowl scene

Ex-Viking Williams soaks in the Super Bowl scene

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.
Craig: Ringmasters Brady, Belichick rule Media Day circus

Craig: Ringmasters Brady, Belichick rule Media Day circus

New England's Tom Brady and Bill Belichick took Media Day’s best shots in stride Tuesday.
Craig: Despite success, Belichick still worries about little things

Craig: Despite success, Belichick still worries about little things

The Patriots coach has proved himself, but little things still concern him.
Mark Craig's Super Bowl story lines

Mark Craig's Super Bowl story lines

Five Super Bowl story lines that have nothing to do with “Deflategate.”
Craig: Conference finalists put early hiccups far in the past

Craig: Conference finalists put early hiccups far in the past

It proved premature to write off any of the four teams playing for a Super Bowl berth this weekend.
Spielman wants Peterson back for Vikings

Spielman wants Peterson back for Vikings

Vikings GM Rick Spielman defended Adrian Peterson’s character and indicated that traditional assumptions regarding the viability of a running back who turns 30 on March 21 don’t apply to the 2012 NFL MVP.
Craig: Packers' Rodgers adds toughness to his traits

Craig: Packers' Rodgers adds toughness to his traits

Aaron Rodgers ignored a torn calf muscle to inspire the Packers to a playoff victory over the Cowboys.

Chart: NFL conference championship schedule

Green Bay atSeattleNFC Championship2:05 p.m. • TV: Ch. 9 Indianapolis atNew EnglandAFC Championship5:40 p.m. • TV: Ch. 4Super Bowl XLIXFeb. 1…
Craig: Rodgers always gives Packers an edge

Craig: Rodgers always gives Packers an edge

The Green Bay quarterback’s numbers are hard to believe.
Craig: In the NFL playoffs earning a rest is no longer best

Craig: In the NFL playoffs earning a rest is no longer best

A first-round bye used to help, but NFL winners come from that wild-card round now.

Chart: Who needs rest in the NFL playoffs?

WHO NEEDS REST? Six of the past nine Super Bowl champions have played on wild-card weekend.   Pittsburgh (2005 season): No. 6 seed’s only close…
There's another Carter working out for Vikings at receiver

There's another Carter working out for Vikings at receiver

WR Duron Carter, son of Vikings Hall of Famer Cris, is seeking an NFL job. He is scheduled to work out for the Vikings on Friday.
NFL Insider: Running backs take on new importance

NFL Insider: Running backs take on new importance

The NFL remains a passing league, but running backs have had a big impact for many playoff teams.

Mark Craig's NFL Playoff Picks

MARK CRAIG’S PLAYOFF PICKS WILD-CARD ROUND NFC: No. 6 Lions 31, No. 3 Cowboys 24; No. 4 Panthers 24, No. 5 Cardinals 17 AFC: No.…
Chart: Ranking the NFL playoff teams

Chart: Ranking the NFL playoff teams

Ranking the six teams in each conference by statistics alters the playoff picture.
Craig: Turner-Bridgewater tandem in it for long run

Craig: Turner-Bridgewater tandem in it for long run

Norv Turner is committed to his system, the Vikings.
Vikings' offensive coordinator Turner: Family man, football man (July 19)

Vikings' offensive coordinator Turner: Family man, football man (July 19)

Norv Turner tries to take after his late mother — grace under pressure -- as he enters his 30th season in the NFL.
Mark Craig's Five Extra Points

Mark Craig's Five Extra Points

A look back at Sunday's season finale.
Cole steps up for injured Greenway, who wants to return in '15

Cole steps up for injured Greenway, who wants to return in '15

“His heart was big,” his elated coach said.
Greenway questionable for Sunday

Greenway questionable for Sunday

Despite missing practice all week, the Vikings listed their veteran weakside linebacker as only questionable with a right knee injury heading into Sunday’s season finale against the Bears at TCF Bank Stadium.
Craig: And the NFL awards go to ...

Craig: And the NFL awards go to ...

A game remains, but some award-winners are obvious and some are yet developing.

NFL games of the week

CAR at ATL 3:25 Sunday, Ch. 4Winner takes the AFC South and gets a home playoff game. Loser gets nada.DET at GB 3:25 p.m. Sunday,…
Mark Craig's focus on five NFL story lines

Mark Craig's focus on five NFL story lines

FOCUS ON FIVE STORY LINES1 Losers can be winners sometimes Carolina at AtlantaNo team in the NFC South will have a winning…

Playoffs to feature from four to six new teams from 2014

Four teams that didn’t make the playoffs a year ago already have clinched a postseason berth this season. Only one more is needed in the…

Mark Craig's Week 17 picks

CRAIG’S LISTIt’s a good thing we handed out our Christmas presents a week early. The Panthers liked their Johnny Manziel chew toy and the Eagles…
Bridgewater throw shows off huge potential

Bridgewater throw shows off huge potential

Teddy Bridgewater’s gorgeous toss to Greg Jennings last week highlighted the QB’s rapid progress.
Craig: Vikings receive sack for early end-of-season awards

Craig: Vikings receive sack for early end-of-season awards

A look at the Vikings’ team award winners.

Mark Craig's Week 17 NFL power rankings

Week 17 Power Rankings 1. Seahawks 11-4 2. Patriots 12-3 3. Cowboys 11-4 4. Lions 11-4 5. Packers 11-4 6. Bengals 10-4-1 7. Broncos 11-4…
Craig: Vikings' receiver Johnson says Manziel is misjudged

Craig: Vikings' receiver Johnson says Manziel is misjudged

Charles Johnson is the only NFL player to catch passes from Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater. Johnson was in Cleveland, where he saw preseason action as a backup alongside Manziel, before the Vikings signed him off of the practice squad.
Mark Craig's Five Extra Points

Mark Craig's Five Extra Points

Takeaways from Sunday's game in Miami.
Vikings special teams experience high, then low

Vikings special teams experience high, then low

The long snapper’s previous record had been impeccable.
Focus on five Week 16 NFL story lines

Focus on five Week 16 NFL story lines

What to watch in Week 16

Mark Craig's Week 16 NFL picks

Week 16 picks
Felton unlikely to return to Vikings

Felton unlikely to return to Vikings

Jerome Felton will be 29 next year and is due to make $2.5 million, none of which is guaranteed or would count against the salary cap if he’s cut.
Barr's 'B-minus' Vikings season concludes a month early

Barr's 'B-minus' Vikings season concludes a month early

Anthony Barr's promising rookie season is over. He will have minor knee surgery soon and is expected to make a speedy recovery.

NFL Chatter: Patterson needs time to run routes

NFL short takes

NFL games of the week

IND at DAL 3:25 p.m. Sunday, Ch. 4The Colts have clinched the playoffs, and the Cowboys could if things fall right.SEA at ARI 7:20 p.m.…
Sullivan another in long line of quality Vikings centers

Sullivan another in long line of quality Vikings centers

John Sullivan wanted to be a cornerback but except for a one-year stint at tackle his sophomore year in high school, he has been a center from age 10 up.
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