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The towering lineman had been a punishing run blocker and one of the NFL's finest right tackles before a string of injuries brought his career to a halt.
Rookie Laquon Treadwell seems an ideal fit for the game-altering pass play offensive coordinator Norv Turner is associated with.
On any given Sunday, fans attending a Vikings game at U.S. Bank Stadium can tap into top-notch technology to enhance their game-day experience.
"He's not making mental errors — very, very few mental errors," Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said of wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson.
In 2015, Teddy Bridgewater was accurate on only 37.5 percent of passes that went at least 20 yards beyond the line of scrimmage, which ranked 23rd in the NFL.
Agent Brian Murphy's connection with Vikings GM Rick Spielman got the wheels turning on Smith's deal.
The Vikings made Smith the NFL's highest-paid safety. Now he is putting pressure on himself to make them look good for doing it.
Harrison Smith, fresh off his first Pro Bowl season, is one of the NFL's best safeties. On Monday morning, the Vikings agreed to start paying him like one.
"When they drafted that guy, it lit a fire under me again," Vikings veteran cornerback Captain Munnerlyn said of Minnesota selecting Mackensie Alexander in the second round of the draft.
Former Wisconsin QB Joel Stave was not selected during last month's NFL draft, but the Vikings made it a priority to sign him as a rookie free agent.
Last season, Adrian Peterson was named a first-team All-Pro because he again led the league in rushing. But on critical third-down plays when the Vikings needed to pass, he often stood on the sideline.
Mackensie Alexander joined his immigrant parents in the fields on weekends during his teenage years, sometimes working 18-hour shifts just to take home a modest payday.
The options will keep Xavier Rhodes and Sharrif Floyd under team control through 2017. But Cordarrelle Patterson will be a free agent after this season.
Rick Spielman acquired a pair of midround picks in next year's draft and several players who probably will see the field in 2016 only if they stand out on special teams.
The Vikings' clear focus was improving Teddy Bridgewater's supporting cast after coach Mike Zimmer's defense pulled the Vikings and their 29th-ranked offense as far as they could go in 2015.
In Clemson cornerback Mackensie Alexander, the Vikings are getting a confident cover man who declared at the NFL scouting combine that he was the best cornerback in the draft.
Mississippi's Laquon Treadwell had 82 catches for 1,153 yards last year as a junior, including three touchdowns against Oklahoma State in a Sugar Bowl victory.
The obvious choice is for the Vikings to take a wide receiver in Thursday night's first round of the NFL draft. But here's a look at other areas where the team has needs.
At one safety spot, the Vikings have one of the NFL's best in Harrison Smith, a versatile playmaker who soon could be among the league's highest paid, too. That other spot, though, has been a source of frustration
Pass-catchers are a tricky lot. They're not always what they seem.
The home opener is one of five scheduled national games for the Vikings in 2016. That includes four games in prime time, three of them at U.S. Bank Stadium.
The Vikings' revamped offensive line was the most popular topic of conversation for coach Mike Zimmer on Wednesday as the NFL owners meetings wrapped up…
Andre Smith couldn't pin down one reason why he signed with the Vikings.Speaking on a conference call Friday, Smith first said he was just…
The Vikings added another proven starter to the mix on their offensive line, setting up what could be a three-way battle at right tackle.
Mike Wallace didn't grumble about his role in the NFL's 29th-ranked offense or his quarterback during his underwhelming 2015 season with the Vikings. But…
Smith could still end up agreeing to join the Vikings. But the free-agent offensive tackle plans to visit Arizona first. Tampa Bay is reportedly interested in him, too.
"It's simple as that," Lamur said of why he became a Viking. The 6-4, 245-pound linebacker was a backup at both outside spots under Zimmer in their one full season together and had a role in the nickel package.
The Vikings might not have made one cannonball-type signing, but on the first day of the 2016 league year, they added four new players.
Wide receiver Mike Wallace's release gave the Vikings more than enough salary cap space to sign a few significant free agents, should they choose to do so.
Right tackle Phil Loadholt, whose spot on the roster was in doubt because of age, injury and a high salary cap figure, agreed to a pay cut remain with the Vikings on Monday, according to a source.
They arrived at Winter Park mostly from little-known schools such as American International, Knox and Hobart. They squeezed into purple spandex shirts with only a…
Since few NFL teams follow the college craze, analysis is a pro challenge.
The Vikings will be looking for playmakers of any shape and size this offseason after they ranked 31st in both passing yards and touchdown passes in 2015.
The doctor who examined Everson Griffen after the Pro Bowl decided that surgery was not necessary at this time.
Vikings GM Rick Spielman relies on analytics at the NFL combine, which is underway in Indianapolis.
Vikings GM Rick Spielman said the Vikings spent nearly 13 hours in one day evaluating this year's class of pas rushers.
For the first time in six years, the Vikings come to the scouting combine as reigning NFC North champs. Holes on the roster remain, though, starting with an underperforming offensive line.
The Super Bowl is over, so here are seven pressing questions for the Vikings as the offseason officially kicks off.
Vikings tackle says he'll be ready by spring, despite uncertain contract status.
Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, outside linebacker Anthony Barr and safety Harrison Smith were added to the Pro Bowl roster as injury replacements on Monday.
It's unclear what the former Browns head coach will do for Mike Zimmer.
The head coach expects better results on that side of the ball after the Vikings finished 29th in total yards and 16th in scoring this past season.
One man's prediction for Sunday's wild-card playoff game.
Vikings unit is out to redeem itself, weeks after Seattle shredded a depleted corps.
Linval Joseph returned to practice on Wednesday, and Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is hopeful that his big nose tackle will be able to play in Sunday's wild-card round game.
Teddy Bridgewater completed only one of his first five passes in the season finale and never seemed to recover.
Adam Thielen left the Vikings' 20-13 victory over the Packers on Sunday when he aggravated a left shoulder injury, but not before making two big plays for his team.
Harrison Smith still does not get much recognition nationally, though that could soon change with the Vikings set to make their first playoff appearance since his rookie season.
One man's prediction for Sunday night's game.
Waynes did not see the field on defense in four of his first seven NFL games. But in his past seven games, he has averaged 20.3 defensive snaps per game.
Teddy Bridgewater's evolving game buoys the Vikings' hopes against the Packers
The team knows what it needs to do to win at Green Bay on Sunday.
The Vikings are playing their final regular-season game at TCF Bank Stadium against a Giants team with nothing to play for and without its star receiver.
The rookie middle linebacker insists his youthful play helped his NFL game.
Running back Adrian Peterson marked his return to the Vikings after a long NFL suspension by being selected to his seventh career Pro Bowl.
Reinforcements could soon arrive: Linval Joseph, Harrison Smith and Anthony Barr appear close to returning
One man's prediction for Sunday.
After fumbling once in last week's 23-20 loss to the Cardinals, Peterson has seven fumbles, most among non-quarterbacks, losing three of them. Only two running backs have lost more.
Six rookies started the game against Arizona, the most in the 55-season history of the franchise and moves made out of necessity.
The battered Vikings gave the Cardinals a game in prime-time Thursday. But a late Teddy Bridgewater fumble in the final seconds sealed a loss in Arizona.
Injuries at safety forced the Vikings to rearrange their secondary Thursday night against the league-leading offense of the Arizona Cardinals.
Carson Palmer and the Cardinals look to win a shootout in the desert Thursday night. And the shorthanded Vikings, without three of their best defenders because of injuries, might be powerless to stop them.
One man's prediction for Thursday night's game at Arizona.
The Vikings practiced without four safeties, two linebackers and a nose tackle on Monday and it'll be at least a few weeks until safety Antone Exum Jr. is back on the field.
Sunday's dud was yet another reminder that the Vikings, even at 8-4 and in a first-place tie with the Packers, need to start beating the big boys in the league if they want to join their ranks.
In November, Adrian Peterson rushed for 634 yards, more than he had in the previous two months combined, to gallop out to a commanding lead in the race for the NFL's rushing title.
The Seahawks took to the read-option craze early, and they're still reaping the offense's benefits.
The Vikings are winning because of their commitment to the run through all four quarters, even if they aren't scoring many style points
The Vikings were already without one starting safety when they boarded the team charter to Atlanta on Saturday. They lost their other one in the second quarter.
One man's prediction for Sunday's game.
The veteran lineman has rated as one of the NFL's best filling in at center.
Four days before Sunday's road matchup against the Atlanta Falcons, Harrison Smith downplayed concerns about the severity of his injury.
Coach Mike Zimmer doesn't want the Vikings' glum mood to linger.
Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers aren't quite ready to give up control of the NFC North. The young Vikings weren't poised enough to take it from them either.
One man's prediction for Sunday's game.
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