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Senior Bowl reports: Players to watch, Zimmer likely to join father

Posted by: Master Tesfatsion under Vikings rookies Updated: January 20, 2014 - 11:14 AM

The Senior Bowl officially began Monday morning here in Mobile, Ala., with players weighing-in before practice later this afternoon.

Adam Zimmer, son of new Vikings coach Mike Zimmer, was spotted here sporting a Vikings hat and sweater.

Adam, who was an assistant defensive backs coach for the Bengals under his father last season, said a deal to bring him here is almost done, but he hasn't signed a contract. Zimmer's role hasn't been determined on the Vikings' staff.

It is believed the Vikings won't announce any coaches until the staff is complete.  The Senior Bowl is peppered with coaches looking for work, so it'll be interesting to see what kind of rumors pop up.

Anyway, based on the Vikings’ possible needs this offseason, here are a few players to watch:

(Complete rosters here)

Quarterback

Derek Carr – Fresno State (6’3, 218 pounds)

Jimmy Garoppolo – Eastern Illinois (6’2, 222 pounds)

Offensive guard

Cyril Richardson – Baylor (6’5, 335 pounds)

Gabe Jackson – Mississippi State (6’4, 335 pounds)

Defensive end

Trent Murphy – Stanford (6’6, 261 pounds)

Kareem Martin – North Carolina (6’6, 265 pounds)

Defensive tackle

Ra’Shede Hageman – Minnesota (6’6, 311 pounds)

Daniel McCullers – Tennessee (6’8, 351 pounds)

Linebacker

Inside linebacker Chris Borland – Wisconsin (5’11, 246 pounds)

Outside linebacker Kyle Van Noy – BYU (6’3, 245 pounds)

Cornerback

Aaron Colvin – Oklahoma (5’11, 182 pounds)

Pierre Desir – Lindenwood (6’2, 206 pounds)

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2014 preseason     
Aug 8 - vs. Oakland 7 pm
Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pm
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pm
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pm
2014 regular season     
Sep 7 - at St. Louis Noon
Sep 14 - vs. New England Noon
Sep 21 - at New Orleans Noon
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pm
Oct 2 - at Green Bay 7:25 pm
Oct 12 - vs. Detroit Noon
Oct 19 - at. Buffalo Noon
Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay Noon
Nov 2 - vs. Washington Noon
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Nov 16 - at Chicago Noon
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay Noon
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina Noon
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