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.


Access Vikings morning walkthrough: August 2

Posted by: Matt Vensel under Vikings, Bears, Lions, NFC, Packers Updated: August 2, 2014 - 7:21 AM

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

WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED

--- The Vikings are pleased with what they have seen from top pick Anthony Barr.

--- The Vikings had a sloppy practice yesterday.

--- Why the heck are the Vikings blaring that bullhorn at practice?

--- The mystery at middle linebacker continues for the Vikings.

--- K Blair Walsh thinks a 33-yard kick is a reasonable distance for the extra point.

TWEET OF THE (YESTER)DAY

AROUND THE NFC NORTH

--- A look at why Lions WR Calvin Johnson is such a nightmare to cover.

--- The Packers haven’t gotten much production from recent first-round picks.

--- The Bears are looking for DE Willie Young to refine his finishing touch.

TODAY’S VIKINGS SCHEDULE

After their 10:30 a.m. morning walkthrough, the Vikings will hold their second night practice of Camp Zimmer at 7:30 p.m. It is not a scrimmage, but there should be live tackling in some drills.

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT

Head coach Mike Zimmer has said on several occasions that tackling ability will be a major determining factor in the battle at safety. And understandably so, because the Vikings had no safeties who ranked in the top 40 in the league in Pro Football Focus' tackling efficiency rating in 2013. Harrison Smith was the team’s most reliable tackler, missing one tackle for every 9.1 attempts and eight total tackles overall. Jamarca Sanford and Andrew Sendejo fared a little worse.

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