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: July 31

Posted by: Matt Vensel Updated: July 31, 2014 - 7:54 AM

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

WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED

--- Sharrif Floyd is leaner in his second season, but will he be meaner?

--- QB Teddy Bridgewater and OLB Anthony Barr got first-team reps yesterday.

--- Norv Turner says the preseason will weigh heavily in the quarterback decision.

--- The injury bug is starting to bite the Vikings, particular their secondary.

--- Jerome Felton says that if the Vikings plan to use a fullback, he’ll be the guy.

TWEET OF THE (YESTER)DAY

AROUND THE NFC NORTH

--- The Lions aren’t worried that injured DE Ziggy Ansah is falling behind.

--- The Packers signed general manager Ted Thompson to an extension.

--- WR Brandon Marshall thinks QB Jay Cutler could be the NFL MVP.

TODAY’S VIKINGS SCHEDULE

The Vikings are back to their normal schedule, with their walkthrough at 10:30 a.m. and their afternoon practice at 3 p.m. Head coach Mike Zimmer and wide-out Greg Jennings will be on the podium.

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT

Every NFL team is looking to get younger and cheaper -- well, except for maybe the Redskins or Raiders -- and the Vikings are no exception. The team has just eight players on its 90-man roster who are 30 or older. The oldest is long snapper Cullen Loeffler at 33. Guard Joe Berger is 32. Quarterback Matt Cassel, outside linebacker Chad Greenway and defensive end Brian Robison are all 31.

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