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 1

Posted by: Master Tesfatsion Updated: August 1, 2014 - 8:25 AM

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

WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED

-- Rookie cornerback Jabari Price has made a good impression on head coach Mike Zimmer so far.

-- The Vikings met with a five-team officiating crew to discuss the rule changes this year.

-- Rookie defensive tackle Isame Faciane anxious for the first preseason game.

-- Zimmer will continue to install plays for most of August leading up to the season opener.

-- Wide receiver Jarius Wright mixing in with the first team.

TWEET OF THE (YESTER)DAY

AROUND THE NFC NORTH

-- Lions coaching staff tweaking quarterback Matthew Stafford’s game.

-- Packers still seeking production from recent first-round picks.

-- Linebacker Lance Briggs wants to retire a Bear.

TODAY’S VIKINGS SCHEDULE

It’s a normal schedule with the walkthrough at 10:30 a.m. and practice at 3:00 p.m. on Friday.

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT

Wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson had just 446 snaps last season but finished tied for 20th with 10 missed tackles among wide receivers. Nobody had fewer snaps in the top 20 than Patterson, with Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones with the second fewest snaps, 555, and just 13 missed tackles. Former Seahawks and current Lions wide receiver Golden Tate led the lead with 21 missed tackles in 790 snaps. Patterson should receive double the amount of snaps he got last year and has a chance to lead wide receivers in that category.

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