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: Spielman, Crocker, depth and more

Posted by: Matt Vensel under Vikings, Bears, Lions, NFC, Packers, Super Bowl, Brett Favre Updated: August 5, 2014 - 7:41 AM

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

WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED

--- GM Rick Spielman has made this roster young again.

--- Chris Crocker's arrival is not a good sign for the team's safety depth.

--- The Vikings activated S Andrew Sendejo from the PUP list.

--- Here's our best guess at what Mike Zimmer's depth chart would look like.

TWEET OF THE (YESTER)DAY

AROUND THE NFC NORTH

--- Brett Favre is "truly honored" to be heading into the Packers Hall of Fame.

--- Marquess Wilson, the Bears’ No. 3 WR, fractured his clavicle in practice.

--- Lions RB Reggie Bush is determined to stay productive.

TODAY’S VIKINGS SCHEDULE

The Vikings are back to their normal routine, with a 10:30 a.m. walkthrough and a padded practice that starts at 3:30 p.m. Coordinators Norv Turner and George Edwards are scheduled to talk.

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT

As the folks at Football Outsiders pointed out in this recent ESPN piece, at least one team has gone from worst to first in its respective division in each of the past 11 seasons. So what are the odds the Vikings can do it in 2014? Based on their simulations, Football Outsiders says they have a 12.9 percent chance, the third-worst odds among the eight last-place finishers from 2013. Of course, as their projections show, anything is possible. Even the Raiders winning the Super Bowl.

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