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Andrew Krammer

Reporter | Minnesota Vikings
Location: Minneapolis
Other languages: None

Andrew Krammer covers the Vikings for the Star Tribune, entering his sixth NFL season. From the Metrodome to U.S. Bank Stadium, he's reported on everything from Case Keenum's Minneapolis Miracle, the offensive line's kangaroo court to Adrian Peterson's suspension.

Krammer, a 2013 graduate of the University of Minnesota's Journalism program, got his start covering local news through internships for the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press in St. Paul. Krammer was born on the east coast, raised on the west coast and ended up in the middle. He transitioned to his first love, sports, by taking over the Vikings beat at 1500 ESPN in Minneapolis prior to joining the Star Tribune's coverage in July 2016. You can find him at a local barbecue joint, Anytime Fitness or national park (during the Vikings' offseason).
Recent content from Andrew Krammer
The second half of the schedule has the Vikings playing (clockwise from top left) a Monday night Week 10 game in Chicago vs. Kahlil Mack and the Bears

Road games after short week to test Vikings again in 2020

The Vikings are one of a handful of teams that, at least on paper in May, got the short end of the NFL's schedule quirks.
The 49ers and Cardinals, above in a 2019 game, will open the season against each other in an early NFC West showdown.

Five things to ponder from the NFL's 2020 schedule

While all major sports leagues have been delayed indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic, the NFL is hopeful to kick off the season as usual Sept. 10
Kirk Cousins and Dalvin Cook were key figures in the Vikings offense last season.

Vikings training camp roster pretty well set. Here's the depth chart

Seven starters from last year's playoff team will not return to the Vikings in 2020, creating opportunity for rookie newcomers and veteran holdovers alike.
K.J. Osborn had a modest senior season as a receiver at Miami but really shined in punt returns, averaging 15.9 yards.

'Good player, even better person.' Osborn seeks bigger stage with Vikings

Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman said K.J. Osborn, the team's fifth-round draft choice, is a well-rounded receiver, returner and leader lauded after only one season for Miami.
Texas A&M wide receiver Quartney Davis celebrates after catching a touchdown pass during the seventh overtime against LSU in 2018.

Undrafted rookies: Getting Diggs' number, following teammates, a Viking's son

Undrafted free agent Quartney Davis of Texas A&M said it's an honor to inherit the No. 14 that Stefon Diggs wore with the Vikings.
Vikings draft picks and undrafted free agents gathered for a rookie minicamp last season at TCO Performance Center in Eagan. This year, camp will be r

Zooming in: Virtual minicamp will be first challenge for Vikings rookies

Veterans have been in the Vikings' online chat rooms since Monday meeting with Mike Zimmer and position coaches. Rookies will have three days of their own next week.
Undrafted receiver Quartney Davis from Texas A&M is coming to the Minnesota Vikings for $100,000 guaranteed, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Vikings' undrafted free agents include Texas A&M receiver, ex-player's son

The Vikings reportedly outbid the Dallas Cowboys for undrafted receiver Quartney Davis, who is getting a $100,000 guarantee from the team.
Boise State offensive lineman Ezra Cleveland

Spielman: Vikings' guard spots wide open for 2020

The Vikings added three offensive linemen with 15 picks during the NFL draft, filling out the initial list of candidates for what General Manager Rick Spielman anticipates to be a "wide-open" race this summer
Vikings GM Rick Spielman worked the draft from his home.

Piling them up: Trade gives Vikings 13 picks going into draft's final day

With the Vikings' first picks Friday, they addressed needs by drafting tackle Ezra Cleveland and cornerback Cameron Dantzler. Then they traded the 105th pick and received four back.

Packers' pick of Utah State QB Love was stunner of first round

A team that went 13-3 and advanced to the NFC Championship Game just three months ago looked years down the road and selected a quarterback of the future while ignoring the biggest need.

Day 2 outlook: Vikings still need help on offensive line

General Manager Rick Spielman has three picks — No. 58 (second round), No. 89 (third round) and No. 105 (third round) — on Friday night to further repair the roster.
Safety Anthony Harris remains with the Vikings for now, but teams remain in contact with Rick Spielman about acquiring the safety.

Virtual draft hiccups no worry to Vikings GM Spielman

Extensive back channels are set up to ensure a fluid operation, according to Rick Spielman, while Vikings brass has spent the past month between player research and virtual test runs of systems in their homes.
There's plenty of depth at wide receiver in this year's NFL draft, including (clockwise from top left) LSU's Justin Jefferson, Clemson's Tee Higgins,

Big batch of receivers, past failures mean Vikings can be patient in their picks

The highly anticipated class has been compared to the star-studded 2014 group of Odell Beckham Jr., Mike Evans, Davante Adams, Allen Robinson and Jarvis Landry.
St. John's offensive lineman Ben Bartch.

St. John's tackle Ben Bartch could be a basement bargain in NFL draft

The 6-6, 309-pound offensive lineman, who could be selected as high as the second round, has been busy training out of his makeshift gym.
Trae Waynes (26) signed as a high-priced free agent with the Bengals, meaning the Vikings will get a compensatory pick in the draft next year.

Vikings should get at least two compensatory picks for 2021 draft

After last month's free-agent exodus, the Vikings are again positioned well to reap draft capital for departed talent in the 2021 draft.
Vikings tackle Rashod Hill.

Vikings re-sign tackle Rashod Hill; Andrew Sendejo heads to Browns

Hill has been a fill-in on the offensive line for the past three seasons; Sendejo will rejoin familiar faces in Cleveland.
Mackensie Alexander (20) celebrated after a tackle of Cardinals tight end Charles Clay (85) during a preseason game last year at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Who'll play cornerback? Alexander latest defensive back to leave Vikings

The Vikings will need all new starting cornerbacks with the departures of Mackensie Alexander and Trae Waynes, and Xavier Rhodes' release last week.
Linval Joseph

Former Vikings tackle Linval Joseph to sign with Chargers

Joseph, the first free agent the Vikings signed after Mike Zimmer became head coach in 2014, was an anchor of the team's run defense.
C.J. Ham.

Vikings sign Ham and Colquitt, tag Harris and tender Eric Wilson

Ham, who made the Pro Bowl after last season, gets a four-year deal worth $12.25 million.
Antoine Winfield Jr. met the press at the NFL Scouting Combine on Friday.

Antoine Winfield Jr. mirrors his father, and that's a good thing

The Gophers defensive back should be a high NFL pick, although injury questions could slide him out of the first round.
Gophers linebackers Carter Coughlin, right, and Kamal Martin, braved the cold and shared a hug while they were warming up before the Wisconsin game la

Gophers buddies Coughlin, Martin preparing together for NFL draft

The former Gophers linebackers and childhood friends, who are both from the Minneapolis suburbs, are trying to prove to teams they're worth being picked in April's draft.
Alabama defensive back Trevon Diggs

NFL draft class deep at cornerback, where Vikings have free-agency scenarios to resolve

With five pending free agents in the secondary, including three corners, the Vikings might be open to taking another cornerback in the early rounds of the draft, regardless of what they do in free agency.
Mike Zimmer at the NFL Combine on Wednesday.

Zimmer on Griffen: 'We'd like to keep him' with Vikings

Mike Zimmer said the Vikings hope to have Everson Griffen, who opted out of his contract, stay with the team. He made it sound like keeping safety Anthony Harris isn't as high of a priority.
Tyler Johnson warmed up before the Gophers’ game at Northwestern on Nov. 23.

U's Johnson sitting out combine tests as he prepares for draft

Tyler Johnson won't participate in Thursday night's NFL combine athletic tests. "I'm not where I want to be right now," he said.
Mike Zimmer, at his seventh combine as Vikings coach, and General Manager Rick Spielman will oversee several critical parts of team operations happeni

Vikings' NFL combine challenges much deeper than looking at talent

Coach Mike Zimmer and General Manager Rick Spielman will oversee several critical parts of team operations happening simultaneously in Indianapolis this week.
Defensive coordinator George Edwards won't be back as defensive coordinator after six seasons of working for coach Mike Zimmer.

Vikings need new coordinators with Stefanski leaving, Edwards let go

Kevin Stefanski is becoming Cleveland's head coach and George Edwards won't be back as defensive coordinator. "A situation that's probably for the best," coach Mike Zimmer said.
Defensive end Everson Griffen and his Vikings teammates cleaned out their lockers on Sunday at TCO Performance Center in Eagan.

Griffen hopes to return to Vikings but faces uncertainty

Griffen, 32, is a free agent, as his restructured contract voided the final three years after he reached performance and playing-time benchmarks this season.
Nick Bosa talked to reporters after the game.

Vikings say Bosa's illegal hit on O'Neill was a cheap shot

Nick Bosa, who had two sacks on Kirk Cousins and a pass deflection, delivered a blindside blow to offensive tackle Brian O'Neill after a third-quarter interception.
Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) was tacked for no gain in the first quarter by San Francisco 49ers linebacker Dre Greenlaw (57) .

San Francisco fries Vikings run game, holds Cook to 26 yards

The Vikings' first two fruitless handoffs foretold running back Dalvin Cook's nearly silent game during Saturday's 27-10 playoff loss.
Kirk Cousins tossed to Dalvin Cook during the Vikings’ victory Sunday.

Zimmer on Cousins: Time to tell people 'he's our guy'

The quarterback got a game ball after leading his team past the Saints in Sunday's playoff game.
A group of dejected Saints fans showed their displeasure following Sunday's win by the Vikings in New Orleans.

Saints fans unhappy with non-call on Vikings winning touchdown

Kyle Rudolph caught a touchdown pass in overtime after some pushing with Saints cornerback P.J. Williams.
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) fumbled the ball int he fist quarter after he was tackled by New Orleans Saints cornerback Janoris J

Thielen flushes away early mistake, sparks Vikings in victory

On the sideline, Adam Thielen mimed the motion of flushing a toilet after a fumble in the first minutes of the game. It was a move learned during college in Mankato.
Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook celebrated after he ran the ball into the end zone for a touchdown in the second quarter.

'Fresh' Cook gets a big workload after missing two games for Vikings

After missing two games, Dalvin Cook on Sunday had 31 touches, one short of his career high.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas

Saints' receiver Thomas presents 'all kinds of problems' to shorthanded Vikings defense

All-Pro receiver Michael Thomas set an NFL record with 149 receptions during the regular season, good for a league-leading 1,725 yards and nine touchdowns.
Eric Kendricks recovered a fumble against the Packers on Dec. 23 at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Big question for Vikings: Will Eric Kendricks play against Saints?

The veteran linebacker was limited with reps at the team's practice Thursday.
Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs says he's often asked about the "Minneapolis Miracle" -- his 61-yard touchdown reception on the game's final play to bea

'Minneapolis Miracle' mostly a memory for Vikings, Saints

Sean Payton notes varied factors; Stefon Diggs' current reaction is tepid.
Vikings running back Dalvin Cook joked with cornerback Mackensie Alexander on Sunday, when Alexander had to play vs. the Bears but Cook didn’t.

Vikings' Cook says he is feeling good after two weeks off

A healthier Dalvin Cook, and potentially Alexander Mattison, has Vikings coach Mike Zimmer feeling a revitalized run game can solve a couple problems against the Saints.
Vikings running back Mike Boone broke free on the game’s first snap for a 59-yard gain against the Bears on Sunday, then lost a fumble on the second

Boone has roller-coaster day in second Vikings start

Vikings running back Mike Boone ran for 148 yards, but also had a fumble, a bobble leading to an INT and was tackled for a safety to sully his performance.
Vikings kicker Dan Bailey connected on a field goal in the fourth quarter.

Bailey cashes in for $1 million after four field goals vs. Bears

Dan Bailey, who finished the regular season making 27 of 29 field goal attempts (93%), doubled his salary with a $1 million incentive for clearing a 90% threshold established in his one-year contract.
Vikings defensive end Stephen Weatherly, who has filled in as an interior rusher, wants to make a case to stay with the team in the regular-season fin

Vikings reserves facing free agency strive to make impression Sunday

Snaps will be meaningful against the Bears for backups hoping to stay with the team.
Running back Mike Boone (23) is expected to get his second start for the Vikings on Sunday against the Bears. He had 11 carries for only 28 yards in M

Boone expected to make second start for Vikings against Bears

The second-year running back had 11 carries for only 28 yards in Monday night's loss to the Packers.
Vikings fullback C.J. Ham’s honored his mother during halftime against the Lions on Dec. 8 at U.S. Bank Stadium. He gave daughter Skylar, 3, a kiss.

Returning the faith: C.J. Ham a rock in mother's cancer battle

Tina Ham was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer earlier this year, and her son has been one of her greatest sources of strength.
Minnesota Vikings middle linebacker Eric Kendricks (54) was treated by trainers on the field after recovering a fumble in the second quarter.

Injury knocks linebacker Kendricks out of game in second quarter

Eric Kendricks' breakout season had continued in the first half when he recovered two Packers fumbles. But he left the game after the second one.
Vikings running back Dalvin Cook before Sunday's game.

Vikings' Dalvin Cook might miss last two regular-season games

The standout running back might finish the regular season on the sidelines before returning in the playoffs.
Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers talks to Minnesota Vikings' Kirk Cousins after an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, in Green Bay, Wis. The Pa

Vikings-Packers showdown: high stakes, plot twists and ... popcorn?

Minnesota is 5-5-1 in the Border Battle under Mike Zimmer and even he sounded amped up talking about Monday night's game at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Vikings running back Mike Boone (23) celebrated after scoring his second touchdown on the fourth quarter on Sunday.

Little-used Boone making the most of his opportunity with Vikings

The Vikings' rushing attack, the foundation of their offense, didn't crumble when Dalvin Cook went down clutching his left shoulder during Sunday's victory against the Chargers.
Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes left Sunday's game with an injury in the second quarter but later returned

Vikings' cornerback rotation continues in victory over Chargers

Even when Xavier Rhodes returned in the second half from a calf injury, which he said after the game was "good," he continued to cede snaps to cornerbacks Mike Hughes and Holton Hill.
Chargers running back Austin Ekeler fumbled the ball after being hit by Vikings middle linebacker Eric Kendricks

Vikings lock in on turnover-prone Chargers, make seven takeaways

The Vikings defense on Sunday intercepted Philip Rivers three times, and returned a fumble for a score.
Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes, beaten by Denver’s Courtland Sutton for a reception on Nov. 17, has no guaranteed money left beyond this season on

Vikings cornerbacks headed toward turning points

When the Vikings rotate cornerbacks Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes and Mackensie Alexander for practical reasons during games, symbolism is in play too.
After his second consecutive limited practice, Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen said he’s in a “good spot” coming back from a right hamstring

Vikings' Thielen runs drills, routes in working up to game speed

The wide receiver says he's in a "good spot" coming back from a hamstring injury, but it's still uncertain if he'll play Sunday against the Chargers.
Adam Thielen

Thielen, Rhodes, Hughes all practice on limited basis for Vikings

It's a a sign all three players could be available Sunday for the Vikings in Los Angeles.
Everson Griffen (97) of the Vikings sacked Lions quarterback David Blough (10) in the fourth quarter Sunday while Jaleel Johnson (94) piled on.

Eight men in: Vikings have success with big defensive line rotation

An eight-man defensive line rotation contributed to the Vikings' win against the Lions, and those role players could continue to be vital in the next few weeks.
Harrison Smith, left, and Eric Kendricks of the Vikings stopped Lions tight end Jesse James during the fourth quarter.

Smith's interception helps Vikings extend takeaway streak

The Vikings on Sunday had two interceptions - by Harrison Smith and later Andrew Sendejo - giving the team a turnover for the ninth consecutive game.
Dalvin Cook scored on a 3-yard run in the second quarter for the Vikings on Sunday.

Injured Cook 'good to go' after full work load Sunday for Vikings

Despite a painful shoulder malady, Dalvin Cook on Sunday carried the ball 20 times until sitting out the final quarter.
Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen held his right hamstring as he walked of the field at Detroit on Oct. 20

Thielen misses practice again; expected to miss fourth straight game

The Vikings officially deemed Adam Thielen's status as doubtful against Detroit after he was sidelined throughout three practices this week
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson had his pass swatted down by Armon Watts setting Anthony Harris up for an interception

Rookie Watts makes big impression, ready to make bigger impact

Defensive lineman Armon Watts' pass deflection resulted in an interception that was returned for a touchdown. "He's got a really good future," coach Mike Zimmer said.
Vikings running back Dalvin Cook

Cook says he can play despite pain; Zimmer says 'we'll see how it goes'

Vikings running back Dalvin Cook aggravated a shoulder injury he suffered Nov. 17 against the Broncos and although he said he wants to play coach Mike Zimmer said, "we're not going to play a guy that's hurt."
Vikings running back Dalvin Cook was tackled by Seahawks defensive back Quandre Diggs during the second quarter.

Cook injured on third-quarter fumble, but expects to play Sunday

Dalvin Cook called his exit "precautionary" and said he expects to be ready when the Vikings play Detroit in their next game.
Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr will play the role of spy often when facing Russell Wilson and the Seahawks on Monday night.

Vikings linebacker Barr practices 'I spy' skills for facing Seahawks, Wilson

Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr has gotten creative with how he practices "spying," or shadowing, mobile quarterbacks.
Vikings free safety Harrison Smith was limited in practice this week with a groin injury as the team prepares to play Seattle.

Depth at safety might be tested for Vikings on Monday vs. Seahawks

The Vikings' outlook at safety for Monday night's game at Seattle is uncertain with Harrison Smith and Anthony Harris limited by injuries. They have been "in and out" during 11-on-11 practice reps this week.
Xavier Rhodes (29) and Andrew Sendejo defended a Seahawks receiver during a 2013 game in Seattle.

Vikings coaches focus on improving pass defense

The secondary ranks in the bottom half of the league in three key categories.
The Vikings will need to figure out how to stop Russell Wilson to beat the Seahawks.

Vikings' pass defense needs quick fix to defeat Seahawks, Wilson

What was once a strength of this Vikings defense — its coverage — has lapsed while Minnesota surrendered more than 400 yards on average during the last three games before the bye.
Chad Beebe was carted off the field at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sept. 22 after injuring an ankle. Beebe had surgery and won’t return to the Vikings this

Vikings get Thielen back, but Beebe has surgery

Josh Doctson was cut on Tuesday as the team returned to practice following a bye week.
Minnesota Vikings' tight end Irv Smith Jr. celebrated his touchdown in the third quarter.

Thielen's absence means more snaps for rookie Irv Smith Jr.

Smith's first NFL touchdown showed growth from the 21-year-old tight end, who read the coverage and found the open space on an apparent option route.
Minnesota Vikings’ tight end Irv Smith made a grab in the end zone for a touchdown in the third quarter.

Hurry-up offense in second half got Vikings going

Offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski swallowed his pride and the Vikings' game plan when faced with a 20-0 deficit at halftime.
Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo intercepted a second-quarter pass. The Vikings claimed him off waivers earlier this month.

Vikings secondary has long day covering Broncos' Sutton

Broncos receiver Courtland Sutton had 113 yards Sunday — making him the second opponent to top 100 receiving yards in the Vikings' building — forcing the defense to put double coverage on him.
The Vikings' Everson Griffen (97) and Danielle Hunter (99) celebrate a sack of Dallas Cowboys' Dak Prescott during the second half last week.

Yin and Yang: Vikings' Griffen, Hunter create chaotic harmony

The strong seasons for Vikings defensive linemen appear likely to continue Sunday against Broncos quarterback Brandon Allen, who is making his second NFL start.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has been impressed by the decisions being made by quarterback Kirk Cousins, and the speed at which he's making those decisio

Zimmer: Playing smart and fast have been keys to Cousins' success

The Vikings quarterback also hasn't fumbled in the past five games, the best streak of his career.
Linval Joseph (98)

Vikings nose tackle Joseph sidelined by knee surgery

It isn't known how long Linval Joseph will be out of action, but it's worth noting the team didn't make a move to put him on injured reserve after the operation.
Minnesota Vikings' tight end Kyle Rudolph caught the ball in the end zone for a two-point conversion despite defensive pressure from Dallas Cowboys' c

Trash-talking Rudolph re-emerges as threat in Vikings attack

A microphone near the end zone picked up Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph adding insult to his two-point conversion catch in the third quarter of Sunday's victory.
Vikings running back Dalvin Cook

Running to the bank: Vikings' Cook, like Cowboys' Elliott, showing his worth

About 16 months away from free agency, Dalvin Cook is doing his part to defend the worthiness of the running back position. He's eclipsed 100 yards from scrimmage in 13 of his 23 NFL games.
Mike Hughes (21) just missed an interception on a deflected pass against Washington on Oct. 24.

Vikings corner Mike Hughes gets more action, now wants a pick

After returning for a serious knee injury, the second-year player is hoping for his first interception of the season.
Vikings running back Dalvin Cook broke a tackle attempt by Chiefs linebacker Reggie Ragland during the first half Sunday.

Zimmer critical of offensive line play

NFL rushing leader Dalvin Cook was limited to 71 yards in 21 carries against Kansas City.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) catches a 40-yard touchdown pass in front of Minnesota Vikings cornerback Trae Waynes (26) during th

Games of big plays leaves Vikings defense frustrated, deflated

Despite missing MVP quarterback Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City gained 377 yards, with 202 of them coming on four plays that led to the Vikings' 26-23 loss.
Vikings receiver Adam Thielen celebrated from the sideline with Bisi Johnson after a touchdown.

Thielen reinjures leg in first quarter; Diggs shut down with one catch

Coach Mike Zimmer provided no clarity on Adam Thielen's health, saying, "You'll have to ask him." Thielen was not seen in the locker room after the game.