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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Vikings reportedly outbid the Dallas Cowboys for undrafted receiver Quartney Davis, who is getting a $100,000 guarantee from the team.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After last month's free-agent exodus, the Vikings are again positioned well to reap draft capital for departed talent in the 2021 draft.
Hill has been a fill-in on the offensive line for the past three seasons; Sendejo will rejoin familiar faces in Cleveland.
The Vikings will need all new starting cornerbacks with the departures of Mackensie Alexander and Trae Waynes, and Xavier Rhodes' release last week.
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.
Ham, who made the Pro Bowl after last season, gets a four-year deal worth $12.25 million.
The Gophers defensive back should be a high NFL pick, although injury questions could slide him out of the first round.
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.
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 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 won't participate in Thursday night's NFL combine athletic tests. "I'm not where I want to be right now," he said.
Coach Mike Zimmer and General Manager Rick Spielman will oversee several critical parts of team operations happening simultaneously in Indianapolis this week.
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.
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, 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.
The Vikings' first two fruitless handoffs foretold running back Dalvin Cook's nearly silent game during Saturday's 27-10 playoff loss.
The quarterback got a game ball after leading his team past the Saints in Sunday's playoff game.
Kyle Rudolph caught a touchdown pass in overtime after some pushing with Saints cornerback P.J. Williams.
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.
After missing two games, Dalvin Cook on Sunday had 31 touches, one short of his career high.
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.
The veteran linebacker was limited with reps at the team's practice Thursday.
Sean Payton notes varied factors; Stefon Diggs' current reaction is tepid.
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 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.
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.
Snaps will be meaningful against the Bears for backups hoping to stay with the team.
The second-year running back had 11 carries for only 28 yards in Monday night's loss to the Packers.
Tina Ham was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer earlier this year, and her son has been one of her greatest sources of strength.
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.
The standout running back might finish the regular season on the sidelines before returning in the playoffs.
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.
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.
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.
The Vikings defense on Sunday intercepted Philip Rivers three times, and returned a fumble for a score.
When the Vikings rotate cornerbacks Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes and Mackensie Alexander for practical reasons during games, symbolism is in play too.
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.
It's a a sign all three players could be available Sunday for the Vikings in Los Angeles.
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.
The Vikings on Sunday had two interceptions - by Harrison Smith and later Andrew Sendejo - giving the team a turnover for the ninth consecutive game.
Despite a painful shoulder malady, Dalvin Cook on Sunday carried the ball 20 times until sitting out the final quarter.
The Vikings officially deemed Adam Thielen's status as doubtful against Detroit after he was sidelined throughout three practices this week
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 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."
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 has gotten creative with how he practices "spying," or shadowing, mobile quarterbacks.
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.
The secondary ranks in the bottom half of the league in three key categories.
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.
Josh Doctson was cut on Tuesday as the team returned to practice following a bye week.
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.
Offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski swallowed his pride and the Vikings' game plan when faced with a 20-0 deficit at halftime.
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 strong seasons for Vikings defensive linemen appear likely to continue Sunday against Broncos quarterback Brandon Allen, who is making his second NFL start.
The Vikings quarterback also hasn't fumbled in the past five games, the best streak of his career.
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.
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.
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.
After returning for a serious knee injury, the second-year player is hoping for his first interception of the season.
NFL rushing leader Dalvin Cook was limited to 71 yards in 21 carries against Kansas City.
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.
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.