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Andrew Krammer

Reporter | Minnesota Vikings

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
Minnesota Vikings fans did the Skol Chant as they watched practice Saturday night.

Vikings announce training camp schedule, including open practices

Season ticket holders can reserve training camp tickets beginning today, with ticket sales opening to the general public on Thursday.
Akayleb Evans at Vikings rookie minicamp on May 13 at TCO Performance Center.

Vikings sign fourth rounder Akayleb Evans; 8 of 10 picks under contract

The cornerback was the 118th overall pick out of Missouri, only two picks remain unsigned — including second-round cornerback Andrew Booth Jr.
Vikings General Manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah introduced coach Kevin O’Connell during a February news conference.

Vikings complete front office reorganization; undrafted kicker waived

The top of the personnel department was reorganized with Ryan Grigson, the former Colts general manager, given a new title. He worked with Adofo-Mensah in Cleveland.
FILE - Minnesota Vikings center Garrett Bradbury (56) plays against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half of an NFL football game, Oct. 18, 2020,

Bradbury gaining weight, resetting mentally after Vikings contract snub

So far, center Garrett Bradbury he has been the unquestioned starter entering his fourth season, but that doesn't mean he's looking to be the same player. .
Less physicality is more for Kevin O'Connell's Vikings this offseason

Less physicality is more for Kevin O'Connell's Vikings this offseason

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss the new regime taking a less is more approach to spring practices, what we learned from assistant coaches and the recent Cooper Kupp extension through Justin Jefferson's lens.
After stars lobby to keep him, Vikings rely on McCardell's bond with receivers

After stars lobby to keep him, Vikings rely on McCardell's bond with receivers

Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson publicly voiced support for former Pro Bowler Keenan McCardell to stay on the team's coaching staff after head coach Mike Zimmer was fired.
Vikings defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson has taken on a teaching role at minicamp for his fellow interior linemen because of his previous experience

Vikings linemen leaning on Tomlinson to learn new defense

Dalvin Tomlinson, who previously played at Alabama and with the Giants, is the Vikings' only interior defensive lineman with extensive experience in a 3-4 front.
Vikings defensive tackle Jaylen Twyman (93) warms up on the field with teammates at the TCO Performance Center in Eagan this month.

Recovered from shooting, Vikings' Twyman can't wait to play again

Jaylen Twyman returned to Vikings practice this spring after spending his rookie season recovering from four bullet wounds that he said entered and exited his arm, leg and buttocks.
Safeties like rookie Lewis Cine are expected to be a big part of the Vikings’ transition to Ed Donatell’s defense.

Vikings mailbag: Another free agent? Secondary depth? No. 1 weakness to fix?

The current outlook at cornerback and receiver, some interesting available free agents, last year's weaknesses and the defensive transition are among your questions.
Minnesota Vikings running back Latavius Murray tackled by Chicago Bears free safety Eddie Jackson (39) and Chicago Bears defensive end Jonathan Bullar

Vikings release Willekes, sign veteran defensive end Bullard

Jonathan Bullard, 28, reunites with two Vikings assistant coaches from his past. He's played with five teams over his seven-season career.
Vikings Head Coach Kevin O’Connell takes to the field at the TCO Performance Center in Eagan, Minn., on Wednesday, June 1, 2022.    ] Elizabeth Flor

Vikings wrap OTAs with receiver outlook in flux, 'player ownership' underway

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss what one play in OTAs says about rookie coach Kevin O'Connell's approach on offense and much more.
Vikings wide receiver Albert Wilson, right, gets a hug from Bisi Johnson on Wilson’s first day with the team.

Vikings sign veteran receiver Wilson; Za'Darius Smith sidelined by injury

The Vikings were down two receivers due to injuries during organized team activities, and suddenly free-agent receiver Albert Wilson's phone lit up.
New Vikings defensive coordinator Ed Donatell gave direction during rookie minicamp this month.

'More free': Vikings defenders adjusting to 3-4 schemes

Veterans such as Danielle Hunter and Eric Kendricks have new roles in coordinator Ed Donatell's seldom-blitzing, front-morphing defense.
Expectations for the 2022 Vikings and opening the mailbag

Expectations for the 2022 Vikings and opening the mailbag

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand talk expectations, what we heard from coordinators this week and open the Twitter mailbag to answer your questions.
Vikings cornerback Parry Nickerson read with Hodan Mohamed, a kindergartener at Highwood Hills Elementary in St. Paul during a book fair Wednesday.

With heavy hearts, Vikings visit two St. Paul schools for book fairs

Staff members and parents were eager to create a positive environment for students a day after 19 children were killed in a school shooting in Texas.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) during practice Tuesday, May 24, at TCO Performance Center in Eagan, Minn. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ • carlos

Vikings' Cousins goes back to school, learning offense 'from scratch'

Quarterback Kirk Cousins has pulled out flash cards and feels like "an eighth grader studying for a quiz" as he adapts to another new offense brought in by new coaches.
Vikings safety Camryn Bynum (43) could get more work in the nickel defense in his second season in the NFL.

Vikings mailbag: Which rookies and second-year players will step up?

The defensive shift from Mike Zimmer's 4-3 defensive front to 3-4 schemes and need for depth on offense will open up roles for younger players.
Tasks ahead for O'Connell, Vikings led by retooling the defense

Tasks ahead for O'Connell, Vikings led by retooling the defense

Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer discuss the defensive changes, O'Connell's approach, the 2021 and 2022 draft classes and more in this episode of the Access Vikings podcast.
Vikings assistant head coach Mike Pettine is leading a group of mostly low-level college coaches in a three-day program in which they’ll gain exposu

Vikings' coaching summit aims to improve diversity on NFL staffs

Assistant head coach Mike Pettine is leading the effort to build up the candidate pool for entry-level positions in the NFL.
Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter practices at the TCO Performance Center practice fields in Eagan, Minn., on Tuesday, May 17, 2022. ] Elizabeth F

Vikings' Hunter, back from another injury, is building bond with Smith

Star edge rusher Danielle Hunter is being paired with the former Packer Za'Darius Smith and adjusting to a new playbook. But he's got the same contract situation to be resolved.
Vederian Lowe, his wife Haylee and their first son, Kingston, at their wedding in February 2021.

Vikings rookie left tackle Lowe has overcome a lot outside football

That's one reason the Vikings drafted Vederian Lowe out of Illinois in the sixth round: He's proven he can overcome adversity. He has a wife, two children, and a younger brother he is raising.
Former Gophers defensive lineman Esezi Otomewo was among the Vikings draft picks to sign contracts on Thursday.

With rookie camp set to open, Vikings sign five more draft picks

The Vikings have completed deals with half of their 10-man draft class before rookies and tryout players take the field on Friday for the start of this weekend's rookie minicamp.
Jameis Winston, Josh Allen, Dak Prescott, Kyler Murray and of course Aaron Rodgers are among the quarterbacks the Vikings will face this season.

Lambeau, Landover, London: A game-by-game look at the Vikings' schedule

From Week 1 at home to Week 18 on the road and all the trips — including across the pond — in between. The 2022 Vikings schedule is out. Let the debates begin.
The Vikings selected Georgia safety Lewis Cine with the 32nd overall pick in the NFL draft last month.

Vikings, first-round pick Lewis Cine agree to four-year contract

Lewis Cine, the former Georgia safety, is the first Vikings draft pick to agree to terms on his contract ahead of the first practice at this weekend's rookie minicamp.
Ed Ingram is coming off 34 starts at both guard spots for LSU.

Vikings rookie Ingram joins deep competition at guard

For a sixth consecutive year, the Vikings drafted an offensive lineman early, adding guard Ed Ingram in the second round as coach Kevin O'Connell reshapes the offense.
Notre Dame ‘s Josh Adams tries to evade Miami ‘s Zach McCloud.

Vikings guarantee $250,000 to land undrafted edge rusher McCloud

Zach McCloud, 24, played off-ball linebacker and edge rusher for the Hurricanes, and the Vikings ponied up to sign the athletic defender as another pass-rushing option.
Podcast: Vikings load up on DBs and pass receivers to division rivals

Podcast: Vikings load up on DBs and pass receivers to division rivals

Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer discuss the Vikings' additions in the secondary in the NFL draft, as well as the passing of receivers to the Lions and Packers in the latest Access Vikings podcast.
Minnesota Gophers defensive lineman Esezi Otomewo (9) was an All-Big Ten honorable mention last season with 4.5 tackles for losses and three sacks in

Otomewo is first Gopher drafted by Vikings since 2010

Defensive lineman Esezi Otomewo joins his roommate Boye Mafe, offensive lineman Daniel Faalele and tight end Ko Kieft as Gophers draft picks. But Otomewo got the call from a local number.
North Carolina running back Ty Chandler was a fifth-round draft pick by the Vikings.

Meet the Vikings' 2022 NFL draft class

The team finished with 10 picks in General Manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah's first crack at running a draft, using five of its first six choices on defensive players.
Vikings’ fourth-round pick Akayleb Evans played for Missouri after transferring from Tulsa.

Vikings make three more trades, pick Missouri cornerback Evans in 4th round

The Vikings added a third defensive back in this draft by trading up in Saturday's fourth round. A deal with the Browns and two with the Raiders raised the total trade count to six.
Seventeen receivers were drafted in the first three rounds, and Boise State’s Khalil Shakir might be the top prospect remaining.

Vikings enter Day 3 with five picks; could target receivers, defensive line

The Vikings have at least one pick in each round on Saturday: a fourth (No. 122), a fifth (No. 156), two sixths (No. 184, No. 191) and a seventh (No. 250).
After some draft maneuvering on Day 2, the Vikings selected (clockwise from left) Clemson cornerback Andrew Booth Jr., LSU offensive lineman Ed Ingram

After flurry of trades, Vikings draft cornerback, guard and linebacker

The Vikings moved down on Day 2, then moved back up to grab a Clemson defensive back Andrew Booth Jr. and later selected LSU offensive lineman Ed Ingram and Oklahoma linebacker Brian Asamoah.
Defensive lineman Boye Mafe gets encourage from New York Giants assistant coach Andre Patterson, who used to be with the Vikings, during the Gophers�

Ten fits for the Vikings (including a Gopher) on Day 2 of the draft

Edge rushers? Cornerbacks? Receivers? Here are 10 prospects who fit what the Vikings are looking for in tonight's second and third rounds.
Vikings General Manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah received “curveball” trade offers during the first round of the NFL draft Thursday.

Vikings enter second round near front of line, with plenty of needs

The Vikings now have the second pick of tonight's second round after trading with the Lions. Their remaining needs are at cornerback, defensive line and receiver.
Safety Lewis Cine holds up his national championship ring at Georgia’s pro day this month.

Five things to know about Vikings first-round pick Lewis Cine

Born in Haiti, the safety played under Deion Sanders in high school and was an MVP of the college football title game for Georgia.
Safety Harrison Smith (22) was a first-round pick in 2012 and remains a fixture of the Vikings defense.

Vikings target defensive back again in first round

Former General Manager Rick Spielman selected four cornerbacks and a safety in the first round since 2012. Only one of those players is still with the team.
Vikings General Manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah at a news conference Tuesday ahead of the NFL draft.

Preparing for draft, Adofo-Mensah dropped spreadsheets, hit the road

Weeks before Kwesi Adofo-Mensah was set to make his initial draft pick on Thursday, he heeded advice from previous teams that turned him down for their general manager openings.
Podcast: Reading tea leaves on GM Kwesi Adofo-Mensah's first Vikings draft

Podcast: Reading tea leaves on GM Kwesi Adofo-Mensah's first Vikings draft

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss Adofo-Mensa's pre-draft press conference, including their options at pick No. 12, whether they stay there and what positions they might value.
Oregon defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux has compared himself to former No. 1-overall pick Jadeveon Clowney.

Draft preview: Deep edge rusher class could benefit Vikings' defense

The Vikings defensive line could use depth on both the edge and interior in the new 3-4 front under coordinator Ed Donatell.
(Left to right) Boye Mafe, Ko Kieft and Blaise Andries watched their teammates compete before NFL scouts at the Gophers pro day on March 16.

Nine from Minnesota to watch out for in the NFL draft

A half-dozen Gophers and three former Minnesota high school stars are among those who could be taken during the seven rounds of the draft.
New Vikings General Manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah at a news conference last month.

Vikings mailbag: Trade scenarios, positions of need and a draft strategy

How will new general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah approach his first NFL draft for the Vikings? How will the Vikings use the 12th pick in the first round?
Ohio State tight end Jeremy Ruckert (being lifted) celebrates a fourth-quarter touchdown against Penn State in October 2020.

Draft preview: Vikings could find depth in this year's tight end class

While there isn't a tight end likely to be drafted in the first round — as there's been in four of the past five years — the Vikings should have options for finding a back-up to Irv Smith Jr.
Quarterback Kenny Pickett at Pittsburgh’s pro day in March.

Vikings draft preview: Pickett, Willis lead unheralded quarterback class

Kenny Pickett, after a breakout season at Pittsburgh, and Malik Willis, a rare and raw talent from Liberty, could rise to the top of what's considered a lackluster group.
Vikings tight end Irv Smith Jr. stayed on the sideline Tuesday while other pass catchers ran routes with quarterback Kirk Cousins.

Vikings bringing tight end Smith along slowly in return from injury

Irv Smith Jr.'s first run as the No. 1 tight end last year was derailed by a preseason injury, but coach Kevin O'Connell says Smith has the "perfect skill set" for the team's new offense.
UConn guard Paige Bueckers defends Stanford guard Lexie Hull during Friday’s semifinal at Target Center. Hull missed all four of her three-point att

Final Four report: Stanford's three-point shooters go cold vs. UConn

The Cardinal, the best three-point shooting team in the women's Final Four, struggled from everywhere on the court.
South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley called the NCAA transfer portal “a big old fad,’’ and deemed it “way out of hand.”

Final Four report: Coaches say transfer portal may not be all that it seems

The NCAA transfer portal became a hot subject Thursday in Minnesota and several of the Final Four coaches weighed in with their thoughts.
South Carolina’s Aliyah Boston posed with the trophy after being named 2022 Naismith Women’s College Player of the Year on Wednesday.

South Carolina's Boston, Staley sweep Naismith honors

Aliya Boston is averaging 16.8 points and 12.2 rebounds per game for the Gamecocks. Dawn Staley led them to the Final Four.
Cornerback Chandon Sullivan had a career-high three interceptions last season with Green Bay.

Vikings take another piece of Packers defense, signing Chandon Sullivan

A slot corner, Sullivan will likely replace Mackensie Alexander in a scheme that often deploys five defensive backs.
Vikings linebacker Za’Darius Smith at his introductory news conference this week.

Smith's deal gives Vikings pay-as-they-go salary cap flexibility

Za'Darius Smith can earn up to $47 million in his three-year deal. But if things don't work out, the Vikings will be on the hook for only a small fracture of that amount.
Packers cornerback Chandon Sullivan, 25, is coming off a career-high three interceptions last season.

Another former Packers free agent visiting with Vikings today

Cornerback Chandon Sullivan, who started 20 games as Green Bay's slot corner over the past two seasons, is making a free-agent visit to TCO Performance Center.
Vikings new general manger Kwesi Adofo-Mensah with team co-owner Mark Wilf in January.

Vikings mailbag: On rebuilding, NFC race, draft strategy and more

Will the Wilfs ever embrace a rebuild? Has the NFC become more wide open amid offseason moves? Which Vikings free agents could still re-sign? You had questions, we had some answers.
Podcast: Vikings keep band together, will try to 'win in margins'

Podcast: Vikings keep band together, will try to 'win in margins'

Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss this "competitive rebuild" and how the Vikings might be able to, as Adofo-Mensah says, "win in the margins."
Vikings General Manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah fielded questions from local reporters Wednesday for the first time since making several roster moves in th

Vikings are in a 'competitive rebuild,' GM Adofo-Mensah says

So far, that means not much of an overhaul despite attempts to gauge trade interest on high-profile starters. How does a team rebuild and compete at the same time?
Za’Darius Smith was introduced at a press conference after signing a three-year contract with the Vikings on Tuesday.

New Purple People Eaters? Smith cites Vikings history in signing deal

Vikings officials took Za'Darius Smith through the team's museum at their Eagan headquarters, and he said he was awed by the history of the team's famed pass rush of another era.
Vikings quarterback Sean Mannion started against Green Bay in January after Kirk Cousins tested positive for COVID-19.

Vikings re-sign backup QB Sean Mannion to one-year deal

Sean Mannion, who turns 30 next month, will remain in Minnesota for a fourth straight season as a veteran backup to Kirk Cousins.
Za’darius Smith (55) sacked Kirk Cousins during a game in 2019.

Border crossing? Ex-Packers linebacker Smith visits Vikings

Pass rushing specialist Za'Darius Smith was released last week by Green Bay. He is hoping for a comeback after being limited to one game last season by back surgery.
Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter celebrated after sacking Lions quarterback Jared Goff in October.

Vikings to keep Hunter as $18M bonus becomes guaranteed

Defensive end Danielle Hunter has an $18 million roster bonus that became guaranteed on Sunday, meaning the Vikings are holding onto the Pro Bowl pass rusher after exploring trade options.
Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) celebrates a touchdown against the Packers on Nov. 21.

Thielen restructures contract to give Vikings salary cap relief

Receiver Adam Thielen and the Vikings agreed to terms on a contract restructure, his agency announced on Friday, which is expected to create more salary cap space.
Bills offensive lineman Ryan Bates (71)

Source: Vikings hosted Bills guard Ryan Bates, a restricted free agent

Bates, 25, started Buffalo's final five games last season at guard. He's a restricted free agent, meaning the Bills have the right to match offers from other teams.
Harrison Phillips, left, and Jordan Hicks.

Get to know new Vikings Jordan Hicks and Harrison Phillips

The linebacker and the defensive tackle are the team's two biggest free-agent signings since the league year opened Wednesday.
The Vikings announced the team’s full offseason schedule on Wednesday.

Vikings set April 11 reporting date, taking one-week head start instead of two

Coach Kevin O'Connell is taking a one-week head start on the Vikings' offseason program, letting players voluntarily report April 11 instead of the two-week head start allowed for first-year head coaches.
Last season defensive tackle Harrison Phillips set career highs in run stops and quarterback pressures in eight starts that included both of Buffalo�

Tackle swap: Vikings add Harrison Phillips, release Michael Pierce

The Vikings opened free agency by releasing Pierce to help make room for Phillips, the 26-year-old former Bills tackle who started eight games last season.
New Vikings general manger Kwesi Adofo-Mensah has to clear at least $15 million in salary cap space before free agency opens.

With Cousins' contract settled, what's next for the Vikings as free agency opens?

Cornerback, edge rusher, linebacker and both lines require the attention — and significant investment — from new GM Kwesi Adofo-Mensah.
Jeff Gladney during the 2020 season.

Former Vikings cornerback Gladney found not guilty on felony assault charge

The 2020 first-round pick was on trial on a felony assault charge stemming from an altercation with a woman last year.
Longtime Vikings trainer Eric Sugarman, above on left, running to care for a player last August, has been replaced by Tyler Williams of the Rams, the

Vikings add ex-Rams trainer Williams to replace fired Sugarman

Tyler Williams replaces Eric Sugarman, who was fired this week after 16 years with the Vikings. Williams is the fifth former Rams staff member to come to Minnesota.
Ahmad Gardner of Cincinnati is among the top cornerbacks in a deep draft class at the position.

Heralded cornerback class could be just what Vikings need, again

NFL evaluators laud the depth of cornerbacks available, and the Vikings currently have only four signed for next season.
Kirk Cousins is headed into a contract year, causing the Vikings to consider moving ahead with him or without him.

Vikings poke and prod at supposedly weak quarterback draft class

Kirk Cousins' contract status and other teams' desperation leaves the new regime to ponder possible successors and wonder about potential suitors.
Boye Mafe caused havoc in the backfield when the Gophers played Miami (Ohio) in September, showing athletic ability he will try to show again at the N

NFL teams will have their eyes on Minnesota edge rushers at combine

The Vikings, like many NFL teams seeking more at the position, will watch Saturday as ex-Gophers star Boye Mafe and Eden Prairie's Jermaine Johnson drill at the combine.
Georgia running back James Cook (4) carries the ball against Auburn during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, in

Cook's younger brother says he has one advantage over Dalvin

The Vikings star running back has taught James Cook a lot of lessons over the years. But there's one skills in which James thinks he's surpassed Dalvin.
The Vikings face a decision about whether to pick up the fifth-year option on center and former first-round pick Garrett Bradbury.

Vikings' streak of drafting offensive linemen early could be finished

The new Vikings leadership brought a change in tone around the perennial lighting rod that is the offensive line. Coach Kevin O'Connell says he sees "a lot to build off" among players currently on the roster.
Ryan Grigson in 2016, when he was general manager of the Colts.

Fired Colts GM continues redemption tour with Vikings

Ryan Grigson's dismissal in 2017 was met with approval by former Colts players like punter Pat McAfee, who cited "unwarranted arrogance," and receiver Reggie Wayne, who said it was "about time."
Kevin O’Connell listened to a question as he spoke at the NFL scouting combine Wednesday.

O'Connell wants 'ownership' of a Vikings defense under construction

While Kevin O'Connell's focus is building a Vikings' offense to his liking, he doesn't want to lose track of a defense that could undergo major changes in personnel and scheme.
Podcast: Vikings storylines from the NFL scouting combine

Podcast: Vikings storylines from the NFL scouting combine

The Vikings' new brain trust said a lot in Indianapolis, but what can be gleaned about top storylines from quarterback Kirk Cousins to defensive end Danielle Hunter?
Vikings General Manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah, left, and coach Kevin O’Connell are in Indianapolis for the NFL scouting combine, with plenty of decisio

With decisions coming on Cousins and Barr, Vikings have 'a puzzle'

General Manager Kwesi-Adofo Mensah and coach Kevin O'Connell are at the NFL scouting combine to continue catching up with other teams in constructing the roster.
Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell has filled out his coaching staff.

Vikings add six more coaches to complete O'Connell's new staff

Among the additions is a "game management coordinator" in Ryan Cordell, who has a math and finance background and previously worked with GM Kwesi Adofo-Mensah.