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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
Klint Kubiak, in 2019

There's more to it than the Kubiak name for Vikings' new OC

Vikings' new offensive coordinator Klint Kubiak lacks an ego, and has paid his dues.
Alabama defensive lineman Christian Barmore (58) celebrates a sack against Notre Dame during a national semifinal game in January.

Vikings draft: Top need for the team? It's upgrading the defensive line

No matter where it comes from — tackle or end — the Vikings need more pass rush in 2021. An early draft pick is an intriguing possibility. Here are five prospects to know.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) threw under pressure from Vikings defensive end Stephen Weatherly (91) on Dec. 23, 2019.

Defensive end Weatherly returning to Vikings on one-year deal

The Vikings defensive line will return a familiar face in 2021 as Stephen Weatherly is expected to sign a one-year deal after getting cut in Carolina last month.
FILE - Ohio State offensive lineman Wyatt Davis (52) is shown during the first half of the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football game against Clemson, Sat

Vikings draft: Strong group could provide boost for offensive line

The Vikings' annual endeavor to shore up the offensive line continues this spring with a strong offensive line class projected for the draft. Here are five names to know.
Vikings general manager Rick Spielman at the NFL scouting combine last year.

Spielman: 'Tough' decisions ahead for Vikings to get under salary cap

Before the new league year starts March 17, Vikings GM Rick Spielman anticipates more "tough business decisions" in addition to Kyle Rudolph's release.
Vikings draft: Five safeties who could be on the Vikings' wish list

Vikings draft: Five safeties who could be on the Vikings' wish list

With Anthony Harris expected to be a free agent this month, the Vikings will likely be looking for safety help. Here are some top rookie prospects at that position.
Kyle Rudolph caught the winning touchdown pass in overtime to end the Vikings 26-20 victory over New Orleans in the 2019 playoffs.

Vikings release Kyle Rudolph in move to provide salary cap relief

The 31-year-old tight end played 10 seasons with the Vikings and was their longest-renured player. He's hoping to play a significant role on another team through free agency.
Vikings draft: Do the Vikings need another young cornerback?

Vikings draft: Do the Vikings need another young cornerback?

Mike Zimmer likes what the Vikings have in cornerbacks Jeff Gladney and Cameron Dantzler. But is the team stocked well enough at that position?
Vikings draft: Receiver prospects to know as pro days get underway

Vikings draft: Receiver prospects to know as pro days get underway

Pro days start at several college football programs will fill in for the NFL scouting combine, which was canceled amid the pandemic. Here are some prospects who could fill the Vikings' needs.
Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) pulls in a 2-yard touchdown pass after getting past Vikings linebacker Eric Wilson (50) and afety Anthony Har

Vikings mailbag: Expectations for free agency? Potential cuts? Safety options?

Vikings general manager Rick Spielman typically slow plays free agency, and the circumstances this offseason likely won't change in that regard.
 Vikings offensive lineman Riley Reiff in 2019.

Vikings add $1 million bonus to Reiff's contract, making up for lost incentive

A positive COVID test prevented left tackle Riley Reiff from playing in the Jan. 3 season finale and reaching a playing-time incentive that was in his contract.
Minnesota Vikings kicker Dan Bailey

Vikings' new special teams coordinator faces long to-do list

Ryan Ficken, who is entering his 15th season with the team, may have a kicker competition ahead of him.
Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes

Super Bowl quarterbacks turn coaches' innovation into execution

Kansas City and Tampa Bay's commitment to the quarterbacks begins in the simplest way possible: the frequency with which they put the game in those players' hands.
Buccaneers wide receiver Tyler Johnson  celebrates his first NFL touchdown with quarterback Tom Brady on Oct. 18.

Outback Bowl to Super Bowl: A wild 13 months for ex-Gophers

Raymond James Stadium, the Buccaneers' home field and site of Sunday's Super Bowl, has been a springboard for Antoine Winfield Jr. and Tyler Johnson.
Kirk Cousins and Aaron Rodgers both figure to be starting quarterbacks in the NFC North next season, but the offseason trade market for quarterbacks w

Vikings mailbag: Who will be the best NFC North QB next year?

A crazy NFL quarterback market could drastically alter the NFC North landscape. How could that impact the Vikings?
Kevin Stefanski, left, with Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins in 2019. They first worked together at the 2012 Senior Bowl.

Senior Bowl takes on added importance as Vikings prepare for NFL draft

Because of COVID-19, the annual college all-star game is one of the few on-field opportunities to evaluate prospects.
Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph finished this season with only one touchdown, the fewest of his career.

Vikings' Rudolph says he won't take pay cut to 'just block every play'

During an interview with former Viking Ben Leber, tight end Kyle Rudolph said he wants to contribute as a receiver somewhere even if that's not in Minnesota.
Kirk Cousins and his offensive line in September.

Mailbag: Will the Vikings finally address guard? What's the plan at coordinator?

The Vikings enter another offseason with questions about the offensive line, Gary Kubiak's replacement and what gets blown up to prepare for the 2021 season.
Roster overhaul ahead? A look at the Vikings top five free agents

Roster overhaul ahead? A look at the Vikings top five free agents

The Vikings have 14 players on their current roster who could end up with other teams in 2021. Here's a look at how their five highest-profile free agents performed this season.
Vikings' Kirk Cousins named NFC Offensive Player of Week for four touchdowns in Detroit

Vikings' Kirk Cousins named NFC Offensive Player of Week for four touchdowns in Detroit

For the third straight Vikings-Lions game, Minnesota emerged with an NFC player of the week.
Anthony Harris

Pending free agent Harris says Vikings hold 'special place' for him

Safety Anthony Harris again embarks on unrestricted free agency after a disappointing season for the Vikings playing on a one-year franchise tag.
Vikings special teams coordinator Marwan Maalouf during training camp in 2019.

Maalouf is out as Vikings' special teams coordinator

After the unit struggled this season, Coach Mike Zimmer said he'll let the two-year contract of Maalouf expire and search for a replacement.
Vikings defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo (95) in November.

Vikings' Odenigbo has 'disappointing year' leading defensive line

Ifeadi Odenigbo, a 26-year-old defensive end, is a restricted free agent this offseason and knows NFL opportunities can be fleeting.
The Lions’ Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu — receivers Vikings coach Mike Zimmer knows well  — roamed free in the Vikings secondary. Jones had eig

Lions receivers feast on Vikings' decimated defensive backs

A patchwork Vikings secondary limped to the finish during Sunday's 37-35 victory in Detroit, allowing seven more completions of at least 20 yards.
Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski

Here's a look at the Vikings' 2021 opponents

The 2021 NFL season is a long way away, but the Vikings' opponents have already been set, including a meeting with Kevin Stefanski's Browns.
Spotlight: Mattison, Boone close out Vikings win without Cook

Spotlight: Mattison, Boone close out Vikings win without Cook

The running backs combined for 4.8 yards per carry and 124 rushing yards in Detroit, doing enough against a depleted Lions defense.
Vikings-Lions inactives: Alexander Mattison, Rashod Hill set to start in season finale

Vikings-Lions inactives: Alexander Mattison, Rashod Hill set to start in season finale

The Vikings will be without nine Week 1 starters due to injury or personal reasons during Sunday's season finale in Detroit.
Vikings videographer Andrew McCarthy had an entire section to himself as he watched the team warm up as they prepared to play Chicago

A big, empty feeling: 15 pivotal moments in the Vikings' 2020 season, ending with no playoffs

When the 2020 moments add up, the sum is unfulfilling for the Vikings. They are 6-9 heading Sunday's finale against the Lions, assured of their first losing record since 2014 and a third-place finish in the NFC North.
Cornerback Harrison Hand had an interception against the Saints last week.

Vikings mailbag: Who could play more in Detroit? Outlook for 2021 NFL Draft?

Because of a run of injuries, inexperienced defensive linemen and cornerbacks should get plenty of playing time during Sunday's season finale in Detroit.
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins threw under pressure in the fourth quarter vs. Chicago.

Cousins proving he's durable — one reason Vikings wanted him as QB

When Kirk Cousins starts Sunday against the Lions, he'll complete six straight years without missing a regular-season game because of injury.
Lions running back D’Andre Swift

Scouting report: Vikings at Lions

Heading into the season finale, Detroit has lost three straight in a row and given up 30 or more points in its last five games.
Vikings running back Dalvin Cook.

Vikings' Cook will not play Sunday after father's unexpected death

The running back left to be with family in Miami and will not be available for the season finale against the Lions in Detroit.
Film: Five players who could be building blocks for the Vikings

Film: Five players who could be building blocks for the Vikings

There are questions about the Vikings secondary and offensive and defensive lines, but there also have been a handful of (non-first round) players flashing long-term potential.
Alvin Kamara of the Saints tried to avoid Vikings Harrison Smith (22) and Chris Jones (26) on Christmas Day.

Zimmer will find out if Vikings have fight in meaningless game

After three consecutive losses and an embarrassing game in New Orleans, the season is almost over.
D.J. Wonnum, shown sacking Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, has played and produced more than any rookie Vikings defensive lineman since Daniel

Fourth-round rookie becomes important player for Vikings

Unheralded D.J. Wonnum's talents are filling many voids on the Vikings' defensive line.
Vikings tight end Irv Smith Jr. (84) celebrated one of his two touchdown catches against the Saints, who reveled more.

Smith Jr. and Jefferson had some success, but Saints had more

The Vikings offense got rolling for 33 points and 364 yards, but tight end Irv Smith Jr. and receiver Justin Jefferson weren't dancing as much as the numbers would suggest.
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins being sacked by Cameron Jordan.

Vikings Week 16 spotlight: Kirk Cousins

An aggressive game plan put the focus of the offense back on the quarterback, but the Vikings couldn't keep up with the Saints
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) reacts after running back Alvin Kamara scored his sixth rushing touchdown.

Kamara exploits depleted and sloppy Vikings defense, ties NFL record

Inexperience wasn't an excuse for that poor of a showing, coach Mike Zimmer said, with missed tackles piling up between rookies and established veterans alike.
Ham added to list of Vikings' injured not playing in New Orleans

Ham added to list of Vikings' injured not playing in New Orleans

Fullback C.J. Ham played through a quad injury against the Bears, but he was added to the list of injured Vikings players ruled out for today's game.
Injury report: Vikings defense further thinned heading into New Orleans

Injury report: Vikings defense further thinned heading into New Orleans

Five Vikings players have been ruled out, including three more on an already paper-thin defense heading into the Christmas Day game.
Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph caught the winning touchdown in overtime against the Saints in New Orleans in January.

For Vikings and Saints, stakes and decibel level will lower at Superdome

Only 3,000 fans are expected to attend on Friday when the Vikings return to site of their playoff upset last season.
Eric Kendricks, shown making an interception against the Cowboys, was one of several linebackers to miss practice Wednesday.

Injuries leave Vikings especially thin at linebacker

Eric Kendricks, Troy Dye and Todd Davis all missed practice again Wednesday.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) returned from a four-week absence last week vs. the Chiefs.

Scouting report: Vikings at Saints

Quarterback Drew Brees is back from a severe injury. Taysom Hill, Alvin Kamara and a third-ranked defense kept New Orleans afloat.
Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (celebrating a touchdown catch with Kirk Cousins against Dallas in November) said his remarks during the Bears

Jefferson says exchange with Cousins was blown out of proportion

'Kirk's my guy,' the rookie receiver says, after his frustrated comments during Bears game went viral.
Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks, center, and tight end Kyle Rudolph, right, did not play against the Bears on Sunday.

Eight Vikings players sidelined at Tuesday's practice ahead of Friday game vs. Saints

Among the injured players were three linebackers in Eric Kendricks (calf), Todd Davis (ribs) and Troy Dye (concussion).
Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky gained 144 of his 202 passing yards after fake handoffs Sunday.

Film review: How a thinned Vikings front was gashed by the Bears

Bears coach Matt Nagy arrived at U.S. Bank Stadium with a plan to attack through running back David Montgomery and building Mitchell Trubisky's throwing lanes with play-action.
Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (left) and wide receiver Justin Jefferson were selected to the Pro Bowl, but the actual game won’t be held this yea

Vikings' Cook, Jefferson chosen for Pro Bowl that won't be played

The annual all-star exhibition has been canceled this season, but two Vikings were voted on to the NFC's roster
Vikings defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson got a hand on Bears running back David Montgomery as he rushed the ball in the fourth quarter.

Bears' Montgomery slices up Vikings' depleted run defense

David Montgomery, who missed the first game between the Vikings and Bears, rushed for a career-high 146 yards Sunday.
Vikings kicker Dan Bailey made a field goal in the second quarter Sunday vs. the Bears.

Bailey breaks out of slump, going 5-for-5 vs. Bears

Dan Bailey booted his way out of a career-worst slump that had coach Mike Zimmer questioning the veteran's job status after last week's loss in Tampa Bay.
One of Justin Jefferson’s eight catches on Sunday.

Vikings Week 15 spotlight: Justin Jefferson

An in-depth look at the rookie receiver's performance against the Bears.
Alexander Mattison

Vikings running back Alexander Mattison returns from two-game absence

The Vikings' rushing attack will have another option Sunday against the Bears as Mattison returns from a Dec. 5 appendectomy.
Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks will be watching from the sidelines again Sunday.

Kendricks and Rudolph will miss another game for Vikings

The linebacker and tight end have been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Bears because of injuries
Running back David Montgomery, left, and quarterback Mitchell Trubisky have helped turn the Bears offense around.

Scouting report: Vikings vs. Bears

The Bears (6-7) ended a six-game losing streak last week, and their struggling offense has found a spark
Mailbag: How far from being a contender? Developing coaches for other teams?

Mailbag: How far from being a contender? Developing coaches for other teams?

You had Vikings questions, and we had answers. How far away are they from being legitimate contenders? Is Kevin Stefanski the latest Vikings-to-AFC North coaching success?
Vikings kicker Dan Bailey (5) got a vote of confidence from coach Mike Zimmer in front of the team this week.

'We're not going to dwell on it': Vikings sticking with Bailey at kicker

Everyone on the Vikings has had a bad day, coach Mike Zimmer says. So despite Dan Bailey's 0-4 day last Sunday he's staying on to kick Sunday vs. Chicago.
Vikings tight end Irv Smith Jr. scored on a 14-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Kirk Cousins during the second half against the Buccaneers on Sund

Irv Smith's return a needed boost for Vikings offense

The tight end's spry routes and displays of force Sunday signaled his return to form after missing three of the previous four games.
Outfoxing the Vikings: Here's how Bucs shut down Jefferson, Thielen

Outfoxing the Vikings: Here's how Bucs shut down Jefferson, Thielen

The Buccaneers' defensive coordinator threw a curve and the result was that wide receivers Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen didn't make much of an impact Sunday.
Vikings kicker Dan Bailey

Still kicking, for now: Bailey makes it through Monday with Vikings

The Vikings kept kicker Dan Bailey on the roster Monday, but the head coach stopped short of saying whether he'll have the job for Sunday's crucial game vs. Chicago.
Vikings kicker past and present (clockwise from top left): Blair Walsh, Kai Forbath, Dan Bailey and Daniel Carlson.

Zimmer's kickers have a history of disappointing the Vikings

After missing four kicks Sunday, Dan Bailey joins the list of kickers who haven't thrived during Mike Zimmer's time as head coach.
Vikings tight end Irv Smith Jr., despite being limited because of a back injury, scored on a 14-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter Sunday.

Rudolph's injury gives chances for Conklin, Irv Smith to come through

Tight end Tyler Conklin made his first start of the season while Irv Smith Jr. was eased into action as Kyle Rudolph's streak of 98 starts came to a halt.
Vikings running back Dalvin Cook during a second-quarter touchdown run.

Vikings Week 14 spotlight: Dalvin Cook

Cook did more than any other NFL running back against the Buccaneers' No. 1 run defense.
Vikings kicker Dan Bailey in Sunday’s game against Jacksonville.

Zimmer has no concerns about Bailey: 'He'll be fine'

The veteran missed three of his six kicks last Sunday, but his coach said, "Dan's had a great year."
Minnesota Vikings middle linebacker Eric Kendricks (54), who didn’t play Sunday after inflaming his injured calf during warmups, gave a pat on the s

Kendricks won't play against Bucs; Rudolph could miss first game since 2014

Sunday in Tampa, Vikings linebacker Eric Wilson will take over Eric Kendricks' duties as the middle linebacker with veteran Todd Davis again expected to start next to Wilson.
Detroit Lions running back Kerryon Johnson (33), right, and Minnesota Vikings defensive back Kris Boyd (29) argue in the fourth quarter during an NFL

Mailbag: Future at cornerback? Thoughts on the rookie draft class?

Readers wonder about the future for the Vikings at cornerback and whether the 2020 draft class is Rick Spielman's best ever.
Vikings tight end Irv Smith Jr., right, celebrates a touchdown with teammates Justin Jefferson  and Adam Thielen on Nov. 8.

Vikings hopeful Smith will return against the Bucs

Tight end Kyle Rudolph's 98-game start streak is in jeopardy, and the team is optimistic Irv Smith Jr. will be back from groin and back injuries.
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins scrambled as the pocket around him collapsed in the second quarter against the Jaguars on Sunday.

Cousins will have his hands full against Tampa Bay defense

The foe on Sunday is not the same Buccaneers defense he threw three second-half touchdowns against in a 2015 comeback that ended with his trademarked phrase, "You like that?!"
Ndamukong Suh

Scouting report: Vikings at Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay's sixth-ranked scoring offense failed to top 24 points in the recent three losses to the Saints, Rams and Chiefs.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) was sacked by Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Dawuane Smoot (94) on Sunday.

Vikings nearly fold to Jaguars pressure. Can they hold off blitzing Bucs?

Offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak must find more ways to clear throwing lanes for Kirk Cousins against Tampa Bay, and keep him from getting hit as often as he did against Jacksonville.
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins was sacked by Jaguars defensive tackle Rodney Gunter (99) in the fourth quarter Sunday. Cousins will face even more p

Blitz-happy Bucs figure to keep pressure on Vikings' Cousins

Only two NFL defenses blitz more than Tampa at 39.3%, according to Pro Football Reference, meaning the Vikings offensive line will remain under siege.
Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks hung out on the sideline after he aggravated a calf injury during pregame warmups.

Pregame injury to Kendricks forces Vikings to scramble at linebacker

The Vikings defense had to make some last-minute adjustments before Sunday's 27-24 overtime victory against the Jaguars when linebacker Eric Kendricks "tweaked" his injured calf just minutes before kickoff.
Vikings Week 13 spotlight: Kirk Cousins

Vikings Week 13 spotlight: Kirk Cousins

A closer look at the Vikings QB after Sunday's game.
Minnesota Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks warms up before an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020, in Minneapoli

Vikings LB Kendricks tweaks injured calf during warmups, ruled out vs. Jaguars

Linebacker Eric Kendricks was a late scratch for the Vikings before Sunday's game against the Jaguars after apparently tweaking his injured calf muscle during warmups.The…
Cleveland, Thielen return to action; Mattison among six on inactive list

Cleveland, Thielen return to action; Mattison among six on inactive list

The Vikings want to be "smart" with running back Dalvin Cook's workload after his ankle injury last week, coach Mike Zimmer said. Alexander Mattison's absence will test that.
:Tight end Kyle Rudolph is set to make his 100th consecutive start for the Vikings later this month against the Chicago Bears.

Vikings iron man Kyle Rudolph nearing his 100th consecutive NFL start

There is always work for the tight end, but he is approaching another contract crossroads this offseason.
Mailbag: Who's returning Vikings punts Sunday? A look at receivers

Mailbag: Who's returning Vikings punts Sunday? A look at receivers

Chad Beebe's three punt returns last weekend included a fair catch, getting rocked for not calling a fair catch and muffing the catch near the Vikings' goal line.