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Vikings players had plenty to learn during offseason program with new coaching staff and new defensive scheme.
Kirk Cousins called it 'an extra heartbeat,' that time spent together off the field can help players and coaches make stronger connections.
Andrew DePaola hit four home runs at CHS Field at a charity game. "I don't know if anyone knew I could play baseball," he said.
The Vikings were down two receivers due to injuries during organized team activities, and suddenly free-agent receiver Albert Wilson's phone lit up.
Cornerback Jeff Gladney started 15 of the Vikings' 16 games in 2020.
Eric Kendricks' words about the team's management — "I don't think a fear-based organization is the way to go" — grabbed headlines when the Wilfs fired Mike Zimmer and Rick Spielman.
Demitrius Washington has been with San Francisco for seven seasons, beginning his time there alongside new GM Kwesi Adofo-Mensah in the 49ers football research and development department.
Only 42 players, far below the usual 70 or 80, were on the field Friday for the first day of new coach Kevin O'Connell's first rookie minicamp.
The Vikings will host a Thanksgiving game for the first time, one of a series of notable match-ups on the 2022 schedule, which also includes opening at home against Green Bay.
The Sept. 19 matchup will be the Vikings' second trip to Lincoln Financial Field since the NFC Championship game after the 2017 season.
The game, to be played at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, will be the Vikings' third in London since 2013. The Vikings will not give up a home game to make the trip.
The decision, which was widely expected, will make the 2019 first-round pick a free agent after the season.
The Vikings made six trades and spent most of their early picks on defense. Here are questions to consider as the team prepares to gather for workouts later this month.
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 Insider: Adofo-Mensah's first draft as an NFL general manager, will be remembered, rightly or wrongly, for a pair of deals in the first two rounds that allowed NFC North rivals to select receivers.
After mostly drafting defenders in early rounds, the Vikings added an offensive tackle, a wide receiver and a tight end in the sixth and seventh rounds.
Georgia safety Lewis Cine said he would strive to play in a smart, rugged manner and bring a physical element to the Vikings' defense while complying with ever-changing NFL rules.
The Vikings selected cornerback Andrew Booth Jr., offensive lineman Ed Ingram and linebacker Brian Asamoah on Friday night.
Draft charts that measure the value of each pick were divided on whether the Vikings won the trade, or whether they should have gotten more from Detroit in the swap.
Even while using much of predecessor Rick Spielman's scouting operation, GM Kwesi Adofo-Mensah has given hints about how he will handle the team's picks differently.
Football writer Ben Goessling walks you through his thoughts about what the Vikings will do in the team's first draft with Kwesi Adofo-Mensah and Kevin O'Connell in charge.
The team has taken four cornerbacks in the first round since 2013 — and it won't be a surprise if they select yet another one on Thursday night.
For the first time since 2006, Rick Spielman isn't in charge of the Vikings' draft. But they need help at the position he emphasized in the first round: cornerback.
GM Kwesi Adofo-Mensah and coach Kevin O'Connell get to try their hand at the problem that plagued Rick Spielman and Mike Zimmer as much as any other.
The Vikings may consider using one of their first three picks on a receiver who could develop alongside Justin Jefferson.
During the first two weeks of the NFL offseason program, the on-field work happens under of the watch of strength and conditioning coaches.
The players have been all smiles through the first two days of new coach Kevin O'Connell's first offseason program, talking optimistically about the team's new culture.
As the team reconvenes under new coach Kevin O'Connell, its quarterback spoke to reporters for the first time since he signed a one-year contract extension.
During a 30-minute media session this week, Vikings' new coach Kevin O'Connell talked about how he plans to use his edge-rushing tandem in a 3-4 defense.
Patrick Peterson announced his signing on his podcast, saying: "I'm not trying to back up the Brink's truck any more," and that he just wanted a respectable contract.
The Vikings favored guaranteeing both teams one possession in overtime. but preferred a different method than the one passed by the league's owners.
Kevin O'Connell worked with Kirk Cousins as a quarterbacks coach with Washington in 2017, and that familiarity and ability to communicate well with each other should help the entire offense.
While Kevin O'Connell attends seminars and catches up with his counterparts in his first NFL annual meetings as Vikings coach, the team added two players to his roster.
The league will pay teams up to $200,000 to add a minority or female coach to its offensive staff in 2022.
As the new league year opened, the team opted not to follow through on a hard reset, again pushing money problems into future seasons.
Facing salary cap issues, the team has turned to affordable free agents like Harrison Phillips and Jordan Hicks, whom the team believes will be solid additions.
The team converted safety Harrison Smith's $8 million roster bonus to a signing bonus, helping them officially sign the free agents they added this week.
With the beginning of the league year, the Vikings officially signed defensive tackle Harrison Phillips, re-signed punter Jordan Berry and agreed to terms with two other free agents with ties to new coaches.
Bringing in Jordan Hicks, who played with Arizona, continued efforts to revamp the front seven — and could reflect the end of the linebacker alignment of the Mike Zimmer era.
The deal came just before the start of NFL free agency and resolves what might have been the biggest question for the team's new leadership.
Eric Sugarman had been with the team for 16 years, one of the longest-tenured members of its football department.
Matt Daniels will become the second coordinator with Rams ties to join the staff under new Vikings head coach Kevin O'Connell. Among other hires was defensive backs coach Daronte Jones, who held that same position under Mike Zimmer in 2020.
The Vikings' protracted searches for Kwesi Adofo-Mensah and Kevin O'Connell finally give way to a truncated offseason schedule and a hefty to-do list.
Kevin O'Connell seemed to be building a thesis during Thursday's press conference: The team's current roster has enough talent to win right now. All it needs is to be managed properly.
The list for new head coach Kevin O'Connell includes defensive coordinator Ed Donatell and assistant head coach Mike Pettine, the Packers' defensive coordinator from 2018-20.
Kevin O'Connell becomes the second-youngest coach in Vikings history behind Norm Van Brocklin, who was 35 when he coached the franchise's first game.
The Super Bowl matchup will be a showcase for an offensive lineage that now includes Kevin O'Connell, set to become the Vikings' new head coach.
If the Vikings switch to a three-man defensive front under new defensive coordinator Ed Donatell, it could change how they evaluate certain players, including pass rushers like Danielle Hunter.
Ryan Grigson, who worked with new Vikings GM Kwesi Adofo-Mensah in Cleveland, joins the team in a senior personnel role.
A high-profile flirtation with Jim Harbaugh ended without an offer, as the Vikings found a partner for Kwesi Adofo-Mensah in 36-year-old Kevin O'Connell.
The Vikings spent most of Wednesday interviewing Michigan's Jim Harbaugh but never made him an offer. Instead, they chose the Rams' offensive coordinator, who can't officially be hired until after the Super Bowl.
After interviewing the Rams' Raheem Morris and Kevin O'Connell in California on Monday, the team will interview Patrick Graham in Minnesota today and Jim Harbaugh on Wednesday.
What the word means to people — inside the organization and to fans — will determine much of the initial perception of Kwesi Adofo-Mensah's work as general manager,
The Vikings had exploratory conversations with Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh to gauge interest on both sides in the team's head coaching position. He coached the 49ers for four seasons.
Patrick Graham will have an interview with the team Saturday, as the first candidate added to the Vikings' list since Kwesi Adofo-Mensah was hired as general manager.
As Kwesi Adofo-Mensah shared his approach to his new job, he was short on specifics while making it clear he believes his unorthodox path to the job will be an advantage to reshaping the Vikings.
The first Vikings general manager search in 16 years put team officials in interviews with the widest range of candidates in club history. The winning candidate took a path to the GM's office like few in the NFL.
Cleveland Browns executive Kwesi Adofo-Mensah remained in the Twin Cities on Tuesday night as his conversations with the Vikings continued into the evening.
The Vikings last season chose to defer costs to 2022, leaving a bill for Rick Spielman's successor to pick up.
The Vikings are expected to meet again with both candidates next week after an initial round of eight interviews to find Rick Spielman's replacement.
By Monday's end, the Vikings were to have completed first interviews with four external candidates, including Eagles' executive Catherine Raiche, believed to be the first woman to interview for a GM position in the NFL.
Mike Zimmer's unremitting approach yielded more wins than any coach not named Bud Grant or Dennis Green, but ultimately wore thin.
The team asked to speak with NFL assistants who are currently coaching in the playoffs such as the Buccaneers' Todd Bowles, the Packers' Nathaniel Hackett and the Cowboys' Kellen Moore and Dan Quinn.
Catherine Raiche, the Eagles' VP of football operations, would be the first woman to interview for a GM job in NFL history. Monti Ossenfort, the Titans' player personnel director, is a Luverne native and Minnesota Morris alumnus.
The first two days of the Vikings' general manager and coaching searches have played out relatively quietly, but there were signs things were starting to pick up as of Wednesday evening.
Owners Mark and Zygi Wilf say they'll hire a new general manager before naming a new coach. Veteran Eric Kendricks said some of ex-coach Mike Zimmer's sharp-tongued critiques didn't sit well with players.
Coach Mike Zimmer and General Manager Rick Spielman had two years remaining on their contracts. But a day after the Vikings finished 8-9 and missed the playoffs, owners Zygi and Mark Wilf opted for a total reset.
Kirk Cousins dropped to a knee on the final play as fans booed the decision not to give Justin Jefferson a shot at a team receiving record. Bigger decisions await the team.
A veteran secondary. A healthy front seven. A bigger offensive line. A first-time offensive play-caller. A spotty vaccination record.
The result of the game at U.S. Bank Stadium could come down to which team plays harder for a coach who might be in his final game.
At the end of his 10th NFL season, safety Harrison Smith remains a hallmark of the Vikings defense for his ability to disguise blitzes and coverage shifts.
The Packers quarterback has thrown 13 touchdowns without an interception in his past four games against Minnesota, posting passer ratings above 100 each time.
The Vikings' playoff hopes were euthanized Sunday night, in a 37-10 defeat that felt like an anthology of their worst moments against their hated rivals from Green Bay.
The Vikings will take on Green Bay and need to win — as 13 1/2-point underdogs — to avoid being eliminated from playoff contention. And they'll be without quarterback Kirk Cousins and other key players.
Minnesota will take on Green Bay without quarterback Kirk Cousins, receiver Adam Thielen and so many others, but Dalvin Cook is back and looms as a linchpin.