• Quarterback might be a problem for the Gophers as they are planning to start both Conor Rhoda and Demry Croft, but they did land a solid future starter at that position in Shelby, Ohio’s Brennan Armstrong, who threw for 2,321 yards and 21 touchdowns and also rushed for 1,065 yards and 18 scores. “I’m 100 percent committed to Minnesota,” he told Rivals.com. “I don’t talk to any other schools.”
• Despite having one of the best defenses in the NFL last season, the Vikings had only one player listed on NFL.com’s 2017 All-Pro predictions — cornerback Xavier Rhodes. The writer, Elliot Harrison, did praise defensive end Danielle Hunter but did not put him on the list.
• Asked to compare Adrian Peterson with Dalvin Cook, Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said it’s hard to do at this stage of the rookie Cook’s career. “I obviously was not around Adrian as much as other people, but he was a downhill, explosive-type runner, one of the best of all-time,” Shurmur said. “We’ve got Dalvin here who’s got the traits to be a really good football player, so we’ll see how that plays out.”
• Pro Football Focus graded out the top players in the Vikings-Seahawks game, and Vikings fourth-round pick Jaleel Johnson, who had five tackles, topped the list with a grade of 86.3.
• The 49ers, the Vikings’ opponent Sunday, have had four coaches since 2014 when the Vikings hired Mike Zimmer. They have employed Jim Harbaugh, Jim Tomsula, Chip Kelly and now Kyle Shanahan. Incidentally, Shanahan was born in Minneapolis while his father, Mike, was on Joe Salem’s Gophers staff.
• The concussion to Twins catcher Jason Castro could hurt. With him behind the plate (769⅓ innings), Twins pitchers have a 4.21 ERA vs. 5.69 with Chris Gimenez (357⅔).