Vikings cornerback Cameron Dantzler, left, works against his fellow corner Patrick Peterson during training camp Friday.

No broken needle: Dantzler aims for stronger second Vikings season

Cameron Dantzler, the 22-year-old cornerback, worked on fortifying himself physically and mentally this offseason with the help of a mentor, former Steelers safety Ryan Clark.

Sheldon Richardson relearning his role on the Vikings' defensive line

Vikings assistant head coach Andre Patterson talks to defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, left, and defensive end Danielle Hunter at minicamp in June
Assistant head coach Andre Patterson was eager to bring the defensive tackle back to Minnesota after the Browns cut him this spring.

Vikings camp observations: Irv Smith shines in front of big crowd

Tight end Irv Smith .had a strong afternoon in the Vikings’ third practice of camp Friday.
The tight end made a pair of acrobatic catches as fans filled up the bleachers on a cooler afternoon
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July 30
Podcast: A 'softer' Mike Zimmer? Or just a healthy, veteran-laden Vikings defense?

Podcast: A 'softer' Mike Zimmer? Or just a healthy, veteran-laden Vikings defense?

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss a largely healthy, veteran-laden Vikings defense that may have lightened the mood of the eighth-year head coach.
July 30
Vikings defensive tackle Michael Pierce is both eager and nervous as he returns to football after opting out of the 2020 season because of COVID-19 co

Vikings' Pierce says he's healing quickly and 'anxious' to don pads again

Nose tackle Michael Pierce, the team's top 2020 free-agent signing, strained a calf earlier this summer, but said Thursday he's healing more quickly than trainers anticipated.
Minnesota Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes (29) and s running back Dalvin Cook (33) celebrated a defensive turnover at U.S. Bank Stadium Sunday Septem
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July 29
Vikings cornerback Patrick Peterson, right.

Vikings camp observations: Peterson's teaching moment with Dantzler

Veteran cornerback Patrick Peterson pulled second-year corner Cameron Dantzler and other young players aside Thursday to give them coverage tips.
July 29
Vikings right tackle Brian O’Neill blocked against defensive end Danielle Hunter during the second day of training camp Thursday.

In line for a new contract, Vikings' O'Neill tries to ignore right tackle market

Now the leader of the offensive line, Brian O'Neill has put himself in line for an extension at a time when his position is becoming more lucrative.
July 29
Randy Moss was fined for mooning the crowd in Green Bay, the origin of his ‘Straight cash, homey’ quote.

'Straight cash, homie.' The story of Moss's memorable quote

Three uttered words on a subzero winter's afternoon in January 2005 remain about as memorable as any other from Hall of Famer Randy Moss.
Vikings super fans Sid Davey and David Garza showed up in Canton to support the Vikings during their 1st preseason game of the season.
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July 29
Randy Moss redacted after catch a large mouth bass during the tournament, Dane Vocelka (netting the fish) guided Moss and his friend Lee Vickers.

Straight bass, homie: Fishing fables match Sid tales at Moss' fundraiser

Randy Moss' "Straight Bass Classic" was an event designed to honor late Star Tribune columnist Sid Hartman while raising money and awareness for the rare genetic disorder that afflicts Hartman's 20-year-old grandson.
July 29
Vikings linebacker Troy Dye and his teammates stretched during the first day of training camp.

Reusse: In classic Hartman tradition, hope springs eternal at Vikings camp

With the team's offseason maneuvering, it's not hard to view the opening of training camp and the new season with a spoonful of sugar — just as our former senior scribe would have wanted it.


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  • Passing Yards
    K. Cousins MIN 4265
  • Rushing Yards
    D. Cook MIN 1557
    A. Mattison MIN 434
    K. Cousins MIN 156
    M. Boone MIN 59
    A. Abdullah MIN 42
  • Receiving Yards
    J. Jefferson MIN 1400
    A. Thielen MIN 925
    I. Smith Jr. MIN 365
    D. Cook MIN 361
    K. Rudolph MIN 334
  • Defensive Tackles (Total)
    E. Wilson MIN 121
    E. Kendricks MIN 107
    A. Harris MIN 104
    H. Smith MIN 89
    J. Gladney MIN 81
  • Interceptions
    H. Smith MIN 5
    E. Kendricks MIN 3
    E. Wilson MIN 3
    C. Dantzler MIN 2
    (2) Players 1
  • Sacks
    I. Odenigbo MIN 3.5
    E. Wilson MIN 3.0
    D. Wonnum MIN 3.0
    H. Mata'afa MIN 2.5
    J. Johnson MIN 1.5
  • Passing Yards
    T. Brady TB 4633
    M. Ryan ATL 4581
    A. Rodgers GB 4299
    K. Cousins MIN 4265
    R. Wilson SEA 4212
  • Rushing Yards
    D. Cook MIN 1557
    A. Jones GB 1104
    D. Montgomery CHI 1070
    E. Elliott DAL 979
    R. Jones II TB 978
  • Receiving Yards
    D. Hopkins ARI 1407
    J. Jefferson MIN 1400
    D. Adams GB 1374
    C. Ridley ATL 1374
    D. Metcalf SEA 1303
  • Defensive Tackles (Total)
    J. Smith DAL 154
    B. Martinez NYG 151
    D. White TB 140
    R. Smith CHI 139
    B. Wagner SEA 138
  • Interceptions
    Q. Diggs SEA 5
    H. Smith MIN 5
    C. Davis III TB 4
    K. Fuller WAS 4
    (2) Players 4
  • Sacks
    A. Donald LAR 13.5
    T. Hendrickson NO 13.5
    H. Reddick ARI 12.5
    Z. Smith GB 12.5
    L. Williams NYG 11.5
  • Passing Yards
    D. Watson HOU 4823
    P. Mahomes KC 4740
    J. Allen BUF 4544
    J. Herbert LAC 4336
    P. Rivers IND 4169
  • Rushing Yards
    D. Henry TEN 2027
    J. Taylor IND 1169
    J. Robinson JAX 1070
    N. Chubb CLE 1067
    J. Jacobs LV 1065
  • Receiving Yards
    S. Diggs BUF 1535
    T. Kelce KC 1416
    T. Hill KC 1276
    D. Waller LV 1196
    B. Cooks HOU 1150
  • Defensive Tackles (Total)
    Z. Cunningham HOU 163
    J. Schobert JAX 141
    D. Leonard IND 132
    N. Hewitt NYJ 131
    A. Johnson DEN 124
  • Interceptions
    X. Howard MIA 10
    J. Jackson NE 9
    T. Mathieu KC 6
    J. Simmons DEN 5
    (5) Players 4
  • Sacks
    T. Watt PIT 15.0
    M. Garrett CLE 12.0
    S. Tuitt PIT 11.0
    D. Buckner IND 9.5
    (2) Players 9.0
  • Thursday, August 5
    Dallas @ Pittsburgh
July 29
Vikings fans did the Skol Chant during the first day of training camp.

With new faces, Vikings begin training camp hoping for the good old days

Their new-look defensive line took the field for the first time Wednesday, as the Vikings welcomed fans back to training camp.
Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) makes an 11-yard reception for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct
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Vikings coach Mike Zimmer with receiver Dede Westbrook on Wednesday. Westbrook, who agreed to a one-year deal Sunday, could make an impact catching pa

Newest Viking Westbrook eyes dual impact as receiver, returner

Dede Westbrook fielded punt after punt in his first Vikings practice Wednesday, making it clear he'll try to help his new team in more ways than one.
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July 28
New Vikings offensive line coach Phil Rauscher during Wednesday’s practice.

Vikings training camp observations: OL coach Phil Rauscher's voice is heard

Rauscher, replacing Rick Dennison as the Vikings offensive line coach, took the reins during Wednesday's practice and did not go unheard.
July 28
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers at training camp last season.

Zimmer kept curious eye on Aaron Rodgers drama in Green Bay

That Rodgers showed up in Green Bay on Tuesday isn't ideal for the Vikings. But their chances of winning the division aren't insurmountable.
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July 28
Danielle Hunter (99) and Sheldon Richardson at minicamp in June.

Vikings training camp preview: Defensive line makeover top priority

The group could look almost completely different than it did in 2020, with returning veterans, free agent additions and draft picks.
July 27
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer at minicamp in June.

As camp begins, Zimmer cautiously optimistic about new cornerbacks

The cornerback situation will settle through camp and the preseason, but coach Mike Zimmer said he's "got some good depth" after a tumultuous 2020 season.
July 27
Offensive line/run game coordinator Rick Dennison served as Gary KubiakÕs offensive coordinator in Houston and Denver before taking the Bills offensi

Vikings assistant Dennison moves to new role, agrees to virus protocols

Offensive line coach Rick Dennison reached an agreement to become a team adviser, with no on-field contact with players, after he did not get vaccinated against COVID-19.
July 27
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers

After all the Rodgers drama, Packers got what they wanted

The legendarily stubborn quarterback ran into a stubborn organization. And Aaron Rodgers blinked.
July 27
Eric Kendricks talks to Anthony Barr at Vikings minicamp in June.

Vikings training camp preview: Kendricks, Barr return from injuries

Eric Wilson left a big hole to fill as Eric Kendricks and Anthony Barr try to recapture their elite form after injuries.
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July 26
Vikings training camp preview: Last year's cornerbacks buried on depth chart

Vikings training camp preview: Last year's cornerbacks buried on depth chart

A retooled Vikings secondary could be returning only one opening-day starter – safety Harrison Smith – from last season.
July 26
Vikings rookie offensive linemen Christian Darrisaw (71) and Wyatt Davis.

Vikings sign final three draft picks to rookie contracts before camp

The Vikings also designated sixth-round rookie defensive tackle Jaylen Twyman for the reserve/non-football injury list. He'll miss at least eight games after he was shot four times in June.
July 26
Big takes: Reusse on Jose Berrios, Aaron Rodgers and more

Big takes: Reusse on Jose Berrios, Aaron Rodgers and more

Patrick Reusse looks ahead with Michael Rand to some of the huge story lines in sports this week, including the baseball trade deadline and opening of NFL training camps.
July 26
Dede Westbrook  had 160 catches for 1,720 yards and nine touchdowns in four seasons with Jacksonville, but his 2020 season lasted only two games becau

No. 3 receiver? Vikings sign ex-Jaguar Westbrook to add depth

Former Jaguars wideout Dede Westbrook's connection with new Vikings receivers coach Keenan McCardell drew him to Minnesota.