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Mike Zimmer: Andrew Sendejo told he did “everything right” despite flag

By Charean Williams Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said safety Andrew Sendejo‘s form and delivery was correct on a hit that drew a 15-yard penalty. According to Zimmer, an official told Sendejo that “they just want us to throw a flag.” “[Sendejo] said, ‘What could I have done different?’” Zimmer said on KFAN, via Courtney Cronin of ESPN. “[The [more]

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Vikings Bring In New Kicker, Add Old Teammate For Depth

By Vikings – WCCO | CBS Minnesota

EAGAN, Minn. (WCCO) — It’s only Week 3 and the Minnesota Vikings made three moves to change the roster this week.

That’s life in the NFL. One of those new people is actually an old teammate. Another is expected to be the key to the kicking game. WCCO’s Mike Max has more.

For Tom Johnson, it’s like coming home. Except it’s a new home, not Eden Prairie. But it is the same coaching staff.

“I know all the guys here. This is pretty much where pretty much my career started so I think it’s a good fit and it’s only going to get better,” Johnson said.

The more intriguing add is Danny Bailey. Enough success in his past that at least you feel it stabilizes what can be a critical position.

“If it was possible I wanted to somewhere that I had an opportunity to win and be a part of an organization that’s right there and right on the brink of having a lot of success,” Bailey said.

His performance dropped a bit last season in Dallas, and he did go through an injury, but the new conditions should be ideal.

“Can’t complain on eight games a year inside so that was a plus as well. Just the win now mentality, the guys in the locker room have been great. It’s a really great locker room,” Bailey said.

All the coach wants is to sleep well at night.

“You know he’s been a really good kicker and hopefully he’s really, really good for us,” Mike Zimmer said.

Dalvin Cook did not practice on Wednesday, nursing a hamstring injury. The good news is center Pat Elflein was back at full speed and hopeful of starting on Sunday.

Source:: CBS Minnesota

Tom Johnson taking unexpected return to Minnesota ‘in stride’

By Matthew Coller

You know how when you first leave home and then come back for a visit and notice that there’s a new gas station or they’ve turned old Target into Super Target? Well, imagine how Tom Johnson felt coming back to find the $125 million TCO Performance Center in the place of run-down Winter Park.

“Man, it’s crazy,” Johnson said Wednesday. “Rick had no problem walking me around for an hour and half yesterday, showing me every detail, and the lights and what they do. From the [chiropractic] place to the turf, man, it’s A1 the best place I’ve seen. It’s a great attraction for the community, for the team, for the owners. So, definitely motivates you to continue to win and do big things.”

Johnson was signed by the Vikings after the Seattle Seahawks unexpectedly released him last week — though NFL Network reported the Seahawks had planned to immediately re-sign him this week.

He also returns to find star defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson in his three-technique position. Instead of playing 68 percent of snaps as he did last year, now it’s highly the 34-year-old D-lineman will be part of a rotation to keep Richardson fresh.

“They’ve got a good rotation in here,” You’re going to get plays. You’ve got to take advantage of the plays you get. So I’m not looking at it as a starter or backup type deal, you know? The league knows who I am. Guys in the locker room know who I am. So I’m not here because I’m trying to prove I’m a starter or if I’m coming in a rotation. I’m going to come in, do my job, contribute as much as possible and hopefully we win.”

Johnson signed with the Vikings in 2014 following a stint with the New Orleans Saints and in the CFL. He picked up 16 sacks over four seasons, two of which were largely as a rotational player. When Richardson signed, GM Rich Spielman said the team was interested in keeping Johnson.

“We obviously didn’t want to let him go,” head coach Mike Zimmer said. “Tom’s a good football player. He’s been great for us in the time we’ve been here, so that’s all been good.”

Johnson said he should be able to step back in with little adjustment needed.

“I’m just taking it in stride right now,” Johnson said. “It’s something that I wasn’t expecting, as far the better situation that I’m in. I’m taking full advantage of it, if I was going to land somewhere. We had a couple more offers from other teams or whatever, and out of the other teams I felt like this was the best fit.”

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Giants claim Stacy Coley off waivers from Vikings

By Charean Williams The Giants have claimed receiver Stacy Coley off waivers from the Vikings, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports. Giants coach Pat Shurmur coached Coley last year when Shurmur served as offensive coordinator of the Vikings. The Vikings made Coley a seventh-round pick in 2017, and he played in four games last season with one kickoff [more]

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‘It Fit The Bill Perfectly’: New Vikings Kicker Settling In With Team

By Vikings – WCCO | CBS Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — New Minnesota Vikings kicker Dan Bailey is settling in nicely with the team after a whirlwind start to the week.

The Vikings quickly waived kicker Daniel Carlson after his 0-for-3 game at Green Bay Packers, and soon after, Bailey was signed.

Related: Vikings Sign K Dan Bailey, Waive Stacy Coley

On Wednesday, Bailey, 30, addressed the media. Bailey says he feels bad for Carlson, but coming to the Vikings was the best opportunity for him.

“I wanted to go somewhere that had an opportunity to win and be a part of an organization that’s right there, right on the brink of having a lot of success,” Bailey said. “It fit the bill perfectly.”

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Bailey, who was cut by the Dallas Cowboys after 7 years, said last year’s season was a tough year for him after suffering a groin injury.

“Ended up missing four games and came back and didn’t finish the year as I wanted to,” he said. “I hadn’t had any injuries throughout my career, so it was my first time dealing with that.”

Now, Bailey says he’s ready and healthy.

“I thought I had a really good offseason, good camp, so I’m excited to move forward,” Bailey said.

The Vikings are hoping they can get consistency at the kicker position with Bailey, who has made 186 of 211 field-goal attempts, and is the league’s 2nd most accurate kicker in NFL history.

Source:: CBS Minnesota

With other offers on the table, Dan Bailey chose win-now Vikings team

By Matthew Coller

Dan Bailey had plenty of interest when the Dallas Cowboys elected to release him following a training camp battle. The veteran kicker, who ranks second all time in field goal percentage, waited until he found a place where he could win.

Bailey signed with the Minnesota Vikings on Monday. The Vikings released rookie kicker Daniel Carlson, who missed three key kicks against the Green Bay Packers, including a 35-yard attempt as overtime expired.

That opened the door for Bailey to land with the Super Bowl contender he wanted.

“I spent seven years in Dallas and at this point in my career even though I’m still young – or I like to think I’m young – I wanted to go somewhere that had an opportunity to win and be a part of an organization that’s right there and right on the brink of having a lot of success,” Bailey said Wednesday. “When this situation came up it fit the bill perfectly. I can’t complain about eight games out of the year inside, that was a plus as well. The win-now mentality. The guys in the locker room have been great. It’s a really great locker room. It was a really easy decision for me.”

Bailey is no stranger to kicking under pressure. With the 13-3 Cowboys, he made 27-of-32 kicks and went 3-for-3 in Dallas’ home playoff game against the Packers.

“At the end of the day, the more situations you go through, the more you situations you see, you definitely learn,” Bailey said. “I’ve been fortunate over the years to see a lot of different situations, to be put in a lot of pressure situations. It’s always going to get your blood flowing a little bit but I’ve learned to enjoy that, to embrace that moment and to just keep it going.”

Bailey is coming off his toughest season in the NFL. He went just 15-for-20 and missed two extra points.

“Last year was a tough year for me,” Bailey said. “I started the year great. I felt really well. Had a little bit of a groin injury mid-October, somewhere in there, ended up missing four games and then came back. And yeah, just didn’t really finish the year like I wanted, obviously. So that was tough. That’s the first time I’ve ever missed any time, I think, even going back to high school. I’ve been very fortunate, I haven’t had any injuries throughout my career, so that was my first time dealing with that.”

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said he’s hoping that having a veteran kicker with a history of success will allow him to breathe easier when his kicker takes the field.

“This guy has been a really good kicker and you know, hopefully, he’s really, really good for us,” Zimmer said. “I kind of feel the same way about him as I felt about the quarterback position. Someone asked me the other day about the five years I’ve been here we’ve been trying to get that position solidified. If we can get that position solidified like we have with the quarterback, that would be good.”

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Vikings cut David Parry to get Tom Johnson on roster

By Charean Williams The Vikings released defensive tackle David Parry. They needed the roster spot for the signing of defensive tackle Tom Johnson. Johnson, who played for Minnesota from 2014-17, was released by Seattle last week. Parry played only 12 of 77 snaps Sunday against Green Bay, but he had a sack of Aaron Rodgers and made two [more]

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Vikings Bring Back DT Tom Johnson

By Vikings – WCCO | CBS Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A familiar face is returning to the Minnesota Vikings’ defensive line.

On Wednesday, the team announced that defensive tackle Tom Johnson has been signed to the squad. DT David Parry was waived.

Johnson, an 8-year veteran out of Southern Mississippi, spent three seasons with Vikings from 2014 to 2017.

Johnson joins the Vikings after being released by Seattle on September 17.

Johnson has recorded 16 of 21 career sacks as a Viking.

Source:: CBS Minnesota

Breaking down a key play from Vikings-Packers (ep. 374)

By Matthew Coller

Matthew Coller and former NFL quarterback Sage Rosenfels grind the tape together, breaking down Stefon Diggs’ 75-yard touchdown. Sage recognizes the play right away and explains why it worked, how protection played a key role, a subtle part of Diggs’ route that led to separation. Plus we talk Journeyman Quarterback of the Week and QB-center relationships.

Here is the play Matthew and Sage broke down:

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Purple FTW! Podcast: I’m Not the Terrible Carlson feat. Declan Goff (ep. 624)

By Andy Carlson

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings are off to an odd 1-0-1 start thanks largely in part to departed rookie kicker Daniel Carlson. Friend of the Program Declan Goff (@dextweets) dives into the Blue Door Pub for a show of savior Dan Bailey takes, Kirk Cousins mea culpas, and trying to find a way the Buffalo Bills will be competitive Sunday because… Vikings history.

All that and more “Diamond Dan Bailey” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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