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Terence Newman Presents, Part 3

In Part 3 of ‘Terence Newman Presents,’ the Vikings hit the bye week 6-2, but then went into the teeth of their schedule, playing four out of five on the road against several NFC contenders. They passed that test with flying colors en route to a NFC North championship.

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Vikings RB Dalvin Cook ‘ahead of schedule’ in ACL rehab

By NFL.com Vikings coach Mike Zimmer told NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero that running back Dalvin Cook is making great progress in his rehab from a torn ACL and will participate in OTAs this week.

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Zimmer on Team’s Attitude and Identity, Cousins, Cook’s Status

By NFL.com Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer talks with NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero at his youth football camp about what last season’s success taught him and how they could learn from a disappointing final game as they head into the 2018 season.

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Vikings hope to extend Barr, Diggs, Hunter

By Mike Florio Before the Vikings splurged on quarterback Kirk Cousins, coach Mike Zimmer spent time pushing back against the kind of cap-busting move that would make it hard to keep the team’s young core players in place. The Vikings apparently will be trying to do both. With Cousins signed and linebacker Eric Kendricks extended, the Vikings have [more]

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Vikings’ Zimmer Shows Softer Side At Annual Youth Camp

By Vikings – WCCO | CBS Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Vikings weren’t practicing Saturday, but their new facility in Eagan was buzzing with football activity. Mike Zimmer held his annual youth camp, which treated kids to a side of the coach not normally seen.

Zimmer was in his element, roaming a football field — but there was something a little different about this time: He was smiling. The famously gruff coach showed his softer side.

“We’ve got 720 kids or something in the two days they’re here, and it’s all free for everybody,” Zimmer said. “But the big thing is, when I’m coaching my team, it’s all about being disciplined and doing things right, being aggressive, and with this, this is about having fun, enjoying the moment.”

It’s hard not to just have fun and enjoy the moment when you’re around this kind of energy — even when you’re a coach used to taking this stuff really seriously.

But there is a more serious goal behind it too — promoting active and healthy lifestyles.

“Really what I want is them having fun,” Zimmer said. “For them to get off the video games, and get off the couch, and go out and play, with their buddies.”

It’s completely free, because Zimmer says that’s how his late wife Vikki Zimmer would have wanted it. All they have to do is sign up on his foundation’s website.

“And, we had so many people both years that it crashed right away,” Zimmer said.

When you get to be coached by the coach of the Vikings, it’s an opportunity kids jump at.

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Five things to watch in Vikings OTAs

By Matthew Coller

The Minnesota Vikings begin organized team activities next week. There may be months remaining until training camp, but OTAs are the unofficial beginning of positional battles and rookies’ first opportunity to compete in practice with veterans. Here are five things to look for in OTAs…

Right tackle

The Vikings elected to wait until the second round to address a need on the offensive line. That leaves them with questions on the right side. Will Mike Remmers open up the offseason at right tackle or right guard? Will Brian O’Neill get work on the left and right sides? Could Rashod Hill start making a case for a starting job at right tackle? Will Danny Isidora get a shot at winning the job?

None of these questions will be resolved by early June, but we may get some hints about the Vikings’ thought process surrounding big decisions on the O-line.

Mike Hughes and Mackensie Alexander

In rookie minicamp, Hughes got some work at the nickel corner spot. It appears likely that he will get a shot at earning the starting slot gig if he catches on quickly. That starts with OTAs. Alexander split reps last season with Terence Newman, playing around 30 percent of total snaps. He should get an opportunity to battle for the job as well. The Vikings may have wanted more progress at this point from their 2016 second-round pick, but we have seen Minnesota DBs make significant progress in the recent past.

Will the hyped UDFAs make an impression?

Two of the undrafted free agents the Vikings signed following the draft landed on Todd McShay’s top UDFA list, including No. 1 Holton Hill. A strong first impression will be especially important for Hill, who was suspended from his Texas team last year and reportedly failed a drug test at the Combine. Hill is an explosive athlete with size and exceptional tackling ability. Those things will show up more at camp, but he needs to impress coaches with his approach during OTAs.

Hercules Mata’afa was originally listed as a linebacker, but the Vikings’ website now says he is a defensive end. Mata’afa was a dominant player at Washington State but doesn’t have the size to play his college position of defensive tackle.

Updates on Pat Elflein’s recovery

KSTP-TV’s Darren Wolfson reported on Twitter that Elflein will not be participating in OTAs. He was injured against the Eagles in the conference title game and had offseason surgery. The Vikings’ starting center is expected to return by training camp. We will be on the lookout to see if anything has changed.

Told no OTA participation next week for #Vikings center Pat Elflein, who had surgery on his left ankle on Jan. 29. But he’s progressing very well.

— Darren Wolfson (@DWolfsonKSTP) May 18, 2018

First impressions of Kirk Cousins, Sheldon Richardson and John DeFilippo

Cousins and Richardson are proven NFL players, so OTAs don’t have a whole lot of meaning for them, but it will be their first opportunity to participate in 11-on-11s. We will also hear from DeFilippo for the first time. We have already heard some reaction from players about installing the offense, but this will be the first look at it.

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Vikings projected to land four compensatory picks in 2019

By Matthew Coller

The Minnesota Vikings had a busy offseason. Not only did they sign a franchise quarterback, but let three proven starters walk.

Letting Case Keenum, Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Bradford leave in free agency will likely result in the Vikings picking up draft picks next season. The Vikings also lost Jerick McKinnon to free agency and signed Sheldon Richardson.

NFL.com projected the VIkings will get a Round 3, Round 6 and two Round 7 draft picks next year as compensation.

Lance Zierlein wrote:

Based on salaries, I expect Cousins and Bradford to cancel each other out in the compensatory picks formula, while the addition of Richardson cancels out the loss of McKinnon. The loss of Keenum could net them a third-rounder. Bridgewater — projected to fetch a seventh-rounder here — has incentives in his contract that could turn his compensatory value into a fifth-rounder if he has a strong 2018 season.”

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Zimmer Discusses His Pro Camp, Working With Young Players

Head Coach Mike Zimmer addressed the media on Saturday from the TCO Performance Center, site of his Mike Zimmer Foundation football camp.

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Barr: Zimmer Was Soft With The Kids, Not The Guy I’m Used To

LB Anthony Barr addressed the media on Saturday from the TCO Performance Center, site of The Mike Zimmer Foundation football camp.

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Purple FTW! Podcast: Friday Football Firesale feat. Darren Wolfson & @JReidDraftScout (ep. 558)

By Andy Carlson

Slide into the weekend’s DMs with one last dose of Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings audio goodness. We chatted Brian Robison returning and the status of contact extensions with Darren “Doogie” Wolfson (@DWolfsonKSTP) of The Scoop. Plus Jordan Reid (@JReidDraftScout), the newest addition to the ELITE Inside the Pylon team, swings in for his weekly spot looking ahead to the 2019 Draft and a closer look at the Vikes’ exceedingly deep and talented defensive line.

All that and more “B-Rob’s One Last Ride” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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