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Vikings to have 18 public practices at new facility

By Mike Florio For 52 years, the Vikings conducted training camp Mankato State University. Now, with a swanky new practice facility, the Vikings will get ready for the season there — and they’ll make 18 of their practices open to the public. Attendance for sessions at which cornerbacks Xavier Rhodes and Trae Waynes (pictured) along with the rest [more]

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5 things Vikings fans need to know about attending training camp in Eagan

By Matthew Coller

TCO Performance Center will be hosting its first training camp starting in July. There will be quite a few differences between the Eagan version and past years in Mankato. Here are five things fans will need to know as they make plans…

1) You will need tickets.

  • 4,000 general admission and 1,000 reserved tickets will be available per day
  • Vikings season ticket holders will have priority access to reserve tickets beginning at 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 21 and tickets for the general public will be released at 9 a.m. on Monday, June 25.
  • Day-of tickets will not be available.

  • The team is using digital tickets only. They can be found at Vikings.com/trainingcamp. Tickets and parking passes will be available on mobile devices only.
  • Four-ticket maximum per fan and a limit of two days per fan.

  • Reserved seats will be available for $20 and $25 for the join practices

2) Parking

  • More than 2,200 parking spaces will be available on-site in the Northland Ford Dealers Parking Lot but must be purchased in advance. Use this address to find the site:

    2600 Vikings Circle

    Eagan, MN 55121

  • Parking costs $10
  • all ride-share services and drop-offs will be Trinity School at River Ridge

3) Food

  • Fans are allowed to bring bottles of water into camp
  • There will be concessions and food trucks

4) Autographs

  • The team will make different position groups available throughout camp at a designated area
  • Autograph sessions are the only time fans can get autographs

5) Joint practices and night practice

  • The joint practices with the Jaguars will take place Wednesday, August 15, and Thursday, August 16.
  • Saturday August 4 is the night practice

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What we learned about every position in minicamp (ep 335)

By Matthew Coller

Matthew Coller and ESPN’s Courtney Cronin go position by position down the Vikings’ roster and discuss what will be at the forefront of storylines when the Vikings begin training camp in late July. Plus, a look at Bubby Brister’s Wiki page.

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Vikings announce full training camp schedule

By Matthew Coller

The Minnesota Vikings will be holding their first training camp at TCO Performance Center. On Tuesday, the team released the complete schedule for camp….

DATE PRACTICE SCHEDULE (Autographs)

Wednesday, July 25 – 10:30 – 11:30 am – Walk-thru – practice: 2:45 – 4:30 pm

Thursday, July 26 -10:30 – 11:30 am – Walk-thru – practice: 2:45 – 4:30 pm

Friday, July 27 – 9:00 – 10:45 am

Saturday, July 28 – 10:30 – 11:30 am – Walk-thru – practice: 2:45 – 5:00 pm

Sunday, July 29 – 10:30 – 11:30 am – Walk-thru (Defensive Tackles) – practice: 2:45 – 5:00 pm

Monday, July 30 – 10:30 – 11:30 am – Walk-thru (Tight Ends) – practice: 2:45 – 5:00 pm

Tuesday, July 31 – 10:30 – 11:30 am – Walk-thru (Running Backs) – practice: 2:45 – 5:00 pm

Wednesday, August 1 – Players Day Off

Thursday, August 2 – 10:30 – 11:30 am – Walk-thru (Offensive Line) – practice: 2:45 – 5:00 pm

Friday, August 3 – 10:30 – 11:30 am – Walk-thru (Defensive Ends) – practice: 2:45 – 5:00 pm

****Saturday, August 4 – 10:30 – 11:30 am – Walk-thru – 7:15 – 9:30 pm (Night practice in TCO Stadium)

Sunday, August 5 – Players Day Off

Monday, August 6 – 10:30 – 11:30 am – Walk-thru (Cornerbacks) – practice: 2:45 – 5:00 pm

Tuesday, August 7 – 10:30 – 11:30 am – Walk-thru (Quarterbacks) – practice: 2:45 – 5:00 pm

Wednesday, August 8 – 10:30 – 11:30 am – Walk-thru (Wide Receivers) – practice: 2:45 – 5:00 pm

Thursday, August 9 – 10:30 – 11:30 am – Walk-thru (Linebackers) – practice: 2:45 – 5:00 pm

Friday, August 10 -Travel to Denver

Saturday, August 11 – Minnesota Vikings at Denver Broncos – 8:00 pm CT

Sunday, August 12 – Players Day Off

Monday, August 13 – 10:30 – 11:30 am – Walk-thru (Safeties) – practice: 2:45 – 5:00 pm

Tuesday, August 14 – 10:30 – 11:30 am – Walk-thru (Specialists), practice: 2:45 – 5:00 pm

Wednesday, August 15 – 10:30 – 11:30 am – Walk-thru – 2:45 – 5:00 pm – Joint practice with Jacksonville

Thursday, August 16 10:30 – 11:30 am – Walk-thru – 2:45 – 5:00 pm – Joint practice with Jacksonville

****Saturday, August 18 – Jacksonville Jaguars at Minnesota Vikings – Noon CT

Sunday, August 19 – Players Day Off

Monday, August 20 -TBD

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Vikings Getting Set To Host First Training Camp In Eagan

By Vikings – WCCO | CBS Minnesota

EAGAN, Minn. (WCCO) — The Minnesota Vikings are starting to get ready for their first training camp in Eagan.

The 2018 Vikings Training Camp, which is sponsored by Verizon, will be in the new Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center starting in late July.

Tuesday morning, representatives from the Vikings and the City of Eagan talked to the media about the training camp schedule, the ticket process for fans, security procedures, parking and traffic control, autograph sessions and food and beverage offerings.

“Our ultimate goal is to provide an environment for our football team – our players, our coaches, our scouts, our staff, to prepare the football players to have a great season. That’s the ultimate goal,” Vikings Chief Operating Officer Kevin Warren said. In conjunction with that, we want to make sure we create an environment from a community asset standpoint, and also for fan experience. This is the first time in 52 years that we’re here. This is new.”

The rookies have to report to training camp on Tuesday, July 24. Their first practice is the next day, with a walkthrough from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and practice in helmets and shorts from 2:45 to 4:30 p.m.

Veterans report on Friday, July 27, and their first practice is Saturday, July 28.

The Vikings will host a night practice on Saturday, Aug. 4, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in full pads.

All training camp practices will be open to the public, but will require fans to reserve tickets in advance on the Vikings’ web site.

Source:: CBS Minnesota

Purple FTW! Podcast: Purple Letter Day feat. Lindsey Young + Arif Hasan (ep. 571)

By Andy Carlson

Longtime Friend of the Program Lindsey Young (@LindseyMNSports) of vikings.com stops by The Blue Door Pub to catch up and talk about her beautiful Letters to Bud series and the latest with the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings as their summer vacation officially commences. Plus a cameo from Arif Hasan (@ArifHasanNFL)!

More “Letterhead is my favorite metal band” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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Revisiting Randy Moss’s moving comments on Dennis Green

By Matthew Coller

On Monday the Minnesota Vikings announced that Dennis Green would posthumously be inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor during a halftime ceremony at the Vikings game against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, September 23, at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Lasy year, the Vikings inducted Randy Moss, who will enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August. During a press conference on June 14, 2017 to announce that Moss would join the Ring of Honor, he was asked what he would say if Green, who passed away in 2016, were able to see him being honored.

“You ask me what I would say to him? I would probably just fall in his arms and give him a hug,” Moss said following a long pause to gather his emotions. “There’s no words that I could tell him. The man passed away without me really, really, really giving him my love and thanks for what he was able to do for me and my family. There was a lot of teams that passed on me for wrong reasons. Coach Green gave me that opportunity.

“So, when all of y’all Vikings fans are sitting up here going back in the past, remembering the teams that I played on, the teams that Ahmad [Rashad] played on, the teams that Coach Green coached. Man, however you feel about me, you can feel. But if you feel a good way about me, Coach Green brought me here. Whatever talents I was able to showcase, he helped me do that. Just fall in his arms and give him a big hug, man. That’s my man. You see how emotional I am about him, I’m very thankful to be able to cross paths with Coach Green.”

Moss played for Green between 1998 and 2002. During Green’s time as head coach, Moss emerged as one of the league’s most dynamic playmakers, grabbing 60 total touchdowns over the five-year span.

Last June, Moss remembered Green’s offensive philosophy and how the coach explained it to his players.

“There was kind of like a podium and if any of y’all know Coach [Dennis] Green, he could play the drums and he knew rhythm very good,” Moss said excitedly. “So he’s up there playing a beat on the podium. We never knew why he was playing that beat. When he was playing the beat, he was telling Randall Cunningham, Randall McDaniel, the offense, Cris Carter and them – this is the rhythm we’re going to have to play to the whole night in order for us to be successful. The rest is history.”

Green led the Vikings to four Central Division titles, the NFC Championship game twice and posted a 101-70 record, giving him the second-most wins in franchise history behind only Bud Grant (168). In 1998, the team set the NFL single-season scoring record at 556 points, averaging 34.8 points per game — in large part because of Moss’s 19.0 yards per catch and 17 touchdowns.

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Top 100 Players of 2018: Everson Griffen at No. 19

By NFL Network Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffin is voted the No. 19 player in the NFL by his peers on “Top 100 Players of 2018.”

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Everson Griffen Lands at No. 19 on NFL Top 100 List

By Eric Smith Everson Griffen is lucky No. 7. The Vikings defensive end on Monday night became the seventh Vikings player to be revealed on the NFL’s Top 100 list, as one of Minnesota’s top defensive leaders ch…

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Former agent: Diggs should be asking for more than $14.5 million per year

By Matthew Coller

Responding to a question on twitter, former agent and contributor to CBS Sports Joel Corry said Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs should not accept a contract extension for any less than $14.5 million per year.

Diggs is set to hit the free agent market after this season if he and the Vikings cannot come to an agreement on an extension. The prices for receivers have gone up with a recent flurry of extensions, including that of Green Bay Packers standout Davante Adams, who Corry said should set the bar for Diggs.

Defensive end Danielle Hunter is also set to hit the market. His price could push even higher, according to Corry, who said Hunter shouldn’t accept similar dollars to teammate Everson Griffen.

Anthont Barr is also seeking a long-term deal.

Last season the Vikings announced three extensions for star players at the beginning of camp.

Stefon Diggs shouldn’t do a deal unless it’s north of ($14.5M-avg) Davante Adams w/normal guarantees (Green Bay deals are light on security). The 2019 WR franchise tag will be over $16M. Danielle Hunter shouldn’t take Everson Griffen $$ ($14.5M per year). He even isn’t 24 yet. https://t.co/yLT2xPHJOM

— Joel Corry (@corryjoel) June 18, 2018

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