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Notebook: Rookie Zach Line thrown into Adrian Peterson's path

By akrammer@1500espn.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has said before he prefers to be alone in the backfield.

But that was before the violent runner’s miraculous 2012 season, which brought fullback Jerome Felton to the Pro Bowl.

However, with Felton suspended for the first three games in 2013, Peterson […]

Despite concussion, Jarius Wright will be backup return man

By akrammer@1500espn.com

DEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings receiver Jarius Wright never fielded a kickoff or punt return in the preseason.

Wright’s few opportunities in the first two preseason games, all on punt return, were squandered by either penalties or touchbacks and when he was blindsided on a catch in the first half at the […]

Vikings Finalize 53-Man Roster Before Opener

By Jeff Wald

 

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The Minnesota Vikings finalized their 53-man roster over the weekend as their regular season opener is now less than a week away.

The Vikings open the regular season this Sunday at the Detroit Lions in a pivotal NFC North division match-up. It means some players realized their NFL […]

Vikings make final cuts, announce 53-man roster

The Vikings made the final preparation for the regular season Saturday, when the team announced it trimmed its roster to 53 players.

We’ll list the players cut first, followed by the current 53-man roster.

Players waived (19):

TE Colin Anderson, RB Joe Banyard, S Brandan Bishop, OL Travis Bond, CB Brandon Burton, WR Stephen Burton, […]

Prediction for Vikings' 53-man roster

by Andrew Krammer 1500ESPN.com

The Minnesota Vikings preseason came to a close Thursday night with 29 contributors on the sideline as their replacements beat the Tennessee Titans 24-23.

Coaches and team officials have until Saturday at 5 p.m. CT to trim the roster down to 53.

“It is without question, one of the toughest parts […]

Zulgad: Forget passing woes, Vikings' real issue might be in secondary

No matter how feeble the Minnesota Vikings’ first-team offense looked at times this preseason, the reality is that things won’t be that bad come the Sept. 8 regular-season opener in Detroit.

Why? It’s simple.

Adrian Peterson was on the field for only two snaps in games that didn’t matter. When the Vikings face the Lions, […]

Notebook: Vikings offense dismal from the get-go at Buffalo

Botched snaps, sacks and fumbles.

It was ugly from the first snap, when Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder hit the dirt for the first of four sacks in the opening two quarters of the 20-16 loss at the Buffalo Bills on Friday.

As advertised, Ponder and the first-team offense played into the second quarter, with […]

Cordarrelle Patterson, four others still in the mix for punt returner

MANKATO, Minn. — There are still four players in the mix to compete with Minnesota Vikings incumbent punt returner Marcus Sherels for the starting job.

Receivers Jarius Wright, Stephen Burton, Cordarrelle Patterson and cornerback Bobby Felder will be in the rotation to return punts for Friday’s preseason game at the Buffalo Bills, along with Sherels.

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Training camp Day 14 quick hits: Turnovers are a continued emphasis

•Minnesota Vikings safety Jamarca Sanford snuck up behind running back Adrian Peterson and attempted to poke the ball out of his hands during Tuesday’s team drills.

Peterson was already 20 yards downfield and the play was over, but Sanford’s effort is a microcosm of the Vikings’ defensive plan for 2013 — force turnovers and create […]

Training camp Day 12 quick hits: Two-minute drill executed well

•The Vikings conducted the two-minute drill again during Sunday’s practice.

Quarterback Christian Ponder found the most success, completing all four passes he attempted, including a 20-yard connection to tight end Kyle Rudolph over linebacker Chad Greenway on a seam route. Ponder also connected with running back Adrian Peterson on a swing route, receiver Jerome Simpson, […]