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Zulgad: DE Griffen looking forward to playing an attacking style on defense


EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Questions about the Tampa-2 defense appear to be the equivalent of nails on a chalkboard at Winter Park.

This observation came to mind last week as defensive end Everson Griffen was asked about the difference between the scheme the Vikings used the past eight years and what […]

As Turner modernizes offense, Peterson wants to add pass-catching


EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner made clear this week that while the NFL as a whole may have devalued running backs, he won’t take Adrian Peterson for granted.

The next question, then, is whether Peterson can adapt to fit an offense that has traditionally asked backs to catch […]

Adrian Peterson: Turning 30 ‘doesn’t apply to me’


EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) – Adrian Peterson is staring 30 years old right in the face, and he knows the stigma that number carries for NFL running backs.

He knows that most running backs these days seem to hit a wall at 30, experiencing a steep decline in production that quickly leads […]

Notebook: Josh Robinson returns to his comfort zone on the outside


EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – Josh Robinson never felt what coaches said he would.

A candid Robinson reflected Thursday on his sophomore season in the NFL, one that presented extraordinary challenges in learning a new position as slot cornerback.

“I remember that’s something [former Vikings DBs] coach Joe Woods told me, […]

Zulgad: Bridgewater expresses confidence without coming off as cocky


EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Attempting to make any on-the-field judgments about Teddy Bridgewater after two minicamp practices not only would be extremely premature, it would qualify as downright silly.

But there is one thing you can say with complete confidence about the last pick of the first round in this year’s […]

Notebook: Barr hits the ‘learning curve’ head on before training camp


EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – Anthony Barr shuffled his feet to the right and placed his hand on the ground. To his left, Brian Robison stood up, slid right and hovered above the center before the ball was snapped.

As the Minnesota Vikings install various sub packages to Mike Zimmer’s defense, first-round […]

‘Strong’ legs under him, Michael Mauti is ready to make an impression


EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — For the first time in three years, Michael Mauti didn’t have to go through a rehab program this offseason.

Mauti, 24, is healthy and hopes to stay that way after three ACL injuries shortened his college career and sent him down the draft boards to the Vikings […]

Jerick ‘Jet’ McKinnon’s speed may add a dimension to Vikings offense


EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) – Jerick McKinnon was the last of Minnesota’s 10 draft picks to sign his rookie contract.

That’s about the only race he wouldn’t win.

The Vikings selected McKinnon in the third round out of Georgia Southern, using a pick acquired from Seattle in the Percy Harvin trade the […]

Zulgad: Vikings looking for Floyd to emerge in middle of defensive line


EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Vikings had three selections in the first round of the 2013 draft, two of whom made solid contributions as rookies.

Cornerback Xavier Rhodes, taken 25th with a pick obtained from Seattle in the Percy Harvin deal, saw more playing time as the season progressed and showed enough […]

Notebook: Zimmer puts focus on fitness during upcoming five weeks off


EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – The National Football League is a marathon, not a sprint.

Generally the more healthy teams late in the season find success, and that’s what Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer hopes he can instill into his 90-man roster as they prepare for a month off before training […]