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LB Barr, other rookies back in action after NFL rule postponed arrival

By dwetmore@1500espn.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – Two of the Vikings draft selection that offer promise – Anthony Barr and Scott Crichton – are getting a late start to the offseason preparation with their new team. A third, David Yankey, started just last week.

That’s because …

Source: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

Zimmer: ‘Everybody wants to rush into things,’ but QB job is open

By akrammer@1500espn.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Mike Zimmer doesn’t want you to have your Teddy Bridgewater jerseys ready for Week 1.

Because not even he knows who will start for the Minnesota Vikings at quarterback come September.

“Everybody wants to rush into things,” Zimmer said Tuesday at the Vikings’ mandatory minicamp. “I […]

Krammer: Jerome Simpson is worth what the Vikings are paying him

By akrammer@1500espn.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Jerome Simpson is set to earn the least amount of money in three seasons with Minnesota after posting a career-high in receiving yards last season.

But Simpson knows why, even if he feels he earned a bigger paycheck on the field.

“I can’t lie. I was […]

OTA Observations: Bridgewater returns, makes strides with top offense

By akrammer@1500espn.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – Teddy Bridgewater dropped back five steps and completed a rocket of a pass to receiver Jarius Wright, who was on a deep slant route during the Minnesota Vikings’ two-minute drill on Thursday.

Bridgewater appeared to have shaken off all the rust coach Mike Zimmer said he had […]

After injury-marred season, AP still working to get back full strength

By akrammer@1500espn.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – Sandwiched between two injury-marred seasons, Adrian Peterson ran for 2,097 yards and claimed the NFL’s Most Valuable Player award.

As the Minnesota Vikings ramp up Organized Team Acitivites, Peterson is still working to get back to full strength following his latest series of speed bumps that held […]

Chad Greenway embraces a new role as he ‘starts all over again’

By akrammer@1500espn.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Chad Greenway has entered his first NFL offseason without Leslie Frazier.

Greenway, the Vikings’ most experienced linebacker by three seasons, has embraced a systematic change in the team’s defense under new head coach Mike Zimmer while learning the nuances and responsibilities of his new role as the […]

OTA observations: With Bridgewater gone, Cassel takes first-team reps

By akrammer@1500espn.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The order of red jerseys at Winter Park on Thursday afternoon looked pretty familiar.

Matt Cassel took the reins of the Minnesota Vikings’ starting offense as first-round pick Teddy Bridgewater attended a NFL Player’s Association event in Los Angeles. Akin to much of last season, Christian Ponder […]

Mike Zimmer getting to work with Vikings rookies at first mini-camp

By apnews@1500espn.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) – Of all the things coaching lifer Mike Zimmer loves about the job, rolling up his sleeves and teaching young players the game might rank right near the top.

The new Minnesota Vikings coach had ample opportunity Friday to do just that when he convened his first rookie […]

Vikings ink three of their 10 draft picks

By akrammer@1500espn.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings put pen to paper with three of their 10 draft picks from last week’s NFL Draft.

Cornerbacks Jabari Price and Kendall James, along with guard David Yankey have signed deals, per coach Mike Zimmer. Each is set to have a base salary of $420,000 […]

Zulgad: Spielman not bothered by late-round picks’ hit-and-miss nature

By jzulgad@1500espn.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Rick Spielman was named the Vikings’ vice president of player personnel in May 2006 and began playing a significant role in the draft process the following spring.

Spielman and coach Brad Childress worked together until November 2010 when the latter was fired. For much of the time, neither […]