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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 […]

Vikings re-sign WR Jerome Simpson to a one-year deal

By dwetmore@1500espn.com

The Vikings on Friday re-signed wide receiver Jerome Simpson to one-year contract, the team announced.

Simpson adds depth to a receiving corps that includes Greg Jennings, Cordarrelle Patterson and Jarius Wright. It remains to be seen if they’ll add another receiver to that group, but tight end Kyle Rudolph figures to be […]

Halftime: Defensive setbacks have Vikings trailing 14-3 to Panthers

MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Vikings defense was supposed to be at full strength on Sunday when facing the Carolina Panthers, but returning members Chris Cook and Jamarca Sanford both had mishaps in the game’s first few plays.

After linebacker Chad Greenway sacked Panthers quarterback Cam Newton to force a three-and-out, Cook was called for a […]

Offensive formations and film observations: Week 3 vs. Browns

By akrammer@1500espn.com

Welcome to the first installment of ‘Offensive formations and film observations,’ this one brought to you for the Minnesota Vikings-Cleveland Browns.

Every Tuesday after a game, we’ll take a look at what the Vikings offense looked like, bring you five key takeaways from film study and hand out a proverbial game ball […]

Vikings off to good start against Browns

By Mike Wilkening

The winless Vikings are off to a fast start against fellow 0-2 club Cleveland.

Adrian Peterson’s two-yard touchdown run capped an 11-play, 80-yard drive to give Minnesota a 7-0 lead 5:47 into the game.

The VIkings were 3-of-3 on third downs on the drive. Quarterback Christian Ponder was sharp, completing 3-of-4 passes […]

Notebook: Cordarrelle Patterson says patience comes naturally

By akrammer@1500espn.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Jarius Wright knows a little about what Minnesota Vikings rookie receiver Cordarrelle Patterson is going through.

Maybe not to the extreme of a first-round pick, but Wright’s rookie role last season was that of a bench warmer, until receiver Percy Harvin was injured and he stepped in.

“It’s way […]

Cordarrelle Patterson will see more snaps for Vikings

By Sessler, Marc

Rookie Cordarrelle Patterson made a strong impression on the Minnesota Vikings during the offseason. So why isn’t he playing more?

The physical wide receiver, who wears No. 84 as a tribute to Randy Moss, played just six snaps in the 31-30 loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday after getting just […]

Week 2 Preview: Vikings At Bears

Thankfully for the Vikings, the limited number of games in the regular season schedule doesn’t allow for teams to dwell on the past too much, either positively or negatively. That’s a great thing in this particular instance, because the Vikings came out of the gate and stumbled in nearly every facet of the game […]

Notebook: Vikings taking 'must-win' mentality into Soldier Field

By akrammer@1500espn.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings’ numerous fundamental errors and mental mistakes against the Detroit Lions on opening weekend set the tone for this Sunday’s game at the Chicago Bears.

It’s a must win.

Or at least the game will be approached that way, even though the season just started.

“This game […]

Breaking down the film from the Vikings' loss to the Lions

By akrammer@1500espn.com

Welcome to the first installment of Vikings’ film breakdown in 2013. With grades on a scale of 0 to 5 in parathenses, here’s a summary of each position’s involvement in the 34-24 loss to the Detroit Lions.

Quarterbacks (1.5) Christian Ponder (56 snaps) looked like he was in his midseason form from last […]