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

By akrammer@1500espn.com

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 […]

Week 14 early inactives

By Josh Alper Every week we’ll bring you all the inactives from the early games in one post, constantly updated with the latest information. So check back often to see the full list as it becomes available. Vikings at Ravens Vikings: CB Josh Robinson, QB Christian Ponder, TE Kyle Rudolph, DT Chase Baker, G […]

Vikings near full strength as Robinson, Rudolph highlight inactives

By akrammer@1500espn.com

The Minnesota Vikings are near full strength as cornerback Josh Robinson and tight end Kyle Rudolph are the only starters inactive on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens.

Quarterback Christian Ponder (concussion) is inactive, setting the stage for Josh Freeman to suit up for just the third time in nine games since joining […]

No surprises as Freeman, Robinson and Rudolph highlight inactives

By akrammer@1500espn.com

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Vikings quarterback Josh Freeman is inactive for the sixth time in eight games since joining the team in early October.

No surprises highlighted the Vikings inactives for Sunday’s tilt against the Chicago Bears as cornerback Josh Robinson (chest) and tight end Kyle Rudolph (foot) are the only ones […]

Third Down Defense Is Killing The Minnesota Vikings

By cbsexaminer

By Joseph Gunther

(Credit, Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)

The Minnesota Vikings defense cannot get off the field. They cannot stop anyone.

The Vikings rank last in the NFL in opponent’s third down conversion percent, and it is not close. Opponents have converted 53-of-104 third down opportunities (51 percent, 4.6 points higher than the […]

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 […]

Pregame: Cook, Sanford return to boost secondary in Vikings-Panthers

The ‘Kalil Bowl,’ as it’s been dubbed, comes at a pivotal place for both the Minnesota Vikings (1-3) and the Carolina Panthers (1-3) in their respective schedules.

For the Vikings, their quarterback situation is week-to-week, but they’ll have these next two games against relatively easy opponents to see what quarterback Matt Cassel has left […]

Notebook: Matt Cassel gets second start, but Josh Freeman is on deck

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier told the media on Friday what he had already told former starting quarterback Christian Ponder – that reserve Matt Cassel has passed him in the pecking order and will start Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.

Frazier wouldn’t say what the plan is for former Tampa […]

Injury update: Cook, Sanford return, secondary nearing full strength

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Nearly three weeks have passed since injuries wrecked an already shaky Vikings secondary. Now, the team is getting back to full strength.

“Injury-wise I think we’re in pretty good shape. I think everybody will be practicing [Wednesday], which is good,” head coach Leslie Frazier said.

That means the return of […]

Defensive sets and film observations: Week 4 vs. Steelers

By akrammer@1500espn.com

Welcome to another installment of ‘Defensive sets and film observations,’ this one brought to you for the Minnesota Vikings-Pittsburgh Steelers.

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