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Matt Cassel to start for Vikings over Christian Ponder

By Patra, Kevin

Christian Ponder fans across the pond won’t have the opportunity to see the quarterback play Sunday.

The Vikings announced Friday that backup quarterback Matt Cassel will start for Minnesota against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday in place of Ponder, who suffered a rib injury in Week 3.

Ponder was held out […]

Browns' early QB switch allows Vikings to change gears, prep for Hoyer

By akrammer@1500espn.com

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Cleveland Browns could’ve masqueraded behind backup quarterback Jason Campbell as their starter all week, but instead opted to announce Wednesday that they’ll start third-string quarterback Brian Hoyer on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.

Hoyer, a Cleveland native, has played for the New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, Arizona Cardinals […]

Zulgad: Refusal to use Cordarrelle Patterson a complete mystery

By jzulgad@1500espn.com

There are plenty of disgruntled folks at Winter Park following the Vikings’ 0-2 start, but there is one man who has the right to be the most ticked off.

He also should be demanding answers.

General manager Rick Spielman sent second-, third-, fourth- and seventh-round picks to the New England Patriots in April […]

Football Outsiders projects that Vikings could be worst team in NFL

By nsandell@1500espn.com

Could the Minnesota Vikings go from being a playoff team in 2012 to being the worst in the NFL one year later?

FootballOutsiders.com thinks so.

In its latest 2013 season projection, the well-regarded pro football analytics site has the Vikings saddled with an NFL-worst 4.9% chance of making the playoffs and a predicted […]

Rudolph’s Blocking Just As Important As Receiving

By sdswanson

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Kyle Rudolph has some of the surest hands in the NFL, with a 6-foot-6, 260-pound frame fit for the type of tight end who can be one of his team’s best passing targets.

As long as he plays for the Minnesota Vikings, though, his potential is probably not […]

Rudolph's Blocking Just As Important As Receiving

Associated Press

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) – Kyle Rudolph has some of the surest hands in the NFL, with a 6-foot-6, 260-pound frame fit for the type of tight end who can be one of his team’s best passing targets.

As long as he plays for the Minnesota Vikings, though, his potential is probably […]

Done deal: Vikings sign all three first-round draft selections

The Minnesota Vikings’ trio of first round picks are all signed and ready to report on time to training camp.

Defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, the 23rd-overall pick, cornerback Xavier Rhodes (No. 25) and wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (No. 29) signed their contracts on Thursday morning, ensuring that they will be expected to be in Mankato […]

Unfinished business: Vikings still need to sign three first-round pick

The Minnesota Vikings’ trio of first-round draft picks remained unsigned Wednesday as the team prepared to report to training camp on Thursday afternoon in Mankato.

The list includes defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd of Florida, cornerback Xavier Rhodes of Florida State and wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson of Tennessee.

Floyd was selected 23rd overall, with Rhodes going […]