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For Vikings’ ‘Bubble’ Players, Great Special Teams Play Crucial

By Cole Premo

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — With so many Minnesota Vikings players on the bubble, it’s not head coach Leslie Frazier they need to impress most to make the team. It’s also not the offensive or defensive coordinator — or even the guy that coaches the position they play. It’s special teams […]

Notebook: Rookie cornerback Xavier Rhodes slowly adapting to NFL speed

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings rookie cornerback Xavier Rhodes watched February’s Super Bowl featuring the San Francisco 49ers, who he’ll lineup against for his most daunting test on Sunday.

That’s not on Rhodes mind, though, as he prepares for his second NFL game with a little more than two weeks before he’ll likely debut […]

Vikings ‘debating’ using Cordarrelle Patterson in return game

MANKATO, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings first-round pick Cordarrelle Patterson is forty pounds heavier and three inches taller than former Vikings receiver Percy Harvin, yet they’ve been compared as similar players.

The comparison is a testament to Patterson’s agility and ability to accelerate after changing directions on a dime, but it’s not a forgone conclusion that […]

Marcus Sherels once again battling for spot on punt returns

MANKATO, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings cornerback Marcus Sherels is the embodiment of the underdog.

Sherels was a walk-on for the University of Minnesota’s football team before earning a scholarship, he went undrafted in 2010 before sneaking onto the Vikings practice squad the following season and after the Vikings drafted receiver Cordarrelle Patterson in the first […]

Training camp Day 2 quick hits: Patterson ‘top option’ on kick returns

Notes and observations from Day 2 of Vikings training camp

• Minnesota Vikings special teams coach Mike Priefer called rookie Cordarrelle Patterson his “top option” at kick returner this season.

“It makes me feel pretty good,” Patterson said after Saturday’s practice. “Shows [Priefer] has a lot of confidence in me. If he feels I can […]

Vikings kicker Blair Walsh striving to avoid a sophomore slump

MANKATO, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings’ special teams coach Mike Priefer and Blair Walsh sat down after the kicker’s stellar season and watched every kick to see where the rookie Pro Bowler needed to improve on to avoid a sophomore slump.

Walsh took notes as he and Priefer studied every kickoff, field goal and point after […]