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Regrading the 2021 NFL Draft classes: Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins among biggest risers

Regrading the 2021 NFL Draft classes: Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins among biggest risers

With the 2022 NFL season is approaching, it’s time to re-assess the 2021 rookie class.


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Author: Michael Renner

Danielle Hunter is back from another injury and feeling “pretty good”

Danielle Hunter is back from another injury and feeling “pretty good”

Edge rushers Danielle Hunter and Za’Darius Smith will give the Vikings one of the best pass-rushing duos in the NFL if they remain healthy. If. . . . Smith played only one regular-season game and the Packers’ postseason game last season because of a back injury. Hunter has played only seven games the past two [more]

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Author: Charean Williams

Vikings Get Big Pass-Rush Boost With Hunter’s Healthy Return

Vikings Get Big Pass-Rush Boost With Hunter’s Healthy Return

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Danielle Hunter became the youngest player in NFL history to reach 50 sacks, an athletic marvel for the Minnesota Vikings who was as durable as they come in this violent sport.

About 2 1/2 years later, with his gaudy sack total stalled out from consecutive injury-wrecked seasons, Hunter has found himself in sort of a reinvention mode.

After legitimate question about whether he’d return this year to the salary-cap-strapped Vikings, Hunter is not only back on the roster — and healthy — but flanked by a new pass-rushing pal on the opposite side of the defense in Za’Darius Smith.

“It kind of hurts just watching people play when you’re not able to play, so I’m happy just to be back with my teammates,” Hunter said Tuesday, after one of the 10 organized practices the Vikings are allowed this spring prior to mandatory minicamp.

The Vikings converted an $18 million roster bonus into a signing bonus to spread out the cap hit and thus lessen the burden of his contract this year, but there’s another megadeal awaiting him as long as he doesn’t succumb to more serious injuries. Whether that comes with the Vikings or another club has yet to be determined.

“He’s a really great player, so you don’t just move on from great players very easily,” new general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah said in March.

Hunter befriended Smith, who was then with the rival Green Bay Packers, at the Pro Bowl after the 2019 season when they were teammates on the NFC squad. Their relationship goes back to the 2015 draft class as products of the mighty SEC, with Hunter out of LSU and Smith from Kentucky.

The Vikings made Smith, who is coming off a major back injury that limited him to one game in 2021, their top signing in free agency with a contract worth up to $47 million over three years.

Danielle Hunter (credit: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

“Just to be able to be here and have a chance to be on the opposite side of him is wonderful, man. I just can’t wait,” Smith said.

Hunter is officially an outside linebacker now, no longer listed as a defensive end as the Vikings switch their base scheme from a 4-3 to the 3-4 alignment Smith played in with the Packers.

As Hunter was quick to note Tuesday in his first interview session with reporters since last Sept. 29, the Vikings lined up in a 3-4 defense often at Arizona on Sept. 19 to try to contain dual threat quarterback Kyler Murray. Hunter had three sacks in that game. So he’s not concerned about a significant transition, from working out of a three-point stance to standing up on the edge.

His primary focus these days is just relishing being back on the field again. After a herniated disk in his neck required surgery and sidelined him for the entire 2020 season, Hunter was back in his usual form until he tore a pectoral muscle during the Oct. 31 game against Dallas. After a three-month rehabilitation, he said, he was back to normal strength.

“Anything can happen out there while I’m playing, you know?” Hunter said. “I love the game of football. That’s why I’m here. If I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t be here.”

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Author: Minnesota Vikings News and Updates from WCCO, CBS Channel 4 – WCCO | CBS Minnesota

Danielle Hunter, Za’Darius Smith have become fast friends

Danielle Hunter, Za’Darius Smith have become fast friends

Vikings edge rushers Danielle Hunter and Za’Darius Smith became fast friends at the Pro Bowl in Orlando in January 2020. They became teammates in March when Smith signed with the Vikings. “The first time I met him (at the Pro Bowl), he was a cool, young, good overall character and all that stuff,” Hunter said, [more]

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Author: Charean Williams

Danielle Hunter’s Return to Action & Quick Bond with Za’Darius Smith

Danielle Hunter’s Return to Action & Quick Bond with Za’Darius Smith


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Author: Craig Peters

3 Observations: Drills Reinforce ‘About the Ball’ Mentality for Vikings 

3 Observations: Drills Reinforce ‘About the Ball’ Mentality for Vikings 


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Author: Craig Peters

Kwesi Adofo-Mensah on trading within division: Feelings can’t get in the way of improving the team

Kwesi Adofo-Mensah on trading within division: Feelings can’t get in the way of improving the team

It wasn’t a huge surprise that Vikings General Manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah traded out of the 12th overall pick in order to gather more selections over the course of the draft, but the team he traded with was a bit unexpected. The Lions moved up from No. 32 and sent that pick, No. 34 and No. [more]

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Author: Josh Alper

Vikings Add Analytics Expert Demitrius Washington In VP Role

Vikings Add Analytics Expert Demitrius Washington In VP Role

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings hired Demitrius Washington as vice president of football operations on Monday, a new position under new general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah that’s designed to take the front office deeper into data-based decision-making.

Washington was the manager of football research and development for the past two years with the San Francisco 49ers, focusing on process improvement and statistical analysis. He was an analyst in the department for five years prior to that, when he worked closely with Adofo-Mensah.

“He is one of the most uniquely gifted people I have met in my time in the NFL,” Adofo-Mensah said. “He is able to learn complex ideas, make them simple, and apply them in all facets of the organization.”

Washington earned a finance degree from Central Arkansas in 2011 and an MBA in finance and analytics from Missouri in 2014.

He’ll join co-directors of player personnel Ryan Monnens and Jamaal Stephenson and senior football advisor Ryan Grigson as the key leaders under Adofo-Mensah, along with executive vice president of football operations Rob Brzezinski, the salary cap and contract negotiation specialist.

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Author: Minnesota Vikings News and Updates from WCCO, CBS Channel 4 – WCCO | CBS Minnesota

Vikings sign William Kwenkeu, release Tuf Borland

Vikings sign William Kwenkeu, release Tuf Borland

The Vikings have made a pair of moves after their rookie minicamp over the weekend. Minnesota announced that the team has signed linebacker William Kwenkeu and released linebacker Tuf Borland in a corresponding move. Kwenkeu went undrafted out of Maryland this spring. He led the program with 10.5 tackles for loss in 2021. In his [more]

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Author: Myles Simmons

Vikings hire Demitrius Washington as VP of football operations

Vikings hire Demitrius Washington as VP of football operations

The Vikings hired Kwesi Adofo-Mensah as their new General Manager this year and they made another significant addition to their front office on Monday. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that they have hired Demitrius Washington as their vice president of football operations. Washington was the 49ers director of research and development before landing the [more]

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Author: Josh Alper