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Cordarrelle Patterson admits his work ethic lagged at times through the first three years of his career.

"Sometimes you can be here and you feel like you’ve got to be on the team," Patterson said. "You feel like, ‘Yeah, I’m a first-round pick, I’m on the team.’ Things like that, sometimes they make you not work hard, they make you don’t want to do things, make you be lazy." C-Patt's career has been in a downward spiral the past two seasons, with the former No. 29 overall pick drawing only two targets in 16 games last year. With Stefon Diggs, Laquon Treadwell, Charles Johnson and Jarius Wright all in the mix in Minnesota, Patterson won't have much of a role beyond returning kicks.
Jun 28 - 4:34 PM

ESPN Vikings reporter Ben Goessling believes Andre Smith has the edge over Phil Loadholt in the battle for the right tackle job.

The duo both spent time with the first-team during the offseason, but Smith's contract suggests he is the favorite. Smith was given $1 million guaranteed in the one-year deal he signed in March while Loadholt was forced to accept a pay cut. The loser of this competition is unlikely to stick on the final roster.
Source: ESPN
Jun 24 - 12:19 PM

ESPN Vikings reporter Ben Goessling believes sixth-round WR Moritz Boehringer will start his career on the practice squad.

Boehringer has admitted he is struggling with the "mental" part of the NFL game after playing four years in Germany, and he reportedly struggled with drops during OTAs and minicamp. The problem is the Vikings would risk losing Boehringer and his tremendous physical upside if they try to stash him on the practice squad. He is unlikely to make a 2016 impact, but it would not be surprising if he stuck around as a healthy scratch all season.
Source: ESPN
Jun 24 - 12:14 PM

Kyle Rudolph believes he's the best tight end in the NFL.

"Route running and catching balls, to many, is all that matters," Rudolph reasoned. "But it’s also (about) being one of the best blockers, one of the best pass protectors." Rudolph went on to say he believes fantasy football hurts his reputation. "The world revolves around fantasy football ... But I know that when I come to work every Monday, and I (watch) the film, I may have only caught two balls, but if I did my job in the run game and pass protection, (Vikings coach Mike Zimmer) is going to be happy." Rudolph is correct that no one will ever mistake his passing game numbers for elite. He's incorrect that his game is amongst the league's most well rounded. Pro Football Focus graded him as the league's No. 35 tight end in 2016. We'd say that sounds about right. Happy offseason.
Jun 23 - 5:15 PM

Adrian Peterson believes it will be the mental side of the game that causes him to retire, not the physical.

Peterson is 6,681 yards shy of Emmitt Smith's all-time rushing record. One of the best athletes of his generation, Peterson is confident his body will hold up. He's less confident he'll be able to stick with the grind. "Training camp, going through the grind, OTAs and all that — that will definitely be the deciding factor. Physically, body-wise, I'll be good. It's just mentally — like with OTAs, I'm out there practicing, I'm going, I'm putting in work. But it's so repetitive that it's more suited toward the young guys and getting them into the system. It gets kind of boring." Despite Peterson's words, it would be surprising if he didn't play at least 2-3 more years.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 21 - 7:59 PM

ESPN Vikings reporter Ben Goessling left RT Phil Loadholt off his 53-man roster projection.

Coming off a lost season due to an Achilles' tear, Loadholt is competing with free-agent addition Andre Smith to start at right tackle. Even after agreeing to a pay cut in March, Loadholt could be sent packing if he does not win the job.
Source: ESPN
Jun 21 - 10:15 AM

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Matt Vensel said Charles Johnson was the receiver who "popped out most during spring workouts."

This is especially noteworthy considering Vensel questioned Johnson's spot on the roster earlier this month. Playing ahead of first-round pick Laquon Treadwell, Johnson reportedly made several plays throughout minicamp. He is not going to hold off Treadwell through training camp, but Johnson likely ensured his place on the roster with a strong spring. He will still need an injury to Treadwell or Stefon Diggs to become a fantasy factor in the Vikings' run-heavy attack.
Jun 18 - 1:03 PM

Vikings sixth-round WR Moritz Boehringer admitted he's struggling with the "mental" part of the NFL.

Boehringer was a great story when he was picked by the Vikings in April after playing four years in his native Germany, but it's time for football and the rookie has struggled with drops and learning the playbook this spring. "It's a mental thing," Boehringer said. "I'm not 100 percent comfortable with the playbook, but I think it will come in time." He's unlikely to make a 2016 impact.
Jun 17 - 10:03 AM

Coaches and teammates noted Teddy Bridgewater's deep ball has vastly improved this offseason.

Bridgewater orchestrated a passing camp with a handful of teammates earlier in the offseason, showcased some deep balls, and has carried it over into spring practices. "He just looks more comfortable and confident," said coach Mike Zimmer. Bridgewater's deep ball through two seasons has been a massive sore spot for Minnesota's offense. This is a classic see-it-and-we'll-believe-it thing.
Jun 14 - 8:26 PM

Vikings S Andrew Sendejo could lose his starting job.

The Vikings are making Sendejo compete despite giving him a four-year offseason extension. Sendejo has been getting the majority of first-team reps, but Michael Griffin and 2015 UDFA Anthony Harris are in the mix for snaps. Even if he starts, Sendejo shouldn’t have a full-time role.
Jun 11 - 4:36 PM

Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune believes Charles Johnson's roster spot could be in jeopardy.

Johnson was a trendy WR2/3 in fantasy drafts last summer but he fell flat with a dismal 2015 campaign that included just nine catches for 127 yards and no touchdowns. Injuries played a role in his struggles but with first-round pick Laquon Treadwell on board and Cordarrelle Patterson helping the team on kick returns, Johnson will need a strong showing in camp to nail down a roster spot. With noodle-armed Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback, the Vikings will continue to funnel their offense through Adrian Peterson.
Jun 9 - 3:52 PM

Vikings signed FS Harrison Smith to a five-year, $51.25 million extension through 2021.

The deal contains $15.278 million in full guarantees, including a $10 million signing bonus. The $10.25 million annual average makes Smith the NFL's highest-paid safety, although Eric Berry is owed $10.8 million under his franchise tag. A playmaker on the back end, Smith has 12 interceptions, two fumbles, and four defensive touchdowns in 53 career games. The Vikings now have Smith under contract through his age-32 season.
Jun 6 - 9:13 AM

Vikings C John Sullivan slimmed down to 300 pounds this offseason.

Sullivan has played most of his career around 325 pounds, but he wanted to slim down after missing all of last season because of two back surgeries. "I’m not eating at restaurants very much; I’m not drinking at all," Sullivan said. "I’m really focused on being as healthy as possible." Although no restaurants or alcohol sounds like a torturous way to live, the lost weight should help the 30-year-old stay healthy. He is competing with Joe Berger for the starting job.
Jun 4 - 1:07 PM

Vikings LT Matt Kalil endured his first surgery-free offseason since 2013.

"This is the earliest I've worked out in a long time," Kalil said. "I'm getting stronger now every day, rather than going into camp and playing catch-up all the time." After turning in a brutal 2014 campaign, Kalil was only slightly better last year while coming off multiple knee surgeries. He's finally healthy and entering a contract year. It's an obvious make-or-break season for Kalil.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 2 - 3:18 PM

John Sullivan took the first-team reps a center during Vikings OTAs this week.

Joe Berger, who started every game for an injured Sullivan last season, took the first-team reps last week. The Vikings will likely continue to split snaps between the two until a clear front-runner emerges.
Jun 2 - 10:31 AM


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