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Vikings OC Norv Turner said that Mike Harris has made a "surprisingly good" transition to right guard.

Harris is the favorite to start at right guard after opening training camp with the starters. He’ll face competition from rookie Tyrus Thompson, Joe Berger, and David Yankey. Fourth-round pick T.J. Clemmings has moved back to tackle.
Jul 31 - 8:07 PM

Jarius Wright is penned in as the Vikings' slot receiver.

Charles Johnson and Mike Wallace will monopolize outside snaps, leaving Wright to move inside as Greg Jennings' replacement. That's no problem for the 5'10/190 Wright, who caught eight passes for 130 yards on 85 routes run out of the slot last year. He's slippery and quick after the catch.
Jul 30 - 7:40 AM

After attending the start of Vikings camp, ESPN's Adam Caplan came away convinced Charles Johnson is "the real deal."

Coming off a year where he earned the title of "far and away our best receiver" via OC Norv Turner, Johnson put in serious offseason time, bulking up to a Michael Irvinian 6-foot-2, 225 while training with "Footwork King" Rischad Whitfield, who also mentors known route technicians Antonio Brown and DeAndre Hopkins. Johnson remains an upside WR3 target at his eighth-round ADP.
Jul 29 - 10:47 PM

Cordarrelle Patterson opened Vikings training camp working with the second-team offense.

Coach Mike Zimmer said Wednesday he's seen "improvement" from Patterson, though Zimmer stated less than a week ago that Patterson's practice-in, practice-out consistency has remained frustrating. Patterson will likely settle in as the Vikings' kickoff returner and fourth receiver on offense this season.
Jul 29 - 9:06 PM

Third-round rookie DE Danielle Hunter mixed in with the starters on the first day of Vikings training camp.

With Brian Robison (pectoral) limited, Hunter and Scott Crichton saw time with the starters. The Vikings are expected to have more of a rotation opposite RE Everson Griffen this year. Coming off a down season, Robison projects for a dropoff from the 932 snaps he played in 2014.
Jul 29 - 6:35 PM

Teddy Bridgewater added five pounds of muscle this offseason.

Bridgewater weighed 215-pounds at the 2014 Combine and played at 196 last year. Durability was one of Bridgewater’s concerns coming out of Louisville. The added strength should help keep him healthy. Bridgewater took 39 sacks and was hit on 11 percent of his dropbacks last year, missing one game to injury.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 29 - 6:26 PM

Adrian Peterson told NFL Network he didn't feel as explosive as usual when he began practicing with the Vikings at minicamp.

This note should fuel fantasy skeptics who think A.P. won't be the same at age 30 coming off a lost season. "It was decent but really didn't feel as explosive as I would have liked," said Peterson. "So I kind of had to grind, normally I do my hulk, little grind, wake myself up and felt a little spark and kind of got back into the groove. After that I feel pretty good. That hunger is there. I'm sure as we go through camp, get these pads on, it'll just wake up even more."
Source: NFL.com
Jul 29 - 12:03 PM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said second-round pick Eric Kendricks was "ahead of most rookies" at minicamp in June.

The brother of Eagles ILB Mychal Kendricks, Eric played in a pro-style defense under Jim Mora at UCLA and has a chance to be an every-down player at Mike linebacker in Zimmer's scheme as a rookie. To play in sub-packages, Kendricks will likely have to show better coverage skills than WLB Chad Greenway in practice. Kendricks offers immediate LB2 upside in IDP leagues.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 28 - 7:51 PM

Vikings FS Harrison Smith admits he's unlikely to sign an extension before the season.

Coming off a breakout campaign, the No. 29 overall pick of the 2012 draft is due just $6.64 million over the next two seasons. Smith does believe he's in Minnesota for the long haul, however. "You can count on it," Smith said of his odds of remaining in the Twin Cities. Locking Smith up next offseason will likely be a priority for the Vikings.
Jul 28 - 1:59 PM

Mike Wallace says he needs to be a "better person and a better player" in Minnesota.

"(I'm trying) my best to be a leader this year and do a much better job in that department than I have been before," Wallace said. "I know some mistakes I made in Miami. I know some good things. So I try to leave the bad and take the good." Essentially in a contract year since he can be cut cost free after the season, Wallace has plenty of incentive to shape up on and off the field.
Jul 28 - 1:30 PM

The Vikings can cut Mike Wallace after this season at no cost.

In other words, Wallace is essentially in a contract year even though he signed a "five-year" pact in 2013 free agency. If he doesn't get cut, he'll make base salaries of $11.5M in both 2016 and 2017. So Wallace has tons of motivation this year to both perform on the field and not be a cancer off it (as he was in Miami). There's intrigue at an eighth-round ADP here even though Wallace will play the lower-volume "Z" role in Norv Turner's offense. Practice reports on Wallace have been overwhelmingly positive this spring and summer.
Jul 28 - 8:57 AM

Coach Mike Zimmer said Monday that Cordarrelle Patterson's consistency has remained an issue on the practice field.

"He'll have really good days, and then he'll have some not-so-good days," Zimmer said. "Really, I think what he needs to do is just the consistency every single day and the consistency in studying, the consistency in getting extra help that he needs if he needs it, running the routes the same all the time." Behind Charles Johnson, Mike Wallace, and Jarius Wright on the depth chart, Patterson is unlikely to contribute in fantasy this year. Added Zimmer, "To me, the biggest thing with him is that: Does he want to be 'Flash' or does he want to be a great receiver? I'm not trying to dog him or anything, but that's really what it is."
Source: USA Today
Jul 27 - 6:20 PM

Asked Monday about Adrian Peterson's workload, coach Mike Zimmer replied "He'll get as much as he can take."

"Adrian's going to get the heavy workload," said Zimmer, a defensive-minded coach. "As much as he can take, and as much as he can handle in all the things that we're doing. Obviously, we're going to have to spell him at times like you do a lot of guys. But we get down on the goal line, and we're probably not pulling him out, you know? He's our best player, and we're going to continue to use him." Peterson's age (30) and lost 2014 season may be concerns for his 2015 outlook. His projected workload in an ascending offense is a major plus.
Source: USA Today
Jul 27 - 6:17 PM

Vikings placed CB Josh Robinson (pectoral) on the active/PUP list.

We won't blurb every player placed on active/PUP to begin training camp, but will blurb those players who are candidates to open the season on reserve/PUP, costing them the first six games. Robinson falls into the latter category after suffering a partially torn pectoral before mandatory minicamp in June.
Jul 26 - 2:24 PM

Vikings signed K Blair Walsh to a four-year, $13 million extension through 2019.

He can earn another $1 million through incentives. As Walsh was previously under contract for 2015 at $660,000, he's now signed for the next five years at $13.66 million. The deal contains $5.25 million guaranteed. 25-year-old Walsh is one of the best young kickers in football. Through three NFL seasons, Walsh has a field-goal rate of 84.5 percent. He should get a fantasy boost this year with Minnesota likely to make strides on offense.
Jul 26 - 2:13 PM


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