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ESPN 1500 Twin Cities considers fifth-round pick MyCole Pruitt the favorite to open the season as the Vikings’ No. 2 tight end.

The Vikings don’t view Pruitt as a major project despite his small school background. Pruitt was handpicked by OC Norv Turner and has a nice path to No. 2 duties, his only competition being Brandon Bostick, Chase Ford, and H-back Rhett Ellison. Pruitt is a name to monitor behind injury-prone Kyle Rudolph.
May 22 - 6:04 PM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer says he has an "indication" of when disgruntled RB Adrian Peterson will report back to the team.

Zimmer didn't offer much in the way of elaboration. "It's up to Adrian, really," Zimmer said in a radio interview. "It's the voluntary time of year right now, and it's his decision in what he wants to do." Peterson has slowly accepted the reality that he's not going to be traded. Perhaps he'll skip next month's minicamp, but there's zero reason to believe he'll be absent for the start of training camp.
May 21 - 7:15 PM

Vikings K Blair Walsh said his agent has had "a little bit of communication" recently with the team about a contract extension.

Walsh was one of the best kickers in the league during his first two seasons, connecting on 61-of-68 field goals (89.7 percent) between 2012 and 2013. That included a 12-of-17 mark from 50+ yards out. Walsh regressed a bit last year, missing three kicks from inside 40 yards and only going 5-of-9 from 50+. That could make negotiations a bit sticky as he heads into a contract season.
May 21 - 12:26 PM

The NFLPA has filed a motion to hold the league and commissioner Roger Goodell in contempt of court in the Adrian Peterson case.

The union believes the league didn't follow through on its legal obligations after independent arbitrator David Doty overturned Peterson's suspension on Feb. 26. "The delay tactics, inconsistencies and arbitrary decision making of the League has continued to hurt the rights of players, the credibility of the League office and the integrity of the CBA," NFLPA president Eric Winston said in a statement. "In the absence of any action by the NFL's governing board of owners, the players have acted to hold the NFL accountable to our players, the CBA and to the law."
Source: NFLPA.com
May 19 - 4:43 PM

Coach Mike Zimmer continued to express optimism about Cordarrelle Patterson following the Vikings' recent minicamp.

"Cordarrelle is doing a good job in this offseason," Zimmer said. "He has been in better shape and he is doing a better job of running routes, of competing each and every down. I look forward to him coming on and I’m a big fan of his. We’re just trying to get him to realize all the little intricacies you have to do offensively in the NFL in order to be a great player." Intricacies, routes, and conditioning have been obstacles for Patterson early in his NFL career. His role in Norv Turner's 2015 offense remains questionable after Patterson regressed as a sophomore.
May 17 - 9:49 PM

Vikings RG Brandon Fusco has fully recovered from the torn pectoral that ended his 2014 season last September.

He's a full participant in the offseason program. One of the NFL's premier run-blocking guards when healthy, Fusco's return is good news for the entire Vikings offense. The Vikings have internally discussed moving Fusco to left guard if rookie T.J. Clemmings can nail down a starting job at right guard.
May 17 - 9:32 PM

Three league sources tell the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that Vikings LE Brian Robison's pectoral injury is not serious, but that he's awaiting test results.

Robison himself texted the St. Paul Pioneer-Press' Chris Tomasson that he's "ok." Pec injuries can be tricky, so Robison shouldn't be considered out of the woods until he gets back his tests. Perhaps facing some heat for his job this season, Robison can't afford to miss much time.
May 14 - 4:57 PM

Vikings LE Brian Robison suffered a pectoral injury while working out on Thursday.

The extent is unknown. A tear would cost Robison a big chunk of 2015. Robison had a strong 2013, but was one of the league's worst 4-3 ends last season. A serious injury would create an opportunity for third-round pick Danielle Hunter.
May 14 - 3:36 PM

Coach Mike Zimmer does not think there will be any issues with a disgruntled Adrian Peterson this season.

Peterson unsuccessfully tried to force his way out of Minnesota this offseason. He may not be the happiest camper come August, but a $12.75M salary, workhorse role and vastly improved Vikings offense should squash those feelings quickly. Peterson has scored at least 10 rushing touchdowns in every full year of his career and is certainly under consideration as a top-five fantasy running back this season.
May 14 - 10:30 AM

Coach Mike Zimmer claims Cordarrelle Patterson is "running routes good" this offseason.

Patterson's inability to get open last year resulted in him getting benched in Week 13 in favor of Charles Johnson. From that point forward, Teddy Bridgewater and the entire Vikings offense made major strides. So as much as the Vikings will talk up Patterson's improvement and effort this offseason, it's very hard to see him playing a major role in 2015. Mike Wallace is the every-down Z and Johnson is the every-down X.
May 14 - 10:25 AM

Vikings OT Tiny Richardson has retired from the NFL after one season.

Richardson spent his rookie season on I.R. last year and is hanging up the cleats due to knee complications. Coming out of Tennessee, Richardson had ideal size, but played with sloppy technique and lacked athleticism.
May 13 - 2:49 PM

Vikings G/T Austin Wentworth is retiring from the NFL due to tissue clots in his legs.

Wentworth was placed on the reserve/NFI list last week. Before returning to Minnesota for the offseason program, Wentworth was rushed to the hospital when his legs went completely numb. There it was determined he needed surgery and will have to wear a brace for the rest of his life. Wentworth is 25.
May 13 - 2:43 PM

Coach Mike Zimmer says OC Norv Turner stumped for the Vikings to draft fifth-round TE MyCole Pruitt.

Turner, of course, has a long track record of overseeing highly productive tight ends, from Jay Novacek to Randy McMichael, Antonio Gates, and Jordan Cameron. "Norv was pretty adamant throughout the draft about, this is a guy that we’re really intrigued with," Zimmer said of Turner and Pruitt. "He runs 4.5, has a chance to be a good tight end, and it’s really important for the tight ends in our offense, as you know. (Turner) had a lot of say on that one." Pruitt is a name to keep in mind behind injury-riddled underachiever Kyle Rudolph.
Source: ESPN.com
May 11 - 5:27 PM

The Vikings view rookie T.J. Clemmings as an option to fill their left guard vacancy.

Clemmings has taken reps at both guard and tackle during rookie minicamp. Minnesota released Charlie Johnson in February, opening a hole at left guard 2014 fifth-rounder David Yankey was expected to fill. Clemmings should push Yankey in camp, and could also compete with Phil Loadholt at right tackle.
May 9 - 1:42 PM

ESPN Vikings reporter Ben Goessling said Adrian Peterson will not be "anything less than a featured back."

With Peterson almost certain to stay in Minnesota, the question now turns to how the Vikings will use their aging workhorse. The emergence of Teddy Bridgewater should take some of the pressure off the Vikings' run game, and Peterson may need some time to adjust to the shotgun-heavy offense Minnesota ran last season. Peterson is still the most talented player on the Vikings' offense, and though he may lose some passing-down work to Jerick McKinnon, he should touch the ball plenty. Peterson is a high-end RB1.
Source: ESPN.com
May 9 - 11:14 AM

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