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Vikings claimed OT Mike Harris off waivers from the Chargers.

Although a third-year undrafted free agent, Harris has starting experience at both tackle positions. He'll be a piece of versatile, albeit low-end, depth for the Vikings' line.
Aug 31 - 1:17 PM

Vikings claimed TE/FB MarQueis Gray off waivers from the Browns.

Gray has always been intriguing on the practice field, but hasn't shown much in games. He'll round out the end of the Vikings roster, though if anyone can coax his potential out, it's OC Norv Turner. Turner spent 2013 on Cleveland's staff, so we suspect Norv had pretty much everything to do with claiming Gray.
Aug 31 - 1:13 PM

Christian Ponder has made the Vikings' 53-man roster.

In something of a surprise, the Vikings are hanging onto Ponder as their third QB behind Matt Cassel and Teddy Bridgewater. It probably has something to do with his $1.76M guaranteed salary. Having received almost no first-team reps this month, Ponder is certainly on the trade block if anyone wants to bite.
Aug 30 - 7:17 PM

Browns waived TE/FB MarQueis Gray.

A hyped undrafted H-back last season, Gray was active for 12 games, managing eight touches. He could be headed to the practice squad.
Aug 30 - 4:29 PM

Chargers waived/released OT Mike Harris, LB Victor Aiyewa, DT Chas Alecxih, WR Torrence Allen, S Alden Darby, CB Greg Ducre, WR Javontee Herndon, LB Thomas Keiser, LB Cordarro Law, S Adrian Phillips, OT Jeremiah Sirles, LB Colton Underwood, OG Craig Watts, OT Kenny Wiggins and C Khalil Wilkes.

Willie Smith has earned swing-tackle duties. A 2012 undrafted free agent, Harris was thrust into blindside duties as a rookie after Jared Gaither fell apart, but was limited to 194 snaps a season ago. He has 12 games of starting experience, which should earn him a second chance soon enough.
Aug 30 - 3:54 PM

Vikings placed SS Jamarca Sanford on injured reserve, ending his season.

Sanford had 75 tackles in 12 starts for Minnesota last season.
Aug 30 - 10:30 AM

NFL suspended Vikings WR Jerome Simpson three games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

Simpson was in New York appealing the ban two weeks ago, apparently to no avail. It's not a huge loss, as Simpson has tumbled down the depth chart to No. 4. Cordarrelle Patterson, Greg Jennings, and Jarius Wright are Minnesota's top three wideouts. Simpson's suspension is the result of a November DUI.
Aug 29 - 11:38 AM

Teddy Bridgewater completed 4-of-9 passes for 17 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings' preseason finale Thursday night.

The 32nd overall pick in May's draft wraps up the exhibition season 30-of-49 passing for 283 yards and a 5:0 TD-to-INT ratio. His passer rating was 111.2. Matt Cassel remains entrenched as Minnesota's Week 1 starter, and should have a somewhat long leash to open the season. But once he starts stumbling -- and that'll most likely happen at some point -- the calls for Teddy will begin.
Aug 28 - 9:39 PM

Adrian Peterson denies telling Cowboys owner Jerry Jones he would be interested in playing for Dallas.

"This was a casual conversation in which I never indicated I wanted to leave the Vikings," Peterson said. "I have always said I understand the NFL is a business, but that I would love to retire as a Viking." The truth is probably somewhere between Jones' reported words and Peterson's statement. It's a non-issue for as long as Peterson is under contract with the Vikings. AD is signed through 2017.
Aug 28 - 2:47 PM

ESPN reports Adrian Peterson called Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in June to tell him he was interested in playing for Dallas "at the end of his tenure with the Vikings."

"Well, I understand, Adrian," Jones reportedly told AD. "I'd like that, too ... Well, I love your story. I love your daddy's story. I've always respected what you've been about. I've always been a fan of yours." Peterson is from Palestine, Texas, which is two hours southeast of Dallas. It's unclear if the call constituted tampering, but Jones believes it does not. Now 29, Peterson is signed with the Vikings through 2017, but is unlikely to make it to the end of his deal.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 28 - 1:13 PM

The Vikings will start Matt Cassel Week 1, according to FOX's Jay Glazer.

Cassel started all three preseason games, looking sharp while going 26-of-39 (66.6 percent) for 367 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Teddy Bridgewater was also solid in his three appearances, going 26-of-40 for 266 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. The close battle predictably goes to the veteran, as Cassel was always expected to be a bridge while the first-round rookie develops a little bit. Cassel, a low-end QB2 for now with a dash of upside thanks to Norv Turner's vertical scheme, will not have a long leash.
Aug 25 - 9:43 AM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is not yet ready to name a Week 1 starting quarterback.

The Vikings gave Matt Cassel the starting treatment in Saturday night's third preseason game, letting him command the first-team offense into the third quarter. Zimmer stated both Cassel and Teddy Bridgewater did "well" against the Chiefs, and has never given a timetable to name his first-string signal caller. We fully expect Cassel to get the Week 1 nod, but his leash will not be long.
Aug 24 - 1:08 PM

Running as the Vikings' early-down back in the absence of Adrian Peterson, Matt Asiata rushed 11 times for 48 yards in Saturday's preseason game, adding two catches for 34 yards.

Third-rounder Jerick McKinnon operated as Asiata's change-of-pace back. The implication being, it would be Asiata who handles early-down duties were AD to go down with injury this season. Asiata now has 24 rushes for 80 yards (3.3 YPC) and one score this preseason. McKinnon is the far-more talented player, but for now Asiata's experience is winning out.
Aug 24 - 12:25 AM

Greg Jennings was held without a catch on three targets in Saturday's preseason game.

Jennings is unlikely to suit up for next week's finale, meaning he'll finish the preseason with three catches for 40 yards. Jennings showed good chemistry with Matt Cassel last season, but it's hard to get ginned up about him as anything more than a WR4.
Aug 24 - 12:19 AM

Vikings WR Jerome Simpson failed to haul in his lone target against the Chiefs Saturday night.

Simpson only has two catches for 25 yards this preseason. He is clearly the No. 4 receiver behind Greg Jennings, Cordarrelle Patterson and Jarius Wright. Simpson likely faces a three-game suspension to start the season.
Aug 23 - 11:52 PM


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