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The Minneapolis Star-Tribune confirms CB Josh Robinson (pectoral) is a candidate for reserve/PUP.

Robinson would miss at least the first six weeks on PUP. The Vikings don’t consider his injury season ending. Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes, Captain Munnerlyn, and Terence Newman are locked in as Minnesota's top four corners.
Jul 4 - 6:08 PM

Vikings CB Josh Robinson suffered a partially torn pectoral before minicamp.

Robinson is expected to be sidelined for training camp and could be a reserve/PUP candidate. His absence gives rookie Trae Waynes a clearer path to playing time behind Xavier Rhodes and Captain Munnerlyn. Robinson is scheduled to make $1.55 million in the final year of his rookie deal.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 4 - 2:45 PM

Charles Johnson trained with Rischad Whitfield, the "Footwork King," this offseason.

We know Johnson has ideal size (6'2/225) and speed (4.4) for an NFL wideout. Refining his route-running ability under Whitfield, who has Antonio Brown and DeAndre Hopkins as clients, will only help him take the next step. Johnson operated as the every-down X throughout the entire offseason program. "He's got everything you need to be a productive player in this league," said OC Norv Turner.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 30 - 10:41 AM

Chad Greenway is expected to remain the Vikings' starting weakside linebacker.

Greenway got all of the work with the Vikings' first-team defense during the offseason program, and coach Mike Zimmer called him the best WLB on the roster. Greenway's play last season does not support Zimmer's claim. He struggled both against the pass and the run in 12 starts and was outplayed by the younger and more athletic Gerald Hodges. If given anything resembling a fair shot, Hodges could easily unseat Greenway.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 27 - 11:12 AM

OC Norv Turner said Charles Johnson "picked up where he left off in December" and had "a good spring."

Johnson posted 14 catches for 235 yards and one touchdown in four December games last season. Now he's getting a full offseason under his belt as the every-down X in an ascending offense. Johnson, now up to 225 pounds at 6-foot-2 with 4.4 speed, remains one of our favorite mid-round breakout candidates.
Jun 25 - 10:17 AM

Vikings RB coach Kirby Wilson said Jerick McKinnon made strides in pass protection last season.

"Jerick is working on those things. Trying to be three phases," Wilson said. "It really comes down to your block willingness and I knew we could teach him from a physical standpoint. We knew he'd improve rapidly because he was a willing protector." McKinnon lost third-down work to Matt Asiata last year. With Adrian Peterson in line to dominate carries, the Vikings want to get McKinnon involved as a receiver. The Vikings believe McKinnon has the skill set to develop into a three-down back.
Jun 24 - 5:37 PM

Terence Newman is expected to open training camp as the Vikings' first-team left cornerback.

The Vikings reportedly don't want to rush rookie Trae Waynes, and still have concerns with 2012 third-rounder Josh Robinson. Newman has five-plus years in Mike Zimmer’s scheme and will open camp as the starter opposite Xavier Rhodes. Captain Munnerlyn is the favorite for slot duties. Zimmer showed a willingness to slow-play rookies in Cincinnati, so we wouldn't rule out the possibility Newman starts Week 1 ahead of No. 11 overall pick Waynes.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 20 - 6:17 PM

Vikings rookie TE MyCole Pruitt is working as the No. 2 tight end behind Kyle Rudolph.

"He’s really catching our eye," coach Mike Zimmer said. "MyCole has done a nice job. We’ve moved him around. We anticipate he’ll be a pretty good blocker." Pruitt has moved ahead of Chase Ford for No. 2 duties. The Vikings are playing him at H-back and detached from the line in two tight end sets. Pruitt will make one of Rhett Ellison or Brandon Bostick expendable.
Jun 17 - 6:30 PM

Vikings OC Norv Turner said Cordarrelle Patterson is in the mix to start.

Patterson is getting reps with the second team at minicamp. If he can improve his route running, Patterson can play his way back into three-wide sets, but is penciled in behind Jarius Wright for slot duties. Mike Wallace is locked in as the every-down Z-receiver in Norv Turner’s offense, with Charles Johnson at X.
Jun 17 - 6:21 PM

Charles Johnson bulked up to 225 pounds during the offseason.

The Vikings listed him at 215 last season. Johnson is preparing for a full complement of snaps in 2015 as the Vikings' starting X receiver. OC Norv Turner has already praised his 26-year-old, saying Johnson is "far and away our best receiver." That was before the Mike Wallace acquisition, but we're still highest on height-weight-speed freak Johnson. He has serious WR2 upside.
Jun 16 - 3:41 PM

Vikings second-year SLB Anthony Barr (knee) has resumed practicing at minicamp.

It was his first practice since November. Barr had a knee scope in December but missed OTAs because of a different knee injury. He was limited to individual drills on Tuesday but should be ready to go by training camp. Barr recorded four sacks and two forced fumbles as a rookie last season.
Jun 16 - 2:31 PM

Adrian Peterson said he expects to be more involved in the passing game this season.

"With Coach [Norv] Turner's offense, there's so much that he throws out there," said Peterson. "So I'll be more involved in the pass game, being out wide and presenting myself for a check-down." Peterson has been underutilized in the passing game, drawing just 90 targets since the start of 2012. Despite 208 career catches, Peterson has only scored five receiving touchdowns since entering the league in 2007.
Jun 14 - 10:51 AM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer expects LE Brian Robison (pectoral) to get some work during minicamp this week.

"We're going to be careful with him," Zimmer said. "We may give him some of the individual work and some of the situation stuff, but we're going to be careful." DC George Edwards made it seem like Robison was questionable for training camp earlier this month, but it appears he should be close to full go by August. Coming off a down season, Robison could use a strong camp to hold off rookie Danielle Hunter and second-year DE Scott Crichton.
Jun 13 - 11:01 AM

Vikings RBs coach Kirby Wilson says the team will monitor Adrian Peterson's snap count each week.

Wilson also pointed out that Peterson has looked "extremely explosive" in OTAs, and "still has electric foot speed." Peterson's touches won't be limited, but the Vikings want to mix in Jerick McKinnon. "It's more about snaps per game, because that's what you have to watch in regard to the wear and tear," Wilson said. "How he'll last for the season is the snaps per game, not the carries or attempts per game, because that comes with the territory. He's going to get his amount of touches that he gets, it's the other snaps and plays that will determine how successful he is at lasting during the season and being powerful, strong, aggressive and explosive."
Source: NFL.com
Jun 12 - 2:12 PM

Vikings RBs coach Kirby Wilson believes the "sky is the limit" for second-year back Jerick McKinnon.

Even with Adrian Peterson back, Wilson expects SPARQ superstar McKinnon to play a key role in Minnesota's 2015 offense. "I think (McKinnon's) going to continue to improve and grow and mature, not only as an NFL starter-caliber runner, but as a premier, dynamic playmaker that you can count on every Sunday for X amount of plays," Wilson said. "And he showed flashes of that type of ability last year early on. So we're all extremely excited about the potential that he has and what he can bring and add to our offense." Wilson says the Vikings plan to monitor Peterson's snaps, ensuring McKinnon gets time on the field each week.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 12 - 2:07 PM


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