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Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is open to moving Chad Greenway to middle linebacker.

Zimmer played strong-side linebacker last season under Leslie Frazier. He practiced at weak side during OTAs, and is now under consideration at Mike. "It’s a possibility," Zimmer said. "We keep working him in there. We’re just trying to find the best 11 players we can and then figure out where the rest of the guys are going to fit." Greenway's IDP stock could rise in the middle.
Jul 23 - 9:52 PM

Coach Mike Zimmer said Cordarrelle Patterson will continue to return kickoffs despite his increased offensive role.

Patterson was the best kick returner in the NFL last season. "We want our best players to get their hands on the ball as much as possible," Zimmer said. "We’re not going to keep him from returning kicks because he is such a dangerous weapon there." Zimmer suggested the jury remains out on whether Patterson will become an equally dynamic wide receiver. "For him to take the next step," Zimmer said, "we’re going to have to see how he gets off a jam and the things that people will try to do to take him away."
Jul 23 - 9:48 PM

USA Today's Tom Pelissero considers Matt Cassel the "heavy favorite" to start at quarterback for the Vikings.

Pelissero is a former longtime Vikings beat reporter, so his opinion is notable. Teddy Bridgewater was mixed in with the first-team offense this spring, but is pretty clearly behind Cassel. Tape gurus Greg Cosell and Ron Jaworski have both stated Cassel is a better fit for Norv Turner's offense than Bridgewater. Turner pushes the ball vertically, which is Bridgewater's weakness.
Source: USA Today
Jul 21 - 1:08 PM

Jarius Wright and Jerome Simpson are competing for the Vikings' slot receiver job.

The favorite is Wright, who has earned most of the first-team reps during spring practices and is a more natural fit for the slot than Simpson. Neither player will be anything more than the No. 4 passing option on a run-first team.
Jul 19 - 1:57 PM

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune said "all the signs point" to Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph breaking out this season.

Rudolph has been diligent in his recovery from the broken foot that sidelined him for the final eight games last season, reportedly dropping 15 pounds and working on his technique in order to be quicker out of his breaks. He should also get a big bump from the arrival of OC Norv Turner, who helped Jordan Cameron break out last season. Rudolph is a bargain at his current ninth-round ADP.
Jul 19 - 10:06 AM

ESPN Vikings reporter Ben Goessling doesn't project S Kurt Coleman to make the 53-man roster.

Coleman is merely a special teams player, but he's a fine one at that. Goessling has the Vikings keeping third-year S Robert Blanton and sixth-round rookie Antone Exum over Coleman. Blanton got some run with the first-team defense next to Harrison Smith during the spring, while Exum is a hybrid corner/safety.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 18 - 11:36 AM

Vikings OC Norv Turner is reportedly interested in getting Cordarrelle Patterson the ball "as much as he can."

There's nothing new here. As soon as Turner was hired back in February, he put in 10 plays for Patterson and then proceeded to move the explosive playmaker all over the formation during offseason workouts. We know there's going to be a concerted effort to manufacture touches for Patterson, the only question is if his route-running has improved enough to warrant a "go-to guy" kind of role. It's something worth watching very closely during camp, as C-Patt has the natural ability to be a weekly difference-maker.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 17 - 10:27 AM

Vikings OC Norv Turner is reportedly "intent" on using Adrian Peterson differently this season.

Turner has a history of giving his No. 1 back massive workloads, especially when he's had studs like Emmitt Smith and LaDainian Tomlinson. That's nothing new for Peterson, but what will be new is an expanded role in the passing game. Turner has repeatedly stated his desire to get Peterson in space by converting some of his carries into receptions. We've projected him for 47 catches this season in our Draft Guide, which would be a new career high.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 17 - 10:20 AM

Vikings NT Linval Joseph (shoulder) is expected to be ready for training camp.

Joseph underwent shoulder surgery in March and was held out of minicamp for precautionary reasons. He remains on track to be cleared for the start of camp. Joseph will start at nose tackle in Mike Zimmer's 4-3, with Sharrif Floyd getting the majority of snaps at the three-technique spot.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 12 - 9:11 PM

Vikings OC Norv Turner says Teddy Bridgewater is a "lot further along than I expected him to be."

"Teddy's been really, really impressive," Norval said in a Monday radio interview. Like most July quotes, Turner's words mean very little in the grand scheme of things, but it's better to hear something emptily positive than simply empty. Bridgewater is going to make starts in 2014, it's just a matter of when.
Source: vikings.com
Jul 9 - 9:24 AM

Cordarrelle Patterson expects to be a "top-five playmaker."

"I'm a playmaker, I like to make plays," Patterson said. "Like I tell them, just get the ball in my hands I feel like I'm special with it. I just like to do special things with the ball." It's supreme confidence from a player who indeed made plays in 2013, but had to have his touches manufactured. Patterson is an obvious breakout candidate for 2014, but the word is already out far and wide. He's not going to fall in fantasy drafts, making him a bit of a boom-or-bust option.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 8 - 7:59 PM

Kyle Rudolph has dropped 15 pounds this offseason with an eye toward being more active in the passing game under new OC Norv Turner.

Rudolph played last season at 275 pounds, but is now at 260 after focusing on his diet and workout routine during the offseason. He's also been working on his receiving skills at Larry Fitzgerald's annual training camp in Minnesota. Fitzgerald's trainer has specifically been working with Rudolph to help him with his speed in and out of breaks. Rudolph is a big-time breakout candidate.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 8 - 2:50 PM

Kyle Rudolph has spent "a lot of time" this offseason watching game tape of Jordan Cameron, who broke out last year under new Vikings OC Norv Turner.

Rudolph has also watched cutups of Jay Novacek, Turner's tight end with the Cowboys. Turner will run the same scheme in Minnesota. "So much of it is the exact same thing (Turner)'s been running for 20 years," noted Rudolph. "It's the same plays." Randy McMichael and Antonio Gates also enjoyed career-best years on Norv's watch. Rudolph could be a bargain at his ninth-round ADP.
Source: USA Today
Jul 8 - 2:37 PM

Both Matt Cassel and Vikings OC Norv Turner are praising Cordarrelle Patterson's route-running improvement.

Route limitations forced ex-OC Bill Musgrave to utilize Patterson as a gadget player on offense last year. Cassel cited Patterson's "route-running and his ability to recognize defense" as areas where he's made the most progress. "I think from Day 1 to now he's improved as a route runner," added Turner. "He's been very serious about working as a route runner." Patterson's breakout potential is unfortunately already built into his early fifth-round ADP. He'll be a boom-or-bust fantasy pick.
Jul 4 - 1:31 PM

Adrian Peterson says he was impressed by third-round pick Jerick McKinnon during spring practices.

McKinnon dabbled at quarterback in college and is relatively raw, so it would be nice to see "A.D." take him under his wing. "He’s pretty impressive and there’s not too many guys who impress me like that, especially rookies coming in," Peterson said. "He’s been able to do some real good things in the offense, picking it up well and just his running style." The Vikings hope McKinnon contributes on third downs as a rookie. He may be Peterson's heir apparent.
Jul 3 - 7:02 PM


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