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Pete Carroll has high praise for Blair Walsh

Roughly 19 months ago, kicker Blair Walsh helped the Seahawks get to the NFC divisional round. Indirectly. This year, his efforts will have a more direct correlation to the team’s success, or otherwise. Walsh signed early in the offseason with the Seahawks, getting a shot at redemption after a career disintegration that began when he [more]

Vikings’ Tom Johnson: “We’ve got the best defense in the NFL”

Players on the Vikings’ defense are heading into the season confident that they can dominate. “We’ve got the best defense in the NFL,’’ Vikings defensive tackle Tom Johnson told Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press. Other players echoed those sentiments. Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter said the players have it in their minds that they [more]

Dalvin Cook is No. 1 tailback in Minnesota for now

Out goes Adrian, in comes Dalvin. For the first time since future Hall of Famer Adrian Peterson was a rookie in 2007, a rookie sits atop the depth chart at tailback in Minnesota. He is Florida State’s Dalvin Cook, a first-round prospect who slid to round two. Behind Cook on the initial, unofficial list is [more]

Vikings activate Latavius Murray from PUP list

It’s been five months since the Vikings signed running back Latavius Murray and he’s finally ready to join his new team on the practice field. Murray had ankle surgery shortly after signing with Minnesota and spent the entire offseason program rehabbing from his injury before being placed on the physically unable to perform list at [more]

The Linval Joseph contract details

Defensive tackle Linval Joseph has become the latest Vikings defensive veteran to get a new contract. PFT has gotten its eyes on the full details. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, here are the terms: 1. Signing bonus of $6 million, half of which will be paid within 10 days of signing and [more]

Morten Andersen’s induction becomes celebration for specialists

Morten Andersen’s induction into the Hall of Fame was a celebration for specialists. He became the first kicker inducted since Jan Stenerud in 1991. Ray Guy became the first punter enshrined in 2014. “I believe my induction sends a clear message that the position of the specialist is important, relevant and undeniable,” Andersen said. “Hopefully [more]

Linval Joseph gets a new deal

The Vikings are handing out new contracts to defensive players like party favors. And the latest guy to get one could do plenty of damage to the cake. Defensive tackle Linval Joseph has a new contract, his agency has announced. It’s reportedly a four-year, $50 million contract, via Ian Rapoport of NFL Media. He adds [more]

Would Teddy Bridgewater welcome a trade to the Dolphins?

A year after Teddy Bridgewater‘s torn ACL forced the Vikings to scramble in late August for a replacement, a possible torn ACL suffered by Ryan Tannehill may compel the Dolphins to do the same. What if the Dolphins would trade for Bridgewater? While the Dolphins seem to be focused for now on free agents in [more]

Sean Payton notices “a certain temperament” to Adrian Peterson’s running style

In five weeks and four days, running back Adrian Peterson will return to Minnesota as a member of the Saints. And the jury is out on how Peterson will look when he’s in the game. The naysayers say he’s too old and too banged up to be the “he’s loose!” juggernaut he once was. The [more]

Laquon Treadwell says leg injury didn’t happen in practice fight

Vikings wide receiver Laquon Treadwell‘s attempt to make a big jump over his lackluster rookie season is being delayed at the moment by a leg injury. Treadwell didn’t practice on Wednesday and won’t practice on Thursday either, which means the last time he was on the field was during a scuffle with safety Antone Exum [more]

Vikings left tackle Riley Reiff still missing with back problem

The Vikings invested a $59 million contract in Riley Reiff as part of their offseason offensive line overhaul. But at the moment, Reiff isn’t even watching practice. Via Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the veteran tackle has missed five straight days of practice since being carted off with a back problem last week. Reiff [more]

Former NFL QB John Reaves dies at 67

Former NFL quarterback John Reaves has passed away at the age of 67. According to the Associated Press, Reaves was found dead at his home Tuesday in Hillsborough County, Fla. The cause of death is being investigated. Reaves spent 11 years in the NFL after being a first-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in 1972 [more]

Sam Bradford’s rare outburst takes down Mike Zimmer

We’ve never really seen Sam Bradford get too excited on the field. And when he did, it could have proven dangerous to the sight of his head coach. Via Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com, the Vikings quarterback was celebrating a touchdown pass in practice, and accidentally took down coach Mike Zimmer. That’s potentially a problem since [more]

Rick Spielman hopes to have a quarterback quandary

The Vikings have two starting-caliber quarterbacks. But they don’t know who their starting quarterback will be beyond this season. Sam Bradford, who was the equivalent a year ago of a spare tire thrown onto the axle of a moving car, remains under contract for one more year. Teddy Bridgewater, the tire that blew out violently [more]

Mike Zimmer: Veteran players say Dalvin Cook gets it

Vikings rookie running back Dalvin Cook is impressing his veteran teammates. That’s the word from Vikings coach Mike Zimmer, who says the veteran players on the team tell him that Cook is far ahead of most rookies in his understanding of what it takes to be an NFL player. “The first thing the veteran players [more]

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