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Dalvin Cook feels like he’s finally back to himself

Vikings running back Dalvin Cook seemed to be on track for a stellar season in 2017, until a non-contact torn ACL ended his rookie campaign. He’s now feeling like he’s ready to roll, again. “I’m getting back to how I used to feel,” Cook said this week, via Dane Mizutani of the St. Paul Pioneer [more]

Kyle Rudolph says he’s still in his prime

There were legitimate questions this offseason about whether Kyle Rudolph was going to be a part of the Vikings’ future. But not only is the veteran tight end still there, he declared himself to be in his prime. According to Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Rudolph sent a message with his wardrobe, walking [more]

Short-week home game is one of five prime-time contests for the Vikings

The Vikings have been lobbying for a short-week game at home. This year, they got one. And it will come against a couple of old friends. Minnesota starts Week Eight with a Thursday night home game, against Washington. Apart from pitting quarterback Kirk Cousins against his former team for the first time, the game will [more]

Ten teams scheduled for five prime-time appearances

The NFL has scheduled 10 teams to make five prime-time appearances during the 2019 season. That list includes both of the teams playing in the opening game of the year. The Packers and Bears will face off on Thursday, September 5 in a matchup chosen to celebrate the NFL’s 100th season and then go on [more]

Monday Night Football slate kicks off with Texans and Saints

A pair of 2018 playoff teams will square off in the first Monday night game of the 2019 season. The NFL’s schedule was released on Wednesday night and it shows that the Texans will be in New Orleans to face the Saints on Monday Night Football in Week One. In addition to that game, the [more]

Mike Remmers recovering from back surgery

The Vikings released veteran offensive lineman Mike Remmers in March and visited the Giants a short time later, but remains unsigned a month after that visit came to an end. Remmers’ health may be part of the reason why he remains a free agent. His agent Brett Tessler said on Wednesday that Remmers is recovering [more]

Wednesday’s PFTOT is up and running

Every weekday, we celebrate the conclusion of an episode of PFT Live by almost immediately taping an episode of PFTOT. Which is precisely what we did today. After Big Cat and his not-new-jacket left the studio (and after Simms and his not-functioning-prostate returned from the restroom), Simms and I covered five topics. From considering whether [more]

Who has the better contract, Russell Wilson or Kirk Cousins?

Russell Wilson signed the richest contract in NFL history. But is it the best contract in NFL History? Maybe not. An argument could be made that the contract signed last year by Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins is better than Wilson’s new deal. (Let me know when you stop laughing.) Wilson’s deal commits him to the [more]

Everson Griffen in a “good place” and back to being himself

Everson Griffen knows one thing for certain: “When I’m me, when I’m myself, I can play well,” Griffen said Tuesday, via Courtney Cronin of ESPN. ‏ The Vikings defensive end made 13 sacks and a third consecutive Pro Bowl in 2017. He dealt with mental health issues in 2018, keeping him out five games, and [more]

Kirk Cousins on learning Vikings playbook: It’s like eating an elephant

The Vikings bumped Kevin Stefanski from interim offensive coordinator to the permanent job this offseason and they hired former Texans and Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak as an offensive advisor in a pair of moves that have led to a new offensive playbook than they were working with at this time last year. Quarterback Kirk [more]

Dalvin Cook vows to “get back to being me”

Dalvin Cook has played 15 games since the Vikings made him the 41st overall choice in 2017. He has missed 17 games with injuries. The Vikings running back tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee early in his rookie season. He missed five games with a hamstring injury last season. Now fully healthy, [more]

Everson Griffen: Pay cut tough to swallow, but I want to be a Viking for life

Defensive end Everson Griffen was faced with a decision this offseason that many other NFL Players have faced at points in their careers. Griffen needed to take a pay cut or get cut by the Vikings as they moved toward the 2019 season. Griffen chose the pay cut and spoke to reporters about that choice [more]

Quarterback market has exploded in less than two years

From 2013 through 2016, the quarterback market stagnated. From 2017 through now, the quarterback market has exploded. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers enjoyed an extended stretch as the highest-paid player in the NFL, with a new-money average of $22 million per year, until Colts quarterback Andrew Luck finally leapfrogged Rodgers in 2016, with $24.6 million per [more]

Moritz Boehringer allocated to Bengals, part of international program

The first European player to be drafted into the NFL without playing at an American college has another chance. Per the league’s transaction wire, tight end Moritz Boehringer has been allocated to the Bengals as an exempt/international player. That means he can hang around as a 91st player on the roster, and the Bengals have [more]

Anthony Harris signs tender with Vikings

Safety Anthony Harris signed his tender with the Vikings on Monday, the team announced. The Vikings made several other moves official, too, confirming offensive tackle Rashod Hill signed his tender and the free agent signings of quarterback Sean Mannion and receiver Jordan Taylor. Harris enters his fifth NFL season. He set career highs in starts [more]

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