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Kevin O’Connell: Irv Smith Jr. is going to be a major part of what we do

Irv Smith Jr. was slated to be the Vikings’ starting tight end in 2021. But then he suffered a torn meniscus just before the start of the regular season and ended up missing the entire year.Smith has been participating in Minnesota’s offseason program and was spotted by reporters running routes during an open portion of [more]

Dalvin Cook gets reps at receiver in early Vikings practices

The Vikings have commenced Organized Team Activities for the first time under new coach Kevin O’Connell. The offensive-minded coach may have his mind set on getting the most he can out of one key member of the offense.Via Chad Graff of TheAthletic.com, Cook lined up in bunch receiver sets in multiple different formations.Cook, who has [more]

Danielle Hunter is back from another injury and feeling “pretty good”

Edge rushers Danielle Hunter and Za’Darius Smith will give the Vikings one of the best pass-rushing duos in the NFL if they remain healthy. If. . . .Smith played only one regular-season game and the Packers’ postseason game last season because of a back injury.Hunter has played only seven games the past two seasons, missing [more]

Kwesi Adofo-Mensah on trading within division: Feelings can’t get in the way of improving the team

It wasn’t a huge surprise that Vikings General Manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah traded out of the 12th overall pick in order to gather more selections over the course of the draft, but the team he traded with was a bit unexpected.The Lions moved up from No. 32 and sent that pick, No. 34 and No. 66 [more]

Vikings sign William Kwenkeu, release Tuf Borland

The Vikings have made a pair of moves after their rookie minicamp over the weekend.Minnesota announced that the team has signed linebacker William Kwenkeu and released linebacker Tuf Borland in a corresponding move.Kwenkeu went undrafted out of Temple this spring. He led the program with 10.5 tackles for loss in 2021. In his time at [more]

Vikings hire Demitrius Washington as VP of football operations

The Vikings hired Kwesi Adofo-Mensah as their new General Manager this year and they made another significant addition to their front office on Monday.Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that they have hired Demitrius Washington as their vice president of football operations.Washington was the 49ers director of research and development before landing the job with [more]

Brett Hundley trying out for Vikings

Rookie minicamps usually feature some non-rookies trying out for teams and there’s a familiar quarterback going through this weekend’s practices in Minnesota.Brett Hundley is trying out for the Vikings at their minicamp. He spent time with the Colts during the 2021 season and last appeared in a regular season game with the Cardinals in 2019.Hundley [more]

Minnesota Vikings schedule 2022: Dates, times, TV, opponents for Weeks 1-18

There’s new leadership in Minnesota this season. After eight seasons as head coach, Mike Zimmer has been replaced by Kevin O’Connell, formerly the offensive coordinator for the Rams. Quarterback Kirk Cousins is back for his fifth season as the Viking’s quarterback, along with young star Justin Jefferson at wide receiver. Now that the full 18-week [more]

Monday Night Football: Broncos at Seahawks kicks off ESPN’s schedule

ESPN will debut a new broadcasting team this season, having lured Joe Buck and Troy Aikman from Fox to join sideline reporter Lisa Salters and rules analyst John Parry. Michelle Beisner-Buck also joins the team to present feature content.The crew will hit the ground running, getting Russell Wilson‘s return to Seattle in his Broncos debut [more]

Thanksgiving Day games: Bills-Lions, Giants-Cowboys and Patriots-Vikings

The Cowboys’ Thanksgiving Day game annually produces the highest ratings of the regular-season schedule.The Cowboys-Raiders game on Thanksgiving last November in Week 12 drew 40.8 million viewers. That far outpaced the second-place game, the Cowboys and Chiefs drew 28.7 million viewers in Week 11.It doesn’t matter who the Cowboys host. Everyone watches in the 4:30 [more]

Chiefs-Cardinals, Raiders-Chargers highlight Sunday afternoon schedule in Week 1

The three biggest games of the league’s opening weekend all were previously reported: The Bills and Rams will kick off the 2022 NFL season with a Thursday Night Football game at SoFi Stadium; the Bucs will play at the Cowboys in the first Sunday Night Football game, which is a rematch of their season opener [more]

Vikings sign Ty Chandler, Jalen Nailor

The Vikings have signed two more draft picks, getting fifth-rounder Ty Chandler and sixth-rounder Jalen Nailor under contract.The NFL’s transactions report also confirmed the signings of first-round choice Lewis Cine, fifth-round choice Esezi Otomewo and seventh-rounder Nick Muse. They also reportedly have agreed to terms with sixth-rounder Vederian Lowe.That leaves second-rounder Andrew Booth Jr., second-rounder [more]

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