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Could pass protection keep Alexander Mattison from being the No. 2 tailback in Minnesota?

The Vikings hope that, in his third NFL season, running back Dalvin Cook will finally reach his full potential. Given his injury history, they need to have other plans. And with Latavius Murray gone, the No. 2 spot on the depth chart becomes critical. For now, rookie running back Alexander Mattison holds that job. Reading between [more]

Vikings will release Kevin McDermott

The Vikings special teams shakeup extends beyond the trade for kicker Kaare Vedvik. Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports that the team will release long snapper Kevin McDermott. The Vikings drafted long snapper Austin Cutting in the seventh round this year and he received clearance to play while serving his Air Force commitment in July. [more]

Ravens trade Kaare Vedvik to Vikings

A Norwegian is heading to the Vikings. Kaare Vedvik, the Ravens kicker and punter who has lit up the last two preseasons but had no realistic chance of unseating Justin Tucker on Baltimore’s roster, has been traded to Minnesota, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. The Ravens will get a 2020 fifth-round draft pick from [more]

Vikings sign Nate Wozniak, waive Tyler Catalina

A former University of Minnesota tight end is back in the Twin Cities as a member of the Vikings. The Vikings announced the signing of Nate Wozniak on Sunday. Offensive lineman Tyler Catalina was waived in a corresponding move. While Wozniak played tight end for the Golden Gophers, he has moved to offensive tackle at [more]

Jets to try out Blair Walsh

Kicker Blair Walsh, a solid performer for four seasons until missing a chip shot that would have vaulted the Vikings past the Seahawks in the 2015 playoffs, will be getting another chance to show what he can do. Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that Walsh will audition for the Jets. The [more]

Teddy Bridgewater has solid outing against his former team

Teddy Bridgewater had a chance to leave for Miami in the offseason. He chose to return for another season behind Drew Brees in New Orleans. With Brees sitting out the preseason opener Friday night, Bridgewater got a chance to start against the team that drafted him 32nd overall in 2014. Bridgewater, 26, played the entire [more]

Kirk Cousins sharp early for Vikings

Do night games still count as prime time when it’s summer and the days are longer? They may not, because Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins is looking very good early on against the Saints, despite his 5-13 record in late games in the regular season. The Vikings took a 7-0 lead on Cousins’ 1-yard pass to [more]

Vikings lighten helmet to ensure match with jersey

The Vikings will no longer appear to have multiple purples. The team announced on Thursday that the color of the helmet has been lightened “to ensure consistency in all situations and provide a perfect match between the helmet and the jersey.” Apparently, the darker pre-2019 helmet wasn’t always a match, based on the ambient and [more]

Kirk Cousins complains about Garrett Bradbury’s sweating

The Vikings thoroughly scouted center Garrett Bradbury before using the 18th overall choice on him. They had all his measurables, watched all his tape and did background work. But the Vikings missed something on their scouting report: Bradbury has a sweaty posterior. That’s the word from quarterback Kirk Cousins, who is having a hard time [more]

Teddy Bridgewater in a good place, glad to see old friends

Teddy Bridgewater may still have some feelings about the way his time in Minnesota ended. But mostly, he feels grateful to be well, and in a good spot. The former Vikings first-rounder will see his old team for the first time Friday night, when they play the Saints in the preseason. He’s three years removed [more]

Mike Zimmer “proud” to face off with Teddy Bridgewater in the preseason

Saints backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will face his old team on Friday night when the Vikings visit New Orleans for their preseason opener, and Bridgwater’s old coach is looking forward to it. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said he’s excited to see what Bridgewater is doing in New Orleans, three years after suffering a career-threatening injury [more]

Kyle Rudolph says chemistry with Kirk Cousins growing stronger

There was some doubt about whether tight end Kyle Rudolph would return to the Vikings this season, but he ultimately signed a four-year contract extension that keeps him in Minnesota for the near future. With Rudolph’s return secured, the next order of business was for the tight end to build a stronger bon with quarterback [more]

Laquon Treadwell is buried on the Vikings’ first unofficial depth chart

It’s a make or break preseason for Vikings receiver Laquon Treadwell. So far, he’s closer to breaking than making. Treadwell, a first-round pick in 2016, is listed as a third-string receiver, putting him at either No. 5 or No. 6 in the pecking order. The starters, obviously, are Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. The second-stringers [more]

Jaguars signing Roc Thomas

The Jaguars are adding a running back to the roster, but he won’t be able to help them in the first three weeks of the regular season. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Jags are signing Roc Thomas to their 90-man roster. Thomas was waived by the Vikings last month after the league announced [more]

Vikings add cornerback Bene Benwikere

The Vikings have been checking out veteran cornerbacks, and they signed one Saturday. The team announced the addition of cornerback Bene Benwikere. To make room for him on the roster, they waived rookie cornerback Terrence Alexander. Benwikere has bounced around nearly a quarter of the league in his five seasons. Originally a fifth-round pick of [more]

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