To many, the Vikings’ final preseason game Thursday night in Nashville might seem like the most inconsequential of their 20 scheduled contests this season. Most of the Vikings’ prominent starters, from quarterback Kirk Cousins on down the roster, figure to sit out against the Tennessee Titans. Backup quarterback Trevor Siemian likely will start before giving way to Kyle Sloter and Peter Pujals, while most of the Vikings’ core players don baseball caps and watch from the sidelines. To the players whose employment status with the team beyond Thursday remains uncertain, though, the game is anything but trivial. Listen: Who's going to make the Vikings' 53-man roster? Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer discuss the Vikings' acquisition of center/guard Brett Jones, Pat Elflein's status, project the 53-man roster and answer your Twitter questions on quarterbacks, George Iloka and running backs. “To them, it is the Super Bowl,” special teams coordinator … [Read more...] about Vikings’ final preseason game vs. Titans sets up closing argument for players on the bubble
The Vikings begin reporting to the first training camp July 24 at the TCO Performance Center in Eagan. The first full-team practice is July 28. Check here for new details on tickets, parking and times. Before then, the Star Tribune will take a look at each position group. Wednesday: Quarterbacks On the 90-man roster: 4 quarterbacks Locks: QB Kirk Cousins, QB Trevor Siemian Practice squad candidates: QB Kyle Sloter, QB Peter Pujals Changes (+) Signed Kirk Cousins to a three-year, $84 million contract that was fully guaranteed, marking the first such fully guaranteed NFL contract of that magnitude. … Traded for Trevor Siemian from Denver, acquiring also a 2018 seventh-round pick (linebacker Devante Downs) in exchange for a 2019 fifth-round pick. (-) Sam Bradford signed with the Cardinals on a one-year, $20 million deal, including a team option for 2019. … Case Keenum signed with the Broncos on a two-year, $36 million contract. … Teddy … [Read more...] about 2018 camp preview: Is Kirk Cousins the Vikings’ final piece for a Super Bowl run?
June 27, 2018 by Larry Fitzgerald Leave a Comment Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Messenger Reddit Email September 23, at U.S. Bank Stadium, Dennis Green will become the 24th member of the Vikings Ring of Honor. The news became official the day the Vikings’ ribbon-cutting ceremony officially celebrated their new Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center in Eagan. I think it’s the best training headquarters in the NFL; it is spectacular state-of-the-art. The Vikings invited Roger Goodell, the NFL commissioner, and Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton as well as many others including Ms. Marie Green and Patti Green, Denny’s oldest daughter. It’s good the Vikings got around to honoring Green, because all he did was make NFL history. Since Kevin Warren became chief operating officer of the Vikings — he’s been here 13 years now — the first Black COO of an NFL franchise and the highest ranking Black executive on the business side of an NFL team. I … [Read more...] about Vikings finally honor Dennis Green
Get ready for a duel between the NFL’s two highest-paid quarterbacks. The NFL announced the regular-season schedule on Thursday. The Vikings, featuring free-agent signee Kirk Cousins, will open against San Francisco and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo at noon Sept. 9 at U.S. Bank Stadium. Garoppolo signed a five-year, $137.5 million contract earlier this year for an average of $27.5 million per year. Last month, Cousins topped Garoppolo on an average annual basis with his three-year, $84 million deal for an average of $28 million. It’s the second time in four seasons the Vikings have opened with the 49ers. In the previous meeting, they were walloped 20-3 in 2015 on the road on Monday Night Football. The schedule features four nationally televised games. The Vikings have Sunday night home games against New Orleans and Green Bay, a Thursday night game at the Los Angeles Rams and a Monday night affair at Seattle. Here’s a look at the schedule: Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 9, vs. … [Read more...] about Vikings open season at home against 49ers, have four national TV games
Only eight players in NFL postseason history have topped the two interceptions that Carolina Panthers safety Kurt Coleman had in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game. Coleman’s first interception slammed the door on Arizona right before halftime. His second one stuck a knife through the keyhole just in case. Arizona’s top-ranked offense fell quietly from there, losing 49-15 as Coleman, who spent training camp with the Vikings in 2014, joined a select group of players with two picks in one playoff game. Eight Hall of Famers are among the 128 who have done it. Sammy Baugh and Sid Luckman, better known as quarterbacks, each did it in 1943. Ronnie Lott did it twice in the 1980s while posting an NFL-record nine playoff interceptions. Former Houston Oiler Vernon Perry set the single-game record of four against the Chargers in 1979. Seven are tied with three apiece. The potential for even more picks awaits Coleman in the form of Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl … [Read more...] about Vikings castoff Coleman joins list of top playoff playmakers