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Vikings’ Roc Thomas Suspended For First 3 Games Of Regular Season
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https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=897478 Minnesota Vikings running back Roc Thomas is suspended for the first three games of the NFL’s 2019 regular season. ]]> MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota Vikings running back Roc Thomas is suspended for the first three games of the NFL’s 2019 regular season.
On Tuesday, the NFL announced Thomas is suspended for violating the NFL’s policy and program on substances of abuse.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the suspension stems from a felony marijuana arrest and conviction.
#Vikings RB Roc Thomas has been suspended without pay for the first three games of the 2019 regular season for violating the NFL’s policy and program on substances of abuse. This stems from his felony marijuana arrest for which he received probation.
“Thomas is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games. He will be eligible to return to the Vikings’ active roster on Monday, September 23, following the team’s September 22 game vs. Oakland,” the NFL said.
The 23-year-old joined the Vikings as a free agent last year from Jacksonville State University.
Sunday, August 18: Seattle Seahawks (7:00 p.m.) Saturday, August 24: Arizona Cardinals (Noon) Sunday, September 8: Atlanta Falcons (Noon) Sunday, September 22: Oakland Raiders (Noon) Sunday, October 13: Philadelphia Eagles (Noon) Thursday, October 24: Washington Redskins (7:20 p.m.) Sunday, November 17: Denver Broncos (Noon*) Sunday, December 8: Detroit Lions (Noon*) Monday, December 23: Green Bay Packers (7:15 p.m.) Sunday, December 29: Chicago Bears (Noon*)
* Game times subject to change due to NFL’s Flexible Scheduling.
Vikings’ Dalvin Cook Ranked As Top 10 Running Back In NFL
https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/06/19/vikings-dalvin-cook-ranked-as-top-10-running-back-in-nfl/ https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/06/19/vikings-dalvin-cook-ranked-as-top-10-running-back-in-nfl/#commentsWed, 19 Jun 2019 18:44:36 +0000Vikings – WCCO | CBS Minnesota
http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=892717 Despite suffering a season-ending injury his first year in the NFL, Minnesota Vikings’ Dalvin Cook is now thriving and continuing to turn heads two years later. ]]> MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Despite suffering a season-ending injury his first year in the NFL, Minnesota Vikings’ Dalvin Cook is now thriving and continuing to turn heads two years later.
On Tuesday, NFL analyst and former NFL running back Maurice Jones-Drew released a ranking of all 32 starting running backs in the NFL.
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Cook took the No. 10 spot on the list. Here’s what Jones-Drew had to say about Cook:
“The hiring of Gary Kubiak in Minnesota bodes well for Cook. Throughout the years, Kubiak has turned unheralded backs into 1,000-yard rushers, including former sixth-round pick (and Hall of Famer) Terrell Davis and Mike Anderson (in Denver), Steve Slaton and undrafted free agent Adrian Foster (in Houston) and Ray Rice (in Baltimore). Cook is one of the more naturally talented backs Kubiak has worked with. Look for the third-year veteran to be maximized in this year’s offense — IF he can stay healthy,” Jones-Drew said.
The top three spots go to the Giants’ Saquon Barkley, Saints’ Alvin Kamara and Jets’ Le’Veon Bell, respectively.
Wisconsin Radio Station Edits Mention Of Minnesota Vikings Out Of Lizzo Song
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=891674 There’s an off-season border battle playing-out on the airwaves in Packer Country.]]>
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — There’s an off-season border battle playing-out on the airwaves in Packer Country.
A Green Bay radio station, WIXX-FM, is bleeping out a mention of the Minnesota Vikings in the song “Truth Hurts” by formerly-Minnesota-based singer Lizzo.
The Green Bay Gazette reports that the station, which is the home of the Packers Radio Network, cut the Minnesota team’s name from the following line in the song’s chorus: “Fresh photos with the bomb lighting, New man on the Minnesota Vikings.”
The station’s music director said if the reverse were true, Minneapolis stations would cut the Packers from the song.
Steve Jordan To Be Inducted In Vikings’ Ring Of Honor
https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/06/12/steve-jordan-to-be-inducted-in-vikings-ring-of-honor/ https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/06/12/steve-jordan-to-be-inducted-in-vikings-ring-of-honor/#commentsWed, 12 Jun 2019 14:50:39 +0000Vikings – WCCO | CBS Minnesota
http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=891497 Jordan played with the Vikings for 13 seasons, and finished his career having racked up 498 catches, putting him behind only Cris Carter and Randy Moss in franchise history.]]>
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Vikings will induct former tight end Steve Jordan into the team’s Ring of Honor later this year.
Jordan played with the Vikings for 13 seasons after being drafted in 1982. The team said he finished his career having racked up 498 catches, putting him behind only Cris Carter and Randy Moss in franchise history, and the best overall for a tight end.
He also made a total of 6,307 yards and 28 touchdowns.
“Steve Jordan’s impact on the Vikings has carried on past his career on the field,” team president and co-owner Mark Wilf said. “As great a player as Steve was, he is just as great an ambassador for the Vikings and the game of football. He is a positive role model to young NFL players about the value of education and how to use your platform for good.”
Jordan will be honored during a halftime ceremony at the Vikings game against Washington on Thursday, October 24, at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Jordan is the 25th player to be honored. The team reports the current roster includes Fran Tarkenton, Alan Page, Jim Finks, Bud Grant, Paul Krause, Fred Zamberletti, Jim Marshall, Ron Yary, Korey Stringer, Mick Tingelhoff, Carl Eller, Cris Carter, Bill Brown, Jerry Burns, Randall McDaniel, Chuck Foreman, John Randle, Scott Studwell, Chris Doleman, Matt Blair, Joey Browner, Ahmad Rashad, Randy Moss and Dennis Green.
‘I Am Honored Beyond Words’: Kyle Rudolph To Remain A Viking
https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/06/11/report-kyle-rudolph-to-sign-4-year-36m-contract-extension-with-vikings/ https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/06/11/report-kyle-rudolph-to-sign-4-year-36m-contract-extension-with-vikings/#commentsTue, 11 Jun 2019 15:26:19 +0000Vikings – WCCO | CBS Minnesota
http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=891237 The Minnesota Vikings will reportedly put an end Tuesday to the Kyle Rudolph trade rumors.]]>
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Kyle Rudolph is staying with the Vikings.
On Tuesday, the team put an end to trade rumors, announcing that the 29-year-old tight end has agreed to terms on a contract extension.
Unfinished business.@KyleRudolph82 has agreed to terms on a contract extension!
Vikings COO Kevin Warren Named Big Ten Commissioner
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=890037 Minnesota Vikings’ chief operating officer Kevin Warren has been named the commissioner of the Big Ten Conference. ]]>
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota Vikings’ chief operating officer Kevin Warren has been named the commissioner of the Big Ten Conference.
The Big Ten Conference announced the decision at a press conference Tuesday.
Warren will be replacing longtime commissioner Jim Delany, who had served as commissioner since 1989. Delay will vacate his post after the 2019-20 academic year.
According to the NFL, Warren has spent over 20 years in the NFL and 14 with the Vikings. He will be the first African-American commissioner of the Power Five conference.
The Vikings released a statement shortly following the announcement:
“Kevin has impacted the Vikings and our family in immeasurable ways over the last 15 years. He has worked tirelessly to elevate the Vikings franchise, all with the greater good of the organization and Minneapolis-St. Paul in mind. From the very onset, Kevin helped us navigate and execute the purchase of the franchise. He then evolved as a leader of the organization in ways we never could have imagined, leading our vision for U.S. Bank Stadium and TCO Performance Center, developing a world-class fan experience, and implementing many initiatives that have transformed our franchise with the benefit of our employees and Vikings fans top of mind. Kevin has been a tremendous leader for the Vikings and he and his family have been passionately and intricately involved in the community, enhancing the lives of so many people. We know the Big Ten and their student-athletes, coaches, and administrators are extremely fortunate to have his leadership, character, and vision, and we wish Kevin and the Warren family all the best. We will work with Kevin and the Vikings management team over the next three months to help us through this transition and process how we want to move forward.” – Mark & Zygi Wilf
Vikings’ Back-Up QB Sean Mannion Works To Build Up Trust
https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/05/30/vikings-back-up-qb-sean-mannion-works-to-build-up-trust/ https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/05/30/vikings-back-up-qb-sean-mannion-works-to-build-up-trust/#commentsThu, 30 May 2019 21:02:16 +0000Vikings – WCCO | CBS Minnesota
http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=889324 Sean Mannion was brought in from the Rams to serve as a back up and be ready for the more uncertain moments.]]> MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — We know Kirk Cousins will be the starting quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings this fall, but we’ve also seen how valuable he can be in certain circumstances.
Enter Sean Mannion, brought in from the Rams to serve as a back up and be ready for the more uncertain moments.
It’s an interesting life as a back-up quarterback, working in practice with a purpose, because it might be your only playing time.
Mannion said he is “just continuing to develop, just taking a really intentional approach to every play that you’re going to practice, every rep. Some of the stuff we’re doing post-practice.”
The Vikings understand well the importance of the back-up. Remember a guy named Case Keenum? They saw some of that in Mannion.
“I see a bro. Sean, again, enjoyed being around him. He came from a successful program the last few years there,” offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski said. “He’s really a guy that fits in extremely well.”
Part of his job is to support the starter. That comes with territory. And part of Cousins’ job is to support his back-up.
“Really strong arm, really accurate, works very hard, has a great understanding of the system,” Cousins said. “I just think he’s one of those players like many of us in the league, we just need our chance.”
But right now it’s simple: play hard, be a good teammate, and build the most important ingredient.
“Trust is the most important thing,” Mannion said. “When I let that ball go, I can trust that he’s going to run through it and know where he’s going to be, and he can trust that when he’s breaking in, that ball’s on its way.”
‘More Consistent And Menacing’: CBS Sports Predicts Vikings Will Win NFC North
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=888800 By all accounts, last season was a disappointment for the Minnesota Vikings and its fans. But that is going to turn around in 2019 — at least in the NFC North, according to CBS Sports.]]> MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — By all accounts, last season was a disappointment for the Minnesota Vikings and its fans. But that is going to turn around in 2019 — at least in the NFC North, according to CBS Sports.
“Kirk Cousins may not ever get them over the mountain, and he may not win huge games, but they will beat enough mediocre teams to win this division. They dealt with mental health and physical health issues on defense in 2018, but Mike Zimmer knows the bar must be set higher on that side of the ball this year, and I expect them to be more consistent and menacing. Give Cousins a few more leads and good things happen. I have serious concerns about the new power structure in Green Bay and the Aaron Rodgers/Matt Lafleur coupling could be perilous, and the Bears are the poster boys for 2019 regression to me (more on that next week).”
Report: Vikings, TE Rudolph Contract Extension Talks Break Off; Trade Could Be Looming
https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/05/10/report-vikings-te-rudolph-contract-extension-talks-break-off-trade-could-be-looming/ https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/05/10/report-vikings-te-rudolph-contract-extension-talks-break-off-trade-could-be-looming/#commentsFri, 10 May 2019 18:32:55 +0000Vikings – WCCO | CBS Minnesota
http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=885526 Minnesota Vikings veteran tight end Kyle Rudolph’s future with the team is in doubt. ]]> MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota Vikings veteran tight end Kyle Rudolph’s future with the team is in doubt.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the team held active extension talks with Rudolph, but those broke off Friday morning.
The #Vikings had held active extension talks with veteran TE Kyle Rudolph, but those broke off this morning, sources say. With Minnesota drafting TE Irv Smith and Rudolph due $7.5M, this development could lead to a trade elsewhere. There is interest around the NFL.
Vikings Rookie Long Snapper Austin Cutting Has Air Force Duty To Fulfill
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=884212 Long snappers are the afterthoughts of the NFL draft. Players from the service academies, on track to join the military and not pro sports, are largely ignored.]]>
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Long snappers are the afterthoughts of the NFL draft. Players from the service academies, on track to join the military and not pro sports, are largely ignored.
Still, here was Austin Cutting, a seventh-round pick out of the Air Force Academy, sharpening his specialist skills in rookie minicamp on Friday with the Minnesota Vikings and taking the first step toward what would be an unlikely, complicated and potentially inspiring career in the league.
“It was just good to be out here for the first time,” Cutting said, “so I loved it.”
“Going to the academy, serving comes first,” Cutting said.
Vikings general manager Rick Spielman has been speaking with academy officials about options Cutting might have to meet his requirement while simultaneously trying to make the team.
“It’s not, ‘OK, the Air Force was done, and now it’s time for the NFL,’” Cutting said, adding: “It’s decisions that are made above my pay grade, and they’ll help me along the way.”
Cutting, who picked up his long snapping trade at Central High School in Keller, Texas, in the Dallas area, has been majoring in management. He’s an acquisitions officer, the personnel designated to serve as the government’s business managers and technical experts in buying everything from computers to helicopters for forces around the world.
“I’ve heard everybody who does it loves it,” Cutting said.
The chosen few who make it to the NFL usually do, too. Even simply taking the call from the Vikings last weekend, at home with family and friends, was one of those moments Cutting will always remember no matter where his career winds up taking him.
“When it actually happens, you can’t really describe it,” Cutting said. “It’s a great feeling.”
The Vikings have signed nine of their draft picks, with first-round center Garrett Bradbury, sixth round cornerback Kris Boyd and Cutting the only ones still without a finalized contract. Unsigned players are typically given a special injury waiver to participate in offseason workouts until their deals are done.
In addition to the 12 draft picks and 10 rookie free agents the Vikings acquired last weekend, seven other players on the 90-man roster, whether a practice squad member last season or a recent signing from the defunct Alliance of American Football, were eligible to participate in the practices at team headquarters.
Then there’s a group of 37 players who were invited on a tryout basis, seeking to become the next Marcus Sherels or Adam Thielen.
Sherels became the franchise’s all-time leading punt returner before signing with the New Orleans Saints this year. Thielen recently signed a $64 million contract after a second Pro Bowl selection. Both Sherels (2010) and Thielen (2013) needed a successful rookie minicamp to even make the summer roster.
“We’re looking for guys that, number one, are good people, and number two, they have to have athletic ability,” coach Mike Zimmer said. “Come out and do what they’re being coached to do.”
Among the tryout players this weekend are former UAB safety Mar’Sean Diggs, the brother of Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs.
“That’s all I ever wanted, was to play in the NFL. Having the opportunity now means the world to me, so hopefully, and God willing, I make the team,” said the younger Diggs, who has been training with his older sibling for the last three months.
He’s been listening, too, whatever advice big bro has.
“Just to keep my head down and work and stay quiet,” Diggs said. “Take heed to everything that’s going on. Take coaching. Keep my playbook with me at all times, and just do what you do.”
Vikings Take Alabama Tight End Irv Smith Jr. In 2nd Round
https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/04/27/vikings-take-alabama-tight-end-irv-smith-jr-in-2nd-round/ https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/04/27/vikings-take-alabama-tight-end-irv-smith-jr-in-2nd-round/#commentsSat, 27 Apr 2019 14:23:20 +0000Vikings – WCCO | CBS Minnesota
http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=882891 The son of former NFL tight end Irv Smith had plenty of footballs, helmets and trophies in the house to steer him toward the sport.]]>
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Irv Smith Jr. began playing football in eighth grade. Becoming a tight end was only a matter of time.
The son of former NFL tight end Irv Smith had plenty of footballs, helmets and trophies in the house to steer him toward the sport. Some simple advice from his father, who played five of his seven seasons in the league with New Orleans after being drafted in the first round in 1993, helped him settle at the same position.
“He said, ‘You can either be a slow receiver or a fast tight end,’” Smith said. “I went with being a fast tight end, and it worked out.”
The Minnesota Vikings selected the Alabama standout with the 50th overall pick in the second round on Friday night, adding another potential field-stretching pass-catcher for quarterback Kirk Cousins.
The Vikings then fueled up for the final four rounds on Saturday by making four separate trades with their third-rounder, finally picking Boise State running back Alexander Mattison with the 102nd overall selection. The deals with Detroit, Seattle, the New York Jets and Baltimore netted them an additional four selections for the weekend and gave them nine picks for the third day.
Irv Smith Jr. (credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
The Vikings selected North Carolina State center Garrett Bradbury in the first round on Thursday, shoring up their greatest need: the interior of the offensive line. They targeted Mattison as a big-bodied replacement for Latavius Murray and complement to Dalvin Cook, adding a player who had 40 carries for 200 yards in the Mountain West conference championship game against Fresno State.
After finishing 20th in yards and 19th in points last season, the Vikings needed some help for the offense, a fact even their defensive-minded coach Mike Zimmer could readily acknowledge, even if he was irritated by general manager Rick Spielman’s insistence on trading down four times.
“He was ready to unplug the phones again like he is every year,” Spielman said.
Smith became the fourth Alabama tight end drafted in the last eight years, with O.J. Howard the most recent by Tampa Bay in the first round in 2017. With the Crimson Tide, Smith played sparingly as a freshman in 2016 while Howard was still a primary cog in the offense.
For the 2017 national champions, Smith became more involved with 14 catches for 128 yards and three touchdowns. Then last year as a junior, he flourished with 44 receptions for 710 yards and seven scores. Smith ran the 40-yard dash in 4.63 seconds at the NFL scouting combine, the fourth-fastest among tight ends, and he was the third player off the board at his position after Iowa teammates T.J. Hockenson (eighth overall to Detroit) and Noah Fant (20th overall to Denver) went in the first round.
“We can line him up wide. We can line him up in tight. We can use him in the backfield. He has a lot of versatility,” Vikings director of college scouting Jamaal Stephenson said. “We want to be more explosive on offense.”
And as a run blocker?
“He’s OK. He’s a work in progress, more from that standpoint, but he’s certainly tough enough and willing, which are the two things you look for to project improvement,” Stephenson said.
The Vikings have Kyle Rudolph and David Morgan for that, for now. The ninth-year veteran Rudolph has not missed a game in five seasons, is a bulwark in the community, has two Pro Bowl selections on his resume and is coming off a strong 2018, but he’s in the final year of his contract with a $7.625 million salary cap hit. Smith’s presence could make Rudolph expendable, should the Vikings seek more space under the cap.
“All the best tight ends in the NFL and all the greats, they’re able to do both, run block and make plays in the passing game, so it opens a lot for you and it helps a team in all phases of the game,” Smith said.
Make no mistake, though. He’s here to create a mismatch by lining up in the slot and giving defenses concerned about wide receivers Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs pause about who to cover him with.
“I believe no linebacker or safety one-on-one can stay with me, and I’m going to keep proving to people that’s how I feel,” Smith said.
2019 NFL Draft Grades: Vikings Get A B+ For 1st Round Pick
https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/04/26/2019-nfl-draft-grades-vikings-get-a-b-for-1st-round-pick/ https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/04/26/2019-nfl-draft-grades-vikings-get-a-b-for-1st-round-pick/#commentsFri, 26 Apr 2019 16:55:48 +0000Vikings – WCCO | CBS Minnesota
http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=882711 With the No. 18 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Vikings selected Garrett Bradbury, center out of NC State. ]]>
CBS SPORTS — With the No. 18 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Vikings selected Garrett Bradbury, center out of NC State. Bradbury is slender for the center spot and lacks in the power department, both in his hands and his anchor, but has insanely loose hips and flexible ankles which allow him to routinely win the leverage/angle battles on blocks most centers wouldn’t come close to reaching.
He’s also a tremendous combo blocker who’s lightning quick finding linebackers at the second level. With more weight and strength, Bradbury can be an All-Pro interior blocker because of his athleticism and is the prototypical center you want in a zone-blocking scheme.
Pete Prisco: I like this pick. It’s a B-plus for me. The Vikings couldn’t move anybody off the line of scrimmage last year. Bradbury is very athletic, not a very big kid, but he can move.
2019 NFL Draft: Mike Max’s Forecast For The Vikings
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=882382 The 2019 NFL Draft starts Thursday, and the Minnesota Vikings have the 18th overall pick. ]]>
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The 2019 NFL Draft starts Thursday, and the Minnesota Vikings have the 18th overall pick.
WCCO Sports Director Mike Max says that if there’s an offensive lineman coveted by a number of teams, the Vikings might trade down to get multiple picks.
One player the team is likely considering is Andre Dillard, an outstanding tackle from Washington State University. If he’s up for grabs, the Vikings will take him, Max says.
Many project Garret Bradbury, a center from North Carolina State University, to go to the Vikings with the 18th pick. However, Max says that he doesn’t see the team giving up on Pat Elflein just yet, despite injuries performance issues.
Whoever the Vikings pick in the draft, they’ll have to play right away. Salary cap restrictions will force rookies to step up.
“With how top-heavy our roster is right now, with the contracts we have out there, these players that we’re bringing in have to come in and contribute,” said Rick Spielman, the Vikings general manager on Tuesday.
On the local front, keep an eye on Amani Hooker, Max says. Hooker graduated from Park Center High School and went on to play in Iowa, where he won the starting safety position.
The Vikings might also be eyeing a tight end. However, although there are at least two of them ranked highly, Max believes the Vikings are still satisfied with Kyle Rudolph.
‘Incredible Career’: Brian Robison Signs 1-Day Contract With Vikings, Retires
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=882258 Former defensive end Brian Robison has ended his NFL career as a member of the Minnesota Vikings. ]]> MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Former defensive end Brian Robison has ended his NFL career as a member of the Minnesota Vikings.
On Wednesday, the team announced Robison retired after signing a one-day contract with the Vikings.
Throughout his 11-year career, Robison recorded 60 total sacks while appearing in 173 games. While with the Vikings, he played in four NFC North Division Championship teams and played in two NFC Championship games.
“To the Minnesota Vikings, I thank you for the opportunity to be a Viking,” Robison said in video posted to Twitter Wednesday.
Charges: Daniel Escamilla Swindled Minnesota Vikings In $70K Luxury Suite Scam
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=880921 The Hennepin County Attorney’s office has charged 39-year-old Daniel Escamilla with passing bad checks in order to rent out luxury suites for Minnesota Vikings games.]]>
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Hennepin County Attorney’s office has charged 39-year-old Daniel Escamilla with passing bad checks in order to rent out luxury suites for Minnesota Vikings games.
Escamilla, from San Francisco, was charged Wednesday with three counts of theft by swindle.
According to the criminal complaint, Escamilla signed a contract on September 5, 2018, to rent a luxury suite for a Vikings-49ers game at U.S Bank Stadium on September 9. More than a week later, the Vikings contacted Escamilla to say the check had been returned because his bank account had been closed. Escamilla said he was sorry, then preceded to write another $225,000 in checks to the team to rent luxury suites for several other games.
A U.S. Bank Stadium luxury suite (credit: CBS)
The team soon found that those checks were also connected to closed accounts, and a web search revealed Escamilla had run a similar scam in another state. The Vikings lost $70,000 in total from their dealings with him.
Investigators also found that Escamilla signed a lease at a luxury downtown Minneapolis apartment building in August of 2018. Management said he threw a big party in the apartment before the aforementioned 49ers game, but never paid rent or even a security deposit. He was evicted in late September.
An online records search shows charges for forgery, unlawful issuance of checks and possession of stolen property in Washington state in 2004.
Escamilla’s whereabouts are currently unknown, and a warrant is out for his arrest.
Kirk Cousins Says He’s Ready For 2nd Year As Vikings QB
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=880957 Kirk Cousins has had a busy offseason, which included some time with Fran Tarkenton in Atlanta to talk quarterback, and sometime last week at the Final Four in Minneapolis to watch his team, Michigan State.]]>
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Kirk Cousins has had a busy offseason.
It’s included some time with Fran Tarkenton in Atlanta to talk quarterback, and some time last week at the Final Four in Minneapolis to watch his team, Michigan State, now playing in his town at his stadium.
“I thought the Twin Cities did a great job hosting and it was a great venue,” Cousins said. “I had always wanted to go to a Final Four, and I think the stars aligned to have it be in my home city with my alma mater playing there, so it was a lot of fun for me and my dad to be there and take that in.”
He’s also had plenty of time to look back to last season, and to analytically decide what needs to change.
“If the other metrics are all there like they were last year, but then the explosive plays are higher … I think that will be a very telling thing,” Cousins said.
Krik Cousins (credit: CBS)
Part of that comes from a new coach to oversee it. Gary Kubiak is in, and he’s familiar with Cousins conceptually and what he wants.
“He’s a great coach. His track record says it all, and, you know, [offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski] will work really well with him, and I think it will help all of us,” he said.
The offense has to be more balanced and the offensive line is a key. It has to have a different rhythm, and getting there is as much art as it is science.
“If you run the football well, have it marry with your play-action game so that the defense doesn’t know what’s coming, you can slow down the pass rush, you can create some open windows down the field for those explosive plays, you can stay out of third down,” he said.
And then there is the experience factor. This is Cousins’ second year in a system, in the same city.
“Just like any of you who have worked somewhere for several years, your second year there, you’re probably more comfortable than you first year,” Cousins said. “I don’t know how to articulate that, but whatever the words are that would sum that up is what I feel going into year two.”
‘We’re Very Blessed’: Vikings’ Adam Thielen Talks New $64M Contract
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=880745 Minnesota Vikings Adam Thielen is going through the off-season workouts like every year. But this year and this week it’s different. That is what happens when you just signed a $64-million contract.]]>
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota Vikings Adam Thielen is going through the off-season workouts like every year. But this year and this week it’s different. That is what happens when you just signed a $64-million contract.
“It’s just extremely special for me to be in this state that’s done so much for me, and to be here for a long time, and know I’m going to be here for a long time and my family, the place where we have a house, the place that we love,” Thielen said.
It is humbling, and it creates a calm. It also is news to his teammates. Some understand exactly what this means.
“Adam taken care of, great for the organization to be able to step up and get that done, and not let it drag on,” said quarterback Kirk Cousins. “Great for his family and for all of us as teammates in the locker room to know that he’s going to be here. I think it’s a positive all the way around, and happy that it got done.”
Adam Thielen (credit: CBS)
His story has been told and re-told too many times to repeat, but it’s still amazing. The undrafted free agent just got a shot. And as he looks back, he understands how fragile that can be.
“And now when I look back I kind of get nervous because I know that if I wouldn’t have done this right, or if I would’ve been late to this, or if I would’ve, you know, ran the wrong route I might have not ever gotten the chance,” Thielen said.
And so begins a new chapter for him, his wife and two sons. And for Thielen that’s the bigger picture, that his spiritual life remains alive.
“We’re very blessed and grateful, and we know that [God has] put us here for a reason,” Thielen said.
Vikings CB Hill Suspended Without Pay For Violating Drug Policy
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=878684 The Minnesota Vikings says cornerback Holton Hill is suspended without pay.]]>
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Vikings says cornerback Holton Hill is suspended without pay.
On Friday, the team announced Hill will be suspended for the first four games of the 2019 regular season for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Hill will be eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.
Thomas had a team-high 22 tackles with an interception and a fumble recovery for the Commanders. He went undrafted out of Texas in 2016 and spent the offseason with the Houston Texans. He was then on Philadelphia and San Francisco’s practice squad in 2016.
Thomas missed the 2017 season with an injury before moving to the Canadian Football League and later the AAF.
Still Seeking Stability At Kicker Position, Vikings Bring Back Dan Bailey
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=875969 The Minnesota Vikings have agreed to terms on a new contract with kicker Dan Bailey, the ninth-year veteran who was signed last season to replace struggling rookie Daniel Carlson.]]>
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have agreed to terms on a new contract with kicker Dan Bailey, the ninth-year veteran who was signed last season to replace struggling rookie Daniel Carlson.
Bailey’s deal was done Tuesday, bringing the fifth-most accurate field goal kicker in NFL history (86.6 percent) back to a team that has lacked reliability and stability at the position for the past five years. Carlson, a fifth-round draft pick, was cut after two games. Bailey’s performance was mixed at best, making 21 of 28 field goals and 30 of 31 extra points.
He suffered a groin injury in 2017 with Dallas, leading to his departure from the Cowboys. He posted a career-worst field goal rate of 75 percent in each of the past two seasons.
Vikings Sign G Josh Kline For Thin Offensive Line
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=875631 The Minnesota Vikings have signed former Tennessee right guard Josh Kline for their thin offensive line.]]>
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have signed former Tennessee right guard Josh Kline for their thin offensive line.
Kline’s three-year deal, valued at $15.75 million, was done Wednesday as Kline finished a visit to team headquarters. Kline’s streak of 46 games started is the longest active run among all NFL guards. He played three seasons with the Titans.
Undrafted out of Kent State in 2013, Kline landed with the New England Patriots. He won a Super Bowl after the 2014 season and became a full-time starter in 2015.
The Vikings released Mike Remmers and let Tom Compton sign with the New York Jets, losing both starting guards. Nick Easton, their starting left guard in 2017, became a free agent. The only other guard currently on the roster is Danny Isidora.
Vikings’ Roc Thomas Slated To Make 1st Court Appearance For Drug Charges
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=875006 A Vikings player is expected to make his first court appearance Monday for drug possession charges.]]>
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Vikings player is expected to make his first court appearance Monday for drug possession charges.
(credit: Minnesota Vikings)
Earlier this month, police arrested running back Roc Thomas.
Court papers say neighbors complained about a strong smell of marijuana coming from his Mendota Heights apartment.
Police say they found the drug and paraphernalia all over his place.
The 23-year-old joined the Vikings as a free agent last year from Jacksonville State University.
Report: Vikings Getting Calls From Teams Interested In Trading For CB Waynes
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=874462 The Minnesota Vikings are getting calls from teams interested in trading for cornerback Trae Waynes. ]]>
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Vikings are getting calls from teams interested in trading for cornerback Trae Waynes.
That’s according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
The #Vikings have received calls from teams interested in trading for former first-round CB Trae Waynes, sources say. His fifth-year option just became fully guaranteed, so Minnesota won’t cut him. But there is interest.
Vikings Agree To Deal With Barr, Stephen
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=874353 The Minnesota Vikings announced Wednesday they have officially agreed to terms with linebacker Anthony Barr after he went back and forth with the organization early this week.]]>
EAGAN, Minn. (WCCO) — The Minnesota Vikings announced Wednesday they have officially agreed to terms with linebacker Anthony Barr after he went back and forth with the organization early this week.
Early reports said Barr intended to sign with the New York Jets next season, but changed his mind and will remain with the Vikings.
We have agreed to terms with @AnthonyBarr and Shamar Stephen.
Barr was the ninth overall pick in 2014 and has started all 71 games of his career in Minnesota.
The Vikings also agreed to terms with defensive tackle Shamar Stephen, who returns to Minnesota after spending the 2018 season with the Seattle Seahawks. Stephen was also drafted by the Vikings in 2014.
Report: Vikings Lose Sheldon Richardson To Free Agency; Anthony Barr To Stick With Vikings
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=874039 Minnesota Vikings’ Sheldon Richardson is leaving town while Anthony Barr has changed his mind and is staying with the Vikings, according to reports.]]>
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota Vikings’ Sheldon Richardson is leaving town while Anthony Barr has changed his mind and is staying with the Vikings, according to reports.
On Monday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter said the Jets are in line to sign Barr to a contract. The Vikings declined to franchise tag Barr by the deadline last week. Barr is considered one of the top linebackers in free agency.
Former Vikings’ LB Anthony Barr intends to sign with the NY Jets, per league source. Jets get a pass rusher.
Just 28 years old, Richardson remains one of the most athletic interior linemen in the league. And now he’ll join a young, athletic Browns team that will be looking for their first playoff appearance since 2002.
Vikings’ Roc Thomas Charged With Drug Possession
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=873064 Officers were dispatched to an apartment in Mendota Heights on January 16 at about 2:30 p.m. Some residents had complained about the smell of marijuana.]]>
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Roc Thomas, running back for the Minnesota Vikings, has been charged with felony drug possession in connection with a January incident.
According to charges filed in Dakota County Wednesday, officers were dispatched to an apartment in Mendota Heights on January 16 at about 2:30 p.m. Some residents had complained about the smell of marijuana.
When officers arrived at the apartment, they found Thomas and another person inside.
Officers had a search warrant, and found multiple glass jars containing what they suspected to be marijuana, as well as other containers holding marijuana wax. Both tested positive for THC.
Investigators also said they found a vape pen, along with nearly $16,000 in the nightstands next to the bed.
Thomas told officers that all the marijuana in the apartment was for his own personal use, and that he was not selling it, the complaint says.
The Minnesota Vikings issued this statement Wednesday evening:
“We are aware of the charges filed against Roc Thomas and have expressed our disappointment directly to Roc for his actions. We will respect both the legal process and the NFL’s disciplinary process.”
Spielman: Vikings Pick Up 2020 Option On Mike Zimmer’s Contract
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=871808 The Minnesota Vikings have exercised their option on coach Mike Zimmer’s contract for 2020.]]>
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have exercised their option on coach Mike Zimmer’s contract for 2020.
General manager Rick Spielman made the announcement in Indianapolis at the NFL scouting combine. Zimmer said last month he’d have no problem working in the final year of his deal without an extension in place, but now he’ll have some security.
The Vikings have missed the postseason three out of five times while going 48-34-1, including the playoffs, under Zimmer, with NFC North titles in 2015 and 2017. They went 8-7-1 in 2018 after starting out as one of the Super Bowl favorites, and Zimmer fired offensive coordinator John DeFilippo with three games remaining. Kevin Stefanski was promoted to replace DeFilippo, and the Vikings hired former Denver and Houston coach Gary Kubiak as an offensive adviser.
Vikings Fill Out Staff, Hire Maalouf To Special Teams
https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/02/08/vikings-fill-out-staff-moving-maalouf-to-special-teams/ https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/02/08/vikings-fill-out-staff-moving-maalouf-to-special-teams/#commentsFri, 08 Feb 2019 15:52:03 +0000Vikings – WCCO | CBS Minnesota
http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=868612 The Minnesota Vikings have completed their coaching staff for 2019, hiring Marwan Maalouf as special teams coordinator and Rick Dennison as offensive line coach.
]]> EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have completed their coaching staff for 2019, hiring Marwan Maalouf as special teams coordinator and Rick Dennison as offensive line coach.
The Vikings also announced Friday the promotion of assistant quarterbacks coach Drew Petzing to wide receivers coach, where Darrell Hazell was not retained.
Maalouf was Miami’s special teams coordinator for the last six seasons. He replaces Mike Priefer, who took the same job in Cleveland.
Dennison, who was also given the title of running game coordinator, begins his 25th year as an NFL assistant. The majority of his time was spent in Denver with Gary Kubiak, who has joined the Vikings as an assistant head coach and offensive adviser. Dennison has served 10 seasons as an offensive coordinator.
‘I’m One Lucky Guy’: Fmr. Viking Cordarrelle Patterson Talks About Playing With Tom Brady
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=867355 Cordarrelle Patterson turned heads early in his career with the Minnesota Vikings. He was big, athletic and fast. He was a Pro Bowl returner his rookie season.]]> MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Cordarrelle Patterson, who will be playing with the New England Patriots this Sunday in Super Bowl LIII, turned heads early in his career with the Minnesota Vikings. He was big, athletic and fast. He was a Pro Bowl returner his rookie season.
“I took my hats off to everybody in the organization, you know, that gave me an opportunity, you know, drafting me, you know, trusting me, believing me,” Patterson said. “I wouldn’t change anything in the world.”
Bill Belichick is a master at finding players like Patterson. A trip to Oakland, then he landed in New England. He has been asked to do what he can do, including time as a running back. It’s all come together.
“It’s going to be crazy, man. I can’t get too juiced up, man … I’ll probably lose all my energy,” he said. “I’m just going to do what I’ve been doing my whole life, what got me here, just having fun.”
He looks comfortable with his Patriot teammates, like he belongs. And he is the first to admit he benefits greatly by playing with a legend like Tom Brady.
“It’s just a bragging right that I have for life,” Patterson said. “There’s a lot of guys in this world, you know, they want to play for Tom Brady, and you know, I’m one lucky guy.”
Reality Check: The Value Of The Vikes
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=866989 We don’t have to tell you the Minnesota Vikings are not in the Super Bowl this year, but they don’t need to be in the big game to be one of the most lucrative sports franchises in the country.]]>
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — We don’t have to tell you the Minnesota Vikings are not in the Super Bowl this year, but they don’t need to be in the big game to be one of the most lucrative sports franchises in the country.
To Minnesota fans, the Vikings may be priceless — but the team does have a value: $2.4 billion. That is four times the $600 million the Wilf family paid for the Purple. That’s according to a Forbes Magazine ranking of every team in the National Football League.
In 2018, the Vikes rank 19th out of 32 NFL teams. Revenues of $408 million, and operating income of $90 million. A value that got supercharged by the taxpayer-funded U.S. Bank Stadium.
Actually, that has nothing to do with this Reality Check. I just never get tired of seeing it. So, anyway.
Taxpayer-funded stadiums are the key to how much a team is worth. The Vikings’ value shot up 38 percent when it got U.S. Bank Stadium.
The Atlanta Falcons, where the Super Bowl will be played: a 19-percent bump.
And the Los Angeles Rams are now doubled in value ahead of a $5 billion stadium deal.
Unlike most NFL Stadiums, the Rams-San Diego Chargers stadium is privately financed and will include retail space and a gambling casino.
The value of the Rams grew by $1 billion simply by relocating to Los Angeles, but the value of the Chargers did not grow significantly.
The Vikings are one of 15 NFL teams who did not see their value increase from 2017 to 2018. Analysts say it’s because teams are now so expensive, there are very few people who could afford to buy them.
The Vikings have got a long way to go to match the most valuable franchise. Forbes estimates the Dallas Cowboys are worth $5 billion.
Here are some of the sources we used for this Reality Check:
Vikings Add Gary Kubiak As Assistant Head Coach, Offensive Adviser
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=864378 The Minnesota Vikings have hired Gary Kubiak as an assistant head coach and offensive adviser, a big bump in experience for Mike Zimmer’s turned-over staff.
]]> EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have hired Gary Kubiak as an assistant head coach and offensive adviser, a big bump in experience for Mike Zimmer’s turned-over staff.
The Vikings announced the move on Monday night.
Kubiak spent the last two seasons as a senior personnel adviser with the Denver Broncos after stepping down as their head coach due to health concerns. Zimmer picked Kevin Stefanski to be his offensive coordinator, his first time in that role.
The 57-year-old Kubiak has 10 seasons as a head coach on his NFL resume, eight with the Houston Texans (2006-13) and two with the Broncos (2015-16). They won the Super Bowl in his first year. Kubiak also has been an offensive coordinator for 12 seasons, most recently in 2014 with the Baltimore Ravens.
The Vikings also hired his son, Klint Kubiak, as quarterbacks coach and Brian Pariani as tight ends coach. This will be the 23rd year in the last 26 in which Pariani has worked with Gary Kubiak. Klint Kubiak was on Denver’s staff the last three seasons.
The #Vikings added a 4-time Super Bowl champion coach to the staff yesterday with Gary Kubiak joining as assistant head coach/offensive advisor.
‘Another Minneapolis Miracle’: Kyle Rudolph Celebrates Birth Of Baby Boy
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=864357 A year after the Minneapolis Miracle, Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph is celebrating the birth of a little boy. ]]>
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – On the anniversary of the Minneapolis Miracle, Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph celebrated the birth of a baby boy.
The 29-year-old athlete tweeted late Monday night that his son, Henry Tyler, was born.
“Momma is a rock star and little man is doing great!” Rudolph said.
Henry is Rudolph’s third child. In 2016, Rudolph’s wife, Jordan, gave birth to twin girls, Andersyn and Finley.
Hello World! Another Minneapolis Miracle, a year later. Our family grew by one today as we welcomed Henry Tyler! Momma is a rockstar and little man is doing great!! #PartyOf5!! pic.twitter.com/dMlYoFylIv
Priefer Won’t Return As Vikings Special Teams Coach; Heading To Browns
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=863970 Mike Priefer is reportedly out as the Minnesota Vikings special teams coach. ]]> MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Mike Priefer is out as the Minnesota Vikings special teams coach.
After a season of multiple missed field goals and a kicker who was given the boot after a terrible early-season game against the Green Bay Packers, the Vikings have decided to part ways with Priefer.
According to WCCO’s Mike Max, Priefer will be heading to the Cleveland Browns as special teams coach.
Priefer has been with the team for 8 seasons. He was suspended from the team during the 2014 season after allegations of making anti-gay remarks. He was reinstated after missing the first two games of the 2014 season.
The Vikings agreed to donate $100,000 to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights groups after the investigation was concluded and later reached an additional settlement to avoid a lawsuit from former punter Chris Kluwe, who made the allegations.
John Michels, Longtime Vikings Assistant Coach, Dies At 87
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=863944 John Michels, a College Football Hall of Famer whose 27 seasons as a Minnesota Vikings assistant coach included all four of their Super Bowl appearances, has died. He was 87.
]]> KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) — John Michels, a College Football Hall of Famer whose 27 seasons as a Minnesota Vikings assistant coach included all four of their Super Bowl appearances, has died. He was 87.
Michels’ daughter, Sarah Michels-Dunkel, said Friday that her father died Thursday in Kingsport, Tennessee.
Michels worked on the Vikings’ coaching staff from 1967-93, making him the longest-tenured assistant coach in franchise history. He was the offensive line coach that entire stretch, most of it under coach Bud Grant, aside from one season a running backs coach.
He played for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1953 and 1956 before joining the Canadian Football League’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers, where he played for Grant. Michels later worked on Grant’s coaching staff at Winnipeg and with the Vikings. Michels also was an assistant at Texas A&M for one season.
He was a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army from 1954-56.
Michels played guard on Tennessee’s 1951 national championship team and earned consensus All-America honors in 1952.
He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1996 and entered the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 1999.