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2019 Preseason Games

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By: Tanishka Mhaskar
April 13th, 2019
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The 2019 NFL preseason schedule was officially released earlier this week. Today I’m going to delve into the games and the new faces the Vikes will face.


The Vikings will kick off the preseason with a visit to the New Orleans Saints. They’ll be facing their former first round pick, QB Teddy Bridgewater as well as Nick Easton, Latavius Murray and Marcus Sherels who all signed with the Saints this offseason.


For their first game back home, they will host Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks which will be nationally televised on NBC. The Vikings will also play the Seahawks in the regular season when they take another visit to Century Link Field.


The “dress rehearsal” game will come against the Arizona Cardinals at U.S. Bank Stadium. Here, they will face rookie HC Kliff Kingsbury and possibly Kyler Murray (with the No.1 pick).


Minnesota will close out the preseason on the road against the Buffalo Bills, who blew them out last season. Luckily for us, Anthony Barr and Josh Allen will not be playing.


Vikings Preseason Games

  • August 9th: at New Orleans Saints, 7 pm CT
  • August 18th: vs Seattle Seahawks, 7 pm CT
  • August 24th: vs Arizona Cardinals, 12 pm CT
  • August 29th: at Buffalo Bills, 6:30 pm CT
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Vikings Sign WR Jordan Taylor

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By: Tanishka Mhaskar
April 13th, 2019
Photo: Broncoswire.com

The Minnesota Vikings have signed WR Jordan Taylor to a one year deal. Taylor, 27, signed as an undrafted free agent out of Rice to the Denver Broncos. He spent his rookie season on the practice squad before making the 53 man roster in 2016. In two seasons with the Broncos, Taylor hauled in 29 receptions for 351 yards and two touchdowns.


He sat out the 2018 season due to a hip surgery. Taylor returned to practice in November, but he was never activated from the PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) list. Taylor should be good to go for the 2019 season.


Due to his flowing locks, Taylor earned the nickname “Sunshine.” He quickly became a fan favorite because he was a personal receiver for Manning during rehab. Taylor also caught an extremely acrobatic, Deandre Hopkins--esque, catch during training camp.


Taylor will provide good competition during training camp, and he definitely had a good shot at making the active roster. Welcome to the Vikings, Jordan Taylor.
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Adam Thielen Signs 4-year extension

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Adam Thielen Signs 4 Year Extension

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By:Preet Shah
April 12th, 2019
Photo Credit: Kyle Hansen

    On the afternoon of April 12th, the Minnesota Vikings announced that they have signed Adam Thielen to a 4-year extension worth 64 Million with up to 73 million in incentives. This extension comes as no surprise to anyone as Thielen lead the Vikings in receiving yards this past season when he totaled 1,373 on 113 catches. It was only a matter of time that this extension had come as Thielen was projected to make just under 6 million making him the 48th highest paid receiver in the NFL. Not much is currently known about the contract other than the fact that only 35 million of the deal is guaranteed but I would assume that his base salary would decrease for this year given the lack of cap space currently possessed by the Vikings and then it will ramp up in the coming years.

    In my personal opinion, this is a fantastic deal for both sides. With the recent player holdouts over contract negotiations, it is extremely refreshing for a fan favorite player and a team to reach a deal that both sides can agree upon. Once again Spielman and Brzezinski get their man as they have locked up a key member of their core for 4 more years. With the lower guarantees, I would also anticipate that most of the deal has the money front loaded so that the team can restructure later down the road if they would need to. As for Thielen he finally got the payday he deserved after all the adversity he has faced at every level of play. I feel as though he may have taken a little bit of a “hometown discount” to stay in Minnesota but in the end, he still got the money that was long overdue. We as Vikings fans are huge winners of this deal as we get to see a Minnesotan represent his home state team at the highest level. As always leave any comments or questions below and Skol Vikes.


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Minnesota Vikings Official Visits

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By: Cody Eastman
April 12, 2019
Photo: The Viking Age

The 2019 NFL Draft is approaching fast and the Vikings staff have been doing their due diligence on potential prospects. The Vikings have been bringing in many prospects from all over the nation in hopes to find their next Hall of Fame player.

Here is a list of all the prospects that have visited or are scheduled to visit the Vikings before the draft, by position:

Quarterback


  • Jordan Ta'amu, QB, Ole Miss
  • Nick Fitzgerald, QB, Mississippi State

Runningback


  • Devine Ozigbo, RB, Nebraska

Offensive Lineman


  • Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State
  • Brian Wallace, OT, Arkansas
  • Bunchy Stallings, G, Kentucky
  • Calvin Anderson, OT, Texas
  • Chris Lindstrom, G, Boston College
  • Cody Ford, OT/G, Oklahoma
  • Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State
  • Donnell Greene, OT, Minnesota
  • Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss
  • Jackson Barton, OT, Utah
  • Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
  • Lamont Gaillard, G, Georgia
  • Michael Jordan, G/C, Ohio State
  • Nate Davis, OT, Charlotte
  • Olisaemeka Udoh, OT, Elon
  • Ryan Pope, OT, San Diego State
  • Trey Pipkins, OT, Sioux Falls
  • Tytus Howard, OT, Alabama State

Tight End


  • Andrew Beck, FB/TE, Texas
  • Jace Sternberger, TE, Texas A&M
  • Josh Oliver, TE, San Jose State
  • Kendall Blanton, TE, Missouri
  • Noah Fant, TE, Iowa

Wide Receiver


  • Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina
  • Jalen Hurd, WR, Baylor
  • Jeff Smith, WR, Boston College

Defensive Line


  • Charles Omenihu, DE, Texas
  • Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State
  • L.J. Collier, DE, TCU

Linebacker


  • Blake Cashman, ILB, Minnesota
  • Cody Barton, OLB, Utah
  • Luke Gifford, ILB, Nebraska
  • Otaro Alaka, OLB, Texas A&M
  • Ryan Connelly, OLB, Wisconsin
  • Sione Takitaki, OLB, Brigham Young
  • Terrill Hanks, OLB, New Mexico State
  • Ty Summers, ILB, TCU

Cornerback


  • Derrek Thomas, CB, Baylor
  • Derrick Baity, CB, Kentucky
  • Isaiah Johnson, CB, Houston

Safety


  • Amani Hooker, S, Iowa
  • Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi State
  • Robbie Grimsley, S, North Dakota State

Kicker


  • Casey Bednarksi, K, Minnesota State

First Round Prediction


The Vikings hold the 18th pick in the 2019 NFL draft, and there are 7 prospects (in my opinion) on this list that could be taken with the 18th pick.

There is a consensus amongst Vikings fans that they should take an offensive lineman with their first pick, and if you look at this list of visits, it is easy to see that it is heavily dominated by offensive lineman.

If I had to put my money on it, I would say the Vikings will take an offensive lineman with their first pick in the draft. At the same time, if there is no viable lineman available when the Vikings are on the clock, I don’t think Spielman would reach.
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Will the Vikings choose a DT this draft?

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By: Zac Brown
April 9th, 2019
Photo: SB Nation


As the 2019 off-season continues and the NFL Draft is around the corner, there’s plenty of buzz surrounding the Vikings about whom they might select with the 18th pick. Most mock drafts out there have the Vikings taking an offensive lineman with the the occasional mock having Minnesota taking a Tight End as well. But another intriguing direction the Vikings could possibly go in the first round is defensive tackle.  Even though the Vikings brought Shamar Stephen back this off-season, they are still in the need of an athletic DT with the departure of  Sheldon Richardson. So let’s take a look at some of the top prospects from this year’s draft and how they might fit with the Vikings. I will be excluding Quinnen Williams due to the fact that’s he such a can’t miss prospect the odds he is available by the time the Vikings are on the clock is virtually impossible

Ed Oliver, Houston- Oliver is an absolute stud of an athlete, he had an exceptional pro day and absolutely showed he can come in and be a day one starter for almost any NFL team. Drawing comparisons to Aaron Donald, putting Oliver next to Linval Joseph would almost be unfair. I am under the belief that if he falls to Minnesota they would be more than happy to scoop him up, despite public outcry from the fans to draft an offensive lineman.

Christian Wilkins, Clemson- For Minnesota, there are a lot of things to like in Wilkins. Wilkins is a penetrating-three technique and I believe that is something that the Vikings are looking for. Like Oliver, Wilkins is athletically a freak and moves incredibly well, something DL Andre Patterson loves in his lineman. There is no doubt that he would fit in well with our hometown team, it’s just a matter of whether Rick Speilman feels like his value as a player is enough to draft him over the more glaring need of an offensive lineman.


Dexter Lawrence, Clemson- Like Wilkins, a Clemson product, Lawrence has different strengths than his former teammate. Lawrence is an extremely good defender against the run, and he is very good at pushing blocks wherever he wants. At 350 pounds he is bigger than a lot of other defensive tackle prospects in this draft, but probably not quite as good an athlete. With his grade as a late first round or early second round talent, I would say a selection of him by Minnesota seems unlikely.


Jefferey Simmons, Mississippi State- It’s always really hard to rank prospects coming off of an injury, but Simmons probably would have been a near top 10 pick if it was not for a torn ACL last year. He has also had some off the field issues, which the Vikings usually try to stay away from with their early picks. One thing that could make the Vikings an interesting possible destination for him is that Shamar Stephen is back, so the Vikings do not necessarily need to draft a defensive tackle to be an immediate starter in 2019, which would help Simmons’ healing process because there is no guarantee he will be ready to play at the beginning of the season. His ability to disrupt plays would be hard to ignore if he is on the board for the Vikings in round two.


So with the draft nearly approaching, fans everywhere will be glued to their TVs to see who will be the next member of their beloved team. Everybody has an opinion on who the Vikings should draft and how many draft picks we should use on Defensive Tackles, Offensive Lineman or any other position. But at the end of the day, the only thing we know is that on draft night with Rick Speilman at the helm, anything is possible.
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Vikings Sign DL Karter Schult

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By: Tanishka Mhaskar
April 8th, 2019
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The Minnesota Vikings have signed yet another player from the folded AAF; yet another player for the defense. He goes by the name Karter Schult and plays on the defensive line.


Schult was a UDFA in 2017 and spent the preseason with the Cleveland Browns. He also had a brief stint with the Vikings that included a tryout but no contract.


Schult spent the 2019 season with the Salt Lake Stallions of the AAF, and he was tied for third in that league with seven sacks in eight games. His relentless pash rushing ability will now head to Minnesota to learn under DL coach Andre Patterson.


The former UNI stud was one of the Alliance of American Football’s best players and VikingNations is so glad to have him here.
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Report: The Vikings Sign Former Rams Quarterback, Sean Mannion

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By: Cody Eastman
April 7, 2019
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As we get closer to the 2019 NFL Draft, more questions keep getting answered for Minnesota Vikings fans. One of those questions being, who is going to be in the quarter back room with Kirk Cousins and Kyle Sloter? The answer: Sean Mannion

The Vikings let last year’s backup, Trevor Siemian, walk away in free agency. Siemian signed with the New York Jets in the beginning of free agency, leaving an open roster spot in the quarterback room. In comes Sean Mannion, who has been with the Los Angeles Rams for the last four years.

Sean Mannion's Career


Before playing in the NFL, Mannion quarterbacked for the Oregon State Beavers, where he played for all four years. Here are his college career stats:

Completions: 1,187 | Attempts: 1,838 | Completion: 64.6% | Yards: 13,600 | TD: 83 | Int: 54

In 2015, Mannion was selected by the St. Louis Rams in the 3rd round. While playing for the Rams, he has spent time behind playoff heroes such as Case Keenum and Nick Foles. Most recently, he backed up Super Bowl quarterback, Jared Goff.

In the NFL, Mannion has played in 10 games and had 1 start. Here are Mannion’s NFL career stats:

Completions: 33 | Attempts: 53 | Completion: 62.3% | Yards: 258 | TD: 0 | Int: 1

While those statistics aren’t eye popping, Mannion really hasn’t seen enough game-time in the NFL to get a proper evaluation. What Vikings’ fans can be encouraged by is the fact that he has spent sometime behind some great quarterbacks who have experience a lot of success in the NFL.

What’s Next for the Vikings?


The second spot on the QB depth chart is still up for grabs. All the quarterbacks on this roster will be learning a new offense, so nobody has a true edge. It is going to be quite the battle for that second spot, the coaching staff will have a very difficult decision on their hands.

All in all, adding Sean Mannion to the the Vikings’ roster was a great move, and takes away the need to draft a quarterback. Now the Vikings have another pick that they can use to address other needs on their roster.
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