WR Patterson Running Better Routes According to Coach Mike Zimmer

New York Jets v Minnesota Vikings

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has noticed and is pleased with the offseason work put in by Cordarrelle Patterson, who’s suddenly looking at a depth chart that includes offseason trade acquisition Mike Wallace, last year’s breakout player Charles Johnson and Jarius Wright, Brian Hall of FOX Sports North reports. Patterson will try to etch out his own niche and become a valuable piece of the receiving corps.

“He’s really done well,” Zimmer said last week of Patterson. “He’s running routes good. He’s working hard. So we just need him to continue to do those things and continue to keep getting consistent and keep improving. I’ve been impressed with the things that he’s done.”

Consistency, particularly in route running, is a major factor for Patterson. Always blessed with the physical talent, Patterson has concentrated more on the mental aspect of the game.

“Growing up, I was always athletic and could just do anything,” Patterson said. “I’m in the NFL now so I just have to focus on my craft and just work at route running, getting in and getting out of breaks and stuff like that.”

Patterson realized he needed more than just his speed and athleticism to succeed against NFL defenses. Patterson and the Vikings hope the offseason work, both mentally and physically, helps him rediscover the game-breaking ability which led to so much talk about the young receiver and returner.

“I felt like I was letting my whole team down and the coaches,” Patterson said of seeing his season slip away last year. “I feel like I have a lot to prove this year to everyone, fans and everybody else. So, this year is going to make me or break me. I hope I step up this year and have a good role in this offense.”

NFLPA Files Contempt Charge Against Roger Goodell and NFL in Peterson Case

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The National Football League Players Association wants a federal judge in Minneapolis to hold the league in civil contempt of court for the handling of the disciplinary matter involving Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson, Rochelle Olson of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.

The NFLPA filed the 24-page document Tuesday, requesting a hearing in front of U.S. District Court Judge David Doty.

The union accused the league of defying Doty’s order from earlier this year “as though it were a meaningless scrap of paper” because of its recent discipline of another player.

Doty ruled in February that the league’s retroactive application of a new disciplinary policy to Peterson’s case was a violation of the league’s collective bargaining agreement with the players. Peterson was disciplined by the league after he pleaded guilty and was convicted of negligently injuring his 4-year-old son by hitting him with a switch in spring 2014.

The NFLPA cited the April suspension of Cowboys player Greg Hardy for domestic violence as reason for the contempt filing. Like Peterson, Hardy was punished under a disciplinary policy that wasn’t in place when his incident occurred.

Vikings Take WR Trae Waynes with 11th Overall Pick in Draft

2015 NFL Scouting Combine

The Vikings went wide out in round one – taking Michigan State WR Trae Waynes with their first pick, 11th pick overall.

Here’s a scouting report on Waynes:

Given the passing-driven nature of the NFL, there will always be a big demand for cornerbacks and pass-rushers. With a lot of cornerback-needy teams this offseason and a weak free-agency market, Waynes could go very quickly in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Some analysts prefer Marcus Peters, but the consensus is that Waynes is the best cornerback in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Waynes hails from Kenosha, Wisconsin and was a teammate of Melvin Gordon at Bradford High School. After serving as a backup as a freshman at Michigan State, Waynes broke into the starting lineup as a sophomore across from Darqueze Dennard. Waynes was an honorable mention All-Big Ten pick by the coaches and media that season. He totaled 50 tackles with five deflections and three interceptions for the year. Waynes closed out that season on a high note with good games against Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship and Stanford in the Rose Bowl.

With Dennard moving on to the NFL, Waynes took over as the boundary corner for the Spartans in 2014. That role was basically playing on an island on the outside in man-to-man coverage. Waynes was exceptional for Michigan State all season. On a weekly basis, he did a good job of covering No. 1 receivers and limiting them. Waynes had a strong game against Oregon in the Week 2. Versus Michigan, he played well against Wolverines receiver Devin Funchess, although an idiotic official flagged Waynes falsely on one contested pass. He snagged two interceptions against Nebraska with good coverage.

At the Combine, Waynes surprised many with a fast 40 time of 4.31 seconds. He also looked good turning and running with fluid hips in the field drills.

Waynes looks like a No. 1 cornerback who is capable of going head-to-head with primary NFL receivers. He is a tall, long corner who can cover big receivers. His height and length let him prevent wideouts from making catches over him. Waynes also is fast enough and athletic enough to run with them in and out of their breaks to prevent separation. He even has the speed to run with speed receivers, so he is capable of covering any kind of No. 1 wideout.

Waynes is used to lining up on the outside, so if his team wants to use him in the slot, he could need some time to get used to that. It also wouldn’t hurt Waynes to add some weight for the NFL to fight with strong receivers.

In the ground game, Waynes is a quality tackler and a willing contributor. He is physical with receivers and running backs with a gritty mentality.

Check Out What The Vikings 2015 Draft Hats Look Like

2015 Minnesota Vikings Draft Hats

When the players in attendance at this week’s NFL Draft hear their name called, they’ll come up to the stage sporting a snazzy draft hat that they’ll be given for their new team.

Here’s what the Minnesota Vikings version of this year’s draft hat will look like. The hat has the Vikings logo on the front and a drawing of the city of Minneapolis underneath the brim.

You can get your hands on one by clicking the link below!

Buy your Minnesota Vikings draft hat HERE!

Vikings won’t cut Peterson

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It’s a bold thought that the Vikings would totally cut ties with their face of the franchise the past few seasons, but at the end of the day there’s no question that cooler heads should prevail when it comes to running back Adrian Peterson. Examine the Vikings’ NFL Lines for this 2015 season at Mybookie.ag.

Peterson and his agent have spoken out, and they want out of being property of the Vikings. At the same time, a trade would be hard to come by for the amount the Vikings want, and while the Vikings would save a bunch of money if they cut the back, there’s no doubt there would be major backlash as it would be looked at as a complete step backwards by the club.

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer was as plain and simple as can be when it came to talking about Peterson recently. He knows that the Vikings are that much better with him, and without him they simply don’t have the playmakers on offense to compete in the tough NFC North.

“Adrian’s under contract for three more years with us,” Zimmer said. “That’s why you sign those contracts, that’ s why you get these big bonuses, we’re planning on him being here.”

Peterson is set to make over $12 million for the 2015 season, and while he might want out and want a trade to a team like the
Cowboys, there’s no way that the Vikings can orchestrate a deal that would work for all sides. He might as well get use to the fact that he is going to wear purple in 2015.

The veteran running back, who just a few years back ran for 2,097 yards and 12 touchdowns, isn’t happy the Vikings didn’t publicly stand by him more when he was brought up on charges of beating his child last September.

While the team took the wait and see approach, at the end of the day they didn’t want to jump the gun and be convicted of standing too close to a player that had major allegations against him.

The team though does want him back, and knowing that his options are limited, Peterson should want to return to the place where he had his most success, that being the Vikings.

The fans of Minnesota will accept Peterson back in the fold with open arms. He’s still one of the most popular players on the team, and at the end of the day, he’s a player that will sell tickets, another reason why the Vikings will do the right thing, and make sure he’s happy and on the roster in 2015.

Agent Claims Adrian Peterson Not a Fit for Vikings

Minnesota Vikings v St. Louis Rams

The agent for Adrian Peterson says that his client is not a good fit for the original franchise that drafted him and made him the teams face of the franchise.

Ben Dogra, Peterson’s agent, rejected the Vikings request for a dinner session at the NFL Annual Meeting, and now seems to be in agreement from NFL Network’s Albert Breer that Peterson still wants out of Minnesota.

Dogra stated Monday that it is not in Peterson’s best interest to play for the Vikings. The agent then confirmed to USA Today’s Jarrett Bell “We want out of Minnesota.”

The agent seems to be hoping that the Vikings will release Peterson, but that doesn’t seem likely, as they want something for him and can find it on the open market.

Peterson has three years and $45 million remaining on his contract, but none of it is guaranteed.

As for the Vikings, owner Mark Wilf responded Monday that Peterson is “an important part of the Minnesota Vikings and we look forward to him being part of our team in 2015.”

Look for the standstill to continue between the two sides.

Peterson’s Camp Rejects Meeting with Vikings GM

Adrian Peterson Hearing

After meeting at Adrian Peterson’s home earlier this month, general manager Rick Spielman recently requested a dinner meeting with the star running back’s agent, Ben Dogra, at the upcoming NFL Annual Meeting in Phoenix, but Dogra declined, Albert Breer of NFL Network reports.

The reasons for that rejection weren’t disclosed, but it’s certainly not a good sign for the Vikings.

Robinson has reported that the Cardinals will offer a high draft pick if Peterson becomes available. Franchise icon Larry Fitzgerald deemed the prospect of adding a player of that caliber a “game-changer” for Arizona.

Peterson and Vikings Continue Talks About Future with the Team

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Adrian Peterson’s father said Thursday that nothing has been resolved between the Vikings and the disgruntled running back, and said the sides in fact will meet again soon, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press reports..

“I’m not going to say who’s going to be at the meeting; I can’t comment on that,” Nelson Peterson said, adding that the meeting would take place “by the end of the week.”

A source close to Adrian Peterson denied that any meeting has been scheduled.

“There’s no meeting,” the source said. “Adrian hasn’t told him (father) or anyone else what he wants to do. The Vikings are in control of the situation.”

Peterson met Monday with Vikings brass that included owners Zygi and Mark Wilf. Last week, general manager Rick Spielman and coach Mike Zimmer flew to Houston to meet with Peterson at his home.

Nelson Peterson said “nothing was resolved” at the New York meeting.

“Everything remains the same,” he said. “He still has options with returning, so the door hasn’t been closed.”

Peterson is under contract through 2017 but the remaining years are unguaranteed, and the team could release him without a financial burden of any kind. Angry with the way the team handled his nearly season-long suspension following a child abuse arrest, Peterson told ESPN he is “uneasy” about returning.

What Makes The Super Bowl Truly Super?

Super Bowl XLIX

The Super Bowl is the championship game of the National Football League. The competitive season is played from late summer until early into the New Year and the culmination is the epic monstrosity of an event known to us as the Super Bowl. Here at bookmaker.com we look at why this is one of the most watched events in the world.

For the athletes the appeal is simple, bring home the infamous Vince Lombardi trophy for your team, earn the right to be called a “world champion” and last but certainly not least earn that coveted piece of bling, a Super Bowl Championship ring. A Super Bowl win is without a doubt the crowning jewel in a professional football player’s career.

The History

With over four decades of gameplay history the Super Bowl has become a beloved tradition of North American culture. The game was originally created as part of a merger between the NFL and then rivals the American Football League (AFL) and is traditionally played on a Sunday. Over time the event has evolved into basically an unofficial American holiday deemed “Super Bowl Sunday”.

The Venue

Where the game will be played is a big deal with venues being chosen by the Super Bowl commission usually about 3-5 years in advance. To date no team franchise has played in its home city therefore there is no advantage. The commission tries to award the honor of hosting to stadiums in more temperate climates or where the facility can provide full coverage shelter over the field to minimize weather concerns and keep the playing surface as ideal as possible. Interested cities place bids with the commission and factors such as ability to accommodate and condition of the facilities are carefully considered in the selection process.

Why the Fans Love it

There are many reasons people love the Super Bowl. Everybody loves a party and game day is the perfect excuse for a great one! Super Bowl parties are notorious for being full of fantastic food and having beverages in no short supply, and even if you’re not a sporting fan between the commercials, the half time show and the festivities there is fun to be had for everyone.

For sporting fans, reading the bookmaker.com.au review and watching the game is a must as it is a fantastic display of world-class athletes playing the game to its finest execution. The athletes competing are motivated, determined and well conditioned to provide edge of your seat entertainment and competition.

The Infamous Commercials

The Super Bowl carries the highest commercial airtime price tag in the history of television; with a 30 second slot costing upwards of $3 million. Because the investment is so great corporations ensure they are filling the space with high quality, humorous advertisements, making the commercial breaks almost as popular as the game itself. With viewer ratings reaching upwards of 106 million these commercials are a priceless marketing concept for large companies.

Halftime Extravaganza

One of the most fascinating and exciting aspects of the big game is the half time show. What started 40 plus years ago, as a small marching performance showcasing local college and high school music departments, has over the years evolved into world-class entertainment. Fans and enthusiasts alike eagerly await announcement on who the current years performers will be and the half time stage has been graced by some of the music industry’s biggest talent, including Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake and Diana Ross to name a few. Having high budget, elaborate stage designs as well as lights, lasers and the whole nine yards the performance is guaranteed to delight viewers old and young year after year.

Vikings vs Dolphins NFL Week 16 Capsule

VIKINGS DOLPHINS
SERIES LEADER 6-4
STREAKS   Past 2
COACHES VS. OPP. Zimmer: 0-0 Philbin: 0-0
LAST WEEK L 16-14 at Lions L 41-13 at Patriots
LAST GAME 9/19/10: Dolphins 14 at Vikings 10. Miami WR Brian Hartline catches TD pass. Dolphins defense records 3 INTs, including 2 by CB Jason Allen. Miami LB Koa Misi has FR-TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/19/06: Dolphins 24, Vikings 20. Miami QB Joey Harrington throws for 254 yards & TD. Dolphins DE Jason Taylor records sack, 2 FFs & 51-yard INT-TD.
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 138 (Min.), 93 (Mia.). XM: 225 (Mia.).

STATS

PASSING Bridgewater (R): 223-351-2451-11-10-82.7 Tannehill: 334-504-3390-22-11-90.8
RUSHING Asiata: 129-421-3.3-7 Miller: 178-829-4.7-6
RECEIVING Jennings: 53-641-12.1-5 Landry (R): 71-672-9.5-5
OFFENSE 312.9 337.2
TAKE/GIVE -1 +3
DEFENSE 339.9 331.6
SACKS Griffen: 12 (3C) Wake: 9.5
INTs
  1. Smith: 4 (T2C)
Grimes: 5 (T3L)
PUNTING Locke: 44.4 Fields: 46.3
KICKING Walsh: 91 (25/25 PAT; 22/31 FG) Sturgis: 117 (33/33 PAT; 28/34 FG)

NOTES

VIKINGS: Rookie QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER has won 5 starts. Aims for 3rd in row with 70+ comp. pct. & 300+ pass yards. Has 103.3 rating in past 3 starts…RB MATT ASIATA had rush TD last week. Has 11 TDs (10 rush, 1 rec.) in past 15. Had career-high 7 catches last week…WR GREG JENNINGS had 6 catches for 133 yards & TD (86 yards) in last game vs. Mia. (10/17/10 with GB). 86-yard TD catch is longest of his career & 1 of his 7 TDs of 70+ yards. Had TD catch last week & has TD in 3 of past 4. WR-KR CORDARRELLE PATTERSON has 3 TDs (2 rec., 1 rush) in past 5 vs. AFC. WR JARIUS WRIGHT has 8 catches for 172 yards (86 per game) & TD in past 2. WR CHARLES JOHNSON has 9 catches for 175 yards (87.5 per game) & TD in past 2. TE KYLE RUDOLPH has TD catch in 5 of past 10 games vs. AFC. Had season-high 7 catches & 69 yards last week…DE EVERSON GRIFFEN has 10 sacks in past 10. Is 3rd in NFC with 12 sacks. Has 5.5 sacks & FF in past 4 vs. AFC. DE BRIAN ROBISON has sack in 4 of past 7. Since 2012, CB CAPTAIN MUNNERLYN ties for 2nd in NFL with 4 INT-TDs & S HARRISON SMITH ties for 4th with 3 INT-TDs…DOLPHINS: In past 11, QB RYAN TANNEHILL has completed 264 of 380 passes (69.5 pct.) for 2,766 pass yards & 18 TDs vs. 9 INTs for 96.2 rating. Club is 16-3 (.842) when Tannehill has 90+ rating. Has 70+ comp. pct. in 5 of past 7 overall. Leads AFC QBs with 316 rush yards…In past 6 at home, RB LAMAR MILLER has 547 scrimmage yards (408 rush, 139 rec.) with 3 total TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.)…WR MIKE WALLACE led team with 104 yards on 5 catches with TD last week. Aims for 5th in row vs. NFC with TD catch. Since entering NFL in 2009, leads AFC WRs with 45 TD catches. WR-KR JARVIS LANDRY (Round 2, No. 63 overall) is tied for 1st among NFL rookies with 71 rec. & has 672 rec. yards with 5 TDs. Leads rookies in KR avg. (29.7)…In past 11 at home, DE CAMERON WAKE has 9.5 sacks, 3 FF & FR. Since joining Dolphins in 2013, CB BRENT GRIMES has 9 INTs, most among AFC CBs. LB JELANI JENKINS leads team with 97 tackles.