Adrian Peterson Looks Great Back at in Vikings Practice

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Adrian Peterson finished his first week of practice back with the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday afternoon, and after three days of organized team activities with Peterson on the field, it seems as though the former league MVP hasn’t missed a step, Ben Goessling of ESPN.com reports.

Peterson returned to his familiar spot with the Vikings’ first-team offense Thursday afternoon in Minnesota’s first practice open to the media since Peterson returned to the team Tuesday. The running back made some decisive cuts, catching a swing pass from Teddy Bridgewater, and left teammates impressed by how fit he was after an 8½-month absence from the team.

“I haven’t been around him a year, or six months. I didn’t know he’d come back in this type of shape,” cornerback Captain Munnerlyn said. “The guy is in unbelievable shape, like he hadn’t missed a step, and he’s out to prove a point.”

The 30-year-old running back hasn’t spoken to reporters since a news conference Tuesday, and he was not available to the media after Thursday’s practice. But offensive coordinator Norv Turner said Peterson retained a large section of the Vikings’ offense after his time away from the team and has been eager to learn the new concepts the Vikings are adding to their offense.

“I’ve been around a lot of these guys a lot of years, and he’s one of the top guys I’ve been around,” Turner said. “He just comes out and looks like he hasn’t missed a day. It was nice having him.”

Peterson Goes on a Twitter Rant About Contract Situation with Vikings

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Adrian Peterson, concerned about whether the Vikings will continue to honor his contract after the 2015 season, decided to rant about his contract and how players are at the mercy of NFL teams once they have received all of their guaranteed money, Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Here is what Peterson tweeted this afternoon:

“I love people who think they know it all! Smh, Research how many NFL teams hasn’t honored a player’s contract & learn something”

“Question for the people, is a contract two sided or one?”

“Ok great two sided! Well why when one party decides … Mr. ? we wan’t you to take a pay cut now or better yet flat out release you!”

“There’s never no talk about honoring a contract!”

“I know hundreds of player’s that wished their team would’ve HONORED the contract! But instead got threw to the side like like trash.”

“A lill crazy how one side has so much power that they can do as they please when it come to the contract! But when the other-side (player’s)”

“Feels for whatever reason! Family, Change of scenery or simply – what they feels just might work best for them! Those same laws don’t apply!”

“It’s all about honoring you’re contract! Sounds like free will is being a lil challenged to me!”

“All I’m saying as a Minnesota Viking player! WE need the same power to do as all 32 teams do we they feel, under contract or not!”

“It’s time for a change! Then again I’m grateful because at the end of the day, I know some of those same guys that wish a team held on!”

“Also I appreciate all my colleagues for voting ya boy into the Top 100 ! Mad Love & Respect goes out to all of y’all (You All)! God Bless”

New WR Mike Wallace Feeling Right at Home in Vikings Offense

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Now that wide receiver Mike Wallace has landed in Minnesota, as the result of a trade in March, he’d joined a team with an offense that should fit him much better than the one he left behind in Miami, Ben Goessling of ESPN.com reports.

The Vikings want to push the ball deep in Norv Turner’s offense, and Wallace, who was their top target at wide receiver this offseason, was the only one the team had interest in acquiring via a trade. He is playing flanker right now, but he said after the Vikings’ organized team activity on Wednesday that he expects to move around the offense. Wherever he is, Wallace expects to feel more at home than he did in Miami.

“I think it’s more so [like] my first four years,” Wallace said. “It’s a vertical offense, [rather] than a short, West Coast offense. You go down the field a lot more here, more what I’m accustomed to.”

Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater said he has been spending extra time with Wallace each day, working on routes they ran in practice. The Vikings will use Wallace in a variety of ways — coach Mike Zimmer has pointed out how dangerous Wallace can be on screen passes, too — but his deep speed is probably the primary reason he’s in Minnesota now.

“We’re glad to have Mike,” Bridgewater said. “He’s going to add some speed to that room and all of those guys are going to continue to elevate their games.”

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Zimmer on Peterson – ‘He’s Got Two Choices – Play for Us or Don’t Play’

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Vikings coach Mike Zimmer made clear Wednesday where he stands on disgruntled running back Adrian Peterson, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press reports.

“Adrian, he’s really got two choices,” Zimmer said after the second day of organized team activities. “He can either play for us or he cannot play. He’s not going to play for anybody else. That’s just the way it’s going to be.”

Peterson has chosen to not attend OTAs this week and probably won’t be at the next two sessions either, costing him a $250,000 workout bonus in his contract.

The Vikings’ all-time leading rusher missed 15 games last season because of a child-abuse incident and is upset with the team because he believes some in the organization didn’t do enough to get him back on the field.

The Vikings have made it clear they do not plan to trade Peterson.

WR Patterson Running Better Routes According to Coach Mike Zimmer

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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.”

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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

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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!

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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

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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.