OC Norv Turner Heaps Praise On Vikings QB’s

Matt Cassel

Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner spoke with KFAN-FM on Monday, praising his signal-calling corps of Matt Cassel, Teddy Bridgewater and Christian Ponder, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.

“We’ve got a really, really good group,” he said, explaining that it won’t be hard to parcel out snaps in the apparent three-headed battle.

“We get between 120 to 140 snaps during a training camp day and that is plenty enough time for all the guys to work a rotation and give them bigger reps and evaluate them,” Turner said.

“I think that Matt Cassel has had an outstanding spring and is getting himself ready to really have a good year,” Turner said. “And we know Teddy’s been really, really impressive and a lot further along than I expected him to be.”

Turner even praised former first-round pick Ponder.

“Ponder, I know people like to beat up on him, but I’ve been impressed with Christian,” Turner said. “With his physical ability and the way he’s worked and the progress he’s made. He’s eliminating a lot of the negative plays.”

The Top 15 Hottest Vikings Cheerleaders and Fans Of All-Time

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The Vikings have some of the hottest cheerleaders in the NFL, as well as some of the beautiful fans!

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Peterson’s Goal – Break Emmitt Smith’s Rushing Record

Adrian Peterson

In addition to winning a Super Bowl ring, Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson dreams of breaking Emmitt Smith’s all-time rushing record and to do so he will need to play well into his 30′s according to Dan Pompeii of Sports on Earth.

So how does the 29-year-old Peterson plan to stay in the game long past the usual primetime for running backs?

“Taking care of your body. Making sure your body is battle proof and able to withstand the punishment a running back goes though. It’s doing the small things — ice tub, cold tub, massages, making sure you help your body rejuvenate.”

But Peterson says taking care of your body also involves avoiding unnecessary hits on the field. “There comes a point in time when you know the extra yard really doesn’t matter if you already have the first down, and you know you aren’t going to get it,” he said.

“Or I’m sprinting to the sideline and two guys are chasing me with an angle. I know I’m not going to get the corner on them. Earlier in my career, I would have dug in and have that contact for two extra yards, but now it depends on the situation.

“If I’m trying to get the first down, I’m dipping my shoulder and going for it. First down accomplished, I can step out.”

Avoiding contact may slightly reduce AP’s yardage totals but it is the best long-term strategy to give him a legitimate shot at Emmitt’s record.

Vikings Move Back Into Round One – Draft QB Teddy Bridgewater

2014 NFL Combine

The Vikings stayed aggressive on Thursday night, moving back into round one with a trade with the Seattle Seahawks, and drafting QB Teddy Bridgewater, who some said could have gone as early as #1 to the Texans.

Bridgewater had an awful Pro Day, which is what killed him going early in round one. As a pocket passer, he’s going to have to earn his paycheck with his arm and his brains, looking down field for open receivers.

In His first two seasons at Louisville, Bridgewater has had 478 completions for 715 attempts with 5,847 yards and 41 touchdowns.

Here’s CBS’ Scouting Report on Bridgewater

Bridgewater arrived at Louisville as the No. 2-rated quarterback prospect in the nation by Rivals.com after an accomplished high school career in Miami that included setting the Dade County record with seven touchdown passes in a single game. He was second team All-State 6-A and played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Bridgewater, who succeeded former Hurricanes quarterback Jacory Harris at Northwestern High School, also originally committed to Miami before ultimately landed at Louisville.

Bridgewater wasted no time in making a major impact at Louisville. He was the first true freshman to play quarterback for the Cardinals since Brian Brohm in 2004, and the first true freshman quarterback to start since Stu Stram in 1976.

He set the school freshman passing record with 2,129 yards to go along with 14 touchdowns in being named the Big East Rookie of the Year in 2011. Bridgewater completed 64.5 percent of his passes, although he did throw 12 interceptions.

Bridgewater continued his ascent as a sophomore, being named Big East Offensive Player of the Year after throwing for 3,718 yards with 27 touchdowns. He had six 300-yard passing games and two of 400-plus. Bridgewater was named the MVP of the Sugar Bowl after passing for 266 yards and two touchdowns in a win over third-ranked Florida.

With Louisville suffering its only loss of the 2012 season to Central Florida, Bridgewater was relegated to second-team all-conference honors. He finished the regular season with 2,309 passing yards and 14 touchdowns, and then tacked on another 447 yards and three touchdowns in Louisville’s 36-9 romp over Miami in the Citrus Bowl.

While Bridgewater’s arm is impressive, the poise, vision and touch he demonstrates could serve as a “how-to” video on effective quarterback play.

Critics will continue to point out Bridgewater’s flaws. He is not as big or strong as Andrew Luck nor as nimble as a healthy Robert Griffin III. Among the quarterbacks potentially available in the 2014 draft, he’s the most polished and accurate.

Vikings Take OLB Anthony Barr w/ 9th Pick in NFL Draft

Anthony Barr Subway Vegetable Statue Unveiling

The Vikings went defense with the 9th pick in the NFL Draft, taking OLB Anthony Barr from UCLA – 6’5 255 pounds.

NFL To Announce 2014 Schedule In PrimeTime Wednesday Night

Minnesota Vikings Introduce Mike Zimmer

Wednesday night the NFL will announce the complete 2014 slate, including the 16 regular season games for the Vikings as they look to make it back to the playoffs.

As we already know, the team will host the following teams at home – Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Washington Redskins, New England Patriots, New York Jets

As for the away games, the Vikings will play in Chicago, Detroit, at the Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, St. Louis Rams, Buffalo Bills, and Miami Dolphins.

The three-hour event in which the schedule will be released will be televised live on NFL Network.

Previewing the 2014 Minnesota Vikings Schedule Release

Denver Broncos v Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings need to get more consistent at defense and under center, but as long as they have running back Adrian Peterson, they have a shot at making noise in 2014. They’ll absolutely need to answer some questions to get that done this year, but with new defensive-minded head coach Mike Zimmer on board, they appear closer to doing just that.

Minnesota’s 2014 success likely hangs on how they handle their road schedule, as they were brutal away from home last year with a horrid 0-7-1 finish. In 2014, trips to New Orleans, Tampa Bay, St. Louis, Buffalo and Miami should make marked improve fairly difficult.

The Minnesota Vikings schedule at home unfortunately won’t be much easier, as they’ll be welcoming the Panthers, Falcons, Redskins, Patriots and Jets to their home fie

All 2014 Opponents

Home: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Washington Redskins, New England Patriots, New York Jets

Away: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, St. Louis Rams, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins

For a look at all team’s 2014 match-ups, click here.

Vikings Release Tight End John Carlson

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The Vikings are making some roster changes. The organization has released tight end John Carlson after just his second season into the five-year, $25 million contract he signed in 2012. Carlson was the second string tight end on the depth chart behind Kyle Rudolph. Carlson was owed $3.9 million if he were to stay on the roster in 2014.

Carlson was contemplating retirement after suffering another concussion last season. In 2013, Carlson suffered his third concussion since being in the league.Carlson played in 13 games and made 8 starts, while recording 32 receptions for 341 yards and just one touchdown. The 29-year-old Carlson has a total of 177 catches, for 1,906 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Carlson’s release freed $2 million in cap space for the Vikings and the original signing of the tight end ended up being a bad deal for the organization.

Carlson still plans to play football as he will turn 30 this May.

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Vikings Not Likely To Bring Back LB Marvin Mitchell

Marvin Mitchell

Free agent linebacker Marvin Mitchell is not expected to be re-signed by the Vikings according to ESPN.com.

The 30-year-old Mitchell began last season as the team’s starting weak-side linebacker, lost the job briefly, then finished the year as the starter after Desmond Bishop tore his ACL.

Due to his struggles with pass protection, however, he is really considered a part-time player and special teamer and the Vikings have clearly decided that his production can be replaced by a cheaper player. Gerald Hodges is considered a good in-house candidate to replace Mitchell.

Mitchell will likely continue his NFL career elsewhere but projects strictly as a backup.

John Carlson Set To Make $3.9 Million If He Returns

Carlson Set To Make over $3 million of he returns to team

Over the last few seasons, the NFL has been taking notice of concussions and head injuries. It seems that tight end John Carlson, is also very cautious of concussions. In 2013, Carlson suffered his third concussion since being in the league. Now, Carlson is contemplating retirement.

As for general manager Rick Spielman, he says he has not heard a peep from Carlson if he would be returning to the team or not. Carlson is set to make 3.9 million if he comes back in 2014 to serve as the second string tight end behind Kyle Rudolph.

Carlson played in 13 games and made 8 starts, while recording 32 receptions for 341 yards and just one touchdown. The 29-year-old Carlson has a total of 177 catches, for 1,906 yards and 14 touchdowns.

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