Vikings Coach Mike Zimmer Hoping His Eye Issues are in the Past

We’ve already seen around the NFL one coach this past offseason retire due to reported health issues, that being Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak, who left the team after the 2016 season and has been replaced by Vance Joseph.

The Minnesota Vikings could be in a similar situation at some point in the near future with their head coach, Mike Zimmer, who has sadly had issue after issue with his right eye dating back to last season when he had have surgery on his eye.

The situation with Zimmer has reached a somewhat critical point, having had now a reported eight surgeries on the eye. If you want to Play Real Money Casino on a situation like that, it’s a safe bet that Zimmer’s eye issue needs to get fully corrected in order for the Vikings to avoid distractions to make a run this season.

There is a silver lining recently regarding Zimmer, that being that he’s stated that no matter what he is going to try to continue coaching through the numerous issues with his eye.

“I’ll be back shortly,” Zimmer told reporters, per Jon Krawczynski of the AP. “One eye or two, it doesn’t matter. I’ll be back. We can put that retiring thing to bed quickly.

“I don’t want to go blind in this eye. If that’s what it is, that’s what it is. This will not keep me from coaching.”

Conor Orr of NFL.com stated Sunday that Zimmer will be back in Minnesota next weekend, and hopes to start coaching soon after, which is a huge positive for the Vikings as they get set to challenge in 2017.

Zimmer chatted with the assembled press on Friday , and stated that he has a doctor’s appointment on June 5th, and it’s at that appointment where he hopes to receive a clean bill of health, per the Star Tribune.

Zimmer did recently have the eighth surgery on his damaged right eye, which began troubling him in late October and forced him to miss a game in early December. The coach is currently on a brief leave of absence from the club.

It was last week that ESPN reporter Ben Goessling stated that the latest surgery featured doctors removing an “oil bubble” from the damaged eye to replace it with a “gas bubble.”

It’s part of an ongoing effort to stabilize his eyesight after suffering a detached retina last year, which is when he had the surgery that forced him to miss a game in December.

The Vikings have plenty of questions about this season, and having the stability of Zimmer in control is going to be a key for them to make a push at the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions in the NFC North.

With the quarterback position in question with the ongoing health issues of Teddy Bridgewater, and also the team looking to re-establish the running back spot with now one their great running backs in Adrian Peterson in New Orleans, it would sure be nice for Zimmer to have a fully clean bill of health and be back on the sidelines for the entire 2017 season.

Zimmer is 26-22 in three seasons as head coach of the Vikings, and last season the team was 8-8, despite not having their starting quarterback for the entire season, and having to go out Sam Bradford before the start of the season from the Philadelphia Eagles.

There is no doubt the Vikings are a better team with him than without him, and the coach can have a clean bill of health and not have to worry about that eye for the entire season, it will be a huge boost to the players, coaching staff and entire organization as well as for Zimmer to not have to worry about having to leave the team like he did in 2016.

What Can Adams and Odenigbo Bring to the Party at the Vikings?

The planning phase of the Minnesota Vikings’ draft has been completed and now the execution stage is well underway. Fifth round pick Rodney Adams and seventh round selection Ifeadi Odenigbo have signed on the dotted line, with the next batch of players set to follow in the next few days.

The most pleasing aspect of the signings is that both were so keen to push their moves through despite the ongoing controversy over the language used in their contracts.

The NFL Players’ Association had actually advised the pair not to sign until the contracts had been rewritten. They are said to contain wording that violates the NFLPA’s collective bargaining agreement, although the Vikings are well documented on record as saying they aren’t breaking any rules and that the terms of the contract are no different from previous versions.

So, Adams and Odenigbo are on board and ready to slip into the purple jersey after hooking up with their fellow draft picks at boot camp. But what will they offer the team during the forthcoming campaign?

Adams Earns His Keep

Trousering a payday equating to $2.6 million over four years, Rodney Adams joins the Vikings on the back of a highly regarded collegiate career.

The receiver has left behind a glittering career in South Florida with 16 touchdown receptions and 1,967 receiving yards to his credit. The secret to such offensive dominance is his incredible speed; Adams ran a 40-yard dash in just 4.44 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine of 2017.

But it was that fine senior year that caught the eye of the Vikings’ scouts. His season with the Bulls was momentous; he set a new schools record with 67 receptions and tied his own mark of 822 receiving yards. Those five touchdown catches were the mere icing on the cake.

Intriguingly, Adams also gained notoriety in Florida as a kick returner, where he accumulated 1,140 yards from just 46 attempts – including a 97-yard sprint to the line from a kick-off.

The Vikings have a habit of unearthing outstanding wide receivers in the fifth round of the draft – it was at this stage in 2015 that Stefon Diggs was picked after all, and Adams will be looking to emulate the feats of his college counterpart in 2017.

Sack Attack

Many pundits argued that the Vikings needed a bit more steel in their defensive line, and so the addition of Odenigbo will certainly help on that front.

The 6ft 3in behemoth is something of a smash-raid specialist, as confirmed by his college stats. As part of the Northwestern team last season he led the Big Ten in sackings with ten to his name, and finished his school days with 23.5 sacks – the second most in history.

Allied to his power is exceptional pace off the mark (a 40 time of 4.72 seconds confirms that), and this combination has earned Odenigbo the tag as something of a pass-rushing specialist. He regularly made quarterbacks his bunnies in the collegiate system, and he will be hoping to make a similar impact on the NFL in the years to come.

Both Adams and Odenigbo are expected to be placed in developmental for the months ahead, although the general mood around the Vikings camp is that both can expect to enjoy some major game-time in the campaign ahead.

Vikings Ink Former Bears DT Will Sutton; Waive DT Toby Johnson

The Vikings signed defensive tackle Will Sutton, who played the past three seasons with Chicago before being waived last week, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

To make room on the roster, the Vikings waived defensive tackle Toby Johnson.

The 6-foot-1, 290-pound Sutton, who likely will play nose tackle, was taken by the Bears in the third round of the 2014 draft. He played in 36 games for them, with 18 starts, and had 60 tackles.

Johnson spent last season on Minnesota’s practice squad before being signed to the 53-man roster and playing in the final two games of the year, his first two career games. Johnson was undrafted in 2015.

Vikings Coach Mike Zimmer Says He’s Undergone Seven Eye Surgeries Since November

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer revealed Friday he has now undergone a total of seven surgeries on his right eye after requiring additional procedures this spring, the most recent April 25, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.

That operation came eight days after Zimmer said he was scheduled April 17 to have an oil bubble, which held his repaired retina in place, removed. Zimmer has also said he’ll need cataract surgery next month, when he turns 61 years old. It will be his eighth operation since Nov. 1.

Zimmer originally scratched his eye during the Oct. 31 game in Chicago last season. The issue persisted and eventually led to a torn retina.

When does he expect to have restored vision in his right eye?

“I hope now,” Zimmer said, under sunglasses. “But I don’t think it’s going to happen. Who knows?”

Vikings Closing In on Deal for Former Cardinals, Patriots WR Michael Floyd

The Vikings are looking to add to their wide out core, and ESPN is reporting that the team is going to bring in a player with an interesting past, that being former Cardinals and Pats wide out Michael Floyd.

Adam Schefter says Minnesota should have a deal done by the end of the weekend with Floyd.

Floyd, 27, is currently serving a sentence for a DUI conviction in Arizona. But once his sentence is complete, he is expected to sign with a team. He is from Minnesota, and the Vikings are a consideration.

The New England Patriots claimed Floyd on waivers from the Arizona Cardinals on Dec. 15 after the Cardinals had waived him a day earlier, two days after his arrest. Floyd later pleaded guilty to one charge of second-offense extreme DUI (blood alcohol content of .150-.199). He had been found asleep behind the wheel of his Cadillac Escalade at a traffic light.

On Feb. 16, Floyd began serving a 120-day jail sentence; since March 13, he has served the sentence as a home detention. Floyd is not allowed to leave Arizona during his home detention until a motion is filed, according to the Scottsdale City Court.

If he is not signed by the Cardinals, the earliest Floyd will be able to report to his new team would be June 17, by which time most if not all teams will have concluded their offseason workouts.

Vikings Exercise Fifth-Year Option on LB Anthony Barr

The Vikings on Monday exercised the fifth-year contract option on linebacker Anthony Barr, Chris Tomasson of the St.Paul Pioneer-Press reports.

Barr’s option for 2018 will be worth $12.306 million. He has made the Pro Bowl the past two seasons, although he did have his ups and downs in 2016.

Barr, selected with the No. 9 pick in 2014, will make a base salary of $1.897 million in 2017.

Vikings Tell QB Teddy Bridgewater They Won’t Exercise His 5th Year Option

The Vikings informed quarterback Teddy Bridgewater on Monday they’re declining the fifth-year option on his rookie contract, Tom Pelissero of USA Today reports.

But it’s not a sign of any new revelations about Bridgewater’s injured knee or setbacks in his rehab.

Bridgewater continues to make progress and is participating in voluntary conditioning work with teammates, a person with knowledge of the situation said.

Picking up the option wasn’t a realistic possibility at all, though, since that would have guaranteed for injury an eight-figure salary in 2018 at a time Bridgewater is still not healthy, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

Also Monday, the Vikings exercised the fifth-year option on linebacker Anthony Barr’s contract.

A Rundown of All the Minnesota Vikings 2017 NFL Draft Picks

Sports Illustrated has a complete rundown of all of the Vikings 2017 Draft Picks and some commentary as well.

Round 2, Pick 9 (No. 41 overall)

Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State: Both Cook and Joe Mixon were still sitting on the board at 41, so the Vikings made a move up to address their RB situation (48 and 128 to Cincinnati). Cook isn’t a “clean” prospect, necessarily, but he was our top-ranked back. He’s a dynamic playmaker that will bolster that offense.? GRADE: A

Round 3, Pick 6 (No. 70)

Pat Elflein, C, Ohio State: A doozy of a find in Round 3, and well worth trading up from No. 79 to get him. Elflein was the best center in this draft—he can be Minnesota’s man in the middle for years to come, assuming he wins that job out of camp. If he doesn’t, he can start at guard.? GRADE: A

Round 4, Pick 2 (No. 109) Jaleel Johnson, DT, Iowa

Round 4, Pick 14 (No. 120): Ben Gedeon, LB, University of Michigan

Round 5, Pick 27 (No. 170) Rodney Adams, WR, USF

Round 5, Pick 37 (No. 180) Danny Isidora, G, Miami

Round 6, Pick 17 (No. 201) Bucky Hodges, TE, Virginia Tech

Round 7, Pick 1 (No. 219) Stacy Coley, WR, Miami

Round 7, Pick 2 (No. 220) Ifeadi Odenigbo, DL, Northwestern

Round 7, Pick 2 (No. 232) Elijah Lee, LB, Kansas State

Round 7, Pick 27 (No. 245) Jack Tocho, CB, N.C. State

A Look at the 2017 Vikings Schedule with a Glance at the Good and the Bad

The 2017 NFL Schedule is out, and here’s a look at the Vikings slate for the upcoming season, with the home games in bold:

Sep. 11 New Orleans Saints (Mon) 6:10 PM

Sep. 17 at Pittsburgh Steelers 12:00 PM

Sep. 24 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 12:00 PM

Oct. 1 Detroit Lions 12:00 PM

Oct. 9 at Chicago Bears (Mon) 7:30 PM

Oct. 15 Green Bay Packers 12:00 PM

Oct. 22 Baltimore Ravens 12:00 PM

Oct. 29 at Cleveland Browns (London) 8:30 AM

Nov. 5 BYE

Nov. 12 at Washington Redskins 12:00 PM

Nov. 19 Los Angeles Rams 12:00 PM

Nov. 23 at Detroit Lions (Thu) 11:30 AM

Dec. 3 at Atlanta Falcons 12:00 PM

Dec. 10 at Carolina Panthers 12:00 PM

Dec. 17 Cincinnati Bengals 12:00 PM

Dec. 23 at Green Bay Packers (Sat) 7:30 PM

Dec. 31 Chicago Bears 12:00 PM

What’s Good about this Schedule: This NFC North team could get off to a quick start with two of the first three at home, including a tough trip to Pittsburgh in week two to take on the Steelers.

What’s Bad about this Schedule: Three games on the road to end November and start December will be a hefty task for this team, with games against the Lions on Thanksgiving, long with the Falcons and Panthers.

LSU RB Leonard Fournette Has No Issues Being Compared to Adrian Peterson

Former LSU running back Leonard Fournette is possibly a player that the Minnesota Vikings could be taking a look at when the NFL Draft rolls up at the end of the month, a player that could take the place of one of the Vikings all-time greats Adrian Peterson.

Checking the betting sites, you can see that many think the Vikings are in the middle of the pack in the NFC, but adding a dynamic player like Fournette could be a key to getting the team back to the top of the NFC North, a division owned right now by the Packers, who lost to the Falcons in the NFC Title game in Atlanta.

Back to Fournette, he’s often compared to Peterson, and it’s not hard to understand why. They’re both big, powerful rushers who dominated at the college level.

Peterson was the first running back selected in the 2007 draft, and indications are that Fournette will hold the same distinction in the 2017 draft.

Fournette, however does not like being compared to Peterson, Chase Goodbread of NFL.com reports.

“Adrian Peterson is one of the best running backs in the league. Someone who dominates the game as a single player, who wins one-on-ones, who makes guys miss,” Fournette told NFL Network draft expert Mike Mayock at LSU’s pro day Wednesday. “I wouldn’t mind, but to me, that’s a little too much credit because he’s who I want to be.”

Fournette showed off his speed at the latest LSU Pro Day, as he ran a quicker 40-yard dash than many expected, coming in at 4.51 seconds.

He did struggle with his vertical leap, just 28.5 inches, which was outjumped by eight offensive linemen in Indy. By running back standards, that number puts Fournette in the first percentile, per Mockdraftable, of all logged RB combine jumps back to 1999.

Still, he’s an impressive player, and one the Vikings may take a long look at in a few weeks.