Chris Tomasson / St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL—Only once in the past four NFL Drafts has Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman not made 10 selections, and that draft wasn't one of his best. In 2016, the Vikings had eight picks, and none has developed into a starter. That draft included the selections of guard Willie Beavers in the fourth round and wide receiver Moritz Bohringer in the sixth, neither of whom made the opening-day roster.
EAGAN, Minn. — All signs point to Vikings running back Dalvin Cook being a full participant when training camp begins in late July. Cook tore the ACL in his left knee in a Week 4 game last October and missed the rest of his rookie season. He has been doing some work on the field since spring drills began April 16, and athletic trainer Eric Sugarman expressed continued optimism Tuesday, April 24, about his recovery.
EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings officially began spring workouts on April 16. New quarterback Kirk Cousins started his two weeks earlier. Cousins signed a fully guaranteed three-year, $84 million contract with the Vikings last month. He didn't waste any time getting to know some of his new teammates, bringing wide receivers Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs to Atlanta to hang out in early April.
EAGAN — The Vikings ranked No. 1 in the NFL in scoring defense and total defense last season. Their next task is to maintain such dominant defense for years to come. The Vikings' defense looks to be in great shape for next season, but there might be might be some questions after that. That's one reason why this year's draft, which runs Thursday through Saturday in Arlington, Texas, carries so much importance.
EAGAN, Minn.—Minnesota Vikings linebacker Kentrell Brothers has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2018 regular season for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances, the league announced Friday, April 20. Brothers is eligible to participate in all offseason activities and preseason practices and games. Brothers will be eligible to return Sept. 28, the day after Minnesota's fourth game — against the Rams in Los Angeles.
The Vikings will open the season Sept. 9 against the San Francisco 49ers at U.S. Bank Stadium, the NFL announced Thursday. It will mark the second time four years and the eighth time overall the Vikings will open with the 49ers. The game will start at noon and be broadcast by Fox. Minnesota’s first road game will be Sept. 16 at Green Bay.
EAGAN, Minn. — When legendary Vikings coach Bud Grant had lunch this week with Kirk Cousins, he noticed the recently signed quarterback never stopped smiling. "It seems like he's a very happy camper," Grant said. "He got what, $28 million guaranteed per year?" In March, Cousins signed a fully guaranteed three-year, $84 million contract. He had lunch Tuesday with Grant, 90, and Star Tribune columnist Sid Hartman, 98, at the TCO Performance Center in Eagan and tweeted a photo of the gathering to his Instagram account.
EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings' biggest need entering next week's NFL draft is on the offensive line, but that doesn't necessarily mean they will address it in the first round. The Vikings have the No. 30 pick in the April 26-28 draft. They need to replace retired starter Joe Berger at right guard, and it seems to be a good draft for guards. So they will snatch one up at the earliest opportunity, right? Not necessarily.
EAGAN, Minn.—Adam Thielen didn't work his way into the Vikings' starting lineup until his fourth year with the team. Brandon Zylstra is focused on following Thielen's lead, but he'd like to move up the ranks quicker than that. Zylstra is drawing comparisons to Thielen for obvious reasons. Like Thielen, the wide receiver is from small-town Minnesota and went undrafted after playing at a small school. Zylstra signed a reserve/futures deal with the Vikings on Jan. 3. He will begin spring drills with them April 16.
EAGAN, Minn.—The Vikings might have found their No. 3 wide receiver. Minnesota on Friday signed Kendall Wright, a free agent who played last season for Chicago. Taken with the No. 20 pick in the first round by Tennessee in 2012, the slot receiver has 339 catches for 3,858 yards in six NFL seasons, including 94 receptions for 1,079 yards with the Titans in 2013.