Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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As of the moment, the Vikings haven’t confirmed anything, but the Vikings seemingly signed confirmed the signing of tight end Kory Sperry, alum of Colorado State. He went undrafted in 2009.

Kory was signed by the San Diego Chargers, but was a camp casualty. Midway through the 2009 season, the Miami Dolphins signed him.

In 2010, he was one again a camp casualty for the team, but this time the Broncos picked him up. He was waived shortly after season start.

The team that originally signed him, the Chargers, picked him up and kept him throughout the 2010 and 2011 seasons. When he was waived in 2012 after camp, he wasn’t picked up again until December, when the Cardinals signed him. He was on the roster until the end of the 2013 season.

He has been active for 40 games, starting eight. He has nine receptions for 152 yards. Vikings statement:

“Kory Sperry joins the Vikings as a free agent signing. A six-year NFL veteran, Sperry played the 2013 season with the Arizona Cardinals. In 40 career games, he has caught 9 passes for 152 receiving yards and one touchdown. Sperry played under Offensive Coordinator Norv Turner in San Diego from 2010-2012 and spent time on the team’s practice squad in 2009. Sperry entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of Colorado State in 2009.”

He is not practice squad eligible.

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The Minnesota Vikings have announced the hire of Joe Marciano as the interim special teams coordinator while the team’s stated coordinator, Mike Priefer, sits out a suspension related to controversy stemming from homophobic statements Priefer was found to have said.

Joe Marciano has 28 years of experience in the NFL as a special teams coordinator and was going to live out his retirement, but came back for three weeks with the Vikings. He was in camp today and arrived in Mankato last night. Overall, he’s been an average special teams coordinator with the Texans, though it should be noted that as an expansion team, they’ve had less talent. From Football Outsiders:

Year DVOA Rank
2002 3.80% 8
2003 2.80% 7
2004 -4.20% 28
2005 5.50% 2
2006 -2.20% 22
2007 6.90% 3
2008 -0.10% 17
2009 2.40% 7
2010 -1.70% 23
2011 0.70% 13
2012 -7.70% 32
2013 -5.10% 29
TOT 0.09% 15.9

He’ll be with the team until that last week in order to hammer down on chemistry.

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I’ve consolidated a list of people you can expect to livetweet training camp, so it should be easier to follow along here if you don’t have a twitter account to get up to date with the comings and goings of camp.

Hopefully this should make for an easy follow.

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Shortly after the Minnesota Vikings’ preseason win against the Oakland Raiders, Linval Joseph was struck by a stray bullet in 400 Soundbar in downtown Minneapolis, per the team. The bullet “grazed” his calf, and the team is characterizing it as “minor”. The team released the following statement:

“The entire Vikings organization is extremely thankful that Linval was not seriously hurt, and our thoughts are with all of the victims of this shooting. The team will defer any further comment to the Minneapolis Police Department during its ongoing investigation.”

Linval was taken immediately to a hospital, where he was treated and released. He is expected to return to the team this week.

According to the Pioneer Press, several people were involved in the incident though the police believe there is only one shooter. Police were called over at 1:50 AM, and among the several people who suffered gunshot wounds, two are in critical condition but expected to survive.

The police will hold a press conference shortly.

UPDATE: According to Ben Goessling, we can expect to see him in games within two weeks.


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