Saturday, November 18, 2017

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There is plenty of action regarding the Vikings new cycle in recent days, and we’re keeping up with it all, but my love for weekly schedules dictates that now is the time to take a look around the NFC North to see what our biggest enemies are up to.

Packers First Round Pick Falling Behind

The Green Bay Packers used the 27th overall pick to select UCLA defensive lineman Kenny Clark earlier this year. Since then, circumstances have prevented him from getting fully caught up on the rigors of life in the NFL.

First, the NFL rule preventing draft picks from attending team activities while school is still in session prevented Clark from reporting to Green Bay’s offseason program in June. He attempted to utilize technology such as Skype, according to ESPN‘s Rob Demovsky, to keep up with what his coaches wanted him to know.

Then came the back injury.

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MyCole Pruitt escapes with minor knee injury

Vikings avoid major injuries
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Injuries have a way of wiping out any optimism during the preseason, but the Minnesota Vikings have been lucky this year. The team sat a few starters against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, avoiding any major injuries that would’ve derailed Minnesota’s chances at a Super Bowl run.

Though a handful of players finished with bumps and bruises, none are expected to miss more than a few weeks. Second-year tight end MyCole Pruitt was injured on an 11-yard pass in the second quarter, and initial reports indicated he’d need further testing on his left knee. But an MRI on Monday dispelled fears of a long-term condition.

According to Chris Tomasson, Pruitt’s test came back negative, indicating nothing more than a sprained MCL. He’s expected to miss two-to-four weeks, and that shouldn’t be a defining issue for a Vikings team with three other quality tight ends on the roster.

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Vikings Trim Roster to 75 Players
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Gone are the name tags, jerseys, and personal items that filled a number of lockers at U.S. Bank Stadium. This afternoon, cuts began as the Minnesota Vikings trimmed the roster to 75 players.

The moves were part of the NFL’s offseason deadline, which requires all 32 teams to reduce their rosters from 90 to 75 by Tuesday at 4pm EST. Since the Vikings practice on Tuesday,  the cuts needed to happen on the team’s off day.

With a short week ahead, players on the bubble have one last shot to make the roster. Many who survived this wave won’t survive the next, which is scheduled for September 3. After the jump, find out who didn’t make the roster, and who’s in danger heading into the team’s final preseason game. We’ll be updating the list as more cuts are announced.

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According to Tom Pelissero of USA Today, the Vikings are currently attempting to trade John Sullivan, their veteran center that is now thought to be fully healthy.

Minnesota is in the process of cutting their roster down to 75 players, and we’ll have updates up on that shortly, but the Sullivan move is certainly interesting from a number of angles.

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The Minnesota Vikings have had a long offseason of speculation nibbling away at their wide receiver depth chart from all angles. In their 23-10 victory over San Diego, with Teddy Bridgewater dealing aces, a lot of observations were there for the taking and will surely lead to some 1.

Stefon Diggs was Bridgewater’s top target in San Diego who made a team-high five grabs, showed off some turn-on-a-dime tricks, and efficiently tallied up 71 yards prior to sitting down for the day. Diggs was nothing short of impressive, looking like the top NFL receiver Vikings fans desperately want him to be, and that alone should provide plenty of optimism as the team prepares to play Tennessee in the regular season opener.

Similarly, Charles Johnson looked like a nice compliment to Diggs out there, as he caught two of his three passes and walked away with a nice day having 25 of Bridgewater’s 161 yards to his name.

“I think it’s good,” Johnson said of the offense in the exclusive interview with Tom Moore posted above. “I mean it is still a work in progress, we’re still trying to go out there and do the little things and keep getting better, because we want to just continue to grind and continue to get better each and every day.”

Johnson recognized that while the Vikings offense was clicking in many respects, today, that the red zone offense is something that needs to be improved. The return of Adrian Peterson might give the red zone offense a boost, but Vikings fans also got a taste of what Laquon Treadwell might have to offer in that area as he works his way into the lineup.

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