Thursday, October 27, 2016

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On Tuesday afternoon, Chad Greenway proudly introduced his seventh “Chad’s Locker,” this time at Hutchinson Health. The locker included kid-friendly electronics and games, providing an outlet for countless patients and families who come through the hospital on a weekly basis. Greenway said the following as an introduction to the latest locker installment:

“This is an honor. Clearly this is something that Hutchinson was ready for. There’s definitely a need, and we’re so excited to be here […]. The reason we love our locker so much is because we can put it in a place like this where a lot of times the family doesn’t necessarily want to be but has to be, and it’s our biggest chance to reach out and positively affect as many people as we cankids, families, moms and dads. The goodies that are inside of there can go a long way to help any little bit that we can. Sometimes it’s just enough to throw on some cartoons on the iPad or do something like that to pass the time. It’s an honor for us to bring it here, and we’re certainly excited about that.” 

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As announced on the team’s official website, the Vikings placed defensive tackle Shamar Stephen on season-ending injured reserve and signed free agent Kenrick Ellis to fill his vacated roster spot. Stephen suffered a toe injury in the Vikings’ win over the Chiefs and battled a knee injury in training camp and during the preseason. The 2014 seventh-round pick out of Connecticut never fully recovered from the setback, finishing a shortened 2015 season with five games played, three tackles, and a fumble recovery.

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Stefon Diggs is everything the Minnesota Vikings had hoped Cordarrelle Patterson would become, and that’s through just two NFL starts for the rookie wide receiver. The film doesn’t lie, and neither do Diggs’s teammates, who’ve been singing his praises since he joined the team as a fifth-round selection in this year’s NFL Draft:

“He’s one of the [most] polished receivers I ever seen come, you know, as a rookie,” Captain Munnerlyn said. “He runs great routes, great route runner. Some guys it takes time to learn how to run route in the NFL. He already got that. He’s a great receiver, he’s got great speed, great hands, and he goes [to] get the ball.”

“When you look at a guy, you can tell from day one who can play football. I always felt like he could,” Mike Wallace said. “Just the skill set, the way he runs his routes, the energy that he has. It reminds me of him [Antonio Brown].”

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Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs and linebacker Eric Kendricks are in the running for NFL Rookie of the Week. Other nominations include LB Hau’oli Kikaha (Saints), CB Marcus Peters (Chiefs) and CB Damarious Randall (Packers).

After being inactive the first three games of the 2015 season, Diggs impressed against Denver in Week 4. Following the bye week, he continued to make an impact against Kansas City; Diggs finished with seven catches and 129 yards Sunday.

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On a day where Adrian Peterson rushed for just 60 yards, the Minnesota Vikings relied on their passing attack for a victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. Although they hit a few speed bumps in the second half, Teddy Bridgewater and his wide receivers — especially Stefon Diggs — did just enough to hang on for an ugly win at TCF Bank Stadium on Sunday.

Early on, it was clear the Chiefs committed to stopping the run, holding Peterson to -1 yards rushing through the first quarter of play. The Vikings’ inability to move the ball on the ground forced Norv Turner to open the playbook and attack the Chiefs through the air. On Minnesota’s first drive, Bridgewater completed passes of 16 and 52 yards before tossing an interception in the red zone. It was an up-and-down day for Bridgewater, but when called upon, the second-year quarterback delivered to keep the Vikings ahead.

After the game, Adrian Peterson addressed the media and spoke to the versatility of the offense, which helped the Vikings move to 3-2 and gave the team sole possession of second place in the NFC North:

Yes, and that’s what it’s all about, forcing the team to pick their poison. You’re either going to stop the run or the pass, and they chose the run today. It opened it up for us in the passing game, and we were able to be productive and get some points on the board. You know, there’s a lot of things we didn’t do well that we wish we could have back, but it’s better to talk about those things with a W. We’ll clean things up and get ready for Detroit.

The Vikings didn’t necessarily dish out lethal poison against the Chiefs, but the emergence of Stefon Diggs and surprisingly stout pass protection staved off a furious Chiefs comeback in the fourth quarter. Their performance as a whole will need to improve during a tough, two-game road stretch against the Lions and Bears, but for now, their ability to win matchups in the passing game has to be encouraging.

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