Wednesday, August 31, 2016

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Adrian Peterson has been a once in a lifetime type of running back during his career the Minnesota Vikings. He has led the NFL in rushing yards three times (2008, 2012, 2015), won a league MVP award (2012), and is just three more scores away from becoming the ninth player in NFL history to rush for at least 100 career touchdowns.

But even with all the success that Peterson has had, some know that there are still plenty of aspects of his game that he could improve upon. One person that would agree with that statement is the running back’s own head coach, Mike Zimmer.

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Mike Zimmer

Tuesday featured a lot of good news on the Minnesota Vikings injury front, including the return of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, but head coach Mike Zimmer’s media dealings continue to dominate conversations this week.

Yesterday, a post-practice pow wow with the press generated some more buzz, with 1500 ESPN staple Judd Zulgad attempting to do the opposite of a Ben Leber sideline interview. Zulgad, who has been vocal about Zimmer’s antics in recent days, pressed Zimmer fairly hard for an explanation as to why he won’t reveal whether or not Adrian Peterson will play against San Diego on Sunday.

The press conference started with some pleasantries regarding Sid Hartman and Rhett Ellison, but things got a little tense a few minutes later.

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All business for Zimmer and the Vikings

Key names out vs. Seahawks
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The Minnesota Vikings were without a few starters last week, and that will be the case against the Seattle Seahawks tonight. Many of the names on this evening’s inactives list should play next week in what many consider to be a regular season “tune up.” But for now, a cautious approach means the Vikings will take the field with a lineup that’s very different from the one we’ll see in Week 1.

The full list, as well as starter changes, includes:

The only new addition is Tre Roberson, the quarterback-turned-cornerback who impressed in his first action last Friday. Gone from the list are Adrian Peterson, Marcus Sherels, and Terence Newman. Peterson isn’t expected to play, as he rarely suits up for the preseason, but Neman will return and likely start at left cornerback. Sherels, the team’s designated punt returner, may field a few kicks tonight.

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Balanced Vikings Edge Bengals
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The casual fan will tell you that preseason football doesn’t matter. A head coach will say it’s a critical juncture in the formation of a 53-man roster. The third-string running back will say it’s his time to prove he belongs in the NFL.

Opinions may vary among different audiences, but one fact holds true; the preseason marks the start of professional football, and with that, a chance to analyze the Minnesota Vikings for the first time since January 2016.

Minnesota’s humble 17-16 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals last Friday left much to be desired. Head coach Mike Zimmer won’t be happy with his team’s sloppy play, especially that of the first-team offense and defense. Still, there are signs of a contender in-the-making, with pieces in place at every level to enjoy another strong season in 2016.

After each win — and unfortunately, each loss — I’ll break down key aspects of the game that led to a victory or Sunday defeat. This morning, I’ll dive into the Vikings’ film against the Bengals, which reveals Minnesota’s slow growth up to this point of the offseason.

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It’s no real surprise that a triple-option quarterback from Georgia Southern has been overshadowed in his first two seasons in the NFL by future Hall of Fame running back Adrian Peterson. Last season, Jerick McKinnon was limited to just 73 touches for the Minnesota Vikings as Peterson went on to win his third career rushing title while toting the rock a league leading 327 times. Peterson is ninth all-time in rushing touchdowns (97) and 17th all-time in rushing yards (11,675) and his quest to climb the NFL leader board could fleece more snaps away from McKinnon again this season.

It’s true McKinnon’s opportunities were slighted in 2015, yet the 5’9” 205 pound speedster was anything but lost in the shadows of an icon. A lack of playing time hasn’t stopped McKinnon from flashing his unbelievable athletic ability. For a smaller running back known for his breakaway speed, McKinnon has shown some surprising power as well. He is recognized as a freak in the weight room who can bench press twice his weight and squat three times his weight. His incredible work ethic is beginning to translating to the gridiron as he continues to develop strength as a pass blocker and improved power as a runner.

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