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When the Vikings drafted running back Jerick McKinnon in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft, they knew he held a lot of potential. And he’s living up to their expectations.

McKinnon is already gaining a lot of recognition, including most recently from star RB Adrian Peterson. When Mr. All Day himself calls you out as a solid player, that has to feel good.

According to the Star Tribune‘s Master Tesfatsion, Peterson named Georgia Southern alum as one of the guys impressing him the most this offseason.

“[McKinnon]’s pretty impressive and there’s not too many guys who impress me like that, especially rookies coming in,” Peterson said. “He’s been able to do some real good things in the offense, picking it up well and just his running style.”

You can bet McKinnon does not take this caliber of praise lightly. “When you’re learning from the best in the game, you really just got to take on everything and everything he says you got to listen to,” McKinnon said. “I just got to feed off him and all it to my game.”

This isn’t normally the time of year when we have a lot to discuss regarding the Vikings.  With a new coaching staff comes plenty of intrigue and speculation, however, and we have plenty of items to read about this week.

Check them out and let them know who sent you:

 

Click them.  Read them.  Tell them who sent you,  This is Links of the Week:

 

Sorry for being a few days behind on the normal rotation here.  The links are few days late partly because of a lack of links out there (slow news week), but mostly because of laziness.  Here is the best of the best, however, from around the net.  Go check them out and tell ‘em who sent ya:

  • The annual “Adrian Peterson Day” celebration will have a few drastic changes in 2014.
  • Undrafted defensive tackle Isame Faciane thinks a coaching connection might give him an advantage as he battles for a roster spot.
  • The theme of this offseason seems to be “hope and optimism” on almost all accounts.
  • The Vikings might keep only two quarterbacks this coming season to prevent losing a competitive player at another position.
  • Purple People Readers is a new addition to our blogroll and pointed us towards this cool letter about Teddy Bridgewater.
  • A prediction of five Vikings veterans that will not make the final cuts this season. Sorry, Gil, I only agree with one of those five.
  • It appears to some that Xavier Rhodes is being singled out by the coaching staff during OTAs.
  • Chad Greenway did everything he could to reverse the “Tonka Curse” last week.  Too bad “lives saved” is a meaningless stat, right Arif?
  • The Vikings stadium isn’t even built yet, but the State is making a hard push for elite events.
  • Fullback Jerome Felton can only hope Norv Turner’s offense means big things for his career.
  • Teddy Bridgewater says he wants the quarterback that is best for the team to start on day one even if that isn’t him.
  • Anthony Barr says the quarters system “kind of sucks” since he is unable to participate like other rookie players.
  • Christian Ponder acknowledges that things haven’t gone well, that there might be a better place for him, and that he is currently in limbo.
  • Linebacker is going to be one of the most competitive roster battles in training camp and Jasper Brinkley knows it.
  • New England was the most recent team known to be flirting with career-long Vikings Kevin Williams.
  • Norv Turner tried to get the Browns to sign Matt Cassel before he first signed with Minnesota.
  • This is you answer as to why rookie running back Jerick McKinnon remains unsigned.
  • And, here it is, your moment of Zen:

 

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LeGarrette Blount was arguably the most talented rusher in the 2010 draft class at the time and he arguably still is at the NFL level.  Punching out an opponent on the field, however, was one of a few reasons he went undrafted and had to watch teams trade around in the first two rounds to get the rusher they wanted.

One of those trades was between the Vikings and the Texans when the Vikings moved up to get Toby Gerhart.  In the moments following the draft there were unconfirmed reports that Blount agreed to an undrafted free agent contract with both the Vikings and the Niners, but he ended up signing with the Titans.  He then became the second undrafted rookie to ever run for 1,000 yards when he was claimed off waivers by Tampa Bay.

There were other character concerns surrounding Blount in Tampa.  There was a report of him leading an attack on a Bucs fan.  In 2013, the New England Patriots sent a seventh rounder to Tampa and added Blount to their stable of running backs where he flashed his usual toughness, but often got lost in the mix.

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