Tuesday, June 27, 2017

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Vikings strength and conditioning coach
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Vikings Once Again Searching For Strength and Conditioning Coach

According to Field Yates’ Twitter feed, Minnesota Vikings strength and conditioning coach Brent Salazar has left the team and has taken a position with the USTA. The United States Tennis Association is where Salazar wanted to be in light of his tennis background, as he played tennis in college at New Mexico.

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According to Tommy Armstrong on Twitter, the Minnesota Vikings will not sign the former Nebraska Cornhuskers quarterback to the 90-man roster.

Armstrong participated in the Vikings’ recent rookie minicamp, where he shifted from quarterback to running back, and then again to safety.

Despite being recruited as a safety out of high school, Armstrong became a decorated signal-caller in college. He finished his Cornhuskers career first in Nebraska history in passing yards (8,871) and touchdowns (67). Armstrong is a natural athlete that should latch on with another NFL team before training camp begins in August.

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Former Gophers Safety Cedric Thompson
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Earlier this week, the Minnesota Vikings made official the signing of 13 rookie free agents. General manager Rick Spielman’s aggressive approach netted a few intriguing prospects, but that same approach also spelled the end of a few players’ careers in Minnesota.

According to an official press release, the Vikings waived the following players:

  • Defensive tackle Sterling Bailey
  • Offensive tackle Marquis Lucas
  • Safety Cedric Thompson

As Chris Tomasson reported, the Vikings needed to make the moves to bring the roster down to 90 players before rookie minicamp begins this Friday.

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the safeties

This is our next installment of our FREE AGENCY PRIMER series. Be sure to check out previous articles focusing on the defensive ends, the cornerbacks, and the tight ends.

Harrison Smith is essentially Han Solo. He roams the universe of Minnesota’s secondary like a scoundrel looking to blast his way into the action, capable of some very sly thievery, and is the most popular cast member when it comes to the female fanatics.

Han Solo is one of the most iconic characters in film history, but that wouldn’t be so if he were regularly sharing the screen with some random rebel trooper in every battle. Instead, it is the chemistry that Han shares with a Wookie that makes for pure movie magic.

And that is why many Vikings fans are interested in the options that exist at the safety position this offseason. They know that Andrew Sendejo was improved last season, they know there are a couple of promising young players behind him, but they also know that they’d love to see the Vikings finally cast an authentic Chewbacca next to their Han Solo to take the Vikings defense into hyperdrive.

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Vikings Release John Sullivan
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Following an abrupt injury to Teddy Bridgewater, the Minnesota Vikings announced the final five moves to get the roster to 75 players. Yesterday’s list was filled with practice squad candidates and undrafted free agents, but today’s release includes a few notable names.

Veteran center John Sullivan, who was reportedly being shopped by the team, has been released. General manager Rick Spielman shared a statement on the 31-year-old center, who spent eight seasons in Minnesota following his sixth-round selection in the 2008 NFL Draft.

“Our entire organization appreciates everything that John Sullivan has done for this franchise. Sullivan led our team, not only with how he played the game, but also with how he handled himself in our community. We wish John Sullivan and his family nothing but the best as they move forward.”

Before two back injuries derailed his 2015 season, Sullivan had started 93 games for the Vikings and was a cog in the middle of the offensive line. He battled with Joe Berger for starting duties this preseason, but fell short in his comeback efforts. Berger started Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers, solidifying his place as the team’s starter for the foreseeable future.

Outside of his contributions on the field, Sullivan was named Vikings Community Man of the Year in 2013 and remained active in multiple charities.

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