Saturday, June 24, 2017

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Vikings Minicamp Recap – Day 1

The first day of the Vikings June minicamp was held Tuesday morning at Winter Park. The players did not wear pads, yet the practice featured an intense 2-hour session of full-team scrimmages and situational football.

After the workout, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer spoke to the press. He gave insight on the state of the team and provided multiple player updates.

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Vikings OTAs: 7 Positions Up For Grabs

The Minnesota Vikings’ organized team activities, or OTAs, began Tuesday. OTAs are offseason training sessions run with the purpose of developing players; or, simply put, practices without tackling. There are no 1-on-1 drills, only team drills.

OTAs can be a good barometer of how the team’s roster is going to shape up come the regular season. Generally, the players who practice together play together. Certainly, there are exceptions.

Lets take a look at several key position battles that will unfold during the Vikings preseason.

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Mike Zimmer lands another intriguing defensive tackle

Will Sutton Signing
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In signing former Chicago Bears defensive lineman Will Sutton, the Minnesota Vikings accomplished an important offseason goal: bolstering depth in the middle of Mike Zimmer’s defense.

Understandably so, the focus through free agency and the NFL Draft was improving the pieces around Sam Bradford. Minnesota’s offense sputtered through a forgettable 2016 campaign, forcing general manager Rick Spielman’s hand in shifting resources to that side of the ball.

Still, Zimmer’s unit suffered its setbacks last season, from Anthony Barr‘s regression to the uninspiring play of defensive tackles Tom Johnson and Shamar Stephen. The Vikings found a few solutions in the past few months, signing free agent Datone Jones and drafting Jaleel Johnson, two players expected to step in and contribute immediately.

With the Will Sutton signing, Zimmer now has the depth and flexibility in his front seven to feel comfortable heading into a pivotal 2017 season.

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Datone Jones Mother's Day
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A Datone Jones Mother’s Day For The Ages

Mother’s Day gifts consist of flowers, heartfelt cards, scented candles, or spending quality time with family. Datone Jones, however, took things to a new level yesterday.

The Minnesota Vikings’ free agent acquisition, who signed with the team this offseason, bought his mother an unforgettable Mother’s Day gift this year. According to Jones’ Twitter feed, the defensive tackle purchased his mom a house for Mother’s Day.

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Sharrif Floyd
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Like fans of Arrested Development that have been hopeful that the on-again, off-again rumors of a feature film will come to fruition, Vikings fans have been anxiously awaiting the career of Sharrif Floyd to really take off in a meaningful way.

After four seasons, Netflix the Vikings brought Floyd back for a fifth run and the eternal hope that offseasons breed has many of us looking for 2017 to be the year the stars align for the former first-round defensive tackle. The Vikings are surely hoping for those results, as well, as they are investing $6.757 million of cap space into the young man that appeared for part of Week One last year and then mysteriously sat on the bench prior to being placed on injured reserve about three months later.

Here is Floyd’s contract situation according to the fine folks at Over The Cap.

Mike Zimmer has publicly expressed frustration with Floyd’s persisting injury issues, which caused some to wonder if the Vikings would retain him this offseason, but now that Floyd’s salary has become guaranteed his social media account has the internet wondering just how productive he’ll be this coming season.

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