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Vikings' Phil Loadholt: Splitting offseason reps
by RotoWire Staff | Special to

Loadholt (Achilles) split first-team reps in OTAs and minicamps, Andrew Krammer of ESPN Twin Cities reports.

Loadholt has ended up on injured reserve each of the past two seasons, most recently due to tearing his Achilles during the preseason last year. Now entering his eighth NFL campaign, Loadholt's spot in the starting lineup is not guaranteed. He and Andre Smith, who the team signed in the offseason, have split reps to this point and will compete for the starting position throughout training camp.

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Vikings' Charles Johnson: Getting first-team reps
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Johnson has been working with the first-team offense at split end during spring practices with Stefon Diggs shifting over to flanker, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Laquon Treadwell, Minnesota's 2016 first-round draft pick, has been working with the second team. Johnson has likely been working with the first team just because the Vikings want to ease Treadwell into the mix, but this shows Johnson isn't finished as far as competing for playing time. Johnson emerged in the second half of the 2014 campaign, accruing 25 receptions on 46 targets for 415 yards and two touchdowns across the final seven games, but struggled last season with injuries, was phased out of the offense, and went without a catch after Week 9. He still faces an uphill battle for playing time with the Vikings likely to go with Diggs, Treadwell and Jarius Wright as the top three receiver options.

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Vikings' Andrew Sendejo: Could lose starting job
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

While Sendejo has lined up next to Harrison Smith at safety on the vast majority of snaps at this week's OTAs, head coach Mike Zimmer says there will be an open competition for the starting safety job next to Smith, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

The Vikings signed free agent Michael Griffin in the offseason but Zimmer said Antone Exum, Anthony Harris and 2016 seventh-round draft pick Jayron Kearse would also be in the mix. Sendejo struggled in pass coverage last season and would seem to be at risk to lose playing time even if he keeps his starting job. It will be a battle to watch during training camp.

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Vikings' Harrison Smith: Signs five-year contract extension on Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Smith signed a five-year contract extension with the Vikings on Monday worth $51.25 million, making him the highest-paid safety in the league, Matt Vensel of reports.

Smith was originally on track to become an unrestricted free agent following the 2016 season, but Minnesota secured their star safety through 2021 with a five-year extension. Throughout 13 games during the 2015 season the 27-year-old racked up 66 tackles, 1.5 sacks, two interceptions, and took one of those the distance for a touchdown.

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Vikings' Jhurell Pressley: Opts to sign with Minnesota
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The Vikings have signed Pressley, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.

Pressley ran for 1,083 yards (9.5 per carry) as a junior and 907 yards (6.2 per carry) as a senior at New Mexico. Despite his strong numbers at the college level, he went undrafted and will now look to secure a depth spot in a Vikings backfield that already rosters Adrian Peterson, Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata.

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