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Zimmer happy with progress of Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Mike Zimmer has expressed optimism that underachieving Vikings wideout Cordarrelle Patterson is gaining a better understanding of route-running and the nuances of playing the position in the NFL, which would allow his talent to result in greater productivity.

Patterson took a step back in 2014 after a mediocre rookie year. He played in every game, but managed just 33 receptions for 384 yards and one touchdown. He has since stated that 2015 is his make-or-break year and is apparently acting like it in the offseason.

"He's done real well," Zimmer told Fox Sports North. "He's running routes good. He's working hard. So we just need him to continue to do those things and continue to keep getting consistent and keep improving. I've been impressed."

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Blair Walsh, Vikings discussing contract extension
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

Vikings kicker Blair Walsh said that he's discussed a contract extension with the team, per the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Walsh said there's been "a little bit of communication" about a new deal. 

"I would love to stay a Viking," he said. "This is the team that drafted me and put that faith in me to be an NFL kicker. But at the same time, I’ve had a Pro Bowl year here, I’ve had success and there’s been a lot of long attempts that we’ve made, so the numbers are going to have to be right for both of us. But when it comes down to it, I hope I can stay with the Vikings." 

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Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater: I want to be like Brett Favre
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Vikings young quarterback Teddy Bridgewater apparently doesn't set the bar too low. When asked while accepting the 2014 Pepsi Rookie of the Year award who he would like to emulate, he replied that it would be future Hall of Famer Brett Favre.

"[He's] the guy," Bridgewater said via Pro Football Talk. "Besides the injuries and the hits and everything, he had a pretty successful career. He's a Hall of Famer for sure, multiple Super Bowls, and that's something I look forward to doing. Hopefully, I can win more Super Bowls."

Heady stuff for a guy merely heading into his second season and playing for a team that has never won a Super Bowl. But Bridgewater showed flashes last year, completing 64.4 percent of his passes for 2,919 yards and 14 touchdowns. He was particularly impressive down the stretch, hitting on 73 percent of his passes and averaging 273 yards in his last four games.

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Vikings' Zimmer says Peterson won't have issues with return
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

If Vikings running back Adrian Peterson eventually decides to report to the team, coach Mike Zimmer said he doesn't anticipate there being any problems with Peterson and the team, reports 1500ESPN.com.

"That's a lot of ifs, nuts and candies and buts, there," Zimmer said. "I don't think there will be any issues, no."

Peterson, 30, is under contract with the Vikings for the next three seasons, but he has yet to attend any of the team's voluntary workouts during the offseason. Peterson missed 15 games last season due to being placed on the commissioner's exempt list.

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Report: Vikings sign rookie CB Trae Waynes
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The Vikings have signed top pick and cornerback Trae Waynes, a league source has told ESPN. He would be the fourth first-rounder in the NFL this year to come to terms.

The 11th overall selection is scheduled to arrive for the start of rookie camp on Friday. His contract this season is expected to be worth a total of $11,567,504.

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