Minnesota Vikings

Stadium: TCF Bank Stadium | Coach: Mike Zimmer
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense27th112.8 (14th)202.8 (28th)
Defense14th121.4 (25th)223.2 (7th)
2015 Draft
Rnd#PlayerPos.School
111Trae WaynesCBMICHST
245Eric KendricksILBUCLA
388Danielle HunterDELSU
4110T.J. ClemmingsOTPITT
5143MyCole PruittTESIL
5146Stefon DiggsWRMD
6185Tyrus ThompsonOTOKLA
6193B.J. DuboseDELVILLE
7228Austin ShepherdOTBAMA
7232Edmond RobinsonOLBNEWB

Schedule

10:20 pm EDT
Mon Sep 14
at SF
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Sep 20
DET
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Sep 27
SD
4:25 pm EDT
Sun Oct 4
at DEN
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Oct 18
KC
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Oct 25
at DET
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 1
at CHI
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 8
STL
4:05 pm EST
Sun Nov 15
at OAK
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 22
GB
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 29
at ATL
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 6
SEA
8:25 pm EST
Thu Dec 10
at ARI
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 20
CHI
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 27
NYG
1:00 pm EST
Sun Jan 3
at GB

Standings

NFC
North
Overall
W-L-T
Division
W-L-T
Green Bay12-4-05-1-0
Detroit11-5-05-1-0
Minnesota7-9-01-5-0
Chicago5-11-01-5-0
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Vikings rookie CB Trae Waynes not worried about starting
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer

Vikings rookie cornerback Trae Waynes is not concerned about stepping into a starting role this season, per NFL.com.

Waynes -- the 11th overall pick in the draft -- said he has received a lot of help and guidance from his new teammates. 

"A lot, it's almost like I've been getting coached by six different people during every play because those guys are so willing to help me out with any questions I have. They are being really helpful and helping me adjust," Waynes said.

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Peterson return not ruining drive of Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Jerick McKinnon had been planning to take over the featured back role full-time for the Vikings in the potential absence of Adrian Peterson.

So much for that. Peterson is still wearing a Minnesota uniform.

But that hasn't deterred McKinnon, who is still trying to prove he can be a three-down performer in the NFL. And running backs coach Kirby Wilson has noticed.

"Jerick is working on those things," Wilson told ESPN. "Trying to be three phases: a runner, protector and pass catcher and he knows it's a process. Something you have to put in the time and work ethic to get there and to his credit, he's doing that and I'm looking forward to training camp to see where he'll be when we make it real."

McKinnon thrived with Peterson out before back surgery prematurely ended his season. He averaged 4.8 yards on 113 carries and added 27 receptions.

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Vikings WR Charles Johnson poised for breakout year
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

There were the flashes of brilliance in 2014. There is the addition of fellow wideout Mike Wallace to divert attention. There is the rapidly improving ron-field rapport with quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

It all adds up to the potential for a breakout year for Vikings wide receiver Charles Johnson. The combination of Johnson and Wallace could be a nightmare for opposing defenses this season.

Offensive coordinator Norv Turner, who coached Johnson in Cleveland in 2012, has tracked his development. And he likes what he has seen this offseason.

"He's stronger," Turner told the team website. "He was recovering from that knee surgery a year ago, and I don't know that he was ever 100 percent. I think he's 100 percent. He's got a great work ethic ... and he's a big, strong guy. He's a 218-pound receiver that can run. He's got everything you need to be a productive player in this league."

Johnson showed his potential late last year by catching 25 passes for 415 yards in the final seven games.

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Vikings LB Anthony Barr getting back into swing of things
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr has returned to action after missing all of OTAs while rehabbing from a knee issue. That injury was not the same as the one that resulted in season-ending knee surgery in 2014.

Barr went through individual drills on Tuesday.

"He's got to get bafck to playing," Mike Zimmer told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. "He hasn't really done football in a long time. So it's good for him to back out here and start moving around and getting with the calls."

Barr recorded 70 tackles and four sacks in 12 games a year ago before going down.

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Vikings cut S Taylor Mays
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Safety Taylor Mays did not make it to training camp with the Vikings, who have cut him three months after signing him, per ESPN.

Mays worked with the backups during OTAs and was let go Tuesday, the first day of mandatory minicamp.

His inability to stick is a bit surprising given the fact that he has played extensively for San Francisco and Cincinnati over the first five years of his career.

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