Vikings playing long game with J.J. McCarthy; offseason program ends
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by Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer
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Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer discuss quarterback J.J. McCarthy's spring with the Vikings after the rookie spoke with reporters following OTA No. 9 of 10. Kevin O'Connell said Sam Darnold is the starter, and McCarthy said he's been eager to learn from Darnold. What could change the plan? What else are they looking for come training camp ..read more
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Justin Jefferson, leadership, QB contracts and minicamp observations
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by Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer
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From Vikings headquarters in Eagan, Minn., Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss the journey of receiver Justin Jefferson's contract talks, his mandate as leader of the team, a brief tangent on QB contracts, and observations from the three-day mandatory minicamp ..read more
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Justin Jefferson, Vikings agree to mega deal through 2028 season
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by Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer
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Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer discuss Monday's breaking news that receiver Justin Jefferson and the Vikings agreed to a four-year, $140 million contract extension through the 2028 season. The Vikings made Jefferson the NFL's highest-paid non-quarterback player at $35 million per season. How long will that last as the top mark in the league? What's the team's outlook with Jefferson and their quarterback situation? And what else are we looking for at mandatory minicamp this week ..read more
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Vikings OTA observations: Justin Jefferson's absence, Risner re-signs, plan at QB
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by Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer
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Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer discuss what they're seeing and hearing from Vikings practice at TCO Performance Center in Eagan, including Justin Jefferson's absence, guard Dalton Risner's return and role, the plan at quarterback, and more in this episode of the Access Vikings podcast ..read more
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Vikings OTA observations: Darnold, McCarthy, defensive depth chart
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by Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer
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Andrew Krammer goes solo for some observations from the Vikings' first Organized Team Activity session open to local reporters. What was the pecking order at quarterback? How long will it stay that way? What about the remade defense? Krammer also opens the mailbag and answers questions about a couple 2022 draftees, the schedule, 'X factors,' and more ..read more
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Vikings schedule analysis: Game-by-game predictions, Kirk vs. J.J. and more
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by Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer
2M ago
Star Tribune Vikings writer Ben Goessling is joined by Michael Rand for an analysis of the Vikings' schedule, which was released Wednesday. Goessling and Rand try to find a good time for rookie QB J.J. McCarthy to make his debut given the various challenges of Minnesota's schedule, speculate on how likely it is that McCarthy will face Kirk Cousins when the Vikings and Falcons play in December and try to tally up a final record for 2024 based on a game-by-game analysis ..read more
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Vikings mailbag: QB rankings, '25 resources; Adam Thielen talks Minnesota, exit and more
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by Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer
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Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer open the mailbag and answer your Vikings questions about how the 2024 NFL Draft unfolded at quarterback, the team's 2025 resources in projected draft picks and cap space, receivers, O-linemen and more. Then Krammer shares a 12-minute clip of a chat with former Vikings receiver Adam Thielen, who discussed his new perspective, his Vikings exit, giving back to Minnesota and more ..read more
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Vikings' 2024 draft: J.J. McCarthy's runway, a few defenders, a kicker and some great stories
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by Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer
2M ago
Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer recap the Vikings' 2024 draft, which included some insight into how Kevin O'Connell plans to bring along new franchise quarterback J.J. McCarthy. They also discuss one position that was not addressed, the new kicker, defensive reinforcements, and some great personal stories from incoming rookies ..read more
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Vikings eyed bigger swing, but land QB J.J. McCarthy and pass rusher Dallas Turner
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by Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer
2M ago
Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer recap the NFL Draft's first round, in which the Vikings had to wait and watch four quarterbacks get drafted before they traded up for Michigan's J.J. McCarthy. The NFL's arms race on offense seemed to impact their ability to move up farther. How did the night unfold at TCO Performance Center? What about the other trade up for Alabama's Dallas Turner, who was frequently projected as a top-10 pick? What draft picks do they have remaining ..read more
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On Vikings' defensive shift under Brian Flores and NFL Draft with Matthew Coller
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by Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer
3M ago
The Star Tribune's Andrew Krammer and Purple Insider's Matthew Coller discuss coordinator Brian Flores' offseason, starting with a quiet head coaching cycle and continuing with personnel changes in Minnesota. How do the Vikings want to play defense in 2024? Do they have the players or will they need more help in the draft? Kevin O'Connell addressed reporters Monday about the upcoming NFL Draft; why is the playbook fit going to be critical with the next quarterback ..read more
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