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Fansided: Minnesota Vikings not getting a lot of love in power rankings
It is crazy how much difference one season can make. Around this time last year, the Minnesota Vikings were very close to the top of most NFL power rankings, but even after improving their roster they aren't getting the same kind of respect this offseason.
Sure, there are some teams in the league who are among the elite franchises right now. However, it's a bit of a surprise to see the guys in purple and gold mostly positioned in the teens in recent power rankings.
Here are a few of the power rankings shared by prominent sites covering the NFL and where they placed the Minnesota Vikings on their lists:5 - USA Today - Nate Davis: "If any team is positioned for a major rebound, it's this one.
Fansided: Anthony Barr thinks the Vikings' offense is already 'vastly improved'
During Anthony Barr's five seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, the team has used a total of four different offensive coordinators. The Vikings have switched up their offensive scheme quite a bit since Barr arrived and the linebacker has seen it all go down out on the practice field.
Unsurprisingly, Minnesota is currently transitioning to yet another new offense under Kevin Stefanski and offensive advisor Gary Kubiak. Based on what he's witnessed so far this offseason, Barr is someone who has been impressed with what the Vikings have been running on the offensive side of the ball.
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Fansided: Former Vikings quarterback believes he should be in the Hall of Fame
After acquiring Donovan McNabb in a trade with the Washington Redskins in 2011, the Minnesota Vikings were hoping the veteran quarterback had at least one or two good seasons of football left in him.
Following his first few games with the Vikings, however, the team quickly found out that McNabb didn't even have half a good season left in him, let alone a full one. The quarterback ended up only appearing in six contests for Minnesota in 2011 before the team eventually decided to cut him with five weeks left in the season.
Fansided: An early look at the Vikings' top 2019 training camp battles
The Minnesota Vikings approach their upcoming 2019 preseason and training camp with most of their starters figured out.
There could be some competition at a few spots, but for the most part, the Vikings have a pretty good idea what both their offensive and defensive starters will look like heading into the 2019 season. That doesn't mean there won't be any intrigue during this year's training camp though.
There are plenty of spots on Minnesota's depth chart that are completely up for grabs. The Vikings aren't overly deep at a lot of positions and guys who made the squad a season ago are by no means sure bets to be on the final 53-man roster once again.
Daily Norseman: Hercules Mata'afa is, apparently, in the mix at defensive tackle
It was a little less than a year ago that Hercules Mata'afa tore his ACL during Organized Team Activities with the Minnesota Vikings. He was on track to become one of the more intriguing stories of the preseason for the purple, largely because nobody knew where, exactly, the team was going to play him. He started off OTAs working with the linebackers, but at the time of his injury had been shifted to work with the defensive line.
Now, if we can infer anything from a tweet that he sent out earlier on Friday, the Vikings might have a different plan for him entirely.
Daily Norseman: Let's help David Morgan fulfill his modeling dreams
A lot of NFL players have hobbies or other pursuits that we generally don't know a whole lot about. Today, I've learned about one such member of the Minnesota Vikings that has such a pursuit, and we can actually give him a hand with this.
Tight end David Morgan is one of the finalists in a "Man Model" contest for a clothing line called Chubbies. The contest apparently started out with around 12,000 entries, and Morgan has made his way into the Top 20. Now, the voting for the top ten spots is underway, and we want to give #89 a hand in getting to the top of the list.
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Daily Norseman: Dalvin Cook: He Can Shine - But Can He Stay On The Field?
In the second in an occasional series on Vikings key veterans, I take a look at running back Dalvin Cook.
It's been two seasons now since Dalvin Cook was drafted to be the Vikings new feature back. So far, he's done pretty well with the carries he's had, but the problem has been that he's not had enough of them to really make much of a difference.Dynamic, Deadly... But Can He Be Durable?
Limited to 15 games over his first two seasons because of injuries, Cook has already put up 1,364 yards from scrimmage on 258 total touches.
Daily Norseman: It's Friday, so here's Everson Griffen and Dalvin Cook cracking eggs on Kirk Cousins' head
Social media is weird. I don't understand why 90% of the stuff that trends on social media trends on social media, but that might owe largely to the fact that I'm old and what not. However, the newest trend is one that happens to be for a good cause, and Minnesota Vikings' quarterback Kirk Cousins has gotten involved in it.
It's called the "Crack Cancer" challenge, and its purpose is to raise awareness of and money for the fight against pediatric cancer. This all started with Kyle Brandt of the NFL Network taking part in the challenge on Good Morning, Football the other day.
Fansided: Xavier Rhodes focused on correcting his play with Vikings in 2019
Watching a top-tier defensive back going up against the best wide receivers in the league can be quite entertaining to watch and fans of the Minnesota Vikings have gotten to see that on a regular basis with Xavier Rhodes.
A first-round draft pick who needed to clean up his play to get to become one of the top players at his position (including wearing boxing gloves to stop holding), Rhodes has defended 67 passes in 89 games played and returned one interception 100 yards for a touchdown.
However, Rhodes didn't look like his usual self in 2018.
Fansided: What can the Vikings expect from Mike Hughes in 2019?
The Minnesota Vikings will be the first to tell you that not all ACL injuries are created equal. Throughout their history, the Vikings have had their fair share of exploding knees that have derailed careers and seasons alike.
On one hand, that's just the nature of today's NFL where they would rather see a destroyed knee than a concussion. On the other, it means that teams have plenty of experience in dealing with different types of knee injuries.
For the current Minnesota training staff, led by head trainer Eric Sugarman, that has meant seeing the quick rebound of Adrian Peterson in 2012 and the devastating injury of Teddy Bridgewater in 2016.
Fansided: NFL analyst picks Mike Zimmer and the Vikings to win Super Bowl 54
Throughout their history, the Minnesota Vikings have a been able to rack up a number of impressive accomplishments. However, there has always been one thing that has eluded the Vikings during their existence as an NFL franchise.
Of the 53 Super Bowls to take place since 1966, none of them have ended with Minnesota getting the victory. The Vikings have played in a total of four Super Bowls in their history, but it has been over 40 years since they last appeared one.
Minnesota came close to reaching the Super Bowl in 2017 and then they fell way short of their championship goals in 2018.
Star Tribune: Garrett Bradbury at center, Pat Elflein at guard for Vikings; Stefon Diggs skips OTA
In front of Kirk Cousins were center Garrett Bradbury and left guard Pat Elflein. That's how the Vikings offensive line took shape Wednesday during the second organized team activity (OTA) practice, the first open to reporters.
Elflein, entering his third NFL season, is making the transition back to guard after 30 games as the Vikings center. He played guard at Ohio State and a healthy offseason has given him more confidence about his return to that position.
"I was in the weight room," Elflein said. "I wasn't in the hospital this offseason."
Lingering recoveries from shoulder and ankle surgeries stunted Elflein's 2018 season, a year after he was a promising third-round rookie.
Fansided: Randy Moss doesn't care that Irv Smith Jr. is wearing his old number
Much has been made, once again, this year about the Minnesota Vikings still giving out the No. 84 jersey to their players to wear. Made famous by former Vikings star wide receiver Randy Moss, rookie tight end Irv Smith Jr. currently has the honor of wearing the number.
After it was announced that Smith would wear Moss' former jersey number, some believed that Minnesota was disrespecting the Hall of Fame receiver by continuing to let other players wear the No. 84 on their uniform.
However, the former Vikings pass catcher recently revealed that he has no problem with Smith wearing his old number this season.