2018 REPORTS CAN BE FOUND BELOW
Report 1: Tyler Conklin - Conklin is out of Central Michigan and impressed during the Senior bowl; improving his draft status. We talked to Conklin about his first NFL camp, his skillset as a tight end, how he likes receiving from Kirk Cousins, and finally his goals for the pre-season.
Report 2: Colby Gossett - He is a 6th round pick out of Appalachian State. The guard made a nice impression at the Senior Bowl prior to the NFL draft. We talked to Colby about slipping in the draft, the transition to the NFL from a smaller school, his performance at the senior bowl, and goals this preseason.
Report 3: Nick Easton - Easton has proved to be a valuable part of the Vikings Offensive Line. The line seemed to take a step back last season after he was lost to injury the last several games. Easton came to the Vikings in the Gerald Hodges trade in 2015. We talked to Nick about how rewarding last year had to be for him as he finally became a starter in this league. We also discuss his versatility on the line. And finally, we ask Nick about some new pieces that have been brought in for the offensive line the last couple of years.
Report 4: Kendall Wright - Wright was signed as a free agent in the off season after playing last year with the Bears. He was drafted by Tennessee in the first round of 2012 and spent his first five seasons with the Titans. We talked to Kendall about his style of play, his thoughts on the Vikings receiving corp, and his impression of Kirk Cousins.
Report 5: Trevor Siemian - This will be Siemian's 4th NFL season and his first with the Vikings after coming over in a trade from Denver in March. Siemian started 24 games for Denver over the past two seasons. We talked to Siemian about his first camp with the Vikings, how his shoulder feels, how he is gelling with the other QBs on the roster, and his ties to Minnesota as that is where his fiancee is from.
Report 6: CJ Ham - CJ played high school football in Duluth and his college ball in Sioux Falls Augustana. He's become a versatile player who can handle both halfback and fullback duties. We talked to CJ about that versatility, which position he prefers most, having Dalvin Cook back, and finally his impressions of the performance center.
Report 7: Daniel Carlson - The Vikings moved up into the 5th round to select the kicker. He is the highest drafted kicker in team history. We talked to Daniel about the pressures of being a kicker, ending his Auburn career as the SEC scoring leader with 480 points, his thoughts on his 198/198 conversion of extra points in college, and kicking in US Bank stadium.
Report 8: Kyle Sloter - Sloter was signed by Denver last year after being drafted out of Norther Colorado. Upon his release, he signed a deal to be on the Vikings practice squad and was soon moved to the 53 man roster. We talked to Kyle about feeling wanted last year after his release as the Vikings paid him nearly three times the going rate for a practice squad player, his impression of the team as he nears the one year mark as a Viking, how preseason is going, impression of other quarterbacks in camp, including starter Kirk Cousins and his former Bronco teammate Trevor Siemian.
Report 9: Andrew Sendejo - Sendejo is now in his 9th season out of Rice and signed with the Vikings as a free agent back in 2011. He has teamed with Harrison Smith the past several years as the safety tandem for the Vikings. Sendejo became known for some of his big hits last season on opposing receivers. We talked to him about the elevation in his game (in particular big hits,) how the league is clamping down on defensive hits, how he drew some questionable flags and fines last year, getting national attention for a hat he wore during training camp, and how the Vikings secondary is looking after adding a few more pieces including first round pick Mike Hughes.
Report 10: Holton Hill - Hill was undrafted out of Texas, but impressed many scouts coming out of college with his tackling ability. He has gone from a long shot, to having a good shot at making the 53 man roster. We talked to Hill about how fitting in well already, a draft publication saying he was perhaps the best tackling CB in the draft, if going undrafted gives him extra incentive, and who is the toughest Viking receiver he has covered so far.
Report 11: Jake Wieneke - Wieneke lead South Dakota State in many receiving categories last year. His 59 career college TD receptions are second best in FCS history behind only Cooper Kupp. He was a four year starter at SDSU and an undrafted free agent. He led the Vikings with three receptions on Saturday verses Jacksonville. We talked to Jake about his Jack Rabbit career, what he is learning at training camp to make the next step, what it would mean to make this team being a Maple Grove, MN kid to boot, and thoughts on playing special teams.
Report 12: Brandon Zylstra - Zylstra dominated the CFL last year, leading it with nearly 1,700 yards on 100 receptions. He played High School ball at Spicer, MN and college ball at Concordia-Moorhead. Zylstra has been battling a hamstring recently but hopes to play Friday against the Seahawks. We talked to Brandon about the key to his CFL success, how he would compare that league to the NFL, what he is picking up from Viking veteran WRs, and his goals for the season.
Report 13: Sheldon Richardson - Richardson was signed as a free agent in the off season. He is a former first round pick of the New York Jets. He played last season in Seattle. He and Linval Joseph should combine to be a powerful force up the middle for the Vikings. We talked to Richardson about playing next to Joseph, why he chose the Vikings, his goals for the season, and how good the defense could be this year.
Report 14: Brian O'Neill - O'Neill filled the need for the team at T and was drafted in the 2nd round out of Pitt. O'Neill's reps have been elevated this preseason due to some injuries on the O line. We talked to O'Neill about his three year stretch in college after he was moved to the offensive line where he beca,e one of the top rated tackles of the draft, his great 40 time among linemen and what that means, if there is a certain tackle he models his game after, and his transition to the NFL from Pittsburgh.
Report 15: Jalyn Holmes - Holmes was a fourth round pick out of OSU. The Vikings like his versatility to potentially play on the inside or outside of the defensive line. We talked to Jalyn about playing a lot on the edge in college and being moved around now as a pro, what he is picking up from other D linemen this preseason, the thought of playing special teams, and the facilities in Eagan.
Report 16: Chad Beebe - He is listed at 5'10" and 183 lbs which might be a stretch on both. He was rather unheralded coming out of college, but has made a big splash in the preseason with the Vikings as he also caught a touchdown against Denver along with a big TD grab Friday night against the Seahawks. We talk to Chad about the big touchdown catch, working with QB Kyle Sloter, punt returning, and finally, his dad Don Beebe, former NFL star with the Buffalo Bills.
Report 17: Eric Wilson - Wilson was an undrafted free agent last year out of Cincinnati. He made his mark on special teams last season and is really starting to show promise as a full-time player at some point with a good combination of size and speed. We talk to Eric about his growth into this preseason, his role on special teams, and his thought on emerging into the regular lineup on at least a rotational basis.
Report 18: Denielle Hunter - Hunter ranks 1st among the 2015 draft class with 25.5 career sacks. He recently signed a new $70 million plus deal with the Vikings to remain in Minnesota for some time to come. We talked to Hunter about only having 4.5 sacks in his LSU career, what has made the difference in that category for him now that he is in the NFL, the addition of Sheldon Richardson to the D-Line, he possibility of D-Linemen rotating more this season, and visiting Minneapolis grade schools this past year.
Report 19: Brian Robison - He is entering his 12th NFL season, all with the Vikings. He signed a deal in the off season for what could be his final year. We asked Brian about the decision to come back, what decided it, the new facility in Eagan, the Vikings defense in 2018, and his "Reel 'Em In" foundation.
Report 20: Harrison Smith - Smith is considered among the best at his position in the league after earning first team all pro honors last season. We talked to Smith about being recognized by the league last year, the teams defensive ranking that had the best in many categories in 2017, playing alongside fellow Safety Andrew Sandejo, how giving back to the community is rewarding for him, and thoughts on the season ahead.
Report 21: Ryan Quigley - Quigley is in his 6th NFL season and his 2nd with the Vikings. We talked to Ryan about pinning the offense of the opposing team deep and his zero touchbacks last season, being the only punter in camp after fierce competition in camp last year for him, and finally, how the special teams overall are looking for the Vikings.
Report 22: Greg Coleman - We talked to Greg about the new facility and how it compares to facilities under head coach Bud Grant, aand his thoughts on Ryan Quigley and the Vikings current punting situation.
Report 23: Adam Thielen - Adam is now in his 5th year as a Viking. He is coming off a career year last season where he caught 91 passes for 1276 yards and 4 touchdowns. We talk to Adam about that great season and how it helped with the success of last year's offense, about the training camp in Eagan now verses his old campus Mankato State now in the rearview mirror for Vikings training, and also the depth of this year's receiving crew as several from camp competition have ended up on the practice squad.
Report 24: Anthony Harris - Harris became a valuable member of the Vikings during his first three seasons as a member of special teams and as a backup S; getting 7 starts so far in his career. He was an undrafted free agent coming out of Virginia when he broke into the NFL with the Vikings. We talk to Harris about his roles as a special teams player and as a backup at both aafety positions, his comfort zone with the team and defense now in his fourth season, his big game last year against the Rams, and thoughts on the defense coming together in the preseason for 2018.
Report 25: Hank Thomas - Thomas was drafted in the third round out of LSU back in 1987. He played alongside Keith Millard for a number of years and was in Eagan recently with Millard checking out the new team facilities. We talked to Thomas about the new facilities versus back in his day, his impression of the Vikings defense today, how defense starts in the middle, and he catches us up to what he is doing nowadays.
Report 26: Keith Millard - Millard was in Eagan checking out the new facility for a few days per an invite from the team. He was with former DT Hank Thomas. We talked to Keith about the new facility, playing alongside Hank Thomas back in the late 1980s, the year he had 18 sacks, and what he is up to nowadays.
2017 REPORTS CAN BE FOUND BELOW
Report 1: Bishop Sankey - We kick off our "Training Camp Today" series with running back Bishop Sankey. He racked up huge statistics as a college RB at Washington. He was drafted by Tennessee and played for them for several seasons and bounced around a few practice squads before landing in Minnesota late last season. Sankey talks to us about his time with the Vikings, the Vikings' new stable of running backs, and finally about meeting his new teammate and cousin Darnell Sankey for the first time.
Report 2: Kentrell Brothers - Brothers is a 5th round pick from last year out of Missouri where he led the nation in tackles his senior year. He is fighting a hamstring injury right now but hopes to emerge again on special teams and perhaps play a role as a linebacker. We talk to Brothers about the difference from last year to this year at training camp, expanding his role on the special teams, and what it would mean to be the middle linebacker for the Vikings.
Report 3: Pat Elflein - Elflein is a 3rd round pick following an outstanding career at Ohio State including winning the 2016 Rimington Trophy. We talk to Elflein about OTA's and Mankato, the speed of the game vs. college, who is the toughest to block at camp, and what position he prefers to play, center or guard.
Report 4: Andrew Sendejo - Sendejo has been with the Vikings since 2011. He started a career high 14 games last year and was 5th in tackles with 72. We talk to Sendejo about his hard work, patience and making the most out of opportunities in life after starting his career in the UFL. Coach Zimmer says he's always in the right spot as we also talk to him about playing alongside Harrison Smith.
Report 5: Taylor Symmank - Symmank has spent two year in the Vikings Rookie Mini Camp. He finished his career at Texas Tech as the career record holder in gross punting average. He is competing for this years starting punter position against Ryan Quigley after the departure of Jeff Locke. We talk to Symmank about how he's feeling in training camp, the key to success at this level vs. college, how his soccer experience has helped him and his thoughts on the battle against Quigley.
Report 6: Datone Jones - Jones played for UCLA and was a first round pick for the Green Bay Packers where he played four years. We talk to Jones about reuniting with many of his UCLA teammates on the Vikings roster, if the D-Line in Minnesota feels like home yet, his favorite spot to play on the line, and his impression/reception of Viking fans.
Report 7: Brian Robison - Robison is in his 11th season with the Vikings after being drafted in the 4th round out of the University of Texas in 2007. He has 56 career sacks for the Vikings. We talk to Brian about his 10 plus years in the league, his signature post-sack move, and finally, memories of training camp in Mankato given its final year in the city.
Report 8: C.J. Ham - C.J. spent last year on the practice squad but did dress on the game at Green Bay vs the Packers on 12/24. He went to high school in Duluth and played his college ball at Augustana (SD). We talk to Ham about the difference now verses a year ago, playing in Pat Shurmur's offense, his role on special teams, and finally his outlook for the season.
Report 9: Case Keenum - Keenum comes to the Vikings as a free agent after being the starting quarterback for the LA Rams. We talk to Keenum about why he decided on the Vikings given his options, his impressions of the Pat Shurmur offense, what he likes about the Vikings receiving corps, and his record college career yet battling for a spot in the NFL.
Report 10: Kai Forbath - Forbath is in his second season with the Vikings as he joined the team in November and went on to kick 15 field goals in 15 attempts. He is in his 6th season and competing against Marshall Koehn for the job in camp. We talk to Forbath about how he has been in a position battle each of his first five seasons, how last year's success has to give him confidence going into camp, how he likes kicking at U.S. Bank Stadium, and the competition in training camp.
Report 11: Ben Gedeon - Gedeon is a 4th round pick out of the University of Michigan. He looks to be well positioned to make the 53 man roster and play a big part on special teams and is even challenging for some regular playing time on defense. Coach Zimmer has mentioned him on several occasions in camp in a positive manner. We talk to Gedeon about his thoughts on the preseason, playing linebacker at this level, playing special teams, and his thoughts on fellow rookie Delvin Cook who the Wolverines played in a bowl game where Gedeon was very impressed with the running back.
Report 12: Edmund Robinson - This is Robinson's 3rd season coming out of the small college of Newberry. He is in the hunt to become a starting linebacker with the retirement of Chad Greenway. We talk to Robinson about his confidence growing on the field, how reads are coming quicker to him, and what it would mean for him to be a starting linebacker in the NFL.
Report 13: Jaleel Johnson - Johnson played for Iowa where he earned All-Big Ten Honors last year. The Vikings were fortunate to see him slip to the 4th round. We talk to Jaleel about his impression of his first NFL camp, what he is picking up from other defensive tackles like Linval Joseph, how wrestling in high school has made him a better football player, and thoughts on playing special teams.
Report 14: Mike Remmers - Remmers signed as a free agent in the off-season. He has been brought in, along with Riley Reiff, to be the Vikings bookend tackles this season. He actually was on the Vikings roster for a while in 2013. We talk to Remmers about being back in Minnesota, how an NFL career can take a strange path, the new look-offensive line of the Vikings, and his preferred spot to play on the line.
Report 15: Taylor Heinicke - Heinicke is coming off an injury last season where his leg went through a window inadvertently and cost him the season. He is in camp battling free agent QB Case Keenum for a backup roll. We talk to him about being back on the field, if there is any rust after a year on the sidelines, playing in the Pat Shurmur offense, and what he is learning from Sam Bradford and others.
Report 16: Will Sutton - Sutton was acquired as a free agent from the Chicago Bears during the offseason. This will be his 4th NFL season out of Arizona State. We talk to Sutton about his impression of Vikings fans, his thoughts on playing in the highly touted Vikings defense, how he's feeling coming off an injury which ended his 2016 season, and finally his goals for 2017.
Report 17: Jarius Wright - He is in his 6th season out of Arkansas. Wright saw his role diminished somewhat last season but has always been a solid veteran the Vikings can count on. We talk to Wright about his time in the league, his rapport with three quarterbacks that were not taking reps with the team a year ago, advice he passes along to younger receivers, and finally, a reflection on Mankato.
Report 18: Jerick McKinnon - McKinnon is in his 4th season with the Vikings out of Georgia Southern. The former 3rd round pick was instrumental in the Vikings backfield last season as the team went through a series of injuries. McKinnon is now part of a new group of running backs including free agent Latavius Murray and 2nd round pick Dalvin Cook. We talk to McKinnon about leading the team in rushing last year and finishing strong in the Chicago game, how healthy he feels going into 2017, the new stable of running backs, and his thoughts on the possibility of returning kicks.
Report 19: Laquon Treadwell - He is in his second season out of Ole Miss after being drafted in the first round last year. Treadwell only caught one ball last year, but has become one of the harder workers on the team. He looks to be a bigger part of the offense this season. We talk to Treadwell about his work ethic and becoming a bigger part of the offense, his comfort zone in the Pat Shurmur offense, thoughts on the quarterbacks on the roster, and finally, what it's like going against Xavier Rhodes in practice.
Report 20: Bucky Hodges - The 6th round pick had a couple of nice catches on the Vikings last touchdown drive against Seattle in which he caught the touchdown. He was a heralded receiving tight end with questionable blocking skills coming out of college and into the draft. We talk to Hodges about slipping in the draft, his position change from quarterback to tight end his freshman year at Virginia Tech, what he's picking up from veteran receivers and tight ends at camp, and finally, goals for the 2017 season.
Report 21: Tashawn Bower - Bower is an undrafted free agent out of LSU where he only started seven games, but he has been a dynamo in the preseason so far. He helped key the second team defense in their win over the 49ers Sunday night. He is also a former LSU teammate to Danielle Hunter. We talked to Bower about his strong showing tonight and in the preseason, his smooth adjustment to the NFL, what is next for him, and what it would mean to be on the final 53 man roster.
Report 22: Antone Exum Jr. - Exum had a huge interception which helped turn the game in the Vikings favor Sunday night. He is in his 4th year out of Virginia Tech and is battling for the starting spot next to Harrison Smith. We talk to Exum about the play where he intercepted the 49er's pass, how he has progressed this preseason, the depth at safety on the Vikings, and if he is content with his play so far.
Report 23: Adam Thielen - Thielen is in his 4th year out of Minnesota State in Mankato. Thielen elevated his status on the team last year as he hauled in 64 receptions for 967 yards. We talk to Thielen about how each preseason keeps getting better for him, at what point did he realize he could not only play at this level but beat cornerbacks at this level, what it feels like being an integral part of the offense going into the season, and finally, how the last year the team had camp in Mankato obviously had special meaning for him.
Report 24: Eric Kendricks - Kendricks is a rising star in the league and has quickly become one of the best LBs in the NFL. He led the Vikings in tackles his first two years, getting 126 last season. We talk to Kendricks about his strong finish last year. his favorite LB spot to play, replacing Chad Greenway, and the ceiling to this Vikings defense.
Report 25: Harrison Smith - Smith is one of the most respected defensive backs in the NFL. He is in his 6th season out of Notre Dame and is signed to a long term contract. We talk to Smith about his extension, along with that of Rhodes, and the thought of them anchoring the d-backfield for years to come. We also discuss the rest of the defense and off the field: recently getting his pilot license.
Report 26: Pete Bercich - We discuss the Vikings linebacker situation and his thoughts and memories of his days at Mankato as a player.
Report 27: Danielle Hunter - Hunter is a 3rd year defensive end out of LSU. He is becoming one of the best up and coming edge rushers in the league. We talked to him about what the difference has been the last few years in the NFL with his increased sack production. He also commented on what he's been working on in the off-season, and the credit he gives to teammates Everson Griffen and Brian Robison for his development in the league.
Report 28: Kyle Rudolph - Rudolph is in his 7th year out of Notre Dame. He is coming off his best season as a pro with 83 receptions last season. We talk to Rudolph about his career numbers last year, breaking Steve Jordan's touchdown record, the rapport he developed with Sam Bradford, and finally, his impression of other tight ends on the team.
Report 29: Terence Newman - Newman is in his 15th season out of Kansas State. He will again bring a leadership role to the Vikings defense and secondary. We talk to Newman about being the 2nd oldest defensive player in the league, next to Harrison from Pittsburg, his track success at Kansas State, how five pages of the media guide are devoted to him, and finally, his impression of Waynes and Alexander.
Report 30: Marcus Sherels - Sherels is in his 7th season out of the University of Minnesota and Rochester, Minnesota. We talk to Sherels about his excellent season last year, the thought of also returning kicks possibly at some point in the season, and a reflection on Mankato being a Minnesota kid.