2016 REPORTS CAN BE FOUND BELOW
Report 1: Carson Wentz - We kick off our 'Training Camp Today' series with a quarterback that had dreams of being a Viking, but instead went #2 overall in this past year's draft to the Philadelphia Eagles. Carson Wentz tells us about this dream come true, his impressions of the team out of mini camp, and a look ahead to the preseason.
Report 2: C.J. Ham - Ham is an UDFA out of Augustana (South Dakota) who went to high school in Duluth, MN. He lead the Northern Sun Conference in both rushing and touchdowns last season. We asked C.J. about the transition from Division II to the NFL, his impressions on playing with future Hall of Famer Adrian Peterson, and his take on playing special teams to earn a spot on the team.
Report 3: Jerick McKinnon - McKinnon has proved to be a valuable asset for the Vikings. He is an excellent third down back and also a very capable backup for Peterson. We talk to McKinnon about his numbers for his first two seasons, his role in the Vikings offense, and the outlook for the offense in 2016.
Report 4: Alex Boone - Boone is slated to be the LG on the Vikings offensive line. He earned his stripes the hard way in San Fran as he was not a starter until his fourth season (now in seventh season). We talk to Boone about playing with a positive attitude (which he preaches), the climate change for training camp in MN vs CA, and finally playing LG vs RG (as he did both in San Fran). We also talk to him about blocking for Adrian Peterson this year.
Report 5: Michael Griffin - Griffin is in his 10th year and his first year with the Vikings after signing a free-agent deal with the team in the off season. Griffin is competing for the other safety spot opposite Harrison Smith. He is second on the depth chart behind Andrew Sendejo, but the position is up for grabs. Griffin is a former first-round pick out of the University of Texas. We talk to Griffin about his decision to become a Viking, how he has managed to stay on the field during his NFL career, and finally, how good the Minnesota Viking defense could be this year.
Report 6: Everson Griffen - Griffen is in his seventh season after being drafted by the Vikings in the fourth round out of USC. Griffen is coming off another super season where he recorded 10 1/2 sacks and has 22 1/2 in the last two years. We talk to Griffen about how his hard work has paid off, about some of his moves to get to the QB, and finally going against Matt Kalil everyday in practice.
Report 7: Brian Leonhardt - This will be Leonhardt's third NFL season. He went undrafted in 2013, but signed with the Raiders and has since played with Cleveland and finished last year with San Francisco. We talk to Leonhardt about his dream of making the Viking's 53-man roster, his competition in the pre-season at the TE position for Minnesota, and finally his thoughts on o-line coach Tony Sparano as he has also been coached by Sparano in his days with the Raiders and 49ers.
Report 8: Captain Munnerlyn - Munnerlyn is in his 8th NFL season and 3rd with the Vikings. He is part of a crowded defensive backfield as the team readies itself for Thursday night's second preseason game. We talk to Munnerlyn about last year perhaps being a better season for him than the year before, the improvement of the Viking's team defensive throughout last season, and finally his charity work off the field including his March of Dimes efforts.
Report 9: Terence Newman - Newman in his 14th NFL season and his second with the Vikings after signing as a free agent in 2015. He had arguably his best year as a pro last season since 2010 with Dallas. We talk to Newman about today's training regimen with this collective bargaining agreement as opposed to his early days in the league. We also discuss why last year he had his most tackles since 2010. And finally, we ask him his advice to young defensive backs trying to make the roster.
Report 10: Adam Thielen - Thielen is in his 3rd season with the Vikings, signing as an undrafted free agent out of Minnesota State in Mankato. He has excelled as a backup receiver and also has become stellar on special teams. We talk to Thielen about his tough mental mindset, a motto that he attributes to success, and finally how he has become such a valued special teams player even though he never played special teams in college.
Report 11: Charles Johnson - Johnson is in his 4th NFL season and 3rd with the Vikings. After signing with the Vikings in 2014, he had a breakout season catching 31 passes in only a partial season. We talk to Johnson about getting back to health after his rib injury last year, his thoughts on other receivers in camp and finally the progression of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
Report 12: Kentrell Brothers - Brothers led the NCAA in tackles last year with 152 in his senior season. The Vikings feel fortunate that he was still available as a fifth round pick. We ask Brothers if he would like to prove some teams wrong about not selecting him earlier in the draft, his most comfortable linebacking spot on the field and finally about playing special teams at the NFL level.
Report 13: Shaun Hill - Hill started Friday night against the Seahawks and went 10-17 for 129 yards. After beginning his career with the Vikings as an undrafted free agent out of Maryland, he is now back with the team for his second year as a 15 year veteran. We talk to Hill about how quickly his 15 year career has gone, his second year back in a Norv Turner offense, and finally, his opinion on how Teddy Bridgewater has evolved.
Report 14: Chad Greenway - Greenway is in his 11th season from Mt. Vernon, South Dakota. He played collegiately at the University of Iowa. This may be Greenway's last season as he signed a one year deal in the off season. We talk to the former number one pick about being 4th all time in tackles for the Vikings, his impressions of the current defensive unit, especially after last year's strong finish, and finally, his impressions of the coach Zimmer's staff.
Report 15: David Morgan - Morgan is a 6th round pick out of Texas-San Antonio. The Vikings are impressed with both his blocking and receiving skills coming out of a small college. We talk to Morgan about being a complete tight end at the NFL level, blocking at this level and getting a chance to work against teammates like Everson Griffen in the preseason, and finally how he enjoys the outdoors and what he looks forward to now with this passion in Minnesota verses Texas.
Report 16: Harrison Smith - Smith is coming off an all-pro year and was awarded with a multi-year deal from the Vikings in the off season. He returns as one of the anchors on a fast improving defense. We talk to Smith about being with this team for the foreseeable future after signing that new deal, the next step for him as a player as he evolves as a veteran, and finally being a part of this defense.
Report 17: Audie Cole - Cole is in his 5th season out of NC State and coming off of a leg injury which ended his season last year. He looks to be 100% and signed with the team in the off season to continue his valuable role on special teams. And perhaps, get some reps on defense as well. We talk to Cole about coming off that injury, his thoughts as he resigned with the team in the off season, his excitement about the Vikings defense going into the season, and finally his consideration of donating his notorious long hair to charity as he often does.
Report 18: TJ Clemmings - Clemmings started all 16 games last year at RT as a rookie, replacing injured Phil Loadholt. He is battling free agent signee Andre Smith for the spotting spot there in the pre-season. He replaced the injured Matt Kalil at LT yesterday and did a decent job against the Chargers filling in at the new spot. We talk to Clemmings in a post-game interview about his game yesterday, playing RT vs. LT, his ability to also play guard positions making him very versatile, and finally about the offensive improvement we saw yesterday.
Report 19: Joe Berger - Berger is in his 12th season and has served often as a backup throughout his career. He did replace John Sullivan last season at center after Sullivan was put on the shelf with his back injury. Berger went on to start all 16 games at center and did well by most accounts. We talk to Berger about his success last year along with the o-line, position battles in the preseason, his preference or not over a starting role verses a backup role, and finally the progression of the offense for Minnesota this year.
Report 20: Justin Trattou - We caught up with Justin for a one on one in the locker room following the Vikings' win over San Diego on Sunday. Trattou is in his 5th NLF season and the 3rd with the Vikings after playing his college ball at Florida. We talk to Trattou about his big performance causing a fumble and getting a sack, the sold-out crowd noise in the first US Bank Stadium game, his big play presence in the Vikings lineup the past year plus, and finally the goals for himself and the defense.
Report 21: Blair Walsh - Walsh is coming off another solid season for the Vikings, scoring 135 points. Of course, the season ended when the Vikings missed a 27 yard field goal to take the lead late in the Seattle playoff game. We talk to Walsh about coming off a solid season, kicking in the new U.S. Bank Stadium verses outdoors the past few years for home games, the compassionate fans that embraced him after the missed field goal, and finally, being a part of this team with lofty expectations.
Report 22: Carson Wentz - In this report, we talk to Carson about his position change in high school and how that helped lead to his fortunes of today. Also, about what he likes to do off the field in his spare time.
Report 23: Jayron Kearse - He is out of Clemson and is one of the taller safeties in the league at 6'4". He may have been a long shot to make the team out of the draft but has impressed throughout the preseason and had a big game Thursday night against the Rams. We ask Jayron about his height and transitioning to the NFL, about his well-known relatives who were former first round picks in the NFL and the advice he has received from them, and finally, how it would feel to make the final roster.
Report 24: Linval Joseph - Joseph is coming off a super season and has become one of the top tackles in the league. We talk to Joseph about his consistency and coming off another good year, teaming up with Shariff Floyd up the middle, the Vikings becoming one of the most exciting defenses in the league, and finally the depth on the defensive side of the ball.
Report 25: Danielle Hunter - Hunter had an exceptional rookie season after being drafted in the third round out of LSU, getting six sacks and also being a valuable run stopper. He was one of the fastest defensive linemen at the combine coming out of college. We talk to Hunter about his quick transition to the NFL, what his next step as a pro might be, and finally, what he's picking up from others on the team and staff including Everson Griffen.
Report 26: Anthony Barr - Barr is in his third season after being drafted 9th overall after the first round in 2014 out of UCLA. He has a very high ceiling as he is a 255 pounder with excellent speed. We talk to Barr about how good this defense can be this year after holding opponents to under 19 points per game last year, his health here in the preseason as he has battled some injuries his first two years in the league and finally, we talk about the "Anthony Barr Foundation to Benefit Single Moms" he established when he became a pro athlete.
Report 27: Chad Greenway - Greenway is in what many believe will be his final season. He is the 4th leading tackler for the Vikings all time. In this report, we talk to Greenway about his many contributions off the field which led to being named the 2015 Vikings community man of the year. We ask Chad about that honor and also about his most memorable moment off the field in his charity. Lastly, we talk about still being involved with his family farm in Mt. Vernon, SD.
Report 28: Everson Griffen - Griffen is coming off a super season and is one of the leaders of a very talented defense. We talk to Griffen about the group of veterans he is playing with on defense, how this defense has emerged under Coach Zimmer, and finally, about advice he gives to young players trying to make their mark in the league.