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Vikings Hire Gary Kubiak For Offensive Advisory Role

Jan 14, 2019 7:48 PM

The Minnesota Vikings have hired Gary Kubiak for an offensive advisory role.

Kubiak's son, Klint, is expected to become Vikings quarterbacks coach and Kevin Stefanski will remain as Vikings offensive coordinator.

Kubiak was close to become offensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos before they had a parting of ways.

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Infographic: Chargers, Colts Finish In Top-10 In Offense, Defense DVOA

Jan 2, 2019 11:42 AM

The NFL has just two teams ranking in the top-10 in DVOA on both Offense and Defense at the end of the regular season in the Los Angeles Chargers and Indianapolis Colts.

The Chiefs, Steelers, Seahawks, Rams, Packers, Falcons, Patriots and Saints also rank in the top-10 on offense, while the Cowboys, Jaguars, Texans, Bears, Vikings, Broncos, Ravens and Bills are in the top-10 on defense.

The Chiefs rank first in the NFL in both Total DVOA and Weighted DVOA.


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NFL Releases 2019 Pro Bowl Rosters

Dec 18, 2018 8:10 PM

The NFL has released its 2019 Pro Bowl rosters, headlined by Patrick Mahomes.

AFC Pro Bowl Roster By Position


Wide receiver: DeAndre Hopkins*, Houston Texans; Tyreek Hill*, Kansas City Chiefs; Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers; Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers

Tackle: Taylor Lewan*, Tennessee Titans; Alejandro Villanueva*, Pittsburgh Steelers; Eric Fisher, Kansas City Chiefs

Guard: David DeCastro*, Pittsburgh Steelers; Marshal Yanda*, Baltimore Ravens; Quenton Nelson, Indianapolis Colts

Center: Maurkice Pouncey*, Pittsburgh Steelers; Mike Pouncey, Los Angeles Chargers

Tight end: Travis Kelce*, Kansas City Chiefs; Eric Ebron, Indianapolis Colts

Quarterback: Patrick Mahomes*, Kansas City Chiefs; Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers; Tom Brady, New England Patriots

Running back: James Conner*, Pittsburgh Steelers; Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles Chargers; Phillip Lindsay, Denver Broncos

Fullback: Anthony Sherman*, Kansas City Chiefs


Defensive end: J.J. Watt*, Houston Texans; Myles Garrett*, Cleveland Browns; Melvin Ingram, Los Angeles Chargers

Interior lineman: Geno Atkins*, Cincinnati Bengals; Jurrell Casey*, Tennessee Titans; Cameron Heyward, Pittsburgh Steelers

Outside linebacker: Von Miller*, Denver Broncos; Jadeveon Clowney*, Houston Texans; Dee Ford, Kansas City Chiefs

Inside linebacker: C.J. Mosley*, Baltimore Ravens; Benardrick McKinney, Houston Texans

Cornerback: Xavien Howard*, Miami Dolphins; Jalen Ramsey*, Jacksonville Jaguars; Stephon Gilmore, New England Patriots; Denzel Ward, Cleveland Browns

Free safety: Derwin James*, Los Angeles Chargers; Eric Weddle, Baltimore Ravens

Strong safety: Jamal Adams*, New York Jets


Kicker: Jason Myers*, New York Jets

Long snapper: To be named by coach.

Punter: Brett Kern*, Tennessee Titans

Return specialist: Andre Roberts*, New York Jets

Special teamer: Adrian Phillips*, Los Angeles Chargers



Wide receiver: Julio Jones*, Atlanta Falcons; Michael Thomas*, New Orleans Saints; Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings; Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers

Tackle: Tyron Smith*, Dallas Cowboys; Terron Armstead*, New Orleans Saints; Trent Williams, Washington Redskins

Guard: Zack Martin*, Dallas Cowboys; Brandon Brooks*, Philadelphia Eagles; Trai Turner, Carolina Panthers

Center: Alex Mack*, Atlanta Falcons; Max Unger, New Orleans Saints

Tight end: Zach Ertz*, Philadelphia Eagles; George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers

Quarterback: Drew Brees*, New Orleans Saints; Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams; Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

Running back: Todd Gurley*, Los Angeles Rams; Saquon Barkley, New York Giants; Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys

Fullback: Kyle Juszczyk*, San Francisco 49ers


Defensive end: Cameron Jordan*, New Orleans Saints; DeMarcus Lawrence*, Dallas Cowboys; Danielle Hunter, Minnesota Vikings

Interior lineman: Aaron Donald*, Los Angeles Rams; Fletcher Cox*, Philadelphia Eagles; Akiem Hicks, Chicago Bears

Outside linebacker: Khalil Mack*, Chicago Bears; Ryan Kerrigan*, Washington Redskins; Anthony Barr, Minnesota Vikings

Inside linebacker: Luke Kuechly*, Carolina Panthers; Bobby Wagner, Seattle Seahawks

Cornerback: Kyle Fuller*, Chicago Bears; Patrick Peterson*, Arizona Cardinals; Darius Slay, Detroit Lions, Byron Jones, Dallas Cowboys

Free safety: Eddie Jackson*, Chicago Bears; Harrison Smith, Minnesota Vikings

Strong safety: Landon Collins*, New York Giants


Kicker: Aldrick Rosas*, New York Giants

Long snapper: To be named by coach

Punter: Michael Dickson*, Seattle Seahawks

Return specialist: Tarik Cohen*, Chicago Bears

Special teamer: Cory Littleton*, Los Angeles Rams


Baltimore Ravens (3): ILB C.J. Mosley*, FS Eric Weddle, G Marshal Yanda*

Cincinnati Bengals (1): DT Geno Atkins*

Cleveland Browns (2): DE Myles Garrett*, CB Denzel Ward

Denver Broncos (2): RB Phillip Lindsay, OLB Von Miller*

Houston Texans (4): OLB Jadeveon Clowney*, WR DeAndre Hopkins*, ILB Benardrick McKinney, DE J.J. Watt*

Indianapolis Colts (2): TE Eric Ebron, G Quenton Nelson

Jacksonville Jaguars (1): CB Jalen Ramsey*

Kansas City Chiefs (6): OT Eric Fisher, OLB Dee Ford, WR Tyreek Hill*, TE Travis Kelce*, QB Patrick Mahomes*, FB Anthony Sherman*

Los Angeles Chargers (7): WR Keenan Allen, RB Melvin Gordon, DE Melvin Ingram, FS Derwin James*, ST Adrian Phillips*, C Mike Pouncey, QB Philip Rivers

Miami Dolphins (1): CB Xavien Howard*

New England Patriots (2): QB Tom Brady, CB Stephon Gilmore

New York Jets (3): SS Jamal Adams*, K Jason Myers*, RS Andre Roberts*

Pittsburgh Steelers (6): WR Antonio Brown, RB James Conner*, G David DeCastro*, DT Cameron Heyward, C Maurkice Pouncey*, OT Alejandro Villanueva*

Tennessee Titans (3): DT Jurrell Casey*, P Brett Kern*, OT Taylor Lewan*


Arizona Cardinals (1): CB Patrick Peterson*

Atlanta Falcons (2): WR Julio Jones*, C Alex Mack*

Carolina Panthers (2): ILB Luke Kuechly*, G Trai Turner

Chicago Bears (5): RS Tarik Cohen*, CB Kyle Fuller*, DT Akiem Hicks, FS Eddie Jackson*, OLB Khalil Mack*

Dallas Cowboys (5): RB Ezekiel Elliott, CB Byron Jones, DE DeMarcus Lawrence*, G Zack Martin*, OT Tyron Smith*

Detroit Lions (1): CB Darius Slay

Green Bay Packers (2): WR Davante Adams, QB Aaron Rodgers

Los Angeles Rams (4): DT Aaron Donald*, QB Jared Goff, RB Todd Gurley*, ST Cory Littleton*

Minnesota Vikings (4): OLB Anthony Barr, DE Danielle Hunter, FS Harrison Smith, WR Adam Thielen

New Orleans Saints (5): OT Terron Armstead*, QB Drew Brees*, DE Jordan Cameron*, WR Michael Thomas*, C Max Unger

New York Giants (3): RB Saquon Barkley, SS Landon Collins*, K Aldrick Rosas*

Philadelphia Eagles (3): G Brandon Brooks*, DT Fletcher Cox*, TE Zach Ertz*

San Francisco 49ers (2): FB Kyle Juszczyk*, TE George Kittle

Seattle Seahawks (2): P Michael Dickson*, ILB Bobby Wagner

Washington Redskins (2): OLB Ryan Kerrigan*, OT Trent Williams

* Indicates starter

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Nick Bosa Headlines Latest ESPN 2019 Mock Draft, Two QBs In Top-10

Dec 12, 2018 10:02 AM

Todd McShay has released his latest mock draft with Nick Bosa going to the Arizona Cardinals with the No. 1 overall selection, followed by Rashan Gary of Michigan going to the San Francisco 49ers.

1. Arizona: Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
2. San Francisco: Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan
3. Oakland: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
4. NY Jets: Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson
5. Atlanta: Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
6. Buffalo: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
7. Jacksonville: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
8. Tampa Bay: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
9. Detroit: Josh Allen, DE/OLB, Kentucky
10. NY Giants: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
11. Cincinnati: Devin White, LB, LSU
12. Cleveland: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
13. Washington: Cody Ford, OT Oklahoma
14. Carolina: Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss
15. Green Bay: Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State
16. Philadelphia: Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
17. Miami: Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
18. Denver: Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
19. Indianapolis: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
20. Tennessee: Jachai Polite, OLB, Florida
21. Baltimore: Devin Bush, ILB, Michigan
22. Minnesota: Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
23. Pittsburgh: Jaylon Ferguson, DE, Louisiana Tech
24. Seattle: Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State
25. Oakland (from Dallas): Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama
26. Oakland (from Chicago): Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
27. Houston: Michael Deiter, C/G, Wisconsin
28. LA Chargers: Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame
29. New England: Dre'Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State
30. LA Rams: Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi State

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Mike Zimmer To Be More Involved In Vikings' Offense

Dec 12, 2018 8:16 AM

Mike Zimmer plans to be more involved with the offense in the wake of the Minnesota Vikings firing of offensive coordinator John DeFilippo.

DeFilippo was fired after Monday night's 21-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

"At the end of the day, it is a production business," Zimmer said. "It's difficult. It's hard thinking about it, hard making the decision, hard trying to. I have a lot of respect for John. I think he is a very, very brilliant mind. But we weren't producing is the end of it."

Quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski will take over offensive coordinator duties on an interim basis.

The Vikings are on the cusp of the postseason, slotted as the sixth seed in the NFC playoff picture with three games remaining.

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Vikings Fire John DeFilippo As OC, Promote Kevin Stefanski

Dec 11, 2018 2:48 PM

The Minnesota Vikings have fired John DeFilippo as offensive coordinator.

Quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski has been promoted to replace DeFilippo on an interim basis.

DeFilippo was the fourth offensive coordinator to serve under Zimmer since his tenure began in Minnesota in 2014.

DeFilippo signed a two-year contract with the Vikings when he was hired in February, one week after coaching the Philadelphia Eagles' quarterbacks to a win in Super Bowl LII.

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Adam Thielen Has Added $3.6M To Contract Through Incentives

Nov 28, 2018 9:05 AM

Adam Thielen is severely underpaid, but his production with the Minnesota Vikings has allowed him to make more money through incentives and escalators.

Thielen leads the NFL with 93 catches, ranks second with 1,138 receiving yards and is tied for fifth with eighth touchdowns. His contract ranks 49th at his position.

He has already triggered a $600,000 bonus by surpassing 80 catches for the season and can earn another $500,000 if he is selected to his second Pro Bowl. He bumped his 2018 salary from $2.85 to $3.85 million by surpassing 90 catches last year, and has already boosted his 2019 salary from $3.85 to $5.85 million by triggering a pair of $1 million salary escalators for 90-catch seasons in 2017 and 2018. He could also nudge his 2020 salary from $5.35 to $8.35 million if he adds another 90-catch season next year.

In total, Thielen has already added $3.6 million in incentives and escalators to the four-year, $19.246 million contract he signed before the 2017 season.

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Everson Griffen To Resume Activities With Vikings

Oct 24, 2018 8:47 AM

Everson Griffen, who has been away from the Minnesota Vikings since Week 3 to deal with mental health issues after a series of incidents, will resume team activities Wednesday.

"We have been in communication with Everson's medical professionals throughout this process and have relied on his recommendations regarding the appropriate next steps for Everson," general manager Rick Spielman said.

"We are excited to welcome Everson back to the Vikings and to see him around teammates, coaches, and staff -- people who care deeply about his well-being. Our focus will continue to be on providing an on-going support system for Everson and his family."

The Vikings became concerned with Griffen's well-being prior to two separate incidents that occurred on Sept. 22, one day before he was slated to miss the Buffalo Bills game with a knee injury.

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Vikings Ask Everson Griffen To Undergo Mental Health Evaluation

Sep 25, 2018 2:30 PM

The Minnesota Vikings informed Everson Griffen and his agent he would need to undergo a mental health evaluation before being allowed back with the team.

Team management sent Griffen and his agent the letter on Thursday, two days before an alleged incident involving Griffen at a Minneapolis hotel.

According to the incident report, Pico told police that Griffen had been "explosive, screaming and yelling" at the team facility and that he had been struggling in recent weeks. 

Griffen is being evaluated at a Minneapolis-area hospital, according to the incident report. A league source told ESPN's Josina Anderson that Griffen is "getting assistance on personal matters" and that the league is "comfortable he has a good support system around him."

Griffen reportedly told an officer about people trying to kill him. Griffen also jumped out of the ambulance, saying he was in fear of someone shooting him, before ultimately being calmed and taken to the hospital.


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Vikings Concerned About Everson Griffen Following Hotel Incident

Sep 25, 2018 8:33 AM

The Minnesota Vikings explained Everson Griffen's absence from Sunday's game as a "personal matter," but it may have been due to a serious situation.

A KSTP-TV report claims that Griffen was involved in an incident at a Minneapolis hotel on Saturday night. According to a police report, someone at the hotel was verbally threatening to shoot someone.

According to the report, staff at the hotel moved into a back office at one point as Griffen paced around the lobby and threatened to assault hotel employees if he wasn't allowed into his room. No gun was seen, according to police, and Griffen was not arrested.

The Vikings issued a brief statement through Rick Spielman: "We are aware of the situation involving Everson Griffen and certainly concerned by what we have heard. We are currently focused on Everson's well-being and providing the appropriate support for him and his family."

Charean Williams/Pro Football Talk

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Vikings-Packers, Seahawks-Bears Have Highest Week 2 Ticket Prices
Vikings at Packers has an average ticket price of $361.

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Kirk Cousins Looking To Trademark 'You Vike That!'
Kirk Cousins is looking to cash in with a twist on the catch phrase he became famous for with the Redskins.

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The Essential 50 Of The 2018 NFL Season: Dalvin Cook
The Vikings hope Dalvin Cook returns healthy from his ACL and produces like he did early in 2017.

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The Essential 50 Of The 2018 NFL Season: Adam Thielen
Adam Thielen has averaged 1,121 yards over the past two seasons as the local boy has made good.

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Jets Offered Kirk Cousins Three-Year, $90M Deal
Kirk Cousins agreed to a three-year, $84 million, fully guaranteed deal with the Vikings.

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Ten-Year DVOA Rankings: Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings were ranked 7th in DVOA in the Brett Favre season in which they nearly reached the Super Bowl and then dropped down and surged back up based on Adrian Peterson's availability.

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Vikings To Sign George Iloka
Mike Zimmer worked with George Iloka during his time with the Bengals.

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Stefon Diggs Agrees To Five-Year, $72M Extension With Vikings
Stefon Diggs caught 64 passes for 849 yards and eight touchdowns in 2017.

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Tony Sparano Died Of Arteriosclerotic Heart Disease
An assistant with the Vikings the last two seasons, Tony Sparano went to a hospital last Thursday after complaining about chest pains and was released Friday after undergoing tests.

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Tony Sparano Dies At Age 56
Vikings offensive line coach Tony Sparano died unexpectedly at the age of 56, the team announced.

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Vikings Agree To Five-Year, $72M Extension With Danielle Hunter
The deal includes $40 million in guaranteed money, with a $15 million signing bonus.

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Vikings To Induct Dennis Green Into Ring Of Honor
The late Dennis Green will be inducted into the Vikings' Ring of Honor at halftime of Minnesota's game against the Bills on Sept. 23 at U.S. Bank Stadium.

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Dalvin Cook Cleared To Participate In Team Drills
Dalvin Cook is making strides in his return from a torn ACL.

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Dalvin Cook 'Ahead Of Schedule' In ACL Rehab
Mike Zimmer says Dalvin Cook is making great progress in his rehab from the torn ACL that cut short a promising rookie season.

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Vikings Sign Eric Kendricks To Five-Year, $50M Extension
Eric Kendricks' deal will include $25 million in guaranteed money.

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Vikings Sign Kendall Wright
Kendall Wright was the only Chicago receiver to eclipse the 50-catch barrier (59) in 2017.

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Vikings Had Concerns About Teddy Bridgewater's Knee
The Vikings had concerns about Teddy Bridgewater's knee following a postseason medical evaluation.

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Kyle Shanahan Was Still Thinking About Cousins After Garoppolo Trade
While Kyle Shanahan always held a high opinion of Jimmy Garoppolo, he preferred the 49ers' plan of pursuing Kirk Cousins.

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Broncos Reportedly Never Made Offer To Kirk Cousins
The Broncos were in the market for a quarterback as free agency begin, but Peter King of Sports Illustrated reports that they never made an offer to Kirk Cousins.

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Vikings-Eagles Will Reportedly Open 2018 Season
The NFL hasn't released the 2018 schedule, but the first game of the season will reportedly have the Eagles hosting the Vikings.

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