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We have yet another Teddy Bridgewater update from Minnesota Vikings’ practice on Tuesday for your consumption, and it’s pretty positive news at that.

Close, personal friend of the DN™ Tom Pelissero reported today from Vikings’ camp that he feels there’s more optimism than ever around the team concerning Bridgewater’s return from injury. He talked about that today in his new gig at the NFL Network.
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Bridgewater is reportedly doing all sorts of dropbacks and rollouts and things of that nature, all while not wearing a brace anymore. As we’ve said on numerous occasions, that’s all well and good. . .but the question, as Pelissero says, remains whether or not he can do it in a “live fire” sort of situation where he has to protect himself and still do all the things he needs to do.

The prevailing wisdom is that Bridgewater is still going to start the regular season on the Physically Unable to Perform List, and that makes sense. . .after all, if he’s not ready to protect himself and play in a preseason game, there’s no reason to think that immediately throwing him out there in the regular season is a good idea.

However, if he starts the season on the PUP, he has to miss the first six games at a minimum. After that, if the Vikings wanted to activate him at that point, they’d have three weeks (one of which would be a bye week) to allow him to practice with the team. . .something that he can’t do while he’s on the PUP. . .and evaluate whether or not to move him to the main roster or shelve him for the entire 2017 season.

In any case, it’s still pretty stunning progress that Bridgewater has made, given that we’re a couple weeks away from the one-year “anniversary” of him getting injured.

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When it comes to learning the finer details of a job, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better mentor than someone who is atop that specific profession. So the fact that Maryland senior wide receiver Jacquille Veii spent as much time as possible learning from former teammate and current Minnesota Vikings star Stefon Diggs over the offseason should come as no surprise. Nor should it be surprising that Veii — who left College Park for Towson two years ago only to return a year later — has remained the overwhelming favorite to start opposite of Hornung Award candidate D.J. Moore at wide receiver through the first 10 days of fall camp.

Diggs, who’s garnered more attention for his route running than any of his individual catches, has been Veii’s go-to instructor since 2014. That’s when Veii moved from running back to backup Diggs. Diggs took him under his wing at the time and Veii even started the final four games in his place after he was sidelined due to injury. Although Veii, who finished with 16 catches for 230 yards, transferred to Towson after the season, the two Montgomery County residents stayed in touch as Diggs went through the NFL Draft process.

“He’s been there for me ever since I got moved to receiver,” said Veii, who attended The Avalon School, where Diggs’ younger brother Trevon later played. “I look up to him.”

Veii views Diggs an extension of Maryland wide receiver coach Chris Beatty. He talks to him almost everyday and sends him “copious amounts of film”. They also worked out together at various points throughout the winter, spring and summer. Veii even flew to Minnesota last December when the Vikings played the Colts. Unfortunately, Diggs gained a season-low 13 yards on two catches in a 34-6 loss that day.
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Diggs, Veii said, has helped him become “meticulous” with his approach as he prepares for his final collegiate season.

“I’ve got a great mentor that I look at like a big brother in Stefon,” he said. “I can’t even begin to describe how he’s upped my level of play just by a technical standpoint and with the X’s and O’s; he’s really smart with the playbook. The game has really slowed down and he’s a big reason why.”

There’s another factor as well. Veii is no longer bouncing between positions. (Even when he was moved to wide receiver in 2014 he was still asked to move back to running back at times.) He’s able to focus on receiver-specific skills such as improving his releases at the line of scrimmage, which is something that’s especially important for smaller players like him (5’9, 188) and Diggs (6’0, 191).

“I would say I’ve changed a lot,” Veii said. “It’s great. I can just focus on all the things that receivers focus on: catching the ball, working on releases, my routes. It makes my workouts easier.

“But at the end of the day, when the ball’s in your hands you’re an athlete, so that part still naturally takes over with the ball in my hand as a running back.”

While many Terps are looking forward to the season-opener against Texas, Veii — who led Towson with 505 receiving yards on 44 receptions in 2015 — will have a chance to go up against his former team the following week at Maryland Stadium. However, he’s choosing to downplay the pending matchup.
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“It is what it is. I’m just excited to be back at Maryland and just excited to go out and play this season with my guys,” he said.

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In the NFL, the safety position isn’t as disrespected as running back in terms of being able to fill the spot with unproven youngsters, but it’s not far behind. Just as slow-footed college offensive tackles are moved inside at the NFL level, college safeties face draft competition from college cornerbacks lacking elite deep speed or big corners that can be heavy-hitting safeties.

Yet, when a safety stands out, he can be as dominant a player on the field. The NFC North has two such corners – Harrison Smith and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. Both can make the individual play that changes the momentum of a game and their value is higher among coaches than it is among capologists. If you have a great one, you hold onto him.

The NFC North has varying degrees of safety dominance. It’s a case of the haves and the have-nots, but even the have-nots aren’t that shabby.

Green Bay Packers – Last year, the Packers were fortunate to have Aaron Rodgers leading their offense, because their defense allowed opposing quarterbacks to have a combined passer rating of 95.9 and throw for 32 touchdowns. Much of the problem was due to a skeletonized cornerback corps, because, at the top, they have a pair of difference-makers at safety. Nobody is laughing at Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, who has quickly developed into one of the league’s best safeties and will pose the Packers with an interesting contract conundrum if allowed to get into the fifth-year option the Packers picked up in May. He deserves to be paid and the Packers will have to pony up at some point. Veteran Morgan Burnett has been a consistent playmaker and is the quarterback of the secondary – giving Green Bay a potent 1-2 punch that helps make up for deficiencies at other parts of the Packers defense. Beyond them, depth is razor-thin – none of the other five safeties have more than one year of pro experience – but the team used a second-round pick on 6-foot-2, 200-pound Josh Jones out of North Carolina State to develop behind Burnett and Clinton-Dix with the expectation he will provide continuity for when Burnett’s production starts to slide or Clinton-Dix potentially leaves via free agency. Other teams have more depth, but nobody has more talent at the top.

Minnesota Vikings – Harrison Smith is the best safety in the division and has been for two or three years. Before the team locked down other defensive standouts, Xavier Rhodes, Linval Joseph and Everson Griffen, they made sure they locked down Smith before he could get into the free agent/franchise tag discussion. Beyond Smith, however, the Vikings have had a revolving door of players ascending to the other safety spot. Andrew Sendejo is the latest in that process, but the Vikings continue to line up the shark teeth behind him, including Anthony Harris, Jayron Kearse, Antone Exum (who has taken on cornerback work to assure a roster spot) and rookie Jack Tocho. The Vikings have talent at safety beyond Smith, but not a second player that can push Burnett and Clinton-Dix off the top spot … yet.

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Chicago Bears – There was a time not too long ago that division teams hated going up against the Bears safeties because they were ball-hawks with a penchant for making the back-breaking big play. After recording just eight interceptions last year, the Bears looked to overhaul their secondary and they used both the draft and free agency to get the job done. Chicago went to free agency to sign Quintin Demps and used a fourth-round pick to draft Eddie Jackson out of Alabama. When the regular season starts, both of them could be starters. Neither incumbent starter – third-year pros Adrian Amos and Harold Jones-Quartey – has stood out in terms of playmaking ability, but they do provide competition and depth that was sorely lacking last season. If 2016 fourth-round draft picks Deon Bush and Delondre Hall can take the next step, the Bears may have the most quality depth at the position, but the lack of an elite playmaker slots them here behind Green Bay and Minnesota.

Detroit Lions – The Lions were unproductive in pass defense, so you can form your own opinion that they’re returning all their secondary starters from last season. Entering his ninth season, Glover Quin has been a solid player and has been a veteran steadying influence, but he’s been more a tackler than a turnover creator and a decline in production can be expected given his age. Tavon Wilson washed out in New England, but had a decent first season in Detroit. 2016 rookie Miles Killebrew got action as a nickel safety last season and is expected to push for more playing time. Another nine-year veteran – Don Carey – is the primary backup to Quin and he’s lost a step as well.
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There are reasons for all four teams in the division to have high expectations for their safety groups, but what separates great units from good ones and good ones from bad ones are the inclusion of Pro Bowl-quality players. Those that have them have guys who make the game-changing play that can lock down a win. The Packers and Vikings have won more games in recent years with safeties than the Lions and Bears, which is why the rankings at this position tend to correlate with where those teams are projected finish. Coincidence?

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MANKATO – The day the Vikings drafted him in the fourth round, Ben Gedeon was home in northeast Ohio, reminiscing with his two older brothers about the backyard games that surely, they believe, helped lead him to here with an inside track at making the Vikings’ 53-man roster.

Backyard battles included 7-on-7 football games with neighbors and Wiffle ball games that could turn physical, especially for Gedeon, always the youngest and thus easiest to pick on. Basement boxing matches helped end disputes.

His older brothers enjoy reminding Gedeon of the days when they were bigger and stronger even as Gedeon works on playing linebacker in Mike Zimmer’s defense.

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Even Gedeon, who benched press more than any other rookie linebacker at the scouting combine, thanks his older brothers for unintentionally prepping him for NFL training camp — though he adds they may still have the upper hand on him.

Gedeon grew up idolizing his older brothers in a football family. Oldest brother Alex was a captain on the Harvard football team. Middle brother Sam played Rugby at the Naval Academy. But it’s Ben, a standout at Michigan, who’s primed now for his first NFL season.

“That’s in the back of your mind, but you take it day by day,” Gedeon said. “If you start looking too far ahead, these days will really get after you.”

Gedeon played in all but one game during his four-year career in Ann Arbor, leading the Wolverines in tackles as a senior. Two practices into training camp, Gedeon has already been praised by Zimmer as a smart linebacker.

“I like Gedeon,” the head coach said. “He’s a tough guy. He’s kind of an old school linebacker. He’s got very good instincts and physicality. We’re playing him in a couple different spots just to get him acclimated. He’s smart. You tell him one time and he gets it pretty good. I like him.”
Gedeon graduated from Michigan with a degree in Economics. He was a late bloomer on the field, making only one start his first three years on campus. But as a senior he recorded 4.5 sacks and 94 tackles, nearly two-dozen better than anyone else on Jim Harbaugh’s squad, and earned second team all-Big Ten honors.

He comes to the Vikings with ample special teams experience, put there his first three years at Michigan. He’s hoping that will help earn him a spot with the Vikings as a rookie.

“You have to try to prove yourself on special teams,” Gedeon said. “That’s what I’ve been harping on during camp and organized team activities. You’re a rookie, so you’ve got to work your way up and grind it out on special teams while you keep absorbing the defense.”

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But with a few weeks before the training camp grind begins, both players returned to their Iowa roots and worked with around 40 other former Hawkeyes at the Legends of Iowa Football Camp.

The Minnesota Vikings selected Johnson, a first-team all-Big Ten defensive tackle, in the fourth round. The Los Angeles Chargers drafted King, a two-time All-American defensive back, in the fifth round.

Both players have impressed their clubs in their spring organized team activities and mini-camps. At minimum, Johnson (6-foot-3, 316 pounds) should work in the Vikings rotation and could start as a rookie alongside Linval Joseph. Johnson started his final 27 games at Iowa and led all Big Ten defensive tackles in 2016 with 7.5 sacks in the Hawkeyes’ two-gap scheme. He was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after gaining a sack, a safety and 9 tackles in a 14-13 upset of No. 3 Michigan last November.

“We made some positive steps moving forward,” Johnson said about the spring. “I’m learning from some really great guys like Linval, [Everson] Griffin and those guys. I’m looking forward to getting started in training camp.

“The tempo is definitely a lot quicker than I thought it would be. But it’s nothing that I can’t handle. I’m around a lot of great guys, guys who are willing to help you along.”

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King (5-10, 201) was one of Iowa’s most decorated football players. He was a consensus All-American in 2015 when he won the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation’s top defensive back. At Iowa, King started a school-record 51 games and played in two others. He intercepted 14 passes to tie for fourth in school history. In 2015, King tied a school record with 8 interceptions in 2015 and also tied the Iowa career mark by returning 3 interceptions for touchdowns in his career.

With those accolades, King was considered a potential first-round or second-round draft pick. It was a surprise when he slipped to the fifth round.

“It was pretty challenging knowing that the expectation that you thought was going to happen didn’t happen the way you wanted it,” King said. “But at the same time, you’ve got to stay humble, stay calm and just blessed when you get the opportunity.

“I feel like I have something to go out there and actually kind of play for, and that’s my goal. To go out there and win a starting spot and get on the field as soon as I can and just help the team.”

King’s versatility should vault him into immediate playing time at nickel and free safety. He worked at both positions during the spring. Unlike at Iowa — which primarily runs a base defense — NFL clubs use five defensive backs about 75 percent of their plays.

Both players will compete for two of the NFL’s best defensive coaches. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer was a defensive coordinator for 14 years before taking over at Minnesota in 2014. Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley held the same position in Seattle until 2012 and was head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2013 until late last season.

“[Zimmer is] a defensive guru,” Johnson said. “He knows the ins and outs of the defense and that’s kind of scary, all the stuff that he knows. Having him as the coach is definitely an advantage because he’s the one who puts us in the right position to win.”

“I think Coach Bradley is a terrific coach,” King said. “Bringing the strategy and the defensive plays to our defense, it kind of fits in perfect with the skill sets that we have. We have very quick, tenacious players on the team that are ready to attack. The defense that he plays is great for us.”

 

Johnson heads to a squad known for selecting Iowa players. Former Hawkeyes excelling with the Vikings include Hall of Fame safety Paul Krause, longtime linebacker Wally Hilgenberg and, most recently, linebacker Chad Greenway, who retired in March after 11 seasons. Greenway, a second-team All-American at Iowa in 2004 and 2005, ranks fourth in Minnesota history with 1,334 tackles.

“I’ve heard some talks about it,” Johnson said about the Iowa legacy with the Vikings. “It’s one thing to talk about it; it’s another thing to go out and do it.”

King will compete for a franchise relocating from San Diego to Los Angeles. The Chargers’ spring workouts took place in San Diego — their home for the last 56 years — but their fall camp and games shift to Los Angeles.

“I was in an Uber one time [in San Diego], and I asked the Uber driver [about the move],” King said. “He was a big Chargers fan. He said they were very disappointed about it. But they have to do what they have to do.”

Other current NFL players joining King and Johnson at the camp were George Kittle (6-4, 247) and LeShun Daniels (6-0, 225). Kittle, a fifth-round pick of the San Francisco 49ers, has seen first-team reps at tight end this spring. Daniels, a running back, signed as a free agent with the New England Patriots.

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To count down the days until Vikings rookies, quarterbacks and select veterans report to Mankato on July 23, we will reveal our ranking of the 17 most important Vikings players heading into the 2017 season. Look for the next player on our list every weekday morning at Access Vikings.

This list, created by Matt Vensel and Andrew Krammer, is not a ranking of the best players on the team, though sheer talent is obviously an essential factor. It is a ranking of the players whose upcoming season will have the biggest impact on the franchise, whether it’s in 2017 or beyond.

Coming in at No. 16 on our list is center/guard Pat Elflein.

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Desperate times finally called for a change in draft philosophy in 2017.

For the first time since 2012, when they drafted left tackle Matt Kalil in the top five, the Vikings this spring used a pick in the first three rounds of a draft on an offensive lineman. That would be Pat Elflein, whom they coveted so much that they traded up in the third round to secure him.

The Vikings, who had one of the NFL’s worst offensive lines last season and spent big bucks on offensive tackles Riley Reiff and Mike Remmers this winter, have not just handed Elflein a starting spot. But the former Ohio State standout figures to seize one at some point this season.

Elflein was an all-conference selection at guard his sophomore and junior years before the Buckeyes moved him to center in 2016. Not only would he earn all-conference honors again, the 6-foot-3, 303-pounder also took home the Rimington Trophy, awarded to the nation’s top center.

The Vikings had Elflein line up at center during the six spring practices open to the media. In the first couple of them, Elflein split time with Nick Easton as the first-team center but Easton hogged all the snaps with the starters late in the spring, including the key three-day minicamp.

But Elflein will get a chance to make his move once the pads come on and become the latest former Buckeyes lineman to start as a rookie.

Under the watch of offensive line coach Ed Warinner, who is now on P.J. Fleck’s staff at the University of Minnesota, the Buckeyes sent Taylor Decker, Corey Linsley, Jack Mewhort and Andrew Norwell to the NFL, and they all earned starting jobs during their first seasons in the league.

The Vikings will likely need Elflein to make an early impact, too, for their rebuilt offensive line to actually become a strength this season.

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MINNEAPOLIS — The first major pursuit of Latavius Murray’s spring is drawing to a close. The new Minnesota Vikings running back, who had surgery in March to clean up an ankle injury he suffered last fall, has been doing pool workouts and running on a specilaized treadmill as part of his rehabilitation process. He said Wednesday that he should be able to start running on the ground next week, and he figures to be ready for training camp.
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“My rookie year, I had the same injury on the other foot,” Murray said. “I’ve dealt with this rehab and dealt with this surgery. That’s been a benefit for me because I’m feeling great, but I also knew what to expect. The rehab process has been really good.”

Murray’s other big endeavor this offseason is still a ways from concluding. He’s working toward earning a Master of Business Administration at Syracuse by taking online classes while attending the Vikings’ offseason program in Minnesota. The night the Vikings were finishing Murray’s contract, they set him up in a conference room with a laptop so he could finish some coursework. He got two Bs during the spring semester and said he is on track for an A and a B in the summer semester.

Murray said Wednesday that he could be done with his graduate degree in a year’s time. But as with many NFL players pursuing advanced degrees, Murray’s challenge will be setting aside enough time to earn the necessary credits.
“It’s hard because I want to do summer classes,” the 27-year-old said. “But once training camp comes around, that’s really the nitty-gritty time for me, football-wise and school-wise. That’s when the finals will start picking up, at least in that semester. During the season, could I take maybe a class? I don’t know. I have to do the bulk of it in the offseason.”

Should Murray have a productive season in Minnesota, he’ll be in line for a big raise in 2018, when he’s scheduled to make $5.75 million. That substantial figure, coupled with the presence of second-round pick Dalvin Cook, means Murray must put together a strong season to stay with the Vikings beyond 2017.

“When I was brought into Oakland, I had two guys before me that had made an impact in the league,” Murray said of having Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew ahead of him on the depth chart during his rookie season with the Raiders. “I’m sure Dalvin looks at his situation the same way for me. The more competition in one room, the better off the group can be. We have that right now, bringing Dalvin in and ‘Jet’ [Jerick McKinnon] already being there. I think right now is the time for everybody to get better, and once the season comes around and it’s time for training camp, that’s when the real battling is going to come in. That’s when everyone’s got to bring their best to separate themselves. I’m going to do everything I can, like I have in the past, to separate myself, and I’m sure those guys are going to do the same.”