Chris Tomasson / St. Paul Pioneer Press
MINNEAPOLIS — Everything is on schedule for Dalvin Cook. Just ask him. The Vikings running back said Sunday he believes he's making the progress that was expected in his rookie season. "I feel like I'm right where I need to be,'' Cook said. "I just got to keep pressing and keep working on my craft and get better. But I think I'm at the right point right now where I can just keep taking that step of being a pro.''
MINNEAPOLIS — Former University of Minnesota running back David Cobb said Friday he will work out with the Vikings on Saturday, Aug. 12. The Vikings are looking for a replacement for Bishop Sankey. A source said the running back suffered a torn right ACL in Thursday's preseason opener at Buffalo and is out for the season. "It would definitely be a dream come true," Cobb said of signing with the Vikings. "I'm always confident, but it will be up to (the Vikings)."
MINNEAPOLIS — It might not be fair to judge the Vikings' offensive line until Riley Reiff returns, but Mike Remmers is not making any excuses. Minnesota was shaky on the line in Thursday, Aug. 10's 17-10 win at Buffalo in the preseason opener. Remmers, the right tackle, allowed a sack. So did Rashod Hill, the left tackle starting in place of Reiff. "It doesn't matter (that Reiff was out),'' Remmers said. "We still should have gone out there and done a lot better than we did.''
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — As Dalvin Cook conducted an interview following Thursday night's preseason opener at Buffalo, a Vikings teammate walked by and said, "Happy birthday, rook." The rookie running back didn't put up gaudy running numbers in his NFL debut Aug. 10 — 13 yards on five rushes on his 22nd birthday — but he was pleased with the 17-10 victory and how he caught the ball. He finished with four receptions for 30 yards, and looked good latching onto screen passes from Sam Bradford.
ST. PAUL — Michael Floyd insists he doesn't feel he has to make a good impression with the Vikings on Thursday, Aug. 10. But it wouldn't hurt. The 27-year-old receiver from St. Paul signed with his home-state team in May, a month after players had reported for offseason drills, and it has taken time for him to get up to speed with the offense. With Minnesota opening its preseason schedule Thursday at Buffalo, he finally feels comfortable.
MANKATO, Minn. — Latavius Murray won't be returning to Upstate New York. The Vikings running back said Tuesday he won't travel to Buffalo for Thursday's preseason opener. Murray was activated off the physically unable to perform list Monday and practiced for the first time since March 22 surgery on his right ankle.
MANKATO, Minn. — Jarius Wright's two best NFL seasons came with Teddy Bridgewater throwing him the ball. After Sam Bradford joined the team last year, the Vikings wide receiver barely played. That wasn't necessarily because of the change in quarterbacks. Stefon Diggs played more in the slot last season, taking time from Wright. And the emergence of Adam Thielen as a high-usage receiver played a role.
MANKATO, Minn. — Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford set an NFL completion percentage record last season behind a patchwork offensive line. Now, Mike Zimmer only can wonder how well Bradford might do with better protection. "Bradford, when he's got time, he can throw the heck out of the ball,'' the Minnesota coach said Monday, Aug. 7. "If we give this guy time, he's got a chance to be good.''
MANKATO, Minn.—Soon, the real battle to replace Adrian Peterson will begin. The Vikings on Monday, Aug. 7, activated Latavius Murray off the physically unable to perform list (PUP) and he practiced for the first time since having surgery March 22 on his right ankle. He'll have a month to try and beat out rookie Dalvin Cook, who was listed as the first-team running back when the initial unofficial depth chart came out earlier in the day.
MANKATO—Stacy Coley has a prediction for his former Miami Hurricanes teammate Danny Isidora. "He's going to shock the world,'' Coley said. Isidora, a guard, was taken in the fifth round by the Vikings in last April's draft. Two rounds later, Minnesota selected Coley, a wide receiver. Isidora has turned some heads at Vikings training camp at Minnesota State Mankato. Having seen him up close the past four years at Miami, Coley believes he can emerge as a fixture in the NFL.