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EAGAN, Minn. — It's impossible for Brandon Zylstra to escape the Adam Thielen comparisons. Both players hail from small-town Minnesota. Both players played wide receiver in small, unheralded college programs. Both players were brought in by the hometown Vikings after being overlooked in the NFL Draft. For now, that's where it ends. Zylstra still has a long way to go if he hopes to follow the career arc of Thielen, who emerged as a star last season with a 91-catch, 1,276-yard campaign.
MINNEAPOLIS — Vikings wide receiver Cayleb Jones was arrested in Eagan on Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 28, according to Dakota County court records, and is being held in the Dakota County Jail on probable cause of felony-level theft and misdemeanor-level domestic assault. Jones, 25, is scheduled for his first court appearance at noon Thursday. Meanwhile, the Vikings play their final exhibition game against the Tennessee Titans in Nashville, Tenn., at 7 p.m. Thursday.
EAGAN, Minn. — While most NFL veterans usually get the preseason finale off, safety George Iloka expects to be in full pads when the Vikings take on the Tennessee Titans on Thursday, Aug. 30, at Nissan Stadium. Iloka signed with the Vikings last week and knows the game offers a chance for him to climb the depth chart before the Sept. 9 season opener against the San Francisco 49ers.
EAGAN, Minn. — Vikings kicker Daniel Carlson fell on the sword after Friday, Aug. 24's exhibition game against the Seattle Seahawks, wearing his two missed field goal attempts like a scarlet letter. "It wasn't good today," Carlson said after the game. "It wasn't up to the standard that I have and the team has. Luckily, we got a good team win. There's obviously a lot to work on moving forward." Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer has spoken at length with Carlson and punter Ryan Quigley after what he called a "concerning" performance from both players Friday.
EAGAN, Minn. — Brett Jones was on the practice field with the New York Giants on Sunday morning when he got the news that he had been traded to the Vikings. After hopping on a plane headed to the Twin Cities a few hours later, the 27-year-old center got as much sleep as he could Sunday night in preparation his first practice with his new team Monday afternoon. "It's been a whirlwind," he said. "I'm really happy to be here with the Minnesota Vikings and excited for the opportunity in front of me."
MINNEAPOLIS — Vikings rookie Chad Beebe couldn't help but smile as his iPhone lit up like a Christmas tree following a 21-20 win over the Seattle Seahwaks on Friday night, Aug. 24, at U.S. Bank Stadium. He had just caught the game-winning touchdown pass from third-string quarterback Kyle Sloter, and with congratulatory text messages rolling in at a rapid rate, the 5-foot-10, 180-pound slot receiver responded to as many people as possible before a throng of reporters descended upon him.
EAGAN, Minn.—Minnesota Vikings rookie cornerback Mike Hughes has been sidelined the past few days because of an undisclosed injury. But his absence doesn't seem to have affected his place on the depth chart, at least for special teams. "Mike, I think, will be the top kickoff returner," special teams coordinator Mike Priefer said this week. "He's so talented. He's got good vision. He's got such a great first step."
EAGAN, Minn. — Chad Beebe burst off the line of scrimmage late in the preseason opener against the Denver Broncos, just the way Dad taught him. Never the biggest, fastest or strongest guy on the field, the undrafted 5-foot-10, 180-pound rookie has always had to rely on his route-running skills and grit, something he has continue to lean on as he tries to earn a spot on the Vikings' roster.
EAGAN, Minn. — Holton Hill isn't where he thought he would be as he embarks on an NFL career. One of the most talented cornerbacks in the 2018 NFL Draft, Hill went undrafted largely because of the baggage he carried with him. He was suspended by University of Texas coach Tom Herman last season for violating team rules, then reportedly tested positive for marijuana at the NFL Combine. After the draft, the Vikings decided to take a chance on the 21-year-old free agent.
EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings have struggled to stay healthy this preseason, but they're getting reinforcements this week with the return of right guard Mike Remmers and right tackle Rashod Hill. Both starters missed last week exhibition game against the Jacksonville Jaguars as they recover from ankle injuries. It appears both will play in Friday's game against the Seattle Seahawks at U.S. Bank Stadium. "I think they'll get some reps this week," coach Mike Zimmer said. "We need to firm up the pocket a little bit and stay stout in there."