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EAGAN, Minn. — As the final minutes leading up to Sunday's kickoff count down, Vikings running back Dalvin Cook will be in the locker room at U.S. Bank Stadium, blasting music in preparation for the season opener against the San Francisco 49ers. "I've got to play Future," Cook said with a smile when asked about his pregame playlist. "Any type of Future will get me hype. He's got hype music. Period."
EAGAN, Minn. — Just like he's done thousands of times throughout his NFL career, Terence Newman got ready for practice on Monday, Sept. 3. Only on this particular day, Newman took a different route upon his arrival at TCO Performance Center, posting up in his new office inside the facility, rather than heading to the locker room.
EAGAN, Minn. — Between his splashy pick-six in training camp and a routine tackle for loss in a preseason game, linebacker Eric Wilson has spent the past month cementing his status as the Vikings' most improved player. Not bad for a guy who was passed over by every team in the 2017 NFL Draft.
EAGAN — 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.
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.