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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."
EAGAN, Minn.—The Minnesota Vikings handed their kicking job over to a rookie on Monday. Daniel Carlson, a fifth-round draft pick out of Auburn, all but secured the job when the Vikings released veteran Kai Forbath, two days after he missed a 41-yard field goal in a 14-10 preseason loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. "We just figured it was getting close to the last couple of preseason games," coach Mike Zimmer said, crediting Forbath for being "a good kid" during his tenure with the Vikings. "We just decided to go with Daniel."
MINNEAPOLIS—Last week, undrafted Minnesota Vikings rookie Roc Thomas was the talk of the town on the heels an electrifying performance against the Denver Broncos. He finished with 131 yards from scrimmage and a pair of touchdowns, doing most of his damage on a screen pass that he took 78 yards to paydirt. This week, undrafted rookie Mike Boone stole the spotlight.
ST. PAUL—Jalen Myrick has felt right at home in the Twin Cities this week with his Jacksonville Jaguars in town for a couple of scrimmages and Saturday's exhibition game against the Vikings. He got to practice at the new Athletes Village on the University of Minnesota campus this week and caught up with some former Gophers teammates Thursday afternoon following a joint practice at the Vikings' TCO Performance Center in Eagan.
EAGAN, Minn. — Dalvin Cook's playing status remains a mystery two days before Saturday's preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Even the 23-year-old Cook isn't sure. "I don't know yet," he said. "You've got to ask Coach (Mike) Zimmer about it." The problem with that is Zimmer hasn't made up his mind. Or at least he's playing dumb so not to show his hand before the noon game at U.S. Bank Stadium.
EAGAN, Minn. — Jalen Ramsey wasn't in the Twin Cities on Wednesday, Aug. 15, as his Jacksonville Jaguars prepped for a joint practice with the Vikings. Suspended earlier in the week for violating team rules, he did not make the trip, and won't play in the teams' preseason game at noon Saturday at U.S. Bank Stadium. Still, Ramsey, who might be the best cornerback in the NFL at the tender age of 23, made sure his presence was felt thanks to a lengthy Q&A with GQ that dropped Wednesday morning and featured Ramsey calling out pretty much everyone in the business.