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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.
EAGAN, Minn. — Vikings rookie cornerback Mike Hughes got some time with the first-team defense on Tuesday, Aug. 14, a small reward for the 21-year-old's solid training camp. He made the most of his reps, using his quickness to break up a pass intended for Pro Bowl receiver Adam Thielen. "Typically, what we try to do with the young guys is try is give them a lot of different things, and then find out what they're not good at and back them off of that," coach Mike Zimmer said, lauding Hughes for his athleticism. "This kid has been really good. He's been really good."
EAGAN, Minn. — As soon as Vikings running back Roc Thomas caught a screen pass from Trevor Siemian on Saturday, Aug. 11, against the Broncos in Denver, his eyes got big as he spotted a pair of 300-pound teammates in front of him to clear the way. A few blocks later, he ran untouched for an electrifying 78-yard touchdown.
ST. PAUL — As the Minnesota Whitecaps embark on their inaugural season in the National Women's Hockey League this fall, they will do so with the backing of the Minnesota Wild. In a move that makes sense for both sides, the Wild will partner with the Whitecaps, providing resources to help bring additional visibility to the club, most notably hosting Whitecaps games and practices at TRIA Rink in downtown St. Paul.
EAGAN, Minn. — Undrafted running back Mike Boone sauntered off the field last week at TCO Performance Center with backfield mates Roc Thomas and Mack Brown by his side. The three players looked like lifelong friends, joking as they retreated to the Vikings' locker room following another long day of training camp. You never would have known that they're actually battling for the same spot on the active roster.
EAGAN, Minn. — Already ravaged by minor injuries, the Vikings' offensive line suffered a major blow Thursday morning, Aug. 9, when left guard Nick Easton had surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck. While the injury is not expected to be career-threatening, coach Mike Zimmer confirmed that the Vikings will place Easton on injured reserve, effectively ending his season before it begins. "Nothing really happened," Zimmer said of how Easton got hurt. "He's got a bulging disc. I'm not going to talk about it."
EAGAN, Minn. — Even diehard Vikings fans would have trouble picking Cornelius Edison out of a lineup. A member of the Vikings' practice squad last season, the 25-year-old center has played in just six NFL games, all on special teams for the Chicago Bears in 2016. That said, when the Vikings' first-team offensive line trots onto the field for the preseason opener against the Broncos at 8 p.m. Saturday in Denver, Edison will be the guy snapping the ball to high-priced quarterback Kirk Cousins.