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In this photo taken from video, Minnesota Vikings NFL football team defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo talks on a conference call from his home in Chicago, Thursday, May 21, 2020. Odenigbo's progression from the practice squad accelerated last season with regular playing time and made an even bigger leap forward this spring when stalwart Everson Griffen did not re-sign with the team. (Dave Campbell via Zoom)

Odenigbo's opportunity: Vikings pass rusher now in key role

May. 21, 2020 7:59 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings, like the rest of the NFL during this virus-restricted offseason, have been forced to rely on virtual instruction over video conference calls between staff and players. Ifeadi Odenigbo's opportunity to become a full-time starter at defensive end has arrived. And, he...

FILE - In this July 28, 2017, file photo, Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer gestures while talking to players during NFL football training camp in Mankato, Minn. First-round draft pick Jeff Gladney will be the latest young cornerback to be challenged by Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer, whose tough-love teaching has helped develop several solid pros at his pet position. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King, File)

Vikes' Zimmer sequestering at ranch with assistant coach son

May. 14, 2020 10:11 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Mike Zimmer has managed to conduct some extra strategy sessions during this sequestered NFL offseason, despite being disconnected from all of his players and almost all of his staff. That's because the Minnesota Vikings head coach has his newly appointed co-defensive coordinator spending...

FILE - In this March 1, 2020, file photo, TCU defensive back Jeff Gladney runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis. First-round draft pick Jeff Gladney will be the latest young cornerback to be challenged by Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer, whose tough-love teaching has helped develop several solid pros at his pet position. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Vikings CB Gladney a confident fit with tough-loving Zimmer

Apr. 28, 2020 7:15 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings targeted cornerback Jeff Gladney in the first round of the NFL draft last week, desiring his spunk and speed for a critical position. When Gladney answered the phone as the Vikings prepared to turn in the 31st overall pick to the league, that confidence was already...

In this still image from video provided by the NFL, Justin Jefferson, right, smiles while watching the NFL football draft Thursday, April 23, 2020, in St. Rose, La. Jefferson was selected by the Minnesota Vikings. (NFL via AP)

Draft could bring Vikings more help now than North foes

Apr. 28, 2020 12:40 PM EDT

The Minnesota Vikings were forced by a salary-cap crunch this spring into a soft remodel, with many more exits than enhancements to the lineup. They ramped up the project over the weekend. While NFL draft picks never come with warranties, particularly in a year like this with an abbreviated-at-best training...

FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2019, file photo, Utah State quarterback Jordan Love looks for a receiver during the team's NCAA college football game against Air Force at Air Force Academy, Colo. The Green Bay Packers selected Love in the first round of the NFL draft Thursday, April 23, 2020. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Packers move up in draft to take Utah State QB Jordan Love

Apr. 24, 2020 1:57 AM EDT

The Green Bay Packers hope they have found a potential successor to Aaron Rodgers. And they were willing to trade up in the first round and bypass more immediate needs to land him. Green Bay continued its recent penchant for draft-day trades and moved up four spots to take Utah State quarterback Jordan Love with...

FILE - In this Dec. 28, 2019, file photo, LSU wide receiver Justin Jefferson (2) runs against Oklahoma cornerback Woodi Washington (5) during the second half of the Peach Bowl NCAA semifinal college football playoff game in Atlanta. This year’s NFL draft features a superb group of wide receivers, including Jefferson, who are expected to make immediate impacts in the NFL.(AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Vikings draft LSU WR Jefferson 22nd and TCU CB Gladney 31st

Apr. 24, 2020 1:45 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Justin Jefferson was a late-blooming wide receiver who claimed the last scholarship for LSU's freshman class in 2017 before finishing his college career as a national champion with the school record for receptions. The Minnesota Vikings will be counting on more of that swift progress....

FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2020, file photo, Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer speaks at a news conference after the Vikings lost to the San Francisco 49ers in an NFL divisional playoff football game in Santa Clara, Calif. The  Vikings built a dominant defense under Zimmer on the strength of their first and second-day draft picks, but the time has come to restock after the departure of five starters this offseason. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Backed into a corner: Vikings must restock defense in draft

Apr. 16, 2020 12:09 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings deftly used the draft to build a sturdy defense under head coach Mike Zimmer, a smart, proud, cohesive unit that could control games as effectively as any in the league. Now the foundation needs to be shored up. Five starters and three key backups have departed from...

With pair of 1st-round picks, Vikings face pressing CB need

Apr. 15, 2020 10:41 AM EDT

22 and 25. MINNESOTA (11-7) LAST SEASON: Behind career-best season from QB Kirk Cousins, breakout year by RB Dalvin Cook, strong pass rush and top-five turnover margin in league, Vikings earned wild-card spot and won playoff game at New Orleans. Fell at San Francisco while being overwhelmed by NFC champ's...

Minnesota Vikings NFL football quarterback Kirk Cousins speaks about his contract extension on a video conference call Tuesday, April 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Dave Campbell)

Wishing Diggs well, Cousins not worried by Vikes' departures

Apr. 14, 2020 6:25 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kirk Cousins has taken a new contract into this increasingly uncertain 2020 season, keeping his place as Minnesota's quarterback for what will likely be at least another three years. Whenever he takes the field next with the Vikings, he'll have a lot of new teammates around him, too. An...