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Vikings rookie long snapper has Air Force duty to fulfill

May. 3, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Long snappers are the afterthoughts of the NFL draft. Players from the service academies, on track to join the military and not pro sports, are largely ignored. Still, here was Austin Cutting, a seventh-round pick out of the Air Force Academy, sharpening his specialist skills in rookie...

Vikings stick with offensive approach on draft's third day

Apr. 27, 2019 9:44 PM EDT

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Kirk Cousins' first season in Minnesota was a letdown for a Vikings' team full of Super Bowl aspirations, mainly because the offense underwhelmed and couldn't support another top-five defense. Minnesota general manager Rick Spielman set out to help Cousins — the $84 million...

Vikings take Alabama tight end Irv Smith Jr. in 2nd round

Apr. 27, 2019 12:14 AM EDT

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Irv Smith Jr. began playing football in eighth grade. Becoming a tight end was only a matter of time. The son of former NFL tight end Irv Smith had plenty of footballs, helmets and trophies in the house to steer him toward the sport. Some simple advice from his father, who played five...

Vikings draft NC State center Garrett Bradbury at No. 18

Apr. 26, 2019 12:15 AM EDT

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — After starting his career at North Carolina State as a tight end, Garrett Bradbury soon favored a move inside to the offensive line so he could be on the field as much as possible. He started every game over his last three years for the Wolfpack, one of many factors in his selection by...

With O-line still in flux, Vikings have clear need in draft

Apr. 18, 2019 7:21 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings will be constructing a new front five yet again this year. Perhaps this will be the spring they can finally plant a couple of seeds for stability. The Vikings have consistently fielded one of the NFL's best defenses since coach Mike Zimmer took over in 2014. In the...

Vikings Draft Preview Capsule

Apr. 18, 2019 11:42 AM EDT

18. MINNESOTA (8-7-1) LAST SEASON: Crumbled underneath weight of Super Bowl goal they carried into 2018 with new QB Kirk Cousins following trip to NFC championship game previous year, fading down stretch of difficult schedule and losing at home in regular-season finale to rival Bears to miss playoffs for third...