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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...

This is the players entrance of the Indianapolis Colts training facility, Tuesday, May 19, 2020, in Indianapolis. Coaching staffs and all players except those undergoing injury rehabilitation are barred from the facilities in the first phase of the league's plan. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

NFL teams can reopen training facilities with government OK

May. 19, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

A limited number of NFL teams are reopening their training facilities Tuesday, while many are prohibited by government restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic. Commissioner Roger Goodell gave the 32 clubs the go-ahead for limited reopenings as long as state and local municipalities allow them. Coaching...

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 - This is an Oct. 23, 2017, file photo showing the practice field with the Minnesota Vikings office building and indoor practice arena under construction in the background in Eagan, Minn. General managers around the league ran their drafts virtually without a hitch last month, thanks largely to the work and ingenuity of their information technology staffs. Tech support remains a vital role in the NFL offseason as long as team facilities are closed, with coaches and officials needing to connect with players scattered about the country.(Leila Navidi/Star Tribune via AP, FIle)

Remote control: Tech support staffers star in NFL offseason

May. 9, 2020 2:05 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Like a principal walking through a hushed hallway on the first day of school, Cheryl Nygaard felt the emotional surge of relief and pride last week as the Minnesota Vikings director of information technology peeked in on the video conference sessions set up for this most unusual NFL...

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...

Vikings add Texas A&M WR Davis among 12 undrafted rookies

Apr. 27, 2020 1:30 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have agreed to terms on contracts with 12 college free agents, after a record haul of 15 draft picks over the weekend. The Vikings announced Monday they added Oregon tackle Brady Aiello, North Carolina tight end Jake Bargas, Penn State wide receiver Dan Chisena,...

FILE - In this Feb. 29, 2020, file photo, South Carolina defensive lineman D J Wonnum runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis. The Minnesota Vikings selected Wonnum in the fourth round of the NFL football draft on Saturday, April 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

Vikings prioritize defensive line on final day of draft

Apr. 25, 2020 9:49 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — With a 6-foot-5, 260-pound frame, coming out of an SEC school in the middle rounds of the draft, the Minnesota Vikings had an ideal model in mind for South Carolina defensive end D.J. Wonnum. That's Danielle Hunter, who became last year the youngest player in NFL history to reach 50...

FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2019, file photo, Boise State offensive lineman Ezra Cleveland (76) is shown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Hawaii in Boise, Idaho. Cleveland is a possible pick in the NFL Draft which runs Thursday, April 23, 2020, thru Saturday, April 25. (AP Photo/Steve Conner, File)

Vikings draft OT Ezra Cleveland, CB Cameron Dantzler

Apr. 25, 2020 1:10 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings patiently filled major needs on the offensive line and in the secondary with two more picks on Friday night, taking advantage of a deep draft without having to move up and adding three more selections for the final day for good measure. Boise State offensive tackle...

FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2019, file photo, LSU quarterback Joe Burrow (9) runs down field against Georgia during the first half of the Southeastern Conference championship NCAA college football game in Atlanta. Burrow is expected to be a first round pick at the NFL Draft on Thursday, April 23, 2020.(AP Photo/John Amis)

The Latest: SEC breaks draft record with 15 1st-round picks

Apr. 24, 2020 10:45 AM EDT

The Latest on the first round of the NFL draft. ___ The Southeastern Conference broke the NFL record for first-round draft picks by a conference. Fifteen players from the powerhouse league were selected in the opening round Thursday night. That topped the previous mark of 12 set by the Atlantic Coast Conference...