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Access Vikings mailbag: Which rookie will have the best season?

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 08:40
You have questions; we have answers and opinions. Here's the latest edition of Vikings mailbag. @MasterStrib Who will have a better first year in the NFL for the Vikings: Waynes, Kendricks or Clemmings? #VikingsST — Judd Zulgad’s Hoodie (@JZHoodie) May 19, 2015 Good question, and I’d go with linebacker Eric Kendricks. He’s undersized at six feet and 232 pounds, but Kendricks might be the best bet among the three players listed. The UCLA product has great instincts and has the capability to become a three-down middle linebacker. He can also play weakside linebacker as well, which will only help Kendricks’ case to receive playing time early in the season. As much as head coach Mike Zimmer complimented Waynes during rookie minicamp, it’s a tough adjustment playing cornerback from college to the NFL. While I was high on Waynes heading into the draft, I’m also realistic when I look at all the talented wide receivers in the NFL. I’m not sure what to think about Clemmings yet given that he could possibly get a shot at playing guard. He’s still raw and needs to improve at both tackle positions. He’s only played two seasons at the position, switching from defensive line, so it’s best to hold off any assumptions until camp with Clemmings. Then again, the Vikings drafted a player last year that only played his current position for two seasons in college. Some guy named Anthony Barr that I didn’t think would start in Week 1. @MasterStrib will Adrian Peterson report to OTAs next week? #VikingsST — Matt Pitcher (@MattPitcher3) May 21, 2015 I highly doubt he will. While it may seem beneficial to return with his teammates, it’s an optional event. Most big name players like Adrian Peterson hardly show up to organized team activities during most offseasons (Peterson showed up last year during Zimmer’s first season), so I wouldn’t expect this year to be any different. Nobody should have a problem with Peterson not showing up to OTAs, either. If it truly mattered, it’d be mandatory. You know what you’re getting out of Peterson even after he missed almost all of last season. Those types of players don’t have much to prove in May. They’ll be ready by minicamp. Now will Peterson report to mandatory minicamp next month? I don’t have a clue. We’ll see how the situation develops over the next few weeks. @MasterStrib what’s the number one position battle to watch when training camp arrives? — Derek Caron (@dcaron28) May 21, 2015 I think, without question, it’s what the Vikings do at left guard. It’s not the sexiest position battle, but it’s the most important battle because of the ramifications. It impacts two significant pieces offensively, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and left tackle Matt Kalil. Bridgewater is coming off a season of inconsistent play from the entire offensive line, but he didn’t receive much help from his blind side. It also affects Kalil, who has to prove his worth this season and didn’t perform well with an aging Charlie Johnson on the left side last season. The most logical solutions at this point are either Joe Berger, David Yankey or even switching right guard Brandon Fusco to left guard. It doesn’t appear as if Clemmings would be ready to play on the left side given he only played right tackle in college. @MasterStrib will they still wear purple jerseys this year at home — Ted Glover (@purplebuckeye) May 22, 2015 I’m hijacking this clearly sarcastic question to ask my own question regarding the Vikings jerseys. Uni Watch released its NFL uniforms power rankings this week, and the Vikings were ranked 16th. Where’s the “trash” emoji when you truly need it? That’s way too low. The Vikings uniforms were terrible up until Nike redesigned them two years ago. Now, they should be ranked in the top 10. It’s such a clean look with the matte helmets and the minimalist jersey designs. The purple/white/purple look on the road is my favorite combination, though I’m also a big fan of the purple jerseys. The Vikings jerseys should be ranked ahead of the Packers, Colts, Chiefs, Titans, Patriots, Giants and Jets on this list. The Dolphins, ranked 17th, were also ranked too low. That’s another team that should belong in the top 10 after their uniforms were redesigned.
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Bill Veeck would be proud of this gambit by his son

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 06:38
You could knock me over with a feather that CHS Field became a reality, but it's here -- and it's outstanding.
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Minnesota's monster trees and those who hunt them

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 06:30
They're abundant and where you'd least expect them; hunters wanted.
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If 'Fun is good,' opening a new ballpark's way better

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 00:07
CHS Field is a work of art, and Saints owner Mike Veeck’s still a piece of work.
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Gophers land commitment from Tony Poljan, a 6-6, dual-threat quarterback from Michigan

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 22:36
Tony Poljan is a consensus three-star recruit who also had offers from Toledo, Buffalo, Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan.
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Molitor, staff work wonders with Twins

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 21:49
The teaching never stops as the team plays better ball than a year ago.
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GigaPan photo: Find yourself in the CHS Field stands

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 21:46
Where are you? Try to find yourself or other interesting details from this CHS Field Opening Day panorama, taken by Star Tribune photographer Carlos Gonzalez. Use the zoom controls to move around the ballpark, or select one of the thumbnails above to see a detail someone else found interesting. You can also login to GigaPan and highlight your favorite part of this image.
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Twins bullpen leans on Boyer

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 21:12
The veteran setup man has given up one run in his past 16 appearances.
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Twins notes: Stauffer activated

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 21:11
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Vikings rookie Danielle Hunter learns to use his size, speed

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 21:01
Vikings rookie Danielle Hunter has the right tools.
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Saints built a beautiful park

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 19:18
Saints owner Mike Veeck said the idea was to turn the nearby warehouse district ``inside out,'' and that is a perfect description of CHS Field.
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MSU Mankato football player wins "Price is Right" package using Isaac Kolstad's jersey number

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 17:33
Football player Jeffrey Raymond says he wanted to memorialize his friend Isaac Kolstad while playing televised game show
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Asjha Jones back at practice for the Lynx

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 14:35
Jones was acquired from Connecticut prior to camp, primarily to fill the roster hole created by Janel McCarville’s decision not to play this summer.
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After Pedaling America: Saddle sores, lessons and more from 3,100 miles on the road

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 12:28
Misadventures, sunburn, scrapes and sublime moments: Cross-country ride was all that and more.
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Twins add Tim Stauffer, send Doug Bernier to Rochester

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 12:17
Pitcher back with team, outfielder headed to minors.
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Twins add Tim Stauffer, send Doug Bernier to Rochester

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 11:19
Twins add 13th pitcher to help weary staff.
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