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Oddsmakers Make Kevin O’Connell the Favorite to Win Coach of the Year

When the Vikings hired Kevin O’Connell as their new head coach this February, it was viewed as an opportunity for a fresh start. Mike Zimmer is undoubtedly a good coach who had a successful NFL career, but it was also clear that after eight years in Minnesota, his gruff approach had begun to fall on deaf ears. Around six months later, Kevin O’Connell is officially the favorite to win the NFL’s Coach of the Year award for 2022 season on BetOnline.ag. Here are the top five odds on the site:
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The Tiers of Fantasy Football TEs

The NFL regular season is officially a month away, and that means fantasy football drafts are even closer. So far this offseason, we’ve talked about the tiers of quarterbacks, running backs, and wide receivers. Today, we jump into the ever-chaotic world of tight ends. Stay tuned to find out which players you should be keeping an eye on as your fantasy draft approaches.
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Don’t Panic about the Vikings TE Room

This is Episode 96 of VikesNow, a YouTube channel devoted to daily Minnesota Vikings analysis. This episode examines the reasons why the Vikings TE room is not in grim shape. Particularly, offensive coordinator Wes Phillips’ background is discussed. Email any feedback — especially constructive criticism — to DustinBakerNFL@gmail.com....
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Vikings Coach Confirms Left Side of OL is Set

There are still quite a few points of uncertainty along the Vikings OL, but the left side appears to be set. The recent press conference from Kevin O’Connell indicated that the Christian Darrisaw/Ezra Cleveland pair will be the two starters. Take a look at one of the Darrisaw quotes:
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Kwesi Adofo-Mensah Will Stick to His Guns

Since taking over as GM, Kwesi Adofo-Mensah has made several decisions that suggest he’s willing to stick to his guns. During the draft, Adofo-Mensah traded down in the opening round. Doing so was a decision that came with a fair bit of criticism (I’ve certainly articulated my belief that he got far too little for dropping down so far). Regardless, he believed that the best move was to accumulate more picks rather than stay at 12. He knew there would be criticism and yet he made the decision anyhow. On the next day, he pulled off a trade with the Packers to drop down once again.
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A Vikings Fans Viewing Guide to CFB: Can Oklahoma State Rebound from 2021’s Heartbreak?

Just like the NFL season is fast approaching, we are nearing the day where college football teams will arrive on campus and begin their own preseason work. As a self-proclaimed NFL Draft nerd, I get almost as excited for the college football season as I do for the NFL season. Because of that, I am putting together guides for many of the notable college football programs ahead of the 2022 season. Whether you’re a seasoned college football viewer, or just getting into it for the first time, there is something here for everyone.
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The Battle for the Vikings Starting Center Spot Is On

Despite bringing in a new general manager and coaching staff this offseason, the 2022 Minnesota Vikings roster looks nearly identical to the 2021 roster in a lot of ways. They have the same QB, same skill positions, and even the same kicker and punter. That said, the battle for the Vikings starting center spot seems to be on if you take any stock in Kevin O’Connell’s recent comments.
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Josh Frey’s Vikings 53-Man Roster Projection

The Minnesota Vikings head into 2022 with few true position battles for starting spots. This is extremely unusual for a team with a brand-new GM and head coach, but it goes to show how this new regime feels about Minnesota’s roster. With Minnesota in win-now mode going into September, here is a final 53-man roster projection ahead of the new year, including predictions for each position’s depth chart, as indicated by how the lists are formatted.
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The Deebo Samuel, D.K. Metcalf Deals Ought to Encourage The Vikings

Last weekend, we offered a brief piece that relays an educated guess about the next Justin Jefferson contract. According to Spotrac, Minnesota’s elite WR will command $26 million per year over four years. Contracts, quite often, are contextual. An elite player often looks around at what other top players are getting paid, using the numbers as a guide for his own deal. For this reason, the Deebo Samuel and D.K. Metcalf deals are noteworthy.
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Three Overlooked Vikings Defenders Competing for a 2022 Job

Every season, certain players step up who very few saw coming. Football, like many sports, is unpredictable. As a result, I’ve been thinking about some Minnesota players who are flying under the radar. Since I’ve been devoting the early Sunday morning slot to defense for so long – check out The Donatell Diary – I’ve decided to focus on the Vikings defenders who might surprise a few folks.
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Power Ranking Still Insists Vikings Are Below Average

Throughout the offseason, Vikings fans grew accustomed to seeing their favorite team being overlooked. Well, it doesn’t appear that the arrival of training camp is changing much. A recent power ranking on PFF finds the Vikings in a familiar position. According to Sam Monson, Minnesota is the 22nd best...
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Vikings Kicker Greg Joseph is Getting Plenty of Praise

If things keep going like they currently are, the Vikings will have Greg Joseph as their kicker in Week 1 against the Green Bay Packers. The veteran journeyman has been having a strong camp, as evidenced by the various positive remarks from folks who follow the team. Recently, the team’s Twitter account sent along a video of Joseph drilling a huge kick:
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Is it Patrick Jones Time?

Patrick Jones II has turned some heads recently at Vikings Training Camp. The second-year edge rusher may be just what the Vikings will need this upcoming season. He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings with the 90th pick in 2021. In his rookie year, Jones’ role was minor. He saw the field in just 9 games and played just 99 defensive snaps for the Vikings. He finished the year with 7 tackles.
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