Matt Vensel is in his first year at the Star Tribune after covering the Ravens for the Baltimore Sun for six years. He is a Pittsburgh native and a Penn State grad. Follow him at @mattvensel.
Mark Craig has covered the NFL for 23 years, and the Vikings since 2003 for the Star Tribune. He is one of 44 Pro Football Hall of Fame selectors. Follow him at @markcraignfl.
Master Tesfatsion is the Star Tribune’s digital Vikings writer. He is a 2013 graduate of Arizona State and worked for mlb.com before arriving in Minneapolis. Follow him at @masterstrib.
We’re tracking all things Purple, starting with what’s already happened and projecting what needs to happen as the Vikings work their way through free agency and the rest of the offseason.
Every weekday, our Vikings reporters walk you through what’s happening with the team that day.
WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
— Are the Vikings realizing the error of drafting QB Christian Ponder?
— QB Teddy Bridgewater’s final drive Saturday shows that he is making progress.
— Bridgewater and fellow QB Matt Cassel put up some pretty impressive numbers.
— The battle at MLB between Jasper Brinkley and Audie Cole is not yet over.
TWEET OF THE (YESTER)DAY
Christian Ponder would be a huge upgrade as the 49ers backup QB. It will be interesting to see what MIN does with him.
— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) August 17, 2014
AROUND THE NFC NORTH
— The Bears and WR Santonio Holmes appear to be a good fit.
— Rookie WR Jeff Janis had a memorable Packers debut.
— DT Nick Fairley could be the Lions’ last chance to salvage the 2011 draft.
TODAY’S VIKINGS SCHEDULE
After a day off, the Vikings are back at Winter Park today. Practice starts at 2:45 p.m.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
While Bridgewater has done most of his damage in the preseason within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage — he’s 20-of-25 for 161 yards and two touchdowns on such throws, according to Pro Football Focus — Cassel has completed more deeper throws. He is 7-for-10 for 156 yards and a touchdown on throws 10 or more yards downfield, including his 51-yard touchdown Saturday.
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|(7) Florida State||74||FINAL|
|(3) South Carolina||80|
|(2) Notre Dame||77|