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Access Vikings morning walkthrough: Camp Zimmer comes to a close, Teddy 'overthinking' and more

Posted by: Matt Vensel Updated August 15th at 11:16am 271382421

Every day On most days, our Vikings reporters walk you through what’s happening that day.


— Mike Zimmer’s first training camp with the Vikings has come to a close.

— QB Matt Cassel could play most of the first half against the Cardinals.

— Rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater says he needs to stop overthinking things.

— Zimmer second-guessed himself on a pair of decisions from the preseason opener.

— Rookie DT Shamar Stephen has been getting opportunities with the first team.



— The Bears won last night, but the Jaguars outplayed their starters.

— The Packers think rookie TE Richard Rogers can make an impact.

— Chemistry will be key for the Lions’ safeties.


Training camp is over, but the Vikings still have to go to work today. They will report to Winter Park and take part in a mock game in anticipation for tomorrow night’s preseason game at TCF.


RB Adrian Peterson has made a couple of cameos, but he hasn’t touched the ball in a preseason game since 2011, when he carried the ball 21 times for 100 yards over three games. That season, of course, was the one in which he shredded his knee. We won’t see Peterson play tomorrow night against the Cardinals and it seems unlikely this streak comes to an end this preseason.


Atlanta - LP: J. Johnson 0 FINAL
Philadelphia - WP: K. Giles 1
NY Mets - LP: J. deGrom 1 FINAL
NY Yankees - WP: M. Pineda 6
Boston - WP: A. Ogando 7 FINAL
Baltimore - LP: B. Matusz 5
Cleveland - WP: D. Salazar 13 FINAL
Detroit - LP: S. Greene 1
Chicago Cubs - WP: J. Motte 7 FINAL
Cincinnati - LP: B. Badenhop 3
Washington - LP: T. Roark 2 FINAL
Miami - WP: B. Morris 3
Toronto - LP: R. Dickey 3 FINAL
Tampa Bay - WP: J. Dominguez 12
St. Louis - WP: C. Martinez 3 FINAL
Milwaukee - LP: M. Garza 0
Kansas City 2 Suspended
Chicago WSox 2
San Francisco - LP: C. Heston 4 FINAL
Colorado - WP: E. Butler 6
Pittsburgh - WP: G. Cole 4 FINAL
Arizona - LP: J. Collmenter 1
Houston - WP: L. Gregerson 5 FINAL
Oakland - LP: E. O`Flaherty 4
Texas - LP: K. Kela 2 FINAL
LA Angels - WP: G. Richards 3
Los Angeles - WP: Z. Greinke 3 FINAL
San Diego - LP: A. Cashner 0
Minnesota - LP: P. Hughes 0 FINAL
Seattle - WP: F. Hernandez 2
Houston 130 FINAL
Dallas 128
Toronto 99 FINAL
Washington 106
LA Clippers 73 FINAL
San Antonio 100
Ottawa 5 FINAL
Montreal 1
Pittsburgh 1 FINAL(OT)
NY Rangers 2
Minnesota 4 FINAL
St. Louis 1
New York City 0 FINAL
Chicago 1
FC Dallas 1 FINAL
Colorado 1


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