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.
Every day On most days, our Vikings reporters walk you through what’s happening that day.
WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
— NT Linval Joseph is expected to be back by the season opener.
— The Vikings have named an interim replacement for Mike Priefer.
— The Vikings signed veteran TE Kory Sperry.
— The offensive linemen have work to do after Friday night’s game.
TWEET OF THE (YESTER)DAY
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— Brian Robison (@Brian_Robison) August 10, 2014
AROUND THE NFC NORTH
— Bears TE Martellus Bennett is back from his suspension.
— The Packers have reasons for optimism with their offensive line.
— The Lions used rookie TE Eric Ebron all over the field in his debut.
TODAY’S VIKINGS SCHEDULE
The Vikings have their walkthrough at 10:30 a.m. before holding their final night practice of camp in Mankato. The practice runs from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. and the players will be in full pads.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
The Vikings defense forced just 20 turnovers last year, which ranked 27th in the NFL, and the team finished with a negative-nine turnover differential that was among the league’s worst. New head coach Mike Zimmer hopes to change that. His Bengals forced 31 turnovers last year, trailing just the Seahawks and Chiefs, but Zimmer didn’t pick off those passes or force those fumbles himself.
|Kansas City - J. Guthrie||5:10 PM|
|Cleveland - T. Bauer|
|Toronto - D. Hutchison||5:10 PM|
|Boston - C. Buchholz|
|Chicago WSox - J. Samardzija||6:05 PM|
|Baltimore - U. Jimenez|
|Tampa Bay - J. Odorizzi||6:05 PM|
|NY Yankees - C. Whitley|
|Washington - A. Cole||6:10 PM|
|Atlanta - J. Teheran|
|NY Mets - R. Montero||6:10 PM|
|Miami - D. Phelps|
|Milwaukee - K. Lohse||6:10 PM|
|Cincinnati - J. Cueto|
|Pittsburgh - J. Locke||7:05 PM|
|Chicago Cubs - T. Wood|
|Seattle - J. Happ||7:05 PM|
|Texas - R. Detwiler|
|Detroit - A. Sanchez||7:10 PM|
|Minnesota - M. Pelfrey|
|Philadelphia - S. Gonzalez||7:15 PM|
|St. Louis - M. Wacha|
|Colorado - K. Kendrick||8:40 PM|
|Arizona - A. Bradley|
|LA Angels - J. Weaver||9:05 PM|
|Oakland - S. Gray|
|Houston - R. Hernandez||9:10 PM|
|San Diego - T. Ross|
|San Francisco - M. Bumgarner||9:10 PM|
|Los Angeles - C. Kershaw|
|San Antonio||9:30 PM|