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 weekday, our Vikings reporters walk you through what’s happening with the team that day.
WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
— RB Adrian Peterson is driven by one thing: becoming the best NFL player ever.
— NT Linval Joseph spoke with the reporters for the first time since he got shot.
— Rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater will likely start against the Titans tomorrow.
— Rookie OLB Anthony Barr sat out another practice with a sprained ankle.
— CB Jabari Price and OLB Gerald Hodges returned to practice yesterday.
TWEET OF THE (YESTER)DAY
— K a y ℓ a (@kay_antoinette) August 26, 2014
AROUND THE NFC NORTH
— RB Reggie Bush appreciates the rest the Lions have been giving him.
— The Packers reached an injury settlement with rookie TE Colt Lyerla.
— Bears rookie QB David Fales will play the entire preseason finale.
TODAY’S VIKINGS SCHEDULE
The Vikings are traveling to Nashville today for their preseason finale against the Titans.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
ESPN recently conducted a survey of 30 of their “insiders” to rank the NFL’s 32 head coaches. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer came in 24th on the list, which is fair considering he is a first-time head coach. But it is worth noting that Zimmer ranked the highest among the NFL newbies, including Texans coach Bill O’Brien, Browns coach Mike Pettine and Redskins coach Jay Gruden.
|Cincinnati - WP: M. Lorenzen||7||FINAL|
|Pittsburgh - LP: J. Locke||1|
|Miami - WP: M. Latos||2||FINAL|
|Washington - LP: S. Strasburg||1|
|NY Yankees - WP: M. Pineda||6||FINAL|
|Toronto - LP: M. Estrada||3|
|Philadelphia - LP: C. Billingsley||0||FINAL|
|Atlanta - WP: S. Miller||9|
|Baltimore - LP: B. Norris||2||FINAL|
|NY Mets - WP: B. Colon||3|
|Tampa Bay - LP: D. Smyly||0||FINAL|
|Boston - WP: R. Porcello||2|
|Los Angeles - WP: Z. Greinke||8||FINAL|
|Milwaukee - LP: M. Garza||2|
|Cleveland - LP: D. Salazar||3||FINAL|
|Kansas City - WP: J. Vargas||5|
|Detroit - LP: S. Greene||2||FINAL|
|Chicago WSox - WP: J. Samardzija||5|
|Oakland - WP: J. Chavez||2||FINAL|
|Minnesota - LP: T. May||1|
|Texas - WP: W. Rodriguez||7||FINAL|
|Houston - LP: S. Feldman||1|
|Chicago Cubs - LP: E. Jackson||4||FINAL|
|St. Louis - WP: M. Harris||7|
|Seattle - LP: D. Leone||4||FINAL|
|LA Angels - WP: H. Street||5|
|San Diego - LP: A. Cashner||0||FINAL|
|San Francisco - WP: R. Vogelsong||6|