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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.


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Access Vikings morning walkthrough: Ponder, Bridgewater vs. Manziel and more

Posted by: Master Tesfatsion Updated August 20th at 11:48am 271988481

Every weekday, our Vikings reporters walk you through what’s happening with the team that day.

WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED

— QB Christian Ponder has not been written off by the Vikings coaching staff.

— Jim Souhan thinks QB Teddy Bridgewater has been more poised than Browns QB Johnny Manziel.

— Mark Craig looks at the “points of emphasis” causing more penalties in the preseason.

— WR Jerome Simpson said his meeting with the NFL went great.

— RB Adrian Peterson likely won’t play during the preseason.

TWEET OF THE (YESTER)DAY

AROUND THE NFC NORTH

— Lions head coach Jim Caldwell is impressed by QB Matthew Stafford.

— Former Bears LB Tim Shaw has ALS.

— The Packers waived injured TE Colt Lyerla and he will be placed on injured reserve.

TODAY’S VIKINGS SCHEDULE

The Vikings will conclude their walkthrough at 11:10 a.m. and Zimmer’s press conference will be afterwards. Practice will begin at 12:50 p.m. once again.

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT

While the quarterbacks received the headlines from Saturday’s victory over the Cardinals, the offensive line also made strides in pass protection during the second preseason game. The unit allowed just one sack after giving up six against the Raiders.

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