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
— Head coach Mike Zimmer named Matt Cassel his starting quarterback.
— Backup QB Teddy Bridgewater still thinks Minnesota is a perfect situation for him.
— S Mistral Raymond and CB Derek Cox were among the team’s first roster cuts.
— The Vikings activated TE Chase Ford from the PUP list.
— Zimmer is apparently not a big fan of Pro Football Focus.
TWEET OF THE (YESTER)DAY
— Jason McIntyre (@jasonrmcintyre) August 25, 2014
AROUND THE NFC NORTH
— Jimmy Clausen won the battle to be the Bears’ backup quarterback.
— Rookie C Corey Linsley must step up with J.C. Tretter sidelined.
— The Lions claimed two tight ends off of waivers.
TODAY’S VIKINGS SCHEDULE
After the morning walkthrough, coordinators Norv Turner and George Edwards will chat with reporters at 11 a.m. and the locker room will be open. The Vikings start practice at 12:50 p.m.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
Zimmer cares not for the grades from Pro Football Focus, but he may not mind seeing that they have graded Everson Griffen the third highest among 4-3 defensive ends during the preseason. They have Griffen down for eight total quarterback pressures in 53 total snaps as a pass rusher.
|Boston - LP: C. Buchholz||2||FINAL|
|Atlanta - WP: J. Teheran||4|
|San Francisco||9:05 PM|
|Detroit||34||2nd Qtr 8:23|
|LA Clippers||34||2nd Qtr|
|Charlotte||26||2nd Qtr 9:11|
|LA Lakers||6:30 PM|
|Golden State||7:00 PM|
|UCLA||10||1st Half 9:25|
|NC State||0||1st Half 20:00|
|Kent State||9:00 PM|
|Michigan State||9:07 PM|
|(15) North Carolina||15||1st Half 10:00|
|(3) South Carolina||9|
|(18) Iowa||0||1st Half 17:15|
|(9) Arizona State||8:30 PM|
|(7) Florida State|
|(14) Stanford||9:00 PM|
|(2) Notre Dame|