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
— K Blair Walsh continues to struggle from way downtown.
— Matt Cassel will again start at quarterback Saturday night.
— WR Jerome Simpson missed practice to appeal his suspension.
— DE Brian Robison thinks rookie OLB Anthony Barr will be a force.
— The Vikings made a move, claiming a linebacker off waivers.
TWEET OF THE (YESTER)DAY
Zimmer asked about Blanton, Josh Robinson availability. Zimmer said Banton might practice today. “The other guy, who knows,” Zimmer said.
— chipscoggins (@chipscoggins) August 18, 2014
AROUND THE NFC NORTH
— The Bears signed KR/PR Darius Reynaud.
— Packers rookie WR Davante Adams has been impressive.
— The Lions finally have some depth at wide receiver.
TODAY’S VIKINGS SCHEDULE
The Vikings have a walkthrough in the morning and practice at 12:50 p.m. at Winter Park. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner is scheduled to speak with the media in between the two.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
The Cardinals don’t exactly have the best offensive line in the NFL, but Everson Griffen had an impressive pass-rushing performance over the weekend. While Griffen is still looking for his first preseason snap, he had three quarterback hits and two hurries in 18 snaps as a pass-rusher. The Vikings are paying him big bucks for sacks, of course, but those numbers suggest they will come.
|Cleveland - LP: C. Carrasco||6||FINAL|
|Detroit - WP: K. Lobstein||8|
|Chicago Cubs - WP: J. Arrieta||5||FINAL|
|Cincinnati - LP: A. DeSclafani||2|
|Washington - LP: G. Gonzalez||2||FINAL|
|Miami - WP: D. Haren||6|
|Toronto - LP: M. Buehrle||1||FINAL|
|Tampa Bay - WP: C. Archer||5|
|Atlanta - LP: T. Cahill||4||FINAL|
|Philadelphia - WP: J. Williams||5|
|Boston - LP: W. Miley||7||FINAL|
|Baltimore - WP: B. Norris||18|
|St. Louis - LP: L. Lynn||3||FINAL|
|Milwaukee - WP: M. Blazek||6|
|Kansas City - LP: K. Herrera||2||FINAL|
|Chicago WSox - WP: D. Robertson||3|
|Kansas City - LP: E. Volquez||3||FINAL|
|Chicago WSox - WP: J. Danks||5|
|Texas||3||Top 10th Inning|
|Houston||7||Top 9th Inning|
|Los Angeles - LP: S. Baker||1||FINAL|
|San Diego - WP: B. Morrow||3|
|Pittsburgh||6||Top 9th Inning|
|Minnesota||2||Top 9th Inning|
|NY Mets - J. Niese||7:05 PM|
|NY Yankees - N. Eovaldi|
|Toronto||18||1st Qtr 2:29|
|Red Bull New York||1|
|Toronto FC||6:00 PM|