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[quote="halfgiz"]Looks like CJ Hamm could be our new fullback.

http://www.dailynorseman.com/2017/5/8/1 ... ck-c-j-ham[/quote


If he can be effective I'd be all for it.......was never big on Line....at all.


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Looks like CJ Hamm could be our new fullback.

http://www.dailynorseman.com/2017/5/8/1 ... ck-c-j-ham[/quote


If he can be effective I'd be all for it.......was never big on Line....at all.


Yeah, I don't know how I feel about this. It might just be the staff giving a practice-squad guy a better chance at the roster, while being able to give the other three RBs more practice reps. I'm pulling for him, but I really don't want to see a renaissance of the check-downs to a slow blocking back... aka every Asiata play. Granted, Ham seemed a lot more athletic than Asiata, but I'm assuming he's gonna to have to put on some weight to seriously take on a FB role.

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I think he is just trying to enhance his chances of staying with the team.
But I don't really see use keeping 4 backs. Hopefully he could catch on with a team that is in need of a back, if he gets cut.


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I think he is just trying to enhance his chances of staying with the team.
But I don't really see use keeping 4 backs. Hopefully he could catch on with a team that is in need of a back, if he gets cut.


A few teams could use a a stocky back like Ham. Lions, Bills have an opening, Colts; to name a few. He would be a solid depth player on most teams though.

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Post Re: 2017 Season General Comments (pressers, practice notes,
I think, if Ham gets the muscle and weight on, he could make a good FB, both running and receiving, esp. with FB screens. I'm over Mckinnon. 100%. Time to give Ham more reps, see how Murray and Cook like him.


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I think, if Ham gets the muscle and weight on, he could make a good FB, both running and receiving, esp. with FB screens. I'm over Mckinnon. 100%. Time to give Ham more reps, see how Murray and Cook like him.


I'm not. McKinnon may not be an every-down workhorse but he's got moves and speed/explosion for days and is a huge mismatch vs. LBs. A competent/average O-line is needed to properly evaluate (According to Sporting Charts, only four running backs with more than 100 carries had a higher percentage of runs stuffed in the backfield) but I've been satisfied. He averaged 4.1 YPC over the last 6 games. I'm more excited about him than Murray. No way cede more carries to a less explosive player like Ham.



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The thing that stood out to me in the latest Vikings.com rookie montages was how skinny Bucky Hodges looked. His combine weight was listed at near 260lbs, he does not look like 260lbs.

I think, he'd be better served as a red-zone WR or mismatch guy from the slot. His combine results were crazy, he's faster and more explosive than WR Mike Williams. Williams ran a "4.5" at his pro-day after not participating in the 40 at the combine, but non-Clemson employees clocked him in the high 4.5's - Hodges ran a 4.57. Hodges also had a higher vert and longer broad. Williams did not participate in cone drills, as a WR that could never separate from college DBs this is not surprising, as he fell into favour of the national media based mainly on the merit of jump-balls (because he was never really open).

Really low on Mike Williams if you can't tell. But! I think we got a better prospect than him with the 202nd (I think that's where we took him) pick. Hodges doesn't look like he has the frame to become a legit blocking TE and I hope they don't try to bulk him up too much in fear it may detract from his explosiveness. Hopefully the staff can make this distinction and not waste their time, or his, trying to turn him into something he is not.

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http://www.startribune.com/vikings-lata ... 421887373/

More like: "the Wilfs have millions of reasons to go with the rookie stud".

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Vikings' Mike Zimmer to miss OTAs following eighth eye surgery

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The Minnesota Vikings announced Monday that coach Mike Zimmer will not be with the team during OTAs, which begin this week, saying he will "be taking time away from the team to dedicate to recovering from eye surgery and restoring his health."

The Vikings will not have an acting head coach while Zimmer is out; he has split coaching duties among his coordinator's, and the staff will work as a group during the rest of the offseason program. Defensive line coach Andre Patterson will be in charge of making sure Zimmer's message continues to get across to the team.


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"I just left the doctor's office, got really good news. The retina looks great and the pressure in my eye is really good. At this point now we just need to take it easy and make sure it continues to heal the right away."


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Vikings' Mike Zimmer to miss OTAs following eighth eye surgery

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The Minnesota Vikings announced Monday that coach Mike Zimmer will not be with the team during OTAs, which begin this week, saying he will "be taking time away from the team to dedicate to recovering from eye surgery and restoring his health."

The Vikings will not have an acting head coach while Zimmer is out; he has split coaching duties among his coordinator's, and the staff will work as a group during the rest of the offseason program. Defensive line coach Andre Patterson will be in charge of making sure Zimmer's message continues to get across to the team.


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"I just left the doctor's office, got really good news. The retina looks great and the pressure in my eye is really good. At this point now we just need to take it easy and make sure it continues to heal the right away."

My goodness. I hope his eyes get better soon. That must be a frustrating ordeal to go through.

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My goodness. I hope his eyes get better soon. That must be a frustrating ordeal to go through.


It sounds like a nightmare.


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Highlights From OTA No. 1


Nice move by Adams at the end.

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Highlights From OTA No. 1


Nice move by Adams at the end.


Hodges is faaaast. Cook has lightning feet.

Yey for slow-mo shorts hype vids I guess!

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Nearly full attendance for Vikings OTA #2. Not seen: Bridgewater, Sharrif Floyd. Teddy out seeing specialist. Lamur, Murray not practicing

Danielle Hunter, Tom Johnson and Mackensie Alexander getting run w/ 1's during today's OTA. Newman and Alexander splitting slot reps.

Joe Berger took reps at right guard with the first-team offense. OL: Reiff, Boone, Elflein, Berger, Remmers. Easton rotating in at center.

Edmond Robinson taking over Greenway's role at weak-side linebacker during today's practice.

Laquon Treadwell with Diggs and Thielen in 3WR first-team reps


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"Rodney Adams absolutely stood out to me at rookie camp. He caught everything.





I've been saying this since we drafted him but Rodney Adams is a baller thats for sure

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Interesting that Elflein is getting 1st team reps right out the gate. I guess with 60% new players, they want to give the line as much time to gel as possible.


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Highlights OTA Day 3

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Five Knee-Jerk reactions from OTA

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The rest of the year you’ll never hear this term uttered but because it’s OTA season at Winter Park, but there were a few players who were “turning heads” yesterday. No more than rookie running back Dalvin Cook in the opinion of yours truly and everybody else on hand. First off, you’ve heard the term before but when you see it in person with your own eyes it’s something else, Dalvin Cook has another gear and when he kicks it in it’s crazy to see. Secondly, he’s playing with the second team right now behind Jerick McKinnon but he’s doing all the right things. Working hard, catching EVERY pass thrown his way (which is a sight for sore eyes) and wowing teammates. The loudest hoots and hollers of the day came from a Dalvin Cook running play making a defender look silly and lighting up the teammates watching behind the play! Giving Latavius an opportunity is a must, but I think you’ll quickly start seeing Cook make plays and before you know it fans will begin be clamoring for more carries the way of the young rookie.


More at the link: https://purpleptsd.com/five-knee-jerk-reactions-from-the-first-minnesota-vikings-ota-practice/


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The rest of the year you’ll never hear this term uttered but because it’s OTA season at Winter Park, but there were a few players who were “turning heads” yesterday. No more than rookie running back Dalvin Cook in the opinion of yours truly and everybody else on hand. First off, you’ve heard the term before but when you see it in person with your own eyes it’s something else, Dalvin Cook has another gear and when he kicks it in it’s crazy to see. Secondly, he’s playing with the second team right now behind Jerick McKinnon but he’s doing all the right things. Working hard, catching EVERY pass thrown his way (which is a sight for sore eyes) and wowing teammates. The loudest hoots and hollers of the day came from a Dalvin Cook running play making a defender look silly and lighting up the teammates watching behind the play! Giving Latavius an opportunity is a must, but I think you’ll quickly start seeing Cook make plays and before you know it fans will begin be clamoring for more carries the way of the young rookie.


More at the link: https://purpleptsd.com/five-knee-jerk-reactions-from-the-first-minnesota-vikings-ota-practice/

It would be nice if we had a good AD/Chester thing going here for a few years.

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Post Re: 2017 Season General Comments (pressers, practice notes,
Nice transcript of a conference call with Zimmer. Touches on a number of subjects including his health, Treadwell, Alexander, Floyd, etc.

http://www.dailynorseman.com/2017/5/28/15707266/mike-zimmer-ill-be-back-one-eye-or-two-minnesota-vikings


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Nice transcript of a conference call with Zimmer. Touches on a number of subjects including his health, Treadwell, Alexander, Floyd, etc.

http://www.dailynorseman.com/2017/5/28/15707266/mike-zimmer-ill-be-back-one-eye-or-two-minnesota-vikings


Good read, I found the part about Mac Alexander's immaturity to be surprising. Glad to here his attitude has improved.


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Nice transcript of a conference call with Zimmer. Touches on a number of subjects including his health, Treadwell, Alexander, Floyd, etc.

http://www.dailynorseman.com/2017/5/28/15707266/mike-zimmer-ill-be-back-one-eye-or-two-minnesota-vikings


Good read, I found the part about Mac Alexander's immaturity to be surprising. Glad to here his attitude has improved.


Captain Munnerlyn alluded to something similar about Alexander. I don't think he said immature but something along the lines of he's too overconfident. I think it's tough for a lot of these guys to go from being the best in their unit in college to riding the bench. Hopefully his mind is in the right spot now.


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Highlights OTA 5


Some notes (stolen from purple thoughts)

Jarius Wright sighting: in for Thielen w/ 1's, along with Diggs and Treadwell. Michael Floyd still w/ 2's in his second week w/

Teddy Bridgewater joined the QBs for some pitch and catch after his rehab drills on the side of OTA #5.

Media got to see Teddy Bridgewater's rehab today. He did resistance work with an assistant trainer holding a rope on dropbacks.

Teddy Bridgewater looked crisp throwing some 20-yard passes today. Not cleared to "practice,'' but did some work with the QBs.

LB Emmanuel Lamur hasn't been practicing in OTAs He wouldn't say what injury is but said not serious & will on field soon in spring

Nick Easton took first-team snaps at center; TJ Clemmings played second-team RG with Willie Beavers at LT

Walking boot updates: RB Latavius Murray is out of his, still not practicing. Undrafted LB Shaan Washington now in one.


Xavier Rhodes didn't practice with the Vikings on Wednesday. His absence was neither related to injury nor...

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Just a few days ago (link is up thread) we heard from Zimmer that Alexander had been immature during his rookie season, which impeded him from playing much.

Now Alexander is giving more specific info. In short, Zim envisioned him in the slot for nickel packages, Alexander wanted to cover the top WR and resisted Zim's request that he learn both positions.

http://www.startribune.com/vikings-mack ... 425829043/

Edit to add: I remember reading articles on Alexander after we drafted him and thinking he had great maturity and unlike many from his entitled generation he seemed humble and grounded. Hopefully this year's crop of rookies have an "anything for the team" mentality.


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Zimmer has been cleared to return to coaching the team:

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