Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer watches his players during the first day of minicamp.

Scoggins: Zimmer takes stick of dynamite to defense after dreadful 2020

Adding 11 defensive free agents gave coach Mike Zimmer everything he wanted to reconstruct the Vikings defense, including the return of Danielle Hunter.

Zimmer: Unvaccinated NFL players 'are going to have a harder time'

Mike Zimmer at Vikings minicamp on Tuesday.
The Vikings coach outlined the list of extra protocols facing players who decide not to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Sheldon Richardson calls return to the Vikings a 'perfect fit'

Vikings assistant head coach Andre Patterson talks with defensive linemen Sheldon Richardson (9) and Danielle Hunter (99) at Tuesday’s minicamp.
The defensive tackle got $3 million in guaranteed money from Minnesota on a one-year deal that reunites him with coach Andre Patterson.
Minnesota Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter (99) and defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson (9) chat during NFL football minicamp practice Tuesday, J

Podcast: Follow the Vikings money and a peeved Lynx coach Reeve

Football writer Ben Goessling visits the Daily Delivery to talk about a newsy week with the Vikings and Michael Rand reacts to Cheryl Reeve's reaction after an ugly Lynx loss.
June 15
Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter (99) took a limited part in drills during the first day of mandatory minicamp Tuesday in Eagan.

Hunter is mostly a spectator as the Vikings begin minicamp

Star defensive end Danielle Hunter returned to the practice fields at TCO Performance Center for the first time since September after restructuring his contract.
Minnesota Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes (29) and s running back Dalvin Cook (33) celebrated a defensive turnover at U.S. Bank Stadium Sunday Septem
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June 15
Kellen Mond at practice Tuesday.

Vikings quarterback Kellen Mond signs his rookie contract

Mond, the third-round pick out of Texas A&M, became the eighth of 11 draft picks to sign his four-year rookie deal.
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June 15
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) watched his teammates during the first day of mandatory minicamp Tuesday in Eagan.

Vikings minicamp: Zimmer ends practice early after barrage of touchdown passes

Kirk Cousins, Jake Browning, and Kellen Mond threw touchdowns on their final passes during the first of three minicamp practices. Here are nine observations from the workout.
June 15
Defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson played for Cleveland last season.

Defensive tackle Richardson reaches deal to return to Vikings

Sheldon Richardson, 30, was released by the Browns in April to save salary cap space after playing two years into a three-year deal he signed upon leaving Minnesota in 2018.
Vikings super fans Sid Davey and David Garza showed up in Canton to support the Vikings during their 1st preseason game of the season.
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June 15
Danielle Hunter chased Aaron Rodgers when the Packers and Vikings played in 2019.

Where Packers have failed with Rodgers (so far), Vikings succeed with Hunter

A short-term solution doesn't cure everything, but it should at least make Danielle Hunter and the Vikings satisfied. That's a far cry from the situation in Green Bay.
June 15
Hunter back (for 2021), Buxton back (but not playing) and why musicians love hoops

Hunter back (for 2021), Buxton back (but not playing) and why musicians love hoops

Today's Daily Delivery podcast features an eclectic mix of Vikings contract news, Byron Buxton's injury situation and a visit with Minneapolis indie rocker Claire de Lune on the link between musicians and the NBA.


  • NFC North w l t pct pf pa home away
    Green Bay 13 3 0 .813 509 369 7-1 6-2
    Chicago 8 8 0 .500 372 370 3-5 5-3
    Minnesota 7 9 0 .438 430 475 3-5 4-4
    Detroit 5 11 0 .313 377 519 1-7 4-4
  • NFC South w l t pct pf pa home away
    New Orleans 12 4 0 .750 482 337 6-2 6-2
    Tampa Bay 11 5 0 .688 492 355 5-3 6-2
    Carolina 5 11 0 .313 350 402 2-6 3-5
    Atlanta 4 12 0 .250 396 414 2-6 2-6
  • NFC East w l t pct pf pa home away
    Washington 7 9 0 .438 335 329 3-5 4-4
    NY Giants 6 10 0 .375 280 357 3-5 3-5
    Dallas 6 10 0 .375 395 473 4-4 2-6
    Philadelphia 4 11 1 .281 334 418 3-4 1-7
  • NFC West w l t pct pf pa home away
    Seattle 12 4 0 .750 459 371 7-1 5-3
    Los Angeles 10 6 0 .625 372 296 6-2 4-4
    Arizona 8 8 0 .500 410 367 4-4 4-4
    San Francisco 6 10 0 .375 376 390 1-7 5-3
  • AFC North w l t pct pf pa home away
    Pittsburgh 12 4 0 .750 416 312 7-1 5-3
    Baltimore 11 5 0 .688 468 303 5-3 6-2
    Cleveland 11 5 0 .688 408 419 6-2 5-3
    Cincinnati 4 11 1 .281 311 424 3-5 1-6
  • AFC South w l t pct pf pa home away
    Tennessee 11 5 0 .688 491 439 5-3 6-2
    Indianapolis 11 5 0 .688 451 362 6-2 5-3
    Houston 4 12 0 .250 384 464 2-6 2-6
    Jacksonville 1 15 0 .063 306 492 1-7 0-8
  • AFC East w l t pct pf pa home away
    Buffalo 13 3 0 .813 501 375 7-1 6-2
    Miami 10 6 0 .625 404 338 5-3 5-3
    New England 7 9 0 .438 326 353 5-3 2-6
    NY Jets 2 14 0 .125 243 457 1-7 1-7
  • AFC West w l t pct pf pa home away
    Kansas City 14 2 0 .875 473 362 6-2 8-0
    Las Vegas 8 8 0 .500 434 478 2-6 6-2
    Los Angeles 7 9 0 .438 384 426 4-4 3-5
    Denver 5 11 0 .313 323 446 2-6 3-5
  • Passing Yards
    K. Cousins MIN 4265
  • Rushing Yards
    D. Cook MIN 1557
    A. Mattison MIN 434
    K. Cousins MIN 156
    M. Boone MIN 59
    A. Abdullah MIN 42
  • Receiving Yards
    J. Jefferson MIN 1400
    A. Thielen MIN 925
    I. Smith Jr. MIN 365
    D. Cook MIN 361
    K. Rudolph MIN 334
  • Defensive Tackles (Total)
    E. Wilson MIN 121
    E. Kendricks MIN 107
    A. Harris MIN 104
    H. Smith MIN 89
    J. Gladney MIN 81
  • Interceptions
    H. Smith MIN 5
    E. Kendricks MIN 3
    E. Wilson MIN 3
    C. Dantzler MIN 2
    (2) Players 1
  • Sacks
    I. Odenigbo MIN 3.5
    E. Wilson MIN 3.0
    D. Wonnum MIN 3.0
    H. Mata'afa MIN 2.5
    J. Johnson MIN 1.5
  • Passing Yards
    T. Brady TB 4633
    M. Ryan ATL 4581
    A. Rodgers GB 4299
    K. Cousins MIN 4265
    R. Wilson SEA 4212
  • Rushing Yards
    D. Cook MIN 1557
    A. Jones GB 1104
    D. Montgomery CHI 1070
    E. Elliott DAL 979
    R. Jones II TB 978
  • Receiving Yards
    D. Hopkins ARI 1407
    J. Jefferson MIN 1400
    D. Adams GB 1374
    C. Ridley ATL 1374
    D. Metcalf SEA 1303
  • Defensive Tackles (Total)
    J. Smith DAL 154
    B. Martinez NYG 151
    D. White TB 140
    R. Smith CHI 139
    B. Wagner SEA 138
  • Interceptions
    Q. Diggs SEA 5
    H. Smith MIN 5
    C. Davis III TB 4
    K. Fuller WAS 4
    (2) Players 4
  • Passing Yards
    D. Watson HOU 4823
    P. Mahomes KC 4740
    J. Allen BUF 4544
    J. Herbert LAC 4336
    P. Rivers IND 4169
  • Rushing Yards
    D. Henry TEN 2027
    J. Taylor IND 1169
    J. Robinson JAX 1070
    N. Chubb CLE 1067
    J. Jacobs LV 1065
  • Receiving Yards
    S. Diggs BUF 1535
    T. Kelce KC 1416
    T. Hill KC 1276
    D. Waller LV 1196
    B. Cooks HOU 1150
  • Defensive Tackles (Total)
    Z. Cunningham HOU 163
    J. Schobert JAX 141
    D. Leonard IND 132
    N. Hewitt NYJ 131
    A. Johnson DEN 124
  • Interceptions
    X. Howard MIA 10
    J. Jackson NE 9
    T. Mathieu KC 6
    J. Simmons DEN 5
    (5) Players 4
  • Sacks
    T. Watt PIT 15.0
    M. Garrett CLE 12.0
    S. Tuitt PIT 11.0
    D. Buckner IND 9.5
    (2) Players 9.0
June 15
Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter in 2019.

Hunter reports to Vikings minicamp after agreeing to new contract

The Vikings and star defensive end Danielle Hunter have resolved the issue of the pass rusher's unhappiness with his current deal.
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June 14
Sorting out changes along the offensive line alongside tackle Brian O’Neill (75) is but one of the areas the Vikings will be working on during their

Four major story lines to sort out as the Vikings begin minicamp

Danielle Hunter's status and changes in the secondary are among the team's top stories to watch this week at the team's mandatory minicamp.
June 14
Millie Wall at 100 (photo by Elizabeth Flores)

Minnesota Vikings superfan Millie Wall dies at 102

She attended the Minnesota Miracle game and became the team's "lucky charm."
June 11
Anthony Barr (55) is entering his eighth season with the Vikings.

Now one of the 'older dudes,' Barr looking for a fresh start with Vikings

The star linebacker agreed to a pay cut to ensure his last Vikings play wasn't a tackle resulting in a season-ending injury last September.
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June 11
Vikings defensive ends D.J. Wonnum (98) and Stephen Weatherly (91) at practice this spring.

Mailbag: What's up with Vikings pass rush? Who's the next free-agent signing?

There could be a connection between the new veteran cornerbacks and Danielle Hunter's future. Andrew Krammer explains that and more in response to your questions.
June 10
New Vikings cornerback Patrick Peterson, left, covers receiver Adam Thielen during Wednesday’s practice.

Vikings' overhauled cornerback group is leaning on experience

A year after starting two rookies for the majority of games, the team is looking to veterans to turn around its fortunes.
June 10
Kirk Cousins worked our during a scrimmage this week.

Is even more self-analysis really the key to improvement for Cousins?

The cerebral Vikings quarterback is taking things to another level this offseason in an attempt to improve. But are the things he needs to fix the things that can be attained through film study?
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June 10
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kellen Mond, left, scrambles during practice Wednesday, June 9, 2021, in Eagan, Minn. (Carlos Gonzalez/Star Tribune via

Podcast: Cousins' security, defense under construction and a mailbag

The Access Vikings crew discusses Cousins' first comments since the Vikings drafted Kellen Mond, a work-in-progress defense, and your questions about free agents, Aaron Rodgers, and more.
June 10
Bryant McKinnie (74) was  set to be one of former Vikings on the postponed Lake Minnetonka cruise.

Vikings' return-to-Lake Minnetonka boat cruise is sadly postponed

The cruise, slated for next week, stirred memories of the 2005 "Love Boat" fiasco that became a notorious off-the-field part of team history.
June 10
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins at practice Wednesday.

Cousins looped in on plan to draft QB, promises to be 'open book' for Mond

Kirk Cousins spent his offseason studying every game from his own career, and wants to help Kellen Mond the way Cousins was helped as a rookie.
June 10
Vikings began OTA’s at TCO Performance Center. Quarterbacks Kirk Cousins and Kellen Mond.

Podcast: This isn't Green Bay. Cousins drama-free at Vikings camp

Michael Rand notes how welcoming Kirk Cousins has been to Vikings rookie quarterback Kellen Mond. The bigger controversy on the Daily Delivery? Olympics writer Rachel Blount on whether the Tokyo games should be held.
June 9
Cornerback Bashaud Breeland signed with the Vikings last week.

Coming off surgery, new Vikings corner 'anxious' to jump into mix

Bashaud Breeland, the former Chiefs starter who signed a one-year deal last week, remains limited with a recovering shoulder but could vie for a starting job at outside corner.
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June 9
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins during Wednesday’s practice.

Vikings OTA observations: Cousins connections boost two-minute drill

Under a scorching sun, quarterback Kirk Cousins and the Vikings passing game were equally hot Wednesday against a secondary that's a work in progress.