The Minnesota Vikings began organized team activities at Winter Park in Eden Prairie Wednesday. Starting quarterback Christian Ponder attended the event all with the newly drafted rookies and free agent signees and some veterans. Among the free agents trying to make the team are receiver Marcus Fitzgerald, the younger brother of Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals. Marcus Fitzgerald playing college football at Marshall University.
The Vikings have released running back Caleb King just 3 days after he was arrested in an alleged beating outside a birthday party last weekend. Anoka County prosecutors' spokesman David Cossi says King was released from jail on Tuesday with no charges being filed. The case is still under investigation. King was accused of punching a 22-year old man and throwing him headfirst to the ground early Saturday. The altercation began after the man allegedly teased the 24-year old King about his resemblance to comedian Eddie Murphy.
NFL teams look to improve with the NFL draft but sometimes after the draft teams really make big steps if they identify and top sign undrafted free agents. The Vikings signed 16 undrafted free agents after selecting 10 players in the draft. Inside linebacker Tyler Nielsen of Iowa, defensive tackle Tydreke Powell and center Quentin Saulsberry appear to be the best chances to make the Vikings roster in late August. NFL network's Mike Mayock raves but the sleeper posibilities of Nielsen.
The Twins lost 4-3 in Anaheim to the Los Angeles Angels Monday night. Minnesota fell behind 4-0 before scoring 3 runs in the 8th inning but they came up short. Alexi Casilla went 3-4 with a run scored, 1 RBI and 2 stolen bases and Danny Valencia was 2-4 with 1 RBI for the Twins. Nick Blackburn threw 6 innings with 7 hits and 3 earned runs allowed to take the loss and drop to 0-3. C.J. Wilson threw 7 1/3 innings with 5 hits and 3 earned runs allowed to get the win. Former Twin Torii Hunter hit a 2-run homerun for the Angels.
Viking running back Caleb King was arrested Saturday for allegedly beating a man at a birthday party after the man teased King about looking like a celebrity. The victim needed 50 stitches to his head and my have brain serious brain damage. The man is in serious condition. King was 3rd on the depth chart at running back behind Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart.
The Vikings closed the 2012 NFL draft Saturday by selecting 2 more defensive players. The Vikings picked inside linebacker Audie Cole of N.C. State and defensive lineman Trevor Guyton of California in the 7th round. Both players were expected to be drafted prior to the 7th round. Minnesota also traded a 5th round pick for a 4th round pick with Detroit in 2013 and dealt a 7th round pick to Tennessee for a 6th round pick in 2013.
The Vikings selected 5'11 199 pound cornerback Josh Robinson of Central Florida with their 3rd round pick (66th overall) Friday night. Minnesota then went heavy on receivers in the 4th round Saturday taking 5'9 receiver Jarius Wright from Arkansas, 6'5 251 pound tight end Rhett Ellison of USC, and 6'3 219 pound receiver Greg Childs from Arkansas. The Vikings in the 5th round picked 6'1 cornerback Robert Blanton of Notre Dame and kicker Blair Walsh of Georgia. The Vikings still have 3 7th round picks.
The Vikings traded down from #3 overall to #4 overall with Cleveland and received the Browns 4th, 5th and 7th round picks and then the Vikings chose left tackle Matt Kalil from USC. The Vikings chose Kalil over cornerback Morris Claiborne and receiver Justin Blackmon. Claiborne was picked #6 by Dallas while Blackmon was picked #5 by Jacksonville.
With the first two selections in this year's NFL draft all but a certainty - the Vikings find themselves in the "catbird seat". After Andrew Luck goes to the Colts, and Robert Griffin III goes to the Redskins - nobody really knows what is going to happen
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