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May 2007


Busy weekend

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

The Vikings will open their three-day minicamp on Friday at Winter Park with a morning and afternoon session. The team also will practice twice on Saturday and once on Sunday morning. Unlike the organized team activities that took place last week, this minicamp is mandatory.

As a result, the Vikings are expecting cornerback Antoine Winfield to show up and the team will be able to fine him if he stays away. Winfield’s agent told the NFL’s website last week that his client would attend the minicamp. It still isn’t clear why Winfield has elected to stay away from Winter Park this offseason.

“We’ll go morning and afternoon and have an installation in between,” coach Brad Childress said of the minicamp schedule. “There are many similar plays but the volume is there and we accelerate the pace. There is an install before Friday’s morning practice, before Friday’s afternoon, the same for Saturday, and then we usually work in the red area on Sunday, but it happens faster.”

Of course, hit the refresh button on Access Vikings on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for updates.

NFL continues attempt to clean up image

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

Vikings fullback Tony Richardson is on the six-member player advisory council that gave its approval to a new NFL rule that will prohibit clubs from serving alcohol at team functions or on buses or flights. Alcohol already had been banned from locker rooms. The rules also will be enforced for owners, coaches and guests. It’s commissioner Roger Goodell’s latest attempt to clean things up. Check out the entire story.

More news

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

Hello again,

Another rookie free-agent Viking I never heard of just got released: Texas Southern OL Andy Olemgbe. And the Vikings also officially announced the signing of rookie seventh-round draft pick Chandler Williams, who is A, a receiver from Florida International; B, the 233rd overall draft pick and C, someone I had heard of.

that is all … again.

Rookie tackle released

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

Dear Loyal Zulgadians:

Your tireless leader (man, I need one of those Seifert links right here) was taking in the Twins game on his day off when he called to report that the Vikings have released Joe Anoai, a rookie defensive tackle from Georgia Tech. Anoai was signed as a free agent following the draft.

That is all,

Judd’s caddy

Whatever happened to Adrian Ward?

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

Loyal Vikings fans will recall the team selected cornerback Adrian Ward with a 2005 seventh-round pick obtained from Oakland in the Randy Moss trade. Those same fans also will recall that Ward was the Vikings’ only draft pick that year who failed to make the 53-man roster out of training camp.

Ward eventually spent time with the New York Giants. Now he has surfaced again. This time he has signed a free-agent deal with the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL.

Calgary also signed another player whose name will ring a bell with Vikings diehards. Quarterback Barrick Nealy was signed by Minnesota as a free-agent receiver last May but was cut in July. This will be his second time on the Calgary roster.

NFL Europa update

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

The Vikings’ weekly update on their players who had games over the weekend in NFL Europa.

– Wide receiver Justin Surrency started and led Amsterdam with four receptions for 30 yards Friday in a 30-7 loss to Cologne. Surrency also returned five kickoffs for 110 yards.

– Cornerback Jerron Wishom started at left cornerback for Cologne and had two tackles, a pass broken up and a special teams tackle against Amsterdam.

– Jimmy Martin started at left tackle for the Rhein Fire in a 23-10 loss to Frankfurt on Saturday.

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