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2019 Schedule
8-7-1, 2nd in NFC North

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Garrett Bradbury grew up hoping to be a MLB catcher, idolizing Jorge Posada from his favorite team, the New York Yankees. Playing catcher helped him in several areas with football, too. "I think it helped a little bit just in terms of mobility, being able to bend. The communication, you're kind of the leader back there. Behind the plate, I got to call pitches and call the infield in terms of where they were going, plays we had. And just had to verbally put everyone in position. So while I was a center this past season, I think that helped me at the position. As an offensive line, you've got to be able to communicate. You've got to have all five guys on the same page, so I think in terms of the communication, that helped the most."

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Zimmer on the state of the OL after adding Bradbury. Hints the Vikings aren't done at the position: "I think it's going to work out fine. We could do some more things here as we get going. We will see how it all ends up. I haven't seen them on the field yet any of these guys. They have been lifting weights and doing their stuff and next week we'll get on the field with them a little bit and watch them move. We are going to be a lot better."

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Vikings have selected N.C. State center/guard Garrett Bradbury the 18th overall pick, earning them immediate help on the interior of the offensive line. This could not have worked out any better for Minnesota. The Vikings didn't have to trade up to take advantage of the first round's best offensive line talent because several moves inside the top-10 and a run on defensive linemen pushed a group that consisted of Bradbury, Jawaan Taylor, Andre Dillard and Cody Ford further down the board. Bradbury's athleticism and experience in an outside zone scheme is a perfect fit for what the Vikings want to establish with their group of blockers and allows some position flexibility with their current personnel. After two years, Pat Elflein could move back to guard (the position he played for 3 years in college) with the addition of Bradbury at center.

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

The Vikings, who just drafted Garrett Bradbury, ranked 28th in ESPN's pass block win rate last season — they sustained their blocks through 2.5 seconds on 43% of dropbacks (league average is 50%). PBWR is powered by NFL Next Gen Stats.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Rick Spielman says he understands the public sentiment over the Vikings offensive line but has to consider who else might be available to Minnesota at 18, especially if it's someone unexpected that falls: "If we have a guy that we think is a Pro Bowl talent and for some reason that guy falls to us at 18, how do you not take that player? And plus you have to balance out the depth at each position too. So if there's a unique situation where a Pro Bowl-caliber player falls to you at 18 and you're taking a lesser-talent player, I think you're making a mistake."

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

2019 Vikings regular season schedule - Sept. 8 vs. FALCONS; Sept. 15 at PACKERS; Sept. 22 vs. RAIDERS; Sept. 29 at BEARS (3:25); Oct. 6 at GIANTS; Oct. 13 vs. EAGLES; Oct. 20 at LIONS; Oct. 24 vs. REDSKINS (TNF); Nov. 3 at CHIEFS; Nov. 10 at COWBOYS (SNF); Nov. 17 vs. BRONCOS; Nov. 24: BYE; Dec. 2 at SEAHAWKS (MNF); Dec. 8 vs. LIONS; Dec. 15 at CHARGERS (SNF); Dec. 23 vs. PACKERS (MNF); Dec. 29 vs. BEARS

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Vikings salary cap situation remains sticky. According to the NFLPA public salary cap report, Minnesota has north of $2 million in space and still needs room to sign its 2019 draft class. Kyle Rudolph reiterated today that the Vikings have not reached out to his agent about restructuring his contract, which is something he's remained firm on wanting to do if it could help his team: "I would love to help our cap situation. If I could give us more room to bring in more players and better players then … you'd be foolish to turn down something like that. It just doesn't make sense from a player's standpoint but that's out of my control. That's between Rick, Rob and my agent and I just come here to work every day and like I said, I'm just trying to find out where I fit in."

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Everson Griffen opens up about restructuring his contract in March after a rough 2018 where playing football after dealing w/ personal off-field issues felt like something he just had to 'get through': "When I'm me, when I'm myself, I can play well. And last year I wasn't myself. If I was myself, I wouldn't have to take a pay cut, if I was myself, if I was playing at the level I know I can play at each and every year. But I wasn't, and sometimes things happen in your life that you have to get better with and you have to move forward and you have to learn from it. And this was a big learning experience and I dealt with some stuff. But now I'm comfortable, I'm happy, my family's happy, my kids are happy and that's what matters the most to me right now. Sitting here and being free and understanding where I can go and what I can do."

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Harrison Smith on Anthony Barr choosing to stay in Minnesota: "He's one of my best friends. Honestly, I wanted him to go get as much money as he could make. In pro sports, that's how things happen. I obviously wanted him here as well so I wasn't going to be upset one way or the other. It's an emotional game when you make friendships and you make plays together and you're pumped for the guy next to you. It's why I play."

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Barnwell & Cronin: Vikings’ cap gymnastics, draft targets and more

ESPN Vikings reporter Courtney Cronin joins Bill to dish on Minnesota’s offseason, including salary cap gymnastics, the retention of Anthony Barr and the loss of many others. Are they hampered by Kirk Cousins’ deal? Plus, how will they plan to fill holes in their roster through the draft? Will the offensive line continue to be an issue? What role will Gary Kubiak have? These questions and many more answered.

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Vikings, Thielen agree to 4-year, $64M extension

Adam Thielen has agreed to a four-year, $64 million contract extension with the Vikings that could rise to $73 million with incentives, Thielen's agent said.

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Team Stats

Passing Yards252.313th
Rushing Yards93.330th
Points For22.519th
Points Against21.39th