Coming off of an 8-8 season, the Minnesota Vikings open up training camp on July 27. Here is the team’s schedule prior to the 2017 regular season.
When is Vikings training camp? (All times local)
7/28 – 10:30 a.m.
7/29 – 10:30 a.m.
7/30 – 10:30 a.m.
7/31 – 10:30 a.m.
8/2 – 10:30 a.m.
8/3 – 10:30 a.m.
8/4 – 10:30 a.m.
8/5 – 10:30 a.m.
8/7 – 10:30 a.m.
8/8 – 10:30 a.m.
Where is Vikings training camp?
Minnesota State University – Mankato, Minn.
8/10 – New Orleans Saints
8/18 – Seattle Seahawks
8/27 – San Francisco 49ers
8/31 – Miami Dolphins
RB – Dalvin Cook – Round 2
After some talks heated up prior to the draft that Cook could potentially be taken before both Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey, the Florida State running back fell to the second round. The Vikings, without a first-round selection, pounced on Cook, which now appears more ideal after Minnesota didn’t re-sign Adrian Peterson.
C – Pat Elflein – Round 3
The Vikings traded up nine spots to land Elflein, arguably the best center out of the 2017 class. He could be a mainstay at center for years and beyond, or he can flip to guard early should Minny want him to see immediate action.
RB – Latavius Murray – Free Agency
The Vikings officially have some competition out of the backfield. That’s more than ideal, given how porous the running game was a season ago. Murray is coming off a year with the Oakland Raiders in which he scored 12 touchdowns on 4.0 yards per carry.
The Scout’s Take
“The Minnesota Vikings were a good-looking team in the first month of the 2016 season, but a rash of injuries and inconsistent play, especially on offense, sent them into a tailspin. A 5-0 start turned into a 3-8 finish, and their 8-8 record did not please anybody in the organization.
“They spent a lot of time and money in the offseason to fix their offense, and they feel good about their improvements. If they get better offensive line play to help the run game and protect the quarterback, they will be much better than their 28th-ranked offense a year ago. Better time of possession leads to a good defense that plays fewer snaps and can stay fresher.” – FanRag Sports’ Gary Horton.