Chris Tomasson / St. Paul Pioneer Press
MINNEAPOLIS — Former Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway said in a radio interview Friday, Sept. 8 that guard Alex Boone was released because he was out of shape. The Vikings let Boone go when they cut the roster down to 53 players last Saturday, paying him $3.4 million in guaranteed money on his $6.6 million deal for 2017.
MINNEAPOLIS — Laquon Treadwell hasn't felt this way since the days leading up to Jan. 1, 2016. That's when Treadwell was getting ready for Mississippi to face Oklahoma State in the Sugar Bowl. Treadwell caught six passes for 71 yards in his final college game, a 48-20 Rebels victory.
MINNEAPOLIS—Former Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway said in a radio interview Friday that guard Alex Boone was released because he was out of shape. The Vikings let Boone go when they cut the roster down to 53 players last Saturday, paying him $3.4 million in guaranteed money on his $6.6 million deal for 2017. "I had heard through some players that I know that are out there every day that said he came back not the Alex Boone of old, a little bit out of shape, and wasn't really prepared for the season, and I thought that was pretty interesting," Greenway said on KFAN.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Nick Easton started the final five games last season at center for the Vikings, and now he's at left guard. So what will be the key for Easton in the Monday night, Sept. 11, opener against New Orleans at U.S. Bank Stadium? "Just got to focus on not snapping the ball and blocking my guy,'' Easton said Thursday, Sept. 7.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Latavius Murray won't begin the season as a starter, but he believes he has shown the Vikings he can have an important role. Murray signed a three-year, $15 million contract as a free agent last March with the expectation of replacing the departed Adrian Peterson as the starting running back. But Murray missed valuable time recovering from ankle surgery, and rookie Dalvin Cook ended up winning the job without much competition.
MINNEAPOLIS — How many snaps did the Vikings' five starting offensive linemen play together in the preseason? Zero. Doesn't matter, said right tackle Mike Remmers. "It doesn't matter if we got 100 snaps or no snaps, we're all going to go out there and fight," Remmers said Tuesday, Sept. 5. Because the Vikings released left guard Alex Boone on Saturday and replaced him with Nick Easton, the entire offensive line will line up together for the first time in Monday night's regular-season opener against New Orleans at U.S. Bank Stadium.
MINNEAPOLIS—Alan Page can't recall if the sign read "White Drinking Fountain" or "Colored Drinking Fountain." He just remembers he was stunned. In the summer of 1965, Page was 20 years old and entering his junior year at Notre Dame. Page was working a construction job while staying with his sister Marvel in Washington, D.C. Page had grown up in Canton, Ohio, and had heard plenty about Jim Crow laws that were most prevalent in the South. But he hadn't seen stark evidence until he and his sister stopped at a store outside Annapolis, Md., on their way to a beach.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Vikings spent Sunday looking to beef up their passing game. They might have helped it for now by claiming tight end Blake Bell off waivers from San Francisco. They might have helped it for the future by agreeing to a practice-squad deal with quarterback Kyle Sloter that will pay him $20,000 a week, nearly triple the minimum salary.
MINNEAPOLIS—The theme of the Vikings' roster is youth. The 53-man unit was set Saturday, and 11 rookies made it, including three who were undrafted. In the surprise move of the day, the Vikings released an eight-year veteran in Alex Boone, 30, who had been their starting left guard. Boone was let go after declining to take a pay cut. Of Boone's $6.6 million salary for 2007, $3.4 million of it is guaranteed, and will count against the Vikings' salary cap. He also already has earned a $100,000 workout bonus.
MINNEAPOLIS—The Vikings opted Saturday to keep just two quarterbacks on the active roster, but there's plenty of suspense with three other ones. Starter Sam Bradford and backup Case Keenum are on the 53-man roster. The Vikings kept Teddy Bridgewater on the physically unable to perform list, released Taylor Heinicke with an injury designation and released undrafted rookie Mitch Leidner, formerly of the University of Minnesota.