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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.
MINNEAPOLIS — Mitch Leidner grew up wanting to play for the Vikings. On Thursday night, it happened. OK, it was just a preseason game, but the former Lakeville South and University of Minnesota quarterback still was thrilled to play the second half of a 30-9 loss to Miami on Aug. 31.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.—T.J. Clemmings has gone from a starter to the waiver wire. A source said Friday, Sept. 1, the Vikings will waive the offensive lineman by Saturday's deadline for rosters to be set at the regular-season limit of 53 players. Clemmings, a fourth-round pick in 2015, started all 16 games as a rookie and 14 last season at tackle. Clemmings moved to guard this year but it didn't not work out.
MINNEAPOLIS—So much for Vikings coach Mike Zimmer playing his starters on Thursday night. Zimmer threatened to use some starters in the Vikings' final preseason game against Miami at U.S. Bank Stadium after his team's lackluster first-half showing last Sunday against San Francisco. But the Vikings ended up sitting them.
MINNEAPOLIS — It had been a while since Will Sutton recorded a sack, but he didn't forget how to dance. After the Vikings defensive tackle got to San Francisco quarterback C.J. Beathard in last Sunday's preseason game, he did a lengthy jig around midfield. "That was great to finally get one," Sutton said.
MINNEAPOLIS — Starters usually don't play in the final preseason game, but that might not matter to Vikings coach Mike Zimmer. Still steaming from a lackluster first half Sunday, Aug. 27 against San Francisco, Zimmer didn't rule out playing some starters Thursday against Miami at U.S. Bank Stadium. "I've made up my mind, but I haven't told the team yet or anything like that," Zimmer said Tuesday. "I haven't told the coaches yet, either. After the other night, I feel like they should play, but we'll see."
MINNEAPOLIS—Laquon Treadwell pulled a disappearing act last season. On Sunday, Aug. 27, there were sightings. The Vikings' second-year wide receiver had three catches for 36 yards while playing only the first half of a 32-31 preseason victory over the San Francisco 49ers at U.S. Bank Stadium.
MINNEAPOLIS—Vikings coach Mike Zimmer had hoped to "feel better" about his offense after Sunday's third preseason game. Instead, he might have felt worse. Minnesota's first-team offense was ragged, again, in a 32-31 win over San Francisco at U.S. Bank Stadium, failing to score a point in six first-half possessions. If starters don't play in Thursday's exhibition finale against Miami, as is usually the case, the Vikings' starters will have scored only three points in 12 preseason possessions.