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EAGAN, Minn. — Clearly, the Vikings feel a certain way about second-year receiver Stacy Coley. Need proof? They reserved a spot for the 24-year-old speedster on the active roster, even though he struggled with a nagging groin injury throughout the preseason, which caused him to miss significant time. "It means a lot," said Coley, a seventh-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft who turned heads in limited action during his rookie season. "I feel like the organization trusts me and knows what I can do. It's just a matter of going in there and showcasing my talent."
EAGAN, Minn. — Third-year safety Jayron Kearse has followed the typical trajectory of a seventh-round draft pick since joining the Vikings in 2016. After scraping his way onto the active roster, the 6-foot-4, 215-pounder has gotten most of his NFL playing time on special teams. But Kearse wants a bigger role this season, and he got a start on that during Sunday's 24-16 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. He played 22 snaps on defense, mostly in the slot after an injury to starting cornerback Trae Waynes forced starting nickelback Mike Hughes outside.
EAGAN, Minn. — It's a steamy day in late July at the Vikings' lavish new facility in Eagan, and after some light work on the field, Kirk Cousins makes his way to the podium for a brief session with the media. After signing a whopping three-year, $84 million contract in the offseason, the Vikings quarterback decided to report to training camp a few days early, perhaps to set an example for his teammates.
EAGAN, Minn. — No question it's Super Bowl or bust for the Vikings this season, and starting with the opener Sunday, Sept. 9, against the San Francisco 49ers at U.S. Bank Stadium, everything that happens from this point forward will be judged by that standard. The answer we're all looking for is this: Did general manager Rick Spielman make the right choice breaking the bank to sign Kirk Cousins rather than sticking with a less-expensive Case Keenum?
EAGAN, Minn. — To outsiders, Matt Wile is nearly undetectable around the Vikings locker room. Besides the fact that he's unfamiliar face, claimed off of waivers Sunday, Sept. 2, to replace Ryan Quigley as the team's punter, the 26-year-old Wile is currently the the only player on the team without a nameplate above his locker. "Yeah," Wile said with a laugh. "I'm working on it."
EAGAN, Minn. — As the final minutes leading up to Sunday's kickoff count down, Vikings running back Dalvin Cook will be in the locker room at U.S. Bank Stadium, blasting music in preparation for the season opener against the San Francisco 49ers. "I've got to play Future," Cook said with a smile when asked about his pregame playlist. "Any type of Future will get me hype. He's got hype music. Period."
EAGAN, Minn. — Just like he's done thousands of times throughout his NFL career, Terence Newman got ready for practice on Monday, Sept. 3. Only on this particular day, Newman took a different route upon his arrival at TCO Performance Center, posting up in his new office inside the facility, rather than heading to the locker room.
EAGAN, Minn. — Between his splashy pick-six in training camp and a routine tackle for loss in a preseason game, linebacker Eric Wilson has spent the past month cementing his status as the Vikings' most improved player. Not bad for a guy who was passed over by every team in the 2017 NFL Draft.
EAGAN, Minn. — It's impossible for Brandon Zylstra to escape the Adam Thielen comparisons. Both players hail from small-town Minnesota. Both players played wide receiver in small, unheralded college programs. Both players were brought in by the hometown Vikings after being overlooked in the NFL Draft. For now, that's where it ends. Zylstra still has a long way to go if he hopes to follow the career arc of Thielen, who emerged as a star last season with a 91-catch, 1,276-yard campaign.
MINNEAPOLIS — Vikings wide receiver Cayleb Jones was arrested in Eagan on Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 28, according to Dakota County court records, and is being held in the Dakota County Jail on probable cause of felony-level theft and misdemeanor-level domestic assault. Jones, 25, is scheduled for his first court appearance at noon Thursday. Meanwhile, the Vikings play their final exhibition game against the Tennessee Titans in Nashville, Tenn., at 7 p.m. Thursday.