>Doss on NFL Network
Vikings safety Mike Doss was interviewed by NFL Network from Canton, Ohio, where he is hosting a football camp for youth. They talked to him as part of a piece being done on Doss and other athletes from Canton. Doss said his knee feels 110% and that he’s ready to compete for a starting spot at safety with the Vikings. He generally spoke favorably of quarterback Tarvaris Jackson but was cautious with his words, acknowledging that he is “on a learning curve.” He raved about rookie Adrian Peterson and the breakaway threat he brings to the offense, using words like “thoroughbred” and “stallion” to describe the team’s top pick.
>Team preview: Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings have many onlookers guessing about what kind of season to expect from them in 2007. “This team could lose a dozen games this year, or they could win ten or more. There is real potential for pointspread value betting on or against this team – I just don’t see a middle of the pack kind of season,” according to this story.
>Vikings will run the ball often in ‘07
Michael Fabiano, NFL.com Fantasy Expert makes the not-so-bold prediction that “with little explosiveness in the pass attack, the Vikings will run the ball often and use a ball-control offense.”
>Culpepper hearing rescheduled for July 18
Another delay in the grievance hearing for Daunte Culpepper, who continues to represent himself and personally handle all communication via e-mail. Here’s the latest from the disgruntled former Viking QB himself: "Because of our need for witnesses, we have requested that the hearing be rescheduled in Miami, rather than L.A., so that all involved parties can attend," Culpepper wrote. "In the meantime, while everyone else is on vacation, I am focused on getting ready for training camp wherever it may be."
>Goodell has meeting set for July 24
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell reportedly has set up a July 24 meeting between all parties to address the issue of disability payments for retired players.
>League needs to resolve issues for retired players
The NFL is too financially successful for it not to be in their own long-term best interests to resolve the issues being brought forward by former Viking Brent Boyd and others regarding disability benefits.
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>Wilf's spread wealth to political groups
The Minneapolis-StarTribune reports on how Vikings owner Zygi Wilf and his family have supported various politicians in hopes of earning a voice at the legislative table.
>Best wishes for OT?
You may have read the article about former Viking safety Orlando Thomas recently and his battle with the degenerative disease ALS. Here’s an address for sending best wishes: Orlando Thomas, PO Box 1034, Youngsville, LA 70592