Vikings Preview Capsule
MINNESOTA VIKINGS (8-7-1)
New faces: C Garrett Bradbury, RG Josh Kline, DT Shamar Stephen, TE Irv Smith Jr., RB Alexander Mattison, P/K Kaare Vedvik, LS Austin Cutting, WR Jordan Taylor,...
Vikings top Seahawks 25-19 behind crisp preseason passing
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The pressure is on Minnesota's offense to improve, and a more productive passing attack will depend partially on a diversified group of targets for Kirk Cousins.
Immersing Irv: Vikings have big plans for rookie tight end
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — When the Minnesota Vikings take the field against New Orleans in their preseason opener, Irv Smith Jr. will be the latest but nowhere close to the last person in the country to...
Vikings Training Camp Capsule
MINNESOTA VIKINGS (8-7-1)
OPEN CAMP: July 26, Eagan, Minnesota
LAST YEAR: Stumbled underneath weight of Super Bowl goal they carried with expensive new QB Kirk Cousins into 2018,...
Vikings take Alabama tight end Irv Smith Jr. in 2nd round
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Irv Smith Jr. began playing football in eighth grade. Becoming a tight end was only a matter of time.
The son of former NFL tight end Irv Smith had plenty of footballs,...
Alabama linebacker Mack Wilson joins NFL draft exodus
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama middle linebacker Mack Wilson is entering the NFL draft.
Wilson becomes the seventh Crimson Tide player and fourth defender to declare for the draft since losing to Clemson in the national title game.
The junior announced his intentions on Twitter Sunday evening.
Wilson made 71 tackles with five for a loss and had two interceptions last season.
The Montgomery, Alabama product played in 42 games over the past two seasons and had 119 career tackles.
Alabama safety Deionte Thompson declares for NFL draft
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — All-America safety Deionte Thompson has joined a growing crowd of Alabama players leaving early for the NFL draft.
Thompson announced his decision Sunday on Twitter. He's the sixth Crimson Tide underclassman to announce his decision to leave early.
Thompson was a consensus All-American in his first season as the starter. He made 79 tackles and had two interceptions and four forced fumbles.
Alabama DB Saivion Smith declares for NFL draft
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama cornerback Saivion Smith is entering the NFL draft.
Smith announced his decision Saturday on Twitter, becoming the fifth Crimson Tide underclassmen to turn pro this week.
The junior college transfer played in all 15 games during his lone season at Alabama, starting 12. He had 60 tackles, three interceptions and eight tackles for loss.
Smith was a five-star recruit who played one season at LSU before transferring to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
4 Alabama players announce they are declaring for NFL draft
Four Alabama players are skipping their final seasons to enter the NFL draft, including All-America left tackle Jonah Williams and Outland Trophy-winning defensive lineman Quinnen Williams.
Those projected first-rounders announced their intentions on Friday, along with versatile tailback Josh Jacobs and tight end Irv Smith Jr.
Bama’s Irv Smith Jr. follows family path of star tight ends
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's Irv Smith Jr. was determined to be a wide receiver in high school.
Never mind that he's the son and nephew of former NFL tight ends and is built for that position, too.
Take your seats, ’Bama fans, or you might miss a touchdown
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama fans can't take their time getting settled in for the start of games.
They might miss a touchdown, or two or three.
The top-ranked Crimson Tide has wasted no time pouncing on opponents this season, jumping out to big leads that have effectively taken away any drama about the outcome.
Tagovailoa throws 4 TD as No. 1 Alabama beats Arkansas 65-31
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Every week Alabama seemingly reaches another milestone with yet another blowout.
Tua Tagovailoa passed for 334 yards and four touchdowns as No. 1 Alabama ran its winning streak against Arkansas to 12 straight with a 65-31 win Saturday. The Crimson Tide has reached 45 points in six straight games for the first time in program history.
No. 1 Bama flashing explosive passing game with Tagovailoa
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama can still send a number of talented tailbacks and bruising blockers at opposing defenses, but now they've got to be equally wary of the collection of wide receivers.
The top-ranked Crimson Tide's offense has produced bushels of yards and points — and a number of deep balls — in quarterback Tua Tagovailoa's first two starts.