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Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Vikings starting O-line in 2017 didn't play together in the preseason. If that scenario plays out again in the final 2 preseason games, how big of an affect might that have? "It's not ideal," John DeFilippo said. "It's not what you want. I would love for us to be able to go out and say all five of our guys are hearing Kirk's cadence at the same time, they're hearing Kirk's line calls, they're all hearing Pat's line calls if he was playing center. I would love to have that. Unfortunately in the National Football League, that's usually not the case. And you deal with it and everyone's going through those issues. You don't waste timing thinking about that stuff. You just try to make the best situation out of the situation you have. As coaches, we're problem solvers. We keep finding ways to alleviate those problems."

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Zimmer said Kirk Cousins didn't play his best vs. Jacksonville. Seeing how Cousins bounces back after a rough outing is something John DeFilippo is eager to observe in addition to how he himself can do the same: "I'm looking forward to myself bouncing back, our whole offense bouncing back. Personally, I didn't think it was my best effort. Starting with me in the offense, I think that we all need to be better and we will be this week."

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Vikes' Zimmer: Helmet rule will cost people jobs

The implementation of the NFL's new helmet rule this preseason has drawn criticism from players and coaches, including the Vikings' Mike Zimmer, who believes "it's going to cost some people some jobs -- playoffs, jobs, the whole bit I'm guessing."

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Daniel Carlson said the competition with Kai Forbath in training camp helped emulate pressure kick situations that might not always be easily replicated without a position battle: "Every kick is a pressure kick when you know your job's going to be on the line and it's probably going to be decided on a few different kicks. Over the years, I've experienced it in college and it's a little different in the NFL, at the end of the day you've got to treat every kick the same whether it's to win the Super Bowl or whether it's just a preseason game or just practice. That's what you try and replicate."

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Vikings kicking competition is effectively over. Minnesota waived veteran kicker Kai Forbath this morning and placed rookie DE Ade Aruna (knee) on injured reserve. The Vikings also put Johnny Stanton (lower leg), Josiah Price (ACL) and Cedrick Lang (lower leg) on the waived/injured list.

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

The Eagles are the best team in the NFL, per ESPN's Football Power Index. Changes to the vig on Philadelphia's season win total earlier this offseason bumped the defending champs over New England. However, the Patriots (17%) and Steelers (13%) remain more likely to win the Super Bowl than the Eagles (13%) because there are fewer contenders in the AFC. Note: these numbers were run before AJ McCarron's injury, which will affect the Bills' rating.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Zimmer reiterates that Dalvin Cook is going to play in the preseason and that they're going to follow the plan they've had, not divert path based on O-line injuries: "We're not going to play a game scared, guys get hurt, they get hurt, that's just life. We're not going to say, 'Oh shoot, we have too many injuries.'"

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Zimmer on why he elected to start Aviante Collins over Brian O'Neill at right tackle, despite O'Neill taking most of first team reps there during the week: "I just thought he (Collins) had a better week. He battled all week long, I thought he had a better week. Aviante is a very good athlete, got good strength and size to him. The way they were rushing some of the guys, some of the power rushes, I felt like he would be better."

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Brian Robison's reaction to several times when the penalty for helmet contact was called, which he notes is a "very confusing rule" : "I think I'm as baffled as anyone else. We look at some of the stuff on tape, the explanations of which one are fouls and which ones aren't an some of them you look at and 'How is that a foul?' and some of them you look at and you're like, 'OK, I see that one.' To me it's just one of those things that you go and play ball and let the chips fall where they may. At the end of the day, it's a very confusing rule. I understand the posture that they're trying to keep us out of and things like that, but at the same time I've seen a lot of hits that to me are clean hits. It's kind of a 50-50 deal. You just go out there and play ball and hope the best comes out of it."

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Zimmer on the difficulty to build O-line continuity with so many injuries. Vikings were down four starters today and lost two reserves: "We have to get on the stick here pretty quick. I think Remmers will be back next week, which will be good. I think Elflein has a chance to get back here pretty soon. That will help. I don't know about Rashod yet so we'll see. It's tough but we're not the only ones in the league to be having these issues, I'm sure. We just have a few more than we should have at this point in time. That's life."

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Antwione Williams was flagged for roughing the passer in the 2nd half, a call that Mike Zimmer wasn't happy with initially but then understood why the officials called it: "After I calmed down a little bit, I looked at it and his (Williams) head was to the side and he was going to the side. If he would have just rolled, but he kind of pumped him into the turf. I actually think that was a good call."

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Jaguars beat Vikings 14-10 in defense-dominated exhibition

Yannick Ngakoue had an 11-yard sack that helped Jacksonville's defense hold Kirk Cousins and Minnesota's starting offense to three completions and three points, and the Jaguars reserves rallied for a 14-10 victory over the Vikings on Saturday.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

An afternoon of ugly preseason football is finally over. Minnesota takes a 14-10 loss on a day where injuries, sloppy play and penalties marred the Vikings throughout. One of the few bright spots on offense centered around the competition for No. 3 running back. Mike Boone took a step towards leveling the position battle with 13 carries for 91 yards and a touchdown. Boone emerged as an early favorite in spring in the competition with Roc Thomas and Mack Brown and helped his case today with a handful of explosive runs. Thomas had a nice gain on a screen pass and ripped off a 15-yard run. This competition will be one to zero in on during the final two preseason games as the Vikings look to find the running back that will help them replace what they lost from Jerick McKinnon's departure.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Rookie Jalyn Holmes gets in the game to start the 2nd half. Jaleel Johnson slides over to nose tackle, similar to the approach the VIkings took with him last week in Denver where he switched often on the interior. Mike Zimmer said Johnson's position flexibility can help them out on game day, allowing them to possible dress one DL because they can move Johnson around. "It's good for him because it is two different techniques when you are playing nose and when you are playing the three-technique," Zimmer said. "It is good for him to do both, and it allows us to see what he is doing better, is this better or is that better."

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Ugly first half for the Vikings offensively. Kirk Cousins went 3-for-8 for 12 yards in the first half in four separate drives. Vikings went 0-for-6 on third down and netted a total of 67 yards. Aside from Riley Reiff, who struggled this afternoon in limited action, the rest of the starting OL stayed in for the rest of the half and moved Aviante Collins to left tackle while Brian O'Neill entered the game at right tackle.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Ifeadi Odenigbo playing left defensive end. Vikings moved him around on the interior last week with Jaleel Johnson, but have so little DE depth today (Weatherly and Wynn) that they're using him on the outside. Makes sense why he was listed "DL" on the roster.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

The lone bright spot on the second team offense's first drive was Mike Boone's 3 carries for 34 yards. The Cincinnati product needs to string performances like that together in his battle with Roc Thomas for the No. 3 RB job. Thomas dominated last week in Denver with two touchdowns.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Riley Reiff's day is done as the second team offensive line takes shape. Lot of shifting going on. Aviante Collins moves over to left tackle, Brian O'Neill takes over at right tackle. Tom Compton, Cornelius Edison and Danny Isidora stay at the positions they started at on the interior with this unit.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Second team defense on the field. David Perry getting reps at nose tackle, Jaleel Johnson at 3 tech. It took until the 4th quarter in Denver before we saw 4th round pick Jalyn Holmes. Wonder if he'll come in earlier as they work on the interior rotation as they did last week with Ifeadi Odenigbo.

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