VikingBuzz BLOG: 6/20

Your information portal for the latest news, commentary and analysis on the Minnesota Vikings.

>Vikings make property acquisition official
The Minnesota Vikings today confirmed that the Wilf ownership group has agreed to acquire four city blocks near the Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis from the Minneapolis Star Tribune. This property is part of the Wilf ownership group's vision of a broader redevelopment of the Downtown East area of Minneapolis that will include a new Vikings' stadium.  "We are committed to bringing world championships to the state of Minnesota and to providing a first-class game day experience for Vikings fans," said Vikings Owner/Chairman Zygi Wilf.  "We look forward to being part of a public-private partnership to build a world-class, multi-use facility that will benefit the entire state."

>Excited to see what Jackson can do
Considered a huge question mark coming into the season, just how good can Tarvaris Jackson be?  (TSN)

>T-Jack’s college coach moving up quickly
Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson’s position coach at Alabama State was former NFL wide receiver Reggie Barlow.  With just two years of coaching experience, he’s already been hired to be the head coach at his alma mater.  The 34-year-old Barlow seems ready for the challenge and could be a Mike Tomlin-type rising star in the coaching ranks.  Barlow played five seasons with Jacksonville, one with the Oakland Raiders, and two with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he was a member of a Super Bowl championship team in 2001.  ( (Bio) (Coaching Video Clips) (Pro Statistics)

>Two Salukis trying to make it with Vikings
It's rare for two players from college to play on the same NFL team, especially from a Division I-AA school such as Southern Illinois.  But the Vikings have a pair of Salukis in running back Arkee Whitlock and tight end Braden Jones trying to make it with the Vikings.  Whitlock faces an uphill battle with a lot of talented backs ahead of him, but his college productivity and willingness to contribute on special teams at least give him a chance.  Jones might have the best speed of all the tight ends in camp and has very legitimate chance as a pass-catching tight end in the Vikings’ West Coast Offense.  (

>Childress lightening load at training camp this year
Head coach Brad Childress has scaled back his training camp schedule a bit this year.  (StarTribune) (Full Schedule)

>Ex-Viking connections in World Bowl
Former Vikings wide receiver Mike Jones, who coached the Frankfurt Galaxy to the World Bowl in NFL Europa last season, will coach Frankfurt in the World Bowl against Hamburg on Saturday.  Starting at quarterback for Frankfurt will be ex-Viking J.T. O'Sullivan.  Aaron Hosack, who also spent a couple seasons with the Vikings, starts at wide receiver for Frankfurt.  Jones was with the Vikings from 1983-85 before being traded to the New Orleans Saints for running back Wayne Wilson.  He originally made the team as a sixth-round draft pick of the Vikings out of Tennessee State in 1983.  (Jones bio ) (O’Sullivan bio) (Hosack bio)

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