Matt Vensel | Star Tribune
Reporter | Vikings

Matt Vensel has been a Vikings beat reporter for The Minneapolis Star Tribune since March 2014. He joined the Star Tribune after six years covering the Baltimore Ravens for The Baltimore Sun Media Group. When he isn't covering the Vikings, you can probably find him on an ice rink or at a local coffeehouse. Matt is a native of the Pittsburgh area.

Vikings' long line of struggles drafting linemen hits critical point

Pro schemes, less learning time hindering prospects.

Vikings draft preview: It's not just Treadwell; depth needed at WR, TE

Leading up to the 2017 NFL draft starting Thursday, we'll take an exclusive look at the Vikings' needs at each position and how they'll address them. Depth at receiver could be bolstered from within.

Vikings draft central: A pick for every pick

With the NFL draft approaching, the Vikings turn the dial in earnest to a fresh start. In the ultimate Vikings draft preview, we've done a mock draft that is built to fill every one of the Vikings' biggest needs.

Vikings' playoff aspirations begin (Saints) and end (Bears) at home

The Vikings' 2017 schedule features top quarterbacks (Brees, Big Ben, Cam and Rodgers and Stafford twice), rough road games (hello, Atlanta) and a trip to London to face the Browns.

Murray moves in; Vikings and Peterson will move on

The Adrian Peterson era in Minnesota came to a quiet close in the early morning hours Thursday. GM Rick Spielman texted the former MVP informing him the Vikings had signed Latavius Murray.

Vikings sign former Oakland running back Latavius Murray

Latavius Murray, 27, agreed to a contract with the Vikings early Thursday morning. He joins a backfield that includes Jerick McKinnon, Bishop Sankey and C.J. Ham but probably not Adrian Peterson.

Torii Hunter's son follows dad's football dream

Before he was an All Star, Torii Hunter's first love was football, and Money Hunter hopes to make it in the NFL out of Arkansas State.

Ex-Lion Reiff fills Vikings' tackle need; Kalil, Locke, Ellison headed out

Reiff figures to solidify one of their two tackle spots, which was the Vikings' most glaring need and its top priority heading into free agency. The team lost three players and fell short in a bid for a high-profile receiver.

Free agency might be unkind to Peterson

The free-agency negotiating period opens without a clear landing spot for the running back.

Offensive line 'where the weakness is' in NFL draft

Unfortunately for the Vikings, they are not the only team looking to find better blockers. A recent report listed offensive line as a top-three need for about half of the league's teams.