While the players may rest their bodies during the offseason, they rarely rest their social media accounts.
ESPN asked each of its regional writers to identify their respective team's "social media star," and Ben Goessling picked defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd as the Vikings top tweeter.
The Vikings' roster isn't stocked with big personalities, but as Floyd has shown a little more of his wit in the locker room, he has also done so on Twitter. He weighs on happenings around the NFL – or the NBA – with clever one-liners, tweaks media members along with fellow athletes and plays the occasional trick on his followers. On April Fool's Day, Floyd broke the 'news' that the Vikings weren't picking up his fifth-year option, saying a mock farewell to Minnesota.
Other players picked from teams around the league included Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Texans defensive end J.J. Watt and Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman. ESPN's Mike Reiss wrote the following:
While Tom Brady has upped his social media game the past two years with a heavy emphasis on Facebook, and TE Rob Gronkowski is the "funnest guy in sports," Edelman gets the nod for his consistency of posts on a variety of topics and also his sense of humor. The "Cops" video with Danny Amendola puts him over the top in a close vote.
Emmanuel Lamur embraces position change with Vikings
The Vikings signed linebacker Emmanuel Lamur as a free agent this offseason, and he's been all smiles since arriving in Minnesota. 1500 ESPN's Andrew Krammer caught up with Lamur after minicamp practice Tuesday. Krammer wrote:
It's like he's a rookie again, because the 27-year-old Lamur is back at weak-side linebacker where he started with the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent in 2012. [Vikings Head Coach] Mike Zimmer was the defensive coordinator then. Now, after signing a two-year, $5.5 million deal with the Vikings this spring, Zimmer is his head coach.
"Oh, man, Zim hasn't changed," Lamur told Krammer. "Coach is going to tell you straight up. He's straight forward and he's going to give it to you whether you like it or not. He's going to push you to the fullest, he's going to expect the best out of you. He's going to expect you to work every day. He's not choosy. He doesn't handle favoritism. He just wants people to compete."
Lamur told Krammer that a familiarity with the defense and with Zimmer has made the transition to the Vikings easier. Lamur most recently played the strong side linebacker spot in Cincinnati, but he has no problem with lining up at weak side with the Vikings.
"[The Bengals] put me on the opposite side of Vontaze Burfict," Lamur told Krammer. "Which worked out, of course. At the same time, I prefer the Will linebacker."