Special teams draw a close look in later rounds of Vikings draft

The Vikings finished the NFL draft on Saturday with an eye on special teams, where at least half of the six players selected in the later rounds can help turn things around.

Last season was dismal for Minnesota’s special teams, from misfiring field goals to poor kick coverage and return phases. Coordinator Marwan Maalouf was let go and replaced by Ryan Ficken, who already knows a few of the Vikings’ late-round picks after interviewing them during the draft process.

“We did struggle on special teams last year,” General Manager Rick Spielman said, “but when you have the type of athletes we were able to get in the third day of the draft this year, nine times out of 10 those guys end up playing and performing well on special teams.”

The Vikings added two proven kick returners in fourth-round running back Kene Nwangwu (Iowa State) and fifth-round receiver Ihmir

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Dun & Bradstreet’s Bryan Hipsher on Driving Tech Innovation in Finance

  • Bryan Hipsher of Dun & Bradstreet shared how CFOs can drive tech innovation at finance organizations.
  • Hipsher told Insider that prioritizing modern data, analytics technology, and automation is vital.
  • Hipsher also noted the importance of creating valuable partnerships with the rest of the C-suite. 
  • This article is part of the Innovation C-Suite series about business growth and technology shifts.

According to Bryan Hipsher, CFO at commercial data, analytics, and insights leader Dun & Bradstreet, the finance organization isn’t just about putting numbers to paper. 

“I’ve always driven my team to be part of the business,” he told Insider. “You can take one of two approaches in finance: You can be the weatherperson reporting on how things go, or you can be a partner helping to drive the outcome.” 

In 2020, Hipsher and his team helped pull off one of the pandemic’s biggest tech IPOs, while also replacing its legacy

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USDA raises forecast for all-wheat seedings | 2021-04-01

KANSAS CITY — Growers in 2021 intend to seed more area to wheat than in 2020, though it would be the fourth-smallest all-wheat planted area since records began in 1919.

All-wheat planted area was projected at 46,358,000 acres, up 5% from 44,349,000 acres seeded in 2020, up 1% from 46 million acres as projected by the USDA at its annual Agricultural Outlook Forum in February, and down 1% from the average of the past five years.

Area planted to spring wheat other than durum was projected at 11,740,000 acres, down 4% from 12,250,000 acres in 2020, and down 3% from the 2016-20 average. The total projection included about 10.9 million acres expected to be planted to hard red spring wheat. For the top other spring wheat production states, acreage compared with 2020 was projected to be down 3% in Minnesota, down 12% in Montana, and down 2% in North Dakota.

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