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Audie Cole | Linebacker | #57

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (28) / 6/1/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 248
College: North Carolina State
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 7 (210) / MIN
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Jaguars released LB Audie Cole.
A seventh-round pick by the Vikings in 2012, Cole saw several starts as a sophomore, but he has mostly been an asset on special teams. He was expected to fill a similar role in Jacksonville after signing there in March. Aug 26 - 11:09 AM

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Jaguars signed LB Audie Cole, formerly of the Vikings.

Jacksonville appears set at linebacker with Telvin Smith, Paul Posluszny, and Myles Jack, but Cole gives them quality depth and is an asset on special teams.
Mar 11 - 11:32 AM

Vikings re-signed LB Audie Cole to a one-year, $760,000 contract.

Cole was scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent. A seventh-round pick in 2012, Cole has failed to capitalize on several opportunities to win a starting job in training camp. With Eric Kendricks and Anthony Barr now locked in as starters, Cole should compete for a backup role this offseason. Cole finished 2015 on injured reserve with an ankle injury, but he should be ready for OTAs.
Tue, Mar 8, 2016 10:10:00 AM

Vikings placed LB Audio Cole (ankle) on season-ending injured reserve.

Cole suffered a fractured ankle Week 9 against the Rams. Minnesota added veteran LB Jason Trusnik in a corresponding move. With Eric Kendricks (ribs) sidelined and Anthony Barr (arm) questionable, Trusnik could be forced into some playing time. Trusnik played in 16 games for the Dolphins last season.
Tue, Nov 10, 2015 11:45:00 AM

Vikings LB Audie Cole exited Week 9 against the Rams with a fractured ankle.

Cole got the start in place of injured MLB Eric Kendricks. Prior to Sunday, he'd played just five defensive snaps. Rookie Brandon Watts is now in the game.
Sun, Nov 8, 2015 04:01:00 PM

Audie Cole is the favorite to open the season as the Vikings' starting middle linebacker.

Cole lost out to Jasper Brinkley in last year's training camp, but he looks poised to beat out rookie Eric Kendricks this season. "He understands the system (better) out there," coach Mike Zimmer said. "Knows what to do. He's worked real hard." Cole had 14 total tackles in his one start last season.
Thu, Aug 20, 2015 01:14:00 PM

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune projects Audie Cole as the Vikings' starting middle linebacker.

Cole would be flanked by Chad Greenway on the weak side and Anthony Barr on the strong side. This could all be a moot point if the Vikings choose to upgrade the position in the draft. UCLA LB Eric Kendricks could be a target if Minnesota trades out of the No. 11 pick, and Miami LB Denzel Perryman could still be on the board when the Vikes pick in the second round.
Sat, Apr 25, 2015 08:58:00 AM

The Vikings have used MLB Audie Cole in their base defense during OTAs.

Cole is competing with Jasper Brinkley for the middle linebacker job. He could also replace Anthony Barr on the strong side in sub-packages, with Barr moving to an on-the-line pass rusher role. Chad Greenway will get the majority of his snaps on the weak side.
Source: ESPN.com
Sat, May 31, 2014 06:04:00 PM

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune believes the Vikings will select at least one linebacker in the NFL Draft.

Despite having eight linebackers on the roster, Minnesota's only sure starter is SLB Chad Greenway. The middle linebacker position is currently held down by Audie Cole and Jasper Brinkley, while weak-side 'backer Gerald Hodges won't be guaranteed a starting job. New Vikings coach Mike Zimmer's Bengals defenses used thumpers in the middle with "run-and-hit" athletes on the outside.
Sat, Apr 19, 2014 09:14:00 AM

ESPN.com's Ben Goessling considers Audie Cole the favorite for the Vikings' starting middle linebacker job.

Cole made five starts filling in for Erin Henderson last year, finishing with 45 tackles and a sack. The Vikings cut Henderson, leaving Cole to compete with Jasper Brinkley for snaps. The middle linebacker position is highly productive in Mike Zimmer's 4-3 scheme, so Cole is worth monitoring in IDP leagues if he wins the starting job. Minnesota is also high on 2013 seventh-rounder Michael Mauti and could target a linebacker in the early rounds of the draft.
Source: ESPN.com
Sat, Mar 22, 2014 04:20:00 PM

Vikings MLB Audie Cole will miss Week 17 with an ankle injury.

A second-year former seventh-round pick out of NC State, Cole showed some glimpses of emerging as Minnesota's middle linebacker of the future, racking up 45 tackles and starting five games. Pro Football Focus graded out Cole as sub-par against the run, but positively in coverage. This will be an IDP situation to monitor during the offseason. It's a high-production position.
Mon, Dec 23, 2013 01:40:00 PM

Audie Cole will remain the Vikings' starting middle linebacker going forward.

Filling in for Erin Henderson (personal) over the last two weeks, Cole has performed extremely well while racking up 22 tackles and one sack. Henderson is now back, but will move to the weak side. Cole is an IDP plug-n-play.
Wed, Dec 4, 2013 12:49:00 PM

Coaches have told Audie Cole that the starting middle linebacker position is open for competition.

Last year's starting middle 'backer Jasper Brinkley signed with the Cardinals in free agency, leaving Cole as the tentative starter. The 2012 seventh-round pick is expected to see competition in the form of an early-round rookie. It's an IDP situation to monitor as the underwhelming Brinkley managed 98 tackles a year ago.
Wed, Apr 17, 2013 11:37:00 AM

Vikings signed seventh-round LB Audie Cole to a four-year contract.

Minnesota's coaching staff became familiar with Cole while coaching him at the Senior Bowl. The former N.C. State star runs well (4.76 forty) for his size at 6'4" and 246 pounds. If he makes the 2012 roster, it will likely be as a special teamer.
Tue, May 22, 2012 02:13:00 PM

Vikings selected N.C. State LB Audie Cole with the No. 210 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft.

Cole was moved to middle linebacker his senior season at N.C. State, but struggled in the role. He's considered a smart player who has a future on the weak side, but will need to overcome strength and agility limitations. Standing at 6'4/248, he'll compete for reps behind Erin Henderson.
Sat, Apr 28, 2012 05:42:00 PM

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