Player News - Vikings

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Vikings GM Rick Spielman said Cordarrelle Patterson "has made tremendous strides" as a route runner.

"He is very tuned in and very focused trying to prove to everybody, including himself, that he’s going to be not just a great athlete with the football in his hands, but a true receiver in the NFL," Spielman continued. Patterson earning praise is certainly better than the alternative, but his history makes it tough to take these comments with anything but a grain of salt. Patterson will have to fight for his roster spot in training camp, and it remains highly unlikely he becomes fantasy viable this season.
Source: vikings.com
Jul 26 - 1:00 PM

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Matt Vensel believes Vikings third-year DE Scott Crichton is on the roster bubble.

A third-round pick in 2014, Crichton has played just 145 defensive snaps in two seasons. With Minnesota loaded at defensive end, Crichton is unlikely to get an opportunity this year even if he sticks on the team. He likely needs to beat out Justin Trattou, Stephen Weatherly, and Zach Moore for a roster spot.
Jul 26 - 11:56 AM

The St. Paul Pioneer Press' Charley Walters believes this season "probably will be the last in Minnesota" for Adrian Peterson.

Walters cites Peterson's rising wages -- he is owed a $6 million roster bonus along with an $11.75 million base salary in 2017 -- as the main reason he will be shown the door. It is unlikely the Vikings pay Peterson that much money in his age-32 season, but that is not the only option. The Vikings could offer Peterson an extension which gives him some security down the line in exchange for a lower salary next year, and he will likely be willing to negotiate knowing he will not get close to $18 million on the open market. Still, it is not a given Peterson returns to Minnesota next season, making Jerick McKinnon a great hold in Dynasty formats.
Jul 26 - 8:30 AM

Laquon Treadwell says he finally feels "back to full strength" following the gruesome left tibia fracture and ankle dislocation he suffered in November of 2014.

Treadwell admits he was "tentative" and played through persistent pain in his final college season. "I wasn’t 100 percent in anything I did from the beginning of spring ball (in 2015) to Pro Day (March 28, 2016). I was playing on one leg my whole junior season. It felt like I had a fire in my foot." Treadwell's pre-draft workout metrics disappointed, but they should be taken with a grain of salt. Despite the devastating sophomore-year injury and only playing college ball for three seasons, Treadwell left school as Ole Miss' all-time leader in catches.
Jul 25 - 10:17 AM

Vikings RT Phil Loadholt has decided to retire after seven seasons in the NFL.

Only 30, Loadholt is the next in an increasingly long line of players who have retired prematurely over the last two seasons. A second-round pick in 2009, Loadholt played his entire career with the Vikings. He missed all of last season with a torn Achilles' tendon, but he was expected to compete with Andre Smith for a starting spot at right tackle. Loadholt was forced to take a significant pay cut in March, so it is possible money plus injury concerns contributed to his decision. With Loadholt out the door, Smith is locked in at right tackle.
Jul 25 - 8:38 AM

According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Matt Vensel, the additions of Laquon Treadwell and Moritz Bohringer pose the "biggest threat" to Charles Johnson's roster spot.

In the same breath, Vensel also noted Johnson stood out at OTAs and minicamp as the starting split end opposite flanker Stefon Diggs. Johnson will have to hold off rookie Treadwell for the gig, but if he doesn't, Johnson offers no special teams value, and the Vikings would have to maybe decide between he and Bohringer. Cordarrelle Patterson and Adam Thielen are special teams mainstays.
Jul 22 - 9:46 AM

ESPN 1500 Twin Cities believes sixth-round WR Moritz Bohringer is on the "outside looking in" for a roster spot.

ESPN's Ben Goessling agrees, saying Bohringer will likely begin his career on the practice squad. Bohringer himself said he is struggling with the "mental" side of the game, and he reportedly dealt with drops in the offseason program. He has the physical upside to be an offensive weapon, but Bohringer has a long way to go.
Jul 21 - 11:30 AM

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Matt Vensel believes the Vikings want to run "a more shotgun-centric offense this season."

That type of offense is a better fit for Teddy Bridgewater, but Adrian Peterson struggled to run successfully out of the formation early last season, leading to more under-center plays as the year went along. For the Vikings to utilize the shotgun more often, Peterson needs to improve on the 37-59-1 (1.6 YPC) line he produced from the formation last season. Considering he has averaged just 3.8 yards per carry from the shotgun throughout his career, it is tough to see him suddenly figuring it out.
Jul 21 - 9:57 AM

Vikings second-year DE Danielle Hunter "could be in line for bigger things" this season.

Hunter managed six sacks across 426 defensive snaps as a third-round rookie last season and received extremely high marks from Pro Football Focus for his run defense. With LE Brian Robison going into his age-33 season and on the obvious decline, Hunter could play even more opposite RE Everson Griffen. Hunter looks like a player to target in IDP Dynasty leagues.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 20 - 12:57 PM

Jerick McKinnon could be asked to do more in the passing game this season.

Matt Asiata is a better pass protector than McKinnon, but Asiata's services may not be as vital this year if the offensive line improves as expected. That would open up more passing-down snaps for McKinnon, who averaged 8.2 yards per catch last season. Adrian Peterson is still locked in as the unquestioned bellcow, but McKinnon could see more than the 73 touches he was given in 2015.
Jul 18 - 10:17 AM

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune suggests the Vikings will incorporate more skinny post route concepts following the selection of Laquon Treadwell.

Old Norv Turner pupil Michael Irvin rode the skinny post to a Hall of Fame career, and Treadwell's skill set is similar to Irvin's. Also known as the "Bang 8," skinny posts were not a part of Minnesota's 2015 offense with smallish Stefon Diggs and an otherwise underwhelming cast at receiver. The Bang 8 was a huge part of Turner's offenses in Dallas and San Diego. "Laquon's more physically gifted than I was," said Irvin. "He's going to put Minnesota on another level."
Jul 17 - 1:24 PM

Vikings H-back Rhett Ellison (patellar tendon) anticipates making a full recovery.

Ellison missed the entire offseason after January surgery. Despite coming off a career-threatening injury, the Vikings saw enough to give him a one-year, $2.25M deal. Ellison will have a blocking role when healthy.
Jul 16 - 6:05 PM

Adrian Peterson is participating in intense physical training at Houston's O Athletik facility with an eventual goal of "churn(ing) out 1,000-yard seasons into his mid-30s."

The workouts are described much better in the article linked below, but Peterson compared himself to Floyd Mayweather "beating up on young guys ... taking them to class" in Mayweather's late 30s. O Athletik trainer James Cooper says the "benchmark" for Peterson is ten 40-yard dashes with 30 seconds rest in between, the slowest of which "should be no worse than 4.49 to 4.55 seconds." It suggests Peterson is still running nearly as fast as he did coming out of Oklahoma in 2007, when Peterson clocked a 4.41 forty-yard dash.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 12 - 7:39 PM

Vikings.com's Mike Wobschall believes the starting safety spot next to Harrison Smith is Andrew Sendejo's to lose.

Sendejo looked like the locked-in starter after the Vikings gave him a four-year, $16 million deal in March, but that changed when they added Michael Griffin four days later. Sendejo has held off the veteran to this point, but his grip on the starting spot is tenuous entering camp. Antone Exum is also in the mix.
Source: vikings.com
Jul 11 - 9:05 AM

Vikings S Antone Exum is in the mix to start opposite Harrison Smith.

Exum repped with the second team at OTAs. He's part of an open competition for Andrew Sendejo’s job going into training camp. Sendejo's contract makes him the favorite to start.
Jul 9 - 2:04 PM


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