Player News - Vikings

Date: Team: Pos:

Vikings RT Phil Loadholt (Achilles') said he's 100 percent healthy.

Loadholt missed all of last season with a torn Achilles', but is "feeling good, moving around." He'll compete with Andre Smith for the starting gig.
May 25 - 2:46 PM

Kyle Rudolph is excited to work with new TEs coach Pat Shurmur.

Shurmur joined the Vikings following a three-year stint as the Eagles' offensive coordinator. "He has been doing it for a long time and he adds a lot of credibility and a different perspective on offense to our staff," said Rudolph. "He has had a lot of success with tight ends." Durability has been an issue for Rudolph, but he'll be healthy for OTAs after appearing in all 16 games last season. Rudolph has never topped 500 yards in a season and probably won't as long as Adrian Peterson is leading the offense.
May 22 - 11:35 AM

Teddy Bridgewater says first-round WR Laquon Treadwell has impressed at offseason workouts.

"He’s going to be big for this team," Bridgewater said. "He’s been here with us for two days now, and he’s been looking good." Treadwell projects for heavy snaps as the Week 1 starter opposite Stefon Diggs. In Minnesota's run-based offense, Treadwell is unlikely to exceed low-end WR3 value as a rookie.
Source: vikings.com
May 21 - 6:30 PM

Vikings signed No. 23 overall pick WR Laquon Treadwell to a four-year contract.

As you already know, the deal includes a fifth-year team option for 2020. Arguably the top receiver prospect in the draft, Treadwell is still over a month shy of his 21st birthday. Treadwell has just 4.64 speed, but is adept at the finer points of receiving, and is a beast after the catch. Minnesota wasn't the best landing spot from a fantasy perspective, but Treadwell is a no-brainer top-five pick in Dynasty leagues, and will be on the WR3/4 radar in re-draft formats.
May 12 - 3:03 PM

Vikings signed fifth-round ILB Kentrell Brothers to a four-year, $2.57 million contract.

A prolific tackler and three-year starter at Mizzou, Brothers showed 4.82 "wheels" at the Combine, but flashes on tape. He's an instinctual player who finishes plays. He's a moldable piece of clay for coach Mike Zimmer.
May 10 - 6:03 PM

Jeff Locke will compete with rookies Taylor Symmank and Nick O’Toole for the starting punting job this season.

The Vikings brought in competition for Locke after he finished dead-last in the league in punt average last season (41.6 yards). Symmank averaged 46.0 yards per punt at Texas Tech in 2015 while O'Toole averaged 45.4 in his senior year at West Virginia. Locke is entering the last year of his rookie deal.
May 8 - 11:08 AM

Adrian Peterson said he wants to get in some work during the preseason.

"I feel like getting out there," Peterson said. "It's something that once that time comes around, I'll have a better feel for. I can tell you, though, I'm definitely more itching towards playing." Peterson hasn’t appeared in a preseason game since 2013, and doesn’t have a carry in any of the last four preseasons. With new starters on the offensive line, the Vikings could look to get him reps this year.
May 7 - 8:27 PM

Second-year CB Trae Waynes may open the season as the Vikings' No. 5 corner.

Waynes was initially projected to start opposite Xavier Rhodes, but the Vikings opted to re-sign 38-year-old Terence Newman and select Mackensie Alexander in the second round of last weekend's draft. Rhodes and Newman are expected to start outside, with Captain Munnerlyn in the slot and Alexander as the dime back. Waynes didn't show well across 215 rookie-year snaps after being the 11th overall pick. He may have to wait until 2017 for a chance to start.
Source: ESPN.com
May 6 - 10:01 AM

Vikings signed second-round CB Mackensie Alexander to a four-year contract.

He gets a $1.34 million signing bonus. Alexander was a fringe first-round prospect who dropped to the Vikings at No. 54 overall possibly due to character concerns. He's reportedly very difficult to deal with off the field. Alexander will probably be the Vikings' No. 4/sub-package corner as a rookie.
May 4 - 2:05 PM

Vikings signed No. 227 overall pick DE Stephen Weatherly to a four-year contract.

He gets an $81,288 signing bonus. Weatherly has the makings of a potential seventh-round contributor after doing well in pre-draft workouts, even if he wasn't all that productive at Vanderbilt. He'll need to carve out a role on special teams first before having thoughts of sacking the quarterback.
May 4 - 1:11 PM

Vikings signed No. 188 overall pick TE David Morgan to a four-year contract.

Morgan gets a $135,456 signing bonus at his draft slot. He showed well in agility drills in pre-draft workouts, but ran extremely slow at 5.02 in the forty. Morgan's ticket to the roster will be special teams and blocking skill.
May 4 - 11:59 AM

Vikings signed seventh-round S Jayron Kearse to a four-year contract.

What's important to Kearse, is he gets a $64,224 signing bonus. Kearse is the nephew of former Titans Pro Bowl DE Jevon "The Freak" Kearse. The Clemson product is going to have to carve out a role on special teams to make it.
May 4 - 11:01 AM

Vikings signed sixth-round WR Moritz Boehringer to a four-year, $2.49 million contract.

He's the first rookie to sign his contract. Last year's No. 180 overall pick, Jaguars DT Michael Bennett, inked a deal worth a little more than $2.418 million. Incredibly athletic but lacking honed football skills, Boehringer will be a fascinating player to watch this summer and in preseason games.
May 2 - 9:02 PM

The Vikings have declined Cordarrelle Patterson's fifth-year team option for 2017.

It's a no-brainer. Patterson has 863 receiving yards in three years, catching all of two passes in 2015. He's amongst the league's most dangerous players on kick returns, but if he's back with the Vikings after this season, it will be at a fraction of what the option would have cost.
May 2 - 1:38 PM

Vikings signed Georgia LB Jake Ganus.

Ganus (6'2/232) spent one year at Georgia after transferring from UAB, leading the Bulldogs with 102 tackles (5 TFL) and catching two interceptions. Ganus' athletic deficiencies showed up at the UGA Pro Day, running 4.85 with a 9-foot-5 broad jump. In addition to his modest athleticism, Ganus' short arms (29") limit him in coverage and he doesn't pack thump as a run stopper. Ganus will have to earn his NFL keep on special teams.
May 2 - 12:35 PM


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