Player News - Vikings

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Vikings 2015 first-rounder Trae Waynes worked as the first-team left cornerback during the offseason program.

GM Rick Spielman said he was counting on Waynes to step into a starting role this year, and it sounds like that is exactly what he did during the offseason. With Waynes on the outside, 38-year-old Terence Newman will battle second-round sophomore Mackensie Alexander in the slot.
Jun 19 - 11:02 AM

Vikings LE Danielle Hunter will take over the starting job this season.

Veteran Brian Robison will move into a rotational role. Hunter exploded for 12.5 sacks while still playing as something of a backup last season, and he now has 18.5 takedowns in only 992 snaps through two years. With his playing time expanding, the sky is the limit for Hunter.
Jun 19 - 10:55 AM

Joe Berger worked as the first-team right guard during the Vikings' offseason program.

Berger has been great at center the last couple seasons, but he also has a successful history at guard while the Vikings have options at center with Nick Easton and third-rounder Pat Elflein. Berger could move back to center if neither of the young players step up, but for now he will fill the bigger need. Berger, 35, has said this will be his final NFL season.
Jun 19 - 10:50 AM

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Matt Vensel reports Laquon Treadwell ran "exclusively" as the No. 3 receiver during the offseason program.

Treadwell is not likely to unseat Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen atop the depth chart as long as both are healthy, but it is promising he ran clearly ahead of Michael Floyd and Jarius Wright coming out of a disastrous rookie season. The No. 3 job does not carry much fantasy value, but it will put Treadwell in position for a big role if Diggs again struggles with his health.
Jun 19 - 10:42 AM

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Matt Vensel cannot "rule out Teddy Bridgewater (knee) getting cleared to return at some point in 2017."

That was the impression we got when Bridgewater surprisingly threw some passes in individual drills during the offseason program. Still, Vensel cautions Bridgewater "still has a ways to go" before he is cleared to return. If he is able to come back, Bridgewater will back up Sam Bradford.
Jun 19 - 10:36 AM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Kyle Rudolph has improved his blocking this offseason.

Rudolph enjoyed a breakout season as a receiver last year (83 catches, 840 yards, seven touchdowns) but was among the worst blockers at his position. He was particularly inept as a run blocker, earning PFF's No. 58 grade among 65 qualifiers at tight end. Rudolph was already close to an every-down player but anything that will keep him on the field is good for fantasy owners.
Jun 18 - 11:17 AM

Michael Floyd's agent confirmed a TMZ report that he tested positive for alcohol earlier this week.

Floyd failed multiple BAC tests after allegedly drinking Kombucha teas. He was only five days away from completing his home arrest, but could now be headed back to jail. Floyd's next step is to appear in court on June 26 to explain the situation. Regardless of the outcome, his Vikings future is in jeopardy.
Jun 16 - 6:45 PM

Rookie WR Rodney Adams is the leading candidate for the Vikings' kick return job.

Adams would replace Cordarrelle Patterson, who led the league in return average in 3-of-4 seasons. Special teams coach Mike Priefer said Adams has "done a good job so far," but will face competition from Stacy Coley in training camp. Dalvin Cook, Jerick McKinnon, and Marcus Sherels are also in the mix.
Jun 16 - 5:47 PM

TMZ Sports reports Michael Floyd has violated terms of his arrest by testing positive for alcohol.

Unbelievable. Floyd's alcohol monitoring system reportedly flagged him five times earlier this week. At least three of those were deemed "high alcohol tests," and Floyd allegedly blew BAC counts of .044 and .055 on two of them. Under terms of his house arrest stemming from his extreme DUI last year, Floyd isn't permitted to have a single drop of alcohol. He's blaming the failed tests on an herbal tea. If the court determines Floyd broke the rules, he could be headed back to jail. He's due back in court on June 26 in Arizona to "explain" the failed tests.
Source: TMZ Sports
Jun 16 - 12:14 PM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer stated after minicamp that second-round pick Dalvin Cook "has a chance to be special."

It's especially notable because Zimmer isn't known for hyperbole. "There was a play yesterday that, Xavier Rhodes is trying to catch him, and he's hauling now," said Zimmer. "Now, he's got some things he's got to work on, like all young backs, but I've been very impressed with him this spring." As Latavius Murray (ankle surgery) missed all of OTAs and minicamp, Cook has been able to soak up first-team reps along with Jerick McKinnon.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 15 - 4:35 PM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said he thinks Latavius Murray (ankle surgery) will be ready around the start of camp.

Murray is expected to resume running unassisted soon, but it does not sound like anyone expects him to be ready for the start of camp. Murray himself said his "goal is just to try to be available during training camp at some point." Murray was never a good bet to beat out second-rounder Dalvin Cook, but he will have no chance if he misses a large chunk of training camp.
Jun 15 - 1:37 PM

Appearing on PFT Live, Vikings LG Alex Boone said Teddy Bridgewater (knee) "looks great."

"And the one thing I love about Teddy is he’s so determined," Boone said. "He’s got a chip-on-his-shoulder mentality and I think he’s going to come out well on the other end." Despite the positive signs from Bridgewater, Boone admitted the Vikings are Sam Bradford's team at this point, calling him a "true leader." It looks like Bridgewater at least has a chance to get back on the field this season, but it will be as a backup if he does.
Jun 15 - 9:02 AM

Jerick McKinnon reported to Vikings minicamp weighing 212 pounds.

McKinnon weighed 209 at the 2014 Combine and 211 as of late last month. He says he played in the 198-200 range last season and hopes more bulk will help his durability. Increased weight is more likely to cost a back burst and explosion, although McKinnon tested as a 99th-percentile SPARQ athlete weighing just three pounds more than he does now. McKinnon looks like the Vikings' No. 3 back this year, behind Dalvin Cook and Latavius Murray.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 14 - 12:31 PM

Terence Newman is working as the Vikings' slot cornerback at spring practices.

He'll face competition from second-year CB Mackenzie Alexander, but Newman is the favorite to replace Captain Munnerlyn. Although Newman turns 39 in September, he earned Pro Football Focus' No. 8 cornerback grade among 119 qualifiers last season. Xavier Rhodes and Trae Waynes will start on the outside.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 13 - 2:45 PM

Vikings CB Terence Newman "can't say" if 2017 will be his final season.

Newman is entering his 15th NFL season and his third with Minnesota. "When I do sail off, probably nobody will know it," said Newman when asked about retirement. "I won’t say anything to anybody. I’ll just be done." Despite his age, Newman was still highly productive last year, earning PFF's No. 8 corner grade out of 119 qualifiers. The two-time Pro Bowler turns 39 in September.
Jun 9 - 4:17 PM


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