Player News - Vikings

Date: Team: Pos:

Jerick McKinnon has bulked up to 211 pounds.

McKinnon trained with Adrian Peterson in Houston this offseason. The added weight should help improve his strength between the tackles. McKinnon has been repping with the first team at OTAs, but Dalvin Cook and Latavius Murray are the favorites for Week 1 carries.
May 27 - 3:04 PM

Vikings OC Pat Shurmur has been impressed with Dalvin Cook.

"He certainly caught our eye," Shurmur said. "Very instinctive runner. He’s making good progress." The Vikings also talked up Cook’s pass blocking, a great sign for his chances of getting on the field early. Cook's rookie status has him running with the second team at OTAs, but he's the favorite to lead the Vikings in touches.
May 26 - 7:31 PM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Teddy Bridgewater (knee) is "progressing as well as anybody could expect."

Zimmer, who is home recovering from eye surgery, has only seen practice tape of Bridgewater but likes what he's seen. "He’s throwing the ball well. He’s got good velocity, accurate," Zimmer said. "He’s working his rear end off. It just makes you proud for him." Despite the progress, Zimmer conceded Bridgewater still has a "long ways to go." Regardless of Bridgewater's availability, Sam Bradford is locked in as the Vikings' Week 1 starter.
Source: ESPN.com
May 26 - 2:19 PM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said he has no plans to stop coaching despite ongoing eye concerns.

"One eye or two, it really doesn’t matter. I’m going to be back," he said. "So we can put the retiring thing or whatever to bed quickly." Zimmer has undergone eight eye surgeries and is still recovering from his most recent procedure, which took place on May 17. He's resting at his home in Kentucky but will return to Minnesota during the first week in June and is hoping to resume his coaching responsibilities shortly after that. Special teams coordinator Mike Priefer served as interim coach when Zimmer missed Week 13 against Dallas last year.
May 26 - 1:33 PM

Vikings signed fourth-round DT Jaleel Johnson, fourth-round LB Ben Gedeon, and fifth-round OG Danny Isidora to four-year contracts.

None of the three should be competing for starting jobs in year one, though it's possible Isidora could challenge on the Vikings' up-for-grabs offensive line. Johnson figures to serve as a 10-15 snaps per game interior backup.
May 26 - 11:57 AM

Vikings signed fifth-round WR Rodney Adams to a four-year contract.

Adams was prolific at Toledo, but has a slight build and poor ball security. He is a top-notch athlete, and could contribute immediately on special teams. As far as offense goes, it will be a while before he gets a chance to crack the Vikings' crowded receiver rotation.
May 25 - 3:01 PM

Vikings OC Pat Shurmur said the team has been "really pleased" with Laquon Treadwell's progress this offseason.

"He came back and he was really on point with what he’s supposed to be doing mentally," Shurmur said. "He’s been out here competing and doing a nice job running routes and catching the ball." The comments came after a practice in which Treadwell ran with the first-team offense. The Vikings brought in contingency plans this offseason, but Treadwell seems to be doing his part to ensure they are not needed.
Source: ESPN
May 25 - 12:13 PM

Jerick McKinnon opened Vikings OTAs handling "most of the first-team reps" in the running back corps.

It's not a surprise since Latavius Murray (ankle) is on the shelf and Dalvin Cook is a rookie. With that said, McKinnon has no Rotoworld blurbs since January 1, and his outlook has changed dramatically in the past few months. McKinnon offers scheme experience and receiving skills, but Cook is a far superior inside runner, and Murray is making nearly $4 million this year. McKinnon is in danger of slipping to third string on the depth chart.
May 25 - 1:05 AM

Laquon Treadwell has run with the first-team offense at Vikings OTAs.

The 23rd overall pick in last year's draft, Treadwell managed one reception during his rookie campaign. The Vikings are just trying to build his confidence by running him in three-receiver sets with Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen, but perhaps it'll work. A GIF circulated Wednesday of Treadwell beating Xavier Rhodes for a long catch from Sam Bradford in OTAs. The Vikings signed Michael Floyd as a fallback option should Treadwell not make a sophomore leap.
May 24 - 11:50 PM

Teddy Bridgewater (left knee) took snaps and threw passes at Tuesday's OTAs session.

In a video released by the team, Bridgewater was dropping back with his surgically-repaired knee sheathed in a long brace. Speaking earlier this month, coach Mike Zimmer said he was feeling "more optimistic" about Bridgewater's recovery, but cautioned he still had a "long way to go." At best, Bridgewater is questionable to back up Sam Bradford in Week 1. The reserve/PUP list remains the most likely possibility.
May 23 - 6:11 PM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer (eye surgery) will not attend OTAs.

Zimmer recently underwent the eighth surgery on his right eye. "Coach Zimmer will be taking time away from the team to dedicate to recovering from eye surgery and restoring his health," the Vikings said in a statement. "We all agree Mike's health is the priority and we believe rest and recovery are in his best interest for the long term." The Vikings expect Zimmer to return "in a few weeks."
May 22 - 10:27 AM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer believes the team has a "good support system" in place for Michael Floyd.

Floyd's career hit rock bottom last year after his second DUI arrest, getting cut by Arizona before spending two underwhelming months in Foxboro. Despite his struggles -- Floyd remains under house arrest until June 17 -- Zimmer felt comfortable giving him a second chance. "He's from here," said Zimmer. "I think he has a good support system with [former Notre Dame teammates] Harrison Smith and Kyle Rudolph, partly." Floyd will try to carve a role behind Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen.
Source: ESPN.com
May 21 - 10:20 AM

Michael Floyd's home confinement sentence resulting from his DUI arrest has been transferred to Minnesota.

Floyd was arrested for "extreme DUI" in Arizona last December. He pleaded guilty in February and was sentenced to 24 days in jail and 96 more under house arrest. The house arrest runs through June 17, but the transfer means he can begin practicing with the Vikings next week. If he has his act together, Floyd has the talent to push for playing time behind Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen.
May 18 - 12:03 PM

Vikings signed DT Will Sutton, formerly of the Bears.

Sutton is a former third-round pick of the old Bears regime who didn't fit in DC Vic Fangio's 3-4 front. He's back in a 4-3 with Minnesota and will compete for one of the final roster spots on defense.
May 17 - 9:37 AM

Bears waived DT Will Sutton, C Cornelius Edison and FB Paul Lasike.

The No. 82 overall pick of the 2014 draft, Sutton was never effective enough along the Bears' defensive line. He missed half of 2016 with an ankle injury. A poor fit for DC Vic Fangio's 3-4 scheme, it's not a surprise he's been sent packing.
May 11 - 4:35 PM


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