Player News - Vikings

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New Vikings OC John DeFilippo said his offensive system is "flexible."

Talking about Minnesota's quarterback options, DeFilippo said he will adapt his offense to whatever happens at the position. "I spend a lot of time on really getting to know what our players do well so we can put them in the best position to succeed," DeFilippo said. "We’ll never try to ask our players to do something he can’t do well." The coordinator had good things to say about both Case Keenum and Sam Bradford, but he kept his cards close to the vest. The Vikings are also expected to be interested in Kirk Cousins.
Feb 22 - 9:31 AM

DT Sharrif Floyd is awaiting resolution of a grievance he filed against the Vikings in September.

Battling a lingering, and likely career-ending, knee injury, Floyd spent 2017 on the reserve/NFI list. That got the Vikings out of paying his entire $6.757 million salary. Teams can pay "an amount of their choosing" to players on the NFI list. The Vikes settled on $2.006 million. Floyd contends he should have been on the PUP list instead of NFI, and entitled to his full salary.
Feb 20 - 6:46 PM

According to Charley Walters of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, free agent Case Keenum "still seems to be the favorite" to return as the Vikings' starting quarterback in 2018.

Based on his comments, OC John DeFilippo seems to prefer an "athletic quarterback with ability to extend plays." Keenum and Kirk Cousins both fit that profile, though Keenum would obviously come at a much cheaper cost. Walters feels it would be "out of character" for the Vikings to get into a bidding war and expects Cousins to sign wherever he can get the most money. Minnesota blocked QBs coach Kevin Stefanski from joining Pat Shurmur in New York, which could be a sign the Vikings would like to keep the status quo by retaining Keenum.
Feb 18 - 10:16 AM

ESPN's Adam Caplan reports the Vikings are expected to hire Todd Downing as a senior offensive assistant.

Downing was fired this offseason after a one-year stint as Oakland's offensive coordinator. He'll join John DeFilippo as an experienced playcaller to help replace Pat Shurmur. Downing is expected to focus on the Vikings' passing game.
Feb 17 - 7:14 PM

ESPN Vikings reporter Courtney Cronin thinks Minnesota "could be proactive this offseason" and shop Laquon Treadwell via trade.

The 23rd overall pick in the 2016 draft, Treadwell has not gotten his NFL career off the ground with just 21 catches for 215 scoreless yards in two seasons. He hasn't been able to crack the starting lineup behind studs Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, and Jarius Wright is a more natural No. 3 man. If the Vikings did trade 22-year-old Treadwell, they wouldn't net more than a late-rounder.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 14 - 11:22 AM

Vikings LG Nick Easton (ankle) expects to be ready for training camp.

Easton fractured his right ankle in Week 16, an injury which required surgery. He is still using a scooter to get around, but he expects to get in some work during OTAs and be fully ready for camp. Easton mostly struggled across 12 starts in 2017.
Source: ESPN
Feb 12 - 10:01 AM

The Vikings denied the Giants' request to interview QBs coach Kevin Stefanski for their offensive coordinator vacancy.

Stefanski was a frontrunner for the job after working with Pat Shurmur the last three years. A riser in the coaching ranks, Stefanski will remain in Minnesota for at least another season before his deal expires. With Stefanski out of the running, the Giants could turn to Eagles RBs coach Duce Staley as a fallback.
Feb 10 - 4:11 PM

Vikings OC John DeFilippo will have a role in choosing the team's quarterback in 2018.

"I'm going to leave no stone unturned," said DeFilippo at his introductory press conference. "It's going to be a collaborative effort, something we all agree on." GM Rick Spielman will have the final say on who the Vikings sign in free agency, but DeFilippo should be involved as well. The Vikings are expected to be players for Kirk Cousins, who will be the most coveted quarterback on the market.
Feb 9 - 3:38 PM

Vikings hired Eagles QBs coach John DeFilippo as offensive coordinator.

It's a coup for the Vikings, as DeFilippo had reportedly been "leaning toward" staying in Philadelphia after being passed over for the Bears and Cardinals' head-coaching vacancies. On the rise since a well-regarded showing as the Browns' offensive coordinator in 2015, DeFilippo has earned raves for his work with Carson Wentz. DeFilippo is inheriting excellent talent at running back and receiver, but doesn't yet know which quarterback he will be coaching in 2018. It stands to reason DeFilippo will employ some of the play-calling optimization techniques he learned under Doug Pederson in Philly.
Feb 8 - 8:08 PM

The Sporting News' Alex Marvez reports Vikings QBs coach Kevin Stefanski is the Giants' "top target" for their offensive coordinator vacancy.

Stefanski worked under new Giants coach Pat Shurmur in Minnesota last season, so it makes sense for him to follow Shurmur to New York. Stefanski is also a candidate for the Vikings' OC job which Shurmur vacated, however, a role which would come with more autonomy and play-calling duties. If Minnesota fails to land Eagles QBs coach John DeFilippo as their new OC, they will likely look to promote Stefanski.
Feb 8 - 10:43 AM

The Vikings will interview Eagles QBs coach John DeFilippo for their offensive coordinator vacancy on Thursday.

The Vikings have been strongly connected to DeFilippo but had to wait until after the Super Bowl to interview him. His interest level could take a hit if the Colts hire Frank Reich as head coach, which would leave DeFilippo as the Eagles' top in-house option at coordinator. The Vikings have also been linked to ex-Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell, Texans QB coach Sean Ryan, and Saints TE coach Dan Campbell for their offensive coordinator job.
Feb 7 - 4:21 PM

Sporting News' Alex Marvez reports George Edwards will return as Vikings defensive coordinator.

Marvez originally reported Edwards was out as defensive coordinator, then later retracted after misreading a text. Edwards presided over one of the NFL's best defenses in 2017, and his removal would have been a surprise barring some sort of falling out behind the scenes with Mike Zimmer.
Feb 5 - 3:50 PM

George Edwards will not return as the Vikings' defensive coordinator.

It's a surprise in that Edwards presided over one of the NFL's top defenses and generated some head-coaching interest early in the search phase. Mike Zimmer is a defensive-minded coach, so perhaps the two had too many disagreements. The Vikings' defense didn't show up in the NFC Championship game, getting worked over by Nick Foles for 352 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-7 blowout.
Feb 5 - 3:44 PM

Vikings GM Rick Spielman said Dalvin Cook has made good progress in his recovery from a torn ACL.

"He’s progressed very nicely," said Spielman. "We don’t see any reason where he’s not going to be where Adrian Peterson was when he came off his knee [injury]." Peterson tore his ACL in Week 16 of 2011, then went on to play all 16 games the next season while finishing eight yards shy of Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record. Cook resumed jogging recently and should be on track for Week 1.
Source: vikings.com
Feb 2 - 3:32 PM

Vikings GM Rick Spielman admitted there remains uncertainty whether Teddy Bridgewater's contract will toll for 2018, which would reject him free agency this year.

All three of Bridgewater, Case Keenum, and Sam Bradford are currently scheduled to become free agents on March 14. However, since Bridgewater spent the first part of the season on reserve/PUP, there may be a hurdle for him to clear for free agency. In the CBA, it says a player in the final year of his deal will have his contract toll another year if he spends the first six games of said year on PUP. "Right now, he’s technically ready to become a free agent," Spielman said. "With the tolling, it’s not a Vikings [decision], that’s an NFL and player union [issue] that will have to decide that." It sounds like Spielman could push for tolling but blame it on the league if it happens.
Feb 2 - 10:01 AM


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