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The Minneapolis Star-Tribune "won't be surprised" if Teddy Bridgewater starts Week 1.

Reporter Chip Scoggins has gone from believing Matt Cassel was a "slam dunk" to sensing Bridgewater has a fighting chance. NFL Network's Albert Breer passed along a similar sentiment on Wednesday. The battle will obviously come down to what Bridgewater shows in preseason games. The Vikings already know what Cassel can do (and it's not very much).
Jul 31 - 7:18 PM

Christian Ponder has been relegated to a spectator role at Vikings camp.

The Vikes are trying to get Teddy Bridgewater and Matt Cassel all the snaps they can, so Ponder is merely getting a third-team rep every "once in a while." At this point, the 2011 No. 12 overall pick on the roster as a camp arm. The Vikings would do well to let Ponder go despite a $1.76 million guaranteed salary.
Jul 31 - 8:45 AM

NFL Network's Albert Breer's "sense is" Teddy Bridgewater has "closed the gap" on Matt Cassel.

This is certainly the way the wind is blowing. One report even indicated Bridgewater handled more first-team throws than Cassel at Wednesday's practice, by a 13 to 11 count. Christian Ponder opened camp sprinkled in with the ones, but his reps have gone to Teddy. Of all this year's rookie quarterbacks, Bridgewater has emerged as the likeliest to start his team's season opener.
Jul 30 - 10:43 PM

According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, "it seems like every day" rookie RB Jerick McKinnon "grabs your attention with his athleticism."

The top-100 pick reportedly made a sweet juke on a swing pass in Wednesday's practice to elude CB Kendall James before planting his foot in the ground and "shooting into the secondary." McKinnon is an interesting Dynasty prospect with 4.41 jets, a highly explosive 11-foot broad jump, and a 40 1/2-inch vertical at 5-foot-9, 209. There's a chance he could be Adrian Peterson's heir apparent.
Jul 30 - 8:09 PM

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Matt Vensel reports the Vikings are unlikely to use Chad Greenway at middle linebacker.

Vensel guesses Greenway could be a fall-back option in the middle, but he will stick to the weak side for now. Jasper Brinkley saw most of the first-team reps at MIKE on Wednesday and will compete with Audie Cole for the starting job.
Jul 30 - 7:13 PM

Cordarrelle Patterson is back at practice Wednesday.

Patterson struggled with a foot injury early in camp. A dynamic athlete, Patterson needs to show he has the receiving ability to consistently make plays in the NFL. He is currently coming off the board in the fourth round.
Jul 30 - 4:20 PM

Vikings removed CB Captain Munnerlyn (hamstring) from the active/PUP list.

Munnerlyn simply tweaked his hamstring before camp. He'll slide in opposite CB Xavier Rhodes and man the slot in nickel packages.
Jul 30 - 9:45 AM

Teddy Bridgewater and Matt Cassel will begin evenly splitting first-team reps on Wednesday.

FOX's Jay Glazer reported Sunday that was already the case. The Vikings had been including Christian Ponder in their quarterback rotation, but are ready to drop his token participation. Bridgewater has generated a ton of early camp buzz, but needs to translate it to strong preseason performances to beat out Cassel for Week 1 duties. Either way, Bridgewater will make starts this season.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 28 - 2:55 PM

The Vikings may hold Adrian Peterson out for the preseason.

AD is 100 percent, but coach Mike Zimmer realizes how little there is to gain by slamming Peterson between the tackles in exhibition games. Regardless of his preseason usage, Peterson is a top-three overall fantasy player.
Jul 28 - 1:17 PM

Vikings signed TE Kyle Rudolph to a five-year, $36.5 million extension through 2019.

Tight end guru Norv Turner is signing off on Rudolph, who should be Teddy Bridgewater's safety valve for years to come. Rudolph missed half of last season with a fractured foot, but is 100 percent now and dropped 15 pounds in the offseason with an eye on a high-volume role in an offense that has produced career years out of Jay Novacek, Randy McMichael, Jordan Cameron, and Antonio Gates. Still only 24 years old, Rudolph has 15 touchdowns over his last 30 games. He's a mid-range to lower-end TE1 in Dynasty leagues, albeit with upside for more. We see Rudolph as a value pick at his late-eighth-round ADP in re-draft leagues. He's a candidate to lead Minnesota in catches and TDs.
Jul 27 - 10:20 PM

FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reports rookie Teddy Bridgewater has already begun splitting first-team reps with Matt Cassel at Vikings camp.

Glazer reports there is "hugeeee optimism" about Bridgewater among team brass, and he's "definitely been more impressive than they expected." Cassel remains the slight favorite to start on Opening Day, but Bridgewater has quickly made it an interesting camp battle. Bridgewater's passing strengths are at the short and intermediate levels. He could be a great fit with Kyle Rudolph.
Jul 27 - 2:23 PM

Cordarrelle Patterson missed the team's first practice with a foot injury.

ESPN Vikings reporter Ben Goessling said the injury will keep Patterson out "a couple days." Patterson needs all the practice time he can get as he tries to refine his dynamic raw abilities into an elite receiver package. He has a ton of upside, but is being over-drafted as the No. 15 wideout off the board in fantasy drafts.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 26 - 10:05 AM

Vikings waived/injured WR Josh Cooper.

Cooper spent 2013 with new Vikings OC Norv Turner in Cleveland. The slot receiver type was waived with a non-football injury designation.
Jul 25 - 4:51 PM

Vikings placed CB Captain Munnerlyn (hamstring) on the active/PUP list.

Joining him there are TE Chase Ford and S Andrew Sendejo. Munnerlyn isn't expected to be out long after tweaking his hamstring. We'll consider him day-to-day. Munnerlyn will start opposite Xavier Rhodes in the base defense, and likely shift to the slot in sub-packages. He inked a three-year deal in March.
Jul 25 - 12:49 PM

Vikings TE Chase Ford is recovering from left-foot surgery, and will miss all of training camp.

Ford had a stress fracture. It's bad news for a bubble player, though Ford will likely spend the first six weeks of the season on the reserve/PUP list, delaying his roster decision. A 2012 undrafted free agent, Ford has 11 career catches, five of which came last Week 17.
Jul 24 - 2:32 PM


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