Player News - Vikings

Date: Team: Pos:

Vikings waived/injured DE Hercules Mata'afa.

He'll revert to IR. An undrafted free agent, Mata'afa was having a strong offseason before ACL surgery. He should compete for a 2018 roster spot.
Jun 20 - 6:23 PM

Vikings SLB Anthony Barr worked on his pass-rushing moves during the offseason program.

The owner of just 10.5 career sacks in four years, Barr spent time with the defensive linemen during every practice this spring. "I hadn’t really worked on it my first four years here," Barr said. "Now having the time to work on it, it’s beneficial. I’ve still got a long way to go." Barr has the skill set to be more impactful as a pass rusher, so it makes sense for him to add that to his repertoire, especially heading into a contract year.
Jun 14 - 12:43 PM

Contract-year Vikings LE Danielle Hunter has no plans to hold out.

Hunter is set to make just $2.1 million this season despite being one of the top pass rushers in the league. The Vikings have Anthony Barr and Stefon Diggs also in the final years of their deals, but want to extend Hunter before Week 1. Hunter is going to command more than Everson Griffen's $14.5 million annually.
Jun 13 - 12:32 PM

Vikings fourth-round DE Jalyn Holmes suffered a broken hand and is sitting out minicamp.

Holmes was a rotational player his entire career at Ohio State but has great size and tested really well athletically. He should be fine in time for training camp.
Jun 13 - 11:19 AM

Contract-year WR Stefon Diggs said he isn't worried about an extension and will "let that stuff handle itself."

Diggs is entering the fourth and final year of his rookie deal which is set to pay him $1.907 million this season. He certainly has a case for a new contract, but unlike many others in his situation around the league, Diggs is attending minicamp and voluntary workouts while his agents handle the money matters. Diggs is still just 24 and is one of the rising stars at the position.
Jun 13 - 10:10 AM

Mike Remmers continues to get snaps at right guard during Vikings OTAs.

Signed to play right tackle last year, Remmers was forced to finish 2017 at guard because of injuries, and it looks like that is where the Vikings will keep him this season. Rashod Hill is penciled in at right tackle.
Jun 7 - 10:27 AM

Vikings C Pat Elflein (ankle) said he will be ready for camp.

Elflein is sitting out the offseason program as he recovers from a fractured ankle. He said "everything's good" in his rehab, however, and he expects to be ready by the end of July. The third-round sophomore started 14 games as a rookie.
Jun 7 - 10:25 AM

Vikings rookie DE Hercules Mata'afa suffered a torn ACL at OTAs.

He'll be placed on injured reserve. The priority UDFA had been one of the standouts of offseason workouts. Mata'afa will redshirt and compete for a 2019 roster spot.
Jun 6 - 7:00 PM

Kyle Rudolph (ankle surgery) is participating in team drills in Vikings OTAs.

Rudolph went under the knife in February. "He’s worked real hard," coach Mike Zimmer said of Rudolph’s recovery. "It’s good to see him out there this week." After an injury-plagued 2013-14, 28-year-old Rudolph has appeared in all 16 games each of the past three seasons. He will remain a mid-range TE1 for 2018.
Jun 5 - 7:52 PM

Laquon Treadwell has been running as the Vikings' No. 3 receiver in OTAs.

He's getting the first shot in three-wide sets over Kendall Wright. Although he was a free agent addition, the Vikes are probably already comfortable with what they have in Wright, so it makes sense for them to give former first-rounder Treadwell one last opportunity at becoming a real contributor. The No. 23 overall pick of the 2016 draft has just 21 grabs through 25 career games. He averaged a woeful 10.0 yards on 20 catches last season. Wright is probably the favorite for No. 3 duties.
Jun 5 - 4:51 PM

Vikings LE Brian Robison has agreed to a nearly $2.5 million pay cut for the 2018 season.

Robison's salary was slashed from $3.5 million to $1.015 million. He does have a workout bonus of $90,000. Robison said in 2017 that 2018 would be his final season. The 35-year-old pass rusher notched a modest four sacks as a part-time (562 snaps) player last year.
Jun 5 - 4:42 PM

Dalvin Cook (knee) has been getting reps in team drills in OTAs.

It's an upgrade for Cook, who had been limited to individual work. Cook will probably still be babied along through the rest of the offseason program, but he appears set to be full-go for training camp.
Jun 5 - 1:55 PM

Vikings OC John DeFilippo believes he can help Kirk Cousins be more effective in the red zone.

Washington was inconsistent at best in the red zone with Cousins under center, but his new play caller, who coordinated the Eagles' exceptional red-zone scheme last season, expects the story to be different in Minnesota. "Tighten up the package a little bit, and obviously, we need to have success running the football down there," DeFilippo said. "Those are two things we can do to help him out." Having a weapon like Kyle Rudolph to target near the end zone also will not hurt. Cousins is a quality QB1.
Jun 4 - 9:32 AM

Dalvin Cook (knee) is doing individual drills during OTAs.

Cook was held out of team work, but he appears right on track in his rehab from an October ACL tear. "I’m going to have myself ready to go by Week 1," Cook said. "I ain’t trying to get myself too much of a workload because the season is not right now. I’m just following my protocol and whatever they tell me to do, I’m just going to take it day by day." He might be limited early in camp, but Cook should be ready to go well before Week 1.
Jun 3 - 4:59 PM

Contract-year Vikings LE Danielle Hunter says he feels "stronger" and "quicker" this offseason.

"I’m much more quicker," Hunter claimed. "Last year, I had put on weight (from 255 pounds in 2016), so now my body is used to it. … I went down there (to train in Houston), and I just focused. It’s as simple as that." Hunter's sacks declined from 12.5 to seven last season, but he was still an asset up front. Amazingly, Hunter is still only 23. Without a fifth-year team option for 2019, the Vikings have incentive to get out in front of Hunter's contract situation and work out an extension before Week 1. That's if they have decided he's in their long-term plans.
May 31 - 7:36 PM


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