Player News - Vikings

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Coach Mike Zimmer praised fourth-year CB Trae Waynes, saying Waynes is "a really good corner now."

Waynes was the 11th overall pick in 2015 and was someone to pick on with receivers in fantasy and real life his first couple seasons. Waynes became a full-time starter last season and was Pro Football Focus' No. 62 cover corner out of 121 qualifiers while earning a top-five grade at his position for his run defense. If Waynes can take another step, it only strengthens this defense.
Aug 15 - 11:22 AM

Vikings LB Anthony Barr said he "absolutely" wants to remain with the team long-term.

Barr will make $12.3 million in 2018, the final year of his contract. Although the team could opt to franchise tag him before he hits the open market, he would become a free agent If he doesn’t sign an extension by March. He sat out in Saturday's preseason opener versus Denver but coach Mike Zimmer said Barr's absence had "nothing to do with his contract situation." LB Eric Kendricks, DE Danielle Hunter, and Stefon Diggs were all given extensions this offseason, leaving Barr as Minnesota's top priority moving forward.
Aug 14 - 8:00 PM

Vikings OT Rashod Hill returned to practice Monday.

Hill was carted off then somehow came back onto the field to take snaps at right tackle 10 minutes later. Minnesota already lost C Nick Easton (neck) for the year, so any further losses to the Vikings' offensive line would be detrimental. RG Mike Remmers returned Monday after missing the last 13 days of practice.
Aug 13 - 5:24 PM

Vikings OT Rashod Hill was carted off the practice field Monday.

Hill fell to one knee and was slow to get up prior to getting carted off. Brian O'Neill replaced him at left tackle for the remainder of practice. The hits keep coming for the Vikes, who are still waiting on C Pat Elflein (shoulder, active/PUP) to recover. The club also already lost C Nick Easton (neck) for the year. RG Mike Remmers returned Monday, but it remains to be seen how Minnesota will shuffle their line if Hill is out for an extended period.
Aug 13 - 4:50 PM

Vikings RG Mike Remmers (ankle) returned to practice Monday.

It's the first time Remmers has practiced in the last 13 days. Although his return is an encouraging note for an injury-riddled Vikings line, Remmers was limited to 11 games just last season. Any more extended absences would be worrisome for his status to start the season.
Aug 13 - 4:13 PM

Vikings UDFA rookie Roc Thomas totaled 34 yards on 11 carries while adding three catches for 102 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's preseason opener against the Broncos.

He was the third running back to enter the game following starter Latavius Murray (Dalvin Cook was held out as a precaution) and Mike Boone. Most of Thomas' damage came against second-stringers but it was still an impressive showing by the undrafted rookie. The Jacksonville State alum shined in the passing game, nabbing a 13-yard touchdown from Trevor Siemian in the first quarter before adding another score on a 78-yard dump-and-run with 4:59 remaining in the first half. It remains to be seen whether Thomas has a realistic shot at cracking the 53-man roster, but his performance on Saturday certainly helped his case.
Aug 12 - 1:05 PM

Dalvin Cook (knee) will be held out of the Vikings' preseason opener.

He went through on-field workouts, but the Vikings aren't risking a setback. Cook has been full-go at training camp and remains on track for Week 1. Latavius Murray will start in Cook's place.
Aug 11 - 7:52 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Vikings LG Nick Easton underwent surgery to repair a herniated disc in his neck on Thursday.

Easton had been searching out second opinions on his neck injury, but it appears as if surgery was the only option. Schefter reports Easton's season is likely over, but this is not believed to be a career-threatening injury. With C Pat Elflein still on the PUP and RG Mike Remmers sidelined by an ankle injury, Minnesota is extremely thin along the offensive line. Tom Compton should get the first crack at replacing Easton.
Aug 9 - 12:41 PM

Kirk Cousins said he is working to become "a better quarterback off-schedule when the pocket breaks down."

"I have been a very good quarterback, I believe, on keepers, meaning bootlegs outside the pocket," Cousins said. "So I'd like to see that translate more, where when a dropback breaks down and I leave the pocket, I can have the same kind of production that I've had when we've run bootlegs and things like that." It is a shockingly candid answer, but it makes sense it would be on his mind as he transitions to a new scheme. Even if that improvement does not come, Cousins has the weapons around him to be a solid QB1 this season.
Source: ESPN
Aug 9 - 10:02 AM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Kendall Wright could be a weekly inactive.

Wright signed a one-year deal for close to the veteran minimum this offseason. His roster spot should be safe, but Wright's lack of special teams value may make it hard for him to be active on gamedays. Wright is likely going to need an injury to come into relevance.
Aug 8 - 7:30 PM

When asked if Dalvin Cook (knee) would be ready for Week 1, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said the running back is ready "now."

Zimmer added that Cook will get at least "some reps" during the preseason, though his exact workload has yet to be determined. Cook is coming off a torn ACL but has shown no lingering effects throughout training camp. The second-year back is being drafted as a borderline RB1 in most formats.
Aug 3 - 4:10 PM

Coach Mike Zimmer said contract-year SLB Anthony Barr is "unequivocally not being traded."

Barr sat out practice Thursday, and a Twitter rumor -- which we weren't aware of -- apparently circulated saying Barr was on the trade block. Zimmer emphatically shot it down, saying Barr is sidelined with a "tweak." Barr is next up for an extension in Minnesota, but it's unclear if the team wants to do one.
Aug 3 - 12:45 PM

Vikings RG Mike Remmers (ankle) was spotted wearing a walking boot.

Remmers suffered the injury on Tuesday. ESPN's Courtney Cronin reports he is "expected to miss a week or more." Remmers should be good to go well before Week 1, but it is not a great start for a player who was limited to 11 games last season.
Source: ESPN
Aug 2 - 10:40 AM

Vikings signed Stefon Diggs to a five-year, $72 million extension through 2023.

The deal includes $40 million in guarantees and is a bit below the five-year, $80 million extension Brandin Cooks signed a couple weeks ago. A fifth-round pick in 2015, Diggs has yet to put together a complete season, but he has caught 200 passes for 2,472 yards and 15 touchdowns in three years while flashing immense upside. With Kirk Cousins, Dalvin Cook, and Adam Thielen under contract through 2020, the Vikings should have one of the top offenses in the league over the next several seasons. Now that Diggs is locked up, Minnesota should turn its attention to walk-year OLB Anthony Barr.
Jul 31 - 8:16 AM

Walk-year WR Stefon Diggs said he wants to re-sign with the Vikings.

"I want to be here. I love being here," Diggs said. "I love being a part of this organization. They took a chance on me early." Diggs said he does not know where the two sides are in negotiations, and things could get tricky with OLB Anthony Barr also slated for free agency after the season. Still, the Vikings should be able to get something done. Diggs caught 64 passes for 849 yards and eight scores in 14 games last season.
Jul 30 - 11:06 AM


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