Player News - Vikings

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According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Matt Vensel, the additions of Laquon Treadwell and Moritz Bohringer pose the "biggest threat" to Charles Johnson's roster spot.

In the same breath, Vensel also noted Johnson stood out at OTAs and minicamp as the starting split end opposite flanker Stefon Diggs. Johnson will have to hold off rookie Treadwell for the gig, but if he doesn't, Johnson offers no special teams value, and the Vikings would have to maybe decide between he and Bohringer. Cordarrelle Patterson and Adam Thielen are special teams mainstays.
Jul 22 - 9:46 AM

ESPN 1500 Twin Cities believes sixth-round WR Moritz Bohringer is on the "outside looking in" for a roster spot.

ESPN's Ben Goessling agrees, saying Bohringer will likely begin his career on the practice squad. Bohringer himself said he is struggling with the "mental" side of the game, and he reportedly dealt with drops in the offseason program. He has the physical upside to be an offensive weapon, but Bohringer has a long way to go.
Jul 21 - 11:30 AM

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Matt Vensel believes the Vikings want to run "a more shotgun-centric offense this season."

That type of offense is a better fit for Teddy Bridgewater, but Adrian Peterson struggled to run successfully out of the formation early last season, leading to more under-center plays as the year went along. For the Vikings to utilize the shotgun more often, Peterson needs to improve on the 37-59-1 (1.6 YPC) line he produced from the formation last season. Considering he has averaged just 3.8 yards per carry from the shotgun throughout his career, it is tough to see him suddenly figuring it out.
Jul 21 - 9:57 AM

Vikings second-year DE Danielle Hunter "could be in line for bigger things" this season.

Hunter managed six sacks across 426 defensive snaps as a third-round rookie last season and received extremely high marks from Pro Football Focus for his run defense. With LE Brian Robison going into his age-33 season and on the obvious decline, Hunter could play even more opposite RE Everson Griffen. Hunter looks like a player to target in IDP Dynasty leagues.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 20 - 12:57 PM

Jerick McKinnon could be asked to do more in the passing game this season.

Matt Asiata is a better pass protector than McKinnon, but Asiata's services may not be as vital this year if the offensive line improves as expected. That would open up more passing-down snaps for McKinnon, who averaged 8.2 yards per catch last season. Adrian Peterson is still locked in as the unquestioned bellcow, but McKinnon could see more than the 73 touches he was given in 2015.
Jul 18 - 10:17 AM

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune suggests the Vikings will incorporate more skinny post route concepts following the selection of Laquon Treadwell.

Old Norv Turner pupil Michael Irvin rode the skinny post to a Hall of Fame career, and Treadwell's skill set is similar to Irvin's. Also known as the "Bang 8," skinny posts were not a part of Minnesota's 2015 offense with smallish Stefon Diggs and an otherwise underwhelming cast at receiver. The Bang 8 was a huge part of Turner's offenses in Dallas and San Diego. "Laquon's more physically gifted than I was," said Irvin. "He's going to put Minnesota on another level."
Jul 17 - 1:24 PM

Vikings H-back Rhett Ellison (patellar tendon) anticipates making a full recovery.

Ellison missed the entire offseason after January surgery. Despite coming off a career-threatening injury, the Vikings saw enough to give him a one-year, $2.25M deal. Ellison will have a blocking role when healthy.
Jul 16 - 6:05 PM

Adrian Peterson is participating in intense physical training at Houston's O Athletik facility with an eventual goal of "churn(ing) out 1,000-yard seasons into his mid-30s."

The workouts are described much better in the article linked below, but Peterson compared himself to Floyd Mayweather "beating up on young guys ... taking them to class" in Mayweather's late 30s. O Athletik trainer James Cooper says the "benchmark" for Peterson is ten 40-yard dashes with 30 seconds rest in between, the slowest of which "should be no worse than 4.49 to 4.55 seconds." It suggests Peterson is still running nearly as fast as he did coming out of Oklahoma in 2007, when Peterson clocked a 4.41 forty-yard dash.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 12 - 7:39 PM

Vikings.com's Mike Wobschall believes the starting safety spot next to Harrison Smith is Andrew Sendejo's to lose.

Sendejo looked like the locked-in starter after the Vikings gave him a four-year, $16 million deal in March, but that changed when they added Michael Griffin four days later. Sendejo has held off the veteran to this point, but his grip on the starting spot is tenuous entering camp. Antone Exum is also in the mix.
Source: vikings.com
Jul 11 - 9:05 AM

Vikings S Antone Exum is in the mix to start opposite Harrison Smith.

Exum repped with the second team at OTAs. He's part of an open competition for Andrew Sendejo’s job going into training camp. Sendejo's contract makes him the favorite to start.
Jul 9 - 2:04 PM

Cordarrelle Patterson admits his work ethic lagged at times through the first three years of his career.

"Sometimes you can be here and you feel like you’ve got to be on the team," Patterson said. "You feel like, ‘Yeah, I’m a first-round pick, I’m on the team.’ Things like that, sometimes they make you not work hard, they make you don’t want to do things, make you be lazy." C-Patt's career has been in a downward spiral the past two seasons, with the former No. 29 overall pick drawing only two targets in 16 games last year. With Stefon Diggs, Laquon Treadwell, Charles Johnson and Jarius Wright all in the mix in Minnesota, Patterson won't have much of a role beyond returning kicks.
Jun 28 - 4:34 PM

ESPN Vikings reporter Ben Goessling believes Andre Smith has the edge over Phil Loadholt in the battle for the right tackle job.

The duo both spent time with the first-team during the offseason, but Smith's contract suggests he is the favorite. Smith was given $1 million guaranteed in the one-year deal he signed in March while Loadholt was forced to accept a pay cut. The loser of this competition is unlikely to stick on the final roster.
Source: ESPN
Jun 24 - 12:19 PM

ESPN Vikings reporter Ben Goessling believes sixth-round WR Moritz Boehringer will start his career on the practice squad.

Boehringer has admitted he is struggling with the "mental" part of the NFL game after playing four years in Germany, and he reportedly struggled with drops during OTAs and minicamp. The problem is the Vikings would risk losing Boehringer and his tremendous physical upside if they try to stash him on the practice squad. He is unlikely to make a 2016 impact, but it would not be surprising if he stuck around as a healthy scratch all season.
Source: ESPN
Jun 24 - 12:14 PM

Kyle Rudolph believes he's the best tight end in the NFL.

"Route running and catching balls, to many, is all that matters," Rudolph reasoned. "But it’s also (about) being one of the best blockers, one of the best pass protectors." Rudolph went on to say he believes fantasy football hurts his reputation. "The world revolves around fantasy football ... But I know that when I come to work every Monday, and I (watch) the film, I may have only caught two balls, but if I did my job in the run game and pass protection, (Vikings coach Mike Zimmer) is going to be happy." Rudolph is correct that no one will ever mistake his passing game numbers for elite. He's incorrect that his game is amongst the league's most well rounded. Pro Football Focus graded him as the league's No. 35 tight end in 2016. We'd say that sounds about right. Happy offseason.
Jun 23 - 5:15 PM

Adrian Peterson believes it will be the mental side of the game that causes him to retire, not the physical.

Peterson is 6,681 yards shy of Emmitt Smith's all-time rushing record. One of the best athletes of his generation, Peterson is confident his body will hold up. He's less confident he'll be able to stick with the grind. "Training camp, going through the grind, OTAs and all that — that will definitely be the deciding factor. Physically, body-wise, I'll be good. It's just mentally — like with OTAs, I'm out there practicing, I'm going, I'm putting in work. But it's so repetitive that it's more suited toward the young guys and getting them into the system. It gets kind of boring." Despite Peterson's words, it would be surprising if he didn't play at least 2-3 more years.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 21 - 7:59 PM


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