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Jerick McKinnon (toe) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.

The Vikings play on Monday night so this was their first practice of the week. Clearly McKinnon is over the toe injury that bothered him earlier this month. McKinnon collected 45 yards 16 carries in last week's win over Carolina. Though he might lose red zone work to Matt Asiata, McKinnon is still in the RB2/3 conversation.
Sep 29 - 4:20 PM

Vikings RE Everson Griffen has been named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 3.

The Vikings defense terrorized Cam Newton last Sunday, and Griffen pitched in with three sacks, three tackles for loss, and nine combined sacks, hits, and hurries on the quarterback. He'll be in another prime spot Monday night against pass protection-deficient Giants LT Ereck Flowers.
Sep 28 - 12:34 PM

Vikings promoted OL Willie Beavers from the practice squad.

The No. 121 overall pick of the draft, Beavers was a surprising release at final cuts. His promotion suggests LG Alex Boone (hip) could miss Week 4.
Sep 27 - 1:39 PM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said first-round WR Laquon Treadwell needs "to do better in practice."

"He's working, just biding his time until he gets an opportunity like how [Stefon] Diggs was last year," Zimmer continued. "I still think he's thinking about the number of steps to take on each route and things like that, being at the right depth." The Vikings have brought their rookies along slowly in recent years, but Treadwell is a different situation. Charles Johnson has offered nothing opposite Diggs, and the Vikings need more from their passing game if they are going to keep winning. Minnesota needs to get Treadwell involved soon.
Sep 27 - 10:56 AM

Coach Mike Zimmer said Monday that first-round pick Laquon Treadwell isn't playing because "he's still thinking too much."

Treadwell was a healthy scratch in Week 3, even with Charles Johnson struggling mightily. Zimmer did praise Treadwell for having a "good attitude" while riding the bench. Current X receiver Johnson has just 20 receiving yards on ten targets through three games, and was held catch-less in Sunday's win over Carolina. It's only a matter of time before Treadwell supplants him.
Sep 26 - 3:26 PM

Vikings LG Alex Boone (hip) "should be OK" for Week 4.

Boone was knocked out after 19 snaps Sunday, but his MRI came back clean. Boone is hardly an impact player, but the Vikings' shaky line can't afford any more injuries.
Sep 26 - 3:10 PM

Pro Football Talk reports Adrian Peterson's (knee, injured reserve) "sole focus" is playing again this season.

Peterson is expected to miss a "minimum" of 3-4 months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus last week, but it would not be the first time Peterson beat an injury timetable. Peterson is officially able to return Week 11, but it would be surprising to see him before late December. Either way, the Vikings look headed for the playoffs, and Peterson might be able to help them once they get there.
Sep 26 - 12:04 PM

Kyle Rudolph caught 7-of-10 targets for 70 yards and a touchdown in Minnesota's Week 3 win over the Panthers.

Rudolph was the Vikings' most-targeted pass catcher, and caught their lone touchdown. Rudolph could have had a second score, but committed the rare combo drop/offensive pass interference. A much bigger part of Minnesota's offense this year, Rudolph has 14/166/2 through three games. He's on the TE1 radar in an extremely down year for the position.
Sep 25 - 5:58 PM

Charles Johnson was held without a catch on two targets in Minnesota's Week 3 win over the Panthers.

One of Johnson's missed connections was a stupefyingly-bad drop. He now has three catches through three games. Even with Adrian Peterson sidelined, it simply isn't happening for the former breakout candidate.
Sep 25 - 5:47 PM

Matt Asiata rushed six times for 15 yards in the Vikings' Week 3 win over the Panthers.

He added a four-yard reception. Asiata "started," but got out-touched 17-7 by Jerick McKinnon and soundly out-snapped. He's the clear No. 2 in Minnesota's backfield, albeit still likely to vulture touchdowns. Running behind an extremely weak offensive line, it's hard to see Asiata becoming a weekly RB3 factor.
Sep 25 - 5:43 PM

Jerick McKinnon rushed 16 times for 45 yards in the Vikings' Week 3 win over the Panthers, adding one catch for two yards.

Matt Asiata got the "start," but McKinnon out-touched him 17-7 and out-snapped him 36-19. Yards were just extremely hard to come by behind the Vikings' truly pathetic offensive line, which lost LG Alex Boone to a hip injury early in the proceedings. McKinnon has a major leg up on Asiata — except for perhaps in short-yardage situations — but will face more tough sledding against the Giants' improved defense in Week 4. He'll remain on the RB2 borderline.
Sep 25 - 5:36 PM

Stefon Diggs caught 4-of-7 targets for 40 yards in Minnesota's Week 3 win over the Panthers.

Sam Bradford entered halftime with 26 yards, torpedoing the Vikings' entire offense. He was a different player after the break, but it was too late for Diggs' compiling odds. Diggs drew three fewer looks than Kyle Rudolph. Diggs is going to be the focal point of the Vikings' offense going forward, but Bradford will make for a few hairy situations. He'll be a mid-range WR2 against the Giants' improved defense in Week 4.
Sep 25 - 5:06 PM

Sam Bradford completed 18-of-28 passes for 171 yards and a touchdown in Minnesota's 22-10, Week 3 win over the Panthers.

Bradford had a laughably bad first half, completing 4-of-11 throws for 26 yards. He was immediately crisper in the second, working his connection with Kyle Rudolph for a touchdown on Minnesota's opening possession. The Vikings didn't look back, with Bradford appearing infinitely more comfortable behind Minnesota's ramshackle offensive line. Mr. Nine Lives Bradford will be a mid-range QB2 against the Giants on Monday Night Football in Week 4.
Sep 25 - 4:48 PM

Vikings LG Alex Boone was forced from Sunday's game against the Panthers with a hip injury.

Boone was listed as "questionable" in the first half, but remained absent after the break. Jeremiah Sirles will finish the game at left guard. It's a huge concern for an already gutted line.
Sep 25 - 2:47 PM

Matt Asiata has been announced as the Vikings' Week 3 starter at running back.

We still think Jerick McKinnon will lead Minnesota's backfield in touches, but it's indicative of the faith the Vikings have in short-yardage plodder Asiata. He'll get the goal-line carries. McKinnon is a borderline RB2, Asiata a low-upside RB3.
Sep 25 - 11:44 AM

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