Player News - Vikings

Date: Team: Pos:

Vikings placed CB Josh Robinson (pectoral) on reserve/PUP.

Robinson tore his pectoral muscle in the spring and has been sidelined since. He'll be eligible to return to the active roster Week 7 against the Lions. Robinson won't have a major role after the additions of Trae Waynes and Terence Newman.
Aug 31 - 6:08 PM

Cordarrelle Patterson returned a kickoff 107 yards for a touchdown on Saturday against the Dallas Cowboys.

The athletic Patterson has largely been a disappointment for fantasy owners who were tempted by the receiver’s combination of size and wheels, but he could provide a boost in leagues where points are awarded for special teams contributions. Patterson returned two kicks for scores in 2013 and will likely stack up piles of return yardage this season. The Minnesota D/ST is not quite on the fantasy draft radar but bonuses like this from the return game could help make the unit worth considering as the season progresses.
Aug 30 - 2:08 AM

Vikings WR Stefon Diggs caught 3-of-5 targets for 49 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Cowboys.

The fifth-rounder made some plays this summer, catching seven passes for 89 yards. Diggs is an ex-five star recruit with athletic upside, but the majority of his rookie contributions should come on special teams.
Aug 29 - 10:39 PM

Jarius Wright caught his lone target for seven yards in Saturday's preseason game.

The Vikings' slot man finishes the summer with six grabs for 76 yards. Wright has some WR4/5 appeal in PPR leagues.
Aug 29 - 10:31 PM

Kyle Rudolph caught 2-of-2 targets for 11 yards in Saturday's preseason game.

Rudolph finishes the preseason with seven catches for 61 scoreless yards. Rudolph is healthy, but didn't generate much buzz during the offseason/summer. Rudolph continues to offer touchdown upside, but can't be trusted as more than a mid-range TE2.
Aug 29 - 10:28 PM

Matt Asiata rushed three times for two yards in Saturday's preseason game.

He added two catches for an additional 13 yards. Provided he sits out Thursday's finale, the fantasy folk hero finishes the summer with 15 carries for 60 yards. He caught eight passes for 57 additional yards. Asiata is a firm third on the depth chart behind Adrian Peterson and Jerick McKinnon.
Aug 29 - 10:25 PM

Charles Johnson wasn't targeted in Saturday's preseason game.

The Vikings' first-team offense didn't get much run in this one. All the better, as it helps keep Johnson's ADP in check. The upside WR3 finishes the summer with five catches for 41 yards and a touchdown. There's a good chance Johnson, and not Mike Wallace, ends up as Teddy Bridgewater's No. 1 receiver.
Aug 29 - 10:21 PM

Jerick McKinnon rushed six times for 10 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Cowboys, adding four receptions for 27 yards.

Not the best night for Adrian Peterson's change of pace, who finishes the preseason with a mere 40 yards on 25 carries (1.6 YPC). McKinnon will become an immediate RB2 if Peterson ever misses time with injury, but he opens the season as a strict handcuff.
Aug 29 - 10:16 PM

Mike Wallace caught 3-of-3 targets for 50 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Cowboys.

Wallace made his first big play of the preseason in the first quarter, catching a 39-yard strike in traffic down the right sideline. "60 Minutes" finishes the exhibition season the owner of four grabs for 52 yards. Although officially the Vikings' No. 1 receiver, Wallace is vying with Charles Johnson for top status in the Vikes' receiver corps. He's a mid-range WR3 from a fantasy perspective.
Aug 29 - 9:24 PM

Cordarrelle Patterson wasn't targeted in the Vikings' third preseason game.

However, Patterson made the play of the game, taking a kick out of his own end zone for a 107-yard touchdown. Patterson could see action in Thursday's preseason finale, but if not, he ends the exhibition season with five catches for 43 yards. A second-teamer on offense, Patterson is off the fantasy radar unless your league counts return yardage.
Aug 29 - 9:14 PM

Teddy Bridgewater completed 7-of-7 passes for 76 yards in Saturday's preseason game.

He added a six-yard carry. With the Vikings already playing in their fourth exhibition tilt thanks to the Hall-of-Fame game, Bridgewater was yanked after only two series. The highlight was a 39-yard completion to Mike Wallace. Bridgewater finishes the preseason 29-of-35 for 295 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions. Bridgewater has the potential to be this year's Ryan Tannehill, crashing the top 10 at quarterback, but he begins the season as a high-end QB2.
Aug 29 - 9:04 PM

Vikings DC George Edwards said he's "aiming for" first-round CB Trae Waynes to be a Week 1 starter.

Waynes was torched in the Vikings' first two preseason games, but Edwards has seen improvement each week. The Vikings seem to want to get Captain Munnerlyn off the field after he played the most snaps among Vikings corners last season. With Waynes working into the lineup outside opposite Xavier Rhodes, it's pushed Terence Newman to the slot and Munnerlyn to the bench.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 28 - 10:03 AM

The Vikings will start Gerald Hodges at middle linebacker in their regular season dress rehearsal.

Audie Cole started the first two preseason games, and rookie Eric Kendricks got the nod last week. Coach Mike Zimmer claims he does not view the penultimate preseason game as a dress rehearsal, but the reality is the Vikings' starters will play more snaps than they have all preseason. Hodges starting this game is a good sign for his role moving forward, but the starting job is still up for grabs. Kendricks is expected to play with the first-team nickel package.
Source: ESPN
Aug 27 - 10:32 AM

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune believes it is unlikely TE Chase Ford makes the final roster.

Ford's only chance would be if the Vikings keep four tight ends, which the Star-Tribune calls "unlikely." Ford showed well last year in a reserve role, and there are plenty of tight-end needy teams the Vikings could contact in search of a trade. If he is cut, Ford is unlikely to be without a home for long. 25-year-old Ford caught 23 passes for 258 yards and a touchdown last season.
Aug 25 - 11:06 AM

Vikings rookie MLB Eric Kendricks worked with the first-team defense in Monday's practice.

Audie Cole had been working with the first-team defense throughout training camp and started the first two preseason games. Kendricks got the nod in the third preseason game, and now appears to have a leg up in the competition. Kendricks is also seeing work with Chad Greenway in nickel.
Aug 25 - 9:57 AM


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