Player News - Vikings

Date: Team: Pos:

Teddy Bridgewater (left knee) took snaps and threw passes at Tuesday's OTAs session.

In a video released by the team, Bridgewater was dropping back with his surgically-repaired knee sheathed in a long brace. Speaking earlier this month, coach Mike Zimmer said he was feeling "more optimistic" about Bridgewater's recovery, but cautioned he still had a "long way to go." At best, Bridgewater is questionable to back up Sam Bradford in Week 1. The reserve/PUP list remains the most likely possibility.
May 23 - 6:11 PM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer (eye surgery) will not attend OTAs.

Zimmer recently underwent the eighth surgery on his right eye. "Coach Zimmer will be taking time away from the team to dedicate to recovering from eye surgery and restoring his health," the Vikings said in a statement. "We all agree Mike's health is the priority and we believe rest and recovery are in his best interest for the long term." The Vikings expect Zimmer to return "in a few weeks."
May 22 - 10:27 AM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer believes the team has a "good support system" in place for Michael Floyd.

Floyd's career hit rock bottom last year after his second DUI arrest, getting cut by Arizona before spending two underwhelming months in Foxboro. Despite his struggles -- Floyd remains under house arrest until June 17 -- Zimmer felt comfortable giving him a second chance. "He's from here," said Zimmer. "I think he has a good support system with [former Notre Dame teammates] Harrison Smith and Kyle Rudolph, partly." Floyd will try to carve a role behind Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen.
Source: ESPN.com
May 21 - 10:20 AM

Michael Floyd's home confinement sentence resulting from his DUI arrest has been transferred to Minnesota.

Floyd was arrested for "extreme DUI" in Arizona last December. He pleaded guilty in February and was sentenced to 24 days in jail and 96 more under house arrest. The house arrest runs through June 17, but the transfer means he can begin practicing with the Vikings next week. If he has his act together, Floyd has the talent to push for playing time behind Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen.
May 18 - 12:03 PM

Vikings signed DT Will Sutton, formerly of the Bears.

Sutton is a former third-round pick of the old Bears regime who didn't fit in DC Vic Fangio's 3-4 front. He's back in a 4-3 with Minnesota and will compete for one of the final roster spots on defense.
May 17 - 9:37 AM

Bears waived DT Will Sutton, C Cornelius Edison and FB Paul Lasike.

The No. 82 overall pick of the 2014 draft, Sutton was never effective enough along the Bears' defensive line. He missed half of 2016 with an ankle injury. A poor fit for DC Vic Fangio's 3-4 scheme, it's not a surprise he's been sent packing.
May 11 - 4:35 PM

According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Vikings plan to establish a "committee" at running back during training camp.

While Dalvin Cook is the favorite for touches, the Vikings aren't paying Latavius Murray over $4 million this year to ride the bench. Murray will at very least have a change-up and short-yardage role, while Jerick McKinnon remains the best receiver of the group. Among rookies, Leonard Fournette, Christian McCaffrey, and Joe Mixon are all better re-draft fantasy bets than Cook.
May 10 - 9:58 PM

Vikings signed WR Michael Floyd, formerly of the Patriots, to a one-year contract.

The deal is worth roughly $1.5 million and can reach $6 million via incentives. The Vikings were the only team connected to Floyd in free agency, and he can't report to the club until June as he continues to serve a house arrest sentence stemming from last year's DUI. A Minnesota native, Floyd was the No. 13 overall pick of the Cardinals in 2012 before his career came crashing down in 2016. He was inactive for the Super Bowl with the Patriots and won't be guaranteed a roster spot on the Vikings. Still, Floyd's signing is another ominous sign for 2016 first-rounder Laquon Treadwell.
May 10 - 3:22 PM

ESPN's Mike Reiss confirms free agent Michael Floyd won't be back with the Patriots in 2017.

The Patriots took a flyer on Floyd after the Cardinals cut him for his second DUI arrest, but he only caught four passes in two regular season games for New England and was a healthy scratch for most of the playoffs. After getting Danny Amendola to accept a pay cut and acquiring Brandin Cooks from New Orleans, there's simply no room for Floyd in Foxboro. It's been a quiet free agency for Floyd, who has only drawn interest from the Redskins and Vikings. He's still under house arrest through June 17.
Source: ESPN.com
May 7 - 8:39 AM

When asked who will start at running back in 2017, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said, "We've got a long way to go before we make any determinations on that."

Latavius Murray signed a three-year, $15 million deal in March, only to watch the Vikings trade up for Dalvin Cook in the second round. As Cook is a far superior talent, Murray will be nothing more than a late-round flier in 2017 re-draft leagues. He's also missing most of the offseason due to ankle surgery. Cook is the fantasy running back to target in Minnesota.
May 5 - 2:20 PM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said he's feeling "more optimistic" about Teddy Bridgewater's return from a torn ACL but admitted he still has a "long way to go" in his recovery.

Bridgewater took part in some conditioning at OTAs but he's nowhere close to playing. If the Vikings decide to stash Bridgewater on I.R. this season, his contract would toll to 2018. That appears to be the most likely scenario at this point. Sam Bradford is locked in as Minnesota's Week 1 starting quarterback.
May 5 - 1:44 PM

KSTP's Darren Wolfson reports the Vikings are interested in free agent Michael Floyd.

Per Wolfon, the Vikings are "highly, highly interested." He also reports the Redskins are considering the ex-Cardinal. It's the first we've heard of Floyd in months. He drew zero initial interest in free agency, and has yet to make a visit. Floyd looked lost on the field for Arizona last season, and was then popped for "extreme" DUI, leading to his release. He did zero with the Patriots after being claimed off waivers. The Vikings' receiver depth chart is shaky behind Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen.
May 4 - 7:07 PM

Vikings exercised SLB Anthony Barr's fifth-year team option for 2018.

The No. 9 overall pick of the 2014 draft, Barr appeared to break out in 2015 before taking a major step backward last season. Asked which areas Barr needed to improve in last December, coach Mike Zimmer replied "all." The option is guaranteed for injury only. Barr could still be sent packing next offseason.
May 1 - 3:11 PM

The Vikings will not exercise Teddy Bridgewater's 2018 team option.

With the options guaranteed for injury only, the Vikes were never going to exercise it for a player coming back from one of the more severe knee injuries in recent memory. Per reporter Tom Pelissero, Bridgewater is expected to begin 2017 on the reserve/PUP list before being re-evaluated in October. Bridgewater is taking part in offseason conditioning, which is a good sign. Sam Bradford will be the Vikings' 2017 quarterback.
May 1 - 3:08 PM

Vikings signed TCU OT Aviante Collins.

Collins (6’4/295) made 37 starts in five years with the Horned Frogs, missing most of his fifth-year junior season with a leg injury before returning to start all 13 games as a senior. Collins dabbled at left tackle early in his career but settled in at right tackle in 2016. He got a significant bump at the Combine, blazing a freakish 4.81 forty with 34 reps on the bench. Collins’ long history of injuries and inconsistency make him a project whose versatility and movement skills will work in his favor.
Apr 30 - 11:24 AM


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