Player News - Vikings

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The Minneapolis Star-Tribune expects Michael Floyd to make the Vikings' 53-man roster.

GM Rick Spielman issued Floyd a statement of support on Monday, and beat writer Matt Vensel correctly surmises the Vikings wouldn't be going to all this trouble if they didn't expect Floyd to be on their Week 1 roster. It's also safe to assume that Floyd is out of second chances, and will be cut at the next hint of trouble.
Jun 27 - 1:57 PM

Speaking on NFL Network's Good Morning Football, Latavius Murray said he expects to "be the guy" in the backfield.

"This is my time, this is my opportunity," Murray said. "When it comes Game 1, I need to be back there lining up." It would be shocking if he said anything else, but second-rounder Dalvin Cook looks like the heavy favorite after Murray was forced to miss the offseason program with an ankle injury, which the veteran admitted has put him "behind." Murray should have a role if he can get his ankle right, but it would be surprising if he emerges as the starter.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 27 - 10:06 AM

Vikings GM Rick Spielman said the organization "believes" in Michael Floyd, and he will remain on the club's roster and report for training camp.

Floyd boneheadedly consumed alcohol just days before his house arrest sentence was set to expire earlier this month, and he was sentenced to one day in jail in Arizona on Monday. He got off extremely light and will keep his job at the same time. Floyd won't be guaranteed to make the final 53-man roster out of camp and is certainly facing a league-mandated suspension from Roger Goodell.
Jun 26 - 7:05 PM

Vikings WR Michael Floyd has been sentenced to one day in jail for violating the terms of his house arrest.

Floyd, who isn't allowed to drink alcohol as part of his house arrest arrangement, allegedly failed five different tests. He absurdly blamed the failures on Kombucha tea. The judge wasn't having it. Floyd is lucky to escape with only a day in jail. It's unclear how safe his Vikings' roster spot is. Floyd was signed just 47 days ago.
Jun 26 - 4:44 PM

Vikings assistant GM George Paton declined to interview for the Chiefs' vacant GM position.

The Chiefs fired John Dorsey last week. With coach Andy Reid seemingly the most important voice in Kansas City's front office, it is not surprising Paton wants to wait for a better opportunity. He was one of the finalists for the 49ers job in January.
Jun 26 - 9:45 AM

Vikings S Antone Exum missed most of the offseason with a knee injury.

It's bad news after Exum missed all of 2016 with a leg injury. His training camp status should be considered questionable. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune doesn't project Exum to make the Vikings' Opening Day roster.
Jun 23 - 5:32 PM

Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd (knee) is expected to open the season on the reserve/PUP list.

Floyd missed the entire offseason with a career-threatening nerve issue. He's hoping to return at some point, but remains without a timetable. Anything the Vikings get from Floyd should be viewed as a bonus.
Jun 23 - 5:19 PM

Vikings 2015 first-rounder Trae Waynes worked as the first-team left cornerback during the offseason program.

GM Rick Spielman said he was counting on Waynes to step into a starting role this year, and it sounds like that is exactly what he did during the offseason. With Waynes on the outside, 38-year-old Terence Newman will battle second-round sophomore Mackensie Alexander in the slot.
Jun 19 - 11:02 AM

Vikings LE Danielle Hunter will take over the starting job this season.

Veteran Brian Robison will move into a rotational role. Hunter exploded for 12.5 sacks while still playing as something of a backup last season, and he now has 18.5 takedowns in only 992 snaps through two years. With his playing time expanding, the sky is the limit for Hunter.
Jun 19 - 10:55 AM

Joe Berger worked as the first-team right guard during the Vikings' offseason program.

Berger has been great at center the last couple seasons, but he also has a successful history at guard while the Vikings have options at center with Nick Easton and third-rounder Pat Elflein. Berger could move back to center if neither of the young players step up, but for now he will fill the bigger need. Berger, 35, has said this will be his final NFL season.
Jun 19 - 10:50 AM

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Matt Vensel reports Laquon Treadwell ran "exclusively" as the No. 3 receiver during the offseason program.

Treadwell is not likely to unseat Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen atop the depth chart as long as both are healthy, but it is promising he ran clearly ahead of Michael Floyd and Jarius Wright coming out of a disastrous rookie season. The No. 3 job does not carry much fantasy value, but it will put Treadwell in position for a big role if Diggs again struggles with his health.
Jun 19 - 10:42 AM

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Matt Vensel cannot "rule out Teddy Bridgewater (knee) getting cleared to return at some point in 2017."

That was the impression we got when Bridgewater surprisingly threw some passes in individual drills during the offseason program. Still, Vensel cautions Bridgewater "still has a ways to go" before he is cleared to return. If he is able to come back, Bridgewater will back up Sam Bradford.
Jun 19 - 10:36 AM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Kyle Rudolph has improved his blocking this offseason.

Rudolph enjoyed a breakout season as a receiver last year (83 catches, 840 yards, seven touchdowns) but was among the worst blockers at his position. He was particularly inept as a run blocker, earning PFF's No. 58 grade among 65 qualifiers at tight end. Rudolph was already close to an every-down player but anything that will keep him on the field is good for fantasy owners.
Jun 18 - 11:17 AM

Michael Floyd's agent confirmed a TMZ report that he tested positive for alcohol earlier this week.

Floyd failed multiple BAC tests after allegedly drinking Kombucha teas. He was only five days away from completing his home arrest, but could now be headed back to jail. Floyd's next step is to appear in court on June 26 to explain the situation. Regardless of the outcome, his Vikings future is in jeopardy.
Jun 16 - 6:45 PM

Rookie WR Rodney Adams is the leading candidate for the Vikings' kick return job.

Adams would replace Cordarrelle Patterson, who led the league in return average in 3-of-4 seasons. Special teams coach Mike Priefer said Adams has "done a good job so far," but will face competition from Stacy Coley in training camp. Dalvin Cook, Jerick McKinnon, and Marcus Sherels are also in the mix.
Jun 16 - 5:47 PM


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