Player News - Vikings

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Sam Bradford said Kyle Rudolph is "one of those guys as a quarterback that you can just trust."

"He’s just one of those guys who is kind of easy to develop chemistry with," Bradford said. "You know that if you put the ball in his area, he’s going to go up and he’s going to make a play and he’s going to get it." The veracity of that statement is certainly up for debate, but it is clear Bradford trusts his big tight end. Rudolph has 10 catches for 101 yards and two scores in two games with Bradford this season, and he is a good bet to keep the touchdown streak alive Monday night against the Giants.
Oct 1 - 9:04 AM

The Minnesota Vikings lead all NFL defenses with 15 sacks through three weeks.

Cam Newton was the latest victim of the Minnesota defense, as the Vikings recorded an impressive eight sacks in Week 3 against Carolina. Week 4 brings a home matchup with the New York Giants, who were responsible for three turnovers last week in a loss to Washington. The Vikings D/ST will be a strong top-tier fantasy option in Week 4.
Sep 30 - 7:43 PM

Stefon Diggs (groin) was limited in Vikings practice Friday.

It's actually an upgrade from last week, when Diggs missed Friday's practice. He has an extra day to get ready ahead of Monday night against the Giants.
Sep 30 - 4:16 PM

The Bergen County Record's Art Stapleton expects Giants CB Janoris Jenkins to shadow Stefon Diggs on Monday night.

The Giants are expected to be without both CBs Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and first-rounder Eli Apple due to injuries. It makes sense to have Jenkins trail Diggs any time he's lined up on the outside, with Leon Hall covering Diggs when he's in the slot. Jenkins and Hall have graded out as the GIants' two-best cover corners at Pro Football Focus, both being in the top-20 out of 104 qualifiers. Diggs is still locked in as a strong WR2 who should be funneled targets.
Sep 30 - 12:18 PM

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.
Source: NFL.com
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


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