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Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said second-round pick Eric Kendricks was "ahead of most rookies" at minicamp in June.

The brother of Eagles ILB Mychal Kendricks, Eric played in a pro-style defense under Jim Mora at UCLA and has a chance to be an every-down player at Mike linebacker in Zimmer's scheme as a rookie. To play in sub-packages, Kendricks will likely have to show better coverage skills than WLB Chad Greenway in practice. Kendricks offers immediate LB2 upside in IDP leagues.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 28 - 7:51 PM

Vikings FS Harrison Smith admits he's unlikely to sign an extension before the season.

Coming off a breakout campaign, the No. 29 overall pick of the 2012 draft is due just $6.64 million over the next two seasons. Smith does believe he's in Minnesota for the long haul, however. "You can count on it," Smith said of his odds of remaining in the Twin Cities. Locking Smith up next offseason will likely be a priority for the Vikings.
Jul 28 - 1:59 PM

Mike Wallace says he needs to be a "better person and a better player" in Minnesota.

"(I'm trying) my best to be a leader this year and do a much better job in that department than I have been before," Wallace said. "I know some mistakes I made in Miami. I know some good things. So I try to leave the bad and take the good." Essentially in a contract year since he can be cut cost free after the season, Wallace has plenty of incentive to shape up on and off the field.
Jul 28 - 1:30 PM

The Vikings can cut Mike Wallace after this season at no cost.

In other words, Wallace is essentially in a contract year even though he signed a "five-year" pact in 2013 free agency. If he doesn't get cut, he'll make base salaries of $11.5M in both 2016 and 2017. So Wallace has tons of motivation this year to both perform on the field and not be a cancer off it (as he was in Miami). There's intrigue at an eighth-round ADP here even though Wallace will play the lower-volume "Z" role in Norv Turner's offense. Practice reports on Wallace have been overwhelmingly positive this spring and summer.
Jul 28 - 8:57 AM

Coach Mike Zimmer said Monday that Cordarrelle Patterson's consistency has remained an issue on the practice field.

"He'll have really good days, and then he'll have some not-so-good days," Zimmer said. "Really, I think what he needs to do is just the consistency every single day and the consistency in studying, the consistency in getting extra help that he needs if he needs it, running the routes the same all the time." Behind Charles Johnson, Mike Wallace, and Jarius Wright on the depth chart, Patterson is unlikely to contribute in fantasy this year. Added Zimmer, "To me, the biggest thing with him is that: Does he want to be 'Flash' or does he want to be a great receiver? I'm not trying to dog him or anything, but that's really what it is."
Source: USA Today
Jul 27 - 6:20 PM

Asked Monday about Adrian Peterson's workload, coach Mike Zimmer replied "He'll get as much as he can take."

"Adrian's going to get the heavy workload," said Zimmer, a defensive-minded coach. "As much as he can take, and as much as he can handle in all the things that we're doing. Obviously, we're going to have to spell him at times like you do a lot of guys. But we get down on the goal line, and we're probably not pulling him out, you know? He's our best player, and we're going to continue to use him." Peterson's age (30) and lost 2014 season may be concerns for his 2015 outlook. His projected workload in an ascending offense is a major plus.
Source: USA Today
Jul 27 - 6:17 PM

Vikings placed CB Josh Robinson (pectoral) on the active/PUP list.

We won't blurb every player placed on active/PUP to begin training camp, but will blurb those players who are candidates to open the season on reserve/PUP, costing them the first six games. Robinson falls into the latter category after suffering a partially torn pectoral before mandatory minicamp in June.
Jul 26 - 2:24 PM

Vikings signed K Blair Walsh to a four-year, $13 million extension through 2019.

He can earn another $1 million through incentives. As Walsh was previously under contract for 2015 at $660,000, he's now signed for the next five years at $13.66 million. The deal contains $5.25 million guaranteed. 25-year-old Walsh is one of the best young kickers in football. Through three NFL seasons, Walsh has a field-goal rate of 84.5 percent. He should get a fantasy boost this year with Minnesota likely to make strides on offense.
Jul 26 - 2:13 PM

The Vikings have moved fourth-round pick T.J. Clemmings back to tackle.

Clemmings was tried at guard during OTAs, but ostensibly failed to impress. He'll now battle for a swing role behind LT Matt Kalil and RT Phil Loadholt.
Jul 26 - 2:08 PM

Mike Harris opened training camp as the Vikings' starting right guard.

Coach Mike Zimmer said Joe Berger, Tyrus Thompson, and David Yankey are also in the mix. Harris struggled in five spot starts at right tackle late last year. Right guard is a potential sore spot on Minnesota's line, though the front five is locked in at the other four spots.
Jul 26 - 1:03 PM

Vikings placed LB Casey Matthews (hip) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Matthews signed with Minnesota this offseason after spending his first four years in Philadelphia. Clay's far-less talented sibling, Matthews was going to compete for a roster spot as a special teamer and reserve linebacker.
Jul 26 - 12:51 PM

Vikings CB Captain Munnerlyn was active for the start of training camp on Sunday.

There was concern he might start on active/PUP after missing OTAs with a foot injury. Munnerlyn is the Vikings' slot corner in sub-packages, but will lose his starting job to either Terence Newman or Trae Waynes this year.
Jul 26 - 12:20 PM

Adrian Peterson said his goal is to rush for 2,500 yards this season.

No player has ever come close to this mark and Peterson probably either. Still, it's good to see AD's confidence hasn't wavered after a child abuse scandal spoiled his 2014 campaign. Peterson has rushed for 1,200 yards or more in six of eight NFL seasons and should be a top-five pick in all formats.
Source: vikings.com
Jul 26 - 8:21 AM

Vikings SLB Anthony Barr (knee) is "just about" 100 percent, but expects to work in slowly at camp.

Barr had his knee scoped last December, and was sidelined by a different knee ailment in OTAs. With Barr coming off a promising rookie season, the Vikings have little reason to rush him in camp, but he'll be full go well before Week 1.
Jul 25 - 1:45 PM

Vikings CB Captain Munnerlyn (foot/ankle) is healthy for training camp.

Munnerlyn injured his foot in late May, but is healthy after two months of healing. Headed into his age-27 season, Munnerlyn will man the slot for Mike Zimmer's defense.
Jul 25 - 1:16 PM


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