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  Vikings | Teddy Bridgewater closing gap    Thu Jul 31, 01:43 AM

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater saw reps with the first-team offense in practice Wednesday, July 30. According to NFL Network's Albert Breer, QB Matt Cassel appears to lead the race for the starting quarterback job, but Bridgewater has closed the gap.

Footballguys view: Score one for the online draftnicks? Well, it's early to call him a success but you have to think if it's this close now, it isn't going to get worse for Bridgewater. The Vikings might as well start him and get him on the path to being their franchise quarterback. If they do that, we like his upside but would consider him as no more than a low-end QB2 or solid QB3 at this point. We need to see more.

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  Vikings | Christian Ponder's reps cut    Thu Jul 31, 01:43 AM

Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder's reps were cut during practice Wednesday, July 30.

Footballguys view: We are Jack's complete lack of surprise. This has always been a two-horse race, and Ponder has always been in the stable. He might make the roster as a "ALL OUR QUARTERBACKS ARE DEAD" emergency option but that's all.

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  Vikings | Josh Robinson injury update    Wed Jul 30, 06:17 PM

Minnesota Vikings CB Josh Robinson (hamstring) left practice Wednesday, July 30, with a hamstring issue.

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  Vikings | A.C. Leonard leaves practice early    Wed Jul 30, 05:25 PM

Minnesota Vikings TE A.C. Leonard (undisclosed) left practice early Wednesday, July 30.

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  Vikings | Josh Robinson exits    Wed Jul 30, 05:24 PM

Minnesota Vikings CB Josh Robinson (undisclosed) left practice early Wednesday, July 30.

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  Vikings | Robert Blanton not practicing    Wed Jul 30, 04:19 PM

Minnesota Vikings CB Robert Blanton (undisclosed) is not participating in practice Wednesday, July 30.

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  Vikings | Cordarrelle Patterson practicing    Wed Jul 30, 04:15 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson (foot) is participating in practice Wednesday, July 30.

Footballguys view: Good for Patterson to get back out there. He's set to break out in his second year. Patterson has a great skill set and is so dangerous running after the catch.

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  Vikings | Captain Munnerlyn activated    Wed Jul 30, 09:43 AM

Minnesota Vikings CB Captain Munnerlyn (hamstring) was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list.

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  Vikings | Captain Munnerlyn could return Wednesday    Tue Jul 29, 08:48 PM

Minnesota Vikings CB Captain Munnerlyn (hamstring) could return Wednesday, July 30, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.

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  Vikings | Cordarrelle Patterson practices on limited basis    Tue Jul 29, 08:43 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson (foot) ran routes in full pads Monday, July 29, and worked on the side with athletic trainers.

Footballguys view: The Vikings are being careful with their potential superstar wide receiver here. Patterson could have a breakout season in 2014 if the quarterback situation comes together. We like rookie Teddy Bridgewater to start more than Matt Cassel or Christian Ponder.

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  Vikings | Teddy Bridgewater to see time with starters    Mon Jul 28, 05:09 PM

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater will receive playing time with the starting offense during preseason games, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. The team will need that information to decide who will be the starting quarterback for Week 1.

Footballguys view: Bridgewater is an open battle with Matt Cassel, and he has both the talent and polish to succeed despite being a rookie. If he is good enough to beat out Cassel in camp and the preseason, Bridgewater will represent a net gain for the efficiency of the Vikings offense, and that's on top of the net gain new offensive coordinator Norv Turner will provide.

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  Vikings | Willing to trade Christian Ponder    Mon Jul 28, 04:58 PM

The Minnesota Vikings are willing to trade QB Christian Ponder. Ponder has performed well during training camp but probably will be the No. 3 quarterback.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson excited about offense    Mon Jul 28, 04:50 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said he is looking forward to playing in the team's new offense because it is more versatile than the one the team had been using for the last several seasons. 'Let's call it what it is: I thought in the past, we've been predictable,' Peterson said. 'I'm sure you guys wrote stories about us being predictable the past seven years. You won't be able to write that story this year. That's pretty much all I'm saying. You won't be able to do that, because this offense is so versatile.'

Footballguys view: Norv Turner usually makes great use of his most talented players. Peterson fits the bill, and the QB play should also improve. It's not crazy to take Peterson #1 overall this year, but he did wear down last year and is getting to the point in his career where most mortal backs slow down.

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  Vikings | QBs splitting reps    Mon Jul 28, 01:12 PM

Minnesota Vikings QBs Matt Cassel, Teddy Bridgewater and Christian Ponder have been evenly splitting reps during the early part of training camp, according to offensive coordinator Norv Turner. Turner will split the reps two ways after the team's upcoming off day.

Footballguys view: Ponder is obviously the QB who will drop out of this race soon. Bridgewater is a star student and hard-working, so he might push Cassel more than observers expect him to. The Vikings should have a truly open competition and not give Cassel any "veteran" advantage because he has been so mediocre in the past. The Seahawks weren't afraid to crown a rookie in an open camp QB competition, and it has worked out for them.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson could sit out preseason    Mon Jul 28, 01:10 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson does not need to play in the preseason to show something to the coaching staff, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. Zimmer said Peterson could get a few carries during the preseason if Peterson asks to play.

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  Vikings | Kyle Rudolph contract details    Mon Jul 28, 12:55 PM

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph will be guaranteed $19.4 million as part of his five-year, $36.5 million contract extension. He'll receive a $6.5 million signing bonus and a $960,000 guaranteed base salary in 2014. The rest of the $12 million of the guarantees are for injury only.

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  Vikings | Kyle Rudolph signs extension    Sun Jul 27, 10:25 PM

The Minnesota Vikings have signed TE Kyle Rudolph to a five-year extension worth $36.5 million.

Footballguys view: A wise move by the Vikings here. Rudolph should shine even more than he has before with new offensive coordinator Norv Turner running the show. His current ADP is TE10 (8.08) in 12-team PPR leagues. Rudolph has a nose for the end zone, and he should be a favorite target of Teddy Bridgewater for years to come.

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  Vikings | Captain Munnerlyn getting closer    Sat Jul 26, 08:45 PM

Minnesota Vikings CB Captain Munnerlyn (hamstring) could return in the near future, but there is no definite timetable for his return, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.

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  Vikings | Cordarrelle Patterson could return soon    Sat Jul 26, 08:42 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson (foot) could return in the near future, but there is no definite timetable for his return, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.

Footballguys view: Patterson could be a breakout player in his second season. He needs to stay healthy, and the Vikings need to find a consistent starter at QB. That could be solved when Teddy Bridgewater takes over.

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  Vikings | Kyle Rudolph drops some weight    Sat Jul 26, 08:41 PM

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph lost some weight this offseason in hopes of being able to get open more often in offensive coordinator Norv Turner's offensive scheme.

Footballguys view: Turner is a great OC, and Rudolph could flourish this year. Fantasy owners who miss out on one of the top-5 tight ends could consider Rudolph later in the draft.

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  Vikings | Cordarrelle Patterson day-to-day    Fri Jul 25, 07:48 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson (leg) is considered day-to-day because of a leg injury.

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  Vikings | Ty Walker signed    Fri Jul 25, 05:39 PM

The Minnesota Vikings signed free-agent WR Ty Walker (Packers) to an undisclosed contract Friday, July 25.

Footballguys view: Walker is merely a camp body and won't have any fantasy value in the unlikely chance he makes the final roster.


  Vikings | Matt Hall waived    Fri Jul 25, 05:34 PM

The Minnesota Vikings waived OT Matt Hall (undisclosed) with a no-recall designation Friday, July 25.


  Vikings | Joshua Cooper waived    Fri Jul 25, 05:32 PM

The Minnesota Vikings waived WR Josh Cooper (undisclosed) with a Non-Football Injury designation Friday, July 25.

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  Vikings | Cordarrelle Patterson not practicing    Fri Jul 25, 04:37 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson (undisclosed) is not participating in practice Friday, July 25.

Footballguys view: We'll wait and see what - if anything - this is about before worrying. Patterson is set to have a big role in this offense and is reportedly much further along than he was last season. Right now we have him ranked as a high-end WR3 with a ton of upside. He may only be held back by an issue at quarterback.

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  Vikings | Sign Andy Cruse    Fri Jul 25, 02:12 PM

The Minnesota Vikings signed WR Andy Cruse (Texans) Friday, July 25. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: A camp body and nothing more. He may have some special teams value to the Vikings but he won't mean anything to your fantasy team.

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  Vikings | Andrew Sendejo placed on PUP list    Fri Jul 25, 02:08 PM

Minnesota Vikings SS Andrew Sendejo (undisclosed) was placed on the team's Physically Unable to Perform list Friday, July 25.

Footballguys view: The expectation in the spring was that he would compete for a starting safety spot opposite Harrison Smith, but missing too much time will give Jamarca Sanford an edge. Both Sanford and Sendejo have some special teams value so it's likely both make the final roster.

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  Vikings | Chase Ford placed on PUP list    Fri Jul 25, 02:08 PM

Minnesota Vikings TE Chase Ford (foot) was placed on the team's Physically Unable to Perform list Friday, July 25.

Footballguys view: Ford is more of a blocker and is on the roster bubble, but his stress-fracture could keep him on the PUP (and the roster) into the season. If and when he does become an active player, we don't expect him to be fantasy relevant.

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  Vikings | Captain Munnerlyn placed on PUP list    Fri Jul 25, 02:08 PM

Minnesota Vikings CB Captain Munnerlyn (undisclosed) was placed on the team's Physically Unable to Perform list Friday, July 25.

Footballguys view: Munnerlyn is out with a hamstring issue, but this is just the team being cautious so we don't expect him to be out long. He should be fine in a bit and will start opposite Xavier Rhodes.

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  Vikings | 2013 defense was predictable    Fri Jul 25, 01:54 PM

Minnesota Vikings DE Brian Robinson said the 2013 defense was predictable. 'There were some times when we'd line up and Aaron Rodgers is calling out our defense,' Robinson said.

Footballguys view: It was very predictable actually and we expect new head coach Mike Zimmer to change that right away. He got a lot out of the Cincinnati Bengals defense and there is talent in Minnesota to do it again. This defense was underwhelming last year but should bounce back this season.

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  Vikings | Matt Kalil cleared    Thu Jul 24, 02:41 PM

Minnesota Vikings OT Matt Kalil (knee) has been medically cleared to start training camp.

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  Vikings | Chase Ford had foot procedure    Thu Jul 24, 02:09 PM

Minnesota Vikings TE Chase Ford (foot) had a procedure on his left foot last week for a stress fracture and is expected to miss training camp.

Footballguys view: Ford is a borderline talent in the NFL. Missing training camp won't help him make the final roster.

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  Vikings | Two battling at safety position    Wed Jul 23, 11:18 PM

Minnesota Vikings safeties Jamarca Sanford and Andrew Sendejo will be battling during training camp and the preseason for the starting job opposite FS Harrison Smith. 'That will be interesting, just to see where they are at and where they compare to others guys,' head coach Mike Zimmer said.

Footballguys view: The winner could have some fringe IDP fantasy value, and both players had one-week fill-in value at times last year, so this is worth monitoring.

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  Vikings | Christian Ponder has done well    Wed Jul 23, 11:17 PM

Minnesota Vikings QBs Teddy Bridgewater and Matt Cassel saw a majority of the snaps during spring workouts, but QB Christian Ponder has a chance to start, and head coach Mike Zimmer claims it will be a fair competition. 'Actually, I think Christian has done a very good job in the time that we've had him and how much he has improved in that amount of time,' Zimmer said. 'We're going to give everyone a fair shot, and preseason games will help determine it. We want someone who is going to take care of the football, lead the team in the right direction and when called upon be able to win football games.'

Footballguys view: We'll see if Ponder and Cassel can hold off rookie first-round pick Teddy Bridgewater to be the team's starter in 2014. Ponder is in a make-or-break season with the Vikings. If he doesn't get it done this year, the team will move on with Bridgewater as their quarterback of the future. Ponder has shown the ability to be a decent spot starter, but he's mostly a backup-caliber quarterback.

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Teddy Bridgewater player page


  Vikings | Chad Greenway could start at MLB    Wed Jul 23, 11:17 PM

Minnesota Vikings LB Chad Greenway could be used as the starting middle linebacker, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. 'It's a possibility. We keep working him in there. We're just trying to figure out the best 11 players we can and then figure out where the rest of the guys are going to fit,' Zimmer said. 'It's not out of the question, but time will tell a little bit more on that.'

Footballguys view: Greenway is athletic enough to play in the middle of the field. He has a good nose for the ball, and he arrives at the play with natural violence.

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  Vikings | Will try not to overload Anthony Barr    Wed Jul 23, 11:16 PM

Minnesota Vikings LB Anthony Barr was with the team for just a few days during offseason workouts due to NFL rules. Head coach Mike Zimmer is eager to see what he can do, but the team does not want to throw too much at him. 'Yeah, obviously a lot because we only had him for four or five days. So that part, how much can (he) progress within the system, how much he can handle without us overloading him mentally?,' Zimmer said.

Footballguys view: The rookie is a talented pass-rusher, and the Vikings will find a way to use him effectively. Barr played on offense when he first got to UCLA. He has played defense over the last two seasons, and he racked up 23.5 sacks during that time. His length, footwork and closing burst help him get after the quarterback.

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  Vikings | Sharrif Floyd needs to relax    Wed Jul 23, 11:15 PM

Minnesota Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd had a good offseason, but head coach Mike Zimmer thinks the defensive tackle is trying to be too fine. 'Sharrif has a lot of ability. Right now, he's trying so hard to be perfect on every single snap,' Zimmer said. 'He just needs to relax and let it free-flow a little bit more.'

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  Vikings | Cordarrelle Patterson to remain on kickoffs    Wed Jul 23, 11:14 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson will remain on kickoff returns despite an expanded role in the offense this season. 'We want our best players to get their hands on the ball as much as possible. We're not going to keep him from returning kicks because he is such a dangerous weapon there,' head coach Mike Zimmer said Wednesday, July 23. 'He's been a very hard worker, he has improved his route running since we've been here and things are going to change for these guys in training camp when we are able to start playing bump-and-run.'

Footballguys view: Patterson is a big-play weapon when the ball is in his hands. He could have a breakout season as a receiver if the Vikings QBs don't let him down.

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  Vikings | Waive Spencer Nealy    Wed Jul 23, 04:29 PM

The Minnesota Vikings waived TE Spencer Nealy Wedenesday, July 23.

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  Vikings | Sign Michael Higgins    Wed Jul 23, 04:28 PM

The Minnesota Vikings signed TE Michael Higgins (Saints) Wednesday, July 23. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Vikings | Two in contention for slot WR job    Fri Jul 18, 11:22 PM

Minnesota Vikings WRs Jarius Wright and Jerome Simpson are expected to compete for the slot receiver job during training camp.

Footballguys view: We'd like to see more of Wright. He had a couple of good games last year, including a four catch, 95 yard performance against the Eagles in Week 15. Wright is quicker and more explosive than Simpson, and he's a much more dangerous receiver after the catch.

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  Vikings | Mike Priefer suspended three games    Fri Jul 18, 08:24 PM

Minnesota Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer has been suspended three games by the team for making offensive and insensitive homophobic remarks in the presence of former P Chris Kluwe. Priefer's suspension could be reduced to two games if he attends individualized anti-harassment, diversity and sexual-orientation sensitivity training.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson to catch more passes?    Thu Jul 17, 06:51 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will reportedly have some of his carries converted into catches as the team wants to use him more in space and alleviate his wear and tear.

Footballguys view: New offensive coordinator Norv Turner knows how to build a quality ground game and get the most out of his running backs. Everyone knows Peterson is a top-3 fantasy running back already, and catching more passes will just cement him near the top spot.

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  Vikings | Chris Kluwe plans to sue team    Tue Jul 15, 01:36 PM

Former Minnesota Vikings P Chris Kluwe plans to sue the team over the failure to release a report investigating the conduct of an assistant coach. The team would like to resolve the dispute out of court.

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  Vikings | Zach Line could emerge    Mon Jul 14, 10:20 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Zach Line could make an impact for the team this season, according to beat writer Mike Wobschall.

Footballguys view: Sure, he'll make an impact if Adrian Peterson, Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon all get hurt. Line was undrafted out of SMU in 2013 and scored a 61-yard touchdown off a pass from Matt Cassel in the Vikings first preseason game last year. He's a running back/fullback 'tweener and currently buried on the depth chart.

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  Vikings | Jerick McKinnon could have edge    Mon Jul 14, 10:20 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon could see the field more than backup RB Matt Asiata because of his ability as a receiver and change-of-pace runner outside or between the tackles.

Footballguys view: Asiata is a plodding fullback type who lacks elusiveness and creativity to his game. McKinnon is a converted quarterback who is trying to make the switch to running back in the pros. He's elusive in the open field and has the agility to create his own space. These two will battle in training camp to be the primary backup behind Adrian Peterson.

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  Vikings | Anthony Barr likely at OLB    Mon Jul 14, 10:16 AM

Minnesota Vikings LB Anthony Barr is expected to begin training camp as an outside linebacker, but he could be moved around to utilize his athleticism.

Footballguys view: Barr is incredibly talented as a pass-rusher on the outside. He has incredible lateral agility and acceleration to the ball-carrier or passer. Barr anticipates the snap well, and he gets into the backfield in the blink of an eye. He'll need to be tougher against the run in order to be a solid all-around pro. Scouts felt there was a bit of DeMarcus Ware (Broncos) to Barr's game at UCLA.

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  Vikings | Linval Joseph expected to be ready for camp    Sat Jul 12, 11:47 AM

Minnesota Vikings DT Linval Joseph (shoulder) should be ready for the start of training camp after undergoing offseason surgery.

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  Vikings | Spencer Nealy suspended    Fri Jul 11, 03:57 PM

Minnesota Vikings DE Spencer Nealy has been suspended four games for violating the league's performance enhancing substances policy.

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  Vikings | Corey Wootton expected to in rotation    Thu Jul 10, 04:34 PM

Minnesota Vikings DE Corey Wootton is expected to be part of a rotation at defensive end this upcoming season.

Footballguys view: Expect a lot of things like this with new head coach Mike Zimmer who has always found ways to get the most out of his players. The team is looking for interior help since they let Kevin Williams walk, so expect Wootton to get plenty of reps.

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