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  Vikings | Teddy Bridgewater muscles up    Thu Jul 30, 01:13 AM

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater added five pounds of muscle during the offseason, although the team set a weight limit for the quarterback to absorb the punishment of the NFL season without sacrificing too much of his mobility.

Footballguys view: But what about his skinny calves?!? We're kidding, we're kidding. Readers to our news wire know how much we love Bridgewater's upside because he's smart and accurate. The added muscle should help him take a beating at quarterback, but really this team's rushing attack should protect him from massive hits. Expect the Vikings to run the ball early and often to set up play-action passes for our guy Teddy.

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  Vikings | Cordarrelle Patterson works with twos    Thu Jul 30, 01:12 AM

Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson has worked with the second team through the start of training camp, although head coach Mike Zimmer said Wednesday, July 29, that he has seen some improvement from the wide receiver.

Footballguys view: More positive reports about Patterson here. We know the guy has natural talent, but Patterson has yet to put everything together and play up to his potential as a pro. He's fourth-string on the depth chart right now, and Patterson has little fantasy value outside of dynasty leagues.

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  Vikings | Stefon Diggs impressing early    Tue Jul 28, 07:44 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Stefon Diggs drew some strong praise from head coach Mike Zimmer following Day 1 of training camp Tuesday, July 28. 'This guy's got a chance to be really good,' Zimmer said. 'He runs great routes, he's got excellent speed. He catches the ball as well as anybody I've seen, very, very easily and he's been a model citizen, so that's important. Pretty special for a young guy,' said Zimmer.

Footballguys view: Diggs, the rookie fifth-round pick out of Maryland, is currently fifth on the depth chart. He should be able to make the final roster, and the Vikings might want to use him as a return man because he's dangerous in space.

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  Vikings | Mike Wallace wants to prove himself again    Tue Jul 28, 07:12 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Mike Wallace said he definitely has something to prove this year on his new team. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner said the only thing that matters for Wallace is how he performs when he's on the field, not what he says off it. 'If he makes plays, [if] he does the things we want him to do, [if] he works hard in practice, [if] he sets an example in his actions in terms of the way he approaches preparation, then that's leadership,' Turner said. 'What guys say is very meaningless to me. It's obviously what they do.'

Footballguys view: Another day, and another positive report about Mike Wallace coming out of Minnesota. Wallace just didn't mesh with Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill, but it seems like he and Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater are getting along famously. We'll see if that chemistry translates into on-field production.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson won't be limited    Tue Jul 28, 05:25 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will still receive a heavy workload this season, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. Zimmer said Peterson will be given as much as he can take.

Footballguys view: Peterson could rush for over 1,500 yards this year, and he may go over 2,000 all-purpose yards in 2015. Fantasy owners should look at him as a top-5 fantasy running back even though he's coming off a mostly missed season in 2014.

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  Vikings | Jarius Wright ready for new role    Tue Jul 28, 04:19 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Jarius Wright said he's prepared to see more time in the slot this year. 'I've been outside a lot with the Vikings,' Wright said, 'but I can definitely transfer over and play the slot.' Head coach Mike Zimmer said Wright has already shown he can succeed there. 'The best things that Jarius did were when he was in the slot,' Zimmer said. 'We keep working him outside but we know he has big value for us in the slot, as well.'

Footballguys view: Wright is an explosive player who is fearless when running routes over the middle. He does a good job of creating separation in routes, and Wright has the speed to eat up chunks of yardage quickly. Wright had three games in 2014 where he had over 49 receiving yards (132,123,60), so predicting any sort of a big game out of him is extremely difficult.

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  Vikings | Anthony Barr to increase workload    Tue Jul 28, 12:45 PM

Minnesota Vikings LB Anthony Barr (knee) will increase his workload Tuesday, July 28, as the team has its first practice in pads.

Footballguys view: Barr was in line to win the Defensive Rookie of the Year last season before this knee injury knocked him out of the lineup. The reports have been positive about Barr's recovery, and he should be ready by Week 1 of the regular season.

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  Vikings | Mike Wallace looking to do more    Mon Jul 27, 10:51 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Mike Wallace was added for his speed and experience, but he comes to training camp looking to do more than that. 'I've got to take some things from Miami that I don't think I did as well and just try to bring it here and be a better person and a better player. Just lead more,' Wallace said Monday, July 27.

Footballguys view: It seems like Wallace "gets it" after disappointing for years with the Dolphins. Reports out of Minnesota have all been positive about Wallace, and he seems to be building a strong connection with young quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. We'll see if that chemistry can translate into production during the regular season.

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  Vikings | AP to see goal-line touches?    Mon Jul 27, 10:38 PM

The Minnesota Vikings plan to give RB Adrian Peterson a heavy workload heading into the season. 'As much as he can take, and as much as he can handle in all the things that we're doing,' head coach Mike Zimmer said Monday, July 27. '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.'

Footballguys view: The Viking should use Peterson as much as they possibly can--and in any way they can. A heavy workload for Peterson is music to fantasy owners ears.

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  Vikings | Matt Asiata out in goal-line situations?    Mon Jul 27, 10:37 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata was a fantastic contributor in goal-line situations, but head coach Mike Zimmer indicated Monday, July 27, that RB Adrian Peterson will be leaned upon in the situations this season. 'Obviously, we're going to have to spell (Peterson) 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?,' Zimmer said.

Footballguys view: Asiata is not overly talented, but he has fantasy relevance because of his nose for the end zone. It sounds like he's going to be sitting on the bench when the Vikings get close to pay dirt this season.

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  Vikings | Inconsistency for Cordarrelle Patterson    Mon Jul 27, 10:35 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson showed improved in organized team activities (OTAs), according to head coach Mike Zimmer, but the receiver has had consistency issues on the practice field which is holding him back. 'He'll have really good days, and then he'll have some not-so-good days. 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 and understanding that there's a lot of great athletes that don't make it in professional sports because they don't have the other intangibles,' Zimmer said.

Footballguys view: Patterson has great talent, but he's yet to put everything together and play up to his enormous potential. Time may be running out for him with the Vikings. He needs to show better focus and dedication to his craft if he wants to be more than just a fourth-string wide receiver in Minnesota.

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  Vikings | Teddy Bridgewater to continue ascent?    Mon Jul 27, 10:33 PM

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater is expected to continue to improve, according to head coach Mike Zimmer, who doesn't agree with the opinion of anonymous personnel guys for other teams who are expecting a step back in Year 2. 'I know this kid is a great competitor. The things that he did great in college (and) he did great in the NFL (last) year, were two-minute situations, when the competitive things were there. That's not going to change,' Zimmer said Monday, July 27.

Footballguys view: We love Bridgewater. He's smart and accurate, and that's two of the most important traits to look for in a quarterback. We don't care about his skinny ankles and all the other BS (like a bad pro day) critics were bashing him for before the draft. Bridgewater has the arm talent and the desire to be one of the best passers in the league. We're excited to see what he can do this year.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson thinks he can play a while    Mon Jul 27, 03:27 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said he believes he can play in the NFL at a high level until he's 36 or 37 years old.

Footballguys view: If anyone could do it, it's Adrian Peterson. Coming back from a missed season at 30-years old, Peterson could easily rush for 1,500 yards or more in 2015. They could use him quite a bit as a receiver out of the backfield this year, and Peterson should be a top-5 running back in every fantasy draft out there.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson has lofty goal    Mon Jul 27, 02:23 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson wants to rush for 2,500 yards this season.

Footballguys view: We're not doubting Adrian Peterson. He takes incredible care of his body, and he's already reached 2,000 yards in a single season before. In a Norv Turner offense, Peterson should be used early and often as a runner and receiver out of the backfield. While he may not reach 2,500 rushing yards, we could see Peterson eclipsing 1,500 yards in 2015.

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  Vikings | Anthony Barr to work on conditioning    Mon Jul 27, 09:04 AM

Minnesota Vikings LB Anthony Barr (knee) will be limited to start training camp as he needs to work on his conditioning after missing much of the spring. 'He feels much better,' head coach Mike Zimmer said. 'He's had a really good last two weeks. He's not in the best physical condition right now.'

Footballguys view: A first-round pick of the Vikings in the 2014 NFL draft, Barr had a strong rookie year (70 tackles, four sacks, two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries) before this knee injury cut his debut season short. The team will ease him into action as he comes back, and a Week 1 debut is not out of the question.

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  Vikings | DaVaris Daniels to NFI    Mon Jul 27, 09:04 AM

Minnesota Vikings WR DaVaris Daniels (undisclosed) was placed on the active/non-football injury list Sunday, July 26.

Footballguys view: Daniels was suspended for the 2014 season at Notre Dame due to an academics scandal. The undrafted rookie has strong hands, but his game needs refinement. He's a longshot to make the team, but might stick around on a practice squad.

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  Vikings | Josh Robinson to PUP    Mon Jul 27, 09:04 AM

Minnesota Vikings CB Joshua Robinson (pectoral) was placed on the active Physically Unable to Perform list Sunday, July 26.

Footballguys view: They can activate him at any time during camp. Robinson doesn't have a timetable to return, but he hopes to be ready by Week 1.

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  Vikings | Mike Wallace impresses at camp    Sun Jul 26, 08:50 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Mike Wallace was impressive during training camp Sunday, July 26.

Footballguys view: Wallace never played up to his potential (or his paycheck) during his time with the Dolphins. All reports this offseason seem to indicate that he and second-year QB Teddy Bridgewater are putting on a helluva show. If the connection comes through for fantasy owners, Wallace could outperform his current ADP of WR35 (7.12) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Vikings | Blair Walsh receives extension    Sun Jul 26, 02:24 PM

Minnesota Vikings PK Blair Walsh signed a four-year contract extension Sunday, July 26, worth $14 million. The deal includes $5.25 million in guaranteed money.

Footballguys view: Walsh has developed into one of the best young kickers in the game today. He could be quite fantasy relevant this year as the Vikings offense should be better with RB Adrian Peterson back on the field. Right now, Walsh is coming off the board at K12 (15.05) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson happy to be a Viking    Sat Jul 25, 03:13 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said he is happy to be in Minnesota or he wouldn't have reworked his contract.

Footballguys view: Peterson reworked his contract, and now it's time to produce. After missing last year on the Commissioner's Exempt List, some are questioning how Peterson will bounce back. We think Peterson is going to be good to go and produce at an expected level (top-5 fantasy back).

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  Vikings | Anthony Barr close to full health    Sat Jul 25, 01:58 PM

Minnesota Vikings LB Anthony Barr (knee) said he's close to 100% health but may ease himself into training camp.

Footballguys view: Barr had a knee scope in December, and he missed some time earlier this offseason because of a knee injury. The Vikings are wise to ease Barr into action as training camp starts.

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  Vikings | Cordarrelle Patterson talks 2015 season    Sat Jul 25, 01:44 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson feels that this season is his make-or-break season. 'I've got a lot to prove. I need to get back to the old me and have fun and not get too serious like I did last year.' Patterson also said he believes this offseason is the best he's had so far in his career. He added that he's really been working on his route-running and feels that he's improved a lot.

Footballguys view: We still have an appreciation for what Patterson COULD be in the NFL. However, Patterson has not yet played up to his full potential--not even close. Fantasy owners should scoop him up (at the right price) in dynasty leagues if you believe in his potential. Redraft owners should know that he's fourth on the depth chart behind Mike Wallace, Charles X. Johnson and Jarius Wright.

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  Vikings | Jabari Price suspended two games    Fri Jul 24, 02:19 PM

Minnesota Vikings CB Jabari Price was suspended two games for violating the personal conduct policy.

Footballguys view: Earlier this year, Price pleaded guilty to careless driving after he was arrested for DWI last September. He's a special teams player who can also give the Vikings depth at cornerback.

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  Vikings | Kyle Rudolph working out     Thu Jul 23, 04:07 PM

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph has implemented more stretching, flexibility and yoga into his routine this offseason after taking six weeks off when the season ended.

Footballguys view: Rudolph just needs to stay healthy in order to star at the pro level. Over the past two years, he's only played in 17 games combined. You can snare him as a TE2 in your fantasy draft, but Rudolph has TE1 upside if he's healthy.

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  Vikings | More Adrian Peterson terms    Thu Jul 23, 08:53 AM

Updating previous reports, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's restructured deal is worth $42 million with $20 million guaranteed over the next three years. He has base salaries of $11 million, $7.65 million and $11.75 million, while counting $15.65 million, $11 million and $18 million against the salary cap. In 2016, $7 million of his $7.65 million salary is guaranteed for injury. It's guaranteed for skill and cap if on the roster the third day of 2016 league year. He has a $3 million roster bonus due on the third day of 2016 league year and up to a $2 million escalator for rushing yards, playoffs and playoff wins. He has a $6 million roster bonus in 2017 due on the third league day. Peterson is due a $2 million roster bonus on July 28, and his $11 million base salary this year is fully guaranteed for skill, injury, cap.

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  Vikings | Brian Robison's status uncertain    Wed Jul 22, 12:20 PM

Minnesota Vikings DE Brian Robison (pectoral) may not be able to fully participate when training camp starts since he is still recovering from a pectoral injury he suffered during the offseason.

Footballguys view: At 32 years old, Robison doesn't need every single rep. The team should be cautious with him during camp so that he'll be ready for the start of the regular season.

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  Vikings | More on Adrian Peterson contract    Tue Jul 21, 05:29 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will earn $44 million over three years, including $20 million in guaranteed money. If he is still on the roster next year, he will have earned $26 million over two years.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson contract update    Tue Jul 21, 03:08 PM

Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's restructured deal comes with a 2015 guaranteed salary and injury guarantees for 2016. Peterson will see a reduction in his 2016 salary, but he'll be able to make those up with incentives.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson restructures    Tue Jul 21, 01:29 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has agreed to restructure his contract Tuesday, July 21.

Footballguys view: Peterson was due a non-guaranteed $44.75 million over the next three years before the team restructured his deal. He'll now make a guaranteed salary of $11 million this season, and Peterson gets a $2 million roster bonus paid on July 28th. Next year, Peterson has a base salary of $7.75 million. Also on the third day of the league year, Peterson earns a $5 million roster bonus.

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  Vikings | MIN has no interest in Evan Mathis    Tue Jul 21, 12:40 PM

Free-agent OG Evan Mathis (Eagles) isn't of interest to the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings want to see what they have in their young guys but could become interested if issues arise.

Footballguys view: Mathis is a talented player, but he's going to come with a larger price tag than some organizations will want to play. Reports indicate he's getting interest from several teams, and we should see him signed to a new team at some point before or near the start of training camp.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson to catch more passes?    Mon Jul 20, 02:17 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson could end up catching between 40 and 50 passes in 2015, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Ben Goessling.

Footballguys view: Peterson had a career-high of 43 receptions back in 2009, and he could put up similar numbers this year. The Vikings are wise to use Peterson as much as possible this year. That's why taking him in the first five picks of fantasy drafts is what most league owners are doing in 2015.

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  Vikings | Phil Loadholt limited during workouts    Fri Jul 17, 06:49 PM

Minnesota Vikings OT Phil Loadholt (pectoral) did not participate in team drills during offseason workouts because he is still recovering from a torn pectoral muscle he suffered during the 2014 season.

Footballguys view: Having Loadholt up front will help the ground game, but he's not the greatest in pass-protection. We're expecting the Vikings to feature Adrian Peterson early and often. Loadholt needs to be more consistent (and stay healthy) if the team wants to allow fewer sacks this year.

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  Vikings | Brandon Fusco should be ready for camp    Fri Jul 17, 06:37 PM

Minnesota Vikings OG Brandon Fusco (pectoral) was limited during offseason workouts but should fully participate in practice once training camp begins.

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  Vikings | Teddy Bridgewater among most accurate     Thu Jul 16, 10:56 PM

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater was rated the No. 3 quarterback in accuracy percentage and No. 1 in accuracy under pressure last season by ProFootballFocus.com.

Footballguys view: We loved the Bridgewater addition last year because the kid is smart and accurate. That certainly showed through during his rookie season, and we're expecting him to put up better numbers this year.

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  Vikings | Jarius Wright expected to play slot    Thu Jul 16, 06:26 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Jarius Wright will probably play in the slot when the Vikings are in three-receiver sets. WRs Mike Wallace and Charles Johnson would assume the outside positions.

Footballguys view: Wright has proven to be a better receiving weapon than Cordarrelle Patterson, and he's got the perfect skill set of a slot receiver. He's a quick receiver with the ability to create separation on deep routes or routes across the middle.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson to see time on third down    Thu Jul 16, 01:30 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson believes he will be used more often on third downs this season.

Footballguys view: The Vikings will use Peterson early and often, so fantasy owners should have no hesitation drafting him in his normal (early first round) spot.

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  Vikings | Jarius Wright may be No. 3 WR    Wed Jul 15, 12:18 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Jarius Wright is expected to enter training camp as the leading candidate for the No. 3 wide receiver job. Wright showed good chemistry with QB Teddy Bridgewater last season and should have a solid role in the passing game this season.

Footballguys view: Wright is quick, fast and agile after the catch. He can make defenders miss in the open field, and he plays with a fearless nature when running routes over the middle. Wright can stretch the field, and he's a big play waiting to happen. However, as a fantasy asset he can be unpredictable. Wright had only three games in 2014 where he had over 49 receiving yards (132,123,60).

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  Vikings | Mike Wallace has struggled vs. NFC    Thu Jul 9, 05:29 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Mike Wallace has gained just 65.29 yards per game in 24 games against NFC teams over his six-year career.

Footballguys view: Wallace could resume at his low WR3/Flex levels with Teddy Bridgewater, but it's also possible he establishes better chemistry than he had with Ryan Tannehill. Adrian Peterson is an ideal running back to set up deep shots in play action, and Norv Turner likes the vertical passing game, so Wallace could improve those numbers - which still average out to over 1000 yards in a full season.

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  Vikings | Matt Asiata should have role    Thu Jul 9, 03:36 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata likely will be used in short-yardage situations this season.

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  Vikings | Jerick McKinnon may be third-down RB    Thu Jul 9, 03:35 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon could see some playing time on third downs with RB Adrian Peterson returning as the starting running back.

Footballguys view: Don't think this will affect Peterson's value significantly. He will still be one of the most used RBs in the league. McKinnon is forced to wait at least another year before he gets a significant opportunity in Minnesota.

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  Vikings | Teddy Bridgewater improved late in '14    Tue Jul 7, 04:44 PM

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater was more much decisive in the Vikings' final six games of Bridgewater's 2014 rookie season, according to offensive coordinator Norv Turner. Turner said the early part of the season was especially trying for Bridgewater, and the team as a whole, with changes at quarterback and offensive line and with RB Adrian Peterson not playing. Going into 2015, Bridgewater will have a full season of experience under his belt, he'll have Adrian Peterson back, he'll have a healthy offensive line, he'll have a healthy TE Kyle Rudolph returning and he'll have a new weapon in WR Mike Wallace.

Footballguys view: Bridgewater should be one of the "upside" QB2 picks in the 10th round or later of most leagues. If he progresses at the rate he did last year, QB1 numbers are within his reach due to all of the additions in the Vikings offense.

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  Vikings | Trae Waynes in the mix    Tue Jul 7, 12:45 PM

Minnesota Vikings rookie CB Trae Waynes will be in the mix for a cornerback spot with CBs Terence Newman and Captain Munnerlyn. CB Joshua Robinson (pectoral) suffered a partially torn pectoral muscle at the end of minicamp, and Waynes could move up the depth chart. Head coach Mike Zimmer was pleased with Waynes' growth this offseason.

Footballguys view: Waynes has great straight-line speed, but doesn't have the same agility or mirror coverage ability of his first-round peers. It will certainly help him to have a good defensive line rotation and Xavier Rhodes on the other side of the field, not to mention Harrison Smith patrolling deep. If Waynes does start, he'll be an excellent early-year play in IDP leagues under the rookie corner rule.

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  Vikings | Teddy Bridgewater talks 2015 season    Mon Jul 6, 04:03 PM

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater said the Vikings still have a long way to go in order to fulfill expectations. 'Right now, we're not as good as what we think,' Bridgewater said. 'We know that the ceiling is very high and the expectation level is very high, not only for the players, but [for the coaches] also. We know what's being asked of us, but we have a long way to go.'

Footballguys view: Despite some worries about his leadership abilities in the pre-draft process, Bridgewater seems to have projected himself as a leader and one that will keep his team's view of itself in check. This also reflects the no nonsense attitude of head coach Mike Zimmer. The Vikings should be considered a sleeper Super Bowl pick this year with Adrian Peterson on board despite Bridgewater's cautionary remarks.

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  Vikings | Joshua Robinson has muscle tear    Sat Jul 4, 03:32 PM

Minnesota Vikings CB Joshua Robinson (pectoral) suffered a partially torn pectoral muscle during minicamp, according to a source. The timetable for Robinson's recovery was undisclosed.

Footballguys view: This injury should keep Robinson out of training camp. He could end up on the PUP list to start the regular season if the injury is slow to heal. This injury to Robinson will only open the door even more for rookie CB Trae Waynes to get more playing time and opportunity as the team's third corner.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson has nose for end zone     Wed Jul 1, 04:11 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has score double-digit touchdowns in every season of his eight-year NFL career. Last season is the exception as he only played in one game due to allegation of child abuse. When Peterson has played at least 12 games, he has scored at least 10 touchdowns. From 2007 to 2013, Peterson averaged 12.29 touchdowns per season.

Footballguys view: Peterson has taught us to not let typical human performances be the bounds of our expectations when it comes to his production. He hasn't had a good QB since Brett Favre in 2009, when Peterson scored 18 rushing touchdowns and set career highs in receptions and receiving yardage. He's worth considering at #1 overall.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson still confident    Mon Jun 29, 02:49 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson still believes he's the best running back in the NFL. This was in response to Peterson being named the 62nd best player on the NFL Network's top 100 players list.

Footballguys view: Peterson should be able to pick up where he left off after missing most of 2014. Fantasy owners should look at him the same as they've always done--he should be a top-5 pick in most every draft out there.

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  Vikings | OC high on Charles Johnson    Mon Jun 29, 01:40 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Charles X. Johnson appears to have everything it takes to produce in the NFL, according to offensive coordinator Norv Turner. 'He's got great work ethic, and he's a big, strong guy. He's a 218-pound receiver that can run. He's got everything you need to be a productive player in this league,' Turner said.

Footballguys view: Fantasy owners should be keeping an eye on Johnson in training camp and the preseason. Turner believes Johnson has completely recovered from the knee surgery he had last offseason. Johnson has been working at split end in three-receiver sets during offseason workouts. His current ADP is WR36 (7.11) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson working out    Sun Jun 28, 01:29 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has been working out with RB Jerick McKinnon and WR Mike Wallace since offseason workouts ended.

Footballguys view: You like to hear this, especially in the cases of McKinnon and Wallace. Peterson's workout ethic is pretty epic, so hopefully that will rub off on both players. McKinnon is a guy to watch, as there is a chance Peterson may be closing out his time in Minnesota, and McKinnon could be his eventual replacement. For this year, McKinnon is no more than a handcuff for Peterson, perhaps an RB4. Wallace was a bit of a stiff in Miami, but could do well in Minnesota if he applies himself. We see him as a WR3 right now, although his ceiling and floor are both a bit beholden to the development of Teddy Bridgewater. Peterson is, naturally a solid RB1.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson eyes record    Sat Jun 27, 09:49 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said he believes he is still the best running back in the NFL, and he is aiming for a record-breaking 2,200-yard season in 2015, according to his wife.

Footballguys view: Peterson is pretty much superhuman, and we don't count him out of anything. He wants to beat Emmitt Smith's all-time rushing record? Sure, he could do it. He wants to beat Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record of 2,105 yards? Yes, of course he could. It would take an incredible effort, but Peterson is the guy that could make it happen.

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  Vikings | Charles Johnson ready to improve    Sat Jun 27, 04:40 PM

Master Tesfatsion, from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, reports that Vikings WR Charles X. Johnson is not satisfied with his newly gained stability. Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner is pleased with Johnson's work this offseason. "CJ has picked up where he left off in December and he's having a good spring," Turner said.

Footballguys view: We love Johnson's mindset here. He's not resting on his laurels, and he's working as if his roster spot is on the line. The Vikings added Mike Wallace via trade this offseason, but Johnson should be the lead receiver because of the chemistry he established with QB Teddy Bridgewater in 2014. Fantasy owners should consider Johnson a WR4 with upside.

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