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  Vikings | Teddy Bridgewater working to return    Sat Feb 18, 09:44 PM

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (knee) is 'grinding' and doing all types of drills as part of his rehab from his knee injury, according to WR Charles Johnson.

Footballguys view: We'd love to see Bridgewater return to his old form, and it's certainly something we're rooting for. However, he may not be able to return in 2017. The Vikings should move forward with the plan of Sam Bradford as their starter for the entire season.

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  Vikings | Zach Line nearing return    Sat Feb 18, 09:39 PM

Minnesota Vikings impending free-agent FB Zach Line (hip) said he is ready to start training next week and plans to 'hit the ground running' following hip surgery.

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  Vikings | Adam Thielen to give hometown discount?    Sat Feb 18, 09:33 PM

Minnesota Vikings impending free-agent WR Adam Thielen said there is 'something special' about playing for one franchise, and he hopes to stay with Minnesota if he receives an offer in his 'ballpark.'

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  Vikings | Zach Line had surgery    Fri Feb 17, 10:22 AM

Minnesota Vikings impending free-agent FB Zach Line (hip) underwent hip surgery this offseason and should be off crutches soon.

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  Vikings | Minnesota adds Darrell Hazel to staff    Thu Feb 16, 09:12 PM

The Minnesota Vikings are expected to name Darrell Hazel as their wide receivers coach, according to sources.

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  Vikings | Captain Munnerlyn likely to walk    Wed Feb 15, 11:15 AM

Minnesota Vikings impending free-agent CB Captain Munnerlyn is unlikely to return to the Vikings.

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  Vikings | Xavier Rhodes talks coming    Wed Feb 15, 11:13 AM

Minnesota Vikings CB Xavier Rhodes will discuss a contract extension with the team this offseason. Rhodes is entering the final year of his rookie contract.

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  Vikings | Vikings release two offensive linemen    Fri Feb 10, 03:40 PM

Minnesota Vikings OGs Mike X. Harris and Brandon Fusco were released by the team Friday, Feb. 10.


  Vikings | Cordarrelle Patterson wants the ball    Sun Feb 5, 08:32 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson said his future in Minnesota depends on how he will be used. 'I need to know if I'm going to play or not,' Patterson said. 'If not, I'll take my talents elsewhere. If they want me back, they'll make a deal and get me back.'

Footballguys view: This is a good sign that Patterson's role will increase whether he stays in Minnesota or leaves in free agency. If he does leave, the promised size of his role will factor in largely. His value is about to go up in dynasty leagues.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson's future being analyzed    Fri Feb 3, 11:08 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's future with the team won't be decided until some 'tough analysis' is performed, according to president Mark Wilf.

Footballguys view: The team could attempt to keep Peterson at cheaper than his 18 million dollar price tag, or trade him to a team that will give him more favorable terms than Minnesota. One thing is clear, Peterson won't get a six million dollar roster bonus on March 11. He's just not worth that plus his 12 million dollar salary and workout bonus in his age 32 season. He could pick his team if he wants to force the Vikings hand by not reworking his deal for them or a potential trade partner.

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  Vikings | Kyle Rudolph pleased with 2016 season    Fri Feb 3, 06:20 PM

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph said his play in 2016 is more up to his standards and expects to post similar stats moving forward. 'I talked about how my first five years were kind of disappointing to me, in terms of my standards,' Rudolph said. 'This season was more along the lines of what I expect for myself, and what I expect moving forward, to kind of be a springboard and a baseline for the rest of my career.' Rudolph finished the 2016 season with 83 receptions for 840 yards and seven touchdowns.

Footballguys view: Rudolph was a top red zone target for Sam Bradford in his first season with the Vikings. With the possibility that Teddy Bridgewater won't be ready for the upcoming season, Rudolph could be a top ten tight end pick in this summer's fantasy drafts.

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  Vikings | Brandon Fusco could be released    Fri Feb 3, 06:17 PM

Minnesota Vikings OG Brandon Fusco may be a candidate to be released this offseason because the team would save $3.2 million in salary cap space if he is cut.

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  Vikings | Matt Kalil may return to Vikings    Fri Feb 3, 06:01 PM

The Minnesota Vikings may be open to re-signing impending free-agent OT Matt Kalil this offseason since there may not be great tackle options for them in free agency, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Ben Goessling.

Footballguys view: Kalil has been a disappointment since the Vikings took him fourth overall in the 2012 draft, but with the state of their offensive line, they might not have much of a choice when it comes time to fill their left tackle spot.

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  Vikings | Kyle Rudolph busy in 2016    Tue Jan 31, 12:16 PM

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph ran routes on 58 percent of his snaps and was targeted on a career-high 23.7 percent of his routes last season, according to ESPN Stats and Information.

Footballguys view: This despite offensive line woes that forced the Vikings to play options they never envisioned counting on when the season opened. If they can stabilize the line for the upcoming season and avoid the injury epidemic, Rudolph could be used even more as a receiver.

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  Vikings | Nick Easton may compete for starting job    Sat Jan 28, 03:01 PM

Minnesota Vikings C Nick Easton is expected to compete for the starting center job during training camp.

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  Vikings | Teddy Bridgewater likely to miss 2017 season    Fri Jan 27, 01:15 PM

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (knee) is expected to miss the entire 2017 season to continue his comeback from the torn ACL and dislocated knee he suffered during training camp last summer, according to a team source, which suggested the 'shortest recovery' time for a player with Bridgewater's injuries is 19 months.

Footballguys view: Good thing Sam Bradford is signed through 2017. Bridgewater's injury was severe, and it's going to take quite a bit of time for him to properly heal. We hope that one day he can be at full strength and develop on the potential he showed as a first-round pick in 2014. If he's back in 2018, the Vikings would have to exercise his fifth-year option for that season to insure he's under contract.

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  Vikings | Cordarrelle Patterson willing to play RB    Fri Jan 27, 12:29 AM

Minnesota Vikings impending free-agent WR Cordarrelle Patterson said he would love to play running back next season and just wants the ball in his hand as much as possible.

Footballguys view: There's early buzz going around now that Patterson may have more suitors on the open market than some people think. He enters free agency coming off a career high 52 receptions for 453 yards and two touchdowns. We'll see if his new team finds creative ways to get him the ball....but we don't predict a Ty Montgomery-like switch to RB in Patterson's future.

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  Vikings | Cordarrelle Patterson enjoyed new offense    Wed Jan 25, 10:17 PM

Impending free-agent WR Cordarrelle Patterson told NFL.com's Conor Orr that he liked the way the offense evolved in the second half of the season under Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur. Patterson saw 46 targets over the nine games Shurmur was calling the plays as opposed to 24 targets for the first seven contests under former offensive coordinator Norv Turner.

Footballguys view: This comes as no surprise as Norv Turner seemed to have no idea what to do with Patterson, who saw a lot more use under Shurmur. We still think Patterson is leaving a lot on the table and needs to step up both his preparation and his concentration. He's got more talent than he has shown, and some of that shortfall is on him.

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  Vikings | Minnesota hires Kennedy Polamalu    Fri Jan 20, 06:24 PM

The Minnesota Vikings have hired former UCLA offensive coordinator Kennedy Polamalu as their new running backs coach.

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  Vikings | Kevin Stefanski to be QBs coach    Fri Jan 20, 06:21 PM

Minnesota Vikings running backs coach Kevin Stefanski has been named the team's quarterbacks coach for 2017.

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  Vikings | Pat Shurmur will continue to be OC    Fri Jan 20, 06:17 PM

Minnesota Vikings interim offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur has been named the team's permanent offense coordinator.

Footballguys view: Shurmur took over this year after Norv Turner retired from the gig. The Vikings should continue to feature QB Sam Bradford and the short passing game, but it's unknown whether RB Adrian Peterson will return in 2017.

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  Vikings | Chad Greenway will only sign with MIN    Thu Jan 19, 03:14 PM

Minnesota Vikings impending free-agent LB Chad Greenway said he will only sign with the Vikings if he decides to continue his playing career.

Footballguys view: A first-round pick in 2006, Greenway is not the same player he used to be. If the Vikings don't want him anymore, then Greenway could just end up retiring.

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  Vikings | Minnesota hires Clancy Barone    Thu Jan 19, 12:56 PM

The Minnesota Vikings have hired former Denver Broncos offensive line coach Clancy Barone as their new tight ends coach.

Footballguys view: Barone failed as the O-Line coach in Denver, but he did a good job with Julius Thomas when he was the Broncos tight end coach. He'll benefit from working with a tight end like Kyle Rudolph.

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  Vikings | No timetable for Teddy Bridgewater    Sun Jan 15, 12:35 PM

Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said QB Teddy Bridgewater (knee) is doing well in his recovery from a serious knee injury but there are too many factors in the recovery to determine a return date for Bridgewater.

Footballguys view: Sam Bradford is likely to start the 2017 season as the top quarterback for the Vikings. We're hoping that Bridgewater can get back to his healthy self, but who knows when that's going to be.

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  Vikings | Adam Thielen to be restricted FA    Sat Jan 14, 04:48 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen will be a restricted free agent Thursday, March 9, at 4 p.m. EST.

Footballguys view: Thielen will be tendered, and it probably won't be an original round tender for the fourth-year UDFA. He's set to be the Vikings no.2 receiver in 2017, but he'll be competing with 2016 first-round pick Laquan Treadwell for that spot. Either way, Thielen has shown the ability to be a big-play threat in an offense that needs that type of playmaker.

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  Vikings | Matt Asiata will be free agent    Sat Jan 14, 04:38 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata will be an unrestricted free agent Thursday, March 9, at 4 p.m. EST.

Footballguys view: The Vikings could always bring back Asiata for a good price. The draft is chock full of very good running backs, so the market should be cool for Asiata's services.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson had significant tear    Tue Jan 10, 10:48 AM

Updating previous reports, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) said he tore 90 percent of the meniscus in his right knee earlier in the season. He returned in 12 weeks after a full repair.

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  Vikings | Kyle Rudolph had career year    Tue Jan 10, 10:42 AM

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph had a career-high 83 catches for 840 yards, and his seven touchdowns were the most since 2012. He reached a performance escalator of $375,000 on 2018 and 2019 salaries for surpassing 80 catches. His 132 targets were the most among tight ends this season.

Footballguys view: That's what happens when Sam Bradford won't go down the field with the ball. Rudolph was a great safety-valve receiver for Bradford, and thus his numbers were boosted. With Bradford the likely starter next year for the Vikings, fantasy owners can expect more of the same from Rudolph.

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  Vikings | Teddy Bridgewater's option likely exercised    Tue Jan 10, 10:38 AM

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (knee) is likely to have his fifth-year option picked up for the 2018 season. Bridgewater is under contract for $2.18 million for 2017, and the 2018 option could be worth more than $11 million. However, it would give the team a full year to assess him after his major knee injury.

Footballguys view: That would be a wise move for the Vikings. Nobody knows how Bridgewater is going to come back from his horrific knee injury, so the Vikings need to kind of wait and see.

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  Vikings | Scott Turner let go    Mon Jan 9, 08:38 PM

Minnesota Vikings quarterbacks coach Scott Turner was fired Monday, Jan.9, according to a source.

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  Vikings | Adam Thielen emerges as deep threat    Sat Jan 7, 11:49 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen led all receivers by catching 70.4 percent of his targets that traveled 15 yards or more down the field this season.

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  Vikings | Interim tag off of Pat Shurmur    Sat Jan 7, 09:44 PM

Minnesota Vikings interim offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur will fill the position permanently, according to a league source.

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  Vikings | Sam Bradford should start in 2017    Tue Jan 3, 02:53 PM

Minnesota Vikings QB Sam Bradford has earned the right to be the starting quarterback of the Vikings, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.

Footballguys view: Lord only knows if Teddy Bridgewater is going to ever be the same after suffering a devastating leg injury in camp. Bradford will count $17 million against the cap, so the Vikings should work on extending him to lower that number if at all possible. When Bridgewater is healthy, he should be able to push Bradford for the top job.

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  Vikings | Minnesota signs three players    Tue Jan 3, 02:36 PM

Minnesota Vikings OT Reid Fragel, PK Marshall Koehn and P Taylor Symmank were signed to Reserve/Futures deals Tuesday, Jan. 3.

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  Vikings | Many players signed by Vikings    Mon Jan 2, 03:18 PM

Minnesota Vikings DT Sterling Bailey, WR Moritz Bohringer, TE Kyle Carter, WR Cayleb Jones, OT Marquis Lucas, CB Tre Roberson, RB Bishop Sankey, S Cedric Thompson and OT Austin Shepherd were signed to Reserve/Futures contracts Monday, Jan. 2.

Footballguys view: This is an interesting group of players signed to futures deals. Bohringer was the first German player drafted in the NFL without playing college football. His size/speed combination showed up watching Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns film on YouTube. A sixth-round pick of the Vikings this year, Bohringer was released on final cuts after camp but he did get signed to the practice squad and spent the season there.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson wants to stay    Mon Jan 2, 11:28 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said he wants to stay with the Vikings in 2017, but he declined to say whether he would accept a pay cut.

Footballguys view: He's got a $17 million cap number in 2017, and that means he's not coming back....at least at that price. If the two sides can restructure his deal to a more cap-friendly number then perhaps Peterson would stay with the Vikings.

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  Vikings | Harrison Smith avoids surgery    Mon Jan 2, 10:43 AM

Updating previous reports, Minnesota Vikings FS Harrison Smith (ankle) said he won't need surgery on his injured ankle Monday, Jan. 2.

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  Vikings | Jerick McKinnon finishes up strong    Mon Jan 2, 12:22 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon rushed 16 times for 89 yards and a touchdown in the Week 17 game against the Chicago Bears. He added three receptions for 21 yards and a touchdown on his four targets.

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  Vikings | Kyle Rudolph has big day in finale    Mon Jan 2, 12:21 AM

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph posted 11 receptions for 117 yards and a touchdown in the Week 17 game against the Chicago Bears. He was targeted 15 times.

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  Vikings | Sam Bradford finishes career year    Mon Jan 2, 12:20 AM

Minnesota Vikings QB Sam Bradford completed 25 of his 33 pass attempts for 250 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in the Week 17 game against the Chicago Bears. He finished with a 71.6 percent completion rate to set the NFL single-season record. He also established career bests for yards (3,877), interception percentage (0.9) and passer rating (99.3).

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  Vikings | T.J. Clemmings injures elbow    Sun Jan 1, 02:45 PM

Minnesota Vikings OT T.J. Clemmings (elbow) suffered an elbow injury in Week 17 and is considered questionable to return.

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  Vikings | Week 17 inactives for Vikings    Sun Jan 1, 11:43 AM

The Minnesota Vikings have declared RB Adrian Peterson, OG Alex Boone, RB C.J. Ham, WR Laquon Treadwell, WR Stefon Diggs, QB Taylor Heinicke, OT Willie Beavers inactive for Week 17.

Footballguys view: Adam Thielen is a strong play this week with Diggs out and the momentum of a 200-yard game behind him.

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  Vikings | Andrew Sendejo placed on IR    Sat Dec 31, 01:45 PM

Minnesota Vikings SS Andrew Sendejo (knee) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Saturday, Dec. 31. The team also promoted practice squad WR Isaac Fruechte to their active roster.

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  Vikings | Friday injury report for Minnesota    Fri Dec 30, 07:39 PM

Minnesota Vikings SS Andrew Sendejo (knee) has been ruled out for Week 17. OG Alex Boone (back) and WR Laquon Treadwell (ankle) are listed as doubtful, while WR Charles Johnson (knee) is listed as questionable. Boone, Sendejo and Treadwell did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 30. Johnson was limited during practice. C Joe Berger (elbow), OG Brandon Fusco (concussion), FB Zach Line (concussion) and FS Harrison Smith (ankle) fully participated in practice and are not on the injury report.

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  Vikings | Stefon Diggs doubtful    Fri Dec 30, 07:35 PM

Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (hip) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 30, and is listed as doubtful for Week 17.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson ruled out    Fri Dec 30, 07:26 PM

Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (groin, knee) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 30, and has been ruled out for Week 17.

Footballguys view: We may have seen the last of Peterson with the Vikings. It's doubtful that he returns to Minnesota next year.

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  Vikings | Stefon Diggs absent from practice    Fri Dec 30, 01:22 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB WR Stefon Diggs (hip) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 30.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson not practicing    Fri Dec 30, 01:09 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee, groin) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 30.

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  Vikings | No practice for Stefon Diggs     Thu Dec 29, 09:35 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (hip) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 29.

Footballguys view: Diggs has been close to useless the last half of the season, and we wouldn't start him even if he plays.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson doesn't practice    Thu Dec 29, 09:31 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (groin, knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 29.

Footballguys view: Peterson wasn't effective in the brief moments we saw him this season and it seems like he has finally tapped out the fountain of youth he used to stay productive. Of course, as bad as that offensive line is, it could be that nobody would look good behind it. Suffice to say, even against the Bears we wouldn't trot out anyone from this backfield.

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