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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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  Vikings | Mike Wallace bonding with QB    Sat Jun 20, 07:28 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Mike Wallace has been working to develop a bond with QB Teddy Bridgewater this offseason. 'We've linked up at the crib a couple of times, about three or four times already since I've been here and just vibe. You can talk a little bit about football but really just getting a connection and a bond. On the field, it's going to come naturally,' said Wallace.

Footballguys view: Good news for the Vikings here. Wallace never really forged a strong bond with Ryan Tannehill in Miami, and it will be interesting to see if he and Teddy Bridgewater have better on-field chemistry. Wallace is currently getting drafted at WR34 (7.08) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Vikings | Cordarrelle Patterson not starting?    Fri Jun 19, 12:33 AM

Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson has been working with the second-team offense, but offensive coordinator Norv Turner said he expects Patterson to carve out a role.

Footballguys view: Patterson has the natural talent to be the starter, but he's yet to play up to his potential. The Vikings can't afford to wait around. We'll see if Patterson can work his way up the depth chart.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson has big goals    Mon Jun 15, 02:14 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson eventually wants to break former Dallas Cowboys RB Emmitt Smith's all-time rushing record. Peterson also believes he can be the best running back in the league when he's 38 years old.

Footballguys view: Peterson seems to be nearly superhuman with what he's done on the football field. Right now, he's 28th on the all-time rushing list with 10,190 yards. Smith is sitting at the top with 18,355 yards. Rushing for about 8,000 yards would take Peterson about six seasons. We don't doubt that he COULD finish as the all-time rushing leader, but it would be pretty damn tough to reach that mark.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson hoping to help QB    Sun Jun 14, 11:38 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said he hopes his presence will make life easier for QB Teddy Bridgewater in 2015.

Footballguys view: Peterson will be a great help for Bridgewater and the passing game. The rushing attack should keep defenses honest, allowing Bridgewater to work effectively on play-action passes. The Vikings put better weapons around Bridgewater this year, including deep receiving threat Mike Wallace. We'll see how the second-year quarterback responds in 2015.

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  Vikings | Minnesota big on Jerick McKinnon    Fri Jun 12, 10:07 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon has the potential to be a 'premier, dynamic playmaker' and an NFL-caliber starter, running backs coach Kirby Wilson said Thursday, June 11.

Footballguys view: Well, all his ability is going to be essentially put on a shelf this year with Adrian Peterson back in the fold. McKinnon could work as a change-of-pace back behind Peterson, but he's not going to get used as much as some were hoping after a solid rookie season last year.

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  Vikings | Fewer carries for Adrian Peterson?     Fri Jun 12, 09:57 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson won't be asked to shoulder the entire offensive load in 2015. 'No question that the workload will be a lot more balanced than in the past because the organization has done an outstanding job of acquiring talent and other explosive pieces,' running backs coach Kirby Wilson said Thursday, June 11. 'And just as the natural progression as an older back ages, the workload decreases anyway.'

Footballguys view: This is where Jerick McKinnon comes in. He won't do more than be a change-of-pace back behind Peterson, but he'll be able to give Peterson a rest from time to time. The few touches that McKinnon gets on a weekly basis won't take that much off the fantasy potential of Peterson.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson not expected in preseason    Wed Jun 10, 07:08 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson isn't expected to see any playing time during the preseason, according to head coach Mike Zimmer Wednesday, June 10. 'We're talking in June, so you can't hold me to it, but he's carried the ball a lot (in his eight-year career) and he's going to continue to carry the ball a lot. He'll get plenty of looks and reps in practice,' said Zimmer.

Footballguys view: Peterson should get plenty of work in training camp, but the team will be cautious with him in the preseason. He missed all but one game last year, but Peterson has been impressing everyone during OTAs in Minnesota. We're expecting the same old Peterson in 2015.

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  Vikings | Cordarrelle Patterson to return kicks again    Sat Jun 6, 03:19 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson will be the primary kickoff returner this season, according to special teams coordinator Mike Priefer. Priefer said he considers Patterson to be the best kick returner in the NFL.

Footballguys view: Patterson has immense talent--he just hasn't played up to his potential yet. He's improving as a receiver, but returning kicks is more instincts, speed and make-you-miss ability. Patterson should be able to make big plays for the Vikings as a return man.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson in good shape    Thu Jun 4, 07:33 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is still in great shape, according to CB Captain Munnerlyn, despite his extended absence from the team and team activities. Peterson returned to organized team activities Tuesday, June 3, following a prolonged hiatus due to displeasure with his current contract.

Footballguys view: Peterson has always been driven, which is why we feel pretty good about saying he's a top five fantasy running back this coming season. A year off, one which we can be sure he worked out constantly during, will be nothing but good for his legs as well. Even better, he has a quarterback who is an actual threat and will pull defenders out of the box, which could make him even more effective. Peterson is a good bet for great production again this year.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson impressing teammates    Thu Jun 4, 07:30 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has impressed his teammates since arriving for organized team activities Tuesday, June 2. CB Captain Munnerlyn was among those who were impressed, "He's in unbelievable shape, like he never lost a step. And he's out to prove a point," said Munnerlyn. RB Jerick McKinnon, who is likely to be dropped down the depth chart due to Peterson's arrival, also had high praises for his teammate, "It's an opportunity to learn from the best running back in the game," McKinnon said.

Footballguys view: Peterson knows he has a ton to prove after both his actions last season and the his antics this offseason. As far as fantasy players go, Peterson is still expected to be as effective as he has in been the last few years. He is a top back, a sure-fire RB1 who will--and should--go in the first round of all fantasy drafts.

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  Vikings | Captain Munnerlyn in a boot    Thu Jun 4, 12:27 PM

Minnesota Vikings CB Captain Munnerlyn (foot) is wearing a walking boot because of a right foot injury. Munnerlyn underwent an MRI on his foot but will not need surgery on the injury.

Footballguys view: Not needing surgery is great news for Munnerlyn and the Vikings. The team needs Munnerlyn to be ready to go at the start of the season as he will likely be in charge of the slot position, with Xavier Rhodes and Terence Newman working the edges.

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  Vikings | HC welcomes Adrian Peterson    Tue Jun 2, 09:48 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson was welcomed back by head coach Mike Zimmer Tuesday, June 2. "We welcome him with open arms, unequivocally," Zimmer said.

Footballguys view: Of course the Vikings welcome him back with open arms! Peterson is going to be the centerpiece of this offense, and he'll likely finish as one of the leading rushers in the NFL. The Vikings offense now has the potential to be a lot more dangerous with Peterson rushing the rock.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson ready to move on    Tue Jun 2, 04:09 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said he's learned from his mistakes and is ready to move forward following an extended absence. Peterson said he's focused on what's in front him and wanted to get back to the team.

Footballguys view: The Vikings are (of course) going to make Peterson the centerpiece of the offense. Norv Turner known how to create an incredibly productive rushing attack, and Peterson will be leading the way for many fantasy owners. He's a top-5 fantasy back and should be off the board in the first half of the first round in most every league.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson to report Tuesday    Tue Jun 2, 08:20 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson plans to report to organized team activities Tuesday, June 2. 'I decided to come back just to get around my teammates and the coaching staff,' Peterson said. 'There's never been any love lost with those guys. Basically it's time for me to come in and test the waters and re-familiarize myself with our offense and the direction they're trying to go in.'

Footballguys view: And there you have it. The Vikings and Peterson get back together without a new contract and without any sort of holdout during training camp. The team played hardball with the superstar running back and they won. Peterson should be fresh after not playing football last season. He's going to be the focal point of the offense with second-year QB Teddy Bridgewater and the passing game taking a back seat. Peterson is a top-5 fantasy running back (easily) and should be drafted as such.

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  Vikings | Mike Zimmer, Adrian Peterson speak    Mon Jun 1, 02:30 AM

Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer and RB Adrian Peterson have apparently cleared the air of their differences. Although Peterson still has reservations about returning to the Vikings, his relationship with Zimmer is strong.

Footballguys view: The Vikings hold all the cards here with Peterson. He would like some guaranteed money over the next three seasons as Minnesota has him locked up for that period of time at a hefty (non-guaranteed) price. We'll see if the Vikings play nice and give him what he wants so Peterson will show up and play. This isn't a huge deal unless Peterson starts missing time in training camp.

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  Vikings | Teddy Bridgewater working with new WR    Fri May 29, 07:23 PM

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater said he has been spending extra time with WR Mike Wallace and working on the routes they used during practice.

Footballguys view: We love Brigewater's upside and like seeing him put in the extra time with his new wide receiver. Wallace never established chemistry with Ryan Tannehill in Miami, but it looks like that may not be a problem with the Vikings. The offense is going to have a better vertical element to it this year because of Wallace's speed and ability to take the top off the defense.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson upset with contract    Thu May 28, 06:59 PM

Updating previous reports, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson wants the Vikings to honor his seven-year contract worth $96 million that goes through 2017. Peterson took to Twitter to vent that it takes both sides to fulfill a contract. Peterson desires guaranteed money into the 2016 season and beyond. There is currently no guaranteed money left in his current contract.

Footballguys view: Other than his Twitter rant on Thursday, we already knew Peterson was unhappy with his contract. The Vikings hold all the cards, but they could kick Peterson some guaranteed money if they want to end this squabble. We'll see which side blinks. There's no pressure right now, but that could change if/when Peterson skips training camp.

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  Vikings | Mike Wallace digs new offense    Thu May 28, 12:34 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Mike Wallace feels at home in Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner's vertical passing system, comparing it to his time in Pittsburgh. Wallace is currently working at flanker and expects to move all over the field. He is expected to serve as the deep threat of the passing game, but Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer likes Wallace's explosiveness from any route, including screen passes.

Footballguys view: It will be interesting to see how things change for Wallace after he failed in Miami. The Vikings have a more vertical offense, which is good, but second-year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is still working on his long ball, which hurts Wallace's value. Right now Wallace's ADP is mid-seventh round, and he comes off as between the 30th and 35th receiver. If Wallace plays well, he could crack the 1,000-yard mark this season for the first time since 2010.

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  Vikings | Mike Zimmer gives Adrian Peterson edict    Thu May 28, 08:37 AM

Updating an ongoing story, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson was given a public ultimatum by Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer Wednesday, May 27, saying he has to either play for the Vikings or not play at all. Peterson said Wednesday on Twitter he did not want to be traded and was looking for financial security by not attending organized team activities. Peterson has three years remaining on his current contract and is due $46 million.

Footballguys view: The key for Peterson here is while he has three years left on the contract, none of it is guaranteed. Most fans won't have much sympathy for a guy who, per Spotrac.com, has grossed over $71 million over his career to date. Especially a guy who was in trouble for child abuse just last year. Don't forget to factor in Peterson's representation either. Agent Ben Dogra was not Peterson's agent when he signed his six-year, $86 million contract in 2011. More than likely Dogra wants to get paid, and is in Peterson's ear about 'deserving' more guaranteed money. In reality, the Vikings hold all the cards here and head coach Mike Zimmer's ultimatum shows the team is getting tired of the nonsense. Peterson's best bet is to play and play well in the hopes someone will trade for a 30-year old back who will be 31 in 2016, or the Vikings give him a reward for showing up and adhering to his contract. As it stands, none of this has hurt Peterson's ADP - he's mid first round right now - but it's something to watch.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson wants guaranteed money    Wed May 27, 10:15 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson would like guaranteed money in 2016 from the Vikings. Peterson is not participating in organized team activities but is not looking for a trade.

Footballguys view: Okay, we get a little more clarity in this situation. The Vikings don't have to do anything as they hold all the cards with Peterson. They could give him some guaranteed money as a good-faith move, but we're not expecting to see Peterson until training camp.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson still wants trade    Mon May 25, 02:33 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson still wants to be traded, according to a source. Peterson intends to skip all organized team activities, which would cause him to lose $250,000 in workout bonuses.

Footballguys view: Good luck with that. The Vikings clearly have the upper hand in this situation. They're not just going to give Peterson away because he's refusing to show up after feeling disrespected over the way the Vikings handled his child-abuse situation last year. The best time to trade him (the draft) has come and gone. Even if he doesn't want it, staying with the Vikings might be Peterson's best option.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson not attending OTAs    Sun May 24, 09:16 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has informed head coach Mike Zimmer that he will not attend the optional practices that begin Tuesday, May 26, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Footballguys view: No surprise here. Peterson has been staying away from Minnesota this offseason because of a perceived lack of loyalty at the way the Vikings deal with him last year. There are rumors of a holdout coming from Peterson, and there's still rumblings that Peterson wants to be traded. The Vikings hold all the cards here, and Peterson can't really do much except skip mandatory workouts next month and training camp to show his displeasure.

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  Vikings | Cordarrelle Patterson praised    Sun May 24, 12:40 AM

Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson once again has drawn praise from Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer -- this time for his route-running improvements. Patterson has worked extensively this offseason to become a better receiver from a technical standpoint.

Footballguys view: There's another drumbeat. During the offseason, we don't get too caught up in the fluff articles...but we do listen for consistent reports coming out of camp. The positive reports about Patterson have been a constant this offseason. Patterson has the athletic talent to be dominant at the pro level, but he's failed to play up to that potential. Now fourth on the depth chart, Patterson will have to continue impressing if he wants to carve out a larger role with the Vikings.

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  Vikings | MyCole Pruitt could have sizeable role    Fri May 22, 10:04 PM

Minnesota Vikings TE MyCole Pruitt was praised for his versatility and ability to create mismatches by general manager Rick Spielman, and Pruitt could be the No. 2 tight end on the depth chart behind TE Kyle Rudolph as a rookie.

Footballguys view: We're not as crazy about the Southern Illinois prospect as some. In 2014, Pruitt led all FBS tight ends in catches, yards and touchdowns. The Vikings added him in the fifth round of the draft this year with the idea of further developing his game. Pruitt has good hands, but he's limited athletically and not the dangerous move tight end some have projected him to be. He's stiff in the hips and has average play speed. Some in the scouting community have compared him to Daniel Fells, and unless he improves his movement drastically Pruitt is unlikely to be much of a fantasy factor.

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  Vikings | Mike Zimmer talks Adrian Peterson    Fri May 22, 09:42 AM

Updating an ongoing story, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson remains in pursuit of being traded or receiving a new contract and remains away from the organization during voluntary workouts. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer told ESPN Radio he has a target date in mind of when he thinks Peterson will return to the team, but Zimmer did not give the specific date.

Footballguys view: That target date could be the start of training camp. Yes, Peterson would miss some mandatory workouts if he doesn't show up until then but the two sides are trying to patch things up. The Vikings hold all the cards here, and it's looking more and more like Peterson is going to stay put in Minnesota.

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  Vikings | Blair Walsh contract talks    Thu May 21, 06:33 PM

Minnesota Vikings PK Blair Walsh said there has been some communication between the team and his agent regarding a contract extension, but nothing has been finalized.

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  Vikings | Norv Turner opening up offense    Sun May 17, 10:39 PM

Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner has opened up the playbook to give receivers more chances to make explosive plays, head coach Mike Zimmer said at rookie minicamp.

Footballguys view: We believe in Turner as an offensive coordinator. We also believe in second-year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. It's a good sign that Bridgewater is ready for an expanded playbook, and the Vikings have added weapons this year to the passing game like WR Mike Wallace. They could have a more robust passing game than some think in 2015.

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  Vikings | Coach happy with Cordarrelle Patterson    Thu May 14, 01:25 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson has been impressive during offseason workouts, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. 'He's really done well,' Zimmer said. 'He's running routes good; he's working hard. So we just need him to continue to do those things and continue to keep getting consistent and keep improving. I've been impressed with the things that he's done.'

Footballguys view: Good news here. There are only a few players with the natural talent that Patterson has. Unfortunately, his pro game has been marred by inconsistencies and a lack of production. Potential is a great word, but eventually Patterson is going to have to start producing at a level he's capable of. We love quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, and he will certainly help this Vikings passing game. Patterson is worth a late-round flier in re-draft leagues. His current ADP is WR63 (13.01) in 12-team PPR leagues, but his potential is that of a WR3/flex.

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  Vikings | Trae Waynes signed    Thu May 7, 02:54 PM

Minnesota Vikings first-round draft choice CB Trae Waynes signed his four-year deal with the team Thursday, May 7, according to sources. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Waynes should be a great addition to an increasingly tough defense. He'll help shore up an already stout secondary (seventh against the pass per NFL.com) and make this a very dangerous group to face. We like pairing him up with Xavier Rhodes to give the team an athletic cornerback duo.

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  Vikings | Matt Kalil has both knees scoped    Thu May 7, 08:28 AM

Minnesota Vikings OT Matt Kalil (knees) underwent arthroscopic surgery on both knees in January and received injections designed to help patients deal with joint pain in March, two people with knowledge of the procedures told USA TODAY Sports. Kalil has had knee troubles the last two seasons.

Footballguys view: Yikes! It's been a long couple of seasons for the former first-round draft pick, who has seen a decline in the quality of play since his rookie year. Could the knees have been a huge factor and if so, will this fix it? The Vikings drafted T.J. Clemmings in the middle rounds, a guy with first-round talent but a stress fracture in his foot that caused him to fall in the draft. Clemmings is likely a future starter at right tackle, and it would be great for the Vikings if Kalil can get healthy and get back on track.

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  Vikings | Mike Wallace makes bold claim    Tue May 5, 08:12 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Mike Wallace proclaimed himself the fastest player in the NFL Tuesday, May 5, per the Pioneer Press. 'If somebody feels foggy about that, we can [race]. I'm never going to back down from competition,'' said Wallace.

Footballguys view: Awesome, he's fast....too bad he's not making the same claims about being the best wide receiver in the league. Wallace failed to connect with QB Ryan Tannehill during his time with the Dolphins. We'll see if he can establish better chemistry with second-year QB Teddy Bridgewater in Minnesota.

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  Vikings | Two options picked up    Mon May 4, 11:24 AM

Minnesota Vikings OT Matt Kalil and FS Harrison Smith had their fifth-year options for 2016 exercised Monday, May 4.

Footballguys view: Kalil will continue to give the Vikings a strong presence on the offensive line with the extra year added to his deal. Smith has developed into a quality player for the Vikings and it's no surprise they didn't want him to hit free agency.

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  Vikings | MyCole Pruitt selected    Sat May 2, 02:02 PM

Southern Illinois TE MyCole Pruitt was selected by the Minnesota Vikings with the 143rd overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Footballguys view: He'll be stuck behind Kyle Rudoph barring a big injury and used mostly as a blocker in the offense.


  Vikings | Eric Kendricks selected 45th overall     Fri May 1, 08:15 PM

University of California-Los Angeles LB Eric Kendricks was selected 45th overall by the Minnesota Vikings in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft Friday, May 1.

Footballguys view: Anthony Barr said he wanted to play with Kendricks at the pro level so the former UCLA pair was reunited in Minnesota. Kendricks is a great player inside and he and Barr will flourish in this defense.


  Vikings | Adrian Peterson's agent seeks new deal    Fri May 1, 11:34 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson may be changing course in his pursuit of a trade as his agent, Ben Dogra, said he'd like the team to sign Peterson to an extension. 'One of the things that I appreciate with the Vikings is their resolve to say 'we're not trading him,'' Dogra told USA TODAY Sports. 'That tells me they value him not only as a football player, but what he's done for the organization. 'I actually, as an agent, not only appreciate it - I accept it. But actions speak louder than words. If that's going to happen, and you want to keep him, then show him a commitment to make him retire as a Viking. And I haven't had that solution.' Peterson has three years and $46 million left on his contract, but none of it is guaranteed.

Footballguys view: We all knew this was at least part of the plan with the 'no respect' nonsense coming out of Peterson's camp all offseason. The amount of money left on his contract and the amount of years make this request ludicrous though - how much more can you give a 30-year old running back with three years and $46 million left on his contract. Maybe they're trying to force that trade after all. Honestly, Peterson is a RB1 for fantasy regardless of landing spot, so in some ways this is all academic for out purposes. But in the macro, real-world NFL aspect of things, Peterson continues to show a stunning lack of awareness.

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  Vikings | Trae Waynes selected 11th overall    Thu Apr 30, 09:20 PM

Michigan State CB Trae Waynes was selected 11th overall by the Minnesota Vikings in the 2015 NFL Draft Thursday, April 30.

Footballguys view: This is becoming a great defense. Waynes is a long, tough corner who can lock down receivers. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is coming for the NFC North.


  Vikings | No change to Adrian Peterson's status    Thu Apr 30, 02:06 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is still expected to remain with the Vikings even though former NFL WR Cris Carter indicated Peterson could be traded in the near future.

Footballguys view: This could all change by the end of the weekend. The Vikings have been driving a hard bargain on price, but the reality is, that first round pick isn't coming. So as the draft goes by, Peterson's price might drop. Peterson would be successful almost where he goes so he's likely to have plenty of fantasy value regardless of his jersey color.

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  Vikings | Cordarrelle Patterson looking to improve    Tue Apr 28, 11:35 AM

Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson said he plans to focus on improving his route running this offseason. 'Just route running,' Patterson said. 'Growing up, I was always athletic and could just do anything. I'm in the NFL now, so I just have to focus on my craft and just work at route running, getting in and getting out of breaks and stuff like that.'

Footballguys view: Patterson has all the natural talent in the world. What he lacks is focus and precision on the field. We love his upside, but he's got to start proving that he can improve at the little things in order to take full advantage of his natural skill set.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson likely to stay in purple    Tue Apr 28, 08:50 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is 80% likely to remain with the Vikings, in the opinion of ESPN insider Chris Mortensen.

Footballguys view: That sounds about right. The Vikings hold all the cards here. They have Peterson under contract for the next three years. If some other team wants him bad enough, they'll have to surrender a Herschel Walker-sized deal to get him away from the Vikings.

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  Vikings | GM praises Cordarrelle Patterson    Sun Apr 26, 11:21 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson has dedicated himself to becoming a better receiver, according to general manager Rick Spielman. 'I think Cordarrelle has really grown up a lot,' Spielman said. 'I know what he has done this offseason dedicating himself to being the best receiver he can be, and how serious he is taking that, we're very excited about the future with Cordarrelle.'

Footballguys view: We'll believe it when we see it. Patterson has amazing athleticism, strength and speed...but he has yet to put it all together. The skill set is there for him to be a dominant player, and now it's time for Patterson to start playing up to his potential.

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  Vikings | MIN wants to keep Adrian Peterson    Wed Apr 22, 02:13 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is not expected to be traded by the Vikings unless the team is overwhelmed by an offer from another team, according to a source. The Vikings are confident that time will help their relationship with Peterson. A source said a recent report that stated the Vikings are looking for a first-round pick and a starting cornerback in a trade for Peterson is not accurate, which may suggest the Vikings would be looking for even more in a trade.

Footballguys view: This matches the mentality of a team that sees Peterson as still an elite RB option that they can get on board without any issues for this season. This could be posturing to extract the largest price for Peterson in a trade, as GM Rick Spielman has taken a gambler's approach to trade negotiations in the past.

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  Vikings | Six teams in mix for Adrian Peterson    Tue Apr 21, 01:44 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson remains a candidate to be traded, and a source close to the situation believes that if he isn't traded before or during the 2015 NFL Draft next week, that he will remain in Minnesota. The Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, San Diego Chargers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in the mix for Peterson, and the source didn't include the Oakland Raiders, who had been mentioned in previous reports as a possible candidate. Peterson is under contract for three years and $43.25 million, but none of the money is guaranteed. The Vikes may be hard-pressed to receive a late first-round pick for Peterson, because of his age (30).

Footballguys view: Zero surprise here. Peterson is going to attract a ton of attention if he's actually on the trade block. The Vikings hold all the power here as Peterson is under contract with them for the next three years. We'll see if any of these teams listed (or any surprise team) can pry Peterson away.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson not attending workouts    Mon Apr 20, 01:37 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is not in attendance for the start of the team's offseason workout program Monday, April 20, according to league sources. However, Peterson hasn't attended this stage of the team's offseason before.

Footballguys view: Minnesota wasn't expecting Peterson to show, according to a source. His $250,000 workout bonus is tied to his participation for organized team activities (OTAs) and the mandatory minicamp in June.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson has offseason bonuses    Mon Apr 20, 08:57 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has a $250,000 offseason bonus in his contract for participating in all mini-camps, all organized team activities and reporting to training camp on time.

Footballguys view: The Peterson saga continues. The first day that has implications on that bonus is May 26 when OTAs begin.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson may not work out    Fri Apr 17, 12:28 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said earlier this week that he's not sure if he'll participate in the team's offseason program. Minnesota is set to start their offseason workouts Monday, April 20, with a mandatory minicamp in June. Peterson can now participate in all team activities after being reinstated from the commissioner's exempt list Friday, April 17.

Footballguys view: If Peterson wants out of Minnesota, then he won't show up to these activities. Now that he's free to play in 2015, the question remains where is he going to be? Regardless of a new team, same team, whatever team, Peterson has the talent and ability to be a first-round pick in fantasy leagues and an RB1 for your fantasy team.

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