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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson to sit rest of preseason    Thu Aug 25, 05:46 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will not play in the final two preseason games. Peterson made the decision himself and said it's in his best interest to rest until Week 1 of the regular season against the Tennessee Titans.

Footballguys view: Peterson usually doesn't play in the preseason, so it's no big deal. Expect him to get around 300 carries this year as the centerpiece of the Vikings offense.

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  Vikings | Teddy Bridgewater expects to play    Wed Aug 24, 05:16 PM

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (shoulder) said he expects to play in the preseason game against the San Diego Chargers Sunday, Aug. 28. Bridgewater did not say much about his shoulder injury.

Footballguys view: We'll be likely to see Bridgewater limited by this shoulder injury -- no matter how minor. The team wants him to be near full strength for the start of the regular season.

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  Vikings | Shaun Hill back at practice    Wed Aug 24, 01:53 AM

Minnesota Vikings QB Shaun Hill practiced on Tuesday, Aug. 23, after not participating in either of the club's practices over the weekend. It's unclear if Hill will play on Sunday, Aug. 28, against the San Diego Chargers.

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  Vikings | Teddy Bridgewater resumes throwing    Tue Aug 23, 06:24 PM

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (shoulder) threw during team drills Tuesday, Aug. 23, although he was apparently throwing shorter passes for the most part. Head coach Mike Zimmer said he didn't want to play Bridgewater last week for risk of Bridgewater getting hurt, adding that he would use caution if Bridgewater did have a shoulder issue.

Footballguys view: The Vikings will take it easy on their young franchise QB here. It's unclear if Bridgewater will play in Week 3 of the preseason.

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  Vikings | Rhett Ellison activated    Tue Aug 23, 11:33 AM

Minnesota Vikings TE Rhett Ellison (knee) was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list Tuesday, Aug. 23.

Footballguys view: Wow. Ellison tore his patellar tendon in January, and to recover this much in eight months is amazing. He'll snare around 15-20 passes this year for the Vikings as a reserve TE if healthy. The team is deep at the position, so there's no need to rush him back even with his shocking recovery.

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  Vikings | Two vying for SS spot    Mon Aug 22, 02:42 AM

Minnesota Vikings SS Andrew Sendejo and SS Michael Griffin appear locked in a battle for a starting strong safety spot. Sendejo started the first preseason game, and Griffin appeared in the second.

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  Vikings | Teddy Bridgewater limited on Saturday    Sat Aug 20, 08:05 PM

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater was on the field but did not attempt any throws at practice on Saturday, Aug. 20. Head coach Mike Zimmer told reporters he had 'no concern' about his signal-caller's health.

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  Vikings | Two roster moves for Minnesota    Sat Aug 20, 04:38 PM

The Minnesota Vikings signed free-agent QB Brad Sorensen Saturday, Aug. 20, and waived RB Kevin Monangai.

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  Vikings | MIN has battle for starting strong safety    Sat Aug 20, 01:06 PM

Minnesota Vikings SSs Andrew Sendejo and Michael Griffin are competing for the starting strong safety job but the battle is unlikely to be resolved before the final game of the preseason. Sendejo started the preseason opener Aug. 12, while Griffin started the second game Aug. 18.

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  Vikings | Teddy Bridgewater has sore shoulder    Fri Aug 19, 06:50 PM

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (shoulder) did not play in the preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks Thursday, Aug. 18, because of a sore shoulder, according to sources. Bridgewater likely would have played if it was a regular season game, but the Vikings decided to keep him out.

Footballguys view: This clears up somewhat of a mystery, which tends to encourage speculation. Bridgewater was a marginal pick in fantasy leagues, so this doesn't really move his stock, but it's something to track for the value of the Vikings passcatchers.

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  Vikings | Adam Thielen continue to impress    Fri Aug 19, 05:28 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen caught four passes for 61 yards in the preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks Thursday, Aug. 18. He has been impressing the coaches throughout training camp.

Footballguys view: Thielen is getting a lot of snaps with the first team offense as the #3 receiver. He could keep first-round pick Laquon Treadwell off of the field through the early season, but doesn't have fantasy value in any but the very deepest of leagues.

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  Vikings | Xavier Rhodes hurts hamstring    Thu Aug 18, 10:25 PM

Minnesota Vikings CB Xavier Rhodes (hamstring) will not return against the Seattle Seahawks after suffering a hamstring injury Thursday, Aug. 18.

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  Vikings | Jarius Wright doing well    Tue Aug 16, 07:55 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Jarius Wright (undisclosed) hasn't practice since Aug. 6, but said he's doing well and expects to return to practice sooner rather than later.

Footballguys view: Wright added that he'll definitely return in time to play in the preseason, he just doesn't know which game yet.

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  Vikings | Big workload for Adrian Peterson    Tue Aug 16, 04:38 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson could see 20 carries per game in 2016, according to offensive coordinator Norv Turner.

Footballguys view: Peterson was the only RB in the league last year to eclipse 300 carries. He finished last year with 327 carries, and Peterson could approach that number this season. Fantasy owners know that Peterson is a RB1 with the upside to finish as the league's leading rusher.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson to see preseason work?    Tue Aug 16, 12:28 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson may see his first preseason touches since 2011, provided he wants to play, according to Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer. Peterson played in a 2013 preseason game but did not handle the ball.

Footballguys view: Peterson doesn't need any preseason reps. It would be a shock to see him get much if any work in the preseason. The Vikings are likely to use Peterson as much as possible in what might be his last season with the team.

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  Vikings | Charles Johnson catches long score    Sat Aug 13, 12:30 AM

Minnesota Vikings WR Charles Johnson had one catch, a 49-yard touchdown, in a 17-16 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in the preseason Friday, Aug. 12.

Footballguys view: Johnson showed that he should not be the forgotten man in the competition at WR. The team is set with Stefon Diggs and rookie Laquon Treadwell, but Johnson could benefit from being healthy and improved weapons around him. Last year was supposed to be his breakout year, but Johnson struggled to stay on the field and disappointed fantasy owners. The Vikings should run the ball a lot, but if they fall behind or need to be pass-happy on offense then Johnson could play a larger role than some think.

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  Vikings | Solid start for Laquon Treadwell    Fri Aug 12, 10:45 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell had four catches on five targets for 41 yards in a 17-16 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in the preseason Friday, Aug. 12.

Footballguys view: Treadwell has always reminded us of a young DeAndre Hopkins (Texans). Like Hopkins, Treadwell has incredible athleticism and ball skills but is not known as a speed burner. We could see the rookie emerge in a Vikings passing attack that is making strides with young QB Teddy Bridgewater. We like Treadwell as a WR4 with upside in 2016.

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  Vikings | Adam Thielen working with starters    Thu Aug 11, 01:28 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen is receiving most of the first-team snaps when the team is lined up in three-receiver sets alongside WRs Charles Johnson and Stefon Diggs.

Footballguys view: We've got a Thielen he has the inside track for the No. 3 job over Jarius Wright, who had no touchdowns at all last season. The thing is, he did this last summer as well and ended up with little to do in the regular season. Watch to see who ends up winning the third job here, but remember that this will probably remain Adrian Peterson's offense, with little passing. That means the bulk of the few targets will go to Diggs and Johnson and Thielen will be unreliable.

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  Vikings | Trae Waynes practices Thursday    Thu Aug 11, 01:23 PM

Minnesota Vikings CB Trae Waynes was able to participate in practice Thursday, Aug. 11, after he missed a majority of practice Wednesday, Aug. 10, because of dehydration. Waynes is expected to start in the first preseason game Friday, Aug. 12.

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  Vikings | Kevin McDermott signs extension    Mon Aug 8, 10:21 PM

Minnesota Vikings LS Kevin McDermott agreed to a four-year, $4 million extension Monday, Aug. 8, according to a source.

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  Vikings | Rhett Ellison should be ready    Mon Aug 8, 08:46 PM

Minnesota Vikings TE Rhett Ellison (knee) has not been able to participate in practice, but head coach Mike Zimmer said he expects Ellison will be ready for the start of the regular season.

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  Vikings | Cordarrelle Patterson back on the field    Mon Aug 8, 08:38 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson (shoulder) participated in practice Monday, Aug. 8, after sitting out practice Saturday, Aug. 6.

Footballguys view: Patterson had built some momentum this offseason, but got hurt at the open of camp. He won't play a core role in the offense, but if he has made progress as a route runner, it could help his free agent market next year.

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  Vikings | Jarius Wright leaves early    Mon Aug 8, 08:36 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Jarius Wright (undisclosed) left practice early Monday, Aug. 8, because of an undisclosed injury.

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  Vikings | Three Vikings out Monday    Mon Aug 8, 08:16 PM

Minnesota Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd (undisclosed), LB Eric Kendricks (undisclosed) and CB Terence Newman (undisclosed) did not participate in practice Monday, Aug. 8.

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  Vikings | Charles Johnson a starter for now    Mon Aug 8, 06:04 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Charles Johnson is listed as a starting split end wide receiver on the team's first depth chart with WR Laquon Treadwell as the backup at the position.

Footballguys view: We don't expect that to last. Treadwell has tremendous upside and has drawn pro comparisons to DeAndre Hopkins (Texans) because of his body control and ability to make difficult catches seem routine.

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  Vikings | Stefon Diggs turning heads at camp    Sun Aug 7, 11:43 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Stefon Diggs has been by far the most impressive offensive player through 10 days of training camp, according to beat writer Matt Vensel. 'He's all over the place,' wide receivers coach George Stewart said. With the addition of WR Laquon Treadwell, Diggs will usually line up off the line of scrimmage at the flanker position, although he is expected to see time in the slot, too, and occasionally at split end.

Footballguys view: Diggs came out of the gate like a WR1 last year, but he faded in the second half of the season as teams figured out he struggled with press coverage. This year the team is moving him around and he should be able to avoid some of the issues that limited his production last year. The introduction of Laquon Treadwell and nature of the Vikings conservative offense could still limit Diggs, but he's a very solid pick in PPR leagues around his 9th/10th round ADP.

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  Vikings | Teddy Bridgewater struggles in red zone    Sat Aug 6, 10:38 PM

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater threw consecutive interceptions in a red-zone drill Friday, Aug. 5, and he completed just two of his seven pass attempts overall during the drill.

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  Vikings | Kevin Monangai signed    Thu Aug 4, 03:19 PM

Free-agent RB Kevin Monangai (Eagles) was signed by the Minnesota Vikings Thursday, Aug. 4.

Footballguys view: The former Villanova back will be primarily a camp body. Though he has some intriguing strength and power, it's unlikely he makes the final roster with Jerrick McKinnon, Matt Asiata and some little-known underdog named Adrian Peterson in the mix.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson will practice    Wed Aug 3, 01:08 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (hamstring) will participate in practice Wednesday, Aug. 3, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.

Footballguys view: This is a great sign that Peterson's hamstring injury wasn't a big deal and as long as he practices without incident for the rest of camp, we shouldn't worry too much about his ability to hold up this year.

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  Vikings | Jerick McKinnon leaves practice early    Mon Aug 1, 09:53 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (undisclosed) has been seeing extra work in practice with RB Adrian Peterson (hamstring) sidelined due to injury. However, McKinnon left practice early Monday, Aug. 1, and was tended to on the sidelines by the training staff for an undisclosed injury.

Footballguys view: McKinnon's injury was to the head and minor. The team seemed to have no concern about it, so we won't either unless he's out for a week or more.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson does walk-through    Mon Aug 1, 09:52 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (hamstring) did not practice Monday, Aug. 1, but he was able to participate in the team's walk-through in the morning. RB Jerick McKinnon has been seeing extra reps with Peterson on the sidelines, but he also left with an undisclosed ailment Monday.

Footballguys view: Matt Asiata and even UDFA Jhurell Pressley could get a lot more first-team work if both remain out. Peterson getting closer to practicing is good, but we'll still take note of a hamstring injury this early in the season calendar for a back over 30.

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  Vikings | Vikes look for right combo on O-line    Mon Aug 1, 09:52 PM

The Minnesota Vikings have been rotating Cs Joe Berger and John Sullivan in the first-team offense, with Berger seeing first-team reps Monday, Aug. 1. Head coach Mike Zimmer said the team wants to set the depth chart hierarchy after the off day Tuesday, Aug. 2. OTs Andre Smith and T.J. Clemmings have also been trading time with the first team unit.

Footballguys view: Sullivan is coming back from two back surgeries. He should be considered the favorite to win if he is healthy. Smith is the more established tackle, but Clemmings might have a higher ceiling, especially as a run blocker. As long as everyone stays off the injury report, the Vikings should still have depth on the line even without Phil Loadholt.

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  Vikings | Eric Kendricks settling in     Sun Jul 31, 10:19 AM

Minnesota Vikings LB Eric Kendricks looks more comfortable early in training camp, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.

Footballguys view: Kendricks will be the starting middle linebacker and with Chad Greenway fading, he could take a big leap forward in IDP leagues.

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  Vikings | Cordarrelle Patterson to miss a few days    Sat Jul 30, 08:15 PM

Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson (shoulder) is expected to miss several days of practice. He injured his left shoulder while making a diving catch Friday, July 29.

Footballguys view: Patterson is running out of time with the Vikings. He'll likely have to go to another team for a fresh start. Dynasty owners should stash him in deeper leagues.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson has hamstring injury    Sat Jul 30, 07:26 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (hamstring) was limited in practice Saturday, July 30, due to a hamstring injury. 'Working out, like the week before (camp), he pulled the hammy a little bit,' Zimmer said. 'He can do things, he just can't turn it all the way loose. So we're just being careful with him.'

Footballguys view: It's going to be an interesting season for Peterson and the Vikings. This could very well be his last year with the team, so do they use him up? Fantasy owners trust Peterson as a top-5 fantasy RB, and he's still a first-round pick. The Vikings are wise to be cautious with their superstar back as he deals with this hamstring injury. Make sure to monitor his recovery during camp.

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  Vikings | Taylor Heinicke recovering from ankle injury    Fri Jul 29, 08:55 PM

Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings QB Taylor Heinicke (ankle) is expected to miss at least two months after sustaining an ankle injury in a freak accident earlier this month. Heinicke and a friend realized they were locked out of his friend's apartment after returning from a late-night movie. In an attempt to break open the door, Heinicke kicked through a glass pane and severed a tendon in his left ankle. He recently underwent surgery and reported to camp Thursday, July 28, with a cast on his left leg.

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  Vikings | Mike Harris placed on NFI list    Fri Jul 29, 08:38 PM

Minnesota Vikings OG Mike X. Harris (knee) was placed on the Non-Football Illness list Friday, July 29.

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  Vikings | Kenrick Ellis placed on PUP list    Fri Jul 29, 08:34 PM

Minnesota Vikings DT Kenrick Ellis (knee) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Friday, July 29.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson recovering from minor injury    Fri Jul 29, 08:24 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (undisclosed) was held out of selected team drills Friday, July 29, because he is recovering from an undisclosed offseason injury, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. However, he performed the conditioning test and participated in running light sprints from sideline to sideline before eventually receiving a handful of carries near the end of team drills.

Footballguys view: Hopefully this is as minor as the Vikings are making it sound. They have characterized it as a "tweak". We always have to be more cautious with running backs over 30, even those that play at a Hall of Fame level. Jerick McKinnon could be an important player this year if Peterson breaks down, and he did in 2013 by the end of the season.

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  Vikings | Cordarrelle Patterson injured Friday    Fri Jul 29, 08:16 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson (arm) suffered an apparent injury to his left shoulder or collarbone during practice Friday, July 29. He sustained the injury after making a diving catch and was forced to leave early. Head coach Mike Zimmer does not believe the problem is serious.

Footballguys view: Patterson generated some buzz this offseason with better route-running, but he is still trying just to get his foot in the door in this offense. This could slow down whatever momentum he built earlier this year.

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  Vikings | Rhett Ellison placed on PUP    Fri Jul 29, 01:52 PM

Minnesota Vikings TE Rhett Ellison (undisclosed) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Friday, July 29.

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  Vikings | Taylor Heinicke placed on NFI list    Fri Jul 29, 01:51 PM

Minnesota Vikings QB Taylor Heinicke (undisclosed) was placed on the non-football injury list Friday, July 29.

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  Vikings | Nick Foles could start for Vikings     Thu Jul 28, 09:20 PM

Free-agent QB Nick Foles (Rams) would be given the chance to start for the Minnesota Vikings if he does sign.

Footballguys view: This is shocking and hard to believe. The Vikings made a significant investment in Teddy Bridgewater and still haven't given him enough leash to really know what he is capable of. We don't buy this and think it's a report just throwing stuff at the wall and wondering if it will stick. If this happened, GM Rick Spielman would have to be fired. We don't have a lot of excitement for him as a fantasy quarterback and really see him as a decent backup as a QB3, but that doesn't mean the Vikings are ready to jettison Bridgewater.

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  Vikings | Kevin Williams retires     Thu Jul 28, 07:45 PM

Minnesota Vikings DT Kevin Williams was placed on the Reserve/Retired list Thursday, July 28.

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  Vikings | Mike Zimmer receives extension    Thu Jul 28, 02:16 PM

Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer signed a contract extension with the team Thursday, July 28. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Vikings | Minnesota eyeing Nick Foles?    Thu Jul 28, 01:50 AM

Free-agent QB Nick Foles (Rams) might be of interest to the Minnesota Vikings, one of three teams believed to be in on the quarterback, according to a source. The Buffalo Bills and Dallas Cowboys are also believed to be interested.

Footballguys view: We could see this, but as Shaun Hill is a competent backup we could also see this as smoke via Foles' agent. Could they hedge their bets with Teddy Bridgewater though, by adding Foles? Possibly, but that would be a bad optic for the front office, so we aren't sure we buy this.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson set to walk?    Tue Jul 26, 02:26 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is likely in his final year with the Vikings as his salary hikes to $18 million in 2017, and QB Teddy Bridgewater is due for a large salary increase, according to beat writer Charley Walters.

Footballguys view: We could see this as Peterson's final year with the Vikings, but he's still got plenty left in the tank. The Vikings should ride the veteran back as much as possible in 2016, but they could transition to more of a Bridgewater/passing heavy offense for the future. Peterson may not get 327 carries like he did last year, but getting around 300 sounds about right. He's still a top-5 fantasy RB in 2016.

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  Vikings | Phil Loadholt to retire    Mon Jul 25, 08:29 AM

Minnesota Vikings OT Phil Loadholt is expected to retire Monday, July 25, pending a meeting with team officials.

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  Vikings | Charles Johnson on track to make team?    Fri Jul 22, 09:15 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Charles Johnson is likely competing with WR Moritz Boehringer for a spot on the roster, according to beat writer Matt Vensel, who also mentioned that Johnson had a strong spring while working mainly with the first-team offense.

Footballguys view: Johnson created a ton of buzz last offseason, but was banged up and never followed through in the regular season. Boehringer has a ton of size/speed upside, but he has only played as high as semi-pro ball in Germany and is more likely a practice squad candidate.

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  Vikings | Zach Line will face competition    Fri Jul 22, 03:20 PM

Minnesota Vikings FB Zach Line appears to be the leading candidate for the starting fullback job but will have to compete with FB Blake Renaud for the job during training camp.

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