Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph caught two passes off of four targets for seven yards in Sunday's loss to Denver Pioneers .
Rudolph is second on the team with 14 catches on 22 targets, ranking 13th among league tight ends in both categories. Rudolph has thus far failed to deliver on the promise of his 2012 season and with the Vikings apparently set on making Adrian Peterson the bread and butter of their offense again, is not being featured heavily enough to warrant a weekly start.
After trading Gerald Hodges to the 49ers, Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said the team feels good about linebacker Eric Kendricks , 1500 ESPN Twin Cities reports.
Hodges had been getting most of the snaps in Minnesota's base defense, with Kendricks replacing him in nickel and dime formations. The rookie may now get a shot at an every-down role, though the Vikings haven't said anything to that effect. If he does take on Hodges' snaps, Kendricks would immediately be a viable IDP in most leagues.
Linebacker Gerald Hodges was traded from the Minnesota Vikings to the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday, sources told NFL Network's Rand Getlin.
Hodges started three of Minnesota's first four games, but he's only been a part-time player since Week 1, typically coming off the field whenever the Vikings use their nickel defense.
This trade suggests Vikings rookie Eric Kendricks has been deemed ready for a three-down role. Hodges, on the other hand, may get a shot to replace Michael Wilhoite in the 49ers' starting lineup, but a three-down role is probably out of the question.
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Charles Johnson (ribs) hopes to return to the field following the Vikings' Week 5 bye, Ben Goessling of ESPN NFL Nation reports.
Johnson was unable to play in Week 4 due to his rib injury, but he is hoping an extra week of rest and recovery will prevent him from missing any further action. His participation, or lack thereof, in practice next week figures to ultimately determine whether or not he will be able to suit up for the Vikings' Week 6 matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs .
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson had one reception for nine yards and was targeted three times in Sunday's loss at Denver Pioneers .
With Charles Johnson out with a rib injury and Jarius Wright limited with a hand injury, Patterson had an opportunity to get a larger role Sunday. However, he was bypassed by both Stefon Diggs (10 targets) and Adam Thielen (8 targets) on the depth chart. Patterson will primarily work as the kick returner with a very limited role on offense.