Minnesota Vikings

Stadium: TCF Bank Stadium | Coach: Mike Zimmer
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense29th138.2 (4th)183.0 (30th)
Defense13th109.2 (16th)234.9 (12th)


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Vikings' Laquon Treadwell: Fully healthy after playing hurt last year
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Treadwell said he was never fully healthy last season at Mississippi but is at full speed heading into training camp. "I wasn't 100 percent in anything I did from the beginning of spring ball (in 2015) to pro day (at Mississippi on March 28). I was playing on one leg my whole junior season. Last year wasn't fun going out and being hurt and trying to play," he told the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Treadwell broke his left tibia and dislocated his left ankle in a gruesome injury in a Nov. 1, 2014 game. He came back to catch 82 passes for 1,153 yards and 11 touchdowns last season at Mississippi in his first season back from the injury. He also ran a disappointing 40-yard dash in 4.63 seconds, but was still the 23rd overall pick in the 2016 draft. If Treadwell wasn't at full speed last year, that suggests he has more potential than his play last year showed. He'll need to earn a starting job this summer, but it's expected he'll begin the season as the No. 2 receiver.

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Vikings' Phil Loadholt: Plans to retire
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Loadholt has decided to retire after a recent injury setback, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Loadholt missed the 2015 season with a torn Achilles, but participated in spring practices and worked as the starting right tackle. Andre Smith will likely take over as the starting right tackle with Loadholt retiring.

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Vikings' John Sullivan: Back injury no issue heading into training camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sullivan said he'll be ready for training camp after his back made it through spring practices without any major problems, ESPN reports.

Sullivan missed all of the 2015 season due to a back injury that required surgery. He'll likely reclaim his starting center job and his return will bolster a unit that could feature nine lineman who have started all 16 games in a season at one point in their career.

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Vikings' Laquon Treadwell: Draws praise from offensive coordinator
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Minnesota offensive coordinator Norv Turner raved about Treadwell's instincts and fluidity running routes in spring practices, and he could be a focal point with the offense using him in skinny post routes similar to how he was used in college, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "That was our offense - quick routes and running across the middle," Treadwell said. "Drags. Slants. Bang 8s. Comeback routes. It's similar."

Treadwell may be utilized in the skinny post, or in the middle-of-the-field routes in front of a safety that have been a hallmark of Turner's successful offenses in the past. Turner doesn't go into many specifics about his plans, but the article talks to those who know his offense well and who opine that Treadwell could have a featured role that brings a new dynamic to the Minnesota offense. However he's used, the first-round draft pick seems to have made a strong impression in spring practices.

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Vikings' Jerick McKinnon: Primed for larger role in 2016
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

McKinnon could see an increased role in the passing game during 2016, the Vikings' official site reports.

The third-year tailback recorded just 27 and 21 receptions during his first and second seasons, respectively, but was noticeably more involved in Minnesota's offensive attack during the final five weeks of 2015. Across said stretch, McKinnon corralled at least three balls on three separate occasions. Prior to that, McKinnon had gathered just eight receptions across 11 total games. With fellow RB Adrian Peterson the unquestioned centerpiece of this offense, McKinnon may not see many more opportunities on the ground than he did last year (52), but if he can remain as involved in the passing game as he was to end the 2015 campaign, McKinnon could conceivably surpass 100 total touches in 2016, should he stay healthy.

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