|Offense||28th||75.3 (32nd)||239.8 (18th)|
|Defense||3rd||106.9 (20th)||207.9 (3rd)|
|64||Beavers, Willie||G||6-5||322||10/2/1993||R||Western Michigan|
|61||Berger, Joe||C||6-5||305||5/25/1982||12||Michigan Tech|
|76||Boone, Alex||G||6-8||310||5/4/1987||7||Ohio State|
|57||Cole, Audie||MLB||6-5||248||6/1/1989||5||North Carolina State|
|63||Fusco, Brandon||G||6-4||306||7/26/1988||6||Slippery Rock|
|30||Ham, C.J.||RB||5-11||235||7/22/1993||R||Augustana (S.D.)|
|6||Heinicke, Taylor||QB||6-1||210||3/15/1993||2||Old Dominion|
|69||Hill, Rashod||T||6-6||309||1/12/1992||R||Southern Mississippi|
|99||Hunter, Danielle||DE||6-5||252||10/29/1994||2||Louisiana State|
|12||Johnson, Charles||WR||6-2||217||2/27/1989||4||Grand Valley State|
|98||Joseph, Linval||DT||6-4||329||10/10/1988||7||East Carolina|
|59||Lamur, Emmanuel||LB||6-4||245||6/8/1989||5||Kansas State|
|48||Line, Zach||FB||6-1||233||4/26/1990||4||Southern Methodist|
|21||McKinnon, Jerick||RB||5-9||205||5/3/1992||3||Georgia Southern|
|89||Morgan, David||TE||6-4||265||5/19/1993||R||Texas-San Antonio|
|24||Munnerlyn, Captain||CB||5-9||195||4/10/1988||8||South Carolina|
|23||Newman, Terence||CB||5-10||197||9/4/1978||14||Kansas State|
|29||Rhodes, Xavier||CB||6-1||218||6/19/1990||4||Florida State|
|82||Rudolph, Kyle||TE||6-6||265||11/9/1989||6||Notre Dame|
|22||Smith, Harrison||FS||6-2||214||2/2/1989||5||Notre Dame|
|19||Thielen, Adam||WR||6-2||200||8/22/1990||3||Minnesota State|
|26||Waynes, Trae||CB||6-0||190||7/25/1992||2||Michigan State|
|20||Alexander, Mackensie (IR)||CB||5-10||192||11/12/1993||R||Clemson|
|5||Bridgewater, Teddy (IR)||QB||6-2||215||11/10/1992||3||Louisville|
|95||Crichton, Scott (IR)||DE||6-3||273||10/30/1991||3||Oregon State|
|32||Exum, Antone (IR)||CB||6-0||219||2/27/1991||3||Virginia Tech|
|73||Floyd, Sharrif (IR)||DT||6-3||311||5/28/1991||4||Florida|
|92||Johnson, Tom (IR)||DT||6-3||288||8/30/1984||6||Southern Mississippi|
|75||Kalil, Matt (IR)||T||6-7||317||7/6/1989||5||USC|
|72||Long, Jake (IR)||T||6-7||322||5/9/1985||9||Michigan|
|25||Price, Jabari (IR)||CB||5-11||200||8/31/1992||3||North Carolina|
|34||Sendejo, Andrew (IR)||SS||6-1||210||9/9/1987||6||Rice|
|71||Smith, Andre (IR)||T||6-4||325||1/25/1987||8||Alabama|
|81||Boehringer, Moritz||WR||6-4||225||10/16/1993||R||No College|
|Carter, Kyle||TE||6-3||245||12/17/1992||R||Penn State|
|Lucas, Marquis||T||6-4||318||3/25/1993||R||West Virginia|
|Roberson, Tre||DB||6-0||200||10/22/1992||R||Illinois State|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
Minnesota's sixth-rounder in 2016, Boehringer is an athletic freak but failed to generate any noise in the preseason. Now with a year of NFL experience under his belt, the German-born receiver will again jockey for one of the Vikings' last roster spots at receiver.
Despite his large tackle totals, Harris struggled in coverage as he gave up several big plays. Still, he'll likely continue to start at safety as long as Smith is sidelined.
After a breakout campaign in 2014, Johnson was hurt and languished on the bench in 2015. He finally got back on the field at times this season, but finished with just 20 receptions for 232 yards. He'll be a restricted free agent this offseason and the Vikings may decide to look elsewhere since he's had such a small role the past two years.
Bradford returned to play the second half, so Hill should remain on the bench next week against Jacksonville.
Greenway said he could miss Thursday's game at Detroit if his wife gives birth to the couple's fourth child before the game. He'll start but may not get significant playing time as he's likely to come off the field in passing situations with Eric Kendricks healthy.
Treadwell was unable to practice earlier in the week and his disappointing season will ultimately come to an early end. In nine games, he caught just one pass on three targets for 15 yards.
Bradford's trade to the Vikings prior to Week 1 caused waves across the league, and by winning his first four games at the helm, he couldn't have gotten off to a better start in Minnesota. Although the team's performance significantly fell off over the course of the campaign, Bradford was hardly the reason for that, as he not only set a new NFL record by completing 71.6 percent of his passes, but also threw for a career-high 3,877 yards. With 20 touchdowns versus just five interceptions as well, Bradford filled the sudden void created by Teddy Bridgewater's devastating knee injury rather well, justifying Zimmer's vote of confidence in him ahead of next season, when Bridgewater's status is still to be determined.
Kendricks was a force to be reckoned with Saturday, leading the game in nearly all defensive statistical categories and seemingly getting to Packers QB Aaron Rodgers with ease. Those were his first logged sacks of the season though, so don't expect this level of production in the pass-rush department on a weekly basis from the former UCLA Bruin. Nonetheless, he'll look to end the campaign on a strong note in the Vikings' season finale next week against the Bears.
Cole will not see the bulk of snaps however, as Chad Greenway will likely stay on the field in nickel and dime situations with Cole sitting out. Cole may not be an ideal IDP replacement for Kendricks as a result.
Rudolph posted career highs in targets, catches and yards in this one while finding the end zone on a 22-yard connection with Sam Bradford in the second quarter. He showed a strong rapport with Bradford after the latter was acquired just before the season and finished with personal bests in nearly every major offensive category after falling just short of his personal best with seven touchdown receptions. Rudolph has emerged as a reliable fantasy option and should enjoy another strong season in 2017 even though the team could experience some turnover on the offensive side of the ball.
Sankey spent the summer with the Titans and has since made stops in both New England and Kansas City. If something were to happen to Jerick McKinnon or Matt Asiata, expect the former second-rounder to receive a call from Vikings brass.
Griffen ended a streak of five consecutive games without a sack. He now has eight sack and could match last season's 10.5 sacks in his last three games.
Brothers was one of the more highly-regarded linebackers in the class heading into the Combine, but miserable pre-draft athletic testing pushed Brothers this far down the order. A bit undersized at 6-foot, 245 pounds, Brothers ran a 4.89-second 40-yard dash while logging problematic jumps -- 28.5 inches in the vertical and 110 in the broad jump. Still, he was quite productive at Missouri, posting 274 tackles over his last two seasons.
Rhodes' interception return for a touchdown was a huge turnaround as he picked off a pass in the end zone and returned it all the way for a touchdown. Rhodes has been a difference maker in the secondary when healthy this year, but he's missed two games and played through injuries in several more. He looks healthy and in top form for the final six games, however.
Stephen is mostly a run stuffer and gets time in the defense line rotation behind Linval Joseph, so don't expect many tackles or sacks.
Clemmings may attempt to return after halftime, but his 2016 season could in fact be over.
Alexander played in Week 15 despite an abdomen injury and it's unclear at this time if it was that injury that resulted in his placement on IR. He's been little more than a special teams player and his absence isn't expected to impact the team greatly.
Munnerlyn should find a robust market for his services this winter as a free agent as he's seen as a top slot corners in the league.
Exum injured his leg in Sunday's preseason game and was waived in the days after. Now that he's cleared waivers he was eligible for placement on the IR and is done for the season.
Asiata had a productive season with 402 yards rushing, six touchdowns and 32 receptions for 263 yards. He worked as the goal-line back and the No. 2 running back most of the season with Adrian Peterson missing 13 games. His 3.3 yards per carry wasn't impressive, but he was running behind an injury-depleted offensive line and he's always been more of a sure-handed player than explosive back. He'll likely have a similar role in 2017, but much of his fantasy value depends on whether the Vikings bring back Adrian Peterson.
Johnson was placed on IR Monday but it doesn't sound as if Johnson's injury is very severe. He'll be back to full health in 4 to 6 weeks and won't be at all limited with the injury come spring practices.
Robinson missed Sunday's win over the Jaguars with an ailing hamstring, but he's slated to return in Week 15 against the Colts.
Diggs, a fifth-round pick in 2015, significantly improved on most of his rookie-year numbers, even though he scored one less touchdown in the same amount of games this season. The Maryland product quickly emerged as the Vikings' top receiving threat, starting the season with 285 yards over Minnesota's first two games. Besides another wildly successful stretch from Weeks 8 to 10, Diggs didn't top the 60-yard mark in his other eight outings. While he'll look to improve his consistency and overcome a hip injury this offseason, Diggs certainly enters 2017 with his fantasy stock on the rise.
Thielen's season ended with a dud, but it doesn't erase a breakout campaign that could make him the team's No. 1 receiver next season. He began the season buried on the depth chart and seen as little more than a special teams star, but he worked his way into the starting lineup and his role grew nearly every week. Thielen had 69 receptions for 967 yards and five touchdowns while playing all 16 games. He's improved each of his three seasons in the NFL and has shown both good breakaway speed and outstanding route-running ability.
Crichton was waived with an injury designation on Tuesday, and has since cleared waivers. His placement on IR means the former third-round pick will be shut down for the season.
Heinicke returned to practice Oct. 19 and had to be activated within a 21-day window. The Vikings decided to bring him back at the last second, but he'll only be No. 3 on the depth chart, clearly stuck behind both Sam Bradford and Shaun Hill.
Fruechte has earned a hometown appearance in Week 17, as the former Minnesota Golden Gopher will get a chance to see targets behind Adam Thielen and Cordarrelle Patterson due to several injuries at wide receiver.
Peterson, who featured in just three games this season due to injuries, is entering the final season of his contract, which would currently see the Vikings owe him $17.75 million on Mar. 12, when his roster bonus and 2017 salary become guaranteed. Given that he only gained 72 yards on 37 carries this season, and will be 32 years old when next season starts, Minnesota is highly unlikely to reward Peterson with that pay day. As a result, Peterson could released and hit free agency, or he could renegotiate his contract by the aforementioned deadline to ensure he remains with the team. The latter option would require the former MVP to take a pay cut, and whether he accepts doing so should ultimately determine his future with the Vikings.
Lamur had played just six snaps on defense in eight games before Sunday, but saw action with Eric Kendricks out with a concussion.
Berger returns to the field after missing the last two contests due to a concussion. He is expected to resume his role as the team's starting center.
Ham had been on the practice squad since the beginning of the year and was signed in the wake of Mackensie Alexander (undisclosed) moving to injured reserve. Likely the fourth option at running back, Ham isn't likely to see much time on offense barring a slew of injuries to Minnesota's backfield.
Long signed with the Vikings a little over a month ago after Andre Smith (triceps) and Matt Kalil (hip) were lost for the season. The Vikings' offensive line continues to be ravaged by injuries, with the team bringing in Rashod Hill to replace Long.
Floyd only appeared in one game this season after going under the knife in mid-September to clean up his knee. While the Vikings held out hope their former first-rounder would return to full strength at some point this season, they ultimately decided it wasn't worth reserving a roster spot any longer for his potential return. Fellow defensive tackle Toby Johnson was called up from the practice squad in a corresponding move.
Barr was able to play all 16 games after missing six games combined the past two years, but otherwise had a disappointing year. He graded poorly in most metrics and created few of the big plays he was known for his first two seasons. Head coach Mike Zimmer even said that Barr was "coasting" two weeks ago. Whatever the reason for Barr's subpar year, getting him back on track as a disruptive force should be a focus for the Vikings defense next season.
Sendejo's placement on IR allowed for the Vikings to call up receiver Isaac Fruechte from the practice squad. Sendejo finishes the 2016 season with 69 tackles, four passes defensed, two interceptions, and two fumble recoveries.
Kearse was essentially benched after missing a tackle and allowing Jordan Howard to have a long run early in the game. Anthony Harris played most of the snaps thereafter. It looks like Harris would start if Andrew Sendejo remains out with an ankle injury.
Fortunately, Minnesota has a deep enough secondary to absorb the loss of Price.
Forbath stabilized Minnesota's kicking situation after the release of Blair Walsh as he made all 15 field goal attempts. He did miss three extra point attempts, however. Forbath is signed through 2017, so he should return as Minnesota's kicker next season.
Bridgewater missed all of this season due to a serious knee injury suffered in late August. After undergoing surgery to repair a torn ACL and dislocation of his left knee, Bridgewater was able to walk without crutches nearly two months later. Nonetheless, the 24-year-old still has a long way to go in his recovery, which could extend into next season. Although Zimmer couldn't pin down a targeted return for Bridgewater, he said earlier that Sam Bradford, whom the Vikings acquired following Bridgewater's injury, "has earned the right to be the starting quarterback." That situation adds another layer of uncertainty to Bridgewater's fantasy stock, which obviously is reliant on him first returning to full health.
"It's great," Boone said. "It's different, obviously, [after] playing next to Anthony [Davis] all those years, now you move over play next to Joe [Staley]. Both great tackles. Footwork's a little diferent, handwork is a little different, but at the end of the day it’s come along real well."
Robison has been a consistent force on the defensive line all season, but he's been hot lately with three sacks in his last four games.
Wright languished on the bench nearly all season but got some unexpected work in the season finale. He finished the season with just 11 receptions for 67 yards and one touchdown. He missed the first four games in part due to a hamstring injury, but he was buried on the depth chart as he even fell behind little-used rookie Laquon Treadwell. Wright is signed trough 2019 and the Vikings would lose over $2 million in dead money if they cut him, so he may return next season. However, his role in the offense is very uncertain.
Kalil also had injections to help manage joint pain. Both knees were scoped in January before having a Regenexx procedure performed on them in March. Kalil also had platelet-rich plasma therapy performed, too.
Throughout the procedures, Kalil has been working out and rehabbing at the Vikings' team facility.
McKinnon managed just under five yards per carry and his running helped salt the game away after the team jumped out to an early lead. He opened the scoring with a 16-yard catch in the first quarter and found the end zone again on a one-yard conversion in the fourth. McKinnon showed flashes this season but was somewhat inefficient with an average of just 3.4 yards per carry and four total touchdowns. The Vikings will get Adrian Peterson back and presumably healthy next season, but McKinnon should again be in line to serve as the team's top backup.
Newman was inactive last week but was able to practice in full on Tuesday and wasn't expected to be held out Thursday. It's unclear if he'll be limited at all, in which case Trae Waynes would likely see some extra snaps.
It was just Ellison's second rushing attempt of his career as he scored on a misdirection play. Ellison is mostly a blocker and will only get a touch or two per game on offense.
Smith had full participation in Friday's practice, which suggests he'll be able to start at safety and play a regular workload.
Line faced an uphill climb to play in Week 16 after being concussed last week and only having a short week to go through the NFL's concussion protocol. Look for Matt Asiata to pick up some extra goal line carries with Line out.
Waynes missed last week's game due to a concussion he suffered in Week 14 but he's since cleared the concussion protocol. He'll be one of the team's top backups behind starting cornerbacks Xavier Rhodes and Terence Newman.
Patterson started at wide receiver with Stefon Diggs hurt, but wide receivers had just 11 targets as Sam Bradford threw mostly to his tight ends and running backs. Patterson entered the 2016 season relegated to special teams, but revived his career when given a chance at wide receiver. He finished the season with 52 receptions for 453 yards and two touchdowns. He should find a robust market for his services as a free agent, especially since he may be the best kickoff returner in the NFL (five career touchdowns).
Joseph was sidelined the majority of practice this week but will take the field Sunday despite his shoulder aliment. The Vikings may limit the defensive tackle's reps, in which case Tom Johnson and Shamar Stephen are likely to see increased playing time.
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