|Offense||29th||138.2 (4th)||183.0 (30th)|
|Defense||13th||109.2 (16th)||234.9 (12th)|
|Beavers, Willie||T||6-4||324||10/2/1993||R||Western Michigan|
|61||Berger, Joe||C||6-5||305||5/25/1982||12||Michigan Tech|
|Boehringer, Moritz||WR||6-4||227||10/16/1993||R||No College|
|75||Boone, Alex||T||6-8||300||5/4/1987||7||Ohio State|
|60||Bykowski, Carter||T||6-7||313||7/25/1990||3||Iowa State|
|Carter, Kyle||TE||6-3||244||12/17/1992||R||Penn State|
|57||Cole, Audie||MLB||6-5||248||6/1/1989||5||North Carolina State|
|95||Crichton, Scott||DE||6-3||273||10/30/1991||3||Oregon State|
|32||Exum, Antone||CB||6-0||219||2/27/1991||3||Virginia Tech|
|76||Faciane, Isame||G||6-4||302||5/11/1991||1||Florida International|
|63||Fusco, Brandon||G||6-4||306||7/26/1988||6||Slippery Rock|
|Ham, C.J.||RB||6-1||238||7/22/1993||R||Augustana (S.D.)|
|6||Heinicke, Taylor||QB||6-1||210||3/15/1993||2||Old Dominion|
|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|
|92||Johnson, Tom||DT||6-3||288||8/30/1984||6||Southern Mississippi|
|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|
|46||Leonhardt, Brian||TE||6-5||255||4/2/1990||2||Bemidji State|
|50||Lewis, Travis (FA)||LB||6-2||235||1/15/1988||5||Oklahoma|
|48||Line, Zach||FB||6-1||233||4/26/1990||4||Southern Methodist|
|59||Matthews, Casey (FA)||LB||6-1||242||1/16/1989||6||Oregon|
|31||McKinnon, Jerick||RB||5-9||205||5/3/1992||3||Georgia Southern|
|91||Moore, Zach||DE||6-6||280||9/5/1990||2||Concordia-St. Paul|
|Morgan, David||TE||6-4||260||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|
|Perine, Denzell||DE||6-3||256||3/28/1993||R||Florida Atlantic|
|Pressley, Jhurrell||RB||5-11||198||5/20/1992||R||New Mexico|
|25||Price, Jabari||CB||5-11||200||8/31/1992||3||North Carolina|
|83||Pruitt, MyCole||TE||6-2||258||3/24/1992||2||Southern Illinois|
|78||Raciti, Travis||DE||6-4||292||5/21/1992||1||San Jose State|
|49||Renaud, Blake||RB||6-1||252||10/6/1992||1||Boise State|
|29||Rhodes, Xavier||CB||6-1||218||6/19/1990||4||Florida State|
|Roberson, Tre||DB||6-1||201||10/22/1992||R||Illinois 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|
|65||Sullivan, John||C||6-4||310||8/8/1985||8||Notre Dame|
|19||Thielen, Adam||WR||6-2||200||8/22/1990||3||Minnesota State|
|59||Trusnik, Jason (FA)||LB||6-4||252||6/6/1984||10||Ohio Northern|
|58||Watts, Brandon||OLB||6-2||231||1/21/1991||3||Georgia Tech|
|26||Waynes, Trae||CB||6-0||190||7/25/1992||2||Michigan State|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
Gray, who ran for 412 yards on 89 carries in eight games this season, had four carries for four yards in the AFC Championship game for New England. It was his first action in a game since Dec. 21 againt the Jets when he had six carries for five yards.
The game is currently pick'em between Seattle and New England Sunday.
Harris got the start with Harrison Smith out. He could start again next week if Smith remains sidelined.
Laquon Treadwell, Minnesota's 2016 first-round draft pick, has been working with the second team. Johnson has likely been working with the first team just the Vikings want to ease Treadwell into the mix, but this shows Johnson isn't finished as far as competing for playing time. Johnson emerged in the second half of the 2014 campaign, accruing 25 receptions on 46 targets for 415 yards and two touchdowns across the final seven games, but struggled last season with injuries, was phased out of the offense, and went without a catch after Week 9. He still faces an uphill battle for playing time with the Vikings likely to go with Diggs, Treadwell and Jarius Wright as the top three receiver options.
The veteran saw his first action of the season Sunday, and actually led the Vikings to a game-winning field goal in overtime. It is unclear when Bridgewater will be able to return, but Hill is seemingly in line to start any games he misses. The Vikings will face off with a middling Raiders defense in Week 10, but Hill doesn't possess much fantasy potential, even in a starting role.
Greenway thus confirmed his offseason intentions to play one more season and complete his career with one organization. While his usage tumbled to 59 percent of the defensive snaps in 2015, he fared well in his move to weak-side linebacker, yielding 68 tackles (55 solo), 2.5 sacks, and one pick-six for IDP pursuits.
It's just about the best-case scenario for Minnesota, as the Vikings needed to add some size and playmaking ability to their receiver rotation. Treadwell was the fourth wideout selected behind Corey Coleman (15), Will Fuller (21) and Josh Doctson (22), but it wasn't long ago when he was the consensus top prospect at his position. Mediocre-to-poor testing at the Combine and Mississippi pro day implied a lack of explosiveness at the NFL level, but Treadwell is a big target with refined wide receiver fundamentals, so he should at the least provide a high floor. His fantasy value may be somewhat limited in a Minnesota offense that doesn't project to produce a passing attack better than modest.
The rookie out of UCLA capped off his debut season with another solid outing Sunday, bumping up his tackle total on the year to 92. He was especially effective in the run game against the Packers as he recorded two stuffs for a total of three yards lost. Kendricks finished the regular season ranked fourth in tackles among rookies behind the likes of Stephone Anthony, Landon Collins, and Kwon Alexander and helped the Vikings improve from 25th in run defense in 2014 (121.4 YPG) to a more palatable 109.3 per game, which put them 17th in the league in 2015. He and fellow former UCLA star Anthony Barr have injected some much-needed youth and skill to the Vikings' linebacking corps and there's no reason to believe Kendricks can't continue to improve in his second season.
Cole had just three tackles in seven games during the 2015 season, but he did start in Week 9 against the Rams in place of an injured Eric Kendricks. Cole broke his ankle during that game, ending his season prematurely. His biggest 2016 impact may come on special teams.
Ellis played nine games after spending time with the Giants earlier in the season and had 15 tackles in a reserve role.
Rudolph became less and less of a fixture in the Viking offense down the stretch, being targeted a mere seven times over his last four contests including the playoffs. Part of his lack of production can be attributed to a run-heavy approach to the offense that saw quarterback Teddy Bridgewater average just 22 passes per game in that final stretch, although it is important to note that Rudolph was third on the team in targets and led the team in receiving touchdowns with five. Although he didn't post the kind of numbers that he did in his breakout 2012 campaign, it's encouraging that Rudolph was able to play in all 17 games this year after a pair of seasons derailed by injury. At just 26 years of age, Rudolph still may have some of his best days ahead of him if he's able to stay healthy and Bridgewater continues to progress as a passer.
Sherels has just four tackles this season as his duties have been limited to punt returns and special teams. He'll be used as a defensive back only as a deep reserve.
Coming off back-to-back double-digit sack campaigns, Griffen may have difficulty bringing down the ever-elusive Russell Wilson. Nevertheless, Griffen has notched 22.5 sacks over the last 31 games during the aforementioned stretch.
The 2012 seventh-round selection out of Oklahoma spent his first four seasons with the Lions before his rookie deal expired this offseason. In Lewis, the Vikings will be bolstering their inside linebacker depth and adding a productive special teams player. From a fantasy aspect, however, Lewis' signing in Minnesota does not figure to have much of an impact in the IDP realm.
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 was drafted 25th overall in 2013, and has emerged as a starting cornerback for the Vikings over the past two seasons. He was particularly impressive last season, registering a career-best 58 tackles while also defending at least 10 passes for the third straight year.
Alexander was widely deemed a first-round talent going into the draft, but his reputation as a difficult personality likely pushed him down this far. Aggressive and confident, Alexander was highly effective in college and gives Minnesota a fine long-term starting cornerback option under coach Mike Zimmer's watch.
Munnerlyn continues to work as the team's nickelback and has been more involved against the run the past three games with 17 tackles.
The Vikings have dealt with a ridiculous string of injuries at the safety position over the past few weeks, allowing Exum to make a couple of starts. The team is now left with Harrison Smith (knee/hamstring), Robert Blanton (knee), Andrew Sendejo (knee) and newly-signed Anthony Harris.
Asiata, who recorded 112 yards on 29 carries and added 19 receptions for 132 yards in 16 games in 2015, will reprise his depth running back role for the Vikings this coming season, though his path to fantasy utility is blocked by the presence of teammates Adrian Peterson and Jerick McKinnon.
Johnson is having a second consecutive strong season in Minnesota with five sacks as he's gained more playing time in the rotation on the defensive line.
Robinson started two games at linebacker with Anthony Barr hurt, but moved back to a mostly special teams role on Sunday.
With Seattle dropping into deep zones, Diggs was able to make some plays underneath while leading the team in both catches and targets. Despite seeing no action during the season's first three weeks, Diggs still managed to lead the Vikings in catches, targets and receiving yards. The rookie's value was hampered, however, given the Vikings 31st-ranked pass offense. Expect the Vikings to be a little more pass-focused next year with an aging Adrian Peterson in a new domed stadium.
The majority of Thielen's rushing yardage came on a 41-yard scamper on a fake punt early in Sunday's contest and he added 26 yards on a reverse in the fourth quarter. Thielen did suffer a shoulder injury in Sunday's game, according to the Pioneer Press, but he believes he'll be available Sunday's Wild Card matchup with the Seahawks.
Watts started at weak-side linebacker with Chad Greenway moving to middle linebacker while Eric Kendricks out with a rib injury. However, Watts has been coming off the field in nickel and passing situations, which limits his fantasy value.
Hunter played 37 of 61 snaps on defense as he's become a key part of the defensive line rotation. His six sacks are second among NFL rookies.
Carolina waived WR Jarrett Boykin, DT Kenny Horsley, S Robert Lester and WR De'Andre Presley, placed OT Davonte Wallace and CB Melvin White on the waived/injured list and reached an injury settlement with DT Micanor Regis.
Stymied for much of the game, Peterson lost a critical fumble in the fourth quarter that set Seattle up to take the lead. Later, on Minnesota's second-to-last drive of the game, it was Jerick McKinnon, not Peterson, on the field trying to help lead the comeback. Fumbles come with the territory for Peterson, who led the league in the unfortunate stat this year and has fumbled at least thrice in six of his eight full seasons. What doesn't normally come with the territory is a lack of production, and that's what Peterson began to show toward the end of the season. In five of his last six games of the year, including Sunday, Peterson was held to 3.5 yards per carry or less - the lone exception being a matchup against the hapless Giants defense. Peterson still managed to score three touchdowns during those games, but given that he'll be 31 next season, Peterson may be showing signs of fatigue that could result in a less dominant share of carries in 2016.
After his second NFL season was wiped away by a shoulder injury, Lamur served as a starting outside linebacker in Cincinnati in 2014, racking up 91 tackles (53 solo) and two interceptions in 14 games. However, he was relegated to reserve duty and special teams snaps last year, when he fell back to 40 tackles, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery. Upon joining the Vikings, he could compete for another top role at OLB with Chad Greenway.
"He's excited to be able to play in the new stadium (the Vikings will open in 2016)," his agent, Tom Tafelski, said. "It's a great organization, a great sports city, a great quality of life. We're excited we got it done."
Berger started nine games at right guard last season. He could compete for a starting role next season depending on what else the team accomplishes in free agency and the draft.
Pruitt hauled in both of his targets Sunday to post his second-best receiving output of his rookie season. With Kyle Rudolph in the fold as the team's top tight end, Pruitt only saw 16 passes thrown his way in the regular season as a reserve-type option. That said, with Rudolph's lengthy injury history, the Vikings will need to continue developing Pruitt into a viable tight end should Rudolph find himself on the inactive list at any point next season.
Walsh finished out the year having made 12 consecutive field goals dating back to Minnesota's Nov. 29 win over Atlanta and was a perfect 4-for-4 from 50+ yards in that span. He made a league-high 34 field goals this season and showed consistent ability to convert from long range as he converted 12-of-15 FGA from 40 yards or more, making him one of the more valuable kickers in 2015. Perhaps more importantly, Walsh demonstrated the ability to bounce back from a shaky 2014 season in which he converted a league-worst 74.3 percent of his field goals.
Floyd missed three games last season due to injury, limiting him to just 34 tackles and 2.5 sacks. However, in coach Mike Zimmer's defense, Floyd plays a critical role at defensive tackle, and has shown enough when healthy to justify the Vikings extending his rookie contract into 2017 by exercising his option.
Barr capped off a solid sophomore season with a respectable five combined tackles but he was unable to generate much in the way of a pass rush. In all, there was a slight statistical dropoff from Barr's rookie season when he racked up 70 tackles, four sacks, five run stuffs, and two forced fumbles in just 12 games; he had 68 tackles with 3.5 sacks and four run stuffs in 2015. Still, Barr has exhibited plenty of upside in his first two years in the league and has shown to have a nose for the ball with five forced fumbles. He may not deliver the tackle volume an IDP league owner would want out of a linebacker, but if Barr can become a greater pass rush threat next season he could be a legitimate option in such leagues.
The Vikings signed free agent Michael Griffin in the offseason but Zimmer said Antone Exum, Anthony Harris and 2016 seventh-round draft pick Jayron Kearse would also be in the mix. Sendejo struggled in pass coverage last season and would seem to be at risk to lose playing time even if he keeps his starting job. It will be a battle to watch during training camp.
The team maintained an open spot for Price on its roster after placing John Sullivan on injured reserve, so there is no need for a corresponding move.
"Jason is an experienced player who adds more competition to the linebacker position and has also been a special teams ace," coach Ron Rivera said. "I expect him to come in and be a leader. Even though he is new to us, he's got veteran savvy to him."
Trusnik made six starts while playing all 16 games with the Dolphins in 2014, racking up 48 tackles and intercepting one pass.
"First, I want to earn respect from my new teammates and coaches," Trusnik said. "It's a new team and I have to earn that. I want to continue to be the leader that I've been in the past and make plays, whether that be on special teams or on defense."
Bridgewater put the Vikings in place for the win in the game's closing minutes, completing a clutch 24-yard completion to tight end Kyle Rudolph to put the team in field goal position. Looking toward next season, Bridgewater will need to show that he is a better play-maker in order to be anything more than a mid-grade fantasy backup. He show flashes of potential during the season's final four games, during which Minnesota went 3-1. In that span, Bridgewater completed 67 percent of his passes, averaged 208 passing yards per game, ran for a touchdown and threw six of his 14 touchdowns on the season versus just one pick.
Per the report, the addition of Griffin could well send Andrew Sendejo to a backup role. The 31-year-old Griffin is coming off back-to-back IDP-relevant campaigns with the Titans, including 2015, when he recorded 101 tackles in 15 games.
"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."
He was also called for a roughing the passer call when it wasn't clear whether Russell Wilson was down that would have been a third sack. Robison has just three sacks this season, but has been disruptive in the passing game.
Fusco plans to be ready for OTAs, while Loadholt vowed to be ready no later than training camp.
“I can use him as a gauge,” Loadholt said of his teammate. “He’s through everything I’m going through right now, so I’m just trying to stay on pace and get ready for the year.”
Wright finished off the regular season with 34 receptions for 442 yards and no touchdowns--all of which were slight drop-offs from his 2014 campaign. That said, his target total fell from 62 to 49 due in part to the additions of rookie Stefon Diggs and veteran deep threat Mike Wallace. In all, Wright had a fine year relative to his role, but serving as the third receiver in a run-heavy offense doesn't bode particularly well for his fantasy value in 2016.
The team also announced Sullivan underwent a lumbar microdiscectomy Wednesday.
"As a player you never want to miss time," Sullivan said. "Regardless of the circumstances surrounding your absence, you feel guilty about not fulfilling your responsibility to your teammates, coaches, organization and fans by giving it your absolute best out on the field every Sunday.
"While I'm incredibly disappointed that I'll be missing the first portion of the 2015 season, I have full faith in the roster that our coaches and front office have put together. Joe Berger will step in and do a great job leading our offensive line, protecting the best young quarterback in football and opening up holes in the running game.
"In the meantime, I promise I'll be doing everything I can to recover and I'll be ready as soon as humanly possible to return to the field and help the Vikings win their first Super Bowl Championship."
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 may not have made any big plays during Sunday's loss, but it is important to note when he played. Following Adrian Peterson's fumble, McKinnon stepped in for Minnesota's second-to-last drive while they were trying to regain the lead. For years, being the No. 2 back to Peterson has been like backing up Peyton Manning or Tom Brady - opportunities are few and far between. However, with Peterson slowed late in the year, McKinnon had his best three games of the season in Weeks 15 through 17, averaging nine touches per game for 77 total yards per game and three touchdowns. As Peterson enters his age-31 season in 2016, don't be surprised if McKinnon is given a larger share of the load, particularly on passing downs.
Ellison suffered a torn patellar tendon in Week 17, leaving him uncertain for the start of the 2017 season. He's been useful to the Vikings as a blocker, but with just 42 receptions in 58 career appearances, Ellison has never emerged as a key part of the passing game.
Smith was originally on track to become an unrestricted free agent following the 2016 season, but Minnesota secured their star safety through 2021 with a five-year extension. Throughout 13 games during the 2015 season the 27-year-old racked up 66 tackles, 1.5 sacks, two interceptions, and took one of those the distance for a touchdown.
Waynes could get another start next week if safeties Harrison Smith and Andrew Sendejo remain sidelined with injuries.
Patterson was selected 29th overall in 2013, but has largely underwhelmed as a wide receiver, as his 863 career receiving yards might suggest. While Patterson has proven to be a dynamic kickoff returner, his fifth-year option of nearly $8 million proved far too steep for the Vikings to reward a specialist with. As a result, Patterson will become a free agent after the upcoming season, when his already reduced receiving role should be further impacted by Minnesota's first round selection of Laquon Treadwell.
This shouldn't come as any surprise, given that Joseph dealt with a foot injury throughout the entire second half of the season. He missed Weeks 12-16, but with 56 tackles in just 12 games, Joseph cemented his reputation as one of the league's better run-stopping interior linemen. He only has 12.5 sacks in 81 career games.
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