|Offense||29th||138.2 (4th)||183.0 (30th)|
|Defense||13th||109.2 (16th)||234.9 (12th)|
|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|
|81||Boehringer, Moritz||WR||6-4||225||10/16/1993||R||No College|
|76||Boone, Alex||G||6-8||310||5/4/1987||7||Ohio State|
|60||Bykowski, Carter||T||6-7||313||7/25/1990||3||Iowa State|
|86||Carter, Kyle||TE||6-3||245||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|
|69||Faciane, Isame||G||6-4||302||5/11/1991||2||Florida International|
|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|
|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|
|87||Leonhardt, Brian||TE||6-5||255||4/2/1990||3||Bemidji State|
|48||Line, Zach||FB||6-1||233||4/26/1990||4||Southern Methodist|
|74||Louis, Claudell||DT||6-4||291||10/27/1990||R||Fresno State|
|21||McKinnon, Jerick||RB||5-9||205||5/3/1992||3||Georgia Southern|
|91||Moore, Zach||DE||6-6||280||9/5/1990||3||Concordia-St. Paul|
|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|
|62||Perine, Denzell||DE||6-2||250||3/28/1993||R||Florida Atlantic|
|50||Plummer, Terrance||LB||6-1||243||6/20/1993||1||Central Florida|
|42||Pressley, Jhurrell||RB||5-10||206||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|
|60||Raciti, Travis||DE||6-4||305||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|
|36||Roberson, Tre||DB||6-0||200||10/22/1992||R||Illinois State|
|82||Rudolph, Kyle||TE||6-6||265||11/9/1989||6||Notre Dame|
|16||Sinkfield, Terrell||WR||6-1||200||12/10/1990||1||Northern Iowa|
|22||Smith, Harrison||FS||6-2||214||2/2/1989||5||Notre Dame|
|4||Sorensen, Brad||QB||6-5||230||3/13/1988||2||Southern Utah|
|65||Sullivan, John||C||6-4||310||8/8/1985||9||Notre Dame|
|19||Thielen, Adam||WR||6-2||200||8/22/1990||3||Minnesota State|
|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|
Bohringer was a 2016 sixth-round draft pick out of Germany. He's had a steep learning curve in training camp and it seems unlikely he'll make the final 53-man roster. He'll likely be a developmental project on the practice squad.
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.
Johnson wasn't a big part of the offense as the first-team receiving corps didn't get many passes thrown their way (Stefon Diggs had one target). Johnson still appears to be the No. 2 wide receiver as Laquon Treadwell failed to catch any of his four targets. However, the battle for the No. 2 and No. 3 receiver roles could be in flux early in the season. Still, it's time to take Johnson seriously as someone who will have a starting job when the regular season begins.
With the Vikings reportedly cosidering signing Nick Foles, there were some questions whether the Vikings would stick with the 36-year old as the team's backup quarterback. After two preseason games where he's 16-for-24, he's likely quieted any talk that he can still play at age 36.
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 wasn't exactly an encouraging outing for the idea of Treadwell having a large role in the offense right away. He didn't play with Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback, but he still had some balls thrown his way where he could have made a play. Treadwell is behind Charles Johnson on the depth chart, and Thursday's game shows it may take some time until the 2015 first-round draft pick becomes a prominent part of the offense. Still, Treadwell could move up the depth chart rapidly during the regular season.
Kendricks hasn't played in a preseason game after suffering an injury in early August. It sounds like he'll be ready for the regular season even if he doesn't appear in a regular season contest.
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.
Roberson suffered the injury during the Vikings' preseason opener and originally attempted to play through the injury. However, after the medical staff discovered the break, they held him out of practice last week, which eventually forced him to remain sidelined during the team's second preseason game against the Seahawks. Roberson claims he won't need surgery, but he'll still have to wear "medical gear" for roughly two weeks. It's a tough break for the 23-year-old converted cornerback, who is not a lock to make the final roster.
Ellis began camp on the physically unable to perform list but no reason was ever given for it. Now that he's been cleared to return to practice look for him to compete with the second and third team for a spot on the tail end of the depth chart.
Rudolph is healthy as the preseason begins and got limited work in the preseason opener. After playing 17 games combined the previous two years because of knee, ankle, groin, abdomen and foot injuries, Rudolph played a full schedule last year for the second time in his five-year career. Rudolph will once again be a red zone threat, but Minnesota's run-first offense will limit his total targets.
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.
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 suffered a hamstring injury on the first drive of last Thursday's preseason game against the Seahawks and has been sidelined ever since. Considering he sat out again Wednesday, his status for Sunday's matchup with the Chargers appears to be in doubt, although we'll have to wait for further confirmation later in the week. Rhodes is slated to start opposite veteran Terrence Newman at cornerback during the upcoming season, but in his absence, Trae Waynes, Captain Munnerlyn or Mackensie Alexander could see additional reps.
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.
He mostly worked with the second- and third-string defense, but he could work his way into the mix for playing time at strong safety with an impressive showing at training camp. Exum missed time last year with a knee injury and spent the final few weeks on injured reserve with a fractured rib and an AC joint injury. He'll compete with Andrew Sendejo, Michael Griffin, Anthony Harris and 2016 seventh-round draft pick Jayron Kearse.
Asiata enters the season third on the depth chart at running back and may not have much of a role as long as Adrian Peterson and Jerick McKinnon are healthy.
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.
Diggs has drawn rave reviews early in camp, but he didn't see much action in this one. Minnesota's leading 2015 receiver is in line for an expanded role after accumulating 720 yards as a rookie in 2015.
Thielen has been practicing with the first-team offense and has had two strong performances in the preseason while getting time with the starting offense. However, it's still hard to envision he'll have a significant role once the regular season begins. He thrives on special teams and as a utility player who can play any wide receiver role in a pinch.
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.
Heinicke declined to talk about his injury after practice, reportedly saying it was time to go lift weights. If those were indeed his plans, his foot may be further along than anticipated. However, Shaun Hill has done nothing to relinquish his role as the backup to starter Teddy Bridgewater, and the Vikings project to carry only two quarterbacks on their active roster entering the regular season. Ultimately, Heinicke appears destined for either the practice squad or injured reserve list in 2016.
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.
While coach Mike Zimmer indicated recently that he'd leave the door open for Peterson to play this week, the two sides came to an agreement Thursday that it was in their best interest to keep him sidelined for the rest of the preseason schedule. Peterson is expected to go through practices like normal, but they want to play it safe with their star running back and will avoid further risks to his health. With that said, Peterson isn't in danger of missing Week 1.
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.
Morgan has drawn praise for his blocking as he collapsed the right side of the defensive line on one play early in the first quarter. If Rhett Ellison can't return from a knee injury by the start of the regular season, Morgan could have a large role in the offense as a blocker. However, he likely would get few targets in the passing game.
The 23-year-old rookie out of Augustana finished with an unimpressive 2.9 yards per carry despite scampering in for a 10-yard touchdown in the third quarter. He's unlikely to make much noise behind superstar Adrian Peterson and Jerick McKinnon at the running back position.
Pruitt isn't likely to have a large role in the offense as long as Kyle Rudolph remains healthy. He may also have been bypassed on the depth chart by rookie David Morgan due to his blocking ability. There was a thought last year that Pruitt could get significant playing time if the Vikings used two-TE sets, but that doesn't appear to be in the works for this season.
Fittingly, Walsh made a field goal from the same distance that he missed against Seattle at the end of last season's playoff loss. However, he missed a field goal with a chance to seal a win (the Vikings would later win on an interception touchdown return). Walsh is in no danger of losing his job despite last season's befuddling playoff miss. He made a 51-yard attempt in the first preseason game, which is reassuring since he struggled in the preseason last year.
He's missed both preseason games due to the injury. Floyd had surgery last year to remove cartilage from his knee and missed three games, so there's some concern he could have a setback. However, the team hasn't given any details on his injury.
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.
Sendejo started the first preseason game next to Smith and looked to have a lead on the starting job, but Thursday's game shows the job battle is still in flux.
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.
A seventh round pick of the Chargers in the 2013 NFL Draft, Sorensen has been a mainstay of the practice squad for the bulk of his career. With Taylor Heinicke (ankle) on the pine for the foreseeable future, Sorenson will compete with undrafted rookie Joel Stave for the third-string role under center in Minnesota.
Bridgewater was held out of Minnesota's second preseason game and didn't throw during pracice Saturday and Sunday. However, his return to practice Tuesday without any limitations should alleviate any concerns about his status for the start of the regular season even if he doesn't play in the preseason again.
Andrew Sendejo started opposite Smith in the first preseaon game, so it looks like an even competition at this point with Antone Exum, Anthony Harris and Jayron Kearse also in the mix. Griffin had two tackles and a sack in Thursday's game.
"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 says he expects to play at some point in the preseason. He has not played in the first two preseason games. In the meantime, Adam Thielen is having a strong preseason and making a case to get playing time ahead of Wright as the team's fourth receiver.
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 and the Vikings offense had a tough time running the ball against Seattle's starting defensive line. McKinnon is the clear backup to Adrian Peterson but the bigger question is if he'll have a role as a third-down back. McKinnon did drop one pass out of the backfield, but otherwise it was hard to get a good read on his planned regular season role with backup Shaun Hill getting the start at quarterback.
With Taylor Heinicke out for three months after tearing a tendon in his left ankle, Stave currently sits third on the Minnesota depth chart at quarterback. However, the Vikings may keep just two quarterbacks on the active roster or sign a veteran late in the preseason. Stave isn't a lock to make the team.
Newman missed practice both Monday and Tuesday, although the specifics of the injury have yet to be released. It isn't expected to be anything serious, though, so the Vikings are likely just being cautious with their 37-year-old veteran. Newman will remain in Minnesota for rest and recovery, but we should see his status updated by the start of next week. Look for Trae Waynes to take the starters' reps during Friday's preseason outing versus the Bengals.
Ellison suffered a torn patellar tendon in last year's season finale against the Packers. He's a key blocker in Minnesota's offensive scheme, so a return to full health could boost the running game. If Ellison isn't able to play, rookie tight end David Morgan has been drawing praise for his blocking ability and could see more snaps early in the season.
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 was sidelined for Wednesday's practice as he battled dehydration in the summer heat, but was able to play Thursday. The 2015 first-round draft pick will compete with Newman for a starting job at cornerback. Waynes will need to reduce his pass interference penalties to win the role as he was slow to adjust to NFL rules last season.
Patterson got time with the first-team offense and got to passes in the flat where he was able to use his speed to miss tackles. It was an encouraging sign that he could have a few plays a game designed for him on offense. However, his playing time is likely to be minimal on offense this season as he'll likely see almost all his action as a kick returner.
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.
In addition, Louis Murphy missed Tuesday's practice with leg soreness.
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