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Vikings' Dan Bailey: Doesn't play Saturday
Bailey did not play in Saturday's preseason win over Arizona.
Bailey has been uneven in training camp, but hasn't missed a field-goal or extra-point attempt in the preseason. It looks like Bailey will win the placekicking job after Kaare Vedvik missed two field goals in Saturday's game, but his hold on the job is tenuous.... See More ... See Less
Vikings' Kaare Vedvik: Misses both field-goal attempts
Vedvik missed both his field-goal attempts in Saturday's win over Arizona, from 43 and 54 yards.
It doesn't sound like Vedvik is going to win Minnesota's placekicking role, but he could still emerge as the team's punter. It's still possible he could emerge with both jobs, but that seems like a longshot. Still, Minnesota's kicking situation is unsettled heading into the final preseason week.... See More ... See Less
Vikings' Chad Beebe: Works with first-team offense
Beebe was targeted three times in Saturday's preseason win over Arizona but did not have a reception. He had one punt return for five yards.
While Beebe didn't do much in Saturday's game, he did work with the first-team offense and that likely indicates he still has the inside track on the No. 3 WR role. It's not clear if he'll win the punt-return job, as he may be the backup to Amir Abdullah. Beebe may also win the job as the holder for field goals.... See More ... See Less
Vikings' Jeff Badet: Out of action Saturday
Badet (groin) did not play in Saturday's preseason win over Arizona.
Badet has had some buzz in training camp about winning a reserve wide receiver role, but any injury could ruin his chances to make the final roster.... See More ... See Less
Vikings' Bisi Johnson: Continues impressive preseason
Johnson had three receptions for 52 yards in Saturday's preseason win over Arizona.
Johnson has had an impressive preseason with five receptions for 87 yards, even if against third- and fourth-string defensive players. The 2019 seventh-round draft pick has a shot to win a reserve wide receiver role on the final roster.... See More ... See Less
Vikings' De'Angelo Henderson: Returns to action
Henderson (ankle) had 10 carries for 36 yards in Saturday's preseason win over Arizona.
Henderson was held out of practice most of last week due to a sprained ankle, but it doesn't look like a serious issue. He still faces an uphill battle to make the final roster as he's likely behind Mike Boone and Ameer Abdullah in the competition for the No. 3 running back role.... See More ... See Less
Vikings' Ameer Abdullah: Returns to action
Abdullah (shoulder) had one carry for seven yards and two punt returns for 27 yards in Saturday's preseason win over Arizona.
Abdullah had missed practice time with a shoulder injury, but it doesn't look like a worry for the start of the regular season. Abdullah has been competing with Mike Boone and De'Angelo Henderson for the No. 3 role at the running back position, but he may make the roster in any scenario since he's likely to be the team's primary kick and punt returner.... See More ... See Less
Vikings' Alexander Mattison: Bottled up Saturday
Mattison had six carries for 18 yards in Saturday's preseason win over Arizona.
Mattison and the first-team offense didn't do much in the third preseason game, but he's done enough this preseason to secure the No. 2 RB role. He's also shown enough promise that he could gain a significant role off the bench and emerge as the goal-line back.... See More ... See Less
Vikings' Sean Mannion: Solid third preseason game
Mannion was 6-of-9 for 57 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in Saturday's preseason win over Arizona.
Despite a ho-hum preseason, Mannion still appears set to begin the season as the No. 2 quarterback. Kyle Sloter has played well in the preseason, so it's possible the two could be jockeying for position on the depth chart during the regular season.... See More ... See Less
Vikings' Kyle Sloter: Another strong preseason game
Sloter was 6-of-7 passing for 102 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions in Saturday's preseason win over Arizona.
Sloter continues to have an outstanding preseason as he's 23-for-27 for 280 yards and three touchdowns in three preseason games, even if it is against second- and third-string defenses. It doesn't appear he'll unseat Sean Mannion as the backup, but his preseason performance could convince the Vikings to keep him as the No. 3 quarterback on the active roster.... See More ... See Less
Vikings' Mike Boone: Another productive day
Boone carried the ball 10 times for 41 yards and found the end zone in the Vikings' third preseason game against the Cardinals on Saturday. He also added one reception for six yards.
Boone was the most productive back on the team besides Dalvin Cook, highlighted by a 20-yard gain towards the end of the third quarter. He also added a seven-yard rushing touchdown to put the Vikings ahead for good one quarter later. While still situated behind Alexander Mattison, Boone's status on the team could depend on what the team decides to do with previously touted Ameer Abdullah.... See More ... See Less
Vikings' Stefon Diggs: Targeted four times
Diggs hauled in two of his four targets for 28 yards in the team's third preseason contest against Arizona on Saturday.
Diggs hauled Kirk Cousins' only significant completion of the day, a 29-yard reception on the team's final drive before the half. It comes as little surprise that he also led the team with four targets, especially given the absence of Adam Thielen (soreness). Diggs hasn't been particularly impressive this preseason, but given his track record he should be a regular producer on a Vikings' offense full of weapons.... See More ... See Less
Vikings' Kirk Cousins: Stumbles against Cardinals
Cousins completed three of 13 pass attempts for 35 yards in the team's third preseason contest against the Cardinals on Saturday.
Cousins played the entirety of the first half, spanning six drives. However, he failed to get into any kind of rhythm, with the only Vikings' score coming on an 85-yard rush by Dalvin Cook. The lone highlight of Cousins' day came on the team's final possession before the close of the first half, when he connected with Stefon Diggs for a 29-yard gain. While this isn't the most encouraging way for Cousins to head into the regular season -- he's unlikely to play in the team's final exhibition contest -- his track record and surrounding offensive weapons suggest he'll get back on track.... See More ... See Less
Vikings' Dalvin Cook: Breaks off huge touchdown
Cook carried the ball twice but gained 88 yards and found the end zone in the team's third preseason game against the Cardinals on Saturday.
Cook only appeared on the team's first two offensive drives, but made a statement nonetheless. After having a four-yard rush negated by penalty to open the second series, Cook took another handoff and cut back through a large hole before outpacing the Cardinals' secondary for an 85-yard score. While it shouldn't be expected that Cook will see much more action prior to the regular season, he proved plenty explosive in his brief appearance.... See More ... See Less
Vikings' Harrison Smith: DNP against Cardinals
Smith did not play in Saturday's 20-9 preseason win over the Cardinals due to an infected laceration, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer explained that Smith had been dealing with an infected cut, but the decision to keep him sidelined Saturday was simply precautionary as the starting safety would have played if more were on the line. There's no reason for Minnesota to risk Smith's health in the preseason, so we may not see him in game action again until Week 1 against the Falcons on Sep. 8.... See More ... See Less
Vikings' Adam Thielen: Absence blamed on soreness
Coach Mike Zimmer said Thielen didn't play in Saturday's preseason win against the Cardinals because the wide receiver "was a little sore," Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Zimmer intimated Thielen would have gutted it out if it was the regular season, but there was no reason to risk aggravating the concern, hence the precaution. Thielen is unlikely to take the field in preseason Week 4, so he'll have approximately two weeks to get back to 100 percent for the Vikings' regular-season opener Sunday, Sept. 8 versus the Falcons.... See More ... See Less
Vikings' Dalvin Cook: Warming up prior to game
Cook is warming up prior to Saturday's preseason contest against the Cardinals, Chad Graff of The Athletic reports.
The Vikings listed a number of players not expected to play Saturday and the third-year tailback wasn't one of them, so it seems likely Cook will get at least some playing time Saturday. How much remains to be seen, and it's possible the 2017 first-round pick could be removed earlier than the rest of his first-string teammates, who are expected to play at least a quarter during the preseason affair.... See More ... See Less
Vikings' Adam Thielen: Likely not playing Saturday
Thielen is not participating in pre-game warm-ups and is not expected to play in Saturday's preseason contest against the Cardinals, Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
The Vikings will roll with a number of their regulars, including running back Dalvin Cook, for an extended look during the first half, so it's a bit surprising to see Thielen held out. As of now, there's no reported injury so it appears the team is simply being cautious with its star receiver. Expect Chad Beebe and Jordan Taylor to benefit the most from the Thielen's absence.... See More ... See Less
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