Minnesota Vikings

Stadium: U.S. Bank Stadium | Coach: Mike Zimmer
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense10th122.3 (9th)234.6 (10th)
Defense1st83.6 (3rd)192.4 (2nd)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
20Alexander, Mackensie CB5-1019211/12/19933Clemson
 Andrews, Josh G6-23116/21/19913Oregon State
55Barr, Anthony LB6-52553/18/19925UCLA
81Bell, Blake TE6-62528/7/19914Oklahoma
61Berger, Joe C6-53055/25/198214Michigan Tech
90Bower, Tashawn DE6-42502/18/19952LSU
8Bradford, Sam QB6-422411/8/19879Oklahoma
5Bridgewater, Teddy QB6-221511/10/19925Louisville
24Brock, Tramaine DB5-101888/20/19889Belhaven College
40Brothers, Kentrell LB6-12422/8/19933Missouri
31Brown, Mack RB5-112139/24/19913Florida
68Clemmings, T.J. T6-530911/18/19914Pittsburgh
13Coley, Stacy WR6-01955/13/19942Miami (Fla.)
76Collins, Aviante T6-42924/21/19932TCU
33Cook, Dalvin RB5-102108/10/19952Florida State
14Diggs, Stefon WR6-019111/29/19934Maryland
62Easton, Nick C6-33036/16/19924Harvard
67Edison, Cornelius C6-33097/10/19932Portland State
65Elflein, Pat C6-23037/6/19942Ohio State
73Floyd, Sharrif DT6-33115/28/19915Florida
18Floyd, Michael WR6-322011/27/19897Notre Dame
2Forbath, Kai K5-111979/2/19877UCLA
42Gedeon, Ben LB6-224410/16/19942Michigan
97Griffen, Everson DE6-327312/22/19879Southern California
30Ham, C.J. FB5-112357/22/19932Augustana (S.D.)
41Harris, Anthony SAF6-119210/9/19914Virginia
69Hill, Rashod T6-63131/12/19923Southern Mississippi
99Hunter, Danielle DE6-525210/29/19944LSU
63Isidora, Danny G6-33066/5/19942Miami (Fla.)
92Johnson, Tom DT6-32888/30/19848Southern Mississippi
94Johnson, Jaleel DT6-33167/12/19942Iowa
16Jones, Cayleb WR6-32093/21/19931Arizona
 Joseph, Dieugot T6-63023/21/19941Florida International
98Joseph, Linval DT6-432910/10/19889East Carolina
27Kearse, Jayron SAF6-42152/11/19943Clemson
7Keenum, Case QB6-12152/17/19886Houston
54Kendricks, Eric LB6-02322/29/19924UCLA
59Lamur, Emmanuel LB6-42456/8/19897Kansas State
 Lang, Cedrick T6-72695/12/19921Texas-El Paso
 Lyons, Caushaud DT6-52841/3/19931Tusculum
47McDermott, Kevin LS6-52401/12/19906UCLA
21McKinnon, Jerick RB5-92055/3/19925Georgia Southern
89Morgan, David TE6-42655/19/19933Texas-San Antonio
25Murray, Latavius RB6-32301/18/19906UCF
23Newman, Terence DB5-101979/4/197816Kansas State
 Norton, Storm T6-83065/16/19941Toledo
60Odenigbo, Ifeadi DE6-32584/8/19941Northwestern
44Overbaugh, Jeff LS6-023611/24/19931San Diego State
4Quigley, Ryan P6-22051/26/19906Boston College
71Reiff, Riley T6-630512/1/19887Iowa
72Remmers, Mike T6-53104/11/19896Oregon State
29Rhodes, Xavier DB6-12186/19/19906Florida State
38Richardson, Horace CB5-111999/28/19931Southern Methodist
96Robison, Brian DE6-32594/27/198312Texas
82Rudolph, Kyle TE6-626511/9/19898Notre Dame
43Sankey, Bishop RB5-102139/15/19924Washington
34Sendejo, Andrew DB6-12109/9/19878Rice
35Sherels, Marcus DB5-101759/30/19878Minnesota
78Sirles, Jeremiah T6-63158/8/19915Nebraska
1Sloter, Kyle QB6-42182/7/19942Northern Colorado
22Smith, Harrison DB6-22142/2/19897Notre Dame
93Stephen, Shamar NT6-53102/25/19915Connecticut
19Thielen, Adam WR6-22008/22/19905Minnesota State
 Tocho, Jack CB6-02022/8/19961NC State
11Treadwell, Laquon WR6-22156/14/19953Ole Miss
57Washington, Shaan LB6-322012/29/19932Texas A&M
26Waynes, Trae CB6-01907/25/19924Michigan State
91Weatherly, Stephen DE6-52653/19/19943Vanderbilt
 Williams, Antwione LB6-32405/26/19932Georgia Southern
50Wilson, Eric LB6-12309/26/19942Cincinnati
17Wright, Jarius WR5-1019111/25/19897Arkansas
 Zylstra, Brandon WR6-32203/25/1993RConcordia (Minn.)
 
 
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Position Listing
Jeremiah Sirles
News
Sirles (knee) practiced without limitations Friday and is in line to play Sunday against the Rams.

Sirles will reprise his role as a reserve lineman and likely won't see action unless one of the starters sustains an injury.

Anthony Harris
News
Harris had seven total tackles, forced and recovered a fumble and had a pass defensed in Sunday's win over the Rams.

Harris started at strong safety in place of the injured Andrew Sendejo and made a significant impact. He stripped the ball away from Cooper Kupp as he was about to score a touchdown in a play that likely changed the game. He may return to a more limited role this week if Sendejo can return from groin/hamstring ailments.

Rashod Hill
News
Hill (knee) was a full participant in practice Thursday.

Hill missed Monday's win over the Bears and was limited in practice on Wednesday, but his full participation bodes well for his game status against the Packers this Sunday.

Latavius Murray
News
Murray rushed six times for 18 yards while bringing in both of his targets for 11 yards during Sunday's 38-7 loss to the Eagles in the NFC championship game.

Murray struggled to find holes in the Eagles' tough run defense and his usage was blunted once the Vikings were forced to abandon the run game. He now finishes the postseason having averaged an inefficient 2.72 yards on 25 carries after averaging 3.89 yards on 221 carries during the regular season. Under contract with Minnesota for another two seasons, Murray is set to return in 2018 as the clear No. 2 runner on the depth chart behind Dalvin Cook (knee), as teammate Jerick McKinnon will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the league year.

Kyle Sloter
News
Sloter isn't expected to dress for Sunday's game against the Redskins, Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Sloter had been acting as the Vikings' No. 2 quarterback behind starter Case Keenum the past three games while Sam Bradford (knee) was unavailable. Though Bradford was placed on injured reserve and isn't likely to return this season, the team activated fellow signal caller Teddy Bridgewater (knee) from the Physically Unable to Perform list in a corresponding move, pushing Sloter down a rung on the depth chart. He could be inactive for each of the Vikings' final eight games if both Keenum and Bridgewater remain healthy.

Dalvin Cook
News
Cook (knee) said Monday that he has began jogging but remains without a firm timetable to return to full football activities, Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com reports.

The running back is a little over three months removed from surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee, so his lack of extensive activity to date shouldn't be viewed as a concern at this stage of his recovery. Assuming Cook endures no significant snags during the rehab process, he should be at or near full strength for the beginning of training camp next summer, though the Vikings will almost certainly monitor his workload carefully during practices. While Latavious Murray and Jerick McKinnon proved to be an effective backfield tandem once the rookie was shut down for the season in Week 5, a healthy Cook profiles as the clear No. 1 back for Minnesota heading into the 2018 campaign.

Injury
Knee - ACL - Questionable for the start of training camp
Stacy Coley
News
Coley (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Bengals.

Coley is a healthy scratch for the sixth straight game and doesn't look like he'll make an impact for the Vikings down the stretch on either offense or special teams so long as the club avoids injury woes at wide receiver.

Riley Reiff
News
Reiff (ankle) is active for Saturday's game against the Packers.

Hill will return to his role as the starting right tackle against a battered Packers defense.

Laquon Treadwell
News
Treadwell recorded 20 receptions for 200 yards through 16 games in 2017.

The 2016 first-round pick has yet to become a household name in the Vikings offense, remaining below the likes of Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs and Kyle Rudolph on the totem pole. Still, the 22-year-old continues to grow in Minnesota's offense and could carve out a bigger role with the team in 2018. It's important to mention, however, that all three previously named targets are under contract through next season, along with Jarius Wright.

Sam Bradford
News
Bradford completed 32 of 43 passes for 382 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions over two games for the Vikings in 2017.

Coming off a 2016 season in which he recorded the highest completion percentage in league history, Bradford came out blazing to start the 2017 campaign, dicing the Saints for 346 yards and three scores in Week 1. However, he seemingly suffered an unspecified left knee injury in the process and only made one more game appearance before ending the year on injured reserve. Bradford was ultimately activated during the Vikings' playoff run, so he appears to be entering the offseason at full health, but the Oklahoma product is nonetheless facing an uncertain future considering he'll be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the league year.

Eric Kendricks
News
Kendricks recorded a team-high 113 tackles (67 solo), to go along with six passes defensed, one sack, one interception and one touchdown across 16 games in 2017.

Kendricks couldn't be contained in 2017, logging four separate double-digit tackle performances in the regular season. The 25-year-old has one more year left on his rookie contract before becoming an unrestricted free agent, meaning a big payday is on the way in the not-too-distant future. For now, expect Kendricks to head into 2018 as one of the Vikings' defensive leaders, as he'll look to log his third-straight season with 100-plus tackles.

Kyle Rudolph
News
Rudolph caught one of four targets for a 25-yard touchdown in Sunday's 38-7 loss to the Eagles.

Rudolph capped off his team's opening drive with a 25-yard TD grab, but he was shut out the rest of the way as his team was handled comprehensively. He enjoyed a strong regular season that saw him catch a career-high eight touchdown passes, but he managed just 36 yards and a score in two playoff games. Nevertheless, Rudolph should remain an integral part of the passing game for Minnesota next season, regardless of who their starting quarterback turns out to be.

Marcus Sherels
News
Sherels had 271 yards on 11 kickoff returns and 372 yards on 39 punt returns in 16 games for the Vikings in 2017.

Sherels had six total tackles this season but played only 20 defensive snaps. The 30-year-old is likely to garner some interest as a returner this offseason as he enters the 2018 season as an unrestricted free agent.

Bishop Sankey
News
Sankey underwent surgery on his torn ACL last week and has begun rehab, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Sankey was waived and reverted to injured reserve after tearing his ACL in the Vikings' preseason opener. With his rehab already underway, Sankey should be able to recover in time for the start of the 2018 season. However, a serious injury like this could put his NFL future in serious jeopardy.

Injury
Knee - ACL - Questionable for the start of training camp
Everson Griffen
News
Griffen (undisclosed) recorded 45 tackles (31 solo), 13 sacks, three forced fumbles and one pass defensed across 15 games in 2017.

Griffen continues to be one of the most dominant pass rushers in the game, as his career-high 13 sacks tied him for fourth best in the league. Now 30, Griffen has proven to be one of the most durable and dependable cogs in Minnesota's defense, logging 795 defensive snaps on the year.

Injury
Undisclosed - Questionable for the start of training camp
Eric Wilson
No Updates
Jeff Overbaugh
News
The Vikings signed Overbaugh to a contract Tuesday.

Overbaugh will serve as the Vikings' long snapper Week 17 against the Bears after incumbent Kevin McDermott injured his shoulder in the Week 16 win over the Packers. McDermott hasn't been placed on injured reserve, so Overbaugh could be dropped from the 53-man roster once the latter is healthy again.

Ifeadi Odenigbo
News
The Vikings selected Odenigbo in the seventh round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 220th overall.

Odenigbo is undersized for an end at just 258 points, and his lack of arm length will make it difficult for him to shed blocks. However, he is an impressive athlete with above-average metrics in nearly every Combine drill. Minnesota's depth up front means that Odenigbo has his work cut out for him if he wants to make the 53-man roster as a rookie.

Kentrell Brothers
News
Brothers (hamstring) returned to practice Saturday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Brothers is in the midst of a battle for snaps at weak-side linebacker with Emmanuel Lamur and Edmond Robinson, so he'll need to stay healthy.

Xavier Rhodes
News
Rhodes produced 56 tackles, 10 pass breakups and two interceptions across 16 games in 2017.

Although he wasn't a huge factor in IDP circles, Rhodes put together a brilliant 2017 campaign that ultimately earned him first-team All-Pro honors. As strong as he was against the pass, Rhodes was also a force in run support, grading out as Pro Football Focus' 17th ranked cornerback in that department (out of 121 qualifiers). Under contract with the Vikings for another five seasons thanks to the extension he signed last summer, Rhodes will return to Minnesota in 2018 as one of the best players at his position. However, fantasy owners will need to avoid overvaluing him based on his reputation, since his statistical production doesn't truly reflect his on-field worth.

Shamar Stephen
News
Stephen (knee) has been ruled out for the NFC championship game at Philadelphia on Sunday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Stephen suffered a knee injury on Andrew Sendejo's first quarter interception return this past Sunday and had to be carried off the field. He did not have to go back into the locker room to be evaluated, but the injury was serious enough to hold him out for the remainder of the game and for all of practice this week. With Stephen on the mend, it will be rookie Jaleel Johnson filling in at defensive tackle against Philadelphia's third-ranked rushing offense.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
T.J. Clemmings
News
Clemmings (ankle) was placed on injured reserve Thursday, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.

Clemmings had been dealing with an ankle injury since Week 8's loss to the Cowboys. The Redskins used the open roster spot created by the Clemmings move to sign lineman Tyler Catalina.

Josh Andrews
News
Andrews (hand) wasn't listed on Wednesday's injury report.

Andrews underwent surgery on this hand just a few weeks earlier, and now he's expected to return to a reserve role against the Redskins on Sunday.

Brandon Zylstra
No Updates
Ryan Quigley
No Updates
Mackensie Alexander
News
Alexander had 17 tackles (13 solo) and the first interception of his career in 14 games with the Vikings in 2017.

Alexander mostly served as a nickel and dime package cornerback for the Vikings, but he also contributed on special teams. Veteran Terence Newman is likely to consider retirement after his 15th season in the league, which could leave an increased workload for Alexander in his third season.

Tom Johnson
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Johnson recorded 32 combined tackles and two sacks during the 2017 season.

Johnson started at defensive tackle for the Vikings, clogging up holes and contributing to a Minnesota run defense that ranked second in the NFL. The veteran nearly doubled his tackle output from 2016 and did not miss any games due to injury. The 33-year-old will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason and should find a role as a run-stopper somewhere if he wishes.

Mike Remmers
News
Remmers (back) won't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Bengals.

Remmers was a limited participant early in the week, but he put in a full practice session Friday to avoid the questionable tag. The 28-year-old hasn't seen game action since Week 8 against the Browns, but he should return to his role as starting right tackle for Week 15.

Blake Bell
News
Bell underwent successful surgery Tuesday to address an AC joint sprain in his right shoulder, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Bell is expected to be in a sling for several weeks before he's cleared to begin rehabbing, but the expectation is that he'll be fully healthy for the start of Organized Team Activities in the spring. The tight end, who was placed on injured reserve last week, finished his first season with the Vikings with three receptions for 19 yards across 13 contests.

Injury
Shoulder - AC Joint - Questionable for the start of training camp
Stefon Diggs
News
Diggs caught eight of 12 targets for 70 yards during Sunday's 38-7 loss to the Eagles.

Diggs tied for the team lead in targets, but he made just one play longer than 14 yards and wound up averaging just 8.8 yards per catch. The third-year wideout's usage was slightly down during the regular season, but he still managed 849 yards and a career-high eight touchdowns, not to mention his terrific game-winning catch in the NFC divisional round. Diggs has emerged as one of the bright young receivers int he NFL and will look to take another leap in 2018 as he plays out his rookie contract.

Adam Thielen
News
Thielen confirmed Wednesday that he played through a pair of back fractures in the Vikings' NFC championship loss to the Eagles on Jan. 21, but doesn't expect to face any limitations during the offseason, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.

Thielen, who caught three passes for 28 yards on nine targets against the Eagles, went on to suit up for the NFC in the Pro Bowl last weekend, which seemingly supports the notion that his back injury isn't anything especially worrisome. He said he doesn't anticipate any scheduling setbacks in the months leading up to Organized Team Activities and training camp, setting Thielen up for a rather normal offseason.

Nick Easton
News
Easton (ankle) noted he will be ready for spring drills, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Easton fractured his right ankle in Week 16's win over the Packers, but the lineman doesn't speculate he'll miss any extra time in the offseason because of the injury. It is important to note that the 25-year-old center is now a restricted free agent.

Injury
Ankle - Questionable for the start of training camp
Cornelius Edison
News
Edison joined the Vikings' active roster Saturday.

Edison was previously promoted to the Vikings' active roster for their Week 8 victory over the Browns, but was subsequently waived following the contest. He will presumably provide depth at center for the team's season finale against the Bears.

Danielle Hunter
News
Hunter finished the 2017 with 47 combined tackles, seven sacks and one forced fumble.

Hunter saw a slight downtick in production following a tremendous 2016 season in which he recorded 12.5 sacks. However, the talented defensive end was still a vital element of a Minnesota defense that ranked first in both total and scoring defense this season, and his presence opposite Everson Griffen makes the Vikings front four one of the most dominant in the NFL. Hunter is also only 23 years old, meaning he still has potential to grow as a pass-rusher.

Shaan Washington
Injury
Leg - Questionable for the start of training camp
No Updates
Emmanuel Lamur
News
Lamur recorded 17 tackles (nine solo) in 16 games for the Vikings in 2017.

Lamue totaled 30 tackles (14 solo) in two seasons with Minnesota, primarily serving as a special teams contributor. The 28-year-old will enter the 2018 season as an unrestricted free agent.

Joe Berger
No Updates
David Morgan
News
Morgan recorded 10 receptions for 95 yards and one touchdown across 15 games in 2017.

As the third-string tight end, Morgan played a mix of offense and special teams, never exceeding three targets in a contest. Kyle Rudolph will continue to handle the bulk of the load at tight end for the foreseeable future, which leaves Morgan as a distant afterthought in most fantasy circles for the time being.

C.J. Ham
News
Ham recorded seven rushing attempts for 13 yards and one score to go along with seven receptions for 68 yards through 16 games in 2017.

Ham switched from running back to fullback in the offseason after spending the 2016 season on the practice squad. While he wasn't utilized consistently on offense, he still managed to record 204 offensive snaps on the season and adding an additional 290 snaps on special teams. Under contract through 2019, look for Ham to retain his role as fullback in 2018.

Stephen Weatherly
News
Weatherly (knee) is active for Sunday's game against Washington.

Weatherly was able to practice in full after missing time on Wednesday and Thursday. Expect him to see his normal role as a backup defensive end for the Vikings.

Sharrif Floyd
News
Floyd (knee) has no set timeline for return, Matthew Coller of ESPN.com reports.

Floyd only suited up for one regular season game in 2016 before sitting out the rest with nerve damage in his knee. He's not expected to play Week 1, but the 2013 first-round pick is slated to be the top nose tackle when he returns.

Injury
Knee - Doubtful for the start of training camp
Anthony Barr
News
Barr suffered a hamstring injury during the NFC Championship game against the Eagles, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. "It kind of lingered on (in game) and it just kind of gave out toward the end, it could of been a factor," Barr said Tuesday. "I just didn't play well. Whether I was injured or not, it doesn't really make a difference."

It now makes sense that Barr was scratched from last Sunday's Pro Bowl, his third time being selected to the event. He'll now focus on returning from the hamstring injury in hopes of not missing any team workouts during the offseason. In 16 regular season games, Barr recorded a career-high 75 tackles (52 solo), six passes defensed and one sack.

Injury
Hamstring - Questionable for the start of training camp
Mack Brown
News
Brown recorded eight rushing yards on four attempts while adding one reception for 11 yards through four games with the Redskins and Vikings in 2017.

Brown struggled to carve out a role for himself in Washington, which forced the team to waive the second-year back in late October. He was then picked up by the Vikings but was only active for one contest and failed to receive any offensive reps. The undrafted free agent will look for another opportunity to make a 53-man roster this offseason, although time may be running out.

Kevin McDermott
News
McDermott (shoulder) underwent surgery Monday to repair the labrum in his left shoulder, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

McDermott suffered the injury in the Vikings' Week 16 win over the Packers, but it was originally believed to be a dislocated shoulder. Jeff Overbaugh has since been signed to serve as the team's long-snapper for the remainder of the season.

Injury
Shoulder - Labrum - Questionable for the start of training camp
Horace Richardson
No Updates
Andrew Sendejo
News
Sendejo (calf) recorded 80 tackles, seven pass breakups and two interceptions over 13 games in 2017.

Overshadowed by a pair of 2017 first-team All-Pros in his own secondary (Harrison Smith and Xavier Rhodes), Sendejo quietly put together an outstanding season in his own right and ultimately finished the year as Pro Football Focus' 17th-ranked safety out of 89 qualifiers. In fact, opposing quarterbacks managed a meager 69.6 passer rating when throwing into Sendejo's coverage and his 80 tackles checks in at 22nd among all defensive backs. The 30-year-old veteran, who remains under contract with Minnesota for another two seasons, injured his calf during the Vikings NFC championship loss to the Eagles but there's been no reported concern over his availability for the start of offseason workouts.

Injury
Calf - Questionable for the start of training camp
Dieugot Joseph
News
Joseph was released Tuesday by the Ravens.

Joseph was inactive for a couple of weeks due to personal reasons after he was signed to the active roster in mid-September. He was expected to serve as a depth option on the offensive line when healthy.

Caushaud Lyons
News
The lone injured player on the inactive list posted by the Steelers for their season opener Thursday night against New England is quarterback Landry Jones, who is dealing with a concussion.

Also inactive are tight end Jesse James, wideout Sammie Coates, cornerback Ross Cockrell, defensive ends Letterius Walton and Caushaud Lyons and offensive lineman Chris Hubbard.

Jayron Kearse
News
Kearse (groin) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.

Barring any setbacks, Kearse should be ready for Sunday's game against the Packers. If active for the contest, he'll likely work in a depth role in the secondary.

Pat Elflein
News
Elflein said that "all went well" with his ankle surgery Monday, Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

The center is expected to be at full strength by the time training camp arrives, and could even take part in the Vikings' Organized Team Activities in some capacity. A 2017 third-round pick, Elflein impressed during his rookie season and looks like he could be a mainstay on the Vikings' offensive line for years to come.

Injury
Ankle - Questionable for the start of training camp
Kai Forbath
News
Forbath converted 32 of 38 field-goal attempts and 34 of 39 PATs over 16 games in 2017.

Though he finished top-10 in the league in terms of converted field goals, Forbath's 84.2 percent accuracy was just 18th-best leaguewide while his five missed PATs was tied for the most among all kickers. However, Forbath was among the better legs on kickoffs considering he finished as Pro Football Focus' 12th-highest-graded player in that category. He'll now be an unrestricted at the end of the league year, but the Vikings have made no indication they intend to re-sign the seven-year veteran.

Cedrick Lang
No Updates
Michael Floyd
News
Floyd recorded 10 receptions for 78 yards through 11 games in 2017.

Floyd was brought in last offseason to compete for the No. 3 spot on the depth chart but ended the season as the fifth option and never saw more than 38 offensive reps in a game. Now an unrestricted free agent, the Vikings won't feel a ton of pressure to retain Floyd if the asking price is too high, especially considering the wealth of options they already have on offense. The 28-year-old will be entering his seventh NFL season but should still be able to attract the attention of some teams looking to bolster their receiving depth.

Ben Gedeon
News
Gedeon racked up 37 tackles in 2017.

Gedeon, a fourth-round rookie, won the starting weakside linebacker job in the preseason. However, because he would come off the field whenever Minnesota went to one of their nickel packages, Gedeon played less than an average starter would. Nevertheless, winning a starting job as a first-year linebacker is an impressive feat, and Gedeon will have room to grow in the final three years of his rookie contract.

Case Keenum
News
Keenum completed 28 of 48 pass attempts for 271 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in Sunday's 38-7 loss to the Eagles.

Keenum struggled for much of the afternoon, completing just 58 percent of his passes for 5.6 yards per attempt. He threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Rudolph on the opening drive of the game, but he thew a pick-six later in the quarter and was intercepted again on the final possession, with the game already out of hand. Keenum put together a strong regular season, setting career highs in every single offensive category, and came within a game of leading his team to the Super Bowl. Those things should play up his value on the free agent market, and it remains to be seen of the Vikings elect to bring him back after his breakout campaign.

Tramaine Brock
News
Brock had eight tackles (six solo) and one pass defensed in 11 games for the Vikings in 2017.

Brock played only 51 defensive snaps for Minnesota this season, and saw only 119 snaps on special teams as well. The 29-year-old is slated to enter the 2018 season as an unrestricted free agent.

Storm Norton
No Updates
Danny Isidora
News
Isidora (knee) has been ruled out for Monday's season opener against the Saints, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

When healthy, Isidora projects as a backup to starting right guard Joe Berger. He will now look to improve on his health heading into Week 2.

Cayleb Jones
News
Jones signed a reserve/future contract with the Vikings on Tuesday, Craig Peters of the Vikings' official site reports.

Jones spent all of the 2017 offseason and preseason with the Vikings before being cut prior to the start of the regular season. He was then signed to the team's practice squad where he remained for the rest of the season. The only wideout not under contract next season for Minnesota is Michael Floyd, which could hamper Jones' chances of making the active roster in 2018.

Teddy Bridgewater
News
There's a possibility Bridgewater's contract is tolled for the 2018 season, Courtney Cronin of ESPN reports.

Bridgewater, who's set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the league year, spent the first six weeks of the 2017 season on the Vikings' Physically Unable to Perform list. Consequently, that could mean the final year of his rookie contract might be pushed forward to the 2018 campaign -- meaning Bridgewater would remain under contract at the same $1.35 million he earned in 2017. The decision to toll Bridgewater's contract is not up to the Vikings, but rather the NFL. While it's unclear how soon a verdict could be made, the outcome has significant implications for the Vikings' current quarterback dilemma considering none of Bridgewater, Sam Bradford or Case Keenum are currently under contract in 2018. However, even if Bridgewater's contract is ultimately tolled, there's a strong likelihood the NFL's player union would challenge the ruling in court in order for Bridgewater to seek a more lucrative contract on the open market.

Antwione Williams
News
Williams was waived by the Lions on Saturday, Josina Anderson of ESPN reports.

This is a surprising development given the experience Williams received in his rookie year coupled with the fact he seemed to be in the mix for a starting role in 2017. The Lions are probably hoping he'll clear waivers and be able to stash him on their practice squad.

Aviante Collins
No Updates
Brian Robison
News
Robison racked up four sacks and 20 combined tackles in 2017.

Robison's tackles and sacks were his fewest since 2010. The veteran still managed to play in 15 regular season games, a number he hasn't dipped below his entire career. With Everson Griffen and Danielle Hunter the now starting on the edges, Robison has moved into more of a backup role on the defensive line, a position he should find himself in again during the final year of his contract in 2018.

Tashawn Bower
No Updates
Jarius Wright
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Wright brought in three of six targets for 51 yards while rushing once for four yards during Sunday's 39-7 loss to the Eagles in the NFC championship game.

Wright was an integral part of the Vikings' passing game this postseason, hauling in six of 12 targets for 107 yards in two games. However, that wasn't the case during the regular season considering the 28-year-old recorded just 18 catches on 25 targets for 198 yards and two touchdowns over 16 games. His meager production could be attributed to how offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur used Wright less as a deep-ball threat than Shurmur's predecessors did in the past. In fact, Wright averaged just 9.3 yards per reception in 21 games after Shurmur took over as the Vikings OC in Week 9 of the 2016 campaign, compared to Wright's 14.1 average in his previous 57 games with Minnesota. While part of this downturn could possibly be explained by the emergence of Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, there's optimism Wright could come closer to his pre-2016 numbers in 2018 with Shurmur now the head coach of the Giants.

Jerick McKinnon
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McKinnon, who is set to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the league year, intends to sign with a team that will give him a bigger offensive role than he had with the Vikings, ESPN's Courtney Cronin reports. "I want to be the guy," McKinnon said. "I don't put in all the work in the offseason to come back and be in this role. I appreciate the role. It worked out well, but I want bigger and better things for myself."

McKinnon added that he's open to re-signing with the Vikings if they can satisfy his desire for a featured role, but that seems unlikely to be something Minnesota can provide after they invested a 2017 second-round pick in Dalvin Cook (knee) while having Latavius Murray under contract through 2019. It may not be all that likely that another team will afford him that chance either considering McKinnon's averaged just 3.58 yards on 309 carries over the past two seasons. The 2014 third-rounder should still have a number of suitors on the free-agent market, but it seems more probable that he enters the 2018 season as a change-of-pace runner rather than as a lead ballcarrier.

Terence Newman
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Newman would like to play another season, Ben Goessling of The Star Tribune reports. "I want to have an opportunity to play for a Super Bowl Championship," Newman said Thursday. "I want to get over that hurdle. That was my first NFC championship I've played in, in 15 years. I've never made it past the divisional round. I've never been to a championship game. I want to be able to have an opportunity to win a ring. It's that simple."

Newman will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason so he has the opportunity to go where he pleases, in his case wherever he feels he has the best chance to win a ring. According to the veteran cornerback, who will be 40 next season, money is not the objective of his next deal. Newman played in every game for the Vikings last season, logging 560 defensive reps in the process, so there is clearly something left in the tank for the oldest cornerback in the league.

Harrison Smith
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Smith recorded 78 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 12 pass breakups and five interceptions over 16 games in 2017.

Smith captained a Vikings defense that allowed the fewest yards in the league while limiting opponents to a 25.2 percent conversion rate on third downs -- the lowest rate ever recorded since the stat was introduced in 1991, according to the Vikings' official site. Not only did he earn first-team All-Pro honors for his performance, Smith also finished as Pro Football Focus' highest-graded safety where his 36.0 overall grade was nearly twice as high as the second-ranked Adrian Amos (18.3). He remains under contract with Minnesota in 2018 and should be considered among the first handful of safeties to be considered in fantasy drafts.

Trae Waynes
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Waynes racked up 65 tackles, one sack, 11 pass breakups and two interceptions across 16 games in 2017.

Waynes sees a lot of action playing opposite 2017 first-team All-Pro Xavier Rhodes, as opposing offenses tend not to throw the latter's way. While Waynes has largely struggled in that role the past couple of seasons, the 2015 first-rounder looked to have turned a corner during the second half of the 2017 campaign. In fact, his performance is likely a big reason why the Vikings ultimately finished the year as the NFL's top-ranked defense. Reality aside, Waynes' development has yet to make waves in fantasy formats, rendering him unworthy of IDP consideration ahead of the 2018 season.

Linval Joseph
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Joseph recorded 68 tackles, 3.5 sacks and one fumble recovery over 16 games in 2017.

Joseph backed up his stellar 77-tackle, four-sack 2016 campaign with another strong season, grading out as Pro Football Focus' fourth-ranked defensive tackle against the run and eighth overall at his position. His on-field success translated to the fantasy realm considering the eight-year vet finished as the 13th-highest scoring defensive lineman in standard IDP scoring. Under contract with the Vikings for years to come, Joseph should continue to produce at a high level and remain a strong fantasy asset.

Jaleel Johnson
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The Vikings selected Johnson in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 109th overall.

Johnson adds another big body inside for the Vikings front, checking in at 6-foot-3, 316 pounds. His subpar combine, including a mere 19 reps on the bench that ranked in just the fifth percentile among defensive linemen, made him a Day 3 pick. That said, he has impressive tape and was able to rush the passer from the interior with 7.5 sacks as a senior. Johnson figures to add depth at the right defensive tackle spot behind Sharrif Floyd, whose future is a bit cloudy due to nerve damage in his knee.

Jack Tocho
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Tocho, who Minnesota selected in the seventh round of the 2017 NFL Draft, will move to safety, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

It's probably not a huge distinction as Tocho may play special teams more than defense if he's able to win a spot on the final roster. Tocho ran the 40-yard dash in 4.54 seconds at the Combine, so he may not have the speed to play cornerback regularly.