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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20Alexander, Mackensie CB5-1019211/12/19933Clemson
64Andrews, Josh C6-23116/21/19913Oregon State
61Aruna, Ade DE6-52634/27/1994RTulane
85Badet, Jeff WR5-111828/2/1994ROklahoma
55Barr, Anthony LB6-52553/18/19925UCLA
84Beebe, Chad WR5-101836/1/1994RNorthern Illinois
81Bell, Blake TE6-62528/7/19914Oklahoma
44Boone, Mike RB5-102066/30/1995RCincinnati
90Bower, Tashawn DE6-52502/18/19952LSU
40Brothers, Kentrell LB6-12422/8/19933Missouri
31Brown, Mack RB5-112139/24/19913Florida
7Carlson, Daniel K6-52131/23/1995RAuburn
43Cliett, Reshard OLB6-22254/29/19922South Florida
13Coley, Stacy WR6-01955/13/19942Miami (FL)
76Collins, Aviante T6-42924/21/19932TCU
79Compton, Tom G6-63155/10/19896South Dakota
83Conklin, Tyler TE6-32547/30/1995RCentral Michigan
33Cook, Dalvin RB5-102108/10/19952Florida State
66Cothran, Curtis DT6-52832/28/1995RPenn State
8Cousins, Kirk QB6-32028/19/19887Michigan State
14Diggs, Stefon WR6-019111/29/19934Maryland
58Dooley, Garret LB6-224812/1/1994RWisconsin
57Downs, Devante LB6-225210/18/1995RCalifornia
62Easton, Nick G6-33036/16/19924Harvard
67Edison, Cornelius C6-33127/10/19932Portland State
65Elflein, Pat C6-33037/6/19942Ohio State
2Forbath, Kai K5-111979/2/19877UCLA
42Gedeon, Ben LB6-224410/16/19942Michigan
73Gossett, Colby G6-53116/23/1995RAppalachian State
97Griffen, Everson DE6-327312/22/19879USC
30Ham, C.J. FB5-112357/22/19932Augustana (S.D.)
41Harris, Anthony SAF6-120210/9/19914Virginia
37Hill, Holton DB6-21963/28/1997RTexas
69Hill, Rashod T6-63131/12/19923Southern Miss
92Holmes, Jalyn DT6-52831/25/1996ROhio State
86Hoppes, Tyler TE6-32365/8/1995RNebraska
21Hughes, Mike CB5-101892/11/1997RUCF
99Hunter, Danielle DE6-525210/29/19944LSU
63Isidora, Danny G6-33066/5/19942Miami (FL)
36James, Craig DB5-101954/29/1996RSouthern Illinois
94Johnson, Jaleel DT6-33167/12/19942Iowa
16Jones, Cayleb WR6-32093/21/19931Arizona
78Joseph, Dieugot T6-63003/21/19941Florida International
98Joseph, Linval DT6-432910/10/19889East Carolina
27Kearse, Jayron SAF6-42152/11/19943Clemson
54Kendricks, Eric LB6-02322/29/19924UCLA
12King, Tavarres WR6-11927/14/19904Georgia
68Lang, Cedrick T6-73005/12/19921UTEP
46Mathis, Trevon CB5-101869/12/1995RToledo
38Matthews, Tray DB6-121310/18/1994RAuburn
47McDermott, Kevin LS6-52401/12/19906UCLA
89Morgan, David TE6-42655/19/19933Texas-San Antonio
25Murray, Latavius RB6-32301/18/19906UCF
49Needham, Mike LB6-3230//RSouthern Utah
23Newman, Terence DB5-101979/4/197816Kansas State
72Norton, Storm T6-73175/16/19941Toledo
75O'Neill, Brian T6-72979/15/1995RPittsburgh
95Odenigbo, Ifeadi DE6-32584/8/19941Northwestern
60Parry, David NT6-23133/7/19924Stanford
87Price, Josiah TE6-42497/19/19931Michigan State
6Pujals, Peter QB6-12111/23/1995RHoly Cross
4Quigley, Ryan P6-22051/26/19906Boston College
59Quinn, J.P. C6-43027/30/1994RCentral Michigan
71Reiff, Riley T6-630512/1/19887Iowa
74Remmers, Mike T6-53104/11/19896Oregon State
29Rhodes, Xavier DB6-12186/19/19906Florida State
93Richardson, Sheldon DT6-329511/29/19906Missouri
24Richardson, Horace CB5-111999/28/19931SMU
18Robertson, Korey WR6-12126/22/1995RSouthern Miss
96Robison, Brian DE6-32594/27/198312Texas
82Rudolph, Kyle TE6-626511/9/19898Notre Dame
34Sendejo, Andrew DB6-12109/9/19878Rice
35Sherels, Marcus DB5-101759/30/19878Minnesota
3Siemian, Trevor QB6-322012/26/19914Northwestern
1Sloter, Kyle QB6-52182/7/19942Northern Colorado
22Smith, Harrison DB6-22142/2/19897Notre Dame
48Stanton, Johnny RB6-22509/7/1994RUNLV
45Taylor, Brett LB6-12308/8/1994RWestern Illinois
19Thielen, Adam WR6-22008/22/19905Minnesota State
32Thomas, Roc RB5-101989/2/1995RJacksonville State
39Tocho, Jack CB6-02022/8/19961North Carolina State
11Treadwell, Laquon WR6-22156/14/19953Ole Miss
26Waynes, Trae CB6-01907/25/19924Michigan State
91Weatherly, Stephen DE6-52653/19/19943Vanderbilt
9Wieneke, Jake WR6-42219/15/1994RSouth Dakota State
56Williams, Antwione LB6-32475/26/19932Georgia Southern
50Wilson, Eric LB6-12309/26/19942Cincinnati
17Wright, Kendall WR5-1018511/12/19897Baylor
78Wynn, Jonathan DE6-42569/21/1995RVanderbilt
15Zylstra, Brandon WR6-22153/25/1993RConcordia (Minn.)
Injured Players
51Mata'afa, Hercules (IR) DE6-22529/18/1995RWashington State
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Position Listing
Sheldon Richardson
Richardson will visit the Vikings on Thursday, Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Richardson's stint with the Seahawks appears as if it'll end after one season, which included 44 tackles and a career-low one sack. The deadline to hand out a franchise or transition tag came and went without the team tabbing any of their players, but negotiations apparently have continued between the two parties. According to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, Richardson is seeking a deal with an average annual value of $11-15 million per year. Richardson's first meeting, post-Seattle will be with the Vikings, who employ a 4-3 defense and have an opening at defensive tackle next to Linval Joseph.

Jake Wieneke
No Updates
Holton Hill
No Updates
Tray Matthews
No Updates
Korey Robertson
No Updates
Anthony Harris
Harris will sign a one-year tender with the Vikings, Chris Tomasson of the Twin Cities Pioneer Press reports.

Harris was a key depth player for the Vikings in 2017, drawing three starts in place of injured and subsequently suspended Andrew Sendejo. The fourth-year safety also played 57-of-133 defensive snaps in Minnesota's two playoff games last season. He will likely fill a similar role in 2018.

Rashod Hill
Hill (illness) returned to practice Tuesday, Andrew Krammer of the Star Tribune reports.

Hill was sidelined Monday due to an illness, but he was able to return just one day later as he looks to earn the starting role at right tackle.

Latavius Murray
Murray is hoping to push Dalvin Cook (knee) for a starting job, Chris Tomasson of The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. "We're here to compete against each other and that's what I'm going to do,'' Murray said. "I'm going to leave it up to the coaches to make that decision who plays or whatever but we both want to compete and make each other better and help this team win.''

It's no surprise Murray doesn't want to hand over the starting job, though he'll probably end up doing just that if Cook looks anything like he did last season. The second-year back was held out of the preseason opener despite participating in contact work at practice the past two weeks, but he's expected to make an in-game appearance at some point before the regular season. Murray took advantage of the opportunity with four carries for 48 yards on the Vikings' opening drive in Saturday's win over the Broncos. He should play a significant part in the offense even after Cook returns, with Murray's role potentially including some work at the goal line and/or on passing downs.

Kyle Sloter
Sloter was 9-of-11 for 69 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's preseason win at Denver. He also had two carries for 19 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown.

Sloter looks locked in as the third quarterback as Trevor Siemian is set as the backup to Kirk Cousins. The only question is whether the Vikings will keep a third quarterback on the 53-man roster, but that seems likely given the quarterback turnover the team has had the past two seasons.

Dalvin Cook
Cook (knee) went through a scripted pre-game workout but will not play in Saturday's preseason opener against the Broncos, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

There was speculation that Cook could play Saturday in what would mark the running back's first live snaps since he tore his ACL in Week 4 of last year. However, it looks like Cook will now have to wait another week. The Vikings' second preseason game is next Saturday against the Jaguars.

Knee - ACL - Questionable for Week 1 vs. San Francisco
Stacy Coley
Coley came down hard after going up for a catch at Monday's practice and was carted off the field, Dane Mizutani of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Coley is coming off of a solid preseason performance against the Broncos where he recorded two catches for 26 yards. The injury certainly did not look promising on first-look, though further tests will ultimately determine its severity.

Undisclosed - Questionable for Week 1 vs. San Francisco
Trevor Siemian
Siemian showed good command of the Vikings offense during spring workouts.

Siemian's ability to pick up the offense is notable on two fronts, with the first being that the Vikings offense is a completely different system than the one Siemian played within in Denver. Secondly, Siemian doesn't appear to be limited in any way following offseason surgery to repair a rotator cuff in his left, non-throwing shoulder. Unless second-year signal-caller Kyle Sloter takes massive strides in training camp this summer, Siemian appears set to open the 2018 campaign as Minnesota's top backup to Kirk Cousins.

Garret Dooley
No Updates
Riley Reiff
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.

Reshard Cliett
Cliett signed a contract with Minnesota on Thursday, Eric Smith of the Vikings' official site reports.

Cliett was drafted by the Texans in the fifth round of last year's draft but never appeared in a game, bouncing between a few different teams. He was a quality pass rusher in college, totaling six sacks during his senior season for the University of South Florida in 2016. He'll face stiff competition to make the Vikings roster but could catch on as a depth linebacker or special teams player.

Tyler Hoppes
No Updates
Curtis Cothran
No Updates
Laquon Treadwell
Treadwell had one reception for three yards despite playing 41 snaps on offense in Saturday's preseason win at Denver.

Despite drawing praise from quarterback Kirk Counins in training camp, Treadwell didn't show much in Saturday's game and also caused an illegal formation penalty. He's competing with Kendall Wright for the No. 3 receiver role, but that job looks wide open at this point.

Hercules Mata'afa
Knee - ACL - Injured Reserve
Eric Kendricks
Kendricks is signing a five-year, $50 million extension that includes $25 million guaranteed, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

A 2015 second-round pick, Kendricks has started 41 times in 45 career regular-season games, piling up 314 tackles, 7.5 sacks, two interceptions and 16 passes defensed. While the contract may seem hefty for a player who isn't even among the league's elite at a non-premium position, the Vikings likely know they'd have a tough time finding another three-down linebacker with similar aptitude in coverage. Kendricks posted career-high totals for tackles (113) and defensive snaps (967) last season, but his IDP production fell shy of what's typical for a three-down inside linebacker, in part because Minnesota's opponents often had to abandon their running games.

Trevon Mathis
No Updates
Brett Taylor
No Updates
Kyle Rudolph
Rudolph may spend more time in the slot or out wide under new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, Matthew Coller of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities reports.

DeFillipo spent last season as the quarterbacks coach in Philadelphia, where TE Zach Ertz lined up all over the formation en route to the most productive season of his career. Rudolph himself is no stranger to the slot, but he hasn't seen much work as an outside receiver, a spot where he can get favorable matchups in the red zone against smaller cornerbacks. While starting wideouts Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen remain the better bets for heavy target volume, Rudolph also has a chance to benefit from the offseason additions of DeFilippo and quarterback Kirk Cousins. The 28-year-old tight end has made a full recovery from February ankle surgery, participating in 11-on-11 work since early-to-mid June.

Marcus Sherels
Sherels re-signed Wednesday with the Vikings on a one-year contract, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

A top special teams performer, Sherels will return to the only team he has known during his NFL career for a ninth season. The 30-year-old averaged 9.5 yards on punt returns and 24.6 yards on kickoff returns, taking the field for 319 special-teams snaps.

Everson Griffen
Griffen (knee) participated in Saturday's walkthrough with a supportive brace, Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

It's unclear whether Griffen would have taken part in contact drills, but seeing him out on the field is already encouraging enough. The team has taken a cautious approach to governing his return to the gridiron. By the looks of it, Griffen is closing in on 100 percent health and should be fully back within the coming weeks.

Knee - Questionable for Week 1 vs. San Francisco
Eric Wilson
No Updates
Ifeadi Odenigbo
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
Suspension - Suspended until Week 5 at Philadelphia
No Updates
Xavier Rhodes
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.

Josh Andrews
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
Undisclosed - Questionable for Week 1 vs. San Francisco
No Updates
Ryan Quigley
No Updates
Tom Compton
Compton signed a contract with the Vikings on Thursday, Andrew Krammer of The Star Tribune reports.

Compton spent last season with the Bears, starting five games at both left and right guard. Before that he spent three seasons with the Redskins and will now be reunited with quarterback Kirk Cousins. Because of his versatility, Compton figures to compete for a starting role on the offensive line this season.

Mackensie Alexander
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 as he enters free agency after his 15th season in the league, which could leave an increased workload for Alexander in his third season.

Kendall Wright
Wright had just one reception for nine yards in Saturday's preseason win at Denver.

Wright got playing time with the second-team offense and didn't show much despite playing 28 snaps. He entered training camp as the favorite for the third receiver role, but a recent report said he's at risk of being a healthy scratch on game days due to his lack of special teams play. However, the third receiver role looks wide open at this point since neither Wright nor Laquon Treadwell showed much in Saturday's preseason game.

Mike Remmers
Remmers (leg) is not considered in danger of missing Week 1, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.

Remmers could reportedly be sidelined for a week or more of practice, but Minnesota doesn't seem concerned with rushing the seventh-year veteran back onto the field. Assuming Remmers is able to recover by Week 1 without issue, he should return to his role as starting right tackle to begin the 2018 season.

Ankle - Questionable for Week 1 vs. San Francisco
Blake Bell
Bell (shoulder) was cleared to participate in team drills during spring workouts, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Bell has split first-team reps with David Morgan while Kyle Rudolph (ankle) has worked his way back into action. However, Bell may end up fighting for a roster spot, as fifth-round rookie Tyler Conklin and undrafted rookies Josiah Price and Tyler Hoppes will also be competing for depth roles at tight end.

Stefon Diggs
Diggs isn't wearing pads at Monday's practice, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.

Diggs still came out on the field with his teammates and wasn't sporting any sort of wrap or brace. The Vikings may just be rewarding him with a reduced practice workload after he caught three passes for 35 yards and a touchdown on the opening drive of Saturday's preseason win over the Broncos. It was encouraging to see Diggs account for three targets on Kirk Cousins' four pass attempts.

Johnny Stanton
No Updates
Adam Thielen
Thielen and fellow wideout Stefon Diggs traveled to Atlanta in early April to spend time with new Vikings starting quarterback Kirk Cousins, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Thielen finished the 2017 regular season on a low note and played through a pair of minor back fractures in the playoffs, but he seems to have made good on his stated expectation that he wouldn't have any restrictions during the offseason. He can now turn his focus toward building chemistry with Cousins and new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, hoping to replicate -- or even exceed -- his 2017 campaign. The 27-year-old wideout finished fifth in the NFL in receiving yards (1,276) and eighth in receptions (91), but his touchdowns (four), yards per target (8.9) and catch rate (63.6 percent) all dropped of a bit from his breakout 2016 campaign. Diggs finished a distant second on the team with 95 targets, posting similar efficiency marks (67.4 percent catch rate, 8.9 yards per target) while scoring eight touchdowns in 14 games. Diggs was far more productive than Thielen in the playoffs, catching 14 of 22 targets for 207 yards and one very memorable touchdown.

Ade Aruna
No Updates
Nick Easton
Easton (neck) was placed on injured reserve Thursday, Chad Graff of The Athletic Minnesota reports.

The decision to place Easton on IR was rather easy following the news that he'd need neck surgery and subsequently miss the entire 2018 season. Tom Compton will take over at left guard for the Vikings moving forward.

Neck - Injured Reserve
Cornelius Edison
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
Hunter agreed Wednesday with the Vikings on a five-year, $72 million contract extension that includes $40 million guaranteed, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Hunter has piled up 25.5 sacks in 46 games since the Vikings selected him in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He dropped off from 12.5 sacks in 2016 to seven in 2017, but he was still an integral part of an excellent Minnesota defense, with Pro Football Focus grading him as the 17th-best edge defender against the run. With Hunter and Everson Griffen joined by Linval Joseph and Sheldon Richardson at tackle, the Vikings have a top-five defensive line. Hunter will turn 24 years old in October and likely still has his best seasons ahead of him.

Brian O'Neill
No Updates
Colby Gossett
No Updates
Peter Pujals
No Updates
David Morgan
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
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, Ham should retain his role as fullback in 2018.

Mike Needham
No Updates
J.P. Quinn
No Updates
Stephen Weatherly
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.

Anthony Barr
Barr (undisclosed) returned to practice Monday, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Barr missed a pair of practices along with the Vikings' preseason opener against the Broncos on Saturday due to an undisclosed injury, but he was back in pads Monday. Entering his fifth year in the league, Barr is the clear-cut starter at outside linebacker for Minnesota as he looks to rack up 70-plus tackles for a third consecutive season.

Mack Brown
Brown did not participate in Monday's practice due to an undisclosed reason, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Brown didn't appear to have sustained an injury during Saturday's preseason opener against the Broncos when he rushed for 34 yards on 11 carries, but he's sidelined Monday due to an undisclosed issue. Any injury would hinder his chances of securing the No. 3 spot at running back behind Dalvin Cook (knee) and Latavius Murray, while fellow reserve Roc Thomas emerged with 131 total yards and two scores Saturday.

Undisclosed - Questionable for Week 1 vs. San Francisco
Kevin McDermott
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.

Shoulder - Labrum - Questionable for Week 1 vs. San Francisco
Horace Richardson
No Updates
Andrew Sendejo
Sendejo (calf) was held out of OTAs and minicamp this spring, Sam Ekstrom of ZoneCoverage.com reports.

It isn't certain if Sendejo's absence is related to the calf injury he suffered against the Eagles in January's NFC championship game. Furthermore, it isn't clear if the safety will be back on the field in time for training camp in late July. If he isn't, either Jayron Kearse or cornerback Terence Newman -- who saw reps at safety during spring workouts -- will presumably fill in with the starters.

Calf - Questionable for Week 1 vs. San Francisco
Dieugot Joseph
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.

Jayron Kearse
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.

Mike Boone
Boone had 12 carries for 22 yards and three receptions for 21 yards in Saturday's win at Denver.

Boone got the first carries of the three running backs competing for the No. 3 job, but was the least impressive. With Roc Thomas scoring two touchdowns with 131 total yards, Boone may have fallen behind Thomas and Mack Brown. However, the third running back role may not be decided until late in the preseason.

Pat Elflein
Elflein (shoulder/ankle) will open training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list, Eric Smith of the Vikings' official site reports.

The Vikings remain in no rush to hurry Elflein back on the field after he required surgery in late January to repair a fractured left ankle, as well as another procedure in December to address a shoulder injury, according to Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. With over a month to go before the regular season, Minnesota will likely take every precaution to ensure Elflein is healthy for Week 1. He projects to open his second NFL campaign as the Vikings' starting center.

Ankle - Physically Unable to Perform
Kirk Cousins
Cousins made his Vikings debut during Saturday's preseason game against the Broncos and completed all four of the passes he threw for 42 yards and one touchdown.

Cousins only got one drive but he certainly made the most of it, especially given his matchup with the Broncos' stout defense. The highlight of his day was a beautiful 28-yard dime to Stefon Diggs that set up Cousins' first career touchdown as a Viking. The quarterback will look to continue his impressive play during Minnesota's second preseason game next Saturday against the Jaguars.

Craig James
No Updates
Kai Forbath
Forbath and rookie Daniel Carlson were "neck and neck" all spring in the competition for the starting placekicker job and the competition may last through the first couple of preseason games or longer, special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer told Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com.

Forbath re-signed with Minnesota this offseason but the Vikings later took Carlson in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL Draft. We'd think Carlson would be the favorite for the job since the Vikings spent a draft pick on him, but the competition will be one to watch this preseason.

Cedrick Lang
No Updates
Ben Gedeon
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.

Devante Downs
Knee - Questionable for Week 1 vs. San Francisco
No Updates
Storm Norton
No Updates
Danny Isidora
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.

Daniel Carlson
Carlson converted both field-goal attempts, including a 57-yarder, and made all four extra-point attempts in Saturday's preseason win over Denver.

Carlson handled all the field-goal and extra-point attempts while Kai Forbath handled kickoffs. It's likely the two will switch roles in the second preseason game. It's just one preseason game, but Carlson may have moved ahead of Forbath in the battle for the placekicker job with an impressive game.

Tyler Conklin
No Updates
Cayleb Jones
Jones has been suspended for the first four games of the 2018 season for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances, Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press reports.

Jones, who was on the Vikings' practice squad last season, will be permitted to compete in all of the team's offseason and preseason practices, as well as exhibition games. Once eligible to return from his suspension, his roster prospects will hinge on the health of the team's wideout corps at that juncture.

Suspension - Suspended until Week 5 at Philadelphia
Antwione Williams
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
Robison said that this season would "more than likely" be his last, Chris Tomasson of The Twin Cities Pioneer Press reports.

Robison is entering his 12th NFL season. He's played all of them for the Vikings and has been a consistent contributor along the defensive line. The veteran lineman said that he would have a definite answer regarding his pending retirement in August, but it would be a surprise to see him take the field again in 2019. Robison is again slotted to be a backup defensive end after racking up 4.0 sacks in 2017.

Tavarres King
King (leg) isn't expected to play in Saturday's preseason opener in Denver.

King missed practice this past week with an unspecified leg injury. It isn't clear how much more time he may miss.

Leg - Questionable for Week 1 vs. San Francisco
Jeff Badet
No Updates
Tashawn Bower
No Updates
Mike Hughes
Hughes will begin training camp as the primary kickoff returner, special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer told the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Marcus Sherels will begin training camp as the punt returner, but Priefer said both will have to compete to keep those roles. It's possible Hughes could win the punt return job as well. Hughes, Minnesota's 2018 first-round draft pick, was a star in the return game at Central Florida as he scored twice on kick returns and once on a punt return last season. He'll compete for a slot cornerback role this summer on defense.

David Parry
Parry is preparing for a backup role at defensive tackle, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Showing no signs of the ankle injury that landed him on injured reserve last September, Parry has appeared to be a good fit in Mike Zimmer's defense throughout the spring workout program. The veteran's backup status is no indictment of his talent playing behind Linval Joseph and Sheldon Richardson, though. After all, the veteran was a 16-game starter for the Colts in 2015 and 2016. Minnesota likely got him on a one-year, minimum-salary contract in 2018 because the defensive tackle is rehabbing his market value in the wake of a February 2017 arrest that drew Parry a four-game suspension last season. Parry has since satisfied said ban, and is good to go for the start of the upcoming campaign.

Jonathan Wynn
No Updates
Terence Newman
Newman agreed to a contract to return to Minnesota for 2018, Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Newman played in every game for the Vikings last season, logging 560 defensive reps in the process as he split time with Mackensie Alexander in the nickel cornerback role. However, Newman may have a reduced role at age 40 and with the Vikings taking Mike Hughes with the 30th pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Chad Beebe
Beebe had three receptions for 22 yards, including a 9-yard touchdown, in Saturday's preseason win at Denver.

Most of Beebe's work came late in the fourth quarter, but the undrafted free agent fomr Northern Illinois showed a spark that could put him in the conversation for a final spot on the roster.

Roc Thomas
Thomas had eight carries for 29 yards and three receptions for 109 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's preseason win at Denver.

Thomas took a pass over the middle 78 yards for a long touchdown for his second score. Thomas showed a burst at running back and may have taken an early lead in the battle for the No. 3 running back role with Mack Brown and Mike Boone.

Harrison Smith
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.

Josiah Price
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Trae Waynes
Minnesota exercised the fifth-year option in Waynes' contract.

Waynes saw a lot of targets playing opposite 2017 first-team All-Pro Xavier Rhodes, as opposing offenses tend not to throw the latter's way. While Waynes largely struggled in coverage in his first two seasons in the league, the 2015 first-round pick turned a corner during the second half of the 2017 campaign. Still, he could face competition for his starting role at some point from 2018 first-round draft pick Mike Hughes.

Jalyn Holmes
Holmes left Monday's practice with an apparent injury, Chad Graff of The Athletic Minnesota reports.

Holmes suffered a broken hand during the spring but's it's unclear whether Monday's injury is related.

Undisclosed - Questionable for Week 1 vs. San Francisco
Linval Joseph
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
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
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.