Minnesota Vikings

Stadium: U.S. Bank Stadium | Coach: Mike Zimmer
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense10th117.2 (12th)238.8 (12th)
Defense5th78.7 (3rd)216.8 (14th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
12Adams, Rodney WR6-11899/15/1994RSouth Florida
20Alexander, Mackensie CB5-1019211/12/19932Clemson
55Barr, Anthony OLB6-52553/18/19924UCLA
81Bell, Blake TE6-62528/7/19913Oklahoma
61Berger, Joe G6-53055/25/198213Michigan Tech
90Bower, Tashawn DE6-52502/18/1995RLSU
8Bradford, Sam QB6-422411/8/19878Oklahoma
5Bridgewater, Teddy QB6-221511/10/19924Louisville
24Brock, Tramaine DB5-101888/20/19888Belhaven College
40Brothers, Kentrell OLB6-12422/8/19932Missouri
13Coley, Stacy WR6-01955/13/1994RMiami (Fla.)
76Collins, Aviante T6-42924/21/1993RTCU
14Diggs, Stefon WR6-019111/29/19933Maryland
62Easton, Nick G6-33036/16/19923Harvard
65Elflein, Pat C6-33037/6/1994ROhio State
73Floyd, Sharrif DT6-33115/28/19915Florida
18Floyd, Michael WR6-322011/27/19896Notre Dame
2Forbath, Kai K5-111979/2/19876UCLA
42Gedeon, Ben OLB6-224410/16/1994RMichigan
97Griffen, Everson DE6-327312/22/19878Southern California
30Ham, C.J. RB5-112357/22/19931Augustana (S.D.)
41Harris, Anthony FS6-119210/9/19913Virginia
69Hill, Rashod T6-63131/12/19922Southern Mississippi
99Hunter, Danielle DE6-525210/29/19943LSU
63Isidora, Danny G6-33066/5/1994RMiami (Fla.)
94Johnson, Jaleel DT6-33167/12/1994RIowa
98Joseph, Linval DT6-432910/10/19888East Carolina
27Kearse, Jayron SS6-42152/11/19942Clemson
7Keenum, Case QB6-12152/17/19885Houston
54Kendricks, Eric MLB6-02322/29/19923UCLA
59Lamur, Emmanuel LB6-42456/8/19896Kansas State
47McDermott, Kevin LS6-52401/12/19905UCLA
21McKinnon, Jerick RB5-92055/3/19924Georgia Southern
89Morgan, David TE6-42655/19/19932Texas-San Antonio
25Murray, Latavius RB6-32301/18/19905UCF
23Newman, Terence CB5-101979/4/197815Kansas State
4Quigley, Ryan P6-22051/26/19905Boston College
71Reiff, Riley T6-630512/1/19886Iowa
72Remmers, Mike T6-53104/11/19895Oregon State
29Rhodes, Xavier CB6-12186/19/19905Florida State
96Robison, Brian DE6-32594/27/198311Texas
82Rudolph, Kyle TE6-626511/9/19897Notre Dame
34Sendejo, Andrew SS6-12109/9/19877Rice
35Sherels, Marcus CB5-101759/30/19877Minnesota
78Sirles, Jeremiah T6-63158/8/19914Nebraska
1Sloter, Kyle QB6-42182/7/1994RNorthern Colorado
22Smith, Harrison FS6-22142/2/19896Notre Dame
93Stephen, Shamar DT6-53102/25/19914Connecticut
19Thielen, Adam WR6-22008/22/19904Minnesota State
11Treadwell, Laquon WR6-22156/14/19952Ole Miss
26Waynes, Trae CB6-01907/25/19923Michigan State
91Weatherly, Stephen DE6-52653/19/19942Vanderbilt
50Wilson, Eric LB6-12309/26/1994RCincinnati
17Wright, Jarius WR5-1019111/25/19896Arkansas
Injured Players
33Cook, Dalvin (IR) RB5-102108/10/1995RFlorida State
43Sankey, Bishop (IR) RB5-102139/15/19923Washington
83Shelton, R.J. (IR) WR5-102005/6/1994RMichigan State
57Washington, Shaan (IR) LB6-322012/29/1993RTexas A&M
Practice Squad
63Bradley, Dylan DT6-12862/4/1995RSouthern Mississippi
86Carter, Kyle TE6-324512/17/19921Penn State
 Edison, Cornelius C6-33097/10/19932Portland State
34Hill, Bronson RB5-102151/2/19931Eastern Michigan
16Jones, Cayleb WR6-32093/21/19931Arizona
 Lang, Cedrick T6-72695/12/19921Texas-El Paso
60Odenigbo, Ifeadi DL6-32584/8/1994RNorthwestern
38Richardson, Horace CB5-111999/28/1993RSouthern Methodist
 Tocho, Jack CB6-02022/8/1996RNC State
 Williams, Antwione LB6-32405/26/19932Georgia Southern
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Minnesota6-4306.16-4282.426.12239
 
 
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Position Listing
Jeremiah Sirles
No Updates
Anthony Harris
News
Harris started at strong safety and had two total tackles in Sunday's win over Green Bay.

Harris took over at strong safety with Andrew Sendejo out with a groin injury. While Harris had just two tackles, he played all 66 snaps of the defense's snaps, suggesting he could be a sneaky IDP option at safety if Sendejo remains sidelined.

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
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer hinted that Murray will continue to have a significant role, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

The wide gulf between Murray's production and Jerick McKinnon's has led to some speculation that the former Raider could essentially fall out of the offensive game plan. The Vikings seemingly aren't quite ready to take that step, but Murray needs to improve quickly or else the team won't have much choice. He's gained only 80 yards on 30 touches (three catches) in two games since Dalvin Cook (knee) suffered a season-ending knee injury, while McKinnon has piled up 245 yards and three touchdowns on 43 touches (11 catches). However, McKinnon has fumbled three times the past three weeks, after making it through the first 45 games of his career without a single fumble. His robust production nonetheless figures to outweigh the statistical oddity when the team evaluates its backfield, particularly if McKinnon stays hot in Sunday's matchup with the Ravens. Anyway you slice it, Murray is in danger of seeing his role reduced in the coming weeks.

Kyle Sloter
News
Sloter was signed to Minnesota's practice squad, Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

The Vikings agreed to pay him a higher than the usual $20,000 per week salary. He could be a long-term project for the Vikings as a result.

R.J. Shelton
Injury
Dalvin Cook
News
Cook posted on his personal Twitter account that his surgery Monday to repair the torn ACL in his left knee was successful.

Cook was on his way to an electrifying rookie campaign before suffering the injury in the Vikings' Week 4 loss to the Lions, resulting in an early end to his season. In the club's first game without Cook on Monday against the Bears, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer leaned primarily on Jerick McKinnon, who compiled 146 total yards and a touchdown on 22 touches, to fill the void. Meanwhile, free-agent pickup Latavius Murray amassed 43 yards on 14 touches, so he and McKinnon could factor prominently into the backfield mix as the Vikings look to replace Cook's production on the ground and through the air.

Injury
Knee - ACL - Injured Reserve
Stacy Coley
News
Coley took over as the primary kickoff returner in Sunday's win over Green Bay and had one return for 19 yards. He also played 16 snaps on offense, but didn't have a ball thrown his way.

Jerick McKinnon was removed from kickoff duties since he's emerged as the primary running back after Dalvin Cook's season-ending knee injury. Coley has also moved ahead of Rodney Adams for the No. 6 receiver role. However, he won't have a viable role on offense in that role.

Riley Reiff
News
Reiff (back) returned to practice Monday, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

While he wasn't a full participant, it's an encouraging sign after he missed eight days of practice. Minnesota's offensive line struggled last season -- in part due to injuries -- and Reiff, the team's projected starter at left tackle, was an offseason acquisition who the team is hoping will make an impact.

Laquon Treadwell
News
Treadwell brought in all three of his targets for 51 yards in Sunday's 23-10 win over the Packers.

The 2016 first-round pick had recorded one reception on just three targets over the last three games, so Sunday's output qualified as a breakout effort, at least on Treadwell's curve. The 22-year-old's yardage total was a career high, while his catch total matched his Week 2 tally versus the Steelers. However, it's certainly worth noting that Treadwell's opportunity came courtesy of two injuries at the position, as Stefon Diggs (groin) was sidelined for the contest, while Michael Floyd (calf) exited the game in the first half. Treadwell has had trouble climbing the depth chart when the team's wideout corps has been at full health, so the return of even one of the two aforementioned receivers in Week 7 could relegate Treadwell back to fantasy irrelevance.

Bronson Hill
News
Hill signed with the Vikings' practice squad, Judd Zulgad of 1500 ESPN reports.

Hill signed with the Vikings in August after being released by the Jaguars this past May. The Vikings have elected to keep three quality running backs on their final roster, but Hill will remain within the organization.

Sam Bradford
News
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Monday that Bradford (knee) is feeling better but won't necessarily be ready to practice Wednesday, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.

Bradford recently traveled to New York for Regenokine blood-spinning treatment, which is expected to take five or six days. Combining that information with a recent report that the quarterback's surgically repaired left knee could eventually lead him to consider an early retirement, it's hard to imagine Bradford returning to practice Wednesday and then starting Sunday's game against the Ravens. He should still be viewed as out indefinitely, but the Vikings do at least have some good news on the quarterback front, with Teddy Bridgewater (knee) set to resume practicing Wednesday. While Case Keenum likely will start at least one more game, the team may soon have other options at quarterback, be it Bridgewater, Bradford, or both.

Injury
Knee - Out for Week 7 vs. Baltimore
Eric Kendricks
News
Kendricks had 11 tackles (six solo) in Sunday's 23-10 victory over the Packers.

It marks the first game this season where Kendricks had double-digit tackles, and he also eclipsed his tackle total from the previous two weeks combined. The 25-year-old and the Vikings defense as a whole draw an appealing matchup against the struggling Ravens offense in Week 7.

Kyle Rudolph
News
Rudolph brought in five of nine targets for 47 yards in Sunday's 23-10 win over the Packers.

Rudolph checked in behind only Adam Thielen in targets and drew even with Jerick McKinnon in receptions on the afternoon. After causing some concern for fantasy owners with just three receptions on six targets in Weeks 3 and 4, the 27-year-old has been the recipient of 18 looks over the subsequent pair of contests. He's parlayed those opportunities into 11 catches for 92 yards and a score, putting him back on the tight end radar. He'll look to continue bouncing back versus the Ravens in Week 7.

Marcus Sherels
News
Sherels returned two punts for an average of 5.5 yards in Monday's win over the Saints.

Sherels won the team's punt return job again and also could be used at times on kickoffs. He won't get significant playing time on defense unless injuries strike but he remains a valuable special teams player.

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 - Injured Reserve
Everson Griffen
News
Griffen had a sack and five total tackles in Sunday's win over Green Bay. He has seven sacks and has had a sack in all six games.

Griffen will need sacks in two more games to tie the Minnesota record for consecutive games with sacks set by Jim Marshall in 1969 and tied by Jared Allen in 2010 and 2011.

Eric Wilson
No Updates
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 had an interception and two total tackles in Sunday's win over Green Bay.

Rhodes got his interception on a lucky bounce rather than being targeted in the passing game and stealing one away. However, he was strong in pass coverage as usual, by allowing just 4-of-7 targets to be caught against him for a 26.8 QB rating, according to Pro Football Focus.

Shamar Stephen
News
Stephen (back) was a full participant at Saturday's practice, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.

With a full practice under his belt this week, Stephen looks like he'll be able to give it a go Monday. How well he will hold up is still unknown, however.

Rodney Adams
News
Adams had three receptions for 35 yards, including a nine-yard touchdown, in Sunday's win over the 49ers. He also added a 32-yard punt return.

Adams may have lost the kick return job after he lost a fumble on a kickoff return last week and Jerick McKinnon returned a kickoff for a touchdown on Sunday. Adams has 12 receptions for 73 yards and two touchdowns this preseason, so he'll likely make the final roster as depth receiver and special teams player.

Ryan Quigley
No Updates
Mackensie Alexander
News
Alexander played just 27 snaps on defense and did not have a tackle in Monday's win over the Saints. Terence Newman played 41 snaps and played as the slot corner ahead of Alexander, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

It was thought that Alexander would begin the season with the slot corner and nickel role, but head coach Mike Zimmer decided to stick with the veteran for the job. Alexander will have a reserve role as a result.

Mike Remmers
No Updates
Blake Bell
News
Bell was claimed by the Vikings on Sunday, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

A recent string of injuries led the Vikings in search of another tight end. Kyle Rudolph (leg) should be fine for the season opener, but Bell provides the team with an emergency body should he be needed.

Stefon Diggs
News
The Vikings ruled Diggs (groin) out for Sunday's game against the Packers.

Diggs said Wednesday that he expected to play, but his inability to practice all week hinted at this outcome. Adam Thielen and Kyle Rudolph should see plenty of targets from Case Keenum, while Laquon Treadwell and Michael Floyd figure to absorb the snaps left behind. Diggs will target a return to practice ahead of a Week 7 matchup with the Ravens.

Injury
Groin - Questionable for Week 7 vs. Baltimore
Adam Thielen
News
Thielen brought in nine of 13 targets for 97 yards in Sunday's 23-10 win over the Packers and fumbled once.

As expected, Thielen was a focal point of the air attack with Stefon Diggs (groin) sidelined for the contest, and his workload saw another bump once the latter's replacement, Michael Floyd, exited with a calf injury. The circumstances helped lead to Thielen's first game with double-digit targets in 2017, which allowed him to match his single-game season high in catches. The 27-year-old already has 38 receptions for 489 yards through six contests, with his zero touchdowns serving as the only blemish on his solid season thus far. He'll look to accomplish that feat when the Vikings tangle with the Ravens at home in Week 7.

Nick Easton
News
Easton (calf) will sit out of Sunday's game against the Packers.

Easton will be replaced by Jeremiah Sirles until he's healthy enough to play.

Injury
Calf - Questionable for Week 7 vs. Baltimore
Dylan Bradley
No Updates
Cornelius Edison
News
Edison signed a contract Wednesday with the Falcons, Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports.

Edison played in six games for the Bears during his rookie season. Entering his second year, the 23-year-old will look to make Atlanta his new home for the long term. He'll likely serve in a backup capacity if he's able to win a roster spot out of training camp.

Danielle Hunter
News
Hunter had one tackle and a QB hit in Monday's win over the Saints. He played 50 of the defense's 62 snaps.

Hunter provided a strong pass rush but didn't record any sacks. While duplicating last year's breakout season of 12.5 sacks may be difficult, he looked as strong a pass rusher as last season in Monday's win.

Shaan Washington
Injury
Leg - Injured Reserve
Emmanuel Lamur
News
Lamur (concussion) is not listed on the Vikings' injury report Thursday.

Lamur exited the Vikings third preseason game with concussion-like symptoms and did not play in the preseason finale against the 49ers. The 28-year-old will most likely be a depth linebacker for Mike Zimmer and the Vikings this season.

Joe Berger
No Updates
David Morgan
News
Minnesota has been using more two-tight-end sets in training camp, which could mean a larger role for Morgan, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "He's done a good job blocking. You know he's always caught the ball well," said head coach Mike Zimmer.

Morgan played just 63 snaps as a rookie but shone as a receiver in the preseason. He could be a player to keep tabs on in case Kyle Rudolph gets hurt.

C.J. Ham
News
Ham had one carry for no yards and one reception for 11 yards on two targets in Monday's win at Chicago.

Ham played six snaps on offense as he saw a slight uptick in usage with Dalvin Cook out for the season with a knee injury. He could carve out a larger role if anything were to happen to Jerick McKinnon or Latavius Murray. Otherwise, the Vikings don't use him much as a fullback in the offense.

Stephen Weatherly
News
The Vikings selected Weatherly in the seventh round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 227th overall.

Weatherly has uncommon athleticism for a player at the 6-foot-4, 270-pound build, though he falls to this point for rawness reasons. Mike Zimmer is an ideal coach for him to land with, though.

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 - Out for Week 7 vs. Baltimore
Anthony Barr
News
Barr suffered a concussion during Sunday's matchup with the Packers and won't return.

Barr was responsible for the hit that broke Aaron Rodgers collarbone Sunday, and now he's out as well. He's racked up 30 tackles (22 solo) through the first five games, and Eric Wilson will take over the snaps Barr leaves behind.

Injury
Concussion - Questionable for Week 7 vs. Baltimore
Kevin McDermott
No Updates
Horace Richardson
No Updates
Andrew Sendejo
News
Sendejo (groin) is inactive for Sunday's game against Green Bay, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Terence Newman, Jayron Kearse and Anthony Harris are likely to get more playing time as a result.

Injury
Groin - Questionable for Week 7 vs. Baltimore
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 will serve as the Vikings' starting center to begin 2017, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Elflein was battling Nick Easton for the starting role, but it appears the rookie third-round pick is in line to start Saturday's preseason contest, foreshadowing his role as the team's starting center.

Kai Forbath
News
Forbath made all three field-goal attempts and both extra-point attempts in Sunday's win over Green Bay.

After some struggles with extra points and short field goals early in the season, Forbath has had two strong weeks by going 5-for-5 in field-goal attempts and 5-for-5 in extra-point attempts the past two games.

Cedrick Lang
No Updates
Michael Floyd
News
Floyd (calf) is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Packers.

Floyd started Sunday's game since Stefon Diggs (groin) was out and hauled in one reception for just five yards before his exit. Jarius Wright will gain more snaps in Floyd's absence.

Injury
Calf - Questionable for Week 7 vs. Baltimore
Ben Gedeon
News
Gedeon started at weak-side linebacker but had just two tackles in Monday's win over the Saints. He played just 16 of 62 snaps on defense.

Gedeon beat out Edmond Robinson and Emmanuel Lamur for the starting job. The 2017 fourth-round draft pick may not have a lot of fantasy value, however, as the weak-side linebacker comes off the field in nickel packages.

Case Keenum
News
Keenum completed 24 of 38 passes for 239 yards with a touchdown and an interception in Sunday's 23-10 win over the Packers. He also rushed twice for 15 yards.

Despite not having Stefon Diggs (groin) at his disposal and also losing Michael Floyd to an in-game calf injury, Keenum managed to lead the Vikings to another victory. The 29-year-old was able to connect with six different pass catchers overall, with his most effective target being Adam Thielen (nine receptions, 97 yards). With rumors earlier Sunday that starting quarterback Sam Bradford's bone bruise could be a lot worse than is being reported, Keenum could be in for a long-term stint behind center. A possible wrench in those plans comes in the form of one Teddy Bridgewater (knee), however, as the 2014 first-round pick is expected to pass his physical Monday and resume practicing next week. If Bridgewater is eventually deemed healthy enough to be activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list over the subsequent 21 days, Keenum will have formidable competition for the top job.

Tramaine Brock
News
Brock (groin) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice and is expected to be available for Sunday's game against the Steelers.

Among an experienced cornerback unit in Minnesota, it's tough to project Brock vaulting himself into fantasy relevance this season unless injuries hit the team's defensive backfield. Brock, who missed the Week 1 win over the Saints with the groin injury, could replace Terence Newman as the Vikings' nickel back Sunday.

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
No Updates
Teddy Bridgewater
News
Bridgewater (knee) will begin practicing Wednesday but won't be removed from the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list immediately, Chris Tomasson of The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. "He'll stay on the PUP list until he's ready to play," coach Mike Zimmer said on Monday. "He hasn't practiced in 14 months, so we're not going to (overdo it) Wednesday."

The Vikings can take up to three weeks before they have to either activate Bridgewater to the 53-man roster or place him on injured reserve for the rest of the season. The latter would only happen in the event of a major setback, as the Vikings could seriously use Bridgewater's help while there's so much uncertainty surrounding Sam Bradford (knee). Tomasson speculates that Bridgewater could be held out the next two weeks and then activated for games after the Vikings' Week 9 bye. His role upon returning will depend upon his own performance in practice and Case Keenum's performance in games, in addition to Bradford's health. Keenum remains the best best to start Sunday's game against the Ravens.

Injury
Knee - Physically Unable to Perform
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 had three total tackles and a sack in Sunday's win over Green Bay.

It was his first sack of the season. Robison has seen his playing time decrease from 53 snaps per game last season to 40 per game this year. He can still rush the passer, but is getting fewer opportunities as the Vikings aim to keep the 34-year old fresh.

Tashawn Bower
No Updates
Kyle Carter
News
Carter caught a 16-yard touchdown for his only reception in Sunday's preseason win over the 49ers.

He'll likely begin the season as the No. 3 tight end, though it's not clear if both he and Bucky Hodges will make the final roster.

Jarius Wright
News
Wright played 29 snaps on offense in Sunday's win over the Packers but was not targeted in the passing game.

Wright has fallen to fifth on the depth chart and hasn't been targeted in any of the last three games. While he could move to No. 4 on the depth chart with both Stefon Diggs (groin) and Michael Floyd (calf) hurt, it's hard to see Wright having a significant role.

Jerick McKinnon
News
McKinnon has been struggling with ball security, fumbling three times (losing two) over the past three games, ESPN.com's Courtney Cronin reports. "I've had two contact fumbles and it's been eating me alive," McKinnon said. "I just have to deal with it. It's not a problem. I just have to fix it, and that's it. I've never had an issue with it. I just have to do better in those situations."

This would be more of a concern if not for the fact that McKinnon had previously never fumbled in his four-year career. He's vastly outproduced Latavius Murray in two games since Dalvin Cook (knee) went down for the season, piling up 164 rushing yards (5.1 per carry), 81 receiving yards (7.4 per catch) and three total touchdowns. Murray did get 16 touches on 33 snaps in Sunday's 23-10 win over the Packers, but his role likely will be reduced if McKinnon keeps piling up yards without losing any more fumbles. The Vikings face a slumping Baltimore run defense in Week 7, setting McKinnon up for another solid performance.

Terence Newman
News
Newman played 41 snaps and worked as the slot corner ahead of Mackensie Alexander in Monday's win over the Saints, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. He had four total tackles.

It looks like Newman will get more playing time as a result. However, we'd expect the Vikings to be judicious with the 39-year old's playing time later in the season.

Harrison Smith
News
Smith had an interception, 1.5 sacks and five total tackles in Sunday's 23-10 win over Green Bay.

Smith had a dominant performance, as he made an amazing one-handed grab on his interception. He was also active as a pass rusher on several blitz packages. He may be the best safety in the NFL and puts himself in position to make several big plays each game.

Trae Waynes
News
Waynes racked up six solo tackles and an interception Sunday against the Packers.

Waynes' interception was impressive, but it was against an inexperienced Brett Hundley with just 21 seconds left in a two possession game. Still, Waynes is on pace to eclipse his career-high 50 tackles, as he currently has 37 tackles (32 solo) on the season.

Linval Joseph
News
Joseph brought his season sack total to 1.5 with a half-sack in Sunday's victory over the Packers.

Joseph also recorded four tackles (three solo) in the contest. The defensive tackle was on the field for 59 defensive snaps (59.0 percent). He will look to stay active in the Vikings' Week 7 matchup against Ravens.

Jaleel Johnson
News
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
News
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.

 

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