Minnesota Vikings

Stadium: U.S. Bank Stadium | Coach: Mike Zimmer
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense9th110.0 (14th)243.5 (12th)
Defense24th81.0 (11th)258.5 (25th)
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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
33Cook, Dalvin RB5-102108/10/1995RFlorida State
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
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.)
92Johnson, Tom DT6-32888/30/19847Southern Mississippi
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
6Heinicke, Taylor (IR) QB6-12103/15/19933Old Dominion
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
 Williams, Antwione LB6-32405/26/19932Georgia Southern
Suspended Players
18Floyd, Michael WR6-322011/27/19896Notre Dame
Roster Analysis
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Position Listing
Jeremiah Sirles
No Updates
Anthony Harris
Harris (leg) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.

Few details were ever offered on the severity of the injury, but it appears Harris will be ready for Monday night's game against the Saints. The 25-year-old will start the season as a reserve safety behind starter Harrison Smith.

Rashod Hill
Hill (leg) returned to practice Monday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Hill suffered a foot or ankle injury during Saturday's practice and was carted off the field. However, the move was precautionary, and it doesn't appear to be a serious injury. Factoring in the concurrent return to practice of fellow lineman Riley Reiff, it appears the Vikings' offensive line dodged a bullet with respect to its overall health.

Latavius Murray
Murray had three carries for six yards in Sunday's loss at Pittsburgh. He played just six snaps on offense.

Murray continues to have a limited role in the offense with Dalvin Cook getting nearly all the touches out of the backfield. Even worse for Murray's fantasy value is that fullback C.J. Ham had a one-yard rushing touchdown when Murray was thought to possibly be the goal-line running back.

Kyle Sloter
Sloter was signed to the Vikings active roster Saturday, Miles Garrett of The Burlington Times News reports.

Sloter will likely serve as the team's third-string quarterback until Teddy Bridgewater returns from the Physically Unable to Perform list.

R.J. Shelton
Dalvin Cook
Cook gained 64 yards on 12 carries and added a pair of catches for no gain during Sunday's 26-9 loss to the Steelers.

Cook's workload was rather limited as his team trailed the whole game, but he managed to post an average of 5.3 yards per carry against a respectable defensive front. The sample size is small, but the rookie has averaged 5.6 yards per carry through 34 totes in his young NFL career. The offense struggled without Sam Bradford (knee) under center, which is a trend to consider moving forward, but Cook has certainly looked the part when his number is called. He will look to have more of an impact in Week 3 against the Buccaneers.

Stacy Coley
Coley had four receptions for 76 yards in Sunday's preseason win over San Francisco.

Coley has 13 receptions for 160 yards this preseason. It looks like both he and Rodney Adams, both rookies, could make the final roster as depth receivers.

Riley Reiff
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
Treadwell had three receptions on six targets for 33 yards in Sunday's loss at Pittsburgh.

Treadwell played 50 snaps on offense compared to 12 snaps for Jarius Wright as it looks like he's taking over the third wide receiver role. Treadwell's value could be on the rise, however his fantasy value may be limited if Sam Bradford doesn't return from a knee injury.

Bronson Hill
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
Bradford (knee) is believed to have a bone bruise, and the Vikings will re-evaluate him after seeing how his knee responds to an injection, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports.

Bradford missed Sunday's 26-9 loss to Pittsburgh while dealing with pain and swelling in the same left knee that needed ACL repair surgery in 2013 and 2014. It sounds as if the current issue may not involve the same ligament, though the Vikings' doctors reportedly had a tough time evaluating last week's MRI because Bradford has so much scar tissue built up around the ACL. His availability for Week 3 and beyond still seems to be totally up in the air.

Knee - Questionable for Week 3 vs. Tampa Bay
Eric Kendricks
Kendricks had six total tackles and a QB hurry in Monday's win over the Saints.

Kendricks started at middle linebacker and played all of the defense's 62 snaps. He'll have games with more tackles but he put up a solid effort Monday.

Kyle Rudolph
Rudolph caught four of six targets for 45 yards in Sunday's 26-9 loss to the Steelers.

Rudolph led the team in receiving yardage and tied for the lead in targets, but a lackluster passing display by Case Keenum limited his upside. Despite some struggles in this one, Rudolph actually managed to improve upon his Week 1 totals, though he wasn't able to reach the end zone. The big tight end should remain one of the most heavily-targeted Vikings regardless of who is under center, though it appears his potential weekly output will remain relatively modest. He will face off with the Buccaneers defense next week.

Marcus Sherels
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
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.

Knee - ACL - Injured Reserve
Everson Griffen
Griffen had two sacks and four total tackles in Sunday's loss at Pittsburgh.

With three sacks in his firs two games, Griffen looks set to return to the double-digit sack totals he had in 2014 and 2015 before a slight dip to eight sacks last season.

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
Brothers didn't record a tackle and played just 18 snaps, all on special teams, in Monday's win over the Saints.

Brothers was competing for the starting weak-side linebacker role in the preseason, but Ben Gedeon won the role. Brothers will have a limited reserve and special teams role as a result.

Xavier Rhodes
Rhodes (hip) is active for Sunday's game against the Steelers.

Rhodes was limited Thursday and Friday as the Vikings elected to play it safe with their top cornerback's health heading into Week 2, but he'll ultimately be able to play through the hip issue in Pittsburgh. Mackensie Alexander would be next in line for additional snaps across from Trae Waynes if Rhodes were to re-injure his hip.

Shamar Stephen
Stephen had four tackles and played 27 of 62 snaps on defense in Monday's win over the Saints.

Stephen is part of the rotation at defensive tackle and provided some pass rush with one QB hurry, according to Pro Football focus. However, he's mostly a run stuffer who won't accumulate many stats for IDP leagues.

Rodney Adams
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
Alexander had one tackle and played 43 snaps on defense in Sunday's loss at Pittsburgh, compared to 42 for Terrance Newman as the two split nickel corner duties.

It was thought that Alexander would begin the season with the slot corner and nickel role, but Alexander came off the bench and played just 27 snaps on defense in Week 1. It looks like he and Newman may split the role even if Alexander comes off the bench initially.

Tom Johnson
Johnson had just one tackle in Monday's win over the Saints. He played 45 of 62 snaps on defense.

Johnson played more snaps then all but two games last year, which shows he's back to full strength after missing the last two games of last season due to a hamstring injury. His value is in stuffing the run, which doesn't translate to fantasy value in most leagues.

Mike Remmers
No Updates
Blake Bell
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
Diggs caught seven of eight targets for 93 yards and two touchdowns in Monday night's win over the Saints.

Diggs is making a habit of starting seasons with a bang, as he averaged nearly 105 yards through his first four career games, then went for 100-plus in his first two tilts last year, and now found pay dirt twice while approaching the century mark in his Year 3 debut. While Diggs' production fluctuated last season, another point of contention with his stock was his mere three touchdowns. With respective grabs of 18 and two yards during the second quarter Monday, though, Diggs has already come close to matching that total this time around. Along with Adam Thielen, Diggs shows a good understanding with quarterback Sam Bradford, yet most secondaries won't be as generous as New Orleans'.

Adam Thielen
Thielen caught five of six targets for 44 yards in Sunday's 26-9 loss to the Steelers.

Though Thielen caught the majority of the balls thrown his way, he failed to produce much down the field aside from a 24-yard gain. He still tied for the team lead in targets, but Case Keenum struggled to an average of just 4.4 yards per attempt, limiting the upside of all Vikings pass-catchers. Thielen's fantasy value could be tied to the health of Sam Bradford (knee), but with few details surrounding the nature of his injury, it remains to be seen who will be under center in Week 3 against the Buccaneers.

Nick Easton
No Updates
Dylan Bradley
No Updates
Cornelius Edison
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.

Taylor Heinicke
Heinicke (concussion) agreed to an injury settlement Monday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Heinecke is now removed from injured reserve and immediately eligible to sign with any team other than the Vikings.

Concussion - Out for Week 3 vs. Tampa Bay
Danielle Hunter
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
Leg - Injured Reserve
Emmanuel Lamur
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
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
Ham rushed for a one-yard touchdown on his first career rushing attempt in Sunday's loss at Pittsburgh. He played five snaps on offense.

Ham's touchdown is likely a rare event as head coach Mike ZImmer had talked before about using Latavius Murray as a goal-line back and the offense rarely uses a fullback.

Stephen Weatherly
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
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.

Knee - Out for Week 3 vs. Tampa Bay
Anthony Barr
Barr (hamstring) is active for Sunday's game against the Steelers.

Barr missed practice earlier in the week before practicing in limited fashion Friday, but he'll ultimately be able to play through the minor hamstring injury Sunday. Eric Wilson and Emmanuel Lamur could be in line for additional snaps if Barr were to suffer any setbacks.

Kevin McDermott
No Updates
Horace Richardson
No Updates
Andrew Sendejo
Sendejo had six total tackles in Monday's win over the Saints.

It was only about a year ago that head coach Mike Zimmer questioned whether Sendejo was a starter, but there's been no talk this season of his role being in doubt. He started at strong safety and played on all of the defense's snaps.

Jayron Kearse
Kearse had one tackle and played all 17 snaps on special teams in Monday's win over the Saints.

Kearse begins the season as a reserve safety who will get almost all his playing time on special teams.

Pat Elflein
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
Forbath made his only field-goal attempt from 42 yards in Sunday's loss at Pittsburgh, but missed his only extra-point attempt. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said he's concerned about the extra-point misses, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Forbath has made all 19 field-goal attempts in his Minnesota career, but is just 13 of 18 on extra-point attempts, including two misses this season. It doesn't sound like his job is in jeopardy, but continued extra-point misses could change that equation.

Cedrick Lang
No Updates
Michael Floyd
Floyd (suspension) had one reception for ten yards in Sunday's preseason win over the 49ers.

Floyd didn't get time with the first-team offense and hasn't looked strong this preseason. It was thought Floyd had a clear lead for the No. 3 wide receiver role after head coach Mike Zimmer raved about him early in training camp, but a lackluster preseason has created doubt. Floyd will battle Laquon Treadwell and Jarius Wright for the top spot behind Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen when he returns from a four-game suspension.

Suspension - Suspended until Week 5 at Chicago
Ben Gedeon
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
Keenum completed 20 of 37 pass attempts for 167 yards during Sunday's 26-9 loss to the Steelers.

Pressed into action because of an injury to Sam Bradford (knee), Keenum struggled to make plays downfield and wound up averaging a measly 4.4 yards per attempt. The length of a potential absence for Bradford has been surrounded by murky details, but Keenum's performance Sunday indicates that he shouldn't be relied upon as a fantasy starter. If he remains the top option for Week 3, a home matchup against the Buccaneers is on tap.

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

Brock looks to contribute on the nickel defense, where Terence Newman played in Week 1. With an experienced cornerback unit in Minnesota, it's tough to project Brock vaulting himself into fantasy relevance against the Steelers.

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.

Cayleb Jones
No Updates
Teddy Bridgewater
The Vikings placed Bridgewater (knee) on the Reserve/PUP list Saturday.

The move is merely procedural, as Bridgewater won't be returning to the field anytime soon. Having said that, the Vikings have been steadfast that he cannot be ruled out for the entire 2017 campaign. He's technically eligible to return in Week 7, but there's no telling when he'll be cleared to practice, let alone be ready for game action. Expect Sam Bradford to be under center for the entire 16-game slate, barring health concerns, while Case Keenum serves as the backup signal-caller.

Knee - Physically Unable to Perform
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 didn't record a tackle or sack in Monday's win over the Saints, but played 38 of 62 snaps on offense.

Robison looks set to be a regular in the defensive line rotation despite some whispers he could see a much reduced role this season at age 34. He may start the season slow after he struggled with a groin injury in the preseason.

Tashawn Bower
No Updates
Kyle Carter
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
Wright had just on reception for nine yards on two targets in Sunday's loss at Pittsburgh.

He played just 12 snaps on offense compared to 50 for Laquon Treadwell, who also had six targets. It looks like Wright is behind Treadwell for the third receiver role. However, the third receiver may not matter much for fantasy purposes if Sam Bradford can't return soon from a knee injury.

Jerick McKinnon
McKinnon had three carries for 16 yards and had three receptions for nine yards on five targets in Sunday's loss at Pittsburgh.

McKInnon got more work that Latavius Murray behind Dalvin Cook. He also played more snaps (22) than Murray (6). However, both will have a limited backup role behind Cook.

Terence Newman
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
Smith started at free safety and had six tackles in Monday's win over the Saints.

Smith was strong in pass coverage once again and remains a force in the secondary. He'll get plenty of opportunities to make big plays this season, especially against weaker offenses.

Trae Waynes
Waynes had 11 total tackles in Monday's win over New Orleans.

Waynes had an impressive game from a tackling standpoint as he had five solo tackles and five stops, which shut down ball carriers, according to Pro Football Focus. If his increased success on tackles is a trend, he could be a more valuable IDP option.

Linval Joseph
Joseph had three total tackles in Monday's win over the Saints.

He started at nose tackle and played 35 of 62 snaps on defense. He remains an elite force against the run, but has 16.5 sacks in 97 career games, however, so his IDP value is limited.

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.


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