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 C6-23037/6/1994ROhio 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 is dealing with an ankle injury and is questionable for Sunday's game against the Ravens, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.

Reiff was added to the injury report as a limited participant Friday so it's difficult to gauge his likelihood to play Sunday. Rashod Hill is next up on the Vikings' depth chart at left tackle if Reiff is unable to play.

Injury
Ankle - Limited Practice on Friday. Questionable for Week 7 vs. Baltimore
Laquon Treadwell
News
The Vikings may need Treadwell to contribute more in the passing game while Stefon Diggs (groin) and Michael Floyd (hamstring) battle injuries, Matthew Coller of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities reports.

Diggs is out for Sunday's game against Baltimore, while Floyd is listed as questionable after barely practicing all week. Treadwell had the best game of his young career -- catching three passes for 51 yards -- in a 23-10 win over the Packers last week, but his snap share (57 percent) was actually right in its usual range. With Floyd potentially joining Diggs on the sideline this time around, Treadwell could push for a typical starter's workload, albeit against a Baltimore defense that has completely shut down opposing wideouts to the tune of 6.4 yards per target and 105.7 yards per game.

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 ruled Bradford (knee) out for Sunday's game against Baltimore, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Bradford didn't practice all week and doesn't seem likely to return before the Vikings' bye in Week 9. Case Keenum will start against the Ravens.

Injury
Knee - Did Not Practice on Friday. 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 was dealing with a shoulder injury but was a full participant at the Vikings' practice Thursday.

Rhodes practiced in a limited fashion on Wednesday but the shoulder issue appears to have been nothing too serious. The 27-year-old looks all set for Sunday's matchup against the Ravens at this point.

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 has a hip injury and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Ravens, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.

Alexander was limited in practice this week and will likely be a game-day decision Sunday. The 23-year-old has seen time as the Vikings' nickel corner this season but has mostly had inconsistent playing time as he often splits snaps with veteran Terence Newman.

Injury
Hip - Limited Practice on Friday. Questionable for Week 7 vs. Baltimore
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 Baltimore, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.

Per Cronin, Diggs returned to the practice field Friday but merely took part in some light individual work. While he initially suggested his current groin injury isn't as bad as the one he suffered last season, Diggs hinted at some frustration when speaking with the media this week. He'll now miss a second straight game, leaving Laquon Treadwell as the likely No. 2 receiver alongside Adam Thielen. With Michael Floyd (hamstring) listed as questionable, Jarius Wright could also have a key role Sunday.

Injury
Groin - Did Not Practice on Friday. Out 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 - Did Not Practice on Friday. Out 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 (concussion) won't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Ravens.

Barr was a full participant at practice Friday and more importantly cleared the league's concussion protocol, according to Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com. The 25-year-old is on track to play against the Ravens on Sunday.

Kevin McDermott
No Updates
Horace Richardson
No Updates
Andrew Sendejo
News
Sendejo (groin) was a full participant at the Vikings' practice Thursday.

Sendejo has missed practice time with groin and shoulder injuries since the start of October but seems fully recovered for Sunday's game against the Ravens.

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 (hamstring) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Ravens, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.

Per Cronin, Floyd did some light individual work at Friday's practice, after sitting out entirely Wednesday and Thursday. His inability to participate in team work suggests he's on the wrong side of questionable, but the Vikings could take a more aggressive approach now that Stefon Diggs (groin) has been ruled out. Floyd logged 38 snaps in Sunday's 23-10 win over the Packers, but he caught just one pass for five yards on three targets. Should Floyd miss the upcoming contest, Laquon Treadwell likely would take on a heavy snap count, with Jarius Wright serving as the No. 3 receiver.

Injury
Hamstring - Limited Practice on Friday. 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
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer confirmed that Keenum will start Sunday's game against Baltimore, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Sam Bradford (knee) is still hurting and Teddy Bridgewater (knee) hasn't practiced enough to be ready for a game. Keenum's spot will be tenuous heading forward, but he'll get the nod for at least one more week as the Vikings take aim at a Baltimore defense that's held opponents to a 71.1 passer rating.

Tramaine Brock
News
Brock has a hamstring injury and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Ravens, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.

Brock was a new addition to the injury report this week and was limited at practice Thursday and Friday. The 29-year-old has exclusively played special teams the last two games and doesn't seem to have anything more than a depth role on the Vikings' defense at this point.

Injury
Hamstring - Limited Practice on Friday. Questionable for Week 7 vs. Baltimore
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
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer suggested he'll take things slow with Bridgewater (knee), who is practicing with his teammates Wednesday for the first time in nearly 14 months, Andrew Krammer of The Star Tribune reports. "We still don't know where [practice reps are] going to go or where that's going to lead to," Zimmer said. "He's probably not going to play this week, so we need to put the brakes on things a little bit."

Wednesday marks the beginning of a 21-day window in which Bridgewater can practice without taking up a spot on the 53-man roster. He'll eventually need to be activated or placed on injured reserve, but the Vikings don't figure to make a decision any earlier than next week. Bridgewater has already been doing individual drills for quite some time, so his next step will be 7-on-7 passing drills, followed by 11-on-11 work somewhere down the line. With Case Keenum doing competent work in place of Sam Bradford (knee), the Vikings might be inclined to put off Bridgewater's activation until after their Week 9 bye. Bridgewater's role upon returning presumably will be dependent on some combination of his practice performance, Keenum's performance in games and Bradford's health. Keenum likely will get the start against Baltimore in Week 7.

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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