Minnesota Vikings

Stadium: U.S. Bank Stadium | Coach: Mike Zimmer
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense28th75.3 (32nd)239.8 (18th)
Defense3rd106.9 (20th)207.9 (3rd)
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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
64Beavers, Willie G6-532210/2/19932Western Michigan
61Berger, Joe C6-53055/25/198213Michigan Tech
81Boehringer, Moritz WR6-422510/16/19931No College
75Boone, Alex G6-83105/4/19878Ohio State
64Bower, Tashawn DE6-52502/18/1995RLSU
8Bradford, Sam QB6-422411/8/19878Oklahoma
63Bradley, Dylan DT6-12652/4/1995RSouthern Mississippi
5Bridgewater, Teddy QB6-221511/10/19924Louisville
40Brothers, Kentrell OLB6-12422/8/19932Missouri
86Carter, Kyle TE6-324512/17/19921Penn State
 Clements, Chunky DT6-230112/3/1994RIllinois
68Clemmings, T.J. T6-530911/18/19913Pittsburgh
13Coley, Stacy WR6-11955/13/1994RMiami (Fla.)
76Collins, Aviante T6-62954/21/1993RTCU
33Cook, Dalvin RB5-112138/10/1995RFlorida State
14Diggs, Stefon WR6-019111/29/19933Maryland
62Easton, Nick C6-33036/16/19923Harvard
65Elflein, Pat C6-33037/6/1994ROhio State
32Exum, Antone CB6-02192/27/19914Virginia Tech
73Floyd, Sharrif DT6-33115/28/19915Florida
2Forbath, Kai K5-111979/2/19876UCLA
79Fragel, Reid T6-83082/22/19912Ohio State
15Fruechte, Isaac WR6-32103/7/19911Minnesota
42Gedeon, Ben ILB6-224410/16/1994RMichigan
52Greenway, Chad (FA) OLB6-32371/12/198312Iowa
97Griffen, Everson DE6-327312/22/19878Southern California
30Ham, C.J. RB5-112357/22/19931Augustana (S.D.)
41Harris, Anthony FS6-119210/9/19913Virginia
79Harris, Michael (FA) G6-533812/5/19885UCLA
6Heinicke, Taylor QB6-12103/15/19933Old Dominion
69Hill, Rashod T6-63091/12/19922Southern Mississippi
13Hill, Shaun (FA) QB6-32301/9/198016Maryland
84Hodges, Bucky TE6-62578/8/1995RVirginia Military Inst.
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
95Jones, Datone DE6-42857/24/19905UCLA
16Jones, Cayleb WR6-22093/21/19931Arizona
98Joseph, Linval DT6-432910/10/19888East Carolina
27Kearse, Jayron SS6-42152/11/19942Clemson
7Keenum, Case QB6-12052/17/19886Houston
54Kendricks, Eric MLB6-02322/29/19923UCLA
67Kerin, Zac G6-53058/13/19913Toledo
1Koehn, Marshall K6-02058/29/1992RIowa
59Lamur, Emmanuel LB6-42456/8/19896Kansas State
56Lee, Elijah LB6-22292/8/1996RKansas State
48Line, Zach (FA) FB6-12334/26/19905Southern Methodist
72Long, Jake (FA) T6-73225/9/198510Michigan
3Lunt, Wes QB6-522510/7/1993RIllinois
66McCaskill, Sam DE6-3240//RBoise 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
44Newby, Terrell RB5-102007/25/1995RNebraska
23Newman, Terence CB5-101979/4/197815Kansas State
60Odenigbo, Ifeadi DL6-32584/8/1994RNorthwestern
24Price, Jabari CB5-112008/31/19924North Carolina
87Price, Josiah TE6-42437/19/1993RMichigan State
4Quigley, Ryan P6-31881/26/19905Boston College
71Reiff, Riley T6-630512/1/19886Iowa
72Remmers, Mike T6-53104/11/19895Oregon State
29Rhodes, Xavier CB6-12186/19/19905Florida State
38Richardson, Horace CB6-0212//RSouthern Methodist
36Roberson, Tre DB6-020010/22/19921Illinois State
51Robinson, Edmond OLB6-32452/23/19923Newberry
96Robison, Brian DE6-32594/27/198311Texas
82Rudolph, Kyle TE6-626511/9/19897Notre Dame
42Sankey, Bishop RB5-102099/15/19923Washington
34Sendejo, Andrew SS6-12109/9/19877Rice
83Shelton, R.J. WR5-112055/6/1994RMichigan State
74Shepherd, Austin T6-43275/28/19922Alabama
35Sherels, Marcus CB5-101759/30/19877Minnesota
37Sinkfield, Terrell DB6-120012/10/19901Northern Iowa
78Sirles, Jeremiah T6-63158/8/19914Nebraska
22Smith, Harrison FS6-22142/2/19896Notre Dame
93Stephen, Shamar DT6-53102/25/19914Connecticut
90Sutton, Will DT6-029710/3/19914Arizona State
9Symmank, Taylor P6-219310/2/1992RTexas Tech
66Tagaloa, Freddie G6-83163/4/1994RArizona
19Thielen, Adam WR6-22008/22/19904Minnesota State
39Tocho, Jack CB6-02022/8/1996RNC State
 Trattou, Justin (FA) DE6-42588/28/19886Florida
11Treadwell, Laquon WR6-22156/14/19952Ole Miss
85Truesdell, Nick TE6-72523/14/19901Grand Rapids CC MI
 Uzdavinis, Arturo T6-730511/2/19921Tulane
57Washington, Shaan LB6-322012/29/1993RTexas A&M
26Waynes, Trae CB6-01907/25/19923Michigan State
91Weatherly, Stephen DE6-52653/19/19942Vanderbilt
50Wilson, Eric LB6-2225//RCincinnati
17Wright, Jarius WR5-1019111/25/19896Arkansas
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Minnesota6-5310.16-3282.725.22138
 
 
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Position Listing
Jeremiah Sirles
No Updates
Moritz Boehringer
News
Boehringer has signed a reserve/future contract with the Vikings.

Minnesota's sixth-rounder in 2016, Boehringer is an athletic freak but failed to generate any noise in the preseason. Now with a year of NFL experience under his belt, the German-born receiver will again jockey for one of the Vikings' last roster spots at receiver.

Wes Lunt
No Updates
Datone Jones
News
Jones signed a contract with the Vikings on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports.

The 2013 first-round selection spent the past four seasons in Green Bay, racking up 74 tackles and nine sacks during that span. He now heads to the division-rival Vikings where he'll likely take a backup role behind starters Brian Robison and Everson Griffen. However, Robison, who is currently 33, could see his reps begin to dwindle, which may provide an opportunity for Jones to make his mark. The 26-year-old did spend some time at linebacker with the Packers, so the Vikings definitely have options for how to utilize their newest signee. For the most part, Jones has been underwhelming through his first four seasons in the league, but a change of scenery could fix that.

Freddie Tagaloa
No Updates
Elijah Lee
No Updates
Anthony Harris
News
Harris had 15 total tackles and defended a pass in Sunday's loss to Indianapolis. Harris started at safety with Harrison Smith injured.

Despite his large tackle totals, Harris struggled in coverage as he gave up several big plays. Still, he'll likely continue to start at safety as long as Smith is sidelined.

Rashod Hill
No Updates
Shaun Hill
News
Hill saw his first action since Week 1 in Thursday's loss to Dallas, completing his only pass for six yards while playing two plays for a temporarily injured Sam Bradford.

Bradford returned to play the second half, so Hill should remain on the bench next week against Jacksonville.

Justin Trattou
News
Vikings defensive end Justin Trattou is inactive Sunday against the Vikings.

Trattou backs up Everson Griffin at right defensive end and the Vikings will be without needed depth. Depth is more of an issue than usual with the game being played at high altitude.

Latavius Murray
News
Murray (ankle) was placed on on the Vikings' preseason Physically Unable to Perform list Monday prior to the start of training camp, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Murray signed a three-year, $15 million contract in March and underwent surgery to address bone spurs shortly thereafter. He was expected to be ready for the start of training camp, so this news isn't particularly encouraging. If he's slow to participate in full practices, Murray could quickly fall behind Dalvin Cook in the competition for touches at running back. However, the decision to place Murray on the PUP list could be a temporary one, and he could very well be activated early in training camp.

Injury
Ankle - Physically Unable to Perform
Chad Greenway
News
Greenway will announce his retirement from the NFL on Tuesday.

Greenway, a first-round pick out of Iowa in 2006, spent his entire career in Minnesota, where he was named the team's Defensive MVP in 2010, 2012, and 2013. Along with earning two Pro Bowl selections as well, Greenway finishes fourth in Vikings history with 1,334 career tackles. In fact, the 34-year-old registered at least 93 stops in his first eight seasons played, which only came after tearing his ACL in his first preseason game as a rookie. Following that lost year, Greenway went on to miss merely four games over his subsequent 10 seasons, showing great consistency over the course of his career.

R.J. Shelton
No Updates
Nick Truesdell
No Updates
Dalvin Cook
News
Teammate Latavius Murray (ankle) acknowledged that Cook has the early upper hand by means of his participation in the Vikings' offseason program, NFL.com's Kevin Patra reports. "Dalvin's already been through the [organized team activities], he's already been through the offseason," said Murray. "So, he has that up on me. But also, looking at it as, hey, I'm the vet, I have time in this league, I've done some good things in this league. So I have a lot to bring to the table."

Murray had surgery shortly after signing with the Vikings in March and is still expected to be ready for the start of training camp after missing the entire offseason program. His injury wasn't necessarily a factor in Minnesota's decision to trade up to No. 41 overall for Cook, as the team likely values Murray in large part of his strong track record as a goal-line runner and pass blocker, whereas the rookie offers far more upside as a potential lead runner. Coach Mike Zimmer said there will be an open competition in the backfield, and while holdover Jerick McKinnon may retain some kind of role, Murray and Cook figure to battle it out for the lead job in what likely will be a committee of sorts.

Stacy Coley
No Updates
Riley Reiff
No Updates
Laquon Treadwell
News
Treadwell occupied the Vikings' No. 3 wideout position during each of the six offseason practices open to the media, Matt Vensel of the Star Tribune reports.

Treadwell, the 23rd overall pick of last year's draft, endured a lousy rookie campaign that included merely one catch on three targets for 15 yards. While his production was almost nonexistent, Treadwell did deal with foot and ankle ailments throughout the year, limiting him to nine games played. Now healthy, the 22-year-old's improved understanding of the Vikings offense has allowed him to move into third on the depth chart behind Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen. Should Treadwell retain that role, he'd figure to have ample opportunities to drastically improve his fantasy stock, particularly if Michael Floyd's legal situation impacts his availability.

Sam Bradford
News
Bradford -- who will be a free agent after next season -- knows that his future in Minnesota could be complicated by Teddy Bridgewater's return from a torn ACL, Matt Vensel of The Star Tribune reports.

Coach Mike Zimmer got out ahead of any potential controversy, saying at the end of last season that Bradford had earned the right to retain the starting job. The 29-year-old set an NFL record for completion percentage (71.6) last year, and while that largely was due to the team's reliance on short passes, Bradford still deserves credit for keeping the offense afloat without the benefit of a competent O-line or running game. The Vikings' pass protection likely will improve due to the signings of tackles Riley Reiff and Mike Remmers, and the running game should get a boost from Latavius Murray (ankle) and Dalvin Cook. The already solid receiving corps may also be improved, with 2016 first-round pick Laquon Treadwell looking to take a big step forward alongside Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen and TE Kyle Rudolph after struggling through an injury-plagued and ineffective rookie campaign. It all adds up to much higher expectations, which could work against Bradford if he struggles early in the season and Bridgewater is back to full health. Bridgewater's looming presence also means the Vikings are unlikely to offer Bradford an extension before Week 1, though it's certainly worth noting Bridgewater is also in a contract year. The team seems content to take a wait-and-see approach.

Sam McCaskill
No Updates
Terrell Newby
No Updates
Eric Kendricks
News
Kendricks compiled 11 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 3.5 TFLs and three quarterback hits during Saturday's loss to the Packers.

Kendricks was a force to be reckoned with Saturday, leading the game in nearly all defensive statistical categories and seemingly getting to Packers QB Aaron Rodgers with ease. Those were his first logged sacks of the season though, so don't expect this level of production in the pass-rush department on a weekly basis from the former UCLA Bruin. Nonetheless, he'll look to end the campaign on a strong note in the Vikings' season finale next week against the Bears.

Tre Roberson
News
Roberson was released by the Vikings.

He suffered a broken bone in his right hand during training camp which hurt his chances to make the final roster.

Kyle Rudolph
News
Rudolph is the only Vikings tight end with more than one career reception, Andrew Krammer of The Star Tribune reports.

Though he doesn't have the best reputation as a blocker, Rudolph is unlikely to face serious competition for snaps and targets even as the Vikings look to re-establish a competent rushing attack. They'll live with his shaky work in that department so long as he provides a major receiving threat over the middle and in the red zone. While a long shot to match last year's career-high 132 targets in an offense that now has a better mix of weapons, Rudolph should be able to take advantage of the new context by improving on his 2016 mark of 6.4 yards per target. He also figures to stay heavily involved when Minnesota approaches the goal line, after comfortably leading the team in targets in the red zone (24) and inside the 10-yard line (10) last season, with both marks doubling the next best total on the team.

Marcus Sherels
News
Sherels (ribs) is active for Saturday's contest against Green Bay.

Sherels missed the Vikings past few games but was able to practice in full all week this week and shouldn't be at all limited in the game Saturday. He'll likely resume his role as punt returner and depth defensive back.

Bishop Sankey
News
Sankey signed with the Vikings' practice squad Friday.

Sankey spent the summer with the Titans and has since made stops in both New England and Kansas City. If something were to happen to Jerick McKinnon or Matt Asiata, expect the former second-rounder to receive a call from Vikings brass.

Everson Griffen
News
Griffen had two sacks, three tackles, two tackles for a loss and defended a pass in Sunday's win at Jacksonville.

Griffen ended a streak of five consecutive games without a sack. He now has eight sack and could match last season's 10.5 sacks in his last three games.

Taylor Symmank
No Updates
Eric Wilson
No Updates
Will Sutton
News
Sutton (ankle) signed a contract with the Vikings on Wednesday.

After being waived by the Bears a week ago, Sutton didn't take long to find a new home in the NFC North. A former collegiate standout at Arizona State, Sutton struggled to make an impact as a 3-4 defensive end during his three seasons with the Bears, compiling 60 tackles and no sacks in 36 career games (18 starts). Defensive tackle Toby Johnson was waived to create roster room for Sutton, who could have better luck fitting in as a tackle in a 4-3 scheme. He's expected to vie for a reserve role along the line in training camp.

Injury
Ankle - Questionable for Week 1 vs. New Orleans
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
The Vikings selected Brothers in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 160th overall.

Brothers was one of the more highly-regarded linebackers in the class heading into the Combine, but miserable pre-draft athletic testing pushed Brothers this far down the order. A bit undersized at 6-foot, 245 pounds, Brothers ran a 4.89-second 40-yard dash while logging problematic jumps -- 28.5 inches in the vertical and 110 in the broad jump. Still, he was quite productive at Missouri, posting 274 tackles over his last two seasons.

Xavier Rhodes
News
Rhodes had two interceptions, including a 100-yard return for a touchdown, along with three tackles in Sunday's win over Arizona.

Rhodes' interception return for a touchdown was a huge turnaround as he picked off a pass in the end zone and returned it all the way for a touchdown. Rhodes has been a difference maker in the secondary when healthy this year, but he's missed two games and played through injuries in several more. He looks healthy and in top form for the final six games, however.

Shamar Stephen
News
Stephen had a tackle while playing 32 of 74 snaps on defense in Sunday's win at Carolina.

Stephen is mostly a run stuffer and gets time in the defense line rotation behind Linval Joseph, so don't expect many tackles or sacks.

Rodney Adams
News
Adams is the leading candidate to win the kick return job in place of Cordarrelle Patterson, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Adams, a fifth-round 2017 draft pick, will try to make the 53-man roster as a receiver, so winning the kick return job could help his standing. Still, it's a wide-open competition with Jerick McKinnon and seventh-rounder Stacy Coley also in the mix.

T.J. Clemmings
News
Clemmings will move to guard after playing left tackle last season, ESPN 1500 am Twin Cities reports.

Clemmings ranked last in the NFL for left tackles according to metrics from Pro Football Focus, so the Vikings are going to experiment to see where he may be a better fit. He'll likely add depth as a reserve offensive lineman this season.

Ryan Quigley
No Updates
Mackensie Alexander
News
Alexander underwent groin surgery during the offseason to repair an injury suffered in 2016, Andrew Krammer of The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Alexander saw just 68 snaps in 2016 after being selected in the second round of last year's draft. He wound up on injured reserve due to his groin injury, though the injury wasn't disclosed until recently. He wasn't at all limited during the first few days of the Vikings' offseason program and is expected to compete for the nickel corner position in 2017.

Reid Fragel
No Updates
Antone Exum
News
Exum (leg) is healthy and able to practice, Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press reports.

Exum has dealt with a number of injuries since being drafted in the sixth round of the 2014 draft, most recently missing out on OTAs this offseason to address a knee issue. Now healthy, he'll look to secure a reserve role at safety behind Harrison Smith.

Tom Johnson
News
Johnson (hamstring) will not require surgery on his hamstring tear, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Johnson was placed on IR Monday but it doesn't sound as if Johnson's injury is very severe. He'll be back to full health in 4 to 6 weeks and won't be at all limited with the injury come spring practices.

Edmond Robinson
News
Robinson will battle Emmanuel Lamur for the starting weak-side linebacker role that is vacant following the retirement of Chad Greenway, ESPN reports.

Lamur is likely the favorite, but the competition could be wide open and others could figure into the mix. Whoever wins the job would likely see limited playing time as the weak-side linebacker routinely came off the field last year in nickel packages with Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks remaining on the field.

Arturo Uzdavinis
News
Uzdavinis signed a contract Monday with the Vikings, Matthew Coller of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities reports.

Uzdavinis was most recently with the Lions after stints in Houston and Jacksonville last season. The Tulane product will look to make the Vikings' 53-man roster as a reserve option at tackle.

Mike Remmers
No Updates
Stefon Diggs
News
Diggs is taking steps in the offseason to assure he does not miss time during the upcoming season, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Diggs dealt with a flurry of injuries last season, including issues in his hips, knees and groin. The club's No. 1 wideout noted these injuries were his own fault and is now dedicated to making sure his 2017 campaign is injury-free. Should he remain healthy, Diggs could be in for impressive fantasy numbers as he and Sam Bradford head into their second season together.

Adam Thielen
News
Thielen did not participate in Wednesday's OTA due to a left knee injury, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Thielen spent Wednesday's practice on the sideline with wrapping on his left knee, but the injury doesn't appear to be anything serious at this point. The Vikings will proceed cautiously with their No. 2 receiver, and if he's unable to return Thursday, his next opportunity would be Monday when the team returns for its final set of OTAs.

Nick Easton
No Updates
Dylan Bradley
No Updates
Taylor Heinicke
News
Heinicke (foot) was activated Tuesday from the non-football injury list, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Heinicke returned to practice Oct. 19 and had to be activated within a 21-day window. The Vikings decided to bring him back at the last second, but he'll only be No. 3 on the depth chart, clearly stuck behind both Sam Bradford and Shaun Hill.

Danielle Hunter
News
Hunter will start at left defensive end this season, Matt Vensel of Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Hunter had a breakout campaign last season, racking up 12.5 sacks as a reserve lineman. Veteran Brian Robison noted the 22-year-old's success, giving his starting spot on the depth chart to Hunter. He is expected to play in at least 80 percent of the defensive snaps this season after only playing in 57 percent of the snaps last season. His new role makes Hunter an intriguing option in IDP formats, but he'll have to prove his numbers last season were no fluke.

Shaan Washington
No Updates
Isaac Fruechte
News
Fruechte was promoted to the Vikings' active roster from the practice squad on Saturday, Chris Tomasson of TwinCities.com reports.

Fruechte has earned a hometown appearance in Week 17, as the former Minnesota Golden Gopher will get a chance to see targets behind Adam Thielen and Cordarrelle Patterson due to several injuries at wide receiver.

Chunky Clements
News
Clements signed with the Vikings on Friday.

Clements is an undrafted rookie out of Illinois. He racked up 99 tackles and 6.0 sacks in 46 career games for the Fighting Illini. Defensive end Caleb Kidder was waived in order to create roster space.

Emmanuel Lamur
News
Lamur had three total tackles and played 16 snaps on defense in Sunday's loss to Detroit.

Lamur had played just six snaps on defense in eight games before Sunday, but saw action with Eric Kendricks out with a concussion.

Joe Berger
No Updates
David Morgan
News
Morgan (knee) was not listed on the Vikings' injury report Wednesday.

The rookie missed two consecutive games prior to the Vikings' bye week. However, it appears the rest did him well given his return to practice in a full time role. He is seemingly on track to return to action Sunday.

C.J. Ham
News
Ham was signed to the Vikings' active roster Friday.

Ham had been on the practice squad since the beginning of the year and was signed in the wake of Mackensie Alexander (undisclosed) moving to injured reserve. Likely the fourth option at running back, Ham isn't likely to see much time on offense barring a slew of injuries to Minnesota's backfield.

Jake Long
No Updates
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.

Willie Beavers
No Updates
Sharrif Floyd
News
Coach Mike Zimmer said Tuesday that he has yet to rule out the possibility of Floyd (knee) getting on the field at some point during training camp, Chris Tomasson of The Pioneer Press reports.

Floyd is working his way back from nerve damage in his right knee and has not been able to participate in any of Minnesota's offseason activities. However, Zimmer did note that Floyd has shown some improvement of late, which makes him optimistic that the former first-rounder will be able to get back on the field at some point this summer. Still, the team has yet to release any official timetable for Floyd's return from a complicated issue, so he'll remain on the active/non-football injury list until further notice.

Injury
Knee - Out for Week 1 vs. New Orleans
Anthony Barr
News
Barr's fifth-year option was exercised by Minnesota on Monday, Tom Pelissero of USA Today Sports reports.

Barr has been a consistent player for the Vikings since being drafted ninth overall by the team in 2014, though he hasn't been great. His fifth-year option is worth around $12.3 million and will keep him under contract through 2018. Minnesota will be hoping to see improvement from Barr after a two-sack season in 2016.

Kevin McDermott
No Updates
Horace Richardson
No Updates
Bucky Hodges
News
The Vikings selected Hodges in the sixth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 201st overall.

This is perhaps the most surprising faller in this year's draft. Hodges is a rare athlete at tight end and, despite a tendency for drops, proved productive as well. Even if the league doubts his skills as a tight end, it's surprising that a team wouldn't take him sooner for special teams play alone -- this is a 6-foot-6, 257-pound player with a 4.57-second 40-yard dash, 39-inch vertical and 134-inch broad jump. Unfortunately, even if he proves his doubters wrong, the Minnesota offense likely won't afford him many targets as long as Kyle Rudolph is around.

Andrew Sendejo
News
Sendejo (knee) is recovering from offseason knee surgery but is expected to be ready for training camp, Mark Smith of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Sendejo's 2016 season came to a premature end after he suffered a knee injury that landed him on injured reserve. The veteran safety still amassed 69 tackles, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries in 14 games last year, and should have another strong campaign alongside Harrison Smith in the back end of the Vikings' secondary this coming season, assuming that he is able to stay healthy.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for Week 1 vs. New Orleans
Jayron Kearse
News
Kearse started at strong safety in Monday's loss to Chicago but played just 15 snaps, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Kearse was essentially benched after missing a tackle and allowing Jordan Howard to have a long run early in the game. Anthony Harris played most of the snaps thereafter. It looks like Harris would start if Andrew Sendejo remains out with an ankle injury.

Pat Elflein
No Updates
Jabari Price
News
Price was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury.

Fortunately, Minnesota has a deep enough secondary to absorb the loss of Price.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for Week 1 vs. New Orleans
Kai Forbath
News
Forbath made his only field-goal attempt from 21 yards and converted all five extra-point attempts in Sunday's win over Chicago.

Forbath stabilized Minnesota's kicking situation after the release of Blair Walsh as he made all 15 field goal attempts. He did miss three extra point attempts, however. Forbath is signed through 2017, so he should return as Minnesota's kicker next season.

Marshall Koehn
News
Koehn has become a legitimate contender for Minnesota's kicking job in challenging Kai Forbath during OTAs, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Koehn is seen having more leg strength than Forbath during OTAs. Forbath is under contract for next season and made all 15 field-goal attempts last season, so he's still a heavy favorite to win the job. However, it sounds like the competition won't just be for show this summer.

Ben Gedeon
News
The Vikings selected Gedeon in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 120th overall.

Gedeon is a classic hard-nosed middle linebacker who racked up 94 tackles for Michigan in his lone season as a starter in 2016. He also showed an ability to cause havoc in the backfield with 15.0 tackles for loss. Athletically, he checks all the boxes with above-average scores relative to his position in all of his Combine tests. Gedeon will likely start out as a depth option at middle or weakside linebacker.

Case Keenum
News
Keenum is signing with the Vikings, Mark Berman of FOX 26 Houston reports, with ESPN's Adam Caplan adding that the deal is for one year and $2 million.

The veteran began last season as the Rams' starting quarterback, but he relinquished those duties to then-rookie Jared Goff after an inauspicious nine-game stretch. Keenum finished with 2,201 yards, nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 10 appearances. While that display has likely ruled him out of being considered as a starter in the future, the 29-year-old embodies a decent backup option to Sam Bradford in Minnesota, where Teddy Bridgewater's (knee) status for the upcoming campaign remains uncertain.

Danny Isidora
No Updates
Cayleb Jones
No Updates
Teddy Bridgewater
News
Bridgewater (knee) is expected to begin training camp on the PUP list, head coach Mike Zimmer told ESPN.

While Bridgewater threw passes in individual drills and worked on his dropback against a resistance band during organized team activities and minicamp, he doesn't appear ready to participate in a full practice. It would seem likely that Bridgewater would begin the regular season on the PUP list and it's uncertain if he'll be able to be on the active roster at all in 2017 after suffering a torn ACL and dislocated left knee during a late-August, 2016 practice.

Injury
Knee - Doubtful for Week 1 vs. New Orleans
Zac Kerin
No Updates
Austin Shepherd
No Updates
Aviante Collins
No Updates
Alex Boone
No Updates
Brian Robison
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Robison signed a one-year extension that takes his contract through 2018, ESPN's Field Yates reports.

Robison agreed to reduce his 2017 base salary from a non-guaranteed $5.3 million to a fully-guaranteed $3.9 million, with the number then dropping to $3.2 million (including $1.25 million guaranteed) for 2018. He'll turn 34 in April and has never recorded double-digit sacks in a season, but his run defense and consistency have long made him an asset to the Vikings. Robison has played 15 or 16 games in each of his 10 NFL seasons, recording 4.5 or more sacks each of the past six years while starting every contest he's played.

Michael Harris
Injury
Illness - Questionable for Week 1 vs. New Orleans
No Updates
Tashawn Bower
No Updates
Kyle Carter
No Updates
Jarius Wright
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Wright had five receptions for 24 yards on seven targets in Sunday's win over Chicago.

Wright languished on the bench nearly all season but got some unexpected work in the season finale. He finished the season with just 11 receptions for 67 yards and one touchdown. He missed the first four games in part due to a hamstring injury, but he was buried on the depth chart as he even fell behind little-used rookie Laquon Treadwell. Wright is signed trough 2019 and the Vikings would lose over $2 million in dead money if they cut him, so he may return next season. However, his role in the offense is very uncertain.

Jerick McKinnon
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McKinnon put on weight while working with Adrian Peterson in the offseason, bulking up from 200 pounds to 211, Chris Tomasson of The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

McKinnon hopes to replace Peterson as the team's lead runner, but such a role probably isn't in the cards after Minnesota signed Latavius Murray (ankle) to a three-year, $15 million contract and then drafted Dalvin Cook in the second round. McKinnon has been getting first-team snaps at OTAs, benefitting from Murray's recovery from surgery and Cook's inexperience. While he'll likely still factor into the offense in some capacity due to his speed and receiving ability, McKinnon seems the least likely of the three to enter Week 1 in the lead role. He had a better opportunity last season, but ended up averaging a paltry 3.4 yards per carry and 4.7 yards per target while splitting work with Matt Asiata.

Terence Newman
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Newman signed a one-year contract to remain with Minnesota, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Newman was a free agent but will return to the Vikings. Although 38 last season, he graded well in coverage. However, he could have a reduced role at age 39 as 2015 first-round draft pick Trae Waynes will compete for the starting job. Or Newman could shift to covering the slot with Captain Munnerlyn leaving to sign with the Panthers.

Harrison Smith
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Smith (ankle) was a full participant in Wednesday's OTA, Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press reports. "I'm doing everything, so it's not really an issue," said Smith of his ankle Thursday.

A high-ankle sprain forced Smith to miss two games late last season and ultimately required offseason surgery. Although he was reportedly limited earlier in OTAs, it appears that Smith's ankle is fully recovered. Despite being hampered by his ankle injury last season, Smith still managed to top 90 tackles for the third time in his career. Provided that he can stay healthy, there's little reason to think he can't have a repeat performance in 2017.

Zach Line
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Line (hip) has recovered from offseason surgery and has been cleared for full contact, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

The unsigned Line won't face any limitations if he should find a home before training camps begin, but with several teams phasing fullbacks out of their offense, it's unlikely he'll find many suitors on the open market. The 27-year-old has appeared in 31 games with the Vikings the last two seasons, logging 13 carries for 28 yards and two touchdowns and six receptions for 95 yards and a score.

Josiah Price
No Updates
Trae Waynes
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Waynes (concussion) is active for Saturday's game against the Packers.

Waynes missed last week's game due to a concussion he suffered in Week 14 but he's since cleared the concussion protocol. He'll be one of the team's top backups behind starting cornerbacks Xavier Rhodes and Terence Newman.

Linval Joseph
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Joseph (shoulder) will play Sunday against Washington, Matt Vensel of the Star Tribune reports.

Joseph was sidelined the majority of practice this week but will take the field Sunday despite his shoulder aliment. The Vikings may limit the defensive tackle's reps, in which case Tom Johnson and Shamar Stephen are likely to see increased playing time.

Terrell Sinkfield
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Sinkfield signed with the Vikings on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Sinkfield spent the 2016 offseason with the Vikings as a wideout, but will join the team as a cornerback this time around. The Northern Iowa product has been impressive in the Canadian Football league over the last three years, recording 102 catches for 1,537 yards and 10 touchdowns over that time frame. Sinkfield may require some time to adjust to playing cornerback, so keep an eye on his progress in order to determine where he will end up on the Vikings' defensive depth chart come roster cuts.

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

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

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

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

 

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