Minnesota Vikings news, rumors and injuries
Wed, 29 Jun 2016 10:36:51 -0700
Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson admitted that after he was the No. 29 overall pick in 2013, he didn't always work as hard as he should have. "Sometimes you can be here and you feel like you've got to be on the team," Patterson said. "You feel like, 'Yeah, I'm a first-round pick, I'm on the team.' Things like that, sometimes they make you not work hard, they make you don't want to do things, make you be lazy." Patterson had 45 catches for 469 yards in his rookie season but lost his starting job midway through 2014 and had just two catches for 10 yards in 2015.
Fantasy Tip: Reports in offseason workouts have been good for Patterson, and he's been praised by the coaching staff for his improved work ethic and route running. But it might be too late for Patterson. The Vikes spent another first-round pick on receiver Laquon Treadwell, and it might prove to be an uphill battle for playing time with Charles Johnson and Jarius Wright this year. Patterson has been much better on special teams, but that doesn't do much for fantasy owners. Unless Patterson continues to impress and leapfrogs someone on the depth chart, leave him undrafted in typical fantasy leagues.
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:24:10 -0700
Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson has earned the praise of head coach Mike Zimmer this offseason, as Zimmer has lauded Patterson's work ethic and improved route running. Patterson plans to work out for a week or two in Florida with QB Teddy Bridgewater, and he might go to San Francisco for additional conditioning work.
Fantasy Tip: Patterson is in a contract year, so there is some motivation for him there, too. He is trying to work his way into a starting job opposite Stefon Diggs, but he still has a ways to go before he makes that leap. The urgency for Patterson is nice, and it sounds like he is finally getting it. With his speed he has the chance to be a great late-round fantasy find if this uptick continues.
Sun, 26 Jun 2016 04:56:26 -0700
Thu, 23 Jun 2016 18:56:57 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Unfortunately, Rudolph's abilities as a blocker don't impact his fantasy value. He is a touchdown-dependent option and best suited as a fantasy backup.
Tue, 21 Jun 2016 17:30:47 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater said he and TE Kyle Rudolph talk about how they can improve when they're not on the field. Bridgewater also said Rudolph studies the plays from a quarterback's perspective. The young quarterback has learned to trust his tight end more, too, and Bridgewater has counted on Rudolph to come through.
Fantasy Tip: Even with a developed connection and better rapport, Bridgewater and Rudolph are both backups in their respective positions from a fantasy perspective.
Tue, 21 Jun 2016 15:33:34 -0700
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson thinks his body can hold up as long as he wants to play in the NFL, but he doesn't know how much longer he wants to go through the rigors of the league.
Fantasy Tip: The NFL offseason is a tedious process, but Peterson will be good to go for the 2016 season nonetheless. As is the case every year when he's healthy, he's a top-tier RB1 choice coming off an NFL-best 1,485 rushing yards in 2015.
Tue, 21 Jun 2016 12:23:05 -0700
Sat, 18 Jun 2016 17:19:46 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Treadwell is expected to have a big role in the offense as a rookie, and he should be viewed as a WR4 with upside in standard formats and a first-round option in rookie drafts.
Sat, 18 Jun 2016 17:14:42 -0700
Fantasy Tip: At best, Johnson would likely be Minnesota's No. 3 receiver, which gives him little fantasy upside in an offense geared toward Adrian Peterson and the running game.
Fri, 17 Jun 2016 17:04:44 -0700
Tue, 14 Jun 2016 21:09:09 -0700
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater has shown "plenty of improvement" the last couple of months, especially throwing the deep ball, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. "It's just finishing throws. (We) put the tape on of last year, and there were a bunch of throws where I probably wasn't finishing," Bridgewater said.
Fantasy Tip: The improvements come a year too late for Mike Wallace, who openly complained about needing "a better quarterback" about the same time he signed with the Baltimore Ravens this offseason. The deep passing game has been a sore subject to say the least during Bridgewater's two-year run as the Vikings' quarterback, so Stefon Diggs and rookie Laquon Treadwell figure to benefit greatly if this improvement sticks. Nevertheless, Bridgewater figures to remain an unexciting QB2 in a run-heavy offense this season.
Mon, 13 Jun 2016 12:18:24 -0700
Free-agent WR Greg Jennings (Dolphins) reiterated his interest in re-joining the Minnesota Vikings Monday, June 13, and has contacted general manager Rick Spielman. There has been no indication yet if the Vikings are interested in signing him, however.
Fantasy Tip: Jennings is washed up, there's no getting around it. He won't have much fantasy value even if he does go back to Minnesota.
Thu, 09 Jun 2016 13:55:45 -0700
Minnesota Vikings WR Charles Johnson will need to earn his way onto the Vikings' roster this season, in the opinion of Matt Vensel of The Minneapolis Star Tribune. Johnson lost his starting spot to WR Stefon Diggs last season, and now he'll have to compete with rookie WR Laquon Treadwell and WR Cordarrelle Patterson. Johnson needs to prove himself even more after playing in just 23 games the last two seasons combined.
Fantasy Tip: Johnson has plenty of work to do to regain his fantasy relevance. He could very well be Minnesota's No. 4 wide receiver when all is said and done, so don't draft him as more than a WR5.
Mon, 06 Jun 2016 06:18:08 -0700
Minnesota Vikings FS Harrison Smith signed a five-year, $51.25 million deal Monday, June 6, which makes him the highest-paid safety in the league. He received a $10 million signing bonus, $28.578 million guaranteed and a three-year average of $10.75 million.
Sat, 04 Jun 2016 11:14:23 -0700
Minnesota Vikings C John Sullivan is now playing at just over 300 pounds after playing between 320 and 325 pounds throughout his eight-year career. Sullivan has changed his diet and said he's focused on being as healthy as possible after missing last year because of two back surgeries.
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