Teddy Bridgewater - QBPosted 9/22/14 8:51am ET
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater will take over as the team's starting quarterback in Week 4 after QB Matt Cassel (foot) suffered fractured bones in his foot in Week 3 against the New Orleans Saints.
Huddle Up: Bridgewater will get the rest of 2014 to show the Vikings what he can do. If nothing else, Bridgewater's mobility in the pocket should give the struggling Minnesota offense a boost.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 9/22/14 10:41am ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson wants his representation to accelerate his trial date for child-abuse charges, with the goal of getting it set for 2014, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The broader goal will be to resolve the charges in time for Peterson to return to action for the Vikings this year. He would need to resolve the charges in a way that doesn't expose him to a potential suspension without pay under the personal-conduct policy.
Huddle Up: Plenty of scuttlebutt about Peterson's future, with many opining that he's played his last game as a Viking. There's also word that his legal team wants to force the Vikings' hand by getting Peterson reinstated this season. From a strictly fantasy football perspective, only those banking on Matt Asiata aren't hoping for a quick resolution as to the availability of one of the league's elite backs.
Kyle Rudolph - TEPosted 9/22/14 7:03pm ET
Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (hernia) will undergo surgery for a sports hernia. He is expected to miss about six weeks.
Huddle Up: Rudolph owners are in a bind with bye weeks coming up. The Vikings will roll with Rhett Ellison and MarQueis Gray but neither is a viable fantasy option right now. If you lost Rudolph, Niles Paul, Travis Kelce or Dwayne Allen are possible replacement options.
Kyle Rudolph - TEPosted 9/19/14 6:01pm ET
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen) was limited in practice Friday, Sept. 19, and is questionable for Week 3.
Huddle Up: Rudolph, tied for the team lead in targets (12) and receptions (7), should be able to play, but his fantasy owners are going to need to double check his status Sunday morning to make sure.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 9/17/14 8:57am ET
The Minnesota Vikings announced RB Adrian Peterson was placed on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission list Wednesday, Sept. 17, which will keep him away from the team indefinitely.
Huddle Up: The time-table for Peterson's return now falls to the legal process - which is likely to take a while. His first court hearing isn't even scheduled until October 8th. The Vikings will now roll with Matt Asiata as their starter in the backfield, but don't sleep on the talented Jerick McKinnon.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 9/16/14 4:05pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson doesn't have the support of Minnesota governor Mark Dayton. Dayton thinks the Vikings should suspend Peterson after the team announced Monday that he's cleared to play in Week 3 against the New Orleans Saints. Peterson was indicted Friday, Sept. 12, on charges of negligent or reckless injury to a child, and he sat out in Week 2.
Huddle Up: Even though the Vikings have made their announcement, don't be the least bit surprised if the suddenly image-conscious NFL intervenes this week and suspends Peterson.
Matt Cassel - QBPosted 9/15/14 10:48am ET
Despite throwing four interceptions in a 30-7 loss to the New England Patriots Sunday, Sept. 14, Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel will remain the starter. "As I've said before, I'm going to hold the quarterback position just like every position here to the same standard," Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said. "And I also said I wasn't going to have a quick hook. Matt needs to play better. It's pretty obvious he needs to play better."
Huddle Up: Cassel wasn't the only issue for the Vikings in the Week 2 loss, but if they are to be without Adrian Peterson for any length of time it would likely expedite the rebuilding process--in which case no reason for Teddy Bridgewater not to get some on the job experience.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 9/15/14 1:27pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is expected to play in Week 3 following his deactivation in Week 2, the team announced Monday, Sept. 15. He will participate in practice fully this week.
Huddle Up: Peterson was activated on Monday and he'll start Sunday against the Saints. He obviously resumes his place as a Top 5 fantasy RB.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 9/13/14 5:06pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's trial for reckless or negligent injury of a child will likely occur in 2015. Peterson was released from jail on $15,000 bond Saturday, Sept. 13, after being arrested for a felony charge involving his son.
Huddle Up: We'll know more about Peterson's future next week. As of right now, Matt Asiata should be picked up in all leagues with rookie Jerick McKinnon being more of a long-term stash.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 9/12/14 12:00am ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson did not participate in practice Thursday, Sept. 11. Peterson wasn't listed on the injury report Wednesday, Sept. 10.
Huddle Up: Just a rest day for AD, who on Sunday will be looking to improve on his Week 1 rushing numbers (21 carries for 75 yards).
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 9/12/14 6:43pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has been indicted in Texas for reckless or negligent injury of a child, according to a person with knowledge of the case. Peterson reportedly used a switch to spank his son. He'll have to return to Texas to post bond, but there is no timetable for that to happen. Peterson returned to practice Friday, Sept. 12, after being absent Thursday, Sept. 11. The team is gathering information regarding the legal situation.
Huddle Up: Troubling news -- particularly in light of the ongoing Ray Rice controversy -- but at this time, there's no indication as to how this will affect Peterson's immediate availability. You'll have no choice but to stay tuned here.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 9/12/14 7:45pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has been deactivated for the Week 2 game against the New England Patriots.
Huddle Up: Peterson has been sidelined after being indicted on child abuse charges. Matt Asiata will start against the Patriots, while rookie Jerick McKinnon will be the No. 2 RB. Peterson's future is unclear right now, so Asiata should be added in all leagues until further notice. He's a RB3/flex play this week against New England.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 9/12/14 7:57pm ET
Updating previous reports, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson admitted in a police report that he did 'whoop' one of his children last May when he visited him in Houston. When the 4-year-old boy returned home, his mother took him to a doctor, and the boy told police Peterson had hit him with a branch from a tree. The doctor said the boy had a number of lacerations on his thighs and bruise-like marks on his lower back and buttocks and cuts on his hand. Peterson regarded it as a normal spanking when he was questioned by investigators. A grand jury earlier this summer decided not to charge Peterson, but a second grand jury is now indicting him.
Huddle Up: Peterson has been deactivated and won't play on Sunday. Owners of Peterson should be concerned about his availability beyond this week.
Matt Asiata - RBPosted 9/12/14 11:50pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata figures to get a majority of the touches in Week 2 against the New England Patriots with RB Adrian Peterson deactivated. RB Jerick McKinnon is also expected to see touches.
Huddle Up: Asiata will see the majority of the carries this week, while McKinnon has long-range upside. With Peterson's future unclear, both backs are on the fantasy radar. Asiata will get his shot first to be the primary ball carrier but if he struggles, the talented McKinnon is waiting in the wings.
Cordarrelle Patterson - WRPosted 9/8/14 11:01am ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson had a 67-yard touchdown run in the Week 1 game against the St. Louis Rams, and he finished with 102 yards on three carries while also snagging three passes for 26 yards.
Huddle Up: The Vikings are using Patterson in much the same way they used to use Percy Harvin; perhaps Patterson's size advantage over Harvin will allow him to stay healthy, something Harvin has struggled to do.
Matt Cassel - QBPosted 8/29/14 11:27pm ET
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder had a solid training camp and likely saved his job with significant work and production in the preseason finale. He might have some value if the team is not ready to put QB Teddy Bridgewater onto the field and they need someone to fill in for QB Matt Cassel.
Huddle Up: Ponder may end up sticking with the Vikings but it's unlikely the team will turn to him if they bench Cassel. Bridgewater also played well this preseason and if Minnesota makes a move at QB, it will be to the more talented Bridgewater.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 8/28/14 3:42pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson reportedly had a phone conversation with Dallas Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones in June where he stated he would be interested in joining the Cowboys when his time with the Vikings is over. Jones said he has not talked with Peterson since the phone call and does not believe that the call should be considered tampering. Peterson, a Texas native, denied the report. 'This was a casual conversation between NFL colleagues in which I never indicated I wanted to leave the Vikings,' Peterson said in a statement. 'I have always said I understand the NFL is a business but that I would love to retire as a Viking.'
Huddle Up: AD's current deal runs through the 2017 season, but Peterson is closing in on 30 and despite his wishes, you'd have to think the Vikes would explore the possibility of trading him should his play not match the paychecks the next few seasons.
Matt Cassel - QBPosted 8/25/14 10:34am ET
Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel was named the team's starting quarterback over QB Teddy Bridgewater.
Huddle Up: This is how the Vikings preferred things to play out, and Cassel has looked solid through the preseason. While Bridgewater is most definitely the Vikings' future at the position, Cassel is more than capable of keeping Cordarrelle Patterson, Kyle Rudolph, and even Greg Jennings fantasy relevant.
Teddy Bridgewater - QBPosted 8/22/14 2:11pm ET
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater is the team's No. 2 quarterback, and the team is confident with him there. QB Christian Ponder could be traded if he performs well enough.
Huddle Up: At this point, Bridgewater only has significant value in keeper and/or dynasty leagues unless you believe starter Matt Cassel is going to flop right out of the gate.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 8/21/14 6:42pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (personal) did not participate in practice Thursday, Aug. 21.
Huddle Up: As usual, it's another wash of a preseason for AD, whose mind is on the Sept. 7 season opener in St. Louis.
Matt Cassel - QBPosted 8/14/14 6:56pm ET
Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel could play the entire first half of the team's second preseason game Saturday, Aug. 16, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.
Huddle Up: Cassel looked better than rookie Teddy Bridgewater in the Vikes' preseason opener, and will be looking to add to his lead with a strong couple of quarters Saturday night vs. the Cards.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 8/12/14 4:35pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson appears to be improving his pass-catching skills. He dropped one pass in practice Monday, Aug. 11, but had some nice catches.
Huddle Up: It's no coincidence that AD's top fantasy seasons -- 290 points in 2009 and 307 in 2012 -- also have been the only two seasons in which he's caught 40 or more passes. Bet on a third -- in both categories -- this year.
Matt Cassel - QBPosted 8/11/14 10:54am ET
Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel will start the second game of the preseason over QB Teddy Bridgewater.
Huddle Up: Cassel looked solid in leading the Vikings to a touchdown in their preseason opener, while Bridgewater demonstrated that he's still a rookie with some refining to do. It will take some major happenings this August for Bridgewater to leapfrog Cassel on the depth chart.
Teddy Bridgewater - QBPosted 9/22/14 9:21am ET
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater completed six of his 13 pass attempts for 49 yards in his preseason debut Friday, Aug. 8, against the Oakland Raiders. He did not throw any touchdown passes, nor did he toss any interceptions. The rookie out of Louisville was also sacked twice.
Huddle Up: Bridgewater's first pass was a nice 21-yard completion but it was called back because of a penalty. Things only went downhill from there. Bridgewater's receivers didn't help him out with some drops but the rookie will need a much better performance in his next preseason game to stay in the hunt for the starting job.
Linval Joseph - DTPosted 8/9/14 2:56pm ET
Minnesota Vikings DT Linval Joseph (calf) was hit in the calf by a stray bullet during a shooting in Minneapolis Friday, Aug. 8. He was taken to the hospital where he was treated and released. He is expected to return to practice this upcoming week.
Huddle Up: According to the Vikings, Joseph was an innocent bystander and the injury isn't serious. Joseph was signed to be the run-stuffer in Mike Zimmer's defense, so his presence in the interior of the defensive front is imperative if the Vikings hope to improve from last year's disaster.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 8/5/14 11:51pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will not play in the team's preseason opener, head coach Mike Zimmer said Tuesday, Aug. 5.
Huddle Up: No surprise here as AD hardly needs the work and extra contact.
Teddy Bridgewater - QBPosted 8/5/14 11:51pm ET
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater needs to get rid of the football quicker, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner's offensive scheme emphasizes a quick release.
Huddle Up: All eyes in the Twin Cities will be on the first-round draft pick this preseason as tries to overtake veteran Matt Cassel for the Vikes' starting gig.
Matt Cassel - QBPosted 7/31/14 10:30am ET
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater saw reps with the first-team offense in practice Wednesday, July 30. According to NFL Network's Albert Breer, QB Matt Cassel appears to lead the race for the starting quarterback job, but Bridgewater has closed the gap.
Huddle Up: Bridgewater continues to draw raves from OC Norv Turner, and he's being at least worked in with the first team in just about every opportunity. The Vikings may prefer to start the season with Cassel under center, but if Bridgewater continues to perform he may make that decision a whole lot more difficult.
Captain Munnerlyn - CBPosted 7/30/14 4:53pm ET
Minnesota Vikings CB Captain Munnerlyn (hamstring) was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list early Wednesday, July 30.
Huddle Up: Munnerlyn is coming off a strong 2013 showing in Carolina (2 interceptions, 12 passes defensed, career-high 77 total tackles and 2 return TDs) and the Vikes are counting on him to help revive a passing D which allowed the second-most passing yards (287.2 per game) in the league last season.
Matt Cassel - QBPosted 7/28/14 1:47pm ET
Minnesota Vikings QBs Matt Cassel, Teddy Bridgewater and Christian Ponder have been evenly splitting reps during the early part of training camp, according to offensive coordinator Norv Turner. Turner will split the reps two ways after the team's upcoming off day.
Huddle Up: Cassel is believed to have the edge but Bridgewater is making a strong case to start. The battle will continue during the preseason but the rookie Bridgewater could be under center when the Vikings open the season in St. Louis if he performs well in August.
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