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Mike Priefer - AC Posted 7/20/14 1:52am et
Minnesota Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer has been suspended three games by the team for making offensive and insensitive homophobic remarks in the presence of former P Chris Kluwe. Priefer's suspension could be reduced to two games if he attends individualized anti-harassment, diversity and sexual-orientation sensitivity training.
Huddle Up: Priefer's absence could have an impact on Cordarrelle Patterson's success in the return game, but with Patterson expected to be a larger part of the offense his returning will be a smaller portion of his fantasy value.

Adrian Peterson - RB Posted 7/18/14 5:16pm et
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will reportedly have some of his carries converted into catches as the team wants to use him more in space and alleviate his wear and tear.
Huddle Up: Norv Turner's backs have caught passes, so there's no reason to think getting the ball to AP in space isn't a key component of his offensive game plan in Minnesota. Don't expect Peterson to be Roger Craig, but the thought of AP in the open field with just one man to run over, around, or through is definitely appealing to fantasy owners.

Matt Asiata - RB Posted 7/15/14 3:07am et
Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon could see the field more than backup RB Matt Asiata because of his ability as a receiver and change-of-pace runner outside or between the tackles.
Huddle Up: Asiata would be the likely 20-carry back if Adrian Peterson were to go down, but as far as a complementary back receiving a half-dozen touches a game McKinnon is the more likely candidate. Assuming All Day stays on the field, however, neither holds much in the way of fantasy value.

Norv Turner - OC Posted 7/9/14 9:35pm et
Updating a previous item, Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph has studied videos of past tight ends offensive coordinator Norv Turner has worked with before.
Huddle Up: Rudolph has dropped weight and is gearing up for a big season under Turner, known for squeezing maximum productivity out of his tight ends. Nice to see he's putting in some homework as well; now he just needs the Vikings to settle on a quarterback.

Kyle Rudolph - TE Posted 7/8/14 10:58pm et
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph has slimmed down this offseason, dropping about 15 pounds. 'It was more of just a focus on my diet in February and March, versus, you are out in California, you work out every day, so you feel like you can eat whatever you want,' Rudolph said. 'Nothing really changes, because you make up for it with the workouts, but when I really focused on eating lean meats, eating the salads, you see the results.'
Huddle Up: If the Vikes find some stability at QB and Rudolph can stay healthy after playing only half a season a year ago, a return of his top-10 fantasy numbers of 2012 (53-493-9) isn't out of the question.

Cordarrelle Patterson - WR Posted 7/6/14 3:27pm et
Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson is improving as a receiver, according to QB Matt Cassell. 'I just think his route-running and his ability to recognize defense' Cassell said. 'I think that's huge for him, and any receiver, as you move forward.'
Huddle Up: The 2013 rookie recorded 24 of his 43 receptions, 273 of his 469 receiving yards and 3 of his 4 scoring catches in the final 6 games of last season, and all indications are that the momentum has carried over into the offseason. Expect him to be a hot WR3 commodity in drafts.

Cordarrelle Patterson - WR Posted 6/27/14 4:19pm et
Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson has impressed CB Captain Munnerlyn this offseason. 'The time we played them, he was nothing like he is now,'' Munnerlyn said. 'I told him, 'The time we played you, I'm glad we caught you early.' Because if we hadn't have caught him early, he was tearing people up at the end up the year. He's really growing as a receiver, and I'm seeing it with my own two eyes.'' Munnerlyn played for the Carolina Panthers last year.
Huddle Up: The platitudes continue to pour in for Patterson, to the point that he may actually be overhyped by the time fantasy draft day rolls around. Plenty of upside, but keep in mind the Vikings are still a run-first team and they still have question marks at quarterback.

Teddy Bridgewater - QB Posted 6/25/14 12:07am et
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater clarified his comments that he did not want to get drafted by the Cleveland Browns. "I think it was misinterpreted," he said. "What I was saying was I had a strong feeling about the Minnesota Vikings. I was able to meet with them five or six times in the pre-draft visits. I just had a pretty solid feeling about the Minnesota Vikings, but, you know, I try to put the pre-draft stuff behind and try to just focus on my career with the Minnesota Vikings."
Huddle Up: Bridgewater is definitely in a better situation with Adrian Peterson, Greg Jennings, Cordarelle Patterson and Kyle Rudolph among the Vikings' weapons. Now, we'll see if he can beat out vet Matt Cassel for the starting gig.

Cordarrelle Patterson - WR Posted 6/24/14 10:15am et
Minnesota Vikings WR Greg Jennings said the team plans to showcase WR Cordarrelle Patterson this season. Jennings hinted that Patterson could overtake him as the No. 1 wide receiver for the team.
Huddle Up: Patterson flashed some of his talents last season but still proved to be raw as a receiver. This year he'll benefit from the previous year of experience as well as Jennings' mentoring, Norv Turner's offense and an upgrade at quarterback so things are definitely looking rosy for Patterson.

Adrian Peterson - RB Posted 6/19/14 3:08pm et
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has no plans to be done playing football by the time the team opens their new stadium in 2016. His current contract runs through the 2017 season, but he's the only running back in the league with a salary cap hit of more than $10 million this year, and the team could cut him without a cap penalty after next year.
Huddle Up: Peterson remains the preeminent RB in a passing-dominated league, but we have to wonder if we've already seen the best of AD with the RB having logged 2,239 total touches in 7 seasons.

Matt Cassel - QB Posted 5/26/14 12:17am et
Minnesota Vikings QBs Teddy Bridgewater, Matt Cassel and Christian Ponder will all get an opportunity to work with the first-teamers this offseason, but the team would like to enter training camp with an established depth chart.
Huddle Up: Ponder would seem to be the odd-man out, and much will boil down to how fast Bridgewater picks up the team's offense. If the first-round pick proves to be a quick learner, the new coaching staff could very well be inclined to start off fresh at QB.

Teddy Bridgewater - QB Posted 5/20/14 12:17pm et
The Minnesota Vikings signed QB Teddy Bridgewater to his rookie deal Tuesday, May 20. Per NFL rules, all rookie deals are for four years in length. Financial terms of the deal weren't immediately disclosed.
Huddle Up: All 3 QBs selected in the first round this year have strong chances to start, including Bridgewater who will have to climb over 2011 first-round pick Christian Ponder and beat out veteran Matt Cassel.

Teddy Bridgewater - QB Posted 5/19/14 12:19am et
Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said QB Teddy Bridgewater will receive snaps with the first-team offense during organized team activities.
Huddle Up: No shocker here. As we've said previously, Bridgewater is the second draft pick of the new Purple regime and will be given every chance to win the starting gig.

Teddy Bridgewater - QB Posted 5/11/14 11:33pm et
The Minnesota Vikings are open to starting QB Teddy Bridgewater as a rookie.
Huddle Up: At first glance, you'd be inclined to give the early nod to veteran Matt Cassel, but the Vikings didn't trade back up into the first round just for kicks, and the former Louisville standout certainly will be given every opportunity to win the job, especially considering there's a new coaching regime running the show in the Twin Cities.

Teddy Bridgewater - QB Posted 5/9/14 12:24am et
The Minnesota Vikings selected Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater with the 32nd overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: Bridgewater became the third quarterback selected in the draft when the Vikings traded back up into the first round to take the Louisville standout, who looks to have fallen into the best situation considering the surrounding talent in Minny, including RB Adrian Peterson, TE Kyle Rudolph and WRs Greg Jennings and Cordarelle Patterson. Bridgewater also will benefit greatly from new OC Norv Turner, but the question is if he'll be able to unseat incumbent veteran starter Matt Cassel.

Teddy Bridgewater - QB Posted 5/9/14 12:22pm et
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (heart) has been diagnosed with an abnormal heartbeat but does not think it will be an issue in the future.
Huddle Up: The Vikings brought Bridgewater back for a second physical, and you have to think if they spent a first-round pick on him he's been cleared medically.

Greg Jennings - WR Posted 5/9/14 4:11pm et
Minnesota Vikings WR Greg Jennings said his teammates are excited about QB Teddy Bridgewater. Jennings said he personally has heard good things about Bridgewater.
Huddle Up: Given the quarterbacking dropoff Jennings endured in moving from Green Bay to Minnesota, you can't blame him for being happy about the addition of Bridgewater. It's likely Cordarrelle Patterson and Kyle Rudolph feel similarly.

Matt Cassel - QB Posted 5/6/14 7:34pm et
Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel is expected to start, with QB Christian Ponder serving as his backup.
Huddle Up: We'll see what the draft brings with the Vikings currently owning the 8th overall pick, but if it is Cassel, he figures to be no better than a low-end No. 2 QB after notching 1 300-yard game and 3 multiple-TD-pass contests in 6 starts last season.

Christian Ponder - QB Posted 5/6/14 7:34pm et
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder will not be traded, according to general manager Rick Spielman. 'That would leave us with one quarterback. I would not do that,' Spielman said. 'We're going to need two quarterbacks. Three.'
Huddle Up: With Matt Cassel slated to start for the time being and more than a few draftniks linking a high-round Vikings' draft pick with a QB this week, Ponder has clearly been pushed to the background in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. The 12th overall pick of the 2011 draft has made 35 starts in 3 seasons with Minny, but his best chance at earning more opportunities likely lie with another organization.

Christian Ponder - QB Posted 5/5/14 12:23am et
The Minnesota Vikings declined to pick up the fifth-year contract option for QB Christian Ponder.
Huddle Up: Ponder didn't win over the Vikings' former coaching regime, and most mock drafts have Mike Zimmer, Norv Turner and Co. spending a high pick this week on the franchise's new great QB hope.

Adrian Peterson - RB Posted 5/1/14 11:39pm et
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (groin) said he is at "about 80 percent" right now and is spending time working on strength and balance.
Huddle Up: Peterson followed up his 2,097-yard 2012 season with a 1,266-yard effort this past year, but he remains among the top handful of fantasy RBs.

Toby Gerhart - RB Posted 4/28/14 11:26am et
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Toby Gerhart could receive 240-300 carries in 2014.
Huddle Up: Gerhart is low mileage after backing up Adrian Peterson in Minnesota. In Jacksonville, his backups are Denard Robinson and Jordan Todman, so expecting Gerhart to see 15-plus carries a game seems conservative.

Josh Freeman - QB Posted 4/16/14 3:01pm et
Updating a previous item, the New York Giants agreed to an undisclosed one-year deal with QB Josh Freeman. He could receive extra snaps this summer as QB Eli Manning (ankle) recovers from ankle surgery.
Huddle Up: Freeman is not that far removed from being a decent NFL quarterback, though he lost his job in Tampa Bay last year and flamed out famously in his only action with the Vikings--strangely enough, against the Giants. With Manning slowed during OTAs Freeman should get plenty of reps, and he's at minimum a solid insurance policy and a backup with upside.

Kyle Rudolph - TE Posted 4/15/14 3:56pm et
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (foot) said he has been running since mid-February and has experienced no foot problems.
Huddle Up: Rudolph missed half of the Vikes' season a year ago with a foot injury and is a strong fantasy bounce-back candidate in light of his 53-493-9 campaign in 2012.

Adrian Peterson - RB Posted 4/13/14 4:22pm et
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson could be used more in passing plays this season with the departure of RB Toby Gerhart.
Huddle Up: AD has averaged 29 catches and 242 receiving yards over his 7 seasons in Minny and was right about at his average last year with 29-171-1. That could certainly change, though, with new OC Norv Turner taking the Purple reins.

Adrian Peterson - RB Posted 4/10/14 12:37am et
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (groin) is close to full strength and plans on participating in offseason workouts when he does get back to full strength. There is no timetable for his return.
Huddle Up: Given what he's recovered from in the past there's little reason to worry about Peterson or his availability this offseason. However, it'll be a new offense with potentially a new quarterback so a few reps wouldn't hurt before he hits the ground running in August.

Matt Asiata - RB Posted 4/8/14 2:11pm et
The Minnesota Vikings have re-signed exclusive rights free-agent RB Matt Asiata. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Adrian Peterson owners, meet your new handcuff with Toby Gerhart now playing for the Jags.

Matt Asiata - RB Posted 3/25/14 2:04pm et
Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata is working to serve as the primary backup to RB Adrian Peterson now that RB Toby Gerhart (Jaguars) is gone. The team elected to keep the exclusive rights free agent, signing him to a one-year, $570,000 contract this month. General manager Rick Spielman said the team is looking for depth at running back, but the team hasn't displayed an urgency to address the spot the first two weeks of free agency.
Huddle Up: Let's see how the rest of the Vikes' offseason plays out, but Asiata is the odds-on favorite as the Adrian Peterson handcuff role occupied by Gerhart the past several seasons. Asiata did make some waves in the fantasy postseason a year ago with his 3 rushing TDs in Week 15 and his 115 rushing yards in Week 17.

Toby Gerhart - RB Posted 3/24/14 12:34pm et
The Jacksonville Jaguars are looking to use RB Toby Gerhart as their featured running back.
Huddle Up: There's fantasy value to be had here, if for no other reason than sheer quantity of touches. Don't overlook Adrian Peterson's former backup on fantasy draft day.

Jared Allen - DE Posted 3/20/14 7:38pm et
Free-agent DE Jared Allen (Vikings) left his visit with the Seattle Seahawks Thursday, March 20, without a deal but had 'good discussions' with the team. The Seahawks made an offer, but Allen will consider it and decide this weekend.
Huddle Up: Despite reports earlier Thursday that the ex-Viking had officially joined the Super Bowl champs, the deal is on hold for now. Still, the 'Hawks remain the clear front-runner for the veteran pass-rusher, who has recorded double-digit sacks in 8 of his 10 pro seasons.

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