Cordarrelle Patterson - WRPosted 7/30/15 10:04am ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson has worked with the second team through the start of training camp, although head coach Mike Zimmer said Wednesday, July 29, that he has seen some improvement from the wide receiver.
Huddle Up: The Vikings still love Patterson's athleticism and game-breaking ability, but he remains raw as a receiver and that makes it difficult to find ways to get him the ball. He'll need to make some major strides in camp to be more than just a dynamic return man.
Jarius Wright - WRPosted 7/28/15 9:58pm ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Jarius Wright said he's prepared to see more time in the slot this year. 'I've been outside a lot with the Vikings,' Wright said, 'but I can definitely transfer over and play the slot.' Head coach Mike Zimmer said Wright has already shown he can succeed there. 'The best things that Jarius did were when he was in the slot,' Zimmer said. 'We keep working him outside but we know he has big value for us in the slot, as well.'
Huddle Up: Last season, Wright finished fourth on the team in targets (62), third in receptions (42) and second in receiving yards (588) and certainly has intriguing upside at age 25. But on the flip side, the Vikes added WR Mike Wallace during the offseason, have TE Kyle Rudolph healthier, possess a good-looking fifth-round pick in WR Stefon Diggs and figure to run more this season with Adrian Peterson back in the fold, so Wright's career-high figures that were just discussed have a good shot of remaining atop his best list for another year.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 7/27/15 3:22pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson wants to rush for 2,500 yards this season.
Huddle Up: Peterson always sets lofty goals for himself. As a consensus Top 3 pick in fantasy drafts, owners will be happy with 1,500+ rushing yards and double-digit touchdowns from AP.
Matt Asiata - RBPosted 7/27/15 11:10pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata was a fantastic contributor in goal-line situations last season, but head coach Mike Zimmer indicated Monday, July 27, that RB Adrian Peterson will be leaned upon in the situations this season. 'Obviously, we're going to have to spell (Peterson) at times like you do a lot of guys. But we get down on the goal line, and we're probably not pulling him out, you know?,' Zimmer said.
Huddle Up: Asiata finished 2014 with the league's seventh-most carries (23) and wound up with the third-most TDs (nine) inside the opponents' 10-yard line in 2014, but Peterson never has a season with less than 10 rushing scores when he's played at least 12 games, and he's back in his lead-dog role in the Twin Cities, bumping all the other pups aside.
Blair Walsh - PKPosted 7/26/15 9:26pm ET
Minnesota Vikings PK Blair Walsh signed a four-year contract extension Sunday, July 26, worth $14 million. The deal includes $5.25 million in guaranteed money.
Huddle Up: After connecting on 92.1 percent of his field-goal attempts and scoring 141 points to finish fourth in the league as a rookie in 2012, Walsh's FG accuracy and point totals have dipped in each of the past two seasons. However, the Vikes' offense expected to take a leap forward this season, so should Walsh's numbers.
Mike Wallace - WRPosted 7/26/15 11:12pm ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Mike Wallace was impressive during training camp Sunday, July 26.
Huddle Up: Last season in Miami, Wallace finished with an 67-862-10 receiving line -- numbers which would've easily paced the Vikings last season. He now projects as Minnesota's No. 1 wideout and a low-end WR3 in 12-team leagues.
Kyle Rudolph - TEPosted 7/23/15 4:35pm ET
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph has implemented more stretching, flexibility and yoga into his routine this offseason after taking six weeks off when the season ended.
Huddle Up: Health is the key for Rudolph, who has missed a whopping 15 games over the last two seasons. He has tons of upside, though, in Norv Turner's TE-friendly offense -- especially when you consider the asking price as he's currently going 17th on average among TEs in early MyFantasyLeague.com drafts.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 7/21/15 8:02pm ET
Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's restructured deal comes with a 2015 guaranteed salary and injury guarantees for 2016. Peterson will see a reduction in his 2016 salary, but he'll be able to make those up with incentives. Peterson will earn $44 million over three years, including $20 million in guaranteed money. If he is still on the roster next year, he will have earned $26 million over two years.
Huddle Up: Say what you want about the moral and social sensibility of the Vikings rewarding Peterson when they clearly didn't have to, but this pretty much erases any remaining animosity between the RB and the franchise.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 7/17/15 2:01pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson believes he will be used more often on third downs this season.
Huddle Up: Offensive coordinator Norv Turner is known for getting his RBs involved in the passing game -- primary backs Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon combined for 104 targets and 71 receptions last season -- and Peterson easily should eclipse his career highs in targets (57) and receptions (43) after only topping 40 receptions twice in his first eight seasons in purple.
Jarius Wright - WRPosted 7/16/15 11:35pm ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Jarius Wright will probably play in the slot when the Vikings are in three-receiver sets. WRs Mike Wallace and Charles Johnson would assume the outside positions.
Huddle Up: Wright hit career highs with 62 targets, 42 receptions and 588 yards last season and ranks as the team's leading returning WR or TE in terms of catches and yards. Don't be surprised if he slightly betters those numbers this season, but even that doesn't mean he'll be worth rostering in most standard leagues.
Jarius Wright - WRPosted 7/15/15 8:36pm ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Jarius Wright is expected to enter training camp as the leading candidate for the No. 3 wide receiver job. Wright showed good chemistry with QB Teddy Bridgewater last season and should have a solid role in the passing game this season.
Huddle Up: Wright is a solid slot option and rounds out a sneaky good Minnesota receiving corps for Teddy Bridgewater. If he's able to take on more snaps it frees up Cordarrelle Patterson and rookie Stefon Diggs to handle return duties.
Jerick McKinnon - RBPosted 7/10/15 12:32am ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon could see some playing time on third downs with RB Adrian Peterson returning as the starting running back.
Huddle Up: Last season McKinnon had 140 touches and backfield mate Matt Asiata had 208, but Peterson never has had fewer than 308 touches in any of his last five full or near-full seasons, so don't expect to get much fantasy use out of either McKinnon or Asiata this coming season.
Teddy Bridgewater - QBPosted 7/7/15 11:41pm ET
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater said the Vikings still have a long way to go in order to fulfill expectations. 'Right now, we're not as good as what we think,' Bridgewater said. 'We know that the ceiling is very high and the expectation level is very high, not only for the players, but [for the coaches] also. We know what's being asked of us, but we have a long way to go.'
Huddle Up: The Vikes and Bridgewater are trendy sleeper picks -- primarily due to Adrian Peterson joining the mix -- but keep in mind that the QB still has a lot of ground to make up to be fantasy relevant in most standard leagues as his average of 17.6 fantasy points per game barely cracked the QB top 25 last season.
Charles Johnson - WRPosted 6/29/15 11:06pm ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Charles X. Johnson appears to have everything it takes to produce in the NFL, according to offensive coordinator Norv Turner. 'He's got great work ethic, and he's a big, strong guy. He's a 218-pound receiver that can run. He's got everything you need to be a productive player in this league,' Turner said. Turner believes Johnson has completely recovered from the knee surgery he had last offseason. Johnson has been working at split end in three-receiver sets during offseason workouts.
Huddle Up: The lead role in a Turner-coached passing game with Teddy Bridgewater at the helm sounds like a promising situation for Johnson. However, keep in mind the Vikings are still a run-first offense so long as Adrian Peterson is on the active roster, so Johnson's upside is somewhat limited.
Cordarrelle Patterson - WRPosted 6/19/15 1:04pm ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson has been working with the second-team offense, but offensive coordinator Norv Turner said he expects Patterson to carve out a role.
Huddle Up: Patterson is working his way back up after his deeply disappointing 2014 (501 total yards, 2 total TDs) and is going to have to show some definite improvement -- starting with crisper route running -- to earn more touches on what's expected to be one of the league's most improved offenses. In other words, Patterson's fantasy stock remains low until we hear otherwise.
Cordarrelle Patterson - WRPosted 6/7/15 12:50am ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson will be the primary kickoff returner this season, according to special teams coordinator Mike Priefer. Priefer said he considers Patterson to be the best kick returner in the NFL.
Huddle Up: This is a plus for Patterson in leagues where you receive points for return yardage and scores, as well as for the Vikings' D/ST in leagues that lump all the special teams scoring in with team defenses. It remains to be seen, however, whether Patterson has improved his abilities as a wide receiver enough to warrant touches from scrimmage.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 6/3/15 3:13pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson was welcomed back by head coach Mike Zimmer Tuesday, June 2. “We welcome him with open arms, unequivocally,” Zimmer said.
Huddle Up: For now, at least, the drama is over and Peterson is back on the field. Every day he's on the field and out of the headlines his fantasy value creeps upwards.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 6/2/15 4:36pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, who reported to the team's OTAs Tuesday, June 2, said he's learned from his mistakes and is ready to move forward following an extended absence. Peterson said he's focused on what's in front him and wanted to get back to the team.
Huddle Up: With no trade or restructured contact in sight, Peterson knows his RB clock is ticking at age 30, and he's not about to miss a second straight season. His presence will boost his young, supporting offensive cast as he returns to no-doubt RB1 status.
Mike Zimmer - HCPosted 6/1/15 9:47am ET
Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer and RB Adrian Peterson have apparently cleared the air of their differences. Although Peterson still has reservations about returning to the Vikings, his relationship with Zimmer is strong.
Huddle Up: Zimmer is the guy Peterson will primarily have to deal with--as opposed to the members of the Vikings' front office he feels didn't have his back last season--so it's a big step towards Peterson actually playing for the Vikings this season. Now there's just that little detail about the money; expect Peterson's agent, who's looking for an estimated three percent cut of a new deal, to continue playing the agitator.
Mike Wallace - WRPosted 5/29/15 1:00am ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Mike Wallace feels at home in Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner's vertical passing system, comparing it to his time in Pittsburgh. Wallace is currently working at flanker and expects to move all over the field. He is expected to serve as the deep threat of the passing game, but Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer likes Wallace's explosiveness from any route, including screen passes.
Huddle Up: The bottom line is that Wallace is hoping his skills are a better fit in the Twin Cities than they were in South Beach where his per-catch average dropped to 12.8 -- almost losing five yards off his 17.2 average in Pittsburgh. He might have to show it on the field first, though, before a number of skeptical fantasy GMs buy back in.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 5/27/15 11:22pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson would like guaranteed money in 2016 from the Vikings. Peterson is not participating in organized team activities but is not looking for a trade.
Huddle Up: At this juncture Peterson lacks leverage, but he's staying away from OTAs in hopes of getting the Vikings to guarantee some or all of the $12 million his contract calls for in 2015. The $250K he'll miss out on for not showing up for OTAs is a mere drop in the bucket compared to that--heck, it may not even cover another camel for his next birthday party.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 5/26/15 1:36am ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson still wants to be traded, according to a source. Peterson intends to skip all organized team activities, which would cause him to lose $250,000 in workout bonuses.
Huddle Up: It's unlikely a $250K loss will hurt Peterson. However, Minnesota also isn't about to give him away so unless they receive an offer they can't refuse he'll have to buck up and honor the same contract that paid him $12 million to sit on his butt last season. And if his holdout stretches past the voluntary part and into the mandatory sessions, the Vikings can go after some of the bonus money Peterson received last year. So this one's far from over.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 5/26/15 4:56pm ET
Updating an ongoing story, the Dallas Cowboys have moved on from the idea of trading for Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, despite persistent rumors, according to The Dallas Morning News' Brandon George. Don't entirely rule out anything when it comes to Dallas owner and general manager Jerry Jones, George says, but the belief is that the organization is largely content with their current crop of running backs.
Huddle Up: Peterson is now threatening to retire so definitely don't rule out a trade to Big D -- especially if the asking price and Peterson's salary demands start become more favorable if the rift between the RB and the Vikes continues.
Cordarrelle Patterson - WRPosted 5/24/15 1:18pm ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson once again has drawn praise from Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer -- this time for his route-running improvements. Patterson has worked extensively this offseason to become a better receiver from a technical standpoint.
Huddle Up: The rave reviews in May are one thing, but on-field fantasy production in the games that count is another and Patterson is going to have regain the trust of all the fantasy GMs he burned with last season's disappointing disaster.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 5/22/15 2:40pm ET
Updating an ongoing story, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson remains in pursuit of being traded or receiving a new contract and remains away from the organization during voluntary workouts. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer told ESPN Radio he has a target date in mind of when he thinks Peterson will return to the team, but Zimmer did not give the specific date.
Huddle Up: It isn't out of the ordinary for Peterson to skip voluntary workouts, but then again, this is far from a normal offseason for the RB and the team. The Vikes' first mandatory workouts are scheduled for June 16-18 so that's the next big date to keep an eye on in the ongoing Peterson Watch.
Mike Zimmer - HCPosted 5/19/15 1:29am ET
Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner has opened up the playbook to give receivers more chances to make explosive plays, head coach Mike Zimmer said at rookie minicamp.
Huddle Up: The Vikings have some explosive receivers in Mike Wallace and Cordarrelle Patterson, and in Teddy Bridgewater they have a quarterback more capable of taking advantage of those receivers than they had when Matt Cassel was at the helm at the start of last season. Also, it doesn't hurt that defenses will likely be focusing on stopping Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota running game.
Cordarrelle Patterson - WRPosted 5/14/15 2:13pm ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson has been impressive during offseason workouts, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. 'He's really done well,' Zimmer said. 'He's running routes good; he's working hard. So we just need him to continue to do those things and continue to keep getting consistent and keep improving. I've been impressed with the things that he's done.'
Huddle Up: Patterson was a 2014 fantasy dud by all measures -- falling off his previous season's marks in all three of the "T" metrics with his targets dipping from 77 to 67, his touches falling from 57 to 43 and his offensive TDs dropping from seven to two. He'll be available for cheap after last season's disaster and could be a true sleeper given that his main WR competition consists of Mike Wallace, Charles Johnson and Jarius Wright.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 5/1/15 1:28pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson may be changing course in his pursuit of a trade as his agent, Ben Dogra, said he'd like the team to sign Peterson to an extension. 'One of the things that I appreciate with the Vikings is their resolve to say 'we're not trading him,'' Dogra told USA TODAY Sports. 'That tells me they value him not only as a football player, but what he's done for the organization. 'I actually, as an agent, not only appreciate it - I accept it. But actions speak louder than words. If that's going to happen, and you want to keep him, then show him a commitment to make him retire as a Viking. And I haven't had that solution.' Peterson has three years and $46 million left on his contract, but none of it is guaranteed.
Huddle Up: Peterson and Dogra are increasingly realizing that they don't have a whole lot of leverage, and with the RB due a base salary of $12.75 million this year with a total cap hit of $15.4M, it would seem that if anything, any new deal would have to swing more in the Vikings' favor. Don't look for much to change here.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 4/28/15 4:10pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is 80 percent likely to remain with the Vikings, in the opinion of ESPN insider Chris Mortensen.
Huddle Up: Even though there have been reports that Peterson is willing to renegotiate his big-$$$ contact to help facilitate a trade, the many variables still factoring into any kind of deal make that possibility a longshot.
Cordarrelle Patterson - WRPosted 4/27/15 1:41pm ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson has dedicated himself to becoming a better receiver, according to general manager Rick Spielman. 'I think Cordarrelle has really grown up a lot,' Spielman said. 'I know what he has done this offseason dedicating himself to being the best receiver he can be, and how serious he is taking that, we're very excited about the future with Cordarrelle.'
Huddle Up: The knock on Patterson coming out of college was that he was raw as a receiver, and that definitely showed during his sophomore season. If the Vikings aren't going to manufacture ways to get the ball into his hands he'll need to ramp up his receiver skills to carve out playing time. Patterson's improvement also impacts how early in the upcoming draft the Vikings might dip into the talented pool of pass-catchers.
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