Teddy Bridgewater - QBPosted 1/27/15 1:17pm ET
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater is working on bulking up this offseason. 'We know where he's going to be, what he's going to be doing, in terms of lifting,' offensive coordinator Norv Turner said. 'He's never going to be a real big man, but he's going to be a guy that eventually is 220-225. He played most of the year about 212, so continue to work and get stronger and put on a few more pounds, and he will gradually, but that strength, I don't want people to think I'm talking about getting his arm stronger, no.'
Huddle Up: The extra bulk should help Bridgewater withstand more punishment, but it also likely will decrease his mobility a step or two. Regardless, though, the arrow is pointing up for the second-year QB who completed at least 68 percent of his passes in each of his last five games as a rookie.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 1/27/15 11:37pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson was directed by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to meet with a league-assigned psychiatrist following Peterson's suspension. The National Football League Players Association is now crying foul on the commissioner's mandated counseling, arguing that Goodell did not have the power to enforce such a stipulation. The NFLPA said the terms of Peterson's suspension violate the limits of Goodell's power under the collective bargaining agreement.
Huddle Up: Just when you think the Peterson drama has passed and all parties can move on, more back-fighting and bickering surface, clouding the RB's already murky future.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 1/15/15 2:51pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is wanted back by general manager Rick Spielman once he is eligible to apply for reinstatement April 15. 'I don't know if there's a team in the NFL that wouldn't want Adrian Peterson on the football team,' Spielman said Wednesday, Jan. 14.
Huddle Up: In the very least, Peterson will have some trade value, although the 3 years remaining on his 6-year, $86.3 million contract will be a sticking point with any team.
Teddy Bridgewater - QBPosted 1/3/15 1:07am ET
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater has the necessary arm strength to succeed in the NFL, according to offensive coordinator Norv Turner. "Teddy has all the key characteristics to be an upper echelon quarterback in this league," Turner said. "He really impressed me with how he played this year and how he continued to improve. He's got great vision, and he's got great presence in the pocket. He doesn't get rattled, and he's extremely accurate. All the things you're looking for in a quarterback."
Huddle Up: Bridgewater most definitely improved down the stretch, completing 72.3 percent of his passes and averaging 273 yards while throwing for six TDs in his final four games. He'll be an intriguing QB2 with a lot of upside in drafts next summer.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 12/31/14 12:34am ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will be wanted back by head coach Mike Zimmer when Peterson's suspension ends next year. "I think he's a good person. I think obviously he's a great running back, and if it works out that way and things work out and he gets his life in order then I will be in his corner whenever the decision is made [to bring him back or not]." Peterson was told earlier this month that he would serve a two-game suspension next year for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.
Huddle Up: Peterson's fate will certainly be one of the bigger stories of the off-season after playing in only one game in 2014, and his big-$$$ contract will be a key factor in any decision.
Teddy Bridgewater - QBPosted 12/31/14 4:41pm ET
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater will start at quarterback heading into next season, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. "I think we're fortunate in the fact that we learned an awful lot about Teddy this year and the progress that he's made," Zimmer said. "He's still got to get a lot better to get to where we want to go. He's got to improve in the offseason and things like that, but yeah, I think it will allow the focus to move to another spot, other spots, not one spot, but other spots, we've got a lot of spots we've got to get better at. I think that helps solidify probably the number one question that was going on at this point in time last year."
Huddle Up: This was even a question? Christian Ponder hits free agency and Matt Cassel isn't likely to return to hold a clipboard, so this is Teddy's team. And if Adrian Peterson winds up elsewhere or doesn't get reinstated, it will be even more so Teddy's team.
Kyle Rudolph - TEPosted 12/26/14 6:54pm ET
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle) is questionable for Week 17. Rudolph was limited in practice Friday, Dec. 26.
Huddle Up: The status of Rudolph, who sat out Week 16, remains very much up in the air with only Friday's limited work being the extent of his practice time this week. His fantasy owners will definitely need to check his status Sunday morning.
Kyle Rudolph - TEPosted 12/25/14 7:02pm ET
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 25.
Huddle Up: That's two missed practices in two days for the TE who also sat out Week 16, so Friday is shaping up as a crucial practice.
Kyle Rudolph - TEPosted 12/24/14 1:48pm ET
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle, knee) is not participating in practice Wednesday, Dec. 24.
Huddle Up: Status quo for now, but practices later in the week should reveal if Rudolph will be able to return Sunday after sitting out Week 16.
Ben Tate - RBPosted 12/23/14 7:45pm ET
The Minnesota Vikings released RB Ben Tate on Tuesday, Dec. 23.
Huddle Up: That's two trips to the waiver wire in as many months for Tate, whose stay in the Twin Cities netted 38 rushing yards on 13 carries in three games.
Kyle Rudolph - TEPosted 12/22/14 8:12pm ET
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle, knee) will be active for the team's Week 17 game if he is healthy enough to play, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.
Huddle Up: "If" is the key word there for Rudolph who sat out Week 16 -- his eighth missed game of the season.
Matt Asiata - RBPosted 12/19/14 6:44pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata (foot) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 19, and is listed as probable for Week 16.
Huddle Up: Asiata should start and continue to get the bulk of the Vikings' RB touches against a Miami run D that's been less than formidable of late.
Kyle Rudolph - TEPosted 12/19/14 6:44pm ET
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle, knee) was limited during practice Friday, Dec. 19, and is listed as doubtful for Week 16.
Huddle Up: Bad timing for those fantasy GMs who have scraping along with Rudolph at TE, but it certainly looks like you're going to need a Plan B ASAP.
Kyle Rudolph - TEPosted 12/18/14 2:04pm ET
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle, knee) is not participating in practice Thursday, Dec. 18.
Huddle Up: Increasingly troubling news as it's the second straight missed practice for Rudolph, who is coming off a season-high seven-catch, 69-yard effort in Week 15. Rudolph owners will have to hope for better news in Friday's always-important practice.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 12/13/14 10:27am ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said he considered retirement from the NFL because he is disappointed with the disciplinary system. 'I've considered retiring from the NFL,' Peterson said. 'I still made $8 million dollars this year. I've thought about getting back into the real estate (business in Texas) I'm already in. That's something I've been interested in, something I'm involved in. I've thought about getting back into that. I've thought about going after the Olympics -- you only live once. It might be time for me to pursue that, as well. I love playing football, don't get me wrong, but this situation is deeper than that. For me, it's like, 'Why should I continue to be a part of an organization or a business that handles players the way they do? Making money off the field anyway, why not continue to pursue that (Olympic) dream and pursue other dreams and hang up the cleats?''
Huddle Up: Peterson may be frustrated with the NFL's disciplinary system but he's not going anywhere. He'll do everything he can to get back on the field in 2015. Peterson is still a must-hold in dynasty leagues.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 12/12/14 10:37pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's appeal of his suspension has been denied by the appointed appeals officer. Peterson likely will be reinstated if he does what he needs to do between now and April 15. Peterson could take his case to federal court.
Huddle Up: Peterson's forgettable 2014 season has come to an end. His future with the Vikings is up in the air. Peterson turns 30 in March and despite his off-the-field issues is still a strong hold in dynasty leagues.
Ben Tate - RBPosted 12/9/14 12:27am ET
Minnesota Vikings RBs Ben Tate and Joe Banyard could receive more carries, because head coach Mike Zimmer thought RB Matt Asiata received too many carries in Week 14. Asiata received 19 of the 23 rushing attempts during the game.
Huddle Up: Another RBBC -- especially with this group -- certainly won't do fantasy GMs any favors.
Jerick McKinnon - RBPosted 12/6/14 8:59pm ET
Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (back) will have a procedure on his injured back, according to a source. The recovery period is expected to be eight weeks. He should be good to go before offseason workouts begin. McKinnon was placed on Reserve/Injured Saturday, Dec. 6.
Huddle Up: Matt Asiata will take over as the starter, with Ben Tate also expected to get touches. Asiata is a touchdown dependent flex play this week against the Jets. Adrian Peterson could be reinstated next week but his chances of playing again in 2014 are slim.
Charles Johnson - WRPosted 12/5/14 12:10am ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Charles Johnson has now moved into WR Cordarrelle Patterson's role as the second receiver, according to offensive coordinator Norv Turner. 'CJ is playing at a high level,' Turner said. 'CJ is the starter at X (receiver). That's the position Cordarrelle plays. We're going to do what we can to give him some opportunities to play there, but CJ's playing at a real high level right now.'
Huddle Up: Talk about players headed in opposite directions: Johnson has 11 catches for 180 yards and a TD over the last three games while Patterson has four grabs for 42 yards and no scores. Johnson and Greg Jennings -- in that order -- are the Vikings' WRs you want right now.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 12/5/14 10:19am ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is likely, but not certain, to be reinstated by league appeals officer Harold Henderson next week, in the opinion of columnist Peter King. The team would have to decide whether to activate him for the final three games.
Huddle Up: You think things are interesting now, wait and see what happens if the league and Peterson put the ball in the Vikings' court. There have been reports that the team's own counsel worked against Peterson being reinstated this year; then there's the issue of what fans and--more importantly--team sponsors say about his return. And football wise there's the possibility that the Vikings are looking to get out from under Peterson's contract sooner rather than later. That's a whole lot to take place in the next few days; as the kids say, get your popcorn.
Jerick McKinnon - RBPosted 12/5/14 6:19pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (back) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 5, and has been ruled out for Week 14.
Huddle Up: McKinnon will miss a second consecutive game, leaving the Vikes' RB duties to, in probable order of usage, Matt Asiata, Ben Tate and Joe Banyard.
Jerick McKinnon - RBPosted 12/4/14 7:12pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (back) did not practice for the second straight day Thursday, Dec. 4.
Huddle Up: See if he's able to get on the practice field Friday, but right now it's looking like he's headed for a second straight game on the shelf.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 12/3/14 10:25am ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson hasn't received a settlement offer by the NFL or the NFLPA, as arbiter Harold Henderson has urged.
Huddle Up: Little chance this situation gets resolved in time for Peterson to play this year, but some closure would be nice heading into the offseason so keeper leaguers can plan accordingly.
Jerick McKinnon - RBPosted 12/3/14 6:13pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (back) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 3.
Huddle Up: It's still early in the week obviously, but there are currently few positive vibes on McKinnon who sat out Week 13.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 12/2/14 10:48am ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson could have his appeal of a suspension by the NFL end up in federal court if the National Football League Players Association is not convinced of the hearing officer's neutral status.
Huddle Up: What, you thought this situation would clear itself right up? Peterson may not play again this season, but the courtroom battle is far from over.
Cordarrelle Patterson - WRPosted 11/30/14 7:06pm ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson (foot, knee) was active in Week 13 against the Carolina Panthers, but he didn't play a snap on offense in the first half. He saw only a handful of snaps in the second half and was targeted just once. '(I) feel like I'm 100 percent,' Patterson said Sunday, Nov. 30. 'I feel like the coaches didn't feel like I was 100 percent, so they decided to hold me out. I respect them for that.' Head coach Mike Zimmer said Patterson missed practice time this week to attend the funeral of a family member, and his limited practice time factored into the decision.
Huddle Up: Patterson has had a miserable season and was held without a catch on Sunday. He's no longer worth a roster spot in fantasy leagues.
Jerick McKinnon - RBPosted 11/28/14 2:50pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (back) said he has been ruled out for Week 13.
Huddle Up: Bit of a surprise as McKinnon played last week, but it'll be Matt Asiata and Ben Tate shouldering the load Sunday against the Panthers. Adjust your lineups accordingly.
Jerick McKinnon - RBPosted 11/27/14 7:34pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (back) did not participate in practice Thursday, Nov. 27.
Huddle Up: McKinnon has missed both of the Vikes' practices this week but did play through the issue last week. We should gain more clarity after Friday's practice.
Phil Loadholt - OTPosted 11/26/14 10:33am ET
Updating a previous report, the Minnesota Vikings have not yet placed OT Phil Loadholt (pectoral) on the Reserve/Injured list, but that move is expected to take place Wednesday, Nov. 26.
Huddle Up: The Vikings have now lost the entire right side of their offensive line as well as their All-Pro running back. Makes for tough sledding in the ground game.
Jerick McKinnon - RBPosted 11/26/14 6:54pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (back) did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 26.
Huddle Up: McKinnon was able to play through the back issue in Week 12 and there's no reason to think he won't be able to do the same Sunday against the Panthers. We'll definitely keep tabs on his status, though, the rest of the week.
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