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Thu. July 31, 2014 | RotoWire
News: With Matt Cassel and Teddy Bridgewater getting the majority of the team's QB reps in practice, 1500espn.com suggests that Ponder has largely been relegated to the role of a spectator.
Impact: While we won't completely write Ponder off just yet, it would probably take a break (presumably in the form of an injury to one of his fellow signal-callers) in order for his candidacy for the top job to regain any sort of momentum.
Thu. July 31, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bridgewater received some snaps with the Vikings' first-team offense Wednesday, 1500espn.com reports.
Impact: The reports notes that Matt Cassel received the majority of the snaps with the team's top offense Wednesday, while indicating that Christian Ponder has largely "been relegated to the role of spectator." At this stage, while Cassel is generally believed to hold an edge in the competition, Bridgewater still has time to mount a challenge for the team's top QB job, with NFL.com's Albert Breer suggesting that the rookie signal-caller could be closing the gap on that front.
Thu. July 31, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Greenway, who new coach Mike Zimmer experimented with at middle linebacker during spring drills, will resume playing outside linebacker this coming season, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: Greenway spent time in the middle of Zimmer's 4-3 scheme during the beginning of team activities this year, but is expected to remain at his established outside linebacker position for the coming campaign. It appears Zimmer was simply gauging his Pro Bowl linebacker's skill set before embarking on their first season together. A tackling machine, Greenway has registered at least 130 stops in each of the past four seasons, giving him considerable IDP value no matter where he lines up.
Thu. July 31, 2014 | STATS
News: Patterson and Captain Munnerlyn made their training camp debuts for the Minnesota Vikings on Wednesday after missing the first four days with injuries.
Impact: Patterson, the team's dynamic second-year receiver and kick returner, had missed time with a foot injury.
Wed. July 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Patterson (foot) was spotted at practice Wednesday, Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.
Impact: In his second NFL campaign -- Patterson, who had missed some practice time while recovering from a minor foot injury -- is being looked at by the Vikings cement a role as a big-play threat in the team's offense this coming season.
Wed. July 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Munnerlyn (hamstring) was activated from the PUP list Wednesday.
Impact: Just as coach Mike Zimmer suggested, Munnerlyn's stay on the PUP list only lasted for the first few days of camp. He'll be penciled in for a starting role after coming over from the Panthers in free agency, though he figures to primarily play in the slot during nickel snaps.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | STATS
News: Rudolph has a new contract to match the significant value the Minnesota Vikings have considered him to be for their offense.
Impact: Rudolph has 1,055 yards and 15 touchdowns over his three-year NFL career. Jimmy Graham exceeded both of those totals last season for New Orleans, and Rob Gronkowski did the same three years ago for New England.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Early on in training camp, the trio of Bridgewater, Matt Cassel, and Christian Ponder have shared the Vikings' QB reps, NFL.com reports. "These first four days, we've worked three groups," offensive coordinator Norv Turner noted Monday. "Matt's gotten a little bit more, Teddy's gotten about a third and Ponder's gotten about a third. We have the day off [Tuesday], and we'll adjust that, probably getting more half and half."
Impact: Assuming the reps are split two ways Wednesday, as Turner suggests, they will likely be divided between Bridgewater and Cassel. While Cassel's candidacy to earn the Vikings' starting QB assignment is buoyed by his NFL experience, the fact that practice reps are already in line to be divided at this stage of the game suggests that Bridgewater is in a viable position to mount a challenge to overtake his veteran counterparts with a strong preseason.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Peterson (groin) may not see game action until the regular season, NFL.com reports.
Impact: The report notes that coach Mike Zimmer suggested to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport that Peterson -- who participated in Sunday's padded practice, and thus appears past an offseason groin procedure -- has nothing to prove in preseason action. That said, Zimmer conceded that if Peterson really wants to play, the star running back could conceivably be granted very limited exhibition game touches, but nothing more than that.
July 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Patterson, who injured his left foot while training in California last week, was spotted jogging around during Sunday morning's walk-through, Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.
Impact: Meanwhile, coach Mike Zimmer noted that Patterson will "probably stay with the walk-throughs for maybe another day," suggesting that the wideout remains in the day-to-day category for now. Once he's up to speed, Patterson's potential to emerge as a big-play threat in the Minnesota offense makes him a fantasy breakout candidate in his second season as a pro.
Sun. July 27, 2014 | STATS
News: The Minnesota Vikings have signed tight end Kyle Rudolph to a five-year contract extension. The Vikings announced the deal Sunday night. The deal, which was first reported by Fox Sports, is worth $36.5 million with just $20 million guaranteed. Incentives can push the deal to $40 million.
Impact: Rudolph missed eight games because of a broken left foot last season. He caught 30 passes for 313 yards and three touchdowns last year, but was still named to the Pro Bowl and earned MVP honors in the game.
July 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rudolph agreed to a five-year, $36.5 million contract extension with the Vikings, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Rudolph's deal can be worth up to $40 million with incentives and bonuses. Rudolph was limited to eight games last year, after suffering a season-ending broken foot in Week 9. However, he could be a bigger part of this year's offense, since new Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner has had success with making tight ends a big part of the passing game. This contract extension may be an acknowledgement of his rising profile in the offense.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Joseph (shoulder) practiced without restrictions Friday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: He's coming back from offseason surgery in January to repair a partly torn labrum in his right shoulder. Joseph will start at nose tackle where he's been a steady tackler and can pressure the quarterback, as he's averaged 55.7 tackles per season while also recording nine sacks in the last three years.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Munnerlyn (hamstring) was placed on the PUP list to begin training camp, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "I doubt it will be very long," head coach Mike Zimmer said.
Impact: It's likely a minor injury and the veteran doesn't need as much practice time early in camp.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Patterson is day-to-day with a foot injury.
Impact: He was held out of practice Friday, and the while the injury is considered minor, it's definitely something owners should keep an eye on until he is back on the practice field.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | STATS
News: The Vikings signed Walker on Friday.
Impact: Friday spent time with Green Bay's and Seattle's practice squads last year.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | STATS
News: Minnesota placed Ford on the physically unable to perform list to start training camp.
Impact: Ford is in a cast with a broken left foot and will be out indefinitely.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | STATS
News: Minnesota signed Cruse on Friday.
Impact: Cruse spent time on Houston's practice squad last season.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | STATS
News: Minnesota placed Sendejo on the physically unable to perform list to open camp.
Impact: Sendejo is dealing with nagging lower-back and ankle problems.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | STATS
News: Munnerlyn, the free agent cornerback from Carolina, was activated from the physically unable to perform list.
Impact: He was on the list as a precaution because of a minor hamstring injury and eased his way back with a light practice on Wednesday.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Vikings cut Cooper (undisclosed) with a non-football injury designation Friday, Baltimore Sun writer Aaron Wilson reports.
Impact: It's not clear what Cooper's injury issue might be, but he likely wouldn't have amounted to more than a camp body with the Vikings, anyway.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ford will miss the preseason due to a broken left foot, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: Ford, who underwent surgery earlier this week in order to have a screw placed in his foot, expects to be back "around the start of the season." Upon his return, Ford -- who caught 11 passes for 133 yards in nine games last season -- will re-enter the Vikings' depth tight end mix behind Kyle Rudolph.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cassel enters training camp as the leader in the quarterback competition, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. "In my mind I have Cassel as the No. 1 quarterback going into camp. I don't have a starter in mind yet," Zimmer told ESPN 1500 am Twin Cities. "[The players] are going to determine who the starter is on the practice field about how they go about their business, how they perform in the preseason games. I understand the quarterback's a big situation."
Impact: Zimmer left it open that rookie Teddy Bridgewater could win the job, but Cassel enters the competition with a slight lead. There's been a lot of media speculation on the job battle in recent days and trying to find hidden meaning in the comments of Zimmer and offense coordinator Norv Turner, but the competition will ultimately play out this preseason.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | STATS
News: The Minnesota Vikings have waived Nealy and signed tight end Mike Higgins.
Impact: The NFL announced two weeks ago that Nealy will be suspended for the first four games of the season for violating rules against performance-enhancing drugs. He was a member of the practice squad for six weeks last year. In a statement distributed by the NFL Players Association after the punishment was revealed, Nealy said he took a supplement with a banned stimulant and that he took responsibility for his action.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | STATS
News: The Minnesota Vikings have signed Higgins.
Impact: Higgins, out of NCAA Division II Nebraska Omaha, played for New Orleans in 2011 and 2012.
July 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jarius Wright took most of the first team reps at slot receiver in spring practices and is seen in a battle with Simpson for the job, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Simpson worked mostly with the second team, according to the report, but it's also possible he could win a role as a deep threat in addition to use in the slot. It's also worth noting that there's a possibility that Simpson may face NFL discipline stemming from his arrest on suspicion of drunken driving last November.
July 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Wright took most of the first team reps at slot receiver in spring practices and is seen in a battle with Jerome Simpson for the job, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Simpson worked mostly with the second team in spring practices, according to the report. Wright has been productive when given a chance, so he could surprise if he wins the role this summer.
Sun. July 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Jean was placed on IR.
Impact: He had no fantasy value.
Sun. July 13, 2014 | STATS
News: The NFL has suspended Nealy for the first four games of next season for violating rules against performance-enhancing drugs.
Impact: Nealy was a member of the Minnesota Vikings practice squad for six weeks last season. If he makes the team, he will be eligible for the Vikings' active roster on Sept. 29. Nealy says he took a supplement with a banned stimulant. He says he takes responsibility for his actions and apologized to the organization and fans for the suspension.