Vikings WR Michael Floyd was sentenced to 1 day in jail for violating terms of his probation. He reportedly failed 5 alcohol tests over a 2-day span in June -- after being arrested for DUI back in December. The Vikings are sticking by Floyd, though. "We believe Michael will be a productive member of the organization, both on and off the field," GM Rick Spielman said in a statement. "... We expect him to be with the team at the start of training camp in Mankato when the players report on July 26." Floyd is likely looking at a suspension from the league and is still off the fantasy radar for now.
Vikings HC Mike Zimmer came away from spring workouts impressed with 2nd-round RB Dalvin Cook. "I think he's got a chance to be special," Zimmer told ESPN.com. "Now, he's got some things he's got to work on, like all young backs, but I've been very impressed with him this spring." That's high praise from a generally reserved veteran coach. Latavius Murray sat out the spring following ankle surgery, giving Cook a larger share of the spotlight. We'll see how the 2 split work once he's back. Murray's presence limits our initial projections for Cook. But the rookie also sports the kind of talent and history of college production that could lead to outperforming expectations. He's not a screaming value at his current RB19 ADP in MFL 10 drafting, but Cook's OK in that range.
Vikings WR Michael Floyd tested positive for alcohol last week, according to TMZ Sports. Floyd, of course, is under house arrest and not allowed to drink after his December DUI arrest. He could now face jail time for the violation. We'll see whether the Vikings decide to hang on to him.
Vikings RB Latavius Murray (ankle) declined to guarantee that he'll be ready for the start of training camp. “The goal is just to try to be available during training camp at some point,” he said. “Right now, everything is pointing toward that. I’m just going to trust the process and not rush the process.” Murray underwent ankle surgery on March 22 and just got out of his walking boot this week. He still hasn't been cleared to run. Meanwhile, RBs Dalvin Cook and Jerick McKinnon are soaking up reps. Murray can't afford to miss much training-camp time.
Injuries played a big part in Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell's disappointing rookie year. Those close to him believe he still wasn't fully over his 2015 broken fibula and dislocated ankle when last season kicked off. "When I was working him out last year, I could tell he was walking and running with a limp," Treadwell's trainer, David Robinson, said. "After every drill, he'd be rolling his ankle around trying to work it out, because he was stiff. I kind of knew in the back of my head he wasn't ready to play last year." Treadwell also dealt with a broken finger, pulled hamstring and sprained ankle as a rookie. He's healthy now, though, and has been running alongside Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen with the 1st-team offense in OTAs. "He looks healthy," CB Xavier Rhodes said. "Coming out of his breaks good, moving his weight really well, turning his hips when he needs to turn his hips. Breaking down, not taking too many steps in his break. He's turned around tremendously." Turning just 22 in June, Treadwell is certainly capable of bouncing back in his 2nd go-around.
The Vikings have liked what they've seen from WR Laquon Treadwell so far this offseason. "He’s had a great, in my opinion, five-and-a-half weeks," OC Pat Shurmur said. "He came back and he was really on point with what he’s supposed to be doing mentally. He’s been out here competing and doing a nice job running routes and catching the ball. Understanding where he fits in the running game and who to block. To this point, we’ve been really pleased with his progress based on a year ago." Performing well in May doesn't mean much, but any positive buzz on Treadwell is noteworthy after a disastrous rookie year. Minnesota added WR Michael Floyd earlier this month, but Treadwell has been running alongside Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen with the 1st-team offense so far. We'll see if he can hang on to that spot.
Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater is on the field and throwing passes during OTAs this week. Here's video proof. He's sporting a large brace on the left knee that he shredded in practice last August. The team hasn't provided any sort of timeline on Bridgewater's return to game action, but he's clearly making progress. It'd be a success if he's cleared to back up QB Sam Bradford at some point this year. Bridgewater is set to hit free agency next offseason.
The Vikings signed WR Michael Floyd to a 1-year deal worth $1.5 million. He can reach $6 million total with incentives, per ESPN. Floyd completely tanked on the field in 2016 and was cut from the Cardinals after he was arrested in December for DUI. The 27-year-old ended up serving jail time, and it’s quite possible he’ll receive further discipline from the league. Floyd’s also currently under house arrest and won’t be able to join the Vikings until after June minicamps. In Minnesota, he’ll battle Adam Thielen and Laquon Treadwell for snaps behind #1 Stefon Diggs. The Vikings just drafted a pair of WRs, too (Rodney Adams and Stacy Coley).
The Vikings chose Miami WR Stacy Coley at the top of Round 7. The 6-foot, 195-pounder led Miami with 63 catches and 9 receiving TDs as a senior before running a 4.45-second 40 at the Combine. He earned just a 20th percentile SPARQ ranking, however, drawing a Robert Woods comparison from PlayerProfiler. He struggles with physical coverage on tape and must answer questions about his passion for the game. Combine that with a poor landing spot for fantasy value -- plenty of WRs ahead of him, low-ceiling pass offense -- and there seems little reason to target Coley in your dynasty rookie draft.
The Vikings selected Virginia Tech TE Bucky Hodges in the 6th round of the 2017 NFL Draft. You think Evan Engram is a WR with a TE label? Get a load of this guy. Hodges took the vast majority of his snaps out wide and stayed in to pass block on just 3% of passing snaps at V-Tech. While that makes his NFL projection tough, there’s obviously fantasy upside here if he’s able to get and stay on the field. Hodges actually arrived in Blacksburg as a dual-threat QB before making the move to TE (WR). He totaled 133 catches, 1,747 yards and 20 scores over the last 3 seasons, ranking among the top 3 on the team in all 3 categories all 3 years. Hodges even carried 21 times for 89 yards and a TD. He checked into the Combine at 6’6, 246 pounds and earned a 95th percentile SPARQ score — 3rd best behind only David Njoku and George Kittle. He joins a Vikings passing game that could use weapons. Hodges is a boom/bust pick in dynasty rookie drafts.
The Vikings selected South Florida WR Rodney Adams in the 5th round of the 2017 NFL Draft. The lanky 6'1, 189-pounder clocked a 4.44-second 40 time at the Combine but struggled in most of the other drills. He finished with a 25th percentile SPARQ score. Adams led a subpar South Florida passing game in catches, yards and TDs both of the last 2 years, working primarily from the slot. Even in a weak-ish Vikings WR corps, Adams won't make noise in 2017.
The Vikings traded up to snag Florida State RB Dalvin Cook with the 41st pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. Cook is a classic case of college production vs. measurables. He was a stud at Florida State, topping 1,000 rushing yards in all 3 of his seasons and leaving school with a career 6.5 yards per carry. Cook also totaled 79 catches for 935 yards (11.8 yards per catch). So it was a real head-scratcher when he bombed the Combine. He clocked a decent 4.49-second 40 at 5’10, 210 pounds but was brutal in the jumping and agility drills. Cook finished with a 6th percentile SPARQ score. Also of concern are his 3 shoulder surgeries (1 in high school, 1 in 2014 and another in 2016) and his 3 run-ins with the law. Cook joins a fairly crowded Minnesota backfield that includes the newly signed Latavius Murray and holdover Jerick McKinnon. The rookie will likely emerge as the top talent, though, and is the favorite to lead the backfield in 2017 touches.
The Vikings have signed QB Case Keenum, according to FOX 26 in Houston. The move doesn't mean much for fantasy owners, given that Keenum's not good enough to push Sam Bradford for a job. But the former Texan and Ram seems slightly high-profile for a 3rd QB, and we're all waiting to see if Teddy Bridgewater will be able to return from his 2016 knee injury. We'll be watching for any progress from Bridgewater this offseason. Minnesota's QB spot, meanwhile, doesn't make for an attractive fantasy football target.
Vikings S Harrison Smith had surgery this offseason on the high ankle sprain that ended his 2016 campaign early, according to ESPN.com. Smith had said in January that he would not need surgery. He's still expected to be ready for the 2017 season. IDP owners should keep an eye on whether he starts training camp on time, but this isn't a situation to worry about in spring.
The Vikings signed WR Adam Thielen to a 4-year, $19.2 million extension. He was a restricted free agent this offseason and set to hit unrestricted free agency next offseason. The new deal is a reward for a breakout 2016 campaign that saw Thielen rack up 69 catches, 967 yards and 5 TDs. Of course, a huge chunk of that production -- 12 catches, 202 yards and 2 TDs -- came in a Week 16 explosion in Green Bay. Thielen reached 70 yards in just 3 of his other 15 games. The contract extension is a sign, though, that Minnesota sees him as a key part of its passing game going forward. Thielen, Stefon Diggs and Laquon Treadwell will battle for standing on the depth chart this summer.
The Vikings announced that RB Latavius Murray underwent ankle surgery on Wednesday. The team was aware of the issue when it signed Murray to a 3-year, $15 million deal last week. We don't have any details on Murray's injury or the procedure, but the Vikings expect him to be back to 100% for the start of training camp. Still, missing OTAs and minicamp with his new team isn't ideal.
Vikings HC Mike Zimmer sounds like he plans to use RB Latavius Murray as a feature back. According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Zimmer lauded Murray's strength in the run game, receiving ability and even pass protection. "Not having to substitute him on third downs (will be) big," Zimmer said. Of course, Minnesota's weak O-line didn't help any RB deliver much fantasy value last year. We'll see how this situation develops, but expect Murray to land toward the bottom of RB2 territory when our 2017 projections come out
The Vikings have signed RB Latavius Murray to a 3-year deal that can be voided after this season, according to ESPN's Field Yates. We're curious to see the dollars involved here. Murray has been a solid fantasy RB the past 2 years, posting back-to-back top 13 PPR finishes. But his actual play hasn't been nearly as impressive. Murray mustered just 4.0 yards per carry in both seasons. That was particularly disappointing last year, when a strong Raiders offensive line ranked 11th in Football Outsiders' Adjusted Line Yards. Now Murray will be running behind a Vikings line that finished 30th in Adjusted Line Yards. He figures to get the 1st crack at lead-back duties, but bank on RB Jerick McKinnon also getting plenty of run. Murray's arrival ends any chance of RB Adrian Peterson returning to Minnesota. The Raiders, meanwhile, are left with 2nd-year RBs DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard.
Vikings GM Rick Spielman stopped short of guaranteeing that QB Teddy Bridgewater will be able to play again. "Everybody's hoping," Spielman said, adding that the team has no timetable for the former 1st-round pick's return. Updates on Bridgewater's recovery from a torn ACL and dislocated knee have been sparse. This is a reminder of the extreme severity of injury he's attempting to return from. Dynasty owners should only consider Bridgewater a wait-and-see bench stash at this point.
Free agent WR Michael Floyd pled guilty to 1 count of extreme DUI and was sentenced to 120 days of jail. Just 24 of those will be served in an actual prison, with the other 96 home detention. It's all lost training time for the 27-year-old, though. Between the legal issue and a disastrous 2016 season, Floyd will likely need to settle for a 1-year deal on the open market.
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