Shark Bites

Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell missed Thursday night's preseason opener with a thigh injury. It's the 1st we've heard of it, but insider Chris Tomasson reports that Treadwell "missed more than a week of practice" with the issue. It's certainly not what he needs after a disappointing rookie season that included a broken finger, pulled hamstring and sprained ankle. There remains opportunity for Treadwell in Minnesota's WR corps, but he's no more than a late-round flier at this point.

Vikings RB Latavius Murray (ankle) has been activated from the PUP list. He ended up missing about 2 weeks of camp -- on top of all spring workouts. In the meantime, rookie RB Dalvin Cook has seemingly seized the starting job. We'll see if Murray can make a move over the next month, but he's no more than a late-round flier in fantasy drafts right now.

Vikings insider Ben Goessling expects WR Michael Floyd to have a "sizable role" this year. That, of course, would be after he serves his 4-game suspension to open the season. Floyd got reps with the 1st-team offense this past week with Laquon Treadwell sidelined with a minor injury. “[He’s looked] pretty dang good,” HC Mike Zimmer said. “He’s made probably the most contested of anybody in the camp. He’s a big, physical body, which helps in the run game, and I think he’s done a nice job in the routes. Some of the routes, he’s a little faster than he looks.” There's some opportunity in Minnesota behind WR Stefon Diggs, but that suspension makes Floyd not worth drafting. We'll see if he emerges as a waiver-wire target in Week 5 and beyond.

Vikings HC Mike Zimmer said he’s unsure when RB Latavius Murray (ankle surgery) will return to practice. "He is a smart guy but he needs to get healthy,” Zimmer said from training camp. Murray added that it’s “frustrating” to be a spectator at practice and would only say he’ll be ready to suit up for the season opener. Murray’s absence has allowed rookie Dalvin Cook to shine in early training camp sessions.

Vikings QB Sam Bradford is feeling comfortable in the offense heading to training camp. "Obviously last year was pretty unique, I have never been in that situation, and I don't think many people have been in that situation," Bradford said of his September 3 trade to Minnesota. "But just to be here this offseason, to be able to go through the program, go through the meetings, the installs, really sit down and learn this offense and what we're trying to do, it's a much better situation than showing up here however many days, eight or nine, before the first game last year and trying to learn everything on the fly." On top of having a full offseason with his team, Bradford will also have the same OC for consecutive seasons for just the 2nd time in his career. He finished 22nd among QBs in fantasy points last year and could climb a bit higher in 2017. You can probably do better than Bradford in your draft, but he could emerge as a spot-start option this season.

Vikings RB Latavius Murray (ankle) has been placed on the active PUP list to begin training camp. He's eligible to be activated at any time. Still, he's behind the 8 ball after undergoing surgery on March 22 and missing all of offseason workouts. He needs to get on the field in a hurry if he wants to beat out rookie Dalvin Cook for the lead job.

Vikings WR Michael Floyd has been suspended 4 games for violating the league's substance abuse policy. He was popped for DUI in December and then violated the terms of his house arrest when he tested positive for alcohol in June. We'll see whether Minnesota opts to hang on to him, but Floyd has dropped clear off the redraft radar. Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen and Laquon Treadwell will open the season as the Vikings' top 3 WRs.

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.

 
 
 

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