The Vikings added Boise State RB Alexander Mattison in the 3rd round of the 2019 NFL Draft. The 5’11, 218-pounder racked up 2,501 yards and 29 TDs on 514 carries (4.9 YPC) over the past 2 seasons. He added 55 catches for 457 yards and another score. Mattison is a powerful runner who ranked 16th in this year’s RB class in missed tackles forced per attempt, according to Pro Football Focus. He registered a solid 63rd percentile SPARQ score at the Combine. Mattison has a good shot to immediately step in as Minnesota’s #2 RB behind Dalvin Cook, who’s had trouble staying healthy.
The Vikings have hired Gary Kubiak as an "offensive advisor." He was originally reported to be taking Denver's OC job, but that evidently fell through. It's unclear exactly what Kubiak's role will be alongside OC Kevin Stefanski, but he brings 22 seasons of experience as an NFL HC or OC.
The Vikings have fired OC John DeFilippo. He was a hot name this offseason but lasts just 13 games in Minnesota. DeFilippo's offense has underachieved, ranking just 17th in yards and 20th in points. We also heard whispers that he and HC Mike Zimmer weren't on the same page, with Zimmer preferring a run-heavy offense and DeFilippo favoring the pass. We'll see who the Vikings tab as their interim OC, but the change could mean more carries for RB Dalvin Cook going forward.
Update: The Vikings have promoted former QBs coach Kevin Stefanski to interim OC. Stefanski has been with the team since 2006 but has never called plays.
Vikings OC John DeFilippo called RB Dalvin Cook a "full-go" for Sunday night's game against the Bears. We assumed as much after Cook handled 10 carries and 4 targets back in Week 9 and then had a Week 10 bye to rest that injured hamstring. Chicago ranks 3rd in fantasy points allowed to RBs, but Cook still looks like a solid RB2 in Week 11 fantasy lineups.
Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) is active for today’s game against the Lions. It’ll be his first action since Week 4. Cook is expected to be on a snap count, with ESPN’s Adam Schefter reporting this morning that Minnesota is hoping to get him "about 20 or so” snaps. That’s about a third of the game. Cook sits in RB4 territory in the Week 9 Rankings. RB Latavius Murray remains the superior fantasy bet.
The Vikings expect RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) to play Sunday but on a "pitch count," according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Cook will reportedly get "about 20 or so" snaps. That would obviously cut into Latavius Murray playing time and fantasy upside. But Murray still looks like the Minnesota RB to use. We'll confirm Cook's status at 11:30 a.m. ET, when the early inactives get announced.
The Vikings "plan to play Dalvin Cook on a limited snap count" against the Lions on Sunday, insider Ben Goessling reports. We heard a similar report back in Week 6 before Cook ended up inactive. He's been a limited participant in practice this week, but a final decision on his status probably won't be made until pregame warmups. Cook won't be a recommended fantasy play even if he ends up active. His presence would put a dent in RB Latavius Murray's Week 9 outlook, though.
Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) was limited again in Thursday's practice. "Better chance to return to the playing field after their Week 10 bye," ESPN's Adam Caplan tweeted. We'll continue to keep an eye on Cook's progress, but fantasy owners shouldn't be expecting him to play against the Lions on Sunday.
Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) was listed as a limited participant in Wednesday's practice. We've seen him put in limited workouts during his latest 4-week absence. And the latest report had him likely to sit out through Minnesota's Week 10 bye. We're not yet expecting Cook to play against the Lions this weekend but will continue to keep an eye on him.
ESPN's Courtney Cronin hears that Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) is likely to be sidelined through the team's Week 10 bye. That's not a surprise after Cook seemingly aggravated his hamstring injury in practice last week. RB Latavius Murray's solid play also makes it easier for the Vikings to continue to be cautious with their starting RB. Murray will remain a solid RB2 for however long Cook is out.
Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Jets. He put in a full practice on Wednesday, so it looks like he suffered a setback at some point this week. His absence means Latavius Murray will again serve as Minnesota’s lead back and a fine RB2 in fantasy lineups.
After a full practice on Wednesday, Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) did not practice at all on Thursday. And the Cook-coaster continues. His status for this weekend's game against the Jets is now completely up in the air. We'll get another update tomorrow.
Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice. He was a full-go last Thursday but limited on Friday before ending up inactive on Sunday. If he makes it through a full week of practice, Cook should return for this weekend's game against the Jets.
Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) is inactive for today’s game against the Cardinals. His pregame workout didn’t go well, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. So Latavius Murray gets another game as Minnesota’s lead back. He’s in the RB2 mix in a plus matchup.
Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) is expected to play against the Cardinals today but will be "limited to no more than 20 to 25 snaps," insider Ben Goessling reports. We heard a similar report back in Week 4 and Cook finished with 10 carries for 20 scoreless yards. It's possible he gets another 10-15 touches on his limited snaps today, but this news obviously lowers both his ceiling and floor. Check where Cook sits in our updated Week 6 RB Rankings.
The Vikings list RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) as questionable for this weekend's game against the Cardinals. He put in a full practice on Thursday but was limited Friday. It's unclear if he suffered a setback or if the team is just managing his reps. We'll get Cook's official status by noon ET on Sunday. If active, he'll be a risk/reward RB2.
Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) graduated to a full practice on Thursday. He's in line to play against the Cardinals this weekend. Cook will carry some risk coming off a multi-game hamstring injury. But there's lots of upside here vs. Arizona's 32nd-ranked RB defense.
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