Vikings new OC John DeFelippo isn't making major changes to last year's offense under Pat Shurmur. Both DeFelippo and Shurmur run West Coast systems. “The things you keep the same are formations, for example — what you call formations,” DeFilippo explained. “We’re calling the run game pretty much the exact same. If there was a [similar] pass concept that we’re putting in, we called it what they called it last season. Coach Shurmur got taught by Coach [Andy] Reid, and like the purest West Coast guys. I’ve learned from some of the guys on that tree, as well. So from a philosophical standpoint, there’s very similar things." Between the OC switch and the arrival of QB Kirk Cousins, there have been significant changes to a Vikings offense that ranked 11th in yards and 10th in points last year. Some continuity in offensive scheme should help the transition go more smoothly.
Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph has been a limited participant in spring workouts. He's recovering from post-season surgery to his right ankle. Barring a setback, he should be ready to rock come training camp. Prior to injuring that ankle in Week 14, Rudolph was sitting 7th among TEs in PPR points.
Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph revealed that he underwent surgery on his right ankle after the season. He hurt it in Week 14 and, although he didn't miss a game, he totaled just 11 catches over Minnesota's final 5 games (including playoffs). We don't have a timeline for Rudolph's return to the field, but there's no reason to believe at this point that the ankle will be an issue in 2018.
Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle) was listed as a full participant in Wednesday's practice. He played limited snaps over the final 3 weeks of the regular season, totaling just 6 targets and 4 catches. It looks like the bye week has Rudolph much closer to 100% now -- and ready for his usual role against the Saints on Sunday.
Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle) is active for today’s game against the Bengals. Originally ruled out by HC Mike Zimmer, Rudolph was first listed as doubtful and then upgraded to questionable. It’s still unclear how much he’ll play today after missing practice all week. That leaves Rudolph as a risky TE1.
Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle) is expected to play against the Bengals, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Rudolph has evidently made major progress since being listed as doubtful on Friday afternoon. There's still elevated risk here, but there's also plenty of upside vs. a Cincinnati defense that Football Outsiders ranks 28th in TE coverage.
Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle) has been upgraded to questionable for Sunday's game against the Bengals. He was originally ruled out by HC Mike Zimmer before being officially listed as doubtful. So he's trending in the right direction. We'll find out his official status by noon ET tomorrow. If active, he'll still be a risky fantasy play after not practicing at all this week.
Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bengals. He didn't practice all week and isn't a lock to be back for Week 16. With David Morgan now atop the TE depth chart for this week, look for WRs Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs to soak up extra targets.
Update: Minnesota has changed Rudolph's official listing to "doubtful." He still won't play on Sunday.
Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle) remained sidelined on Thursday. He's looking genuinely questionable for this weekend's game against the Bengals. We'll see if Rudolph is able to get back on the field tomorrow -- and then how he's listed on the final injury report.
Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph is dealing with an ankle injury that has his Week 15 status in question, HC Mike Zimmer said Wednesday. Rudolph reportedly hurt the ankle late in last Sunday's game against the Panthers, according to insider Chris Tomasson, and left the stadium in a walking boot. We'll keep a close eye on Rudolph's status leading up to this weekend's game vs. the Bengals.
As expected, Vikings QB Sam Bradford (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bucs. That left knee continues to give him issues, and there's no concrete timetable for his return. QB Case Keenum gets another start for Minnesota on Sunday after completing just 54% of his passes for 167 scoreless yards in Pittsburgh last week. He’s a significant downgrade for the Vikings’ pass-catchers.
Vikings QB Sam Bradford (knee) is inactive for today’s game against the Steelers. He didn’t look anywhere close to 100% in pregame warmups. We’ll see if he can get ready for Week 3. Bradford’s absence today leaves Case Keenum under center. Keenum arrived in Minnesota this offseason after completing 61% of his passes with 9 TDs and 11 INTs in 10 appearances for the Rams last year. He posted a 69% completion rate, 2 TDs and 0 INTs this preseason. Keenum is a serviceable NFL backup but is still a downgrade for all of Vikings pass-catchers. Expect Minnesota to pound RB Dalvin Cook as much as possible.
Vikings QB Sam Bradford (knee) is a "legitimate game-time decision" for Week 2, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Bradford has no structural damage in that left knee but is dealing with "discomfort," Rapoport adds. The good news is that we'll find out his official status by noon ET today. The knee certainly adds risk to his fantasy value even if he plays, though. We just nudged Bradford and his pass-catchers down the Week 2 rankings.
Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (hip) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Bears. He'll be held out after playing at less than 100% for much of the season. WR Laquon Treadwell (ankle) is also doubtful, and WR Charles Johnson (knee) is questionable. WR Adam Thielen and TE Kyle Rudolph should dominate Minnesota's targets.
Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (hip) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. Banged-up for most of the year, Diggs might be held out of Sunday's meaningless finale. His absence would funnel more targets to WR Adam Thielen and TE Kyle Rudolph.
Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph caught 4 passes for 60 yards and 1 score at Jacksonville. Rudolph scored on a play-action rollout from the 3. He’s now seen 10, 12 and 8 targets over his past 3 games. Consider him a viable TE1 option for next Sunday’s matchup with the Colts.
Vikings HC Mike Zimmer's status for Thursday night's game against the Cowboys is "uncertain" after he underwent emergency eye surgery on the Wednesday, the team announced. It's certainly not an ideal scenario for a team that's topped 20 points in just 1 of its last 6 games. WR Stefon Diggs and TE Kyle Rudolph should be the only Vikings on your Week 13 radar.
Update: Zimmer will miss the game.
Vikings OC Norv Turner has resigned, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. There's likely more to this story that we'll learn about in the coming days. Turner is 1 of the most respected offensive minds in the game, although this year's Minnesota offense currently ranks 31st in yards per game and 23rd in points per game. Turner figures to be replaced by either Tony Sparano or Pat Shurmur. Both guys have spent multiple seasons as HC and/or OC in the NFL.
Update: Shurmur will take over as OC. He played a big part in bringing QB Sam Bradford to Minnesota after working with him both in St. Louis and Philadelphia.
The forecast for today's Vikings-Eagles game calls for winds of 20-30 mph with gusts of 40+. That's certainly enough to impact the passing and kicking games. Stefon Diggs, Kyle Rudolph, Jordan Matthews and Zach Ertz are the only guys from these passing games you should have been considering anyway. All 4 do enough short-range stuff to stay in fantasy lineups. Vikings-Eagles has an over/under of 39.5, the lowest of the week.
Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (groin) is inactive for today’s game against the Texans. He’ll get a Week 6 bye to heal up. Charles Johnson, Cordarrelle Patterson, Adam Thielen, Laquon Treadwell and Jarius Wright will handle WR duties for Minnesota today. It's a situation to avoid against a tough pass defense. TE Kyle Rudolph is a good bet to lead the Vikings in targets.
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