Team Grade:
Minnesota Vikings
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Outlook

The Vikings have some potential for the coming year. The offense has a chance to be much better with Peterson back in the fold and Bridgewater another year older. The defense isnā??t too shabby but is probably just average compared to the rest of the league. Minnesota will contend for a playoff spot but might be a season or two away from really making an impact in the league. They are getting closer, though.
FANTASY BREAKOUT
His rookie season was overlooked a little because his team wasnā??t very good, but Teddy Bridgewater made strides throughout last season and finished well as the starter for the Vikings. He has more weapons to work with at receiver this year and Adrian Peterson as his running back, which should open things up for the passing game. We expect big things from Bridgewater in his second season, emerging as a fantasy option at quarterback. Heā??ll be worth some spot starts in 2015.
FANTASY DUD
Big things were expected from Kyle Rudolph last season but injuries once again marred his season. He might be playing in a tight-end friendly offense, but if he canā??t stay on the field, Rudolph isnā??t a help for fantasy teams. Heā??ll get drafted higher than he should come draft day, disappointing many fantasy teams along the way.

Team Notes

Apr 26, 03:13 PM Minnesota Vikings C John Sullivan (back) has had no limitations during spring workouts.
Apr 21, 09:53 AM Minnesota Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd and CB Xavier Rhodes are likely to have their fifth-year player options picked up for 2017. Floyd's option is worth $6.757 million, and Rhodes' is worth $8.026 million.
Apr 21, 09:53 AM Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson is unlikely to have his fifth-year option picked up for 2017. He's set to make $1.389 million in 2016.
Apr 21, 09:53 AM Minnesota Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd and CB Xavier Rhodes are likely to have their fifth-year player options picked up for 2017. Floyd's option is worth $6.757 million, and Rhodes' is worth $8.026 million.
Apr 18, 10:33 AM Minnesota Vikings restricted free-agent FB Zach Line signed his tender Monday, April 18.
Apr 15, 07:33 PM Minnesota Vikings DE Everson Griffen (shoulder) said his shoulder is completely healthy and should not be limited during offseason workouts. Griffen said he did not have a torn labrum in his shoulder and did not need surgery.
Apr 14, 12:03 PM Former Carolina Panthers DE Jared Allen signed a one-day contract to retire with the Minnesota Vikings Thursday, April 14.
Apr 10, 11:03 PM Alabama CB Cyrus Jones' ability to contribute on special teams and in nickel packages could make him an attractive option to the Minnesota Vikings in the 2016 NFL Draft, according to beat writer Matt Vensel, who believes the Vikings will want an insurance policy in case CB Captain Munnerlyn signs elsewhere after next season.
Apr 07, 06:33 PM Minnesota Vikings WR Charles Johnson (ribs) said he broke a rib against the San Diego Chargers in September of last season. He added that it took until early November to feel like he could play while managing the injury. Johnson said the rib injury is good now.
Apr 07, 06:33 PM Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater and Vikings wide receivers, including WR Charles Johnson, recently finished workouts in Orlando, Fla. Johnson said it felt good to make connections, be around his teammates again and learn some new things.
Apr 07, 06:33 PM Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater and Vikings wide receivers, including WR Charles Johnson, recently finished workouts in Orlando, Fla. Johnson said it felt good to make connections, be around his teammates again and learn some new things.
Mar 31, 07:53 PM Minnesota Vikings LB Chad Greenway re-signed to an undisclosed deal Thursday, March 31.
Mar 30, 12:33 AM The Minnesota Vikings are confident in PK Blair Walsh despite a devastating missed chip-shot 27-yard field goal in the playoffs against the Seattle Seahawks. 'I pretty much move on, but I'm going to try to make sure that he has success as much as possible,' head coach Mike Zimmer said. 'You're always as good as your last kick, right? So we want to make sure that a lot of his kicks are good kicks now.'
Mar 29, 02:13 AM The one-year deal for Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata is for $760,000 in salary with a $60,000 bonus. He also has a $500,000 playing time bonus, as well as incentives for rush yards and receptions.
Mar 24, 12:43 PM Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater was sacked 44 times last year, which was tied for sixth most in the league, and the Minnesota offensive line gave up 96 quarterback hits in 2015. Bridgewater was pressured on 46.9% of his dropbacks, which was most in the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus.
Mar 18, 05:13 PM Free-agent TE Brian Leonhardt (49ers) signed a one-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings Friday, March 18, worth $600,000, according to a source.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
Mike Wallace, WR; DuJuan Harris, RB; Shaun Hill, QB; Casey Matthews, LB; Taylor Mays, FS; Terence Newman, CB. 

Losses:
Matt Cassel, QB; Jasper Brinkley, LB; Vladimir Ducassse, G; Jerome Felton, FB; Greg Jennings, WR; Christian Ponder, QB; Jā??Marcus Webb, T. 

2016 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  23 Laquon TreadwellWR
 # 2  54 Mackensie AlexanderDB
 # 4  121 Willie BeaversOL
 # 5  160 Kentrell BrothersLB
 # 6  180 Moritz BoehringerWR
 # 6  188 David MorganTE
 # 7  227 Stephen WeatherlyDL
 # 7  244 Jayron KearseDB

2016 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 11 1:00PM     at Tennessee
2     Sep 18 8:30PM     Green Bay
3     Sep 25 1:00PM     at Carolina
4     Oct 3 8:30PM     New York Giants
5     Oct 9 1:00PM     Houston
-- Week 6 Bye --
7     Oct 23 1:00PM     at Philadelphia
8     Oct 31 8:30PM     at Chicago
9     Nov 6 1:00PM     Detroit
10     Nov 13 1:00PM     at Washington
11     Nov 20 1:00PM     Arizona
12     Nov 24 12:30PM     at Detroit
13     Dec 1 8:25PM     Dallas
14     Dec 11 1:00PM     at Jacksonville
15     Dec 18 1:00PM     Indianapolis
16     Dec 24 1:00PM     at Green Bay
17     Jan 1 1:00PM     Chicago
18     Jan 8 1:05PM     Seattle
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