Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm
Vikings WR Greg Jennings (hamstring, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 17. Jennings has four touchdowns in his last five games, and has a nice matchup with Chicago (8.1 YPA allowed, 2.2 pass TD allowed).
Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm
Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm
Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 5:57pm
Saturday, November 29, 2014, 9:22am
Vikings beat writer Ben Goessling answered a question about the Vikings WRs:
I wouldn't say Charles Johnson separated himself from the group. But the fact that this is even an open question tells you how little has gone according to plan for the Vikings' passing game. It's difficult to separate the performance of the Vikings' receivers from the play of a rookie quarterback and the poor job the Vikings' offensive line has done protecting Teddy Bridgewater, but when they invested $18 million guaranteed in Greg Jennings and gave up three picks to get Cordarrelle Patterson in 2013, they should be getting more than they are.
Jennings is a prime candidate for a contract restructuring after this season; he's scheduled to count $11 million against the cap in 2015, when he will turn 32, and has no guaranteed cash left in his deal. With 40 catches through 11 games, it's doubtful he'll play at that cap figure next year.
The story makes a great point about how Charles Johnson being the team's best receiver shouldn't be a topic, but the team hasn't got much of anything from Patterson - as fantasy owners know first hand. HC Mike Zimmer said last week it may even take a while for Patterson to get it. He's struggled with running patterns throughout his career. Either way, Viking WRs will make for risky fantasy plays.
Friday, November 28, 2014, 6:04pm
Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm
Vikings WR Greg Jennings (rib, questionable) took full practice reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 12. It now looks like Jennings will play against his old team, but he has not had much success against the Packers. He has just 69 yards — total — in three games against Green Bay.
Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm
Vikings WR Greg Jennings (rib) missed practice again Thursday. Consider Jennings very iffy to play against his old team. Charles Johnson is on the radar, though Jarius Wright returned to practice on Thursday.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6:11pm
Vikings WR Greg Jennings (rib) did not practice Wednesday. Consider Jennings iffy to play against his old team. Charles Johnson is on the radar as a Sneaky Start since Jarius Wright is also gimpy with a hamstring injury.
With Teddy Bridgewater out, Christian Ponder will get the start. Rankings have been updated to reflect the downgrade to the passing game, although Greg Jennings has been decent with Ponder under center. RB Matt Asiata is not really affected by the change at QB. His workload should be there in a good matchup and should get dump offs if the Vikings fall behind the Packers. RB Jerick McKinnon will get change of pace work behind Asiata and is a boom or bust flex option.
Both suffered injuries during the 20-9 loss to the Saints on Sunday. Cassel fractured several bones in his left foot during the second quarter, while Fusco hurt his pectoral muscle in the second half.
The Teddy Bridgewater Era has begun in Minnesota. The Vikings will be shorthanded without Adrian Peterson and Kyle Rudolph (sports hernia surgery), so Bridgewater's situation is not looking as favorable as it did in the preseason. Still, with Greg Jennings and Cordarrelle Patterson to throw to, he doesn't have a bad pair of receivers. He should be in the QB2/streaming mix if this go well.
"We throw an interception the first play of the game, I'm not going to yank him," Zimmer said.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 1:34pm
Fortunately for the Vikings' receiver depth, their offense has two things working in its favor. First, OC Norv Turner makes frequent use of two-tight end sets; the San Diego Chargers used more of them than all but one team while Turner was the head coach from 2007-12, and used the fewest three-receiver formations during that time. And second, the Vikings have another versatile wideout in third-year man Jarius Wright.
The 5-foot-11 Wright, who'd been cast as a slot receiver early in his rookie year, actually ran 192 of his 252 routes lined up wide last season, as Jennings and Patterson got more of the slot work. He caught 23 of his 26 passes lined up out wide, and clicked with quarterback Matt Cassel late in the season, catching 14 of his 26 passes from Cassel for 252 yards. Wright saw 30.7 percent of his routes from the slot during the preseason, and he's got plenty to prove in Year 3 as he tries to carve out a niche in the offense, so he should be ready and eager to fit into the Vikings' scheme while Simpson is out.
The story breaks it down in depth on how the team will move its WRs around this year based on the preseason: During their third preseason game in Kansas City, when the Vikings' starters played almost all of the first three quarters, they ran 18 plays out of three-receiver sets, displaying impressive variety in how they lined up their three wideouts. Cordarrelle Patterson, Greg Jennings and Simpson all saw time on both sides and in the slot. It's perhaps especially good news for Patterson owners that the team is trying to create mismatches for the talented WR.
Sunday, August 24, 2014, 10:37am
On the team’s opening drive, which started at their 3-yard line, Vikings QB Matt Cassel froze the Chiefs defense with a play-action fake and fired a 53-yard touchdown pass to WR Cordarrelle Patterson, who had gotten behind Chiefs second-string safety Daniel Sorensen. It was an accurate throw by Cassel and Patterson did a good job of tracking the ball before making an over-the-shoulder catch and coasting into the end zone.
“It was a play that we had worked on throughout the week and we had yet to throw the ball to Cordarrelle on it,” Cassel said, who was 2-for-2 for 84 yards on the opening drive. “He got on top of the safety and I was able to see it and give him an opportunity, and he went and made a great play.”
Patterson said he could feel a big play coming when Cassel barked out the play call in the huddle. He just figured the play would come from fellow wide receiver Greg Jennings on that particular play.
It's a great sign if Cassell and Patterson get on the same page concerning deep balls. Patterson will likely be a hot commodity in your draft with his big-play potential and he's poised to explode in his second season in the league.
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