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Vikings have high hopes for WR Charles Johnson

Monday, June 29, 2015, 12:45pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson was a week from returning to the Vikings' roster after a three-game suspension for drunken driving, when ESPN reported on Sept. 18 that Simpson had been cited in July for misdemeanor marijuana possession and driving with an open bottle. The Vikings released Simpson later that day, and signed Charles Johnson off the Cleveland Browns' practice squad the next day.

It seemed at the time like a move to replenish the Vikings' wide receiver depth with a known commodity -- quarterbacks coach Scott Turner had been Johnson's position coach the previous year in Cleveland -- but Johnson was less than a year removed from knee surgery, and didn't play more than 20 snaps in a game until Nov. 16. From that point on, though, he caught 25 passes for 415 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and supplanted Cordarrelle Patterson as the team's "X" receiver.

"He was recovering from that knee surgery a year ago and I don't know that he was ever 100 percent," offensive coordinator Norv Turner said. "I think he's 100 percent. He's got great work ethic, and he's a big, strong guy. He's a 218-pound receiver that can run. He's got everything you need to be a productive player in this league."

Fantasy Impact:

In organized team activities and minicamp, there was no mystery about where Johnson figured in the Vikings' plans, the story went on to say. He was lined up at split end all spring, and teamed with Mike Wallace and Jarius Wright in the team's three receiver sets. According to ESPN, 33 of Johnson's 58 targets were at least 10 yards downfield, and 13 of those 58 were 20 or more yards downfield. Johnson worked out in Southern California with Bridgewater and a number of the Vikings' receivers this offseason, and also spent time in Houston with Rischad Whitfield, the "Footwork King" who has counted Antonio Brown and DeAndre Hopkins among his clients. Johnson is one of 4for4.com Senior Editor John Paulsen's potential sleepers this year. We rank him 37th on our WR list and he looks to be in a good situation with the offense under OC Norv Turner and a developing QB in Bridgewater.

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Norv: WR Charles Johnson has 'picked up where he left off'

Thursday, June 25, 2015, 11:47pm

Star-Tribune - [Full Article]

Vikings OC Norv Turner had some nice things to say about WR Charles Johnson.

“CJ has picked up where he left off in December and he’s having a good spring,” Turner said.

Johnson won’t technically be labeled as the No. 1 receiver with the Vikings trading for Mike Wallace from the Dolphins, but he’s expected to have a big role in the offense. Johnson built a rapport with Teddy Bridgewater once he took over as the starting “X” receiver over Cordarrelle Paterson, and the chemistry continued throughout OTAs and minicamp this offseason.

Fantasy Impact:

Johnson started playing significant snaps in Week 11, and over the final seven games of the season, he averaged 3.6 catches for 59 yards and 0.29 touchdowns. He was the #31 fantasy receiver in that span. He should continue to have plenty of opportunity to grow in Norv Turner's offense despite the arrival of Mike Wallace.

Dolphins Beat: 'Even the deep throws are improved' for QB Ryan Tannehill

Thursday, June 25, 2015, 11:39pm

Miami Herald - [Full Article]

Dolphins players have been effusive about how Ryan Tannehill has looked all offseason. Even the deep throws are improved. “Ryan is way better than last year and more of a leader,” tight end Dion Sims said.

Fantasy Impact:

In his first three seasons, Tannehill finished #24, #16 and finally #9 in quarterback scoring. That’s a nice trend. The Dolphins spent the offseason trying to upgrade his weapons, and ended up with Jordan Cameron at tight end to go along with Kenny Stills, DeVante Parker and Greg Jennings at receiver. Sure, they traded away Mike Wallace and let Charles Clay walk, but that trio (and the emerging Jarvis Landry) should be able to more than offset those losses. Tannehill has a good coordinator in Bill Lazor and host of weapons to utilize. He looks like a very safe pick in the 9th round.

Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill 'has played well' throughout OTAs

Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 11:10pm

Sun-Sentinel - [Full Article]

Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill was as good as a $96 million player could be in Wednesday's minicamp practice. He threw seven touchdowns and no interceptions, made good decisions, threw accurate passes, showed good footwork and pocket presence.

Tannehill, who received a lucrative contract extension in the offseason, has played well throughout the offseason program, and Wednesday was one of his best practices. Tannehill, frequently criticized for his inability to throw deep, even connected with wide receiver Jarvis Landry on a beautifully thrown 45-yard touchdown pass. He later hooked up with veteran wide receiver Greg Jennings on a 75-yard catch-and-run touchdown.

"I feel really comfortable in this offense right now in the sense of knowing exactly where everyone is supposed to be," Tannehill said, "and being more of a coach on the field this year as opposed to trying to learn the whole system with everyone else like I did last year."

Fantasy Impact:

In his first three seasons, Tannehill finished #24, #16 and finally #9 in quarterback scoring. That’s a nice trend. The Dolphins spent the offseason trying to upgrade his weapons, and ended up with Jordan Cameron at tight end to go along with Kenny Stills, DeVante Parker and Greg Jennings at receiver. Sure, they traded away Mike Wallace and let Charles Clay walk, but that trio (and the emerging Jarvis Landry) should be able to more than offset those losses. Tannehill has a good coordinator in Bill Lazor and host of weapons to utilize. He looks like a very safe pick in the 9th round.

Turner: Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will be a bigger part of the passing game

Friday, June 5, 2015, 5:18pm

PFT - [Full Article]

While Norv Turner notes that he likes the way the Vikings closed out 2014 on offense, he also knows Adrian Peterson’s return will have a major impact.

“Well, any great player — and you’re talking about one of the greatest players to ever play — it makes a total difference,” Turner said, via the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “It changes the whole approach for everybody. If you really break down how we played the last six weeks of the season, we played pretty good on offense. That’s something we’re going to build on. You add Adrian to it and, yeah, it makes a big difference.”

Turner didn’t detail too many of the changes to the approach, but did say that he expects Peterson to be a bigger part of the passing game than he’s been in the past and that other additions (the trade for Mike Wallace, the return to health of Kyle Rudolph) will also reshape the team’s offense for the 2015 season.

Fantasy Impact:

Turner has a history of feeding the ball to his top running back; LaDainian Tomlinson averaged 20.9 touches per game from 2007-09 while he and Turner were in San Diego. That included 2.86 receptions per game, which would represent a career high 45-46 receptions for Peterson if he catches the ball at the same rate. If he stays healthy, Peterson is a threat to finish as the #1 overall PPR running back.

Vikings WR Mike Wallace impressing at OTAs

Friday, May 29, 2015, 2:35pm

Minnesota Vikings - [Full Article]

New, but not unnoticed. Vikings WR Mike Wallace has made a quick impression on his coaches and teammates.

“I know he’s a dynamic receiver and he’s been doing a great job of working, he’s a guy that works very, very hard,” Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer said. “He’s been catching the ball well. He’s been learning the playbook. All of these things are all different, but he’s looked good.”

Said offensive coordinator Norv Turner: “Mike looks really fast. I don’t know if he needs a double move (to create separation from defenders). He’s getting a feel for our offense. He’s a very smart guy.”

Added NFL Network’s Jeff Darlington, who lives in south Florida and has covered Wallace for all of his NFL career: “I can tell you that the speed is the real deal. This guy is as fast as advertised.”

Fantasy Impact:

Wallace will likely start opposite Charles Johnson with Cordarrelle Patterson and Jarius Wright battling for snaps as the team’s WR3. We're wary anytime a receiver changes teams, especially when he's not getting a promotion, which is the case with Wallace. He will have more opportunity to use his speed since OC Norv Turner likes the deep ball.

Vikings WR Mike Wallace says team's offense is a better fit

Thursday, May 28, 2015, 1:45pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Vikings want to push the ball deep in Norv Turner's offense, and Mike Wallace, who was their top target at wide receiver this offseason, was the only one the team had interest in acquiring via a trade. He is playing flanker right now, but he said after the Vikings' organized team activity on Wednesday that he expects to move around the offense. Wherever he is, Wallace expects to feel more at home than he did in Miami.

"I think it's more so [like] my first four years," Wallace said. "It's a vertical offense, [rather] than a short, West Coast offense. You go down the field a lot more here, more what I'm accustomed to."

Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater said he has been spending extra time with Wallace each day, working on routes they ran in practice. The Vikings will use Wallace in a variety of ways -- coach Mike Zimmer has pointed out how dangerous Wallace can be on screen passes, too -- but his deep speed is probably the primary reason he's in Minnesota now.

Fantasy Impact:

Wallace will likely start opposite Charles Johnson with Cordarrelle Patterson and Jarius Wright battling for snaps as the team’s WR3. We're wary anytime a receiver changes teams, especially when he's not getting a promotion, which is the case with Wallace. He will have more opportunity to use his speed since OC Norv Turner likes the deep ball.

Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater happy to have TE Kyle Rudolph back in the fold

Thursday, May 28, 2015, 1:28pm

Star Tribune - [Full Article]

Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater made it halfway through an answer about the new guy, Mike Wallace, before interrupting himself to offer praise to Kyle Rudolph.

“I’ll tell you, what’s even a better addition is have Kyle Rudolph back healthy,” Bridgewater said. “He’s like a whole new player on the team.”

They expected big things from Rudolph last season, and the lucrative contract extension they gave him during training camp was proof of that.

“You see what my position is capable of in this offense,” Rudolph said. “I’ve proven that throughout the course of a 16-game season, when I’m out there every week, I’m one of the best players at my position.”

Fantasy Impact:

It has been a frustrating two years for Rudolph and his owners, as he’s missed 15 of a possible 32 games in that span. But he saw 17 targets in three games last season before going down with a sports hernia. Over the past three seasons, Rudolph has averaged 5.2 targets per game, which is about what Owen Daniels averaged in 2014. There’s some upside in OC Norv Turner’s TE-friendly offense if he can stay healthy. Granted, that’s a big “if.”

Dolphins lock up QB Ryan Tannehill through 2020

Monday, May 18, 2015, 7:50pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

The Miami Dolphins announced Monday they've signed Ryan Tannehill through the 2020 season.

It’s a four-year, $77 million extension on top of the two years and $18.255 million Tannehill had remaining on his rookie deal, a person informed of the contract's details told USA TODAY Sports.

The deal includes $45 million in guarantees, said the person, who was not permitted to speak publicly since the team did not release financial details of the contract.

Fantasy Impact:

In his first three seasons, Tannehill finished #24, #16 and finally #9 in quarterback scoring. That’s a nice trend. The Dolphins spent the offseason trying to upgrade his weapons, and ended up with Jordan Cameron at tight end to go along with Kenny Stills, DeVante Parker and Greg Jennings at receiver. Sure, they traded away Mike Wallace, but that trio (and the emerging Jarvis Landry) should be able to offset that loss. If healthy, Cameron should also be an upgrade on the departed Charles Clay. Tannehill has a good coordinator in Bill Lazor and host of weapons to utilize. He looks like a very safe pick in the 9th round.

Monday, May 11, 2015, 9:27am

Vikings.com - [Full Article]

Vikings.com writer Mike Wobschall on 5th-round-pick WR Stefon Diggs:

Diggs seemed to have a nice camp. What stands out the most to me with him is how smooth and natural he looks when he operates, on top of the fact that he’s very quick. He was a special player for the University of Maryland, particularly once the football was in his hands. Watching his college tape, he had outstanding acceleration and change of direction ability, plus he seemed to have a natural feel for finding creases and running lanes. Now, it’s no surprise he looks good in a highlight tape because it is, after all, a highlight tape, and this was just one three-day rookie minicamp. But it’s easy to like Diggs so far and it’ll be fun to see him develop within Norv Turner’s offense.

Fantasy Impact:

This year, Diggs will struggle to find playing time in Minnesota behind Mike Wallace and Charles Johnson, unless Cordarrelle Patterson dissipates further into nothingness. He does have enough talent and playmaking ability to provide some potential in the Vikings offense, but ultimately it will be hard for him to crack the rotation in any kind of significant way.

Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson working on route-running

Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 12:35pm

Pioneer Press - [Full Article]

After catching 45 passes for 469 yards as a rookie in 2013, many were expecting Patterson to have a breakout season in '14. Instead, he had just 33 catches for 384 yards while losing his starting job.

"This year is going to make me or break me, and I hope I step up and have a good role in this offense," Patterson said.

"Just route running. Growing up, I was always athletic and could just do anything. I'm in the NFL now, so I just have to focus on my craft and just work at route running, getting in and getting out of breaks and stuff like that."

The newly-acquired Mike Wallace, a former Pro Bowl selection, hopes he can help Patterson bounce back from his disappointing season.

"Definitely, I'm going to," Wallace said. "We're going to work together a lot."

Fantasy Impact:

Patterson was a big disappointment in fantasy circles in 2014, and expectations will be tempered heading into the season. He's no longer expected to play starter's snaps, so the pressure will be off and he can (hopefully) grow as a route runner and all-around receiver. He's going very late (14th round) in early fantasy drafts.

Vikings say that WR Cordarrelle Patterson has 'grown up a lot'

Sunday, April 26, 2015, 10:14am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

At the league meetings last month, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer tried his best to reason with a fan base clamoring for more of wideout Cordarrelle Patterson.

"There's no question he is, again there's another young guy that came out early and made a splash his rookie year because of his unique speed and his unique athletic traits," general manager Rick Spielman told The Star Tribune. "Sometimes you have to go through some growing pains where you have to realize it's more than just that. It's more than just relying on your athletic skill set and what it takes to be a great receiver in this league."

On the bright side, Spielman thinks Patterson has turned a corner in that respect.

"I think Cordarrelle has really grown up a lot," Spielman said. "I know what he has done this offseason dedicating himself to being the best receiver he can be, and how serious he is taking that, we're very excited about the future with Cordarrelle."

Fantasy Impact:

Patterson will likely play behind Charles Johnson and Mike Wallace, at least. He didn't crack the 15 percent mark in snaps played over the final five weeks of the season.

'Good chance' that Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry has a breakthrough season

Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 10:12pm

Sun-Sentinel - [Full Article]

Dolphins beat writer Chris Perkins believes that WR Jarvis Landry is the player most likely to have a breakthrough season in 2015:

A breakthrough season would be improving on the 84 receptions for 758 yards and 5 TDs he had last year as a rookie. There’s a good chance that happens now that TE Charles Clay and WRs Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson are gone. Tannehill is familiar with Landry, and Landry showed he’s got good NFL skills. He’s got good hands and can get YAC (Yards After Catch).

Fantasy Impact:

Landry was the #42 WR in standard formats and #30 in PPR, so as a high-volume slot receiver, he's going to have more value in PPR formats. The Dolphins lost four of their top six most-targeted players: Mike Wallace, Charles Clay, Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson. They have been replaced by Kenny Stills and Jordan Cameron, but Landry's role should expand as well. He only played 62 percent of the snaps on the season, and didn't start playing consistent starter's snaps until Week 9. Over the final nine weeks, Landry was the #15 WR in PPR formats (and #23 in standard). He is currently the 24th WR off the board in early PPR drafts.

Vikings release WR Greg Jennings

Saturday, March 14, 2015, 2:43pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Vikings announced they have released WR Greg Jennings.

Fantasy Impact:

Jennings became expendable when the team traded for Mike Wallace. Jennings was the #42 WR in PPR formats, posting 59 catches for 742 yards and six touchdowns in his second season with the team. He'll turn 32 in September and still has some gas in the tank.

Dolphins trade WR Mike Wallace to the Vikings

Friday, March 13, 2015, 7:26pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Vikings traded 5th-round pick to Miami for WR Mike Wallace and 7th-round pick, per league source.

Fantasy Impact:

Starting with the Dolphins, this news is good for Jarvis Landry and the newly acquired Kenny Stills and Jordan Cameron since Wallace's 7.2 targets per game are now up for grabs. In Minnesota, Wallace will likely start opposite Charles Johnson with Greg Jennings serving as the team's WR3. (Fantasy owners should not expect much from Cordarrelle Patterson in 2015.) We're wary any time a receiver changes teams, especially when he's not getting a promotion, which is the case here with Wallace. The acquisition is good news for Teddy Bridgewater, who averaged a solid 15.0 FP after his Week 10 bye. Those are QB2-type numbers, so with a year under his belt and Wallace in the mix, Bridgewater should be a good QBBC/streaming option in his second season.

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