Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater threw during team drills, although reports from the team’s session indicated that he was mostly throwing shorter passes during the workout.
Shaun Hill, who started in Bridgewater’s place, also returned to action after a day off and a day off from throwing to further return things to normal for the Vikes.
The Vikings opted not to play quarterback Teddy Bridgewater against the Seahawks last Thursday and a report emerged in the following days that Bridgewater was bothered by shoulder soreness leading up to the game. That wasn’t confirmed by the team, but the fact that Bridgewater didn’t throw in practice on either Saturday or Sunday seemed to offer further evidence that all wasn’t 100 percent with his arm. Tuesday’s practice provided reason to believe things are headed back that way, the story said.
“He’s taking coaching well and learning,” Jeffery said Sunday after practice at Halas Hall. “He missed the whole year last year, so this year he’s progressing right where we need him to be. He listens to the coaches and he’s making plays and having fun.”
Jeffery and White possess the potential to develop into one of the NFL’s top receiving tandems. Jeffery already has been voted to a Pro Bowl, his 3,728 yards are the most by a receiver in his first four seasons with the Bears, and he has recorded the top two most prolific games in franchise history by a receiver with 249 yards against the Vikings and 218 yards versus the Saints.
The Bears are hoping that White develops into the impact player they envisioned when they selected him with the seventh pick in the 2015 draft after he caught 109 passes for 1,447 yards and 10 touchdowns at West Virginia in 2014. Knowing that they’re both big and strong, the 6-3, 218-pound Jeffery has encouraged the 6-3, 216-pound White to use his size as a weapon, the story said. The two could also make QB Jake Cutler a sneaky late pick in drafts.
Thielen, 25, has moved ahead of Jarius Wright on the Vikings’ unofficial depth chart. Wright, of course, has missed the first two preseason games because of a leg injury. But Thielen also is showing more versatility. Thielen is buried down our WR list but could be a name to keep in mind if he keeps his spot on the depth chart.
On the Seahawks’ first drive Thursday during their preseason game against the Vikings, Michael took a hand-off out of the shotgun formation. As he neared the line, he had a few choices: He could either bounce the run outside or over the right guard, or he could cut up the middle.
Michael chose inside, squirmed through traffic and gained 10 yards.
So why is that run important? Because of what it represented. Michael, in his fourth season, always had ability but struggled with reliability. The Seahawks couldn’t trust him from play to play.
Michael continues to get positive press and really seems like he's made a turn in his career. It's potentially bad news for Thomas Rawls owners. Doubters say Michael has looked good when it doesn't count before, so it remains to be seen if this will be a one-two punch with Michael and Rawls.
He made the decision, according to Ben Goessling of ESPN.com, because Bridgewater has a sore shoulder. The decision came late, not long before kickoff.
The good news is Bridgewater could have played if it was the regular season, according to reports. The story went on to say the Vikings didn’t disclose the sore shoulder because teams have no obligation to report injuries during the preseason. The first official injury report is due prior to the first regular-season game.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016, 4:47pm
Originally the 12th overall draft pick in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings, Ponder (6-2, 230) has appeared in 38 games (36 starts), completing 632 passes for 6,658 yards and 38 touchdowns, and 26 rushes for 639 yards and seven touchdowns, during his time in Minnesota (2011-14). Ponder signed with the Oakland Raiders on March 13, 2015, and spent training camp with the team before being released on September 5, 2015. He later signed with the Denver Broncos on November 25, 2015, where he was inactive for two games for Denver and later released on December 8, 2015.
After the Bengals finished up their last public session of training camp in a Tuesday morning walk-through, head coach Marvin Lewis indicated he doesn’t expect injured starter Brandon LaFell to miss the Sept. 11 regular-season opener in New Jersey against the Jets.
LaFell, a seven-year veteran wide receiver who reportedly has ligament damage in his right hand, went through individual drills Monday after not playing Friday night in the preseason opener against the Vikings.
Reports today were saying LaFell would need surgery and put at least part of his season in doubt. But this piece said Lewis didn’t rule out LaFell for the next preseason game, Thursday night in Detroit. This is certainly good news for the Bengals offense, which could already be without TE Tyler Eifert.
The Minnesota Vikings have not come to a decision yet about whether Adrian Peterson will play in the preseason, coach Mike Zimmer said Monday. If the league's leading rusher does see the field before the start of the regular season, it will be in large part because he wants to get in an exhibition game.
"I'm going to sit down and talk to him about it and if he wants to play then we'll discuss what we think," Zimmer said. "If he goes in there, he's probably not going to get one pass and out. So he's going to play (for a longer period of time if he does play)."
Peterson hasn't carried the ball in a preseason game since he returned from knee surgery in 2012, and his only exhibition game appearance during that time came in 2013, when he played one series in the Vikings' third preseason game against San Francisco, the story said. The piece also added that Zimmer doesn't feel it's necessary to see Peterson in a preseason game before the regular season starts.
In light of what he did in the Minnesota Vikings' offense during their final four games of the 2015 season -- gaining 260 of his 473 yards from scrimmage in three regular-season wins and the team's playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks -- it seemed inevitable the team would use Jerick McKinnon in a larger role throughout the 2016 season.
The article said don't expect a split backfield with Adrian Peterson, but the team is trying to find ways to get McKinnon the ball. They moved him into formations as a receiver in camp and OC Norv Turner also mentioned using Peterson and McKinnon in the same backfield. McKinnon could have deeper PPR value on top of being Peterson's likely handcuff.
If during the first week of Vikings training camp had you looked down at your phone to craft a clever tweet or turned to actually engage another onlooker in conversation, you ran the risk of missing another highlight from WR Stefon Diggs.
“He’s all over the place,” wide receivers coach George Stewart said.
Diggs has also flashed his skill set while in a different position than the one he played last season. The Vikings have had Diggs line up off the ball at the flanker position and have even moved him in the slot at times.
Stefon Diggs burst onto the scene last season as a fifth-round draft pick, becoming the first rookie to record at least 85 receiving yards in each of his first four games in the NFL. The former Maryland standout went on to lead the Vikings in catches (52) and yards (720). The problem this year for Diggs and fantasy owners will be Laquon Treadwell joining the corps, so we think it's hard for Diggs' role to expand from last season.
Friday, August 5, 2016, 8:52pm
Jerick McKinnon returned to the field for individual drills Friday afternoon, including a new ladder drill introduced to the position group by running backs coach Kevin Stefanski.
McKinnon and his teammates ran through the ladder by stepping their right foot into the left column and vice versa.
“He’s come up with a couple of different drills we haven’t done in the past two years,” McKinnon said of Stefanski. “Just working on footwork […]. Things that he teaches us are [game-related]. He has his theory that you can only coach running backs so much, and then the rest of it is up to us.”
McKinnon sat out most of the week after tweaking his lower back Monday. He said most of the decision has been precautionary.
In February 2015, Judge David Doty ruled that the NFL and arbitrator Harold Henderson overstepped their bounds when Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was suspended indefinitely (a suspension upheld by Henderson) and fined six paychecks after he pleaded no contest in November 2014 to reckless assault to settle charges that he abused his son.
That ruling paved the way to Peterson’s reinstatement after he spent all but one game of the 2014 season on the exempt list after the abuse allegations came to light. The NFL appealed the ruling on the grounds that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was within his rights to suspend Peterson under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with the NFL on Thursday. In their decision, which was obtained by TheSportsEsquires.com, the court found that “the parties bargained to be bound by the decision of the arbitrator, and the arbitrator acted within his authority, so we reverse the district court’s judgment vacating the arbitration decision.” The decision also rejected the NFLPA argument that the penalty being “fundamentally unfair” takes precedence over the powers given to the league under the CBA.
The story said the decision has no impact on Peterson’s eligibility to play, only whether the league has the right to collect the fine. Joined with the decision on the Tom Brady appeal in the Second Circuit, it also serves to reinforce Goodell’s power to impose discipline under the current CBA.
Peterson said Wednesday that he’s “obviously not playing in the first preseason game,” but left open the possibility that he’d see the field in later weeks in the preseason.
There’s some thought that with Peterson and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, there could be some benefit to getting the pair on the same page before the season starts, which apparently didn’t happen last year. Still, there’s injury risk ineherent in NFL football, and the Vikings clearly want to limit Peterson’s exposure and chance of injury in a meaningless preseason game, the story went on to say.
Peterson received an increased number of reps during today’s morning walkthrough, which further suggests that Peterson is ready to roll.
Backup running back Jerick McKinnon, who in the words of Zimmer got a little “twisted” during Monday’s practice, is not expected to practice, according to the coach. McKinnon did not take part in the walkthrough.
If Peterson does practice, it will be his first full practice since the start of camp. Zimmer said last week that Peterson is dealing with a minor hamstring pull suffered while working out on his own last month, the story said.
Stefon Diggs' laughter quickly faded, however, abruptly replaced with a serious look and tone, when he was asked about his rookie campaign — you know, the rookie season that seemed to catch many observers by surprise as he led the Vikings in targets (84), receptions (52), receiving yards (720) and yards after catch (300)?
“As far as my rookie season, I don’t want to talk about it. I was disappointed in myself,” Diggs said stone-faced. “Everything that’s in the past is in the past. I look forward to this new year.”
Diggs thought he was better than his numbers and moving forward said he wants to be a lot better. As the story pointed out, he did fade a bit down the stretch when the weather got cold and it was obviously he was QB Teddy Bridgewater's go-to guy. But with Laquon Treadwell joining the receiving corps, it’s hard to envision Diggs’ role expanding much more than the 6.5 targets per game he saw as a rookie.
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