C Joe Berger
CB Marcus Sherels
DT Sharrif Floyd
CB Mackensie Alexander
QB Taylor Heinicke
T Rashod Hill
DE Stephen Weatherly
Diggs is a good start against a Cowboys secondary that has struggled in recent weeks.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 6:36pm
Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (knee, questionable) practiced fully Wednesday. Diggs practiced all week, so he’s expected to play on Thursday night against the Cowboys. He has produced at a higher rate when not on the injury report this year, so owners should temper their expectations in Week 13.
Zimmer declined to talk about Peterson's rehab but said he's on his normal routine and added he did run before today. Zimmer said he didn't know when Peterson would be back at practice. December was the timetable when Peterson was going to return, but it's hard to say if he's close to returning to practice without input from the team. It's definitely worth monitoring and if Peterson is floating around on your wire, maybe he's worth a stash.
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson got the go-ahead to do light running as part of his rehab from surgery to repair a torn meniscus earlier this month and it appears that went well because Peterson’s workload has expanded this week.
Peterson was seen running short sprints on a side field by multiple Vikings reporters while the rest of the team went through their preparations for Thursday’s game against the Cowboys. Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Vikings head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman watched Peterson closely before the two men went back into the team’s facility.
December has been the target for Peterson’s return to action if he’s physically able to do it and there’s been no word from the team about how likely that may be, the story said.
The Minnesota Vikings' injury report, already well-populated with starters, now includes their quarterback.
Sam Bradford appeared on the Vikings' first injury report of the week, before their Thursday game against the Dallas Cowboys, with an ankle injury that had him limited in practice. Bradford was participating during the open portion of practice, and also took part in Sunday's practice (when the Vikings did not have to issue an injury report), but the quarterback apparently missed some of the Vikings' practice with the injury.
The story summed this situation up well: The fact Bradford didn't sit out the entire session is probably a good sign -- if the Vikings were overly worried about the injury affecting him on Thursday night, they'd likely have held him out of practice -- but Bradford's ankle is certainly worth watching between now and Thursday.
He wasn't targeted with a pass during Thursday's loss to the Detroit Lions, but in many ways, Laquon Treadwell was more involved in the Minnesota Vikings’ offense than he has been at any point during his rookie season.
Treadwell played 31 snaps against the Lions -- just four fewer than he'd played the rest of the season -- and ran a route on 25 of those plays, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The first-round pick remains stuck on one catch, which came Nov. 6 on the only pass thrown his way this season, but coach Mike Zimmer says he sees progress from Treadwell in a number of areas. He missed the Vikings' game against the Washington Redskins on Nov. 13 with a hamstring injury, but Zimmer said Treadwell is pretty healthy now.
"I think he's kind of catching up to the NFL a little bit now," Zimmer said. "His quickness, his stops and starts, his acceleration [are better.]
Concerns about Treadwell's speed helped him drop to the 23rd overall pick, where the Vikings took him in the draft last April, but the team said it believed Treadwell would run more effectively the further removed he was from the broken leg he sustained in college. At this point, Zimmer said he thinks Treadwell is fully recovered.
Diggs was out on Sunday but this seems like a good sign he'll be available against Dallas on this week's Thursday night game.
With Diggs out, Adam Thielen and Cordarrelle Patterson become startable. Thielen is especially appealing, since he's already playing starter's snaps and racked up 7-127-1 on eight targets with Diggs out in Week 5. Thielen has found the endzone in two straight games and has cleared 50 yards and/or scored a touchdown in five of his last six games. Patterson has become more involved in the offense since Week 4, posting WR4/WR5 numbers in that span. He has averaged 6.0 targets per game in the last seven games, and that was with Diggs in the lineup for six of those games. There are some rumblings that the team may use Patterson as a runner to kickstart an anemic running game. Laquon Treadwell will draw the start in Diggs' place, but it's hard to get excited about a player who has one catch through 10 games. TE Kyle Rudolph also gets a small bump since there are a few extra targets to go around.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016, 8:58pm
Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (knee, questionable) did not practice Wednesday. Diggs sounds pretty iffy for the early Thanksgiving game. Adam Schefter reported that he’s “unlikely to play.” Adam Thielen and Cordarrelle Patterson would seem to be the primary beneficiaries of a potential Diggs’ absence, but Kyle Rudolph could also see a few extra targets.
Hillman has been in the league for five years (debuted in 2012), and crazy enough is still only 25 years old.
The Chargers don't have much depth behind Melvin Gordon who has seen a big workload this year but especially the last few weeks. The team talked about getting Kenneth Farrow more work but it hasn't happened. Hillman struggled in Minnesota but could provide the Chargers some depth at the position, and they should be pretty familiar with Hillman seeing him twice a year the last couple of seasons.
Three years after his breakout rookie season, Cordarrelle Patterson again is a fixture in the Vikings' offense, getting almost as many opportunities in the offense on a week-to-week basis as he did during his first year. Patterson has 38 touches in 10 games this season, after totaling just 47 in 2014 and 2015 combined. He had 39 touches, according to ESPN Stats & Information, in the final eight games of the 2013 season, when his role in the offense grew significantly.
But while Patterson's 2016 season so far hasn't included the headline-grabbing runs and catches that his rookie year did, he's getting the ball in a manner that looks much like how the Vikings used him in 2013.
Patterson is averaging only 3.24 yards per target, according to ESPN Stats & Information, as the Vikings look for him on the bubble screens and quick slants they used to great effect in 2013. The story added his involvement could get him a new contract with the Vikings. He's averaging just over three catches per game on just over four targets per game.
Ronnie Hillman wasn’t able to add anything to the worst rushing game in the league, so now he’s looking for work again.
The Minnesota Vikings have had many struggles as of late, but none bigger than the run game. With averaging just 2.7 yards per carry, the Vikes could really use their future Pro Football Hall of Fame running back. That may be sooner than anticipated, as Adrian Peterson has resumed light running and is now eligible for the team to activate from the IR.
Minnesota has found it hard to find offensive success during their 4 game losing streak and their run game has been no help. Without a solid run game, a good passing game is near impossible. Unfortunately, the Vikings are finding that out the hard way.
Without the presence of a run game, defenders can blitz QB Sam Bradford at will and not worry about a late hand-off or pitch. Due to this, Bradford has been hit a lot and is now forced to release the football a lot earlier than he wants to, the story all said. As of now, the only thing the story knew Peterson is running again, according to NBC Sports, but that is a huge step towards a possible early December.
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