The Vikings needed a roster spot with Teddy Bridgewater going on the 53-man roster and with QB Sam Bradford out several weeks, at least after last night’s knee procedure, they can make an easy swap today. Bradford headed to Injured Reserve.
Bradford's year is over after he underwent another procedure to clean up his ailing knee. Case Keenum is expected to get another start in Week 10 while Bridgewater works his way back.
Hopefully, we get more clarity on Sunday before lineup lock, as Bradford's return would be a boost to the other fantasy relevant Vikings. This has he feel of a game-time decision though on Monday.
Thursday, October 5, 2017, 6:29pm
Vikings QB Sam Bradford (knee) took limited practice reps Thursday. This means that Bradford has a chance to play against the Bears. His return would be good news for Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen and Kyle Rudolph.
Ian Rapoport confirmed the report. This is an obvious downgrade for the entire Minnesota offense and the Buccaneers defense now looks like a good streaming option in Week 3. Graziano's mention of the "next steps" being "unclear" is not a good sign for Bradford's short-term availability.
Thursday, September 21, 2017, 6:42pm
Vikings QB Sam Bradford (knee) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Bradford appears to be on track to play in Week 3. It’s good news for the entire Minnesota offense, especially Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen and Kyle Rudolph.
Vikings starting QB Sam Bradford remains questionable for Sunday's game at Pittsburgh, but the Vikings promoting a practice squad quarterback makes it seem Bradford is not a 100 percent lock to be ready for Sunday.
Bradford popped up on the injury report this week with swelling in the knee in which he's had his ACL surgically repaired twice.
Bradford is a streaming option in 1QB leagues in Week 2, after a QB3 performance in Week 1 against the Saints. If you are considering starting him on your team, make sure you have an alternative ready to go. The Vikings do have a 1:00 ET start Sunday, increasing the options if Bradford isn't able to go. If Bradford doesn't play, that obviously would downgrade his skill position players too with Case Keenum at back-up quarterback. Be sure to check back for updated rankings before 1:00 ET Sunday if Bradford is ruled out for this week.
It wasn’t hard to find Kyle Rudolph’s name while looking up stats and numbers among tight ends during the 2016 season.
The Vikings tight end was near the top in almost all major statistical categories, as Rudolph finished third among all tight ends with 83 catches, tied for third with seven touchdown catches and was fourth with 840 receiving yards.
So are the numbers Rudolph put up this past season the benchmark for himself going forward?
“Absolutely. I want 2016 to be a springboard for me to bigger and better things,” Rudolph said. “That’s kind of what I’ve always expected out of myself in terms of statistics and numbers, and that’s going to be the baseline for my career moving forward.”
Rudolph was a key component to Sam Bradford’s success in 2016, especially after the quarterback joined the Vikings just eight days before the starts of the season. Bradford’s first touchdown pass in Purple, and three of his first four passing scores, all went to Rudolph. The tight end eventually hauled in more than one-third (seven of 20) of Bradford’s touchdown passes.
Eifert doesn’t know when he’ll be cleared to resume regular workouts or work in the May and June camps, but he says he’ll ready for training camp. He isn’t running full steam yet, but he’s been running enough that he feels he’s close to being in tip-top shape.
“I’ll be ready and healthy and strong and be ready to go by the time it’s go time,” Eifert said. “I’m close.”
“It will be nice to have somewhat of an offseason to get ready for the year,” Eifert said. “Instead of coming into camp straight off of injury.”
When Eifert is healthy, well, the numbers say it.
There is that .650 winning percentage and those .54 TDs per game. That’s what eight-time Pro Bowler Antonio Gates has in 204 games. No one is near Rob Gronkowksi’s .77 TDs per game, but consider that Jimmy Graham is at .56, Jordan Reed at .43, one-time Pro Bowl MVP Kyle Rudolph at .36, Greg Olsen at .34, Travis Kelce at .29, 10-time Pro Bowler Jason Witten at .28, and Delanie Walker at .19, and you’re looking at a guy that scores with the best of them.
In 21 games over the last two seasons, Eifert has averaged 3.9 catches for 48 yards and 0.86 TD per game (on 5.8 T/G). That equates to 13.8 PPG (PPR), which is what Travis Kelce averaged last season as fantasy’s #1 tight end. It will be tough for Eifert to maintain that touchdown rate, though he did manage 0.82 TD per game in the 17 games over the last two seasons that A.J. Green also played, which underlines Eifert’s red zone role in the passing game. If his touchdowns regress, he’ll be hard-pressed to make up the difference in receptions or yards, since his targets are low, relatively speaking.
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.
Friday, October 7, 2016, 6:27pm
Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (rib) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week. Rudolph should be good to go. He’s locked in as an every-week TE1 given how often Sam Bradford is looking his way, though Houston (#1 in TE aFPA) is a very tough matchup.
Thursday, October 6, 2016, 6:05pm
Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (rib) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. Rudolph should be good to go. He’s locked in as an every-week TE1 given how often Sam Bradford is looking his way.
Friday, September 23, 2016, 6:21pm
Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (groin) took full practice reps again Friday. He was removed from the injury report, so he should be able to play through the injury. He saw eight targets from Sam Bradford in Bradford’s first start.
Thursday, September 22, 2016, 6:07pm
Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (groin) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Rudolph should be able to play through the injury. He saw eight targets from Sam Bradford in Bradford’s first start.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 6:15pm
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