Barr, McKinnon take mid-season honors

Anthony Barr and Jerick McKinnon were named to a mid-season all-rookie team while Teddy Bridgewater was beat out.

As we’ve reached the midway point of the 2014 NFL season, it’s the season for handing out awards for the players that have stood out in the season’s first two months. On Tuesday, the NFL’s official website released its Midseason All-Rookie Team and two Vikings – running back Jerick McKinnon and linebacker Anthony Barr – both made the team.

Barr has been a starter all season and McKinnon eventually took over the starting role vacated by Adrian Peterson when he was placed on the commissioner’s exempt list.

The Vikings were one of six teams, along with Arizona, Chicago, Green Bay, Miami and Oakland to have two players on the team. Because of the nature of the team, there were no tight ends named (instead, there were four wide receivers) and defensive end hasn’t made a big enough impact to date to warrant selection. In addition, only one cornerback and safety were selected.

The team is as follows:

OFFENSE – Quarterback: Derek Carr (Oakland); Running Backs: McKinnon (Minnesota) and Branden Oliver (San Diego); Wide Receivers: Sammy Watkins (Buffalo), Kelvin Benjamin (Carolina), Brandin Cooks (New Orleans) and John Brown (Arizona); Offensive Tackles: Taylor Lewan (Tennessee) and Ju’Wuan James (Miami); Guards: Joel Bitonio (Cleveland) and Zack Martin (Dallas); Center: Corey Linsley (Green Bay).

DEFENSE – Defensive Tackle: Aaron Donald (St. Louis); Outside Linebackers: Barr (Minnesota) and Khalil Mack (Oakland); Inside Linebacker: C.J. Mosley (Baltimore); Cornerback: Kyle Fuller (Chicago); Safety: HaHa Clinton-Dix.

SPECIAL TEAMS – Punter: Pat O’Donnell (Chicago); Kicker: Chandler Catanzaro (Arizona); Kick Returner: Jarvis Landry (Miami).

The Vikings hope that, by the time the season ends, Teddy Bridgewater will join Barr and McKinnon on the all-rookie team, but halfway through the 2014 season, the draft crop from May is looking pretty good for the Vikings and their scouting department.


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