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Minnesota Vikings training camp evaluations

A deep dive that is added to every day on players’ progress, the big plays and where we rank their chances of making the roster. Thoughts and observations on each player.


7/31 – In the first full day of pads Bridgewater threw two interceptions.

8/1 – In the second day, had no interceptions and had a high completion percentage during full-team work. There is still some inconsistency, but he’s clearly their best option now and into the future.

8/5 – Has generally had a solid camp, but threw two interceptions on consecutive passes in red zone work. The first was tipped at the line of scrimmage before Barr intercepted it and the second was Robison dropping back in coverage and Bridgewater apparently not seeing him.

8/6 – Had a solid night practice, hitting on a couple of deep balls to Diggs, a red zone touchdown to Rudolph and running one in on a bootleg in the red zone. Threw one interception that would have been negated because of defensive offsides.

8/8 – Fumbled a snap that resulted in Zimmer making the team do 10 pushups, but Bridgewater also ran a clean two-minute drill.

8/9 – In a short practice, looked very good throwing the ball deep. Diggs dropped a 40-yard pass from Bridgewater that was on target, and the quarterback followed that up by putting the next pass right on Thielen, who caught the 40-yarder in stride. Followed that up with a 30-yarder to Johnson later in practice.

7/30 – Hill knows what to do with the ball, but he doesn’t always have the arm strength and zip to get it there. But for now there is no other competition for the backup spot.

8/2 – Draws the appreciation of offensive teammates every time he scrambles on his 36-year-old legs, but in reality he is savvy about when to run. On one scramble of about 10 yards, one offensive player joked, “That’s house!”

8/5 – Passes that require a lot of velocity seem to be his Achilles Heel. At this point, doesn't have the arm strength to drive intermediate passes to the outside, giving defenders a chance to break on them and knock them away.

8/6 – Looked pretty sharp in the night practice, hitting on a number of intermediate passes to tight ends and receiver. His big deep shot to Fruechte fell incomplete.

8/8 – Underthrew Pruitt in the two-minute drill and it resulted in a Brothers interception. Also fumbled the ball while dropping back.

8/9 – Overthrew Patterson on a deep pass that Antone Exum appeared to intercept (official said he didn't complete the catch).

7/28 – Arrived at training camp with a hard cast on his lower left leg after severing a tendon.

7/31 – Had the hard cast removed and was in a walking boot. Expectations are that he might be ready sometime in late September, early October.

8/8 – Zimmer confirmed that Heinicke won't be ready by the start of the regular season.

7/29 – Has all the arm strength needed and more, but has been inconsistent, especially with throws to the outside.

7/31 – Arm strength was evident on a pass that sailed 70 yards downfield, but was overthrown. Throw looked effortless.

8/1 – Threw an errant pass that Kearse intercepted.

8/5 – Has a big arm, but is inconsistent with accuracy. On back-to-back pass attempts, had Toby Johnson knock one down and Weatherly sack him. 

8/8 – Ran a good two-minute drill that would have set up a field goal attempt of about 40 yards and put about a 50-yard pass perfectly on Bohringer, but the rookie receiver dropped it.


7/29 – After tweaking a hamstring about a week before training camp, his work is limited in practices.

8/3 – Returned to practice and took limited reps in full-team, full-pads work. Looks quick as always with his cuts.

8/4 – Looked good in one-on-one pass protection drills, winning against Kendricks and Barr.

8/5 – It looks like he is fully back into the practice routines, taking handoffs during thud portions of practice and holding up. Quickness is still not an issue for him, but appears to be looking to cut back on many plays. However, against the Vikings defensive line that is not happening often.

8/6 – Didn't take any big shots in the night practice, but still looks quick once he finds the opening.

7/29 – Has been the replacement for Peterson while he sits out with injury. Looks quick as always.

7/31 – Got free for a 30-yard touchdown reception from Hill and then went through the end zone to give fans high-fives.

8/1 – Left practice with a towel over his head, although Zimmer said it wasn’t anything serious. However, McKinnon didn’t return. Has been getting some work at kick returns.

8/5 – Still working back into practices but isn't taking a full load. Sitting out full-contact periods with a lower back injury.

8/8 – Getting a lot of time with the first-team offense, especially in hurry-up and passing situations. 

8/9 – Left practice for the trainer's tent for a brief time but returned shortly thereafter.

7/31 – Had one big run that drew the applause of the crowd as he sifted through traffic and seemed to make all the right reads and cuts.

8/1 – With McKinnon and Peterson out, Asiata was the next man up with the first-team offense. The Vikings’ best blocker on pass protection. Got plenty of run with the first team but did have a bad drop on one Bridgewater pass. Most of his runs continue to be short ones.

8/6 – Lacks the explosiveness of Peterson and McKinnon in the running game, but caught a few short and intermediate passes.

7/30 – Without pads, his lead blocking early was limited, but did catch a 10-yard pass from Bridgewater.

8/1 – Continues to work as the top fullback and has gotten the occasional pass thrown his way.

8/3 – Sat out during the walk-through with a wrap on his left knee but returned to the afternoon practice.

8/6 – Went through the morning walk-through, but sat out the night practice.

7/31 – Has gotten good reviews from observers and the coaching staff while working mostly with the third-team offense.

8/1 – Looks quick when he sees an opening and exploits it.

8/3 – With McKinnon out and Peterson limited in his comeback, Pressley got some first-team work and showed off his speed to the corner. Also had a 6-yard TD run in red zone work.

8/5 – Shows some real promise as a injury fill-in and looks to have a good chance at the practice squad. Preseason, of course, will be the key.

8/1 – Although Pressley has gotten a little more attention, Ham seems to be ahead of him on the depth chart at this point. That could change.

8/5 – Offers a solid presence, but Pressley has more burst.

8/1 – Being a backup fullback in an offense that doesn’t always use a fullback doesn’t offer much hope making the 53-man roster. But the Vikings could decide to put him on the practice squad again as injury insurance.

8/4 – Signed with the Vikings to add depth to a banged-up backfield. Was released by the Eagles in May. 

8/5 – Shorter running back getting mostly "show team" work.


7/30 – Caught a 45-yard pass on third down from Bridgewater.

7/31 – His quickness remains as a target mostly on short and intermediate routes, but he has the ability to stretch the field deep down the middle. He appears the only certainty to be a starter at receiver when the regular season opens. Left practice briefly (injury unknown but very minor) before returning.

8/1 – Was targeted often early, but two of those fell incomplete on consecutive plays. Had a 12-yard reception while beating Newman in coverage.

8/3 – Appeared to run the wrong route on one play, but also had an impressive one-handed grab for a touchdown in red zone work

8/4 – Badly burned Alexander for an 80-yard touchdown deep down the middle of the field on a pass that traveled about 50 yards in the air.

8/5 – Had back-to-back receptions that went 30 yards or more. The first was a 40-yard pass in which he beat Newman and the second one had Smith trailing him. Both passes came from Bridgewater and were the highlight of the offense.

8/6 – Looked confident and elusive in his deep routes, catching passes of about 40 and 20 yards from Bridgewater.

8/9 – Dropped a deep pass that was on-target and then dropped another out route, clearly frustrated with himself. Left for the trainer's tent briefly between the two drops but returned.

7/31 – Appears to be Bridgewater’s preferred deep target, especially down the sidelines. Has been targeted plenty early, including an incomplete 40-yard try on a free play after Hunter jumped offsides. Did have a 15-yard reception.

8/1 – Had a 15-yard catch with Waynes in coverage and connected with Bridgewater on another deep pass in seven-on-seven work.

8/5 – Says he refuses to give up his starting spot, but Treadwell is starting to gain momentum, especially in the red zone.

8/9 – Caught a 30-yard pass from Bridgewater, continuing a solid camp.

7/31 – Still hasn’t got much play with the first-team offense, but it appears only a matter of time. Has looked consistent and solid running routes and catching the ball.

8/1 – Showed he isn’t going to take any flak, even as a rookie, body-slamming Price at the end of a play in which neither of them were involved.

8/3 – Getting increasingly more work with the first-team offense. A strong preseason could put him in the starter’s seat. Appears to be used more in red zone work.

8/5 – Continues to get a lot of first-team work in the red zone and some reps in the regular offense. Quiet guy, but competes and has good hands.

8/6 – Had perhaps his best practice when the night lights went on, making some very strong catches that were contested in traffic while working with the starters. Told us he always feels better in full-team work because he doesn't think as much and just plays.

7/31 – Caught a 75-yard touchdown pass from Bridgewater in beating Rhodes in coverage. Bridgewater took another deep shot for Wright several plays later but couldn’t connect.

8/5 – Is not getting a lot of run with the first team, as Thielen is getting more work there, but still looks very quick and slippery with the ball in his hands. Still the best option as a pure slot receiver.

8/6 – Still limited action with the starters, but that could change as the games progress. 

8/8 – Left practice with an apparent left hamstring injury and didn’t return.

8/9 – Sat out again with a sleeve on his left hamstring.

7/30 – Has been involved with the first-team offense on certain packages and caught a 15-yard from Bridgewater on a third-down play.

8/3 – Caught a 25-yard pass from Bridgewater and continues to see some first-team reps.

8/5 – Has been getting a lot of run with the first team in three-receiver sets.

8/6 – Got perhaps the biggest ovation of the night when he caught a deep sideline pass from Bridgewater that went for about 50 yards before he was pushed out of bounds. Still getting a lot of work with the first team.

8/9 – Caught a 40-yard pass from Bridgewater as his solid camp continued. Likely in the mix for increased time on offense this year.

7/29 – Caught a 45-yard pass from Hill with Sherels trailing in coverage. Left practice after another great catch on a deep ball after landing on his left shoulder. While not considered serious, he could be out for at least a few days.

8/5 – Remains limited when it comes to full-team work because of his shoulder injury.

8/8 – Returned to practice on a full-time basis, seeing most of his time with the second team.

8/9 – Made a great one-handed catch adjusting to a Hill throw in the flat for a short gain.

7/31 – Always looks solid, if unspectacular. Caught a 15-yard pass from Hill. Had the long play of the day with a 60-yard reception deep down the right sideline, beating White.

8/1 – Made a great leaping grab in the middle of the field on a high throw from Stave, but also had a miscommunication with Stave on a deep pass that fell incomplete when Fruechte stopped running the route.

8/5 – Beat White badly during one-on-ones and looks improved from last year. Shows good awareness in the middle of the field and good leaping ability on high passes.

8/6 – Looks sharp working mostly with the second team. The numbers say he won't make the 53-man roster, but is a solid option if needed.

7/30 – His inconsistencies have shown throughout the first few days of camp. A big target, he is still trying to figure things out. Dropped a pass while going half-speed, drawing groans from the crowd before catching the next several, drawing claps from the crowd.

7/31 – Dropped a perfect pass 40 yards downfield that hit his hands. Had just enough separation but appeared to slow up and that made the attempted catch a little harder.

8/3 – Had a 25-yard completion from Stave, but still looks hesitant in some instances.

8/5 – Made his first big play of camp when he adjusted quickly to an errant pass and made a diving reception. Still deep down on the depth chart.

8/6 – Caught a 10-yard pass from Stave during the night practice. Slowly looking a little more comfortable.

8/8 – Had a bad drop on a deep pass when he beat both of his defenders.

8/9 – Caught a 15-yard pass from Stave, the only time he was thrown to in limited full-team work in a short practice.

8/1 – Opportunities are limited on the third-team offense, but did have a 10-yard catch from Stave.

8/8 – Had a short pass go off his hands and it was intercepted by White.

7/31 – Caught a 20-yard pass from Stave on second-and-long. Shows solid potential as a practice squad candidate.

8/4 – Made an impressive grab in fully extending for a pass that looked like it would be well wide of him.

8/6 – Drew a pass interference on Roberson about 50 yards downfield as the third teams worked.

8/1 – Getting some work as a punt returner, where his short-area quickness shows up.

8/6 – Continues to get looks as a punt returner and likely will in early preseason action.

 8/8 – Dropped a couple of passes he should have caught.


7/30 – Made a great catch in traffic and appears to be picking up where he left off with Bridgewater at the end of 2015.

8/1 – Showed on consecutive plays why he should be Bridgewater’s “best friend” on the field, hauling in receptions of 5 and 15 yards.

8/3 – Made a great one-handed catch about 40 yards downfield, but in a game situation he likely would have been blown up by the safety.

8/6 – Grabbed a short touchdown pass from Bridgewater in the back of the end zone in red zone work when Smith had his back turned to the play.

7/31 – Had a 15-yard reception from Hill and has generally been working a lot of underneath and crossing routes.

8/5 – Could be challenged for playing time by Morgan, who is having a good camp.

8/6 – Getting work with both the first and second teams, catching mostly short passes.

8/1 – With Ellison out, Morgan is getting a lot of opportunities, especially with the second-team offense. Has shown great hands in the first four practices and appears to be a good blocker as well.

8/4 – Continues to impress with his hands, making some very nice grabs.

8/5 – Blocking ability was his calling card coming out of college, and he is getting some opportunities both in-line and motioning into the backfield, but his hands have been impressive.

8/6 – Continues to look like he has a chance to make the 53-man roster, especially if Ellison remains out for most of the preseason.

8/1 – Remains on the PUP list.

8/1 – Hasn’t really stood and will have a hard time making the team, especially if Ellison returns before the start of the regular season.

8/4 – Had a great catch in one-on-one drills, but dropped a pass in full-team work.

8/1 – Hasn’t stood out one way or another.

8/3 – Stave nearly threw an interception intended for him that Sherels undercut.

8/9 – Had a great blitz pickup on Plummer to help Stave complete a pass.


8/1 – Drew high praise from Zimmer about his first practice, then again after four practices. Has been beaten on occasion by Griffen, but it’s a great matchup to watch.

8/5 – Continues to receive the approval of the coaching staff and is adjusting to staying low out of a chute that is new to camp this year.

8/8 – Keeps receiving praise, with Zimmer saying he is much-improved.

8/9 – Sat out practice with a wrap on his left knee.

8/1 – The combination of Boone and Kalil on the left side appears to be working. Boone brings an attitude that reflects that of new offensive line coach Tony Sparano.

8/6 – His toughness shows up and he seems to be developing a solid rapport with Kalil.

8/9 – Was singled out, along wtth Fusco, for deserving a camp game ball by Charles Johnson.

7/31 – In the first day of pads, was pushed back badly in a pass protection drill against Joseph, but that’s a matchup in which Sullivan gives up a lot of size.

8/1 – Continues to split reps with Berger as the starting center, rotating on a daily basis.

8/5 – The rotation continues, but he and Berger both struggled holding back Joseph during one-on-ones.

8/8 – The competition at center continues with Berger.

8/1 – Has looked fairly solid in his move back from the left guard to right guard. Says he’s much stronger this year after healing from an old pec injury.

8/5 – Was not able to finish practice after suffering what is considered a minor and short-term injury (likely ribs or shoulder) during red zone work.

8/6 – Didn't participate in the night practice because of injury.

8/8 – Drew praise from Zimmer, who said he is much-improved. 

8/9 – Got picked up and thrown to the ground by Joseph in a scuffle the final day in Mankato, saying he's ready to hit someone else. Clearly, though, his teammates appreciate his hard work in the trenches against an immensely tough matchup.

7/31 – Was burned badly on by Robison in one-on-one drills, but did look good going against Hunter in OTAs and minicamp.

8/1 – Continues to rotate every other day as a starter with T.J. Clemmings.

8/5 – Seems to be gaining the upper hand, for now, in the battle with Clemmings.

8/8 – Zimmer confirmed that the battle for right tackle is going in Smith’s “direction.”

8/9 – Appears to have a firm grasp on the right tackle spot.

8/1 – Rotating with Sullivan every other day at center, Berger is probably the better run blocker, but Sullivan appears likely to settle back in as the starter.

8/6 – With Fusco temporarily sidelined, has gotten work with the starting unit at right guard.

8/8 – Still appears to be in a dead heat with Sullivan for the starting center spot.

8/1 – After spending OTAs and minicamp working on the left side, he was moved back to mostly the right side after Phil Loadholt retired the week before camp started. Has been solid, looking more comfortable than last year, but is likely to be the backup.

8/5 – Still getting some reps with the first team, but appears to be falling behind Smith in the competition to start.

8/8 – Played more at left tackle at Kalil’s backup. Could be ceding the competition to Smith at right tackle.

8/9 – With Kalil out, Clemmings got the first-team reps at left tackle.

7/31 – Got a heaping helping of coaching from Sparano during individual drills. It’s clear he has some technique to clear up, but it’s also clear the coaches see some good upside to his game.

8/5 – Has a lot of work to do with the techniques being taught and got beat twice by Toby Johnson, both on a bull rush and spin moves.

8/8 – Had a good lead block while pulling for Pressley.

8/1 – After making the 53-man roster last year, the challenge will be more difficult this year with Sullivan’s return. Kerin shows some promise, but the numbers on the offensive line say he’s more likely to be a practice squad player. Used last year as a backup center, has been working more at guard these days.

8/8 – Getting most of his work at right guard as a backup to Fusco.

8/1 – Remains on the non-football illness list.

8/8 – Zimmer said he is uncertain if Harris will be ready for the start of the regular season, but he continues to attend every practice.

8/1 – Continues working with the second-team offense as the left tackle. Likely in a battle with Austin Shepherd if the Vikings keep nine or 10 on the active roster.

8/8 – Working more at right tackle as Smith’s backup later in camp.

8/3 – Working mostly as the third-team left tackle, but could have a chance to make the active roster, depending on how many offensive linemen are kept.

8/1 – Coming back from injury last year, has been the No. 3 left tackle but has a chance to elevate to No. 2 with a good preseason.

8/8 – Much of his work of late has been coming at left guard, not tackle.

8/1 – Came to the active roster last year in a trade after Sullivan’s injury, but the numbers game say it will be harder for him to make it. Has been the No. 3 or No. 4 center and receiving plenty of pointers on technique from Sparano.

8/8 – Continues to work as a third-team center.

8/1 – As a third-team right guard, practice squad is likely his best chance as he continue to transition to the offensive side of the ball.

8/1 – The numbers just aren’t in his favor, but he has practice squad eligibility.


8/1 – He continues to start ahead of Hunter, but when the Vikings are in pass-rush situations Hunter will come in and Robison slides inside. It’s happening more often now, like it did during Robison’s early years.

8/5 – Is being used outside and inside and dropping back into coverage, where he registered an interception. Is having a very solid camp and adds extra value with all the mentoring he has been doing. Working a lot with Weatherly and even some with Floyd.

7/31 – During one-on-one work, drove Sullivan well into the backfield, showing off his impressive power.

8/1 – Continues to draw rave reviews as one of the best and strongest nose tackles in the league. Showed it when he stopped Asiate for a 2-yard loss.

8/3 – Looks strong as ever blowing up runs in the backfield. Zimmer says he wants to see more pass rushing out of him.

8/4 – A day after Zimmer wanted to see more from Joseph in rushing the passer, he broke through for a touch sack of Bridgewater.

8/5 – Dominated Sullivan and Berger in one-on-one drills. On pace to have a great season if he stays healthy.

8/9 – Started a scuffle late in practice when he slammed Fusco to the ground. Is imply a beast for offensive linemen to handle.

8/1 – Resumed his starting spot as the three-technique at the start of camp after missing time during the offseason. However, he is sometimes taken out on pass-rushing situations.

8/4 – Had a touch sack of Bridgewater, as Floyd used his speed off the snap.

8/6 – Didn't participate in the night practice, likely because of an unspecified injury.

8/8 – Still out with an apparent injury.

8/1 – Continues to display great burst off the snap, getting a third-down sack of Bridgewater. Double-digit sacks should be in his wheelhouse again this year.

8/3 – The “Sack Daddy” looks quick as ever, bringing a strong pass rush nearly every time.

7/31 – His quickness is impressive, but he has to harness it. Jumped offsides on a hard count by Bridgewater, giving the quarterback the ability to take a free deep shot (it was incomplete).

8/3 – Had a touch sack of Hill and continues to look quick off the ball.

8/5 – Rotating in for Robison on passing downs when Robison slides inside.

8/6 – Had a touch sack of Bridgewater in red zone work.

8/8 – Jumped offside on a Bridgewater hard count.

8/1 – Working mostly with the second-team defense behind Floyd, Johnson did get some work with the first-team defense in pass-rushing situation. Had Asiate for a 2-yard loss on one running play.

8/3 – Proved he’s more than just a pass rusher when he broke through the line to get Asiata three yards deep in the backfield.

8/8 – With Floyd out with an apparent injury, splitting time with Stephen on the first-team defense.

8/1 – Hasn’t stood out but it’s the dirty work inside behind Joseph that Stephen does so well. Has been working ahead of Kenrick Ellis, who filled in last year when Stephen went on injured reserve.

8/5 – Continues to be Joseph's backup.

8/6 – Getting some extra working with the starters with Floyd out, Stephen had a touch sack in the night scrimmage.

8/1 – He’s been a largely unnoticed player, but he continues to work as the second-team right end behind Griffen. Does show the occasional good pass-rush moves that keep him in the NFL.

8/1 – Has been working at defensive tackle. Initially, the Vikings drafted him to be a defensive end with the ability to slide inside. Now, he’s working there exclusively and had one of the best pass-rush moves during one-on-one work against offensive linemen.

8/6 – Seems to look better at tackle than he did as an end.

8/9 – Crichton says staying healthy is a key to his season, but he sat out with an apparent injury on the final day in Mankato.

8/1 – Came off the PUP list, but the competition at defensive tackle is deeper than it was when he signed with the Vikings during the season last year. This time, the starters are healthy, as is Stephen.

8/3 – Coming off the PUP list, he looked good with his pass rush.

8/1 – Put pressure on the quarterback on a play that might have resulted in a shared sack for him. Seems to gain favorable reviews from coaches.

8/4 – Dropped what should have been an interception that was thrown right at him as he dropped into coverage.

8/6 – Appears to stay home nicely on backside running plays.

8/1 – Getting used to a three-point stance, he had one would-be sack.

8/4 – Looks raw with his moves at the line of scrimmage and got plenty of tutoring from Robison and Floyd.

8/1 – A load at defensive tackle, he is working with the third-team defense because of the Vikings’ depth at the position. Practice squad isn’t out of realm of possibility for him.

8/5 – Took it to Beavers in one-on-one drills. A big body, he could have a chance to develop on the practice field.

8/8 – Demolished Pressley for a loss during full-team work on the third-team defense.

8/3 – Undrafted rookie from University of Minnesota stuck on the third level of the depth chart.

8/3 – Best hope on a deep defensive line is the practice squad.

8/3 – Defensive tackle such a deep position that Raciti will have to hope for making an impression in preseason that gets him on the practice squad.

7/31 – Signed after camp started, meaning he has a lot of ground to make up to even be considered for the practice squad.



7/30 – Continues to work as the starter and as the leading pass rusher from the linebacker corps. He remains in on the nickel defense.

8/2 – Looks like he is making all the right reads, as he came from nowhere to hold a short pass to Diggs in the flat for no gain.

8/3 – Made an impressive interception when he tipped a ball that went off Asiata’s hands, then stuck with it for an interception.

8/4 – Had a really good day bringing the heat on blitzes, including a would-be sack.

8/5 – Impressive day for him, intercepting a tipped pass and registering a sack. His versatility shows up.

7/30 – While Kendricks wasn’t a starter at the outset of his rookie season, he continues to easily be the first option at middle linebacker and remain during nickel situations.

7/31 – Had a great diving interception by undercutting a throw intended for Rudolph. Zimmer says he has calmed down and started playing within the defense, a change from when Kendricks looked like he had too much coffee last year, according to Zimmer. Kendricks laughed and agreed.

8/6 – Left the night practice early for what appears to be a minor injury.

8/8 – Continued to sit out practice after a players’ day off.

8/1 – Despite some packages in which Lamur works into the base defense, Zimmer says that is only to get a look at certain personnel packages.

8/2 – Although he comes out when the first-team defense goes nickel, he got some work with Lamur in the second-team nickel.

8/5 – Mixing and matching all over the top levels of the depth chart, usually with the first-team defense and sometimes with the second-team nickel defense.

8/9 – With Kendricks out, he and Barr manned the nickel linebacker spots.

7/31 – Split some reps with Greenway in the base defense. His size helps in pass coverage to create smaller windows for the quarterbacks.

8/1 – Has been getting occasional work with the first-team defense, but that’s only in certain personnel packages. He remains the top backup at linebacker, working mostly with the second-team defense.

8/2 – Getting work in the second-team nickel defense, along with Greenway.

8/1 – As the top backup at strong-side linebacker, Zimmer praised the progress that Robinson has made.

8/5 – Still looks like he is improving and ascending. Likely to be a top backup.

8/6 – Didn't practice because of an unspecified injury.

8/2 – He continues to be the top backup at middle linebacker, but his roster spot isn’t secured yet. Had a pass defensed on a ball intended for Pruitt.

8/6 – Got first-team work at middle linebacker when Kendricks left practice early.

8/8 – Still getting Kendricks’ snaps in the base defense with the starter out with injury.

8/1 – Brothers continues to work with the third-team defense as a player clearly on the roster bubble. His roster spot will have to be earned with special teams contributions during the preseason.

8/8 – Intercepted a Hill pass in the two-minute drill when the ball was underthrown for Pruitt.

8/9 – Likely had a shared sack of Stave coming on a blitz.

8/2 – He made a quick impact at OTAs with his pass-rush moves, but Ganus hasn’t stood out on any particular play in full-team work. Still, his speed should help with preseason special teams contributions.

8/2 – His spot right now is on the bubble, and he didn’t make a strong impression when he repeated an alignment mistake on consecutive days that got called out by Zimmer.

8/4 – Got pushed off a blitz and doesn't appear to be making much forward progress.

8/9 – Sat out the final practice in Mankato with an apparent injury.

8/2 – Added to the roster after Jason Whittingham left the team. Could be a candidate for the practice squad once again.

8/9 – Appeared to have a shared sack of Stave with Brothers when they came on a blitz. 


7/30 – Likely the team’s top cornerback, knocked a pass away from Charles Johnson in full-team work.

8/2 – Knocked away another pass intended for Johnson. There have been some mistakes, but Rhodes has generally looked solid. He was in good position on an incomplete deep shot to Thielen.

8/4 – Intercepted a Bridgewater pass in the end zone that was intended for Thielen during red zone work.

8/6 – A hot and cold night practice. Was the target on several long passes, but also hauled in what could have been two interceptions. The first wouldn't have counted because of a defensive offside penalty and the second was just out of bounds in the end zone.

8/8 – Had a good day in coverage with Zimmer liking what he sees.

8/2 – He’s just plain steady and continues to move all around the field, knocking down passes at the line of scrimmage and occasionally enacted his well-time blitzes. Worth the big-money contract the Vikings gave him.

8/4 – Started the full-team by knocking down a pass intended for Peterson during goal-line work.

7/30 – Still holding the lead for the top strong safety spot, but he has come out in certain personnel packages when the Vikings rotate a cornerback deep into coverage.

7/31 – Was burned for a 75-yard touchdown by Wright.

8/2 – Made a diving interception on an errant pass, showing good athleticism in doing so.

8/5 – Still getting most of the work with the starters.

8/2 – Got beat a couple times on intermediate passes, one of them a 12-yard pass to Diggs.

8/3 – Was in great position on a number of plays to knock away the passes.

8/6 – Was beaten on completion of about 40 yards to Diggs.

8/8 – Sat out practice with a “nagging” injury.

8/9 – Continued to sit out with a wrap on his right ankle.

7/30 – Is clearly holding off rookie Mackensie Alexander for the top nickel cornerback role.

8/2 – Had one of the best plays of the day when he tipped a pass intended for Charles Johnson three times deep down the left sideline. He stuck with it and made the spectacular interception.

8/3 – Was in decent position on a Diggs touchdown in the end zone, but Diggs made a great one-handed catch with Munnerlyn trailing.

7/31 – Has gotten limited reps working in for Newman with the first-team defense, but he was clearly no match against Rudolph when the big tight end used his size over Waynes on a catch.

8/2 – Continues to get some first-team reps subbing in for Newman, including a unique personnel package that slides a cornerback deep like a safety.

8/3 – Looked solid in coverage, knocking away one pass that was headed for Treadwell’s mitts.

8/4 – Got first-team work with Newman given the day off and looked very good. Ripped a pass away from Thielen and intercepted a pass intended for Diggs when Waynes undercut an out route.

8/6 – Seems to look better and more confident with each practice.

8/8 – Filled in for an injured Newman and looked solid. 

8/9 – Got beat on a deep route that Diggs dropped but appeared to be in good position on three straight passes to Diggs, Johnson and Thielen a short while later.

7/30 – Had a pass defensed against Treadwell and is working with the second-team defense.

8/2 – His confidence may have finally ticked off a receiver, as Price was the victim of a Treadwell body slam and ensuing skirmish after a play.

8/6 – Still getting second-team work, but he could be on the bubble.

8/8 – Received the wrath of Zimmer when he apparently didn’t drop deep enough and allowed Patterson to get behind him.

8/2 – Still hasn’t stood out, either good or bad, but it appears that Munnerlyn’s spot as the top nickel corner is safe.

8/3 – Has a lot of work to do, but has looked like his coverage is improving. Knocked away one pass in the end zone, then lined up wrong on the next play. The challenges of being a rookie.

8/4 – Was burned badly on a 80-yard touchdown by Diggs deep down the middle of the field.

8/5 – Getting work inside and outside, is searching for consistency in his alignments and new techniques.

8/8 – Looks like he is getting better with alignments and coverages. Knocked away one pass but also was flagged for defensive holding on another play that went the opposite way.

8/9 – Got beat on a 40-yard pass to Thielen.

8/2 – Has generally worked with the second team, but got some reps subbing in for Sendejo. Zimmer says he needs to see more of Griffin to make a better evaluation.

8/4 – Got plenty of work with the starting defense, as Zimmer tries to get a better evaluation.

8/6 – Got some work with the starting defense. Offers good run support in the red zone.

8/1 – Zimmer says he knows what Exum is, and that may not be a good thing since Exum hasn’t been a go-to guy at the position. He could be on the bubble.

8/4 – Still appears to be too inconsistent with his alignments.

7/30 – Still the top option as the punt returner, but was the victim of a 45-yard pass to Patterson.

8/3 – Nearly had an interception when he broke on a pass but couldn’t quite convert.

8/8 – In a numbers game, his roster spot is likely dependent on his punt-return job and how Price performs.

8/3 – Seems like his range in the back end would help complement Harrison Smith’s versatility, but he’s working a lot with the third team, not the first team. Dropped a potential interception from the arm of Hill.

8/4 – Intercepted a Stave pass intended for Carter.

7/31 – Had a pass defensed on a Stave throw intended for Sinkfield, further proof that his height (6-4) makes a difference.

8/1 – Intercepted a Stave pass that was overthrown, another sign that his height is an asset. Zimmer has liked tall safeties in the past. He’s not a lock to make the roster, but he’s probably worth developing.

8/6 – Pulled in an interception and returned it about 20 yards after the ball went off Sinkfield's hands.

8/2 – The undrafted free agent has good size at 6 feet, but he hasn’t really stood out yet.

8/6 – Committed pass interference about 50 yards downfield on a pass intended for Sinkfield.

8/9 – Gave up a 15-yard pass to Bohringer and a 20-yarder to Thielen, but also dove to knock a pass away from Treadwell. Shows potential but needs some seasoning and consistency.

7/31 – Had a good pass defensed in full-team work. Getting some looks as a kick returner.

8/2 – Was the victim of a 60-yard completion from Stave to Fruetche.

8/4 – Ripped the ball away from Bohringer in the end zone for an interception during goal-line work.

8/9 – Left practice and didn't return.



8/2 – Credited with making 92 or 93 percent of his approximately 250 field goals during offseason work, he was perfect again on Monday, hitting on all eight of his attempts from 29 to 41 yards.

8/4 – Was 7-for-8 in field goals, missing one from 43 yards wide right. 

8/6 – Was 7-for-8 again at the night practice, missing wide left on a 49-yard attempt but following that up by hitting a 51-yarder.

8/2 – No botched snaps to speak of, so his spot is secure for now.

8/8 – Signed a four-year, $4 million contract extension.

8/2 – Continues to be inconsistent with his punts. Can boom them when he gets ahold of them, but will also mis-hit others. That has to change for him to be considered a viable candidate for the future.

8/6 – Had a good night punting, drawing praise from special teams coordinator Mike Preifer for his distance and hang time.

8/8 – Had another good day punting from out of the end zone and in plus-50 situations.



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