Kirby Wilson remembers every running back he’s ever worked with. He keeps a list. It now has 107 names on it. In an 18-year NFL coaching career spent entirely coaching running backs, Wilson has had some good ones.
After an absence from NFL activity that spanned seven months, Adrian Peterson has returned as Minnesota’s featured runner. But before he resumes his familiar role of carrying the ball, there’s one more thing he must do: pass protection.
The Minnesota Vikings announced Tuesday they’ve re-signed running back Matt Asiata, who became a restricted free agent after last season. In three seasons with the Vikings, Asiata has appeared in 42 games with 10 starts.
The Minnesota Vikings have more confidence and optimism heading into this offseason than they did a year ago. They have two of the most important pieces in place in head coach Mike Zimmer and Teddy Bridgewater. Also, they improved in several areas from the past season. The Vikings have 12 free agents this offseason, but just one opening day starter.
The Minnesota Vikings outlasted the Chicago Bears for a 13-9 victory Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium. The Vikings finish the season with the third best record in the NFC North, despite winning just one inter-divisional game. The Vikings’ good, but not great, performances from the offense, defense and special teams units helped bring the win home.
The Minnesota Vikings have three healthy linebackers on their active roster for Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears at TCF Bank Stadium. Veteran Chad Greenway, despite missing all three practices this week, could still play in the final game of the season. The Vikings have 14 players listed on the injury report and the Bears have 10 listed on theirs.
The Minnesota Vikings took a two touchdown lead before surrendering the lead in the second half. The Vikings fell Sunday to the Miami Dolphins 37-35 on a blocked punt safety with 41 seconds remaining in the game. The Vikings offense was good enough to win, but the defense was bad. The special teams units made one mistake that gave the Dolphins the game in regulation.
The Minnesota Vikings promising rookie Anthony Barr will see his first season in the NFL get cut short early. The first round draft pick will have a “very minor procedure” that will keep him out of the final two games. The Vikings list 12 players on their injury report while the Miami Dolphins have 13 listed on theirs.
The Minnesota Vikings jumped out to a 14-0 lead before surrendering 16 unanswered points to fall to the Detroit Lions Sunday at Ford Field. The Vikings got early touchdowns from Matt Asiata and Greg Jennings, but a pair of Teddy Bridgewater interceptions turned the game around. The Vikings failed to get points the rest of the game, including a blocked field goal and missed field goal attempt in the second half.
The Minnesota Vikings enter the final three games of the season with two running backs that did not start the season on the active roster. Head coach Mike Zimmer would like to see more of what Joe Banyard and Ben Tate can bring the offense after the two combined for four carries in Sunday’s win over the New York Jets. Also, after 97 scoreless NFL games, Jerome Felton scored his first career NFL touchdown.
The Minnesota Vikings may be without three rookies for Sunday’s game against the New York Jets. Running back Jerick McKinnon has been ruled out for the second consecutive week and linebacker Anthony Barr and cornerback Jabari Price are listed as doubtful. The Vikings have seven players listed on their injury report and the Jets have nine listed on theirs.
The Minnesota Vikings used two big special teams plays to defeat the Carolina Panthers 31-13 Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium. Adam Thielen and Everson Griffen returned a pair of blocked punts for touchdowns in the first half. Teddy Bridgewater threw a pair of touchdown passes to help the blowout. The defense struggled to stop the run, but made plays in the second half when they needed to.
The Minnesota Vikings will not have starting running back Jerick McKinnon Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. He has been bothered by a lower back injury that needs a week off to heal. A committee of Matt Asiata (who missed last week’s game due to a concussion), Joe Banyard and Ben Tate will get the carries in McKinnon’s place. The Vikings have 11 players listed on their injury report and the Panthers have seven players listed on theirs.
Minnesota Vikings running back Matt Asiata will miss Sunday’s game against Green Bay because of a concussion. Asiata has not yet been cleared to practice. Running back Jerick McKinnon was listed as probable to play the Packers after participating in Friday’s practice on a limited basis. Recently signed veteran Ben Tate could get some time at running back.
Minnesota Vikings running back Matt Asiata will miss Sunday’s game against Green Bay because of a concussion. Asiata has not yet been cleared to practice. Running back Jerick McKinnon was listed as probable to play the Packers after participating in Friday’s practice on a limited basis.
The Minnesota Vikings are thin on healthy running backs with Matt Asiata out and Jerick McKinnon banged up. McKinnon is expected to play with a lower back issue, but the team claimed Ben Tate off waivers as insurance. Sharrif Floyd’s status is the biggest question mark of any injury on the team. He banged knees with a teammate and was held out of practice because of it. The Vikings list 13 players on their injury report and the Green Bay Packers list eight on theirs.
After a bumpy ending in Cleveland, running back Ben Tate is getting a fresh start in Minnesota. Tate joined the Vikings for practice Thursday, two days after he was waived by the Browns. Tate signed with Cleveland as a free agent before the season, leaving Houston after four years.
The Minnesota Vikings have claimed running back Ben Tate off waivers from the Cleveland Browns. Tate was signed Wednesday, when running backs Matt Asiata (concussion) and Jerick McKinnon (lower back injury) both were held out of practice. The move also came the day after the NFL announced a suspension of running back Adrian Peterson for the rest of the season for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.
The Minnesota Vikings sit at 4-5 after their bye week, but where do we begin when it comes to evaluating the first half of their season? So much has happened both on and off the field that the Vikings have been a hot topic for most of the NFL season. With seven games left, the Vikings are relying on a rookie quarterback, a rookie linebacker on defense and several young players at key positions to lead them to a successful season.
Minnesota Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is excelling in the pressure-filled final minutes of each half. He has led the team to game-tying or game-winning points in the fourth quarter of all three of his wins. The Vikings made several roster moves as the team heads into their bye week. They signed two players to their practice squad while placing one player on injured reserve and releasing another.
The Minnesota Vikings outlasted the Washington Redskins for a 29-26 victory Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium. The Vikings had moments of success and moments of breakdown from each of the team’s units. The offense was very good in the second half. The defense got the team back in the game. The special team was generally bad.
Teddy Bridgewater outplayed Robert Griffin III down the stretch after a rough start, Matt Asiata ran for three scores and the Vikings spoiled Griffin’s return to the Redskins with a 29-26 victory on Sunday.
The Minnesota Vikings expect to have quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and safety Harrison Smith in the lineup Sunday when they face Detroit Lions at TCF Bank Stadium. However, whether or not linebacker Chad Greenway returns after missing two games is unknown. The Vikings listed two plays as non-participants, three players as limited participants and four players as full-participants in Thursday’s practice.
Teams have found that they no longer need a big-money star to carry the load. Overlooked and underappreciated options can often do the job at a fraction of the price.
These two bitter rivals will lock horns at Lambeau Field tonight in a key early-season NFC North showdown.