Tuesday, July 7, 2015

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The Vikings have announced that they have waived Chandler Harnish and signed Zach Line to the active roster from the practice squad. Their statement:

On Friday the Vikings announced that the club has waived QB Chandler Harnish, who was signed to the active roster from the practice squad yesterday, and signed FB Zach Line to the active roster from the practice squad.

There are now two practice squad spots, presumably to sign Harnish and maybe Rodney Smith, depending on whether or not he cleared waivers. No word on that yet.

This likely means that Teddy Bridgewater is fine (which we expected). Now the Vikings are back to two fullbacks.

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Mauti, Michael LB Foot FP FP FP Probable Active
Munnerlyn, Captain CB Illness DNP LP FP Probable Active
Robinson, Josh CB Hamstring LP LP FP Probable Active
Felton, Jerome FB Knee FP FP FP Probable Active
Bridgewater, Teddy QB Ankle DNP DNP LP Questionable Inactive
Greenway, Chad LB Hand/Rib DNP DNP DNP Out Inactive
Rudolph, Kyle TE Abdomen DNP DNP DNP Out Inactive
Smith, Rodney WR Hamstring FP FP FP Probable Inactive
Watts, Brandon LB Knee FP FP FP Probable Inactive
Wentworth, Austin OL None - - - - Inactive
Yankey, David OG None - - - - Inactive
Crichton, Scott DE None - - - - Inactive

There have been multiple reports that Teddy Bridgewater would have played if it happened on Sunday. It sounds like the Vikings worked nearly all week assuming that Christian Ponder would start, according to Ian Rapaport. The game plan shouldn’t change, however (again, according to him live on NFL Network). Interestingly, Brandon Watts—who had drawn the praise of coaches in the preseason playing time, along with the snaps—is inactive despite the injuries at linebacker and being cleared for full practice for the entire week the first time.

This also marks the first game that receiver Charles Johnson has been active, though don’t expect him to see more than ten snaps, barring injury.

Barrington, Sam LB Hamstring DNP DNP DNP Doubtful Inactive
Boyd, Josh DT Knee DNP DNP DNP Doubtful Inactive
Boykin, Jarrett WR Groin DNP DNP DNP Out Inactive
Jones, Brad LB Quadricep LP LP LP Probable Active
Lang, T.J. OG None - - DNP Probable Active
Matthews, Clay LB Groin LP FP FP Probable Active
Neal, Mike LB Hip - - DNP Probable Active
Gerhart, Garth C None - - - Inactive
Tolzien, Scott QB None - - - Inactive
Goodson, Demetri CB None - - - Inactive
Bradford, Sam LB None - - - Inactive

Nothing very interesting about this. Jarrett Boykin is still nominally on the depth chart above Davante Adams, but Adams seems to be the better player. This does mean that Jeff Janis will likely see playing time. The Packers defense seems entirely healthy (aside from IR with BJ Raji and Khyri Thornton out for the season). Most eye-catching is that the player they just promoted from the practice squad, Luther Robinson, is active. Given the Packers’ general DT depth he might get some time.

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UPDATE: Teddy Bridgewater won’t play, according to Ian Rapaport

And a separate report from Mike Garafolo:

Original story below:

The Minnesota Vikings have announced that quarterback Chandler Harnish has been signed to the 53-man roster from the practice squad and they have waived wide receiver Rodney Smith. This very likely means that Christian Ponder will start for the Vikings tonight against the Green Bay Packers while Teddy Bridgewater is inactive.

Two things of note: McLeod Bethel-Thompson was the other quarterback on the practice squad and had been in the Norv Turner system for that much longer. Regardless, neither Bethel-Thompson nor Chandler Harnish spent an entire season with a Coryell system. Bethel-Thompson has been with Erhardt-Perkins systems and a West Coast system in San Francisco under Greg Roman. Harnish has been in Pep Hamilton’s West Coast Offense. There’s a good argument that neither of them are truly familiar with the terminology—Harnish was in a spread system in college, as was Bethel-Thompson (though opposite kinds of spread offenses).

The second thing that is worth noting is that receiver Charles Johnson stuck on the roster more than Rodney Smith, a preseason favorite. He will likely sign to the practice squad after the game, then be promoted to the roster after Sunday while Harnish finds himself on the practice squad.

According to Tom Pelissero, there have been no plea negotiations and Adrian Peterson will not agree to any plea deal. Lawyer Rusty Hardin is still believed to be attempting to expedite the trial, but from the sounds of things will not be able to get everything resolved by the time the season ends. Further details:

Pelissero believes the Vikings have not ruled out Peterson playing for him again, based on his conversations with his sources. Again, this comes as another angle on the Vikings-Peterson “will they or won’t they” saga, with Jason Cole and Chris Mortenson reporting opposite things on whether or not the Vikings believe they are finished with Peterson. Pelissero’s take is not definitive about which direction the Vikings are leaning (as opposed to the contrary takes from Cole and Mortenson), but does say the Vikings haven’t made a final decision.

He also says “there will definitely be some teams calling” should the Vikings choose to shop Adrian Peterson on the trade market.

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Photo courtesy of vikings.com

On the 2nd defensive play of the 2014 season, safety Harrison Smith blitzed off the left side of the St. Louis Rams offensive line. With his athleticism, Smith was able to force Rams quarterback Shaun Hill to check down to Tavon Austin behind the line of scrimmage.

Although Early into the season, this play was indicative to the  style of defense Mike Zimmer was going to run. A defense that, at times, will show exotic formations and different coverage and blitzing schemes. Zimmer is able to run such a defense due in part to Smith, who’s versatility and nose for the football allows the Vikings to be creative and dare I say, fun to watch?

As a heads up, this is pretty video heavy, but oh so worth it.

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