Thursday, May 25, 2017

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re-sign Matt Asiata
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Adrian Peterson is the bell-cow for the Minnesota Vikings, but the team remains steadfast in it’s three-pronged running back approach. The electric, do-it-all Jerick McKinnon will likely see an expanded role in 2016, reducing Matt Asiata‘s already limited touches out of the backfield. Despite the development, general manager Rick Spielman appears open to bringing the four-year veteran back next season.

According to Drew Boylhart of the Huddle Report, the Vikings wants to re-sign Asiata, who is set to become a free agent on March 9th. Asiata re-signed on a one-year deal at the start of free agency last year, and he’ll likely return at a similar price. He played just 198 offensive snaps in 2015, rushing 29 times for 112 yards and catching 19 passes for 132 yards.

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The 2016 NFL Scouting Combine is in the books and as always we have some clear winners… and some clear losers. But let’s not worry about the overall winners/losers, let’s take a look at some targets that won and lost who also could be on the Vikings radar come draft day.


1. Darron Lee LB, Ohio St.

The 6’1, 232 pound linebacker put up an eye popping 4.43 second 40 yard dash time, making him faster than most of the wide receivers in 2016. Not only was his 40 time impressive, but he managed to be at the top of almost each category for linebackers. To add to his solid numbers, he also looked the part in drills and very well could have jumped his stock into the top 20, making it a real possibility he doesn’t even reach the Vikings at pick 23.

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most important players
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This time of year, with the Scouting Combine just wrapping up and the Draft rapidly approaching, we spend a lot of time focusing on the future. The Vikings are coming off an 11-5, division championship season, and look to be firmly headed in the right direction. So, before any draft picks or free agency additions, I thought it was a good time to look at the future within the organization. Below is a countdown of the 10 most important players to the Vikings’ future:

(NOTE: This list only includes players currently on the team’s roster. It takes into account skill level, positional importance, age, contract, and the team’s investment in the player. It’s more than a list of best players; rather, it focuses on who will be counted on to play major roles in the next five to eight years if the team is to continue to compete for division championships and playoff berths. For example, a player who is talented and productive but approaching the end of his career would be given less consideration than a young, high draft pick who has shown good ability in a short time.)

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Rashard “Hollywood” Higgins | Wide Receiver, Colorado St.


Height – 6′ 2″
Weight – 217 lbs.
Age – 21 yrs.

At First Glance

First Team All-Mountain West

Projected Round:

3rd Round

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