Monday, November 30, 2015

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The Minnesota Viking have added edge rusher/linebacker Josh Kaddu to the practice squad. He played both as a rush linebacker in Oregon’s 3-4 sets and an off-ball linebacker in other sets. For Philadelphia, Kaddu played as an outside linebacker and edge defender, known of course for having former Oregon head coach Chip Kelly at the helm. Vikings announced the move as if he’s a linebacker, so just like Anthony Barr, he may end up transitioning to an off-ball or hybrid role with the Vikings. It didn’t take too long to look him up and see who the Vikings invested in instead of re-upping with Mike Remmers.

The open spot became available because the Chicago Bears signed former Baylor and Cowboys safety Ahmad Dixon off the Vikings practice squad. There was some speculation it could herald the return of Mike Remmers, but they chose a linebacker instead.


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As Arif pointed out earlier this week, the Vikings lost safety Ahmad Dixon when the Bears signed him off of Minnesota’s practice squad.  They have now filled the vacancy.

Third year linebacker Josh Kaddu was signed to the practice squad, according to 1500 ESPN, who has five games of experience under his belt.  He was originally drafted by Miami in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Kaddu played his college years with Oregon where he played in 40 games over four years.

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The Minnesota Vikings had a nice team win on Sunday in St. Louis, but some players stood out more than others, and I want to know which Vikings player impressed you the most.  Here are your candidates for our Week One “Player of the Game” award.  Cast your vote at the bottom.

CORDARRELLE PATTERSON:  “Flash” made a huge impact as the game’s leading rusher (3 carries, 102 yards, 1 TD) and caught three of his five targets in the passing came (3 catches for 26 yards).  He also averaged 24 yards on his two kick return attempts.  His 67 yard touchdown run in the third quarter was pretty much when the Rams began to look defeated and withdrawn.

GREG JENNINGS:  Jennings led the Vikings pass catchers in the statistical categories of targets (7), catches (6), and yards (58).  He scored the first Vikings touchdown of 2014 on an eight yard pass from Matt Cassel.

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The Minnesota Vikings have released Jamarca Sanford from short-term injured reserve (which is not the same as injured reserve-designated for return) and have reached an injury settlement with the former starting safety. What generally happens in these cases is that the player and his representation disagree with the team over the likely length of their injury, so they cannot reach an injury settlement in the offseason. As a result, they put the player on injured reserve to wait out how long he will take to recover, then release him.

In this case, something about the injury must have clarified itself to one or both parties, so they could reach an injury settlement and release him outright. He will not return to the Vikings, per Darren Wolfson.

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