Tuesday, December 12, 2017

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The Baltimore Ravens signed former Vikings tight end Chase Ford Tuesday, according to CBS Sports.

Ford spent most of the season on Minnesota’s roster, but the team waived him on Nov. 11 in order to make room on the 53-man roster for cornerback Josh Robinson, who was activated off the PUP list. The Vikings signed Ford to their practice squad before Baltimore added him to its roster.

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Head coach Mike Zimmer announced Wednesday that cornerback Josh Robinson will be activated from the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.

Robinson missed the first half of the 2015 season due to a pectoral injury suffered in June. He returned to practice about three weeks ago; according to Chris Tomasson, the Vikings had until Wednesday to make a decision on Robinson. Had the team not activated the cornerback, NFL rules dictate he would have remained on PUP for the remainder of the season.

Drafted in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft, Robinson is in his fourth year with the Vikings. Robinson started five games for Minnesota during the 2014 season. Overall on the year, he recorded 41 tackles (39 solo) and three interceptions.

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The Vikings are 5-2, sit comfortably atop of the NFC Wild Card race, and yet, may find themselves in the thick of negotiations when the NFL trade deadline closes at 4 pm ET today. General manager Rick Spielman — known draft pick hoarder and trade aficionado — could very well be planning to swap a player like Chase Ford for future late-round picks. Or, he may do the unexpected and use some of the team’s $3.49 million cap space to add a veteran offensive lineman to a struggling unit.

Fortunately for the Vikings, making a “splash” move this afternoon isn’t a necessary evil. Teams gasping for life this season, like the 49ers, Browns, and Chargers, have been at the center of trade rumors and  speculation in recent days. Their playoff hopes are all but dashed, and the trade deadline offers hope as those franchises shift their focus to rebuilding in the offseason. The Vikings, meanwhile, are a team built for long-term success — 16 of their 22 starters were drafted and developed in Minnesota, per CBS Sports.

The trade deadline, then, is a chance for Rick Spielman to go “window shopping.” If something catches his eye or makes him stop and evaluate, there’s no harm in asking for a price. Is he willing to spend a little more and add to the quality of his roster now, or will Spielman barter for the future and accumulate even more draft picks?

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Last week, Vikings draft picks Stefon Diggs and Edmond Robinson were healthy scratches against the San Francisco 49ers. Today, another rookie joins them as Mike Zimmer makes changes along the defensive line.

Daniele Hunter, the third-round selection out of LSU, played 20 snaps in the team’s Week 1 loss but will sit today’s matchup with the Lions in favor of veteran defensive end Justin Trattou. The two flip-flop positions, as Trattou was inactive last week but returns to fill in as a rotational end behind Everson Griffen and Brian Robison.

In total, six Vikings are inactive, per the team’s official website:


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A few of the Minnesota Vikings’ rookies will have to wait to make their NFL debuts.

Receiver Stefon Diggs was, perhaps, the most noteworthy among Minnesota’s six gameday inactive players. Fellow draft pick Edmond Robinson is also inactive, along with rookie quarterback Taylor Heinicke, offensive linemen Jeremiah Sirles, tight end Chase Ford and defensive end Justin Trattou.

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