Wednesday, November 22, 2017

CJ Ham

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A strong second half performance lifts the Minnesota Vikings over the Los Angeles Rams.

The box score reveals a big game from the wide receiver, running back and quarterback. But what’s missing is the effort from the men in the trenches. In Sunday’s 24-7 victory over the Rams, both the Vikings offensive and defensive lines came up big.

The Vikings defense allowed a total of 45 rushing yards. Los Angeles running back Todd Gurley, who averaged 84 rushing yards per game entering the Week 11 matchup, ran for 37 yards on 15 carries (2.47 yards per carry).

The Vikings limited Rams quarterback Jared Goff to 225 yards on 23 of 37 (62%) passing with zero touchdowns and interceptions. The defense held Los Angeles to 254 yards of total offense. The group put constant pressure on Goff, including sacks by Danielle Hunter and Tashawn Bower and hits by Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks.

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The NFL trade deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 31 at 3 p.m. CST.

The Minnesota Vikings lost their starting running back for the season. On top of that, they lost their starting quarterback for six games, and counting. Yet, they’ve won three games in a row and sit atop the NFC North at 5-2. With the trade deadline just around the corner, will the Vikings make a move to try and better position themselves for a deep run in the playoffs?

Lets take a look at some players the Vikings could trade, some players the Vikings could acquire, and the likelihood of the move occurring, including a few trades that have been proposed by other writers.

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Vikings Territory writer Drew Mahowald talked to Minnesota Vikings running back turned fullback CJ Ham on his positional transition and his mindset going into Year 2.

As the walk-thru practice on Saturday, Aug. 5 concluded, several Minnesota Vikings flooded out through the football field entrance and back into the dorms as quickly as they could. Several other players stopped to sign a few autographs and take a few pictures with fans.

And then there was fullback C.J. Ham, who signed every autograph and took every picture, all with a giant smile gleaming on his face.

About the Labor Podcast Episode 63

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald examine CJ Ham’s transition to fullback, how the Minnesota Vikings’ 2017 draft class stacks up against the rest of the NFC North and introduce a new Top-5 ranking segment, beginning with a focus on Rick Spielman’s draft history.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • Intro (0:00-1:29)
  • CJ Ham: Analyzing the Division II product’s transition from running back to fullback (1:30-11:33
  • NFC North Draft Class Evaluation: Chicago Bears (11:34-18:43)
  • NFC North Draft Class Evaluation: Detroit Lions (18:44-24:30)
  • NFC North Draft Class Evaluation: Green Bay Packers (24:31-31:30)
  • NFC North Draft Class Evaluation: How the Minnesota Vikings stack up (31:31-33:29)
  • Top-5 Debate: Rick Spielman Draft Picks (33:30-51:00)
  • Sign Out (51:01-52:20)

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Former Division-II RB CJ Ham Replaces CB Mackensie Alexander on Minnesota's 53-Man Roster

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And another one bites the dust.

The hits just keep on coming for the Minnesota Vikings. Just a few days following an announcement stating defensive tackle Tom Johnson would miss the remainder of the season due to a torn hamstring, the Vikings placed rookie cornerback and 2016 second-round pick Mackensie Alexander on injured reserve.

Undrafted rookie running back CJ Ham, who has spent the duration of the year on Minnesota’s practice squad, was signed to the active roster to fill the spot voided by the Clemson product.

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