|McKinnon likely to see expanded role -- Thu Sep 18 4:30 pm --|
OC Norv Turner suggests he could go with "hot hand"
|A stout, relatively durable back (5-11, 234), Matt Asiata is the best equipped of the Vikings' current backfield to take on the heavy dosage Peterson typically commanded. Although rookie Jerick McKinnon is also expected to see an expanded role.
Running backs coach Kirby Wilson graded McKinnon well in his first extended time against the Patriots, McKinnon said, though there's certain areas he needs to work on that don't involve carrying the football. (ESPN 1500 Twin Cities)|
FF Today's Take: St. Paul Pioneer Press beat writer Chris Tomasson tweeted earlier today that Turner will use both backs and could lean on one if he develops a "hot hand". McKinnon graded out well in Week 2, has reportedly picked up the playbook quickly and is the superior athlete, but it seems a bit much to ask of him to go from a jack-of-all-trades option quarterback at a FCS school to NFL lead back in less than one year. Nevertheless, he's a worthwhile stash as the situation sorts itself out.
|Vikings reverse course on AP -- Wed Sep 17 2:30 am --|
Placed on Exempt/Commissionerís Permission list
|A statement from Vikings.com regarding the ongoing case regarding Adrian Peterson: In conversations with the NFL over the last two days, the Vikings advised the League of the teamís decision to revisit the situation regarding Adrian Peterson. In response, the League informed the team of the option to place Adrian on the Exempt/Commissionerís Permission list, which will require that Adrian remain away from all team activities while allowing him to take care of his personal situation until the legal proceedings are resolved. After giving the situation additional thought, we have decided this is the appropriate course of action for the organization and for Adrian. (Vikings.com)|
FF Today's Take: There's no mandatory length of stay on the list, but the Vikings indicated that Peterson would remain there "until the legal proceedings are resolved." This is looking more and more like it will be an extended absence, especially since Peterson will be held out of team activities while the situation is resolved. Matt Asiata becomes a strong flex/low-end RB2 play for as long as AP is forced to sit out.
|Adrian Peterson case "under review" by NFL -- Tue Sep 16 10:54 am --|
Former New York prosecutor Lisa Friel reviewing Hardy case too
|The NFL says the Adrian Peterson and Greg Hardy cases are under review, according to Ed Werder's Twitter post. The Vikings reinstated Peterson Monday, but deferred any questions about further discipline to the league office. The NFL's new hire, former New York prosecutor Lisa Friel, is examining both cases. (Twitter (@Edwerderespn))|
FF Today's Take: Whether the NFL has the power to step in and suspend Peterson before the case goes to trial is hard to assess, but FOX's Jay Glazer reported Sunday it falls under the new domestic violence policy, in which first-time offenders get a six-game ban. Our advice is to hold Matt Asiata until a clearer picture emerges.
|Asiata set to make third career start -- Sat Sep 13 7:00 am --|
Will replace Adrian Peterson in starting lineup
|Matt Asiata is expected to start in Petersonís absence Sunday, with rookie Jerick McKinnon serving as the backup. Asiata, in his third season, will make his third career start. The previous two starts occurred in the final two games last season, when Peterson and Toby Gerhart were inactive with injuries. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)|
FF Today's Take: Even with Peterson out of the lineup, the Vikings should focus on the running game against the Patriots who gave up 193 yards to Knowshon Moreno and Lamar Miller last week. Asiata should touch the ball 20 times with the rookie McKinnon playing a complementary role.
|Adrian Peterson indicted, Week 2 status unclear -- Fri Sep 12 5:15 am --|
Charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child
|Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson has been indicted by a Montgomery County, Texas, grand jury on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child, according to multiple media reports. Last October, Peterson's 2-year-old son died in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, after being allegedly assaulted by a man who was dating the boy's mother. Peterson learned only two months earlier that he was the boy's father. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse for the NFL this week... this has been an on-going case and Peterson testified for the grand jury weeks ago. He hasn't been arrested but may need to turn himself in leaving his status for this week up in the air. There's been now official word from the Vikings as of yet. Matt Asiata would likely start if Peterson is unavailable.