The Vikings hit Newton plenty in their double-digit win last season in Carolina. Griffen & Co. sacked Newton a whopping eight times and allowed just 26 rushing yards to the QB, but did give up a 3-yard score early.
With Newton struggling under pressure, expect a bevy of blitzes from Mike Zimmer on Sunday. Since Zimmer took over the Vikings in 2014, the Vikings have faced Newton twice, sacking him 12 times and allowing the quarterback to rush for 75 total yards.
The Vikings announced late Wednesday night they signed the former Raiders running back who rushed for 788 yards and a career-high 12 touchdowns on 195 carries last season in Oakland. It’s a three-year deal worth roughly $15 million, sources told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.
The Vikings, who released longtime starter Adrian Peterson in February, ranked last in the league in rushing yards per game in 2016, averaging just 75.3. Murray totaled 4.0 yards per carry last year and has rushed for 2,278 yards in his career.
Greenway was praised as much for his off-field work as his on-field ferocity. The linebacker received accolades from his community service. He created the Lead The Way Foundation, which enhances education and health opportunities for children and families in need. In 2007, Greenway was named the Vikings’ Ed Block Courage Award winner after returning from a season-ending knee injury suffered during his rookie season.
Greenway had been contemplating retirement since the end of the season, ahead of potential free agency, but said he had no plans to play anywhere other than Minnesota.
Cook is a first-round talent that slipped into the second round due to off-field concerns, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported.
The 5-foot-10, 210-pound back dealt with injuries at FSU and didn’t have the best measurables at the combine, but his game tape made scouts drool. Cook is a three-down back, who averaged 6.5 yards per rush during three college seasons and earned 1,000-plus yards each season.
Let’s talk about the current quarterback, Sam Bradford, who was, well, pretty good last year. And it surprised just about everyone. He even garnered some MVP buzz for a while. The former No. 1 overall pick for St. Louis feels like he has finally found his stride for the Vikings and fake nfl jerseys and could be in the MVP mix again.
And of course some jerk fan (probably cheering for the Packers) will be all, “Yeah, that’s great … until he gets hurt.” But Bradford’s made double-digit starts in five of his seven NFL seasons, and he has started 29 games the last two years. So, relax.
Ridley spent the offseason with the Denver Broncos, carrying 38 times for 109 yards (2.9 yards per attempt) this preseason. The 28-year-old running back has turned into a journeyman the past several years since leaving the New England Patriots following a 2014 ACL tear. He spent 2015 with the New York Jets. He signed with the Detroit Lions in the 2016 offseason before getting cut prior to the start of the season. He appeared in one game for the Atlanta Falcons last season. After compiling a 1,200-yard season in 2012 and 773 yards in 2013, Ridley’s speed and power deteriorated following the knee injury.
Ridley looked better this preseason than he did in 2016 but should be merely depth addition in Minnesota. Latavius Murray is expected to be the lead back, with Jerick McKinnon the third-down tailback. Both Murray and McKinnon themselves aren’t 100 percent healthy. If Ridley is forced to play a significant role, it will mean more went wrong for the Vikings backfield.