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The Vikings finally have a backup safety. They’ve signed Cheap Nate Meadors Jersey to the active roster to take the spot of Cheap Danielle Hunter Jersey, who will spend at least three weeks on injured reserve.

The team also announced that it is elevating linebacker Cheap Hardy Nickerson Jr. Jersey from the practice squad to the active roster. This years, teams can have 55 players on the active roster for each game, instead of the typical 53. However, only 48 can actually be active on gameday.

Meadors began his Vikings career as a cornerback and is listed broadly as a “defensive back” by the team, but he played almost exclusively at safety during training camp. Meadors was able to hold off rookies Cheap Josh Metellus Jersey, Cheap Brian Cole II Jersey and Cheap Myles Dorn Jersey – as well as waiver addition Steven Parker – to win the No. 3 safety job.

After going undrafted out of UCLA in 2019, Meadors impressed as a rookie and spent most of last year on the Vikings’ practice squad. He was elevated to the active roster for a Week 2 game against the Packers and gave up a touchdown to Geronimo Allison. That was as a cornerback. The Vikings believe that the 5’11” Meadors has more upside at safety.

It was very interesting when the Vikings released their initial 53-man roster and stars Cheap Harrison Smith Jersey and Cheap Anthony Harris Jersey were the only safeties listed. But it was always assumed that there would be a move coming prior to Week 1. “We won’t go into a game with two safeties, trust me,” Mike Zimmer said on Friday.

If things go to plan, Smith and Harris will play every single defensive snap on Sunday and Meadors will only potentially play on special teams. But if Smith or Harris need to miss any snaps for whatever reason, it’ll be Meadors out there in their place.

Nickerson was signed by the Vikings during training camp. He has played in 37 games with the Bengals over the past three years and was able to quickly adapt to the Vikings’ defensive scheme. He made the initial roster as the No. 5 linebacker but immediately lost that spot to waiver claim Cheap Ryan Connelly Jersey and was signed to the practice squad.

The Vikings now have 54 players on the active roster heading into a big Week 1 game against the Packers. They’ll have to name six inactives on Sunday morning to get down to 48 players for the game. It wouldn’t surprise me if Connelly was inactive since he’s been with the team for less than a week and has only had three practices to get acclimated.

If Connelly is inactive, the two backup linebackers behind Cheap Eric Kendricks Jersey, Cheap Anthony Barr Jersey, and Cheap Eric Wilson Jersey would be Cheap Troy Dye Jersey and Nickerson. Both of those players would be most likely to contribute on special teams.

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In an ongoing series highlighting the position groups of the Minnesota Vikings, we dive into their 2020 performances as well as what to expect in 2021. We previously evaluated the performance of Cheap Kirk Cousins Jersey and the quarterback position.

With the Minnesota Vikings’ season in the rear-view mirror, they can immediately begin looking at ways to improve. One area where there isn’t a ton of room for growth is at running back.

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Dalvin Cook cooked with the Minnesota Vikings in 2020
Minnesota Vikings year in review: Dalvin Cook
Dec 20, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) runs the ball in the first quarter against the Chicago Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
You couldn’t ask for anything more out of Dalvin Cook in the 14 games he was on the field. Performing as a top-three player at his position, Cook excelled in everything he was asked to do. Whether it was holding up as a blocker, gaining yards after the catch, or making defenders miss in the backfield as he’s handed the ball, Cook surpassed all expectations.

Dalvin Cook stats, running back group trade
Bold indicates career-high

312 rushes, 1,557 yards, 16 TDs, 5.0 YPC, 111.2 YPG
44 Rec, 361 yards, 1 TD
3 Fumbles lost
Cook’s rushing yards, per game average, and touchdowns all ranked second in the NFL. He finished just 82 yards away from having 2,000 total yards.

Cook was the fifth-highest paid running back in 2020 and makes an average of $12.6 million per year. Considering his production, he earns every dollar of his deal. Since being selected in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft, Cook has been everything the Vikings dreamed of and then some.

After Cook injured his groin in a Week 5 game, backup Alexander Mattison earned a bigger opportunity. He carried the ball 20 times for 112 yards and gained 95 more in the final game of the season filling in for Cook once again. Mattison also started in Week 6 against the Falcons. He struggled, averaging just 2.6 yards on 10 attempts. Mattison finished the year with just under 100 rushes, gaining 4.5 yards per carry.

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As a lead blocker in the running game, fullback C.J. Ham is a key component to the Vikings’ success on the ground. The Duluth native only scored one touchdown this past year, but it’s his propensity to open up lanes for Cook and Mattison to burst through that led to the Vikings averaging the fifth-most rushing yards per game in 2020.

Ham also plays nearly 50% of the snaps on special teams and was the fourth-highest paid at his position in 2020. Making just $3 million per season, Ham is a bargain buy for the Vikings.

Minnesota Vikings running back position group grade: A

Minnesota Vikings running back depth chart changes in 2021?
Minnesota Vikings RB Alexander Mattison
Jan 3, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Alexander Mattison (25) scores a touchdown against the Detroit Lions during the third quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports
Behind Cook, the Vikings have one of the deepest running back depth charts in the NFL. When given the opportunity, Alexander Mattison has shown starter-caliber talent, averaging 4.6 yards per carry on 196 attempts in his pro career.

Cheap Ameer Abdullah Jersey is an unrestricted free agent. With Abdullah handling kick return duties for the past two-plus seasons, there’s a chance the Vikings offer him a contract. But with his return averages dwindling each year as a Viking, they may be better off gambling on incoming draft prospects or looking elsewhere in free agency to fill that need.

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Cheap Mike Boone Jersey is a restricted free agent and will probably be retained as the team’s third running back. He, too, has flashed game-changing ability in the past. Boone had 148 rushing yards for the Vikings in the Week 17 finale of 2019.

Then again, the Vikings may allow Boone to seek a bigger role elsewhere as they seek to cut costs. Boone has shown home run potential, but the Vikings have two backs ahead of him who are younger.

It’s unlikely the running back rotation will change much if at all. With Cheap Dalvin Cook Jersey , Cheap Alexander Mattison Jersey , and Cheap C.J. Ham Jersey all locked up through 2022, don’t expect any sizable investments or additions being made to the team’s backfield before the 2021 season starts.

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For the second year in a row, a player that is most closely associated with the Minnesota Vikings will be inducted into the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame.

Today, the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame announced that former Vikings’ defensive end Al Noga will be a part of their class of 2021. He will be joined by his brother Niko Noga and former high school football coach Charlie Wedemeyer. Wedemeyer’s induction is a posthumous one, as he passed away after a battle with pneumonia in 2010.

Cheap Al Noga Jersey was drafted by the Vikings in the third round of the 1988 NFL Draft out of the University of Hawai’i, where he was an Outland Trophy finalist and a first-team All-American. After playing sparingly as a rookie, he exploded onto the scene in his second season as a starter at defensive end, picking up 11.5 sacks in 1989. He spent five seasons with Minnesota, collecting 29.5 of his 34.5 career NFL sacks in purple. After leaving Minnesota, he spent one season with the artists formerly known as the Washington Redskins and one year with the Indianapolis Colts before leaving the NFL.

As mentioned earlier, this is the second season in a row that the Vikings have had a player inducted into the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame. Last season, guard Cheap David Dixon Jersey heard his name called for this honor.

Congratulations to the Noga brothers and the family of Charlie Wedemeyer on their selections to the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame!