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2015 Minnesota Vikings season

2015 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coach Mike Zimmer
General manager Rick Spielman
Owner Zygi Wilf
Home field TCF Bank Stadium
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The 2015 Minnesota Vikings season will be the franchise's upcoming 55th season in the National Football League and the second under head coach Mike Zimmer. It will also likely mark the last season in which the Vikings will play their home games at the University of Minnesota's on-campus TCF Bank Stadium, while construction of the New Minnesota Stadium, slated to open in 2016, takes place on the site of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. The Vikings will be looking to improve on their 7–9 mark from last season.

Offseason

2015 draft

Main article: 2015 NFL draft
Draft order Player name Position Height Weight College Contract Notes
Round Choice Overall
1 11 11 Trae Waynes CB 6-0 186 Michigan State 4 years / $12.944 million
2 13 45 Eric Kendricks ILB 6-0 232 UCLA 4 years / $5.156 million
3 12 76 Traded to the Kansas City Chiefs[A]
16 80 Traded to the Detroit Lions[B] from Chiefs[A]
24 88 Danielle Hunter DE 6-5 252 LSU 4 years / $3.077 million from Lions[B]
4 11 110 T. J. Clemmings OT 6-5 309 Pittsburgh 4 years / $2.804 million
5 1 137 Traded to the Atlanta Falcons[C] from Buccaneers via Bills[D]
7 143 MyCole Pruitt TE 6-2 251 Southern Illinois 4 years / $2.51 million from Lions via Broncos and Bears[B]
10 146 Stefon Diggs WR 6-0 195 Maryland 4 years / $2.5 million from Falcons[C]
13 149 Traded to the Miami Dolphins[E]
6 10 185 Tyrus Thompson OT 6-5 324 Oklahoma 4 years / $2.4 million from Falcons[C]
12 187 Traded to the Buffalo Bills[D]
17 193 B. J. Dubose DE 6-4 284 Louisville 4 years / $2.399 million from Chiefs[A]
7 11 228 Austin Shepherd OT 6-4 315 Alabama 4 years / $2.349 million
15 232 Edmond Robinson OLB 6-3 245 Newberry 4 years / $2.34 million from 49ers via Dolphins[E]

Roster changes

Re-signings
Date Player name Position Contract terms
March 8, 2015 Tom Johnson DE 3 years / $7 million
March 10, 2015 Matt Asiata RB 1 year
March 11, 2015 Joe Berger C 2 years / $2.155 million
Cullen Loeffler LS 1 year / $1.05 million
March 17, 2015 Mike Harris OT 1 year / $1.542 million
Departures
Date Player name Position Note New team
February 27, 2015 Charlie Johnson G Released[4]
March 10, 2015 Matt Cassel QB Traded[D] Buffalo Bills
Jerome Felton FB UFA
March 13, 2015 Christian Ponder QB Oakland Raiders
March 14, 2015 Jasper Brinkley ILB Dallas Cowboys
Greg Jennings WR Released Miami Dolphins
March 16, 2015 Vladimir Ducasse G UFA Chicago Bears
March 26, 2015 Justin Anderson LB Released
Jordan McCray G Released
April 2, 2015 Pat Devlin QB Released
Additions
Date Player name Position Previous team Contract terms
February 18, 2015 Brandon Bostick TE Green Bay Packers Claimed off waivers[5]
March 11, 2015 Shaun Hill QB St. Louis Rams 2 years / $6.5 million
March 13, 2015 Mike Wallace WR Miami Dolphins Acquired in trade[E]
March 19, 2015 DuJuan Harris RB Green Bay Packers
March 24, 2015 Casey Matthews LB Philadelphia Eagles
Taylor Mays S Cincinnati Bengals
March 26, 2015 Babatunde Aiyegbusi OL Dresden Monarchs (GFL)
March 27, 2015 Terence Newman CB Cincinnati Bengals
April 2, 2015 Mike Kafka QB Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Caesar Rayford DE Montreal Alouettes (CFL)
April 6, 2015 Kevin McDermott LS Baltimore Ravens
Draft trades
  1. ^ a b c Minnesota traded their third-round selection to Kansas City in exchange for Kansas City's third- and sixth-round selections.[1]
  2. ^ a b c Minnesota traded the third-round selection they received from Kansas City to Detroit in exchange for Detroit's third-round selection and a fifth-round selection.[1]
  3. ^ a b c Minnesota traded the fifth-round selection they received from Buffalo to Atlanta in exchange for Atlanta's fifth- and a sixth-round selections.[1]
  4. ^ a b c Buffalo traded the fifth-round selection they received from Tampa Bay during the 2014 NFL draft and a 2016 seventh-round selection to Minnesota in exchange for quarterback Matt Cassel and Minnesota's 2015 sixth-round selection.[2]
  5. ^ a b c Minnesota traded their fifth-round selection to Miami in exchange for wide receiver Mike Wallace and a seventh-round selection that Miami received from San Francisco in their trade for offensive tackle Jonathan Martin.[3]

Preseason

Schedule

On February 11, 2015, the NFL announced that the Vikings will play the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game. The game will occur on Sunday, August 9, in Canton, Ohio, and will air at 7:00 p.m. CDT on NBC.[6] The remainder of the Vikings' preliminary preseason schedule was announced on April 9, with exact dates and times to be determined later in the spring. The Vikings will first host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Oakland Raiders before road games against the Dallas Cowboys and the Tennessee Titans,[7] making this the third consecutive year in which the Vikings face the Titans in the preseason.

Week Date Kickoff (CDT) Opponent Result Record Game site TV NFL.com
recap
HOF August 9 7:00 p.m. Pittsburgh Steelers Fawcett Stadium (Canton, Ohio) NBC
1 August 15 7:00 p.m. Tampa Bay Buccaneers TCF Bank Stadium
2 August 22 7:00 p.m. Oakland Raiders TCF Bank Stadium
3 August 29 6:00 p.m. at Dallas Cowboys AT&T Stadium
4 September 3 7:00 p.m. at Tennessee Titans LP Field

Regular season

Schedule

The Vikings' 2015 schedule was announced on April 21.[8]

Week Date Kickoff (CT) Opponent Result Record Game site TV NFL.com
recap
1 September 14 9:20 p.m. at San Francisco 49ers Levi's Stadium ESPN
2 September 20 12:00 p.m. Detroit Lions TCF Bank Stadium Fox
3 September 27 12:00 p.m. San Diego Chargers TCF Bank Stadium CBS
4 October 4 3:25 p.m. at Denver Broncos Sports Authority Field at Mile High Fox
5 Bye
6 October 18 12:00 p.m. Kansas City Chiefs TCF Bank Stadium CBS
7 October 25 12:00 p.m. at Detroit Lions Ford Field Fox
8 November 1 12:00 p.m. at Chicago Bears Soldier Field Fox
9 November 8 12:00 p.m. St. Louis Rams TCF Bank Stadium Fox
10 November 15 3:05 p.m. at Oakland Raiders O.co Coliseum Fox
11 November 22 12:00 p.m. Green Bay Packers TCF Bank Stadium Fox
12 November 29 12:00 p.m. at Atlanta Falcons Georgia Dome Fox
13 December 6 12:00 p.m. Seattle Seahawks TCF Bank Stadium Fox
14 December 10 7:25 p.m. at Arizona Cardinals University of Phoenix Stadium NFLN
15 December 20 12:00 p.m. Chicago Bears TCF Bank Stadium Fox
16 December 27 12:00 p.m. New York Giants TCF Bank Stadium Fox
17 January 3 12:00 p.m. at Green Bay Packers Lambeau Field Fox
Notes
  • Intra-division opponents are in bold text.
  • Networks and times for Sunday games from Weeks 6–17 are subject to change as a result of flexible scheduling.

Current roster

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References

  1. ^ a b c "2015 NFL Draft trade tracker: Details of all the moves". NFL.com. May 2, 2015. Retrieved May 3, 2015. 
  2. ^ Smith, Michael David (March 4, 2015). "Bills acquire Matt Cassel in trade with Vikings". NBC Sports. Retrieved March 4, 2015. 
  3. ^ Alper, Josh (March 13, 2015). "Mike Wallace traded to Vikings". NBCSports.com. Retrieved March 13, 2015. 
  4. ^ Gates, Christopher (February 27, 2015). "Minnesota Vikings Cut Charlie Johnson". DailyNorseman.com. Retrieved February 27, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Brandon Bostick claimed by Vikings one day after being waived". SportingNews.com. February 18, 2015. Retrieved February 27, 2015. 
  6. ^ Sessler, Marc (February 11, 2015). "Steelers, Vikings to square off in Hall of Fame Game". NFL.com. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Vikings Announce 2015 Preseason Schedule". vikings.com (Minnesota Vikings Football). April 9, 2015. Retrieved April 9, 2015. 
  8. ^ Hanzus, Dan (April 20, 2015). "NFL will release 2015 schedule on Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET". NFL.com. Retrieved April 20, 2015. 

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