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  • Vikings rookie TE Bucky Hodges has solid preseason, then gets waived

    Vikings rookie tight end Bucky Hodges turned heads this preseason and was recognized by Pro Football Focus as PFF put Hodges on its All-Preseason Team.

    In four games, Hodges finished with a PFF grade of 79.9. The former Virginia Tech finished with four catches for 72 yards and a touchdown.

    Hodges was placed on the Injured Reserve with a concussion. There’s a chance that he sticks with team team if nobody claims him. If that happens,After initially making the Vikings’ 53-man roster, Hodges will likely end up on the practice squad.

    The move comes after the team was awarded tight end Blake Bell on waivers.

    Bell has played in 27 games over the last two seasons with the 49ers after being drafted in the fourth round in 2015. He’s caught 19 passes for 271 yards. He joins Kyle Rudolph and David Morgan as tight ends on the Vikings roster.

    We’ll see if Hodges ends back on Minnesota’s practice squad. He’s a guy who we think has plenty of potential and it was a bit of a surprise to see him off the final 53-man roster.

    Mike Zimmer insists Vikings focused on beating Saints, not 'Adrian Peterson'

    Adrian Peterson's?return to Minnesota?to face his former team is rich in entertainment value, spectacle and hype.

    That bodes well for a week's worth of storylines for broadcast crews,Womens Justin Simmons Jersey, media and fans.

    But apparently not so much for the teams playing in that prime-time matchup next Monday.

    Minnesota's Week 1 opener against New Orleans?isn't being viewed as a momentous or even controversial occasion,Womens John Elway Jersey,Inside Vikings team headquarters, despite the chatter that has circulated across the NFL about Peterson's? wanting to "stick it" to his former team during his homecoming.

    " Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said. "This game isn't about Adrian Peterson. It's about the Vikings and the Saints. They've got a lot of great offensive weapons. He's a great player,Authentic Adam Humphries Jersey,"I hope we have a chip on our shoulder, but this game isn't about Adrian Peterson."

    The hype behind Peterson's return began building the day Minneapolis decided not to pick up the $18 million option on his contract in February,Womens Adam Humphries Jersey, $7 million deal, a move that made him a free agent. When he signed with the Saints on a two-year, the prologue for the next chapter of his career was already written.

    Peterson will play the team with which he rushed for 11,And in an oh-too-perfect opportunity to make an encore performance and demonstrate that the best years of his career aren't behind him,747 yards and 97 touchdowns to open the 2017 season.

    It's not only a first for Peterson,Womens Adam Humphries Jersey but a first for the Vikings' defense that, who has traded in his purple and yellow to don black and gold not as a featured back but as a member of the Saints' trio of rushers, for years, had to temper the urge to make a play on Peterson in practice.

    "When he was here, it's a must, we couldn't tackle him and now," Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes said.

    certain moves he may try to utilize in various situations. Authentic John Elway Jersey,Even still,The Vikings have the advantage of knowing Peterson's tendencies, knowing how Peterson carves up defenses doesn't offer the knowledge of how to stop him in live action.

    "Everyone has their weaknesses, it's over, him running that ball, him getting to the outside,Womens Von Miller Jersey, but end of the day, him breaking a few tackles -- once he gets going,,Authentic Von Miller Jersey," Rhodes said.

    Rhodes could be tasked with trying to stop his former teammate. The Pro Bowl corner says he doesn't talk a lot of trash on the field,Authentic Adam Humphries Jersey,Should Peterson break past the Vikings' defensive front and into subsequent levels, but will make an exception to his own rule come Monday.

    "Definitely a lot of pride,Authentic Garett Bolles Jersey," Rhodes said of the one-on-one matchup. "I have to come down with the tackle. When he was here we had a couple of conversations that I told him I'm not going to back down from him. He told me we're going to see how that ends. We're definitely going to see how that ends Monday night."

    Though the future Hall of Famer may have the spotlight now, another running back hopes to make headlines in his debut as Peterson's successor.

    Rookie Dalvin Cook enters Week 1 as the Vikings' starting rusher after bursting onto the scene in the preseason. The similarities between Cook and Peterson have been debated since the ex-Florida State product was drafted in the second round last April.

    "Amazing plays," Cook said. "The things he put on film is unbelievable. Some of the tackles he broke, is all I can say, the long runs. You always know Adrian for being a physical back, but he can do it all."

    when it's Cook's turn to step into Peterson's shoes,Come Monday, the hype of replacing the franchise's rushing leader will stay as just that -- hype -- and not get in the way of the Vikings' quest to start 1-0.

    "It's going to be crazy with him returning back, I know everybody [is] going to be hyped for it. It's going to be one of the best games of the year. We just gotta be ready to go," Cook said. "He did a lot for this organization. With him coming back, which I know we is."