Jasper Brinkley LB MIN 6 Days

Brinkley started at middle linebacker and had 11 total tackles in Sunday's loss to New England.

Despite the high tackle totals, Brinkley was on the field for 38 snaps - about half the defensive plays - as he comes off the field during nickel and dime packages. His fantasy upside may be limited as a result.

Jasper Brinkley LB MIN 13 Days

Brinkley started at middle linebacker and had five total tackles.

Brinkley was only on the field for 28 of 67 plays on offense as he came off the field during nickle and dime configurations. His fantasy upside is limited as a result.

Jasper Brinkley LB MIN 18 Days

Brinkley has officially been named the starter at middle linebacker, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Even though he's the starter, Brinkley's upside for fantasy purposes may be limited as the middle linebacker will come out of the game during nickel and dime packages with Chad Greenway staying on the field.

Jasper Brinkley LB MIN 19 Days

While Brinkley is listed first on the depth chart at middle linebacker, head coach Mike Zimmer may not officially announce a starter until later in the week, ESPN 1500 am Twin Cities.

The Minnesota middle linebacker role may not be great for fantasy purposes whoever wins the job, as the middle linebacker will come out of the game during nickel and dime packages with Chad Greenway staying on the field.

Jasper Brinkley LB MIN 22 Days

Brinkley started at middle linebacker and had two tackles in Thursday's preseason win over Tennessee. He appears set to start at middle linebacker, but head coach Mike Zimmer hasn't made a final decision, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Audie Cole started the game at outside linebacker and later played middle linebacker, which shows he's likely a backup at multiple positions. It's also possible the two could share playing time, as Brinkley seems stronger in early downs against the run.

Jasper Brinkley LB MIN 1 Month

Brinkley started at middle linebacker and had five total tackles in Saturday's preseason win over Arizona. However, the starting middle linebacker job is still a close battle between Brinkley and Audie Cole, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

It's also possible the two could share playing time with Brinkley seen stronger against the run and could be used on early downs. It sounds like the position battle won't be decided until late in the preseason.

Jasper Brinkley LB MIN 5 Months

Jasper Brinkley has been taking the first-team reps at middle linebacker at Vikings voluntary workouts this week.

Brinkley was re-signed by the Vikings after a one-year stint in Arizona. He's merely a two-down run plugger who can't cover a lick. Audie Cole and Michael Mauti should give Brinkley a run for the job this summer, and we wouldn't put it past GM Rick Spielman to draft a MIKE 'backer next week.

Jasper Brinkley LB MIN 7 Months

KFAN.com reports free agent ILB Jasper Brinkley visited the Vikings earlier this week.

Brinkley's Thursday meeting with the Bills was believed to be his first since he was cut loose by the Cardinals, but that's not the case. The fact that Brinkley left Minnesota without a deal, however, is a sign a reunion isn't imminent. Brinkley is not a three-down 'backer, and is best utilized against the run.

Jasper Brinkley LB MIN 7 Months

Free agent ILB Jasper Brinkley is visiting the Bills Thursday.

One day after kicking the tires on Jameel McClain, the Bills are taking a look at similarly low-upside linebacker. Brinkley, who barely played for Arizona following Daryl Washington's return from suspension last season, is just a two-down run stuffer at best. He wouldn't provide much competition for Nigel Bradham next to Kiko Alonso.

Jasper Brinkley LB MIN 7 Months

Cardinals released ILB Jasper Brinkley.

The move clears $2 million in cap room, which Arizona may commit to re-signing free agent ILB Karlos Dansby. Brinkley made little to no impact during one season in the desert, falling out of the defensive rotation when Daryl Washington returned from suspension. Brinkely is a limited, two-down run stuffer. 28 years old, he figures to receive minimum offers in free agency.