Jarius Wright WR MIN (9) 6 hours ago
Wright brought in three of six targets for 51 yards while rushing once for four yards during Sunday's 39-7 loss to the Eagles in the NFC championship game.
Wright was an integral part of the Vikings' passing game this postseason, hauling in six of 12 targets for 107 yards in two games. However, that wasn't the case during the regular season considering the 28-year-old recorded just 18 catches on 25 targets for 198 yards and two touchdowns over 16 games. His meager production could be attributed to how offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur used Wright less as a deep-ball threat than Shurmur's predecessors did in the past. In fact, Wright averaged just 9.3 yards per reception in 21 games after Shurmur took over as the Vikings OC in Week 9 of the 2016 campaign, compared to Wright's 14.1 average in his previous 57 games with Minnesota. While part of this downturn could possibly be explained by the emergence of Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, there's optimism Wright could come closer to his pre-2016 numbers in 2018 with Shurmur now the head coach of the Giants.
Latavius Murray RB MIN (9) 7 hours ago
Murray rushed six times for 18 yards while bringing in both of his targets for 11 yards during Sunday's 38-7 loss to the Eagles in the NFC championship game.
Murray struggled to find holes in the Eagles' tough run defense and his usage was blunted once the Vikings were forced to abandon the run game. He now finishes the postseason having averaged an inefficient 2.72 yards on 25 carries after averaging 3.89 yards on 221 carries during the regular season. Under contract with Minnesota for another two seasons, Murray is set to return in 2018 as the clear No. 2 runner on the depth chart behind Dalvin Cook (knee), as teammate Jerick McKinnon will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the league year.
QEverson Griffen DL MIN (9) 7 hours ago
Griffen is dealing with an undisclosed injury and will not play in the Pro Bowl on Sunday, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.
Griffen's injury is officially undisclosed, but he did deal with a plantar fasciitis issue at the tail end of the regular season. Seahawks' defensive end Michael Bennett has been named Griffen's replacement for Sunday.
Jerick McKinnon RB MIN (9) 7 hours ago
McKinnon, who is set to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the league year, intends to sign with a team that will give him a bigger offensive role than he had with the Vikings, ESPN's Courtney Cronin reports. "I want to be the guy," McKinnon said. "I don't put in all the work in the offseason to come back and be in this role. I appreciate the role. It worked out well, but I want bigger and better things for myself."
McKinnon added that he's open to re-signing with the Vikings if they can satisfy his desire for a featured role, but that seems unlikely to be something Minnesota can provide after they invested a 2017 second-round pick in Dalvin Cook (knee) while having Latavius Murray under contract through 2019. It may not be all that likely that another team will afford him that chance either considering McKinnon's averaged just 3.58 yards on 309 carries over the past two seasons. The 2014 third-rounder should still have a number of suitors on the free-agent market, but it seems more probable that he enters the 2018 season as a change-of-pace runner rather than as a lead ballcarrier.
QAnthony Barr LB MIN (9) 8 hours ago
Barr will not play in the Pro Bowl on Sunday due to an undisclosed injury, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Barr was named to the Pro Bowl in mid-December -- the third selection of his career -- but has been replaced by Panthers' veteran linebacker Thomas Davis. The severity and specifics of the injury remain unclear at this point.
QDon Carey DB DET (7) 9 hours ago
Carey (knee) may require offseason surgery, Justin Rogers of the Detroit News reports. "It's too early to tell," the safety said. "I'll sit on the couch, let some of the inflammation and swelling go down, and we'll see what happens."
Carey injured his knee during Detroit's season finale against Green Bay, but it appears the extent of his damage hasn't been confirmed yet -- though the safety did note that his ACL remains intact. The 30-year-old is set to hit free agency at the end of the league year and, especially with the Lions having fired their incumbent head coach and defensive coordinator, his future with the Lions is up in the air.
QTevaun Smith WR JAC (8) 10 hours ago
The Jaguars signed Smith to a reserve/future contract Monday, Mike Kaye of the First Coast News reports.
Smith, who went undrafted out of Iowa in 2016, spent time with both the Colts and Raiders in 2017 but didn't log a single snap with either team. While he boasts impressive speed and decent size for his position, Smith likely faces long odds of sticking on the Jaguars' active roster into the 2018 campaign.
OUTBrandon Wilds RB JAC (8) 10 hours ago
The Jaguars signed Wilds to a reserve/future contract Monday, Mike Kaye of the First Coast News reports.
Wilds is entering his third season in the league after going undrafted out of South Carolina in 2016. He didn't log a snap during the 2017 campaign after suffering a shoulder injury with the Browns in training camp and now joins a stable of Jacksonville running backs that has each of Leonard Fournette, T.J. Yeldon and Chris Ivory under contract in 2018.
OUTRyan Anderson LB WAS (5) 11 hours ago
Anderson (knee) recorded 15 tackles over 14 games in 2017.
Anderson joined a crowded linebacking corps in Washington after being taken in the second round of the 2017 draft and consequently didn't see much playing time during his rookie season. However, the Redskins have a host of linebackers headed for free agency at the end of the league year -- including starters Zach Brown (knee) and Mason Foster (shoulder), but also Trent Murphy, Junior Galette and Will Compton. Depending on who the team ultimately re-signs this offseason, it's possible Anderson could be in store for a more significant role in 2018. He'll first need to recover from a knee injury that Scott Allen of the Washington Post classified as a damaged patella tendon, though there hasn't been any reported concern that the Alabama product is in danger of missing the start of April's offseason training program.
OUTJacob Hollister TE NE (9) 13 hours ago
Hollister finished the 2017 regular season with four catches on 10 targets for 42 yards in 15 games.
Hollister, who signed with the Patriots as an undrafted free agent, is under contract with the team through the 2019 season. Looking ahead, he figures to to remain with the team as a reserve option behind Rob Gronkowski, but it wouldn't surprise us to see the team to bring in some added tight end depth this offseason. In such a scenario, Hthe 24-year-old Hollister would face competition for depth chart slotting.