NFL Preseason Preview: David Morgan – Minnesota Vikings

David Morgan entered the NFL last season as UTSA’s first ever draft pick and ended the year with 12 games and 63 offensive snaps under his belt.

Along the way, he received praise from his coaching staff and media alike. So much so that the Vikings were willing to let incumbent blocking tight end Rhett Ellison move on to the New York Giants during the offseason.

DAVID MORGAN

  • Team: Minnesota Vikings
  • Position: Tight End
  • Experience: 1 year

MINNESOTA VIKINGS TIGHT END DEPTH

  • Kyle Rudolph, 6 years experience
  • David Morgan, 1 year experience
  • Bucky Hodges, Rookie (Drafted, Round 6)
  • Kyle Carter, 1 year practice squad experience
  • Nick Truesdell, Rookie (3 years in AFL)
  • Josiah Price, Rookie

 

7th-year man Kyle Rudolph will retain his spot as the #1 tight end heading into the season, and Morgan is the obvious choice to replace Ellison as the first-choice blocking tight end, earning snaps alongside Rudolph in two-TE sets.

Ellison saw action on about 18 offensive snaps and 12 special teams snaps per game while getting targeted in the passing game a total of 14 times in 15 games. We can expect to see similar numbers from Morgan this year.

It will be interesting to see what happens with the depth chart below Rudolph and Morgan, with four guys who are all primarily pass-catching tight ends competing for one or two spots on the 53-man roster.

Odds to make 53-man roster: 100%

 

After kicking off their preseason with a visit to Buffalo tonight, the Vikings will head to Seattle and then return to face the 49ers in back-to-back nationally televised games before hosting the Dolphins in their preseason finale.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS PRESEASON SCHEDULE

(all times Central)

Thursday, Aug. 10
Minnesota Vikings at Buffalo Bills, 6 p.m.
– NFL Network re-air: Friday, Aug. 11, 3:00 a.m.

Friday, Aug. 18
Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks, 9 p.m. (NFL Network)

Sunday, Aug. 26
San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings, 7 p.m. (NBC)

Thursday, Aug. 31
Miami Dolphins at Minnesota Vikings, 7 p.m.
– NFL Network re-air: Friday, Sep. 1, 9:00 a.m.

 

NFL Preseason Preview: Week 1 viewing guide

It should be an exciting week for the six NFL hopefuls from UTSA. Here’s how you can watch all the games.

 

Wednesday, Aug. 9

Houston Texans at Carolina Panthers (Teddy Williams), 6:30 p.m. (NFL Network)
– NFL Network re-air: Thursday, Aug. 10, 1:00 a.m.
– NFL Network re-air: Thursday, Aug. 10, 9:00 a.m.
– NFL Network re-air: Thursday, Aug. 10, 3:00 p.m.
– NFL Network re-air: Wednesday, Aug. 16, 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 10

Minnesota Vikings (David Morgan) at Buffalo Bills, 6 p.m.
– NFL Network re-air: Friday, Aug. 11, 3:00 a.m.
– NFL Network re-air: Wednesday, Aug. 16, 9:00 a.m.

Atlanta Falcons (Jordan Moore) at Miami Dolphins, 6 p.m.
– NFL Network re-air: Saturday, Aug. 12, 8:30 a.m.
– NFL Network re-air: Monday, Aug. 14, 3:30 a.m.
– NFL Network re-air: Wednesday, Aug. 16, 12:00 p.m.

New Orleans Saints (Ashaad Mabry) at Cleveland Browns, 7 p.m.
– NFL Network re-air: Friday, Aug. 11, 9:00 a.m.
– NFL Network re-air: Monday, Aug. 14, 12:00 p.m.
– NFL Network re-air: Thursday, Aug. 17, 3:00 a.m.

Philadelphia Eagles at Green Bay Packers (Brian Price), 7 p.m.
– NFL Network re-air: Friday, Aug. 11, 3:00 p.m.
– NFL Network re-air: Sunday, Aug. 13, 3:00 a.m.
– NFL Network re-air: Monday, Aug. 14, 3:00 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 11

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Cincinnati Bengals (Jarveon Williams), 6:30 p.m.
– NFL Network re-air: Saturday, Aug. 12, 12:00 a.m.
– NFL Network re-air: Tuesday, Aug. 15, 12:00 p.m.

 

(all times Central)

 

Roadrunners in the NFL: Preseason Preview

The 2017 NFL season is less than a month away, and preseason has officially kicked off.

Over the next few days, we’ll be taking an in-depth look at the six UTSA alumni who will be fighting for NFL roster spots for the upcoming season.

ROADRUNNERS IN THE NFL

 

With the NFL eliminating the 75-man roster cut this season, we should get all four preseason games to see UTSA’s NFL-hopefuls in action prior to the September 2nd cuts from 90 down to 53.

 

NFL PRESEASON SCHEDULE (all times Central)

WEEK 1: AUGUST 10-14

Wednesday, Aug. 9
Houston Texans at Carolina Panthers, 6:30 p.m. (NFL Network)

Thursday, Aug. 10
Minnesota Vikings at Buffalo Bills, 6 p.m.
Atlanta Falcons at Miami Dolphins, 6 p.m.
New Orleans Saints at Cleveland Browns, 7 p.m.
Philadelphia Eagles at Green Bay Packers, 7 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 11
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Cincinnati Bengals, 6:30 p.m.

WEEK 2: AUGUST 17-21

Friday, Aug. 18
Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks, 9 p.m. (NFL Network)

Saturday, Aug. 19
Carolina Panthers at Tennessee Titans, 2 p.m. (NFL Network)
Kansas City Chiefs at Cincinnati Bengals, 6 p.m.
Green Bay Packers at Washington Redskins, 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 20
Atlanta Falcons at Pittsburgh Steelers, 3 p.m. (NFL Network)
New Orleans Saints at Los Angeles Chargers, 7 p.m. (NFL Network)

WEEK 3: AUGUST 24-27

Thursday, Aug. 24
Carolina Panthers at Jacksonville Jaguars, 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 26
Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons, 6 p.m.
Houston Texans at New Orleans Saints, 7 p.m.
Green Bay Packers at Denver Broncos, 8 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 27
Cincinnati Bengals at Washington Redskins, 3:30 p.m. (FOX)
San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings, 7 p.m. (NBC)

WEEK 4: AUG. 31-SEPT. 1

Thursday, Aug. 31
Jacksonville Jaguars at Atlanta Falcons, 6 p.m.
Los Angeles Rams at Green Bay Packers, 6 p.m.
Cincinnati Bengals at Indianapolis Colts, 6 p.m.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Carolina Panthers, 6:30 p.m.
Miami Dolphins at Minnesota Vikings, 7 p.m.
Baltimore Ravens at New Orleans Saints, 7 p.m.

 

Roadrunners in the NFL: Morgan’s first catch, Price gets raise

DAVID MORGAN II

TE – Minnesota Vikings – UTSA ’11-’15

For the first time in his NFL career, David Morgan hauled in a pass from Sam Bradford midway through the second quarter of the Vikings’ Christmas Eve game against Green Bay, gaining four yards before being tackled by Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. It was the rookie’s only target of the game.

Morgan was utilized on seven offensive snaps (9%) and seven special teams snaps (21%), the most since Week 2 prior to Rhett Ellison’s return from injury.

Minnesota Vikings Tight End Snap Chart

                       Off.      ST
Player          Pos Num Pct Num Pct
Kyle Rudolph     TE  75 96%   4 12%
Rhett Ellison    TE  21 27%  16 47%
David Morgan     TE   7  9%   7 21%

Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table

Morgan also returned his second kickoff of the season, this one for 11 yards before being tackled by Jordan Tripp, bringing his career total up to 29 yards.

Here is an updated list of every yard gained in the NFL by UTSA alumni:

  • 10/27/2013 – Teddy Williams 51-yard reception (ARI vs ATL)
  • 10/16/2016 – Teddy Williams 19-yard interception return (CAR @ NO)
  • 12/11/2016 – David Morgan 18-yard kickoff return (MIN @ JAX)
  • 12/24/2016 – David Morgan 4-yard reception (MIN @ GB)
  • 12/24/2016 – David Morgan 11-yard kickoff return (MIN @ GB)

BRIAN PRICE

DT – Green Bay Packers – UTSA ’13-’15

Despite being released from the Packers active roster and spending the last ten weeks on their practice squad, former UTSA defensive tackle Brian Price has apparently garnered interest from multiple NFL teams in need of defensive line help, including the Indianapolis Colts.

In order to prevent Price from leaving Green Bay, his salary was increased to $26,470/week from the league minimum salary of $6,900/week.

INACTIVES

  • Ashaad Mabry – New Orleans Saints – Practice Squad
  • Brian Price – Green Bay Packers – Practice Squad
  • Teddy Williams – Carolina Panthers – Injured Reserve

NFL WEEK 17 MATCHUPS

Minnesota Vikings (David Morgan) vs. Chicago Bears
Sunday, January 1 – Noon – FOX

 

Roadrunners in the NFL – Week 11

DAVID MORGAN II

TE – Minnesota Vikings – UTSA ’11-’15

David Morgan failed to make the Vikings’ active roster for the second time in three weeks. UTSA’s first-ever draft pick has only seen action on five offensive snaps since incumbent blocking tight end Rhett Ellison returned from injury in Week 3.

Minnesota travels to Detroit for a Thanksgiving Day matchup this week, following their first win since Week 5.

INACTIVES

  • Ashaad Mabry – New Orleans Saints – Practice Squad
  • Brian Price – Green Bay Packers – Practice Squad
  • Teddy Williams – Carolina Panthers – Injured Reserve

NFL WEEK 12 MATCHUPS

  • Minnesota Vikings (David Morgan) @ Detroit Lions – 11:30 am – CBS