Eric Kendricks
Eric Kendricks
27-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Minnesota Vikings
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Kendricks missed the final two games of the 2018 season with a hamstring injury, but the 27-year-old still managed to record his third straight season with 100-plus tackles. Pushed against the cap, the Vikings still were forced to restructure Kendricks contract, backloading the five-year $50 million contract signed last season to provide more space for their rookie contracts. It's quite possible Kendricks still has room to grow in terms of becoming an elite inside linebacker, but the current player is still very good in his own right, capable of playing all three downs due to his above average coverage skills and also able to lay the lumber in the gaps. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $50 million contract with the Vikings in April of 2018.
Participates in offseason program
LBMinnesota Vikings
July 18, 2019
Kendricks (hamstring) participated in Minnesota's June minicamp, Eric Smith of the Vikings' official site reports.
Kendricks sustained a hamstring injury Week 15 against Miami and was forced to sit out the final two games of the season. Regardless, the 27-year-old was still able to pile up 108 total tackles, seven pass breakups, two interceptions and a forced fumble in 2018.
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Measurables Review
How do Eric Kendricks' measurables compare to other linebackers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
6' 0"
232 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.61 sec
Vertical Jump
38.0 in
Broad Jump
124 in
Bench Press
19 reps
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
The fact that Kendricks plays for a ferocious Minnesota defense that gets off the field quickly and features intense competition for tackles when it's on the field limits his IDP utility, but his top-shelf skills give him a high floor, and you can't rule out the chance of a breakout IDP season. Instinctive and fast, Kendricks previously hinted at pass-rushing upside (four sacks in 763 snaps as a rookie), and his coverage skills are better than his two career interceptions imply. Kendricks is an odd case in that what we've seen so far from him might be the worst-case scenario, yet he's been very good.
Kendricks missed one game with a concussion and was knocked out early in another with a hip injury, which deflated an output that was otherwise subtly impressive. After making 109 stops on just 869 snaps, Kendricks can push for the 130-tackle range if he approaches 1,000 plays. Instinctive and athletic, Kendricks has upside in coverage that he hasn't shown yet, but he's already been a better blitzer than expected, totaling 6.5 sacks in 29 games. Playing on a Minnesota defense with a loaded front seven, Kendricks is in a favorable setting for a breakout.
Kendricks looks like one of the league's top young LBs after a promising rookie year in which he had 92 tackles (72 solo) while playing 763 defensive snaps, pushing aside a pair of veterans in Chad Greenway and Gerald Hodges to earn his three-down role. Now fully locked in as Minnesota's lead 'backer, Kendricks should breeze past triple-digit tackles, and his combination of speed and instincts makes him a candidate to break out as an interception threat. Kendricks already appears adept as a pass rusher, as his four sacks are a great number for his limited play count.
The 45th overall selection in the 2015 NFL Draft, Kendricks should replace Jasper Brinkley (who departed in free agency) as the starting middle linebacker Minnesota in 2015. Kendricks is an undersized linebacker at 6-foot, 232 pounds, and he's not likely to establish a disruptive presence in the NFL, but Kendricks has the excellent instincts and range necessary to play a sideline-to-sideline role.
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Restructures contract
LBMinnesota Vikings
May 14, 2019
Kendricks (hamstring) restructured his contract Tuesday to make room for the signing of first-round pick Garrett Bradbury, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
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Eclipses 100 tackles
LBMinnesota Vikings
January 4, 2019
Kendricks (hamstring) finished the 2018 season with 108 tackles (63 solo), two interceptions, one sack and a forced fumble in 14 games.
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Will sit season finale
LBMinnesota Vikings
December 28, 2018
Kendricks (hamstring) is ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bears.
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Absent from practice
LBMinnesota Vikings
December 27, 2018
Kendricks (hamstring) did not practice Thursday, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
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Ruled out with hammy issue
LBMinnesota Vikings
December 21, 2018
Kendricks (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's game in Detroit, Courtney Cronin of reports.
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