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Alexander Mattison

Minnesota Vikings
Running Back #22
Minnesota Vikings
Running Back #22
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Alexander Mattison News

Big day in Week 3 start

Mattison carried the ball 26 times for 112 yards and caught six of eight targets for 59 yards in Sunday's 30-17 win over the Seahawks.

Analysis: With Dalvin Cook (ankle) sidelined, Mattison stepped into the lead role in the Minnesota backfield and put up a very Cook-like performance, proving to be effective as both a runner and receiver. The third-year back is more than capable of delivering big numbers when called upon, but his fantasy value will depend on Cook's health heading into a Week 4 clash with the Browns.

Sep 26, 2021 9:53 PM EST


Earns spot start

Mattison is starting in place of Dalvin Cook (ankle) on Sunday against the Seahawks, Eric Smith of the Vikings' official site reports.

Analysis: Cook will sit at least one game due to the ankle sprain he picked up Week 2, allowing Mattison a spot start. When Cook went down with a groin injury Week 5 of last season in Seattle, Mattison put together the only 100-yard rushing performance of his career, totaling 112 yards on the ground and 24 more yards as a receiver. With just Ameer Abdullah and fullback C.J. Ham to contend with for touches, Mattison could be poised for another fruitful outing Sunday.

Sep 26, 2021 12:13 PM EST



Trending toward Week 3 start

Mattison could have a big opportunity Sunday, as the Vikings are pessimistic about Dalvin Cook (questionable - ankle) suiting up for their game against the Seahawks, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Cook is a game-day decision and could have a limited role even if he's active. Last year, Mattison had one dud (Week 6) and one huge performance (Week 17) in his two fill-in starts, and he should handle a large workload Sunday if Cook doesn't end up playing. Ameer Abdullah is the only other tailback on Minnesota's roster for Sunday's game, with the team opting not to call up preseason star A.J. Rose from the practice squad.

Sep 26, 2021 7:14 AM EST


Has 28 scrimmage yards Sunday

Mattison had three carries for 11 yards and one reception for 17 yards on his only target in Sunday's loss to Arizona.

Analysis: Mattison played 13 snaps on offense, slightly up from nine snaps last week, but had four touches compared to two last week. He'll have a minimal role as long as Dalvin Cook is healthy. However, Mattison's workload could increase in Week 3 if the sprained ankle that Cook suffered Sunday limits his snaps.

Sep 20, 2021 11:33 AM EST


Just two touches Sunday

Mattison had one carry for two yards and one reception for four yards in Sunday's loss at Cincinnati.

Analysis: Mattison played just nine snaps on offense as the Vikings used the running game sparingly when falling behind early. Mattison may get more involved if the Vikings are ahead and running the ball more often, but he won't get significant touches without a Dalvin Cook injury.

Sep 13, 2021 9:06 AM EST



Logs full practice Wednesday

Mattison (ribs) practiced in full Wednesday, Craig Peters of the Vikings' official site reports.

Analysis: Mattison lasted just two offensive snaps for the Vikings in preseason Week 2 and has been sidelined from practice for most of the intervening period. Now that he's back on the field and uninhibited, though, he's set to serve as Dalvin Cook's primary reserve for a third straight season. In the previous two, Mattison averaged 8.4 touches for 42.4 yards from scrimmage per game while scoring four TDs in 26 appearances.

Sep 8, 2021 2:52 PM EST


Still not practicing

Mattison (undisclosed) is not practicing Wednesday, Dane Mizutani of the Pioneer Press reports.

Analysis: Mattison has been sidelined with an undisclosed issue since Aug. 23, and the nature and severity of his injury remains undisclosed. With less than two weeks remaining before Sept. 12's season opener in Cincinnati, Mattison's status will warrant close monitoring. With Kene Nwangwu (knee) also not practicing, starter Dalvin Cook is currently the only healthy running back on the Vikings' roster.

Sep 1, 2021 12:37 PM EST


Absent to start week

Mattison (undisclosed) didn't practice Monday, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Mattison may have been injured in the Vikings' second preseason game, as he logged just two snaps and hasn't practiced since. He did watch Monday's practice from the sideline, whereas some of the players with more serious injuries weren't present at all. Assuming he makes it back on the practice field soon, Mattison is locked in as Minnesota's No. 2 back behind Dalvin Cook ahead of a Sept. 12 opener against Cincinnati. Last year, Mattison averaged 4.5 carries and 0.7 targets in the 10 full games he and Cook played together.

Aug 30, 2021 12:27 PM EST


Misses practice again

Mattison (undisclosed) rode a stationary bike on the side during Wednesday's practice, Eric Smith of the Vikings' official site reports.

Analysis: Mattison initially missed practice Monday and now seems unlikely to play in Friday's preseason game against the Chiefs. After that, he'll have 16 days to prepare for Minnesota's Sept. 12 opener against Cincinnati, gearing up for his familiar role as Dalvin Cook's backup. The Vikings did use a fourth-round pick on Kene Nwangwu this spring, but he's a raw prospect in the first place and has now been out since mid-August with a hyperextended knee. If Mattison is unexpectedly slow to recover from his current issue, the Vikings can turn to Ameer Abdullah, Ito Smith or A.J. Rose for Week 1 backup snaps.

Aug 25, 2021 11:24 AM EST


Misses practice Monday

Mattison did not practice Monday due to an undisclosed injury, Chad Graff of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Mattison played just two plays in Saturday's preseason game, but no injury was reported after the game. With Kene Nwangwu and Mattison hurt, the Vikings signed Ito Smith on Monday to help with depth.

Aug 23, 2021 6:52 PM EST


Remains Cook's backup

Mattison didn't have a carry and caught both of his targets for 16 yards during Saturday's preseason defeat to the Colts.

Analysis: With Dalvin Cook unavailable, Mattison interestingly was on the receiving end of Kirk Cousins' first two passes, but when the Vikings went to the ground Ameer Abdullah garnered the first two rushes. Afterward, Mattison didn't see another touch, while Abdullah got work with both the starters and reserves until halftime. Mattison has a firm hold on the backup RB job to Dalvin Cook, so the former's usage Saturday likely was to ensure he avoided any sort of health concern. When Cook sat out Weeks 6 and 17 last season, Mattison combined for 35 touches, 175 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns.

Aug 21, 2021 10:45 PM EST


Looks safe in backup role

Mattison appears fairly secure in the second spot on Minnesota's depth chart, according to Eric Smith of the team's official website.

Analysis: The Vikings lost Mike Boone to the Broncos in March, before selecting Kene Nwangwu in the fourth round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Nwangwu made waves with a 4.32-second 40-yard dash at his pro day, but only after an unexciting college career in which he was limited to 150 total touches over four seasons at Iowa State. While the raw talent could eventually make him a threat, Nwangwu isn't likely to put up a serious challenge against Mattison this summer, considering the third-year pro has averaged 4.6 yards per carry and 9.0 per catch to this point in his career, with 219 touches in 26 NFL appearances. Dalvin Cook should continue to dominate backfield work, but Mattison is easily the best bet to handle whatever's left.

Jul 8, 2021 8:08 AM EST


Posts 145 scrimmage yards, two TDs

Mattison ran for 95 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries, corralling all three of his targets for 50 yards and a receiving TD during Sunday's 37-35 win against the Lions.

Analysis: In relief of Dalvin Cook, who was absent Week 17 following the loss of his father, Mattison got out to a slow start with eight yards over his first three attempts of the afternoon. He came alive on Minnesota's fourth offensive drive, notching 25 yards on his first three touches on the possession before coasting 28 yards on a fourth-down catch-and-run to provide the first of four Viking TDs. Given that Dalvin Cook agreed to a five-year, $63 million extension with Minnesota in September, Mattison remains an elite insurance policy as he heads into his third year under contract in 2021.

Jan 3, 2021 1:49 PM EST


Cleared from concussion protocol

Mattison (concussion) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Lions.

Analysis: Mattison was out for Weeks 13 and 14 while he recovered from an appendectomy and then missed Week 16 while navigating the concussion protocol. He's now back for what likely will be his second start of the year, as Dalvin Cook will miss the game for personal reasons. Mattison managed just 30 total yards against Atlanta in his first start, but he does have an excellent matchup with the Lions in Week 17. Cook had 252 total yards and two TDs when the Vikings beat the Lions in Week 9.

Jan 1, 2021 11:07 AM EST


Remains limited at practice

Mattison (concussion) was a limited participant at Thursday's practice.

Analysis: Mattison maintained his same level of activity from Wednesday, suggesting he didn't make any further advancements through the NFL's five-step concussion protocol. With a return to full activity Friday along with clearance from an independent neurologist, Mattison would still be able to put himself on a path to suit up for Sunday's season finale versus the Lions. If active for the contest, Mattison would likely be thrust into a lead role out of the backfield with star tailback Dalvin Cook (personal) having already been ruled out for the contest.

Dec 31, 2020 12:55 PM EST


Returns in limited capacity

Mattison (concussion) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Analysis: Mattison's return to practice coincides with news that Dalvin Cook won't be able to play Week 17 as he tends to a personal matter. Of course, Mattison will have to work his way through and clear the NFL's concussion protocol, but if he does he's slated to lead the Vikings backfield Sunday in Detroit. Aside from Mattison, Ameer Abdullah and Mike Boone are Minnesota's remaining healthy and available running backs.

Dec 30, 2020 1:36 PM EST


Could get Week 17 start

Mattison (concussion) returned to practice Wednesday, putting him on track to start Sunday's game against Detroit in place of Dalvin Cook (personal), Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Analysis: Between an appendectomy and now the concussion, Mattison has missed three of Minnesota's past four games. He'll have a nice chance to end the season on a high note if he's cleared from the concussion protocol, likely stepping in as the Vikings' lead back against a Lions defense that's given up the fourth-most rushing yards (135.5). The Vikings also have Ameer Abdullah and Mike Boone in the backfield, but the two have combined for only 14 carries this season.

Dec 30, 2020 11:59 AM EST


Not playing Friday

Mattison (concussion) has been ruled out for Friday's game in New Orleans.

Analysis: Mattison sat out Weeks 13 and 14 due to an appendectomy, and upon his return this past Sunday against the Bears, he emerged from the contest with a concussion, which didn't allow him to practice this week. Until he does, he'll have made negligible progress through the protocol for head injuries. While Dalvin Cook will continue to lead the backfield, there may be some RB reps available for Ameer Abdullah, Mike Boone and C.J. Ham (quadriceps).

Dec 24, 2020 11:18 AM EST


Sits out practice Wednesday

Mattison (concussion) missed practice Wednesday.

Analysis: After missing two games due to an appendectomy, Mattison logged six snaps on offense and eight more on special teams en route to two touches for 15 yards from scrimmage Week 15 against the Bears. In the course of that contest, he suffered a concussion and now is subject to the protocol for head injuries before he can suit up again. Because the Vikings are operating on a short week with a Friday matchup with the Saints on tap, Mattison seems unlikely to play Week 16, especially with no practice reps yet under his belt.

Dec 23, 2020 1:47 PM EST


Not practicing Wednesday

Mattison (concussion) was not spotted at the portion of Wednesday's practice open to the media, Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Analysis: Mattison was also listed as a non-participant in Tuesday's practice. The second-year back served as the top backup to Dalvin Cook in Week 15, but he suffered a concussion in his return to action and will now require full medical clearance before retaking the field. Ameer Abdullah and Mike Boone could be in line to backup Cook against the Saints on Christmas Day.

Dec 23, 2020 10:51 AM EST


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