Zimmer on Kendricks: ‘He’s a good kid, works real hard, has gotten better each and every year’

Minnesota Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks was named First-Team All-Pro by the Associated Press. 

The 27-year old Kendricks earns his first career All-Pro selection after recording 12 passes defensed on the season, tied for the top mark among NFL linebackers. Kendricks has led the team in tackles for five consecutive seasons, tallying 110 total tackles (70 solo) in 2019. The UCLA grad also posted two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and four tackles for loss, while starting 15 games for the Vikings.

“Eric’s (Kendricks) had a good year,” Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said on Friday. “He’s a good kid, works real hard, has gotten better each and every year. We’re happy for him.”

The Fresno, California, native helped the Vikings defense rank at the top of the league in several categories since being drafted in 2015. In five seasons, the defensive unit ranks in the top two of the league in opponent yards per game (317.3), red zone scoring (45.5 TD percentage), third-down conversions (33.7%), and opponent offensive points per game (18.0). Kendricks is the first Vikings linebacker to be named All-Pro since Chad Greenway (second team) in 2012.

The Vikings are hoping to have Kendricks in the lineup on Sunday when they travel to New Orleans to face the Saints in the NFC Wild Card game. Kendricks, who is dealing with a quadriceps injury, was a full participant at practice on Friday, which is good news for Minnesota.

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NFL: Elliott did not violate Personal Conduct Policy

Here is a statement from the NFL following Ezekiel Elliott’s meeting with Roger Goodell to discuss Elliott’s incident in May in Las Vegas:

“Immediately following reports of an incident in Las Vegas in May involving Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys, the NFL conducted a comprehensive investigation that included interviews with multiple witnesses, including security personnel and others with direct involvement, as well as a review of documentary and other information.

On Tuesday, as part of the review, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell met with Mr. Elliott to reinforce the standards of conduct expected of him and the consequences for failing to meet those standards.

Mr. Elliott acknowledged that he demonstrated poor judgment and committed to make better choices in the future. He volunteered to take advantage of the resources available to help him continue to grow personally.

Commissioner Goodell determined there was no violation of the personal conduct policy and no further action is warranted.”