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Kene Nwangwu

#3 RB,


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25 yrs


6'1'' / 210 lbs


Iowa State

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Effective on special teams in 2022

Latest Headline: Published 2023-01-23

Nwangwu tallied nine rushes for 14 yards to go along with two receptions (on two targets) for 21 yards over 17 games during the 2022 regular season. He also returned 35 kickoffs for a career-high 920 yards and a touchdown.

Nwangwu logged the third kickoff-return touchdown of his career while continuing to almost exclusively play in this phase. The second-year running back actually logged fewer offensive snaps (18) than he did during his rookie season (27), when he played just 11 games. Instead, top running backs Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison once again carried Minnesota's rushing game. With the team currently $24.5 million over the projected 2023 salary cap, it's unclear how the Vikings will handle the futures of Cook and Mattison, the latter of whom is set to become an unrestricted free agent. The potential departure of either of these two backs could open up more opportunities for Nwangwu in 2023.

Weekly Stats 2022

Stats not available

Performance Splits: 2020 to 2022

Fantasy PointsRushing AveragesReceiving Averages
Home Dome 14 00.80.8728th10.01.369%
Away Outdoor 12 01.71.89162nd50.06.247%
Away Dome 2 01.20.60123rd00.00.00%

Career Stats by Season: 2021 to 2022

Fantasy PointsRushing StatsReceiving Stats
2021 23 MIN 11 0 23 103rd136104.748%2003%490
2022 24 MIN 17 0 12 121st91401.671%0002%2210
"YAC%" is percent of total yards gained after first contact. "Share" of team passing targets.

Will play Sunday

Latest Headline: Published 2023-01-15

Nwangwu (illness) is active Sunday against the Giants.

Nwangwu's active status Sunday doesn't come as a surprise as it was reported earlier by Tom Pelissero of NFL Network that he would play. However, his absence from the team's inactive list does make it official. He should handle the team's kick returns, while also being emergency depth at running back.

Expected to be active

Latest Headline: Published 2023-01-15

Nwangwu (illness) is should play Sunday against the Giants, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Nwangwu logged a DNP on Friday, but he's recovered enough that he's expected to take the field for the wild-card round. Although the second-year pro doesn't see much work on offense, he is the team's kick returner, and it looks like he'll be handling those duties Sunday.

Dealing with illness

Latest Headline: Published 2023-01-13

Nwangwu is questionable for Sunday's wild-card matchup against the Giants due to an illness, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Nwangwu didn't practice Friday due to an illness, and his status for the wild-card matchup is officially in question. If the reserve running back doesn't suit up, Jalen Reagor, K.J. Osborn and Ty Chandler would be candidates for kick-return duties.

Gets time at RB

Latest Headline: Published 2023-01-09

Nwangwu notched five carries for 13 yards and reeled in his only target for 16 yards during Sunday's 29-13 win against the Bears.

Nwangwu had just four carries all season prior to Sunday, but he got some playing time at running back in the second half while starters were rested ahead of the playoffs. He'll likely remain exclusively in a special-teams role during the postseason.