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Kene Nwangwu

#5 RB,


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25 yrs


6'1'' / 210 lbs


Iowa State

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Not involved in loss

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-10

Nwangwu failed to record a single snap on offense in Sunday's 30-20 loss to the Lions.

Nwangwu was not on the field for any offensive snaps for the third straight game Sunday. Instead, he played 13 special teams in the contest. The veteran running appeared in just nine games this season, dealing with a back injury that landed him on injured reserve early in the 2023 campaign. Nwangwu attempted five rushes for 13 yards as he was minimally involved in Minnesota's offense and contributed mostly as a member of the special teams unit. Entering the final year of his rookie deal, the 25-year-old will look to take a step forward as a contributor before becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2025.

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.

One carry as backup RB

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-18

Nwangwu had one carry for one yard and had one kickoff return for 14 yards in Saturday's overtime loss at Cincinnati.

Nwangwu worked as the backup running back to Ty Chandler with Alexander Mattison out with an ankle injury. He played 11 snaps on offense. Nwangwu could move back to just a special teams role if Alexander returns Sunday against Detroit.

Gets two carries in win

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-11

Nwangwu had two carries for three yards in Sunday's win at Las Vegas. He also had one kickoff return for 31 yards.

Nwangwu played three snaps on offense as he got time as the backup running back with Alexander Mattison suffering a sprained ankle. Nwangwu could get increased playing time this week as the backup to Ty Chandler if Mattison is out.

Clears concussion protocol

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-08

Nwangwu (concussion) was a full participant in Friday's practice and does not carry an injury designation ahead of Sunday's game against the Raiders.

Nwangwu logged a full practice session Thursday after being limited Wednesday. His lack of an injury designation indicates that he was able to clear the NFL's five-step concussion protocols. He'll provide backfield depth behind Alexander Mattison and Ty Chandler while operating as the Vikings' main kick returner.

Making progress through protocols

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-07

Nwangwu (concussion) logged a full practice Friday, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports.

Nwangwu was limited in Wednesday's practice session coming out of the team's Week 12 bye and was able to follow that up with the full session Thursday. Assuming he suffers no setbacks, he'll most likely receive clearance to suit up against the Raiders on Sunday, but he remains in protocols for now.

Limited to start week

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-06

Nwangwu (concussion) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice session.

Nwangwu played eight snaps on special teams in Week 12 against the Bears and returned a kickoff for 38 yards towards the end of the game. He appears to have picked up the concussion following the bye week and his status leading up to Sunday's contest against the Raiders will be closely monitored. Ty Chandler and Brandon Powell are currently listed as the backup kick returners for Minnesota in case Nwangwu is unable to play.

Minimal involvement in win

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-11-15

Nwangwu rushed two times for nine yards in Sunday's 27-19 win over the Saints.

Nwangwu's two rushing attempts were his first carries of the season as Sunday's game was only his second appearance as a member of the active roster in the 2023 campaign. Though the veteran hasn't been a factor for the Vikings this season, he could see a slight increase in opportunities in Week 11 if starting running back Alexander Mattison misses time due to a concussion. With that said, Nwangwu would likely play behind Ty Chandler who proved to be an effective option out of the backfield against the Saints. The 25-year-old Nwangwu will look to make the most of his opportunities if called upon to be the No. 2 back when the Vikings visit the Broncos in Week 11.

Healthy scratch Sunday

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-11-05

Nwangwu (coach's decision) is inactive Sunday against the Falcons.

Nwangwu was absent from Week 8 due to an illness, but he didn't appear on the team's injury report this week. The Iowa State product's next chance to suit up will be in Week 10 against the Saints.

Avoids injury report Wednesday

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-11-01

Nwangwu (illness) was not listed on the Vikings' injury report Wednesday.

Nwangwu was ruled out of Sunday's contest against the Packers with an illness, but seems to be on track to return in Week 9 against the Falcons. Nwangwu made his 2023 debut in Week 7 against the 49ers after missing the first six games with a back injury. He contributes to the Vikings more as a kick returner than out of the backfield, despite the struggles of Cam Akers and Alexander Mattison in the running game.

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