The Minnesota Vikings have secured one of their most versatile and reliable players for two more seasons by extending fullback C.J. Ham through 2024. Ham, who joined the team as an undrafted free agent in 2016, has been a valuable asset on both offense and special teams, contributing as a blocker, runner, receiver and leader.
Ham’s role on offense has changed over the years, depending on the scheme and personnel of the coaching staff. He has shown the ability to adapt to different systems and execute various assignments, whether it’s leading the way for Dalvin Cook in the running game, catching passes out of the backfield or lining up as a tight end or wide receiver.
The video below shows some of the less obvious things C.J. Ham brings to the Vikings.
In 2022, Ham saw his offensive snaps decrease from previous seasons, but he still made an impact when he was on the field. He scored two rushing touchdowns, including a crucial one in the fourth quarter of the Week 18 win over Chicago. He also caught 11 passes for 85 yards and helped pave the way for Cook to rush for 1,226 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Ham’s value goes beyond his statistics, however. He is also a respected leader and mentor in the locker room, serving as a team captain for the second consecutive season. He is well-liked by his teammates and coaches, who appreciate his work ethic, professionalism and positive attitude.
C.J. Ham on special teams
Ham is also a core member of the special teams units, where he played a career-high 324 snaps in 2022. He was involved in kickoff and punt coverage and return teams, as well as field goal and extra point protection. He recorded seven tackles on special teams, tied for third-most on the team.
By extending Ham’s contract, the Vikings have ensured that they will have one of the best fullbacks in the NFL for two more seasons. Ham’s versatility, reliability and leadership will continue to benefit the offense and special teams, as well as the overall culture of the team.