Minnesota Vikings – Vikings Shop NFL http://vikingsshopnfl.com/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 06:03:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://vikingsshopnfl.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2.png Minnesota Vikings – Vikings Shop NFL http://vikingsshopnfl.com/ 32 32 Vikings Rookie signs deal on his birthday https://vikingsshopnfl.com/vikings-rookie-signs-deal-on-his-birthday/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 00:49:31 +0000 https://vikingsshopnfl.com/vikings-rookie-signs-deal-on-his-birthday/ Akayleb Evans The 118th draft selection, Akayleb Evans, is the eighth of ten Vikings draft picks to sign his rookie contract. On Wednesday, he turned 23 and signed a four-year, $4.42 million contract with a signing bonus of $761,077. The important number for fans is that he will have $895,269 from the cap in 2022, […]]]>

Akayleb Evans

The 118th draft selection, Akayleb Evans, is the eighth of ten Vikings draft picks to sign his rookie contract. On Wednesday, he turned 23 and signed a four-year, $4.42 million contract with a signing bonus of $761,077. The important number for fans is that he will have $895,269 from the cap in 2022, which is negligible.

The cornerback is now under contract for four seasons. As a fourth-round pick, he should be on the roster for the duration of his contract and contribute to it in some way. At first it will be a backup and depth play. However, this role could develop quite quickly.

Evans was the player who excited new general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah when he watched his tape on the night.

If he’s right about his draft pick, he could be a big steal. Another sign of his enthusiasm for the player is that he traded for him.

The rookie instantly became a fan favorite as he engaged with fans on Twitter. Besides that, he posts many pictures of his adorable bunny, Benji.

Great Potential

Evans is a phenomenal athlete who needs to perfect his technique. Veteran Patrick Peterson is a potential mentor for the rookie. A player of his pedigree is the perfect person to ask for help, as he is an eight-time Pro Bowler.

Evans must compete with him, Cameron Dantzler, Harrison Hand, Kris Boyd and fellow rookie Andrew Booth Jr for playing time, while Chandon Sullivan and Nate Hairston are expected to compete for the vacant cornerback position. At this point, Paterson and Dantzler are the first to start on the outside.

March 5, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Missouri defensive back Akayleb Evans. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski – USA TODAY Sports

Rookie Evans began his college career in Tulsa, where he was one of the best players in the AAC. As a result, he was transferred to Missouri. In the SEC, he had to get used to playing big players. He apparently did a great job, as PFF rated his game with the above-average rating of 75.5.

He needs to improve his discipline against the run and needs to play less physically to take fewer penalties, but his movement skills make him a great prospect and potential sleeper to even become a starting cornerback for the Vikings in a few years.

At the combine, he opened his eyes with his 6’2″ length combined with a 4.46 40 yard dash.

His prototypical combination of speed and size will be a problem for NFL receivers if he can fix some flaws. Plus, Evans is a perfect pattern for defensive coordinator Ed Donatell’s defense, which will only help him.


Janik Eckardt is a football fan who loves numbers and statistics. He chose the Vikings as his favorite team, despite the fact that Christian Ponder was the quarterback at the time. He is a walking football encyclopedia, loves watching sitcoms and classic rock is his favorite genre of music. Follow him on Twitter if you like Vikings: @JanikEckardt



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2021 O-Lineman Vikings Basically Forgotten https://vikingsshopnfl.com/2021-o-lineman-vikings-basically-forgotten/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 07:34:21 +0000 https://vikingsshopnfl.com/2021-o-lineman-vikings-basically-forgotten/ May 26, 2021; Eagan, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Jake Browning (3) and offensive lineman Wyatt Davis (51) during OTA drills at the TCO Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports The Minnesota Vikings RG spot was so confusing in 2021 that a Round 3 rookie couldn’t even feel the starting attention. The Vikings […]]]>

May 26, 2021; Eagan, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Jake Browning (3) and offensive lineman Wyatt Davis (51) during OTA drills at the TCO Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Vikings RG spot was so confusing in 2021 that a Round 3 rookie couldn’t even feel the starting attention.

The Vikings relied on veteran tackle Oli Udoh with right guard last season, an experiment that fell through as Udoh finished second in the NFL in shots on goal, plus a 54.4 score of Focus on professional football to start.

Udoh is not slated to play RG in 2022 with a new coaching staff in charge of the Vikings, but is instead likely to return to an OT reserve role.

The aforementioned 3rd round that couldn’t get a real look in 2021 was Wyatt Davis. And now, thanks to the multiple possible solutions for the RG fix, Davis is basically a forgotten man in the summer of 2022.

Davis came to the Vikings via trade after former general manager Rick Spielman sent the 23rd overall pick in 2021 to the New York Jets for Christian Darrisaw, Kellen Mond and Davis. The Jets used the selection on guard Alijah Vera-Tucker.

Questions answered: The Diggs Ordeal, Wyatt Davis Outlook, Crickets on Barr
Wyatt Davis

While the trade was defended at the time, the Mond and Davis facets of the deal didn’t amount to much in 2021, thanks to the former coaching staff’s reluctance to play either man . Now, as a result, Davis may not be on the Vikings’ September roster of 53 players.

New boss Kwesi Adofo-Mensah has signed two veteran offensive linemen to potentially fill RG’s spot, Jesse Davis from the Miami Dolphins and Chris Reed from the Indianapolis Colts. And according to the clues from the June minicamp, Jesse Davis is the favorite to win the job.

After that, Adofo-Mensah drafted OG Ed Ingram from LSU in the 2nd round of the 2022 NFL Draft, and 2nd-round inside offensive linemen have an obligation to start as soon as possible. In all likelihood, one of those three – Jesse Davis, Chris Reed or Ed Ingram – will likely start in Week 1 against the Green Bay Packers.

5 Surprising Vikings Who Could Be Cut This Summer
Wyatt Davis. Creator: David Berding. Credit: Getty Images

It’s almost a lost conclusion in the middle of summer. This renders any enthusiasm for Wyatt Davis almost null and void.

To be fair to Zimmer and his coaches, Wyatt Davis didn’t look too exciting last summer, so it’s not quite a “grudge” deal like it was for Kellen Mond. Wyatt Davis, too, may have been out of shape by NFL standards.

There’s a chance the Ohio State alum will impress this summer and look like he’s grown a year ago. If that happens, he can reasonably fill a backup guard role in 2022. But for the man theorized as the long-awaited RG cure for a few weeks in 2021, Wyatt Davis is poised to become just a story project of the Spielman era.

Davis’ mini-rise and fall is particularly odd because some draft pundits predicted him as a possible 1st-round talent about two years ago.

No cigar.


Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube channel, VikesNow. He host a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, airing every Wednesday with Raun Saw and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Guilty pleasures listed: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, “The Sopranos” and The Doors (the band).

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Packers QB Room Shrinks – Viking Territory https://vikingsshopnfl.com/packers-qb-room-shrinks-viking-territory/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 17:19:38 +0000 https://vikingsshopnfl.com/packers-qb-room-shrinks-viking-territory/ July 28, 2021; Green Bay, Wis., USA; Green Bay Packers quarterbacks Jordan Love (10), Kurt Benkert (7) and Aaron Rodgers. Mandatory Credit: Dan Powers-USA TODAY NETWORK. A popular QB3 was released by the Minnesota Vikings’ arch nemesis on Friday, as the Green Bay Packers cut ties with Kurt Benkert. Benkert was the team’s QB3 in […]]]>

July 28, 2021; Green Bay, Wis., USA; Green Bay Packers quarterbacks Jordan Love (10), Kurt Benkert (7) and Aaron Rodgers. Mandatory Credit: Dan Powers-USA TODAY NETWORK.

A popular QB3 was released by the Minnesota Vikings’ arch nemesis on Friday, as the Green Bay Packers cut ties with Kurt Benkert.

Benkert was the team’s QB3 in 2021 but won’t hold that position in 2022 as Green Bay brought in quarterback Danny Etling this offseason.

Of course, back-to-back NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers remains the Packers’ starter while Jordan Love, for now, is the backup. Because Rodgers re-committed to the Packers this spring for the rest of his career — at a huge price — Love has become more consumable and a marginal trade candidate. Green Bay drafted Love in the 2020 NFL Draft to perhaps lay out life plans after Rodgers, but the future Hall of Famer has started winning MVPs again. Barring an injury, Love won’t get any game time on the Packers’ offense, and his services could be better utilized elsewhere.

As for Benkert, he is a 26-year-old player from the University of Virginia who started his career with the Atlanta Falcons. Benkert has never attempted a regular season pass for the Falcons or Packers, but fans love him regardless.

The extent of his regular season resume is a few knees against the Chicago Bears in 2021.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12), quarterback Kurt Benkert (7), and quarterback Jordan Love. © Dan Powers/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wis via Imagn Content Services, LLC.

Benkert is now hitting free agency and can reasonably expect to become a QB3 with another NFL team. After his release by Green Bay, Benkert hit the high road thanking the Packers front office and fans.

Green Bay’s QB depth chart now has three names:

  • QB1: Aaron Rodgers
  • QB2: Jordan Love
  • QB3: Danny Etling

The Packers travel to Minneapolis for a date with the Vikings in Week 1 in just 84 days. Green Bay is favored by 1.5.


Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube channel, VikesNow. He host a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, airing every Wednesday with Raun Saw and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Guilty pleasures listed: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, “The Sopranos” and The Doors (the band).

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PurplePTSD: Bad News Anniversary, Follow the Money, Pink in Tinseltown https://vikingsshopnfl.com/purpleptsd-bad-news-anniversary-follow-the-money-pink-in-tinseltown/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 00:47:30 +0000 https://vikingsshopnfl.com/purpleptsd-bad-news-anniversary-follow-the-money-pink-in-tinseltown/ Sep 26, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) looks on before the game against the Seattle Seahawks at US Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn – USA TODAY Sports The sister site of VikingsTerritory is PurplePTSD.comand the guys and gals there deploy the Minnesota Vikings analysis just as much as […]]]>

Sep 26, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) looks on before the game against the Seattle Seahawks at US Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn – USA TODAY Sports

The sister site of VikingsTerritory is PurplePTSD.comand the guys and gals there deploy the Minnesota Vikings analysis just as much as we do.

Here are some of their best content from the past few days:

1 – Justin Jefferson turned 23 on Thursday and explains Kyle Joudry his youth is bad news for the rest of the league.

2 – Track the Money for Vikings UFDA Contractsand that will tell you how serious the team is about each player, according to TPMS.

3 – Ex-Vikings RB Asim Rose travels to Los Angeles where he will play in Kevin O’Connell’s former team.

4 – Dustin Baker discussed the takeaways from the Vikings minicamp in the daily video segment.

5 – Expect the Vikings keep a lot of linemen for the list of 53 men, says PurplePTSD.


Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube channel, VikesNow. He host a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, airing every Wednesday with Raun Saw and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Guilty pleasures listed: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, “The Sopranos” and The Doors (the band).


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Former Vikings first-round pick competing on ‘America’s Got Talent’ https://vikingsshopnfl.com/former-vikings-first-round-pick-competing-on-americas-got-talent/ Wed, 15 Jun 2022 00:37:00 +0000 https://vikingsshopnfl.com/former-vikings-first-round-pick-competing-on-americas-got-talent/ Former Minnesota Vikings offensive tackle and 2002 No. 1 draft pick Bryant McKinnie is on America’s Got Talent final season. Almost two decades ago, in 2002, the Minnesota Vikings entered their first-ever NFL Draft with Mike Tice as head coach. As the Vikings’ offensive line coach for the previous five seasons, no one was shocked […]]]>

Former Minnesota Vikings offensive tackle and 2002 No. 1 draft pick Bryant McKinnie is on America’s Got Talent final season.

Almost two decades ago, in 2002, the Minnesota Vikings entered their first-ever NFL Draft with Mike Tice as head coach. As the Vikings’ offensive line coach for the previous five seasons, no one was shocked when the team’s first draft pick under Tice was former Miami offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie.

McKinnie then spent the first nine seasons of his NFL career at Minnesota as the team’s starting left tackle. His best year in a Vikings uniform came in 2009 when he earned the one and only Pro Bowl selection of his career.

After his tenure with Minnesota, McKinnie spent three more seasons in the league as a member of the Baltimore Ravens and Miami Dolphins. Recently, the former Minnesota offensive lineman revealed that he and other former NFL players had a pretty intriguing opportunity.

Former Minnesota Vikings LT Bryant McKinnie auditions for ‘America’s Got Talent’

After their football careers, former NFL players take a variety of different paths. Some become television analysts for national sports networks and some become sports entertainers in WWE.

Some even try to participate in the television show “America’s Got Talent” as part of a choir made up entirely of current and former NFL players. That’s what McKinnie and a number of other former players have spent their time doing recently.

The Players Choir, made up of former and current NFL members, including McKinnie, was recently given the opportunity to audition for “America’s Got Talent”.

Former Minnesota Vikings lieutenant Bryant McKinnie (far right)

In case anyone is unfamiliar with the TV program, it is a national talent contest that awards winner $1 million and headlining America’s Got Talent in Las Vegas.

In addition to McKinnie, other Players Choir members include Tyrell AdamsTully Banta-Cain, Prince AmukamaraJamon Brown, Brian ScottTerrence Stephens, Ray McElroy, Cameron Lamark Newton and Dwayne Wright.

Good luck to McKinnie and the rest of the players’ choir!

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Purple rumor mill: Baker Mayfield on the horizon, Ndamukong Suh, a deal for Jefferson https://vikingsshopnfl.com/purple-rumor-mill-baker-mayfield-on-the-horizon-ndamukong-suh-a-deal-for-jefferson/ Sun, 12 Jun 2022 21:43:12 +0000 https://vikingsshopnfl.com/purple-rumor-mill-baker-mayfield-on-the-horizon-ndamukong-suh-a-deal-for-jefferson/ October 3, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports. VikingsTerritoryit is purple rumor mill is a chronicle of two days each week. All of the week’s rumors are lassoed and filed in two places – the Saturday and Sunday articles – for review. Today is the June […]]]>

October 3, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports.

VikingsTerritoryit is purple rumor mill is a chronicle of two days each week. All of the week’s rumors are lassoed and filed in two places – the Saturday and Sunday articles – for review. Today is the June 12 edition.

Remember – rumors are rumors. What you read over the weekend in these articles is what the world is talking about regarding the Vikings, not necessarily things that will come to fruition.


Rumor: Baker Mayfield could eventually land with the Vikings.

November 28, 2021; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

This rumor comes from ESPN’s Dan Graziano.

He reportedly made calls to gauge teams’ interest in Mayfield, and the Vikings, Saints and Lions were the franchises he settled on for landing spots.

To be clear, Mayfield-to-Vikings would be a 2023 transaction, not a summer trade involving Kirk Cousins. The theory, if it comes to fruition, would mean Cousins ​​would flounder under new head coach Kevin O’Connell in 2022. Then the team would dump Cousins ​​elsewhere – with his consent via the no-trade clause — and Minnesota would sign for the Mayfield era.

According to Graziano, it would be a Jameis Winston-type move currently sponsored by the Saints.

Mayfield at Minnesota is unlikely, generally speaking, but Graziano’s theory makes sense if the Vikings finish in the 8-9 range again.

However, Kwesi Adofo-Mensah would likely just draft a rookie quarterback from the strong 2023 draft class.

Rumor: Ndamukong Suh is on the Vikings’ free agent radar.

Free-agent TDs Vikings can target with Akiem Hicks off the board
January 23, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Ndamukong Suh. Mandatory Credit: Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports.

This one was created by Bleacher Report in an article detailing “a move every team needs to make” before the start of the 2022 regular season.

Since March, the Vikings have been whispered about as a new home for Akiem Hicks, a defensive lineman who terrorized Minnesota for years. Hicks had ties to Vikings defensive boss Ed Donatell, so Hicks-to-Vikings carried weight.

Alas, Hicks signed with Suh’s former team, the Buccaneers, leaving Suh “out in the cold” for a destination in 2022.

If the Vikings aren’t sold on Armon Watts up front on defense, exploring a free agent addition Suh adds up. Minnesota could afford it with its existing ceiling space.

Rumor: Justin Jefferson’s next contract will define the WR market.

Kirk Cousins' Eventual End Lines Up With Justin Jefferson's Wallet
February 4, 2022; Las Vegas, NV, USA; A detailed view of the Minnesota Vikings Teeth Grid. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee – USA TODAY Sports

About a dozen wide receivers have been explosively paid this offseason.

Extension chatter about Jefferson will heat up next spring, and when it does, Jefferson’s new deal will “settle the market.” He could earn $35 million per season.

Of course, if it produces a “gap year,” enthusiasm for a gargantuan deal will wane. But does anyone believe Jefferson will struggle with an offensive head coach?

No.

Jefferson’s extension won’t officially go into effect until 2025, but the terms of the deal will soon begin to be negotiated. And they will be huge for Jefferson, rest assured.


Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube channel, VikesNow. He host a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, airing every Wednesday with Raun Saw and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Guilty pleasures listed: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, “The Sopranos” and The Doors (the band).

6 Vikings to take away from the June minicamp

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Salvation Army teams up with Vikings to fight homelessness https://vikingsshopnfl.com/salvation-army-teams-up-with-vikings-to-fight-homelessness/ Fri, 10 Jun 2022 21:09:00 +0000 https://vikingsshopnfl.com/salvation-army-teams-up-with-vikings-to-fight-homelessness/ 6:00 p.m. Next weather reportWCCO meteorologist Lisa Meadows said there could be a few thunderstorms overnight, with summer heat and humidity next week. 3 hours ago This Saturday, visit any MN state park for freeThe Department of Natural Resources started doing this years ago, and it’s become even more popular in the last two years. […]]]>

6:00 p.m. Next weather reportWCCO meteorologist Lisa Meadows said there could be a few thunderstorms overnight, with summer heat and humidity next week.

This Saturday, visit any MN state park for freeThe Department of Natural Resources started doing this years ago, and it’s become even more popular in the last two years.

Mill District neighbors are raising funds to hire an additional patrol officerMill District, known for the Stone Arch Bridge and the Guthrie Theatre, started fundraising to feel safer.

Still no arrests in 2020 for carjacking that left victim in a wheelchairBen Schmid is miraculously alive after an unspeakably violent carjacking in July 2020 just blocks from George Floyd Square in south Minneapolis.

5 p.m. Next weather reportThe rain sets in overnight, and after that comes the heat.

Portion control, raising interest rates among limited options to stop inflationTo help stabilize costs – for themselves and for consumers – some companies engage in “shrinkflation”, where they reduce their products but list them at the same price.

Heads of state and advocates commemorate new law named in honor of Abby HonoldThe law is designed to improve how law enforcement responds to cases of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Man accused of attempted murder of his wife escapes from prisonA northern Minnesota man, in jail and accused of killing his wife, now faces new charges for allegedly attacking several jail officers and trying to escape.

Blue-green algae rebloom at Lake Hiawatha, Lake HarrietA potentially harmful algae is growing in some Minneapolis lakes.

Salvation Army teams up with Vikings to fight homelessnessThe Minnesota Vikings are teaming up with the Salvation Army to raise money to help fight rising homelessness in Minnesota. The fundraiser will feature nearly 300 volunteers who will rappel down the side of the Omni Vikings Lake Hotel in July.

WCCO Digital Headlines: Afternoon of June 10, 2022Here are your latest headlines from WCCO.com.

Judy Garland would have been 100 todayWe remember our own Minnesota star. Judy Garland would have been 100 today.

Next midday weather reportA chance of rain on Saturday, reports Mike Augustyniak.

DIY gardening: FertilizerRebecca Kolls breaks down plant nutrition.

The Tony Awards Are Set for Sunday: Here’s What to ExpectThe Tony Awards will light up Radio City Music Hall on Sunday.

‘Abby Honold Act’: New law aims to improve law enforcement response to sexual violenceAdvocates and state leaders are applauding a new law named for a Minnesota rape survivor — designed to improve how law enforcement responds to domestic violence and sexual assault cases.

‘Free Park Day’ set for SaturdayState parks will be free to visit this weekend. John Lauritsen gives us a preview of the “Free Parks Day” scheduled for Saturday.

Surly Brewing Company launches new collection of beersJust in time for summer, Surly Brewing Company offers a new collection of beers.

A local nurse writes memoirs about working on the front lines of the pandemicAmanda Peterson shares her experiences working as a nurse during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chalk artists come to the Twin Cities for the festivalChalkfest in Arbor Lakes features sidewalk chalk art by professionals, amateurs and art enthusiasts on Saturday and Sunday.

9 a.m. Next weather reportA few spotty showers move into northern Minnesota on Friday, but the bulk of the rain will arrive overnight.

NASA assembles a team to study UFOsNASA plans to look into a long-standing mystery.

Are electric vehicles worth it financially?Auto experts say it’s too early to tell whether record high gasoline prices will increase demand for electric vehicles in Minnesota.

Police: A man in his thirties killed in N. Mpls. ShootingA man believed to be in his 30s died after a shooting in north Minneapolis Thursday night, police say.

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Vikings can only keep a limited number of receivers https://vikingsshopnfl.com/vikings-can-only-keep-a-limited-number-of-receivers/ Wed, 08 Jun 2022 23:03:37 +0000 https://vikingsshopnfl.com/vikings-can-only-keep-a-limited-number-of-receivers/ November 14, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) is congratulated by wide receiver KJ Osborn (17) after scoring a first-half touchdown against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports The Vikings have a long history of talented receivers. In 2022, the tradition will continue […]]]>

November 14, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) is congratulated by wide receiver KJ Osborn (17) after scoring a first-half touchdown against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The Vikings have a long history of talented receivers. In 2022, the tradition will continue with Justin Jefferson in the lead. Minnesota‘s third-year wide receiver, somehow, could get even better. Alongside him, Adam Thielen and KJ Osborn are the three main receivers of the Vikings offense.

From there, the competition will be intense. Anyone guesses who will land the remaining spots, just like anyone guesses how many receivers the team will keep. Given that I think five RBs will make the team, I’m leaning toward a relatively modest number of receivers on the final roster.

Shout out to FRP for big stats.

Vikings 53-Man Roster: Tight Competition Among Receivers

Not only will he be the WR1 in Minnesota, but Jefferson could turn out to be the best WR in the entire NFL. Last season he had over 100 catches and 1,600 yards. He had 10 touchdowns. His PFF score was an elite 90.1. Gone are the worries about whether he’ll be able to handle NFL coverage. Jefferson is undoubtedly the best player on the team.

Joining him is Thielen, the nearly 32-year veteran. This will be his ninth season in the NFL. In recent years, his numbers haven’t lived up to his usual standards, largely due to some injuries that kept him away from the pitch. If he can be in the field for all 17 games, Thielen should easily top 1,000 yards. Expect Kirk Cousins ​​to be looking for Thielen a lot when the team is in the red zone.

Osborn bounced back from a brutal rookie season to put on a truly impressive sophomore year, resulting in some really nice deep TDs (with a few examples above and below this paragraph). PFF gave him a relatively modest 64.9 last season, ranking 76th out of 115 receivers. Regardless, the production on the field was solid: 50 catches, 655 yards and 7 touchdowns.

It’s after the top 3 that things get interesting. Former seventh-round pick Bisi Johnson missed all of last season. Prior to his injury, he played reasonably well for Minnesota. He had 31 catches and nearly 300 yards as a rookie, impressive totals considering draft status. His sophomore stats weren’t as strong, but he’s a late player, so just contributing is a win. Recently, the team brought veteran Albert Wilson to town, indicating that they are looking to increase competition among deep players.

In my opinion, Ihmir Smith-Marsette and Jalen Nailor have the advantage for the WR4 and WR5 places. At the end of the 2021 season, Smith-Marsette impressed. He ran a 4.43 forty, and his speed can help keep defenses from crowding the line of scrimmage. Nailor, for his part, is the only draft receiver in the current regime. That alone should give him an advantage; draft picks are not used unless a team likes the player.

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From my perspective, it makes sense for the Vikings to keep five receivers. The clearly defined first three – Jefferson, Thielen and Osborn – are included in this group. After the line, Smith-Marsette and Nailor give Minnesota their five. It’s a relatively young group. Thielen is the only real vet, but Jefferson and Osborn have been through quite a bit in their first two years in the NFL.

The hope and expectation is that Kevin O’Connell will turn this Vikings offense into one of the most dangerous in the league. To succeed, he will need his receivers to collectively stand out as being among the best in the league.

Editor’s Note: This article is part of a larger series of List Predictions. Previous plays have covered QB and RB.

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7 things to watch out for during Vikings minicamp https://vikingsshopnfl.com/7-things-to-watch-out-for-during-vikings-minicamp/ Mon, 06 Jun 2022 23:30:12 +0000 https://vikingsshopnfl.com/7-things-to-watch-out-for-during-vikings-minicamp/ With organized team activities in the rearview mirror, things will kick up a notch this week with the Minnesota Vikings starting minicamp on Tuesday. This will be the week to whet the appetite before the team goes on hiatus until training camp later this summer. There’s a real fascination with the way things are going […]]]>

With organized team activities in the rearview mirror, things will kick up a notch this week with the Minnesota Vikings starting minicamp on Tuesday.

This will be the week to whet the appetite before the team goes on hiatus until training camp later this summer.

There’s a real fascination with the way things are going under freshman head coach Kevin O’Connell. Kris Boyd recently said it was a More “chill” and “relaxed” atmosphere than she was when Mike Zimmer was a coach. It will be interesting to see how this actually translates on the football pitch to more competitive practices.

There are also several key positions up for grabs heading into the 2022 season. It will be another week for the team to sort out those competitions before things really take off in training camp.

Here are seven things to watch for this week.

Kellen Mond’s progress

Brad Rempel – USA TODAY Sports

The sudden praise surrounding backup quarterback Kellen Mond was one of the most interesting headlines in early practice.

Former Vikings coach Mike Zimmer seemed totally disinterested in Mond’s development in his rookie season, despite the team spending a third-round pick on him in 2021.

But things obviously changed when O’Connell took office. Asked about Mond during a recent press conferenceVikings offensive coordinator Wes Phillips had some really positive things to say about the former Texas A&M starting quarterback.

“Kellen is very sharp. He really grabbed the attack really well,” Phillips said. “I don’t know if you’ve seen him here every day working with [assistant quarterbacks coach] Jerrod Johnson – extra digging work, really working on his fundamentals.

“He did a really good job getting to know our offense, our terminology. He calls games very well in the huddle, and his eyes are in the right place.

Could Mond actually fight his way into the No. 2 backup spot behind Kirk Cousins? That should be the Vikings’ hope for the development of their 22-year-old quarterback.

The lead save battle between Mond and longtime veteran Sean Mannion could really start to heat up this week.

The battle on the offensive front rages on

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Who will start at good guard for the Vikings – Chris Reed, Oli Udoh, Ed Ingram or Jesse Davis?

The battle seems to be raging mostly between Reed and Davis with an outside chance of Ingram getting his way at some point.

There must clearly be some improvements on the inside part of the offensive front, especially at the right guard position. Garrett Bradbury also needs to show a sense of urgency to improve in the centre.

The team has already died recovering its fifth year optionand they could ultimately decide to change direction after the season if he continues to struggle.

Versatility in running back

Kyle Terada – USA TODAY Sports

Good luck finding a more versatile offensive backfielder than the Vikings with Dalvin Cook, Alexander Mattison, Kene Nwangwu and Ty Chandler.

I’m going to go ahead and add full-back CJ Ham to it because he rarely gets the respect he deserves.

But the running room as a whole is full of players who can seemingly do it all. They have the speed, power and flexibility to work in an offense as both runners and receivers.

O’Connell likes to use multiple backs on the pitch at the same time and exploit lags with the passing attack. He’s going to feel like a kid in a candy store with the ridiculous amount of talent he has for racing in Minnesota as opposed to Los Angeles.

Opportunity hitting at receiver

Brett Davis – USA TODAY Sports

Ihmir Smith-Marsette sinks with a lower leg injury opens the door for someone else on the roster to step in as receiver.

The second-year wide receiver is expected to miss all of minicamp in hopes of returning later this summer for training camp.

KJ Osborn’s availability is also a bit in doubt after suffering an undisclosed injury. By Athletic’s Chad GraffO’Connell said the No. 3 receiver’s injury expected on the depth chart was “nothing serious.”

It’s as good as any opportunity for a multi-year veteran player like Bisi Johnson to show he’s ultimately ready to take on an expanded role in the offence. Maybe even a speedster like sixth-round rookie draft pick Jalen Nailor will take the next step immediately.

There’s no question the opportunity is knocking Minnesota at receiver.

Can Greg Joseph hold back Gabe Brkic?

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Gabe Brkic isn’t just another camp body hoping to stick around for backup duties. It’s all or nothing for the former Oklahoma Sooner kicker. He’s here to take Greg Joseph’s job as the Vikings’ starting kicker.

How will Joseph respond to the challenge?

This will be one of the most interesting battles in minicamp and training camp. Something to keep in mind is the fact that none of Joseph’s $2.4 million restricted free agent offer is guaranteed.

“There will be a full kicker competition and a punters competition,” the Vikings special teams coordinator said. Matt Daniels told members of the media at a press conference. “That’s why we brought in guys like Gabe Brkic and Ryan Wright to really push those veterans that we have.”

Brkic, who tends to be big in clutch situations, could push Joseph over the edge in this contest.

Defensive improvements

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At this point, the Vikings must be tired of hearing people talk about how defensive they are.

So first-year general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah dived headfirst trying to rectify the issues by coming out and getting another elite passing thrower in Za’Darius Smith and a machine corner at reliable veteran sub to Chandon Sullivan.

He also bet on the defensive side of the ball in the 2022 NFL Draft, including selecting former Georgia guard Lewis Cine with the No. 32 pick in the first round.

How will these changes play out on the current football pitch?

There will be no shortage of tests with O’Connell leading an attack with elite weapons at every qualified position.

Kevin O’Connell’s attack in real time

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The Vikings offense has the potential to take off in a way we haven’t seen in years under O’Connell.

They have the right talent and the coaching staff to rightfully have one of the most prolific offenses in the entire league in 2022. There really is no excuse for them not being top 10 or better. .

Vikings defensive coordinator Ed Donatell has already glimpsed what it could be.

“One of the big things is the attack that we see every day. Our offense has advanced patterns and formations. And that helps us improve. What Kevin and Wes have put in place can only help us improve,” Donatell said.

It’s fun to talk about the possibilities of O’Connell’s mastermind being paired with the likes of Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen, Dalvin Cook and Irv Smith Jr. It could be argued that the skilled Vikings group is more talented than the one of O’Connell. had with the Rams.

Imagine what he could do with the unit with full control.

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Former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kyle Sloter lives in an arena dear to Vikings lore.

Sloter was the team’s QB3 during pre-season in 2018 and 2019 and played gloriously in exhibition contests. And because Minnesota never employs a Nick Foles-type QB2, fans have repeatedly asked Sloter to get the nod to support QB1 Kirk Cousins.

Under Mike Zimmer, the Minnesota coaching staff never listened, however. Sloter was relegated to coaching duty as the team opted for the QB2 services of Trevor Siemian and Sean Mannion. Fans were seething.

April 30, 2022; Birmingham, AL, USA; New Orleans Breakers quarterback Kyle Sloter. Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports.

Now Sloter unsurprisingly tears it up in the new USFL. Sloter’s New Orleans Breakers are 6-3, he leads the league in passing yards and the former Viking is up for the league MVP title.

What does it mean? Well, Vikings fans feel vindicated.

And Sloter agrees with what loyal Vikings believed in 2019 – he should have been Sean Mannion’s backup quarterback. Speaking to Chris Tomasson from Pioneer press this week, Sloter said, “Sean Mannion was two years older than me, and I was just a young guy, so it’s a big gap in knowledge. Although I think my game was superior, I think they saw in Sean the ability to help Kirk in class, and it was more appreciated.

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December 15, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Kyle Sloter. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports.

For three seasons — and possibly four if Mannion keeps Kellen Mond at bay for QB2 this summer — the Vikings have stubbornly clung to Mannion’s QB2 commitment. When Mannion enters the games, his performance is wildly vanilla, especially compared to Cousins, indicating a different QB2 (like Mond or Sloter) Has to be a better option. Still, Minnesota imagined Mannion as the man behind Cousins.

So, for the sake of the fans, at least the on-field production owner agrees.

And Sloter could have a USFL MVP trophy to brag about sometime next month. Around the same time, Vikings viewers will begin to wonder if Mannion is “the guy” at QB2 again – or if Mond peaks his 3rd round draft stock with the making of the QB2 gig.

If the Vikings are somehow let down by Mannion or Mond, Colin Kaepernick’s whispers have also tickled the digital stratosphere. Kaepernick worked for the Las Vegas Raiders in May — his first honest try in years — and the Vikings’ new general manager was a colleague of the San Francisco 49ers for a few years. In theory, if Mannion and Mond weren’t ready for the task, Minnesota could give Kaepernick an audition. But he turns 35 this fall, having not played an NFL game since the 2016 season.


Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube channel, VikesNow. He host a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, airing every Wednesday with Raun Saw and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Guilty pleasures listed: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, “The Sopranos” and The Doors (the band).

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